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Submitted by NTB Guy (not verified) on Mon, 03/24/2008 - 5:43pm.
This article is not 100% right...The aldermen did not "suspend any future beach re-nourishment projects." Rather, they turned down a bill from a contractor (working on beach nourishment permits) that was nearly 30% over the contracted amount. And that contractor had known about this overage for 4 months and failed to bring it to the town's attention. How unprofessional! And this contractor has already socked the town for $1.6M in costs, and has the potential for $ millions more in the future. I think the aldermen did the right thing. We have a history of cost overruns for our town's projects, and I am glad the aldermen held the line on this one. We can negotiate with this contractor for a lower price, or do the work in-house, or hire a new contractor. A bigger issue than the refusal to overpay this unprofessional contractor is that even if we had permits, the town does not have money (estimated at $34 MILLION in total) to fund a project, and the town's voters durned down a $34 Million bond issue in 2006 by an 80% to 20% margin. The voters of the town are smart...there are just a few (30 or so) structures at risk of 3700 properties in town, and to ask the voters for a tripling of average town property taxes to bail out a few people who made uninformed and unwise property investment choices was the right decision. I am glad the new aldermen are listening to the voters. To do beach nourishment we need real outside funding, from Onslow county, the state of NC, and the federal government. And that seems unlikely, given the budget issues of those government entities.
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