Changes coming for stalled Carolina Beach Lake dredging project

Changes coming for stalled Carolina Beach Lake dredging project

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - Leaders in Carolina Beach say the dredging project at the town's lake will need to change to save taxpayers money.

The project has been on hold since Aug. 29 after the town lost the ability to dump material at the Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point.

"What we didn't do was ask to move the spoils pile 100 yards to the left," Carolina Beach Town Manager Michael Cramer said.

Cramer said Carolina Beach originally had permission to dump at the site, but miscommunication on the exact location of the dredged material caused the Army to stop the process.

"I think it was an interpretation of what we asked for, and what we were granted," Cramer said.

The town is now working on getting new permits to dump the material at another location.

Ronald Bond lives next to Carolina Beach Lake. He said the delay is not ideal.

"It is a little inconvenient at times, but we are living with it," Bond said. "You have to live with that kind of stuff for progress."

The town still has to pay the contractor during the delay for rental of equipment and other costs, but Cramer said he's working on ways to not put the burden on taxpayers.

"I think where this will end up going towards is not necessarily a monetary cost to us, but a change in the scope of the project," he said.

Cramer said Carolina Beach plans to remove less material out of the bottom of the lake, going from about 80,000 cubic feet to around 50,000 cubic feet.

Bond said he thinks the decrease is fine as long as it saves money, and the project still helps with flooding issues in the area.

"I guess some people could get frustrated, but like I said, you have to take the bad to get the good," he said. "They are going to get the good."

Cramer wanted to reassure residents the town was doing all it could to make good out of a bad situation.

"One simple misunderstanding can cost the community money, but we take it upon ourselves as stewards of the taxpayers' funds to try and mitigate that as much as possible," he said.

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