At its meeting on Monday, July 18, at 5
p.m., the Dare County Board of Commissioners will consider an
agreement with Coastal Planning & Engineering of North Carolina
(CPE-NC) to obtain permits for dredging to maintain the Hatteras
Inlet navigation channels.
The board selected the Wilmington
company at its June 20 meeting to assist the county in obtaining the
needed permits for long-term maintenance of the sand-clogged channels
that allow vessels to transit from the Hatteras docks into the ocean.
On Monday night, the commission members
will be asked to approve a $55,524 contract with the company.
Under the contract, CPE-NC will provide
engineering, environmental, and geotechnical services to the county
to produce an environmental assessment, essential fish habitat
assessment, and biological assessment of the project, along with a
Major CAMA permit application and a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The permits would seek authorization
from the Army Corps and the state for maintenance of the "West
Channel" -- also known as the Connecting Channel -- with the
Army Corps sidecast dredge Merritt or hopper dredges Murden and
Currituck. It would also seek a permit for dredging on the Ocean Bar
Channel if necessary to move from the West Channel to an offshore
spoil area for disposal of the dredged sand.
CPE-NC estimates that it will take six
months to produce the environmental documents and permits. The
company would provide monthly updates to the county.
More details of the CPE-NC proposal --
and a complete agenda -- are available in the agenda packet for the
board meeting on the Dare County website. Go to
and scroll down to pages 70 through 83.
Among other items on the agenda for
Monday's meeting is an update on the county's economic development
project from representatives of contractors N.C. State University
and RTI International.
Also, the commissioners will consider a
request from homeowner Hilda Bundy to allow golf carts on two streets
in the St. Waves subdivision -- Sea Vista Court and Sea Vista Drive.
Citizens who want to comment on agenda
items or any other topic can do so at the Commissioner's Meeting room
at the Dare County Administrative Building in Manteo or at the
Fessenden Center in Buxton. The public comment period is scheduled
for shortly after the beginning of the 5 p.m. meeting.