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New fencing vote at upcoming Carolina Beach Council meeting, here are the options

Town Council will hear from the Planning Department staff during its upcoming meeting and be presented with three different options, all of which are at least double the price of the previously approved fencing.

One of the options to replace the current chainlink fence (Port City Daily/Courtesy Town of Carolina Beach)
One of the options to replace the current chainlink fence (Port City Daily/Courtesy Town of Carolina Beach)

CAROLINA BEACH — After scrapping the current plans to construct a 6-foot-tall chain-link fence complete with barbed wire along the length of the Island Greenway, the Town of Carolina Beach now has a choice to make – what will go in its place?

Town Council will hear from the Planning Department staff during its upcoming meeting and be presented with three different options, all of which are at least double the price of the previously approved fencing.

According to town documents, the current contractor presented it with three different price points for black ornamental fencing. The town did not seek outside vendor quotes.

“… going to an outside vendor would prevent the Town from using the $46,000 remaining in the project budget for any new fence type,” according to the agenda.

There were several different challenges the town would face after deciding to scrap the chain-link fencing including delays from the Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point (MOTSU). Since the property in question is owned by the federal government, in particular MOTSU, the fencing must meet its standards and receive approval before construction can commence.

According to the MOTSU lease agreement, there is “(n)o change from last month – no mix and match; specific change would have to be approved by MOTSU Command and the US Army – Savannah District Real Estate division. This review/approval would take a minimum of several weeks, quite possibly longer. In the meantime we are told that no fence work could commence and the Town could not formally open the trail to the public.”

Another concern was having to get approval from the North Carolina Department of Transportation since a bulk of the funding came from an NCDOT grant.

Since the town would use the same contractor there are no additional requirements from the NCDOT – but the town will not be receiving any financial help either.

“As far as requesting additional funds from the MPO/NCDOT, we are advised that approval of any additional request is questionable at best given prior funding the Town has already received. The MPO has already allocated their funding for this year and next year to other underfunded projects. In addition, the request would not be heard by the Board of Transportation until December and no work could be done or funds expended prior to approval. Given order/install lead times this would push project completion out to February-March 2020,” according to the agenda.

The options

  • Option 1: Aluminized 8-foot Chain Link & Gates
    • Fence & Gates $162,997
    • Costs incurred + 41,300 (billed to date;
      return/restock)
    • Remove/cut off existing posts + $2,000
    • Grant balance available – $46,151
    • Total $160,146
    • Delivery 2-3 weeks, Install 2-3 weeks, Warranty 15 years
    • Estimated completion October 24
  • Option 2: Black Class 2B 8-foot Chain Link & Gates
    • Fence & Gates $178,974
    • Costs incurred + 41,300
    • Remove/cut off existing posts + 2,000
    • Grant balance available – $46,151
    • Total $176,123
    • Delivery 2-3 weeks, Install 2-3 weeks Warranty 15 years
    • Estimated completion Oct. 24
  • Option 3: Black Ornamental 8-foot Aluminum & Gates
    • Fence & Gates $242,016
    • Costs incurred + $41,300
    • Remove/cut off existing posts + $2,000
    • Grant balance available – $46,151
    • Total $239,165
    • Delivery 4-5 weeks, Install 6-8 weeks, Warranty lifetime
    • Estimated completion Dec. 12

Michael Praats can be reached at Michael.P@localvoicemedia.com

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