CONCRETE CANAL DREDGING ASSESSMENT INFORMATION
The next canal dredging cycle scheduled for the Concrete Canals is FY 2013. The cost of this project has been estimated at $1,310,000 which would equate to a cost per linear foot of approximately $6.00 or $300 per a 50 foot lot on an annual basis. This is the current fee being assessed to property owners adjacent to the Concrete Canals and has been approved by the Board to be continued in the 2012-13 budget cycle. These dredging cycles are scheduled in five year intervals in order to collect the necessary funds to proceed with maintenance of the concrete canals.
Concrete Canal Bulkheads Construction and Repair Standards
The Board of Commissioners for the Town of Ocean Isle Beach feel that it is necessary to provide for the maintenance and preservation of the island's concrete canals and the fragile estuarine environment. The Town's marine engineer and the Planning Board have considered the proposed modifications to the Town's ordinances to address concrete canal maintenance and repair and that the issue has been subject to discussion and consideration by the Board at length.
Effective November 8, 2005 the Board has established mandatory requirements for the repair of concrete canals bulkheads and the establishment of standards for the construction and maintenance of such concrete bulkheads along the concrete canals as follows:
(1) Any person performing construction, repair and/or maintenance activities for bulkheads along the concrete canals shall obtain necessary permits from the Building Inspections Department.
(2) Construction, repair and/or maintenance activities shall be in accordance with the uniform design standards approved by the Board of Commissioners and available in the office of the Building Inspector, which is included within this section. Said description entitled Concrete Overlay Repair Rev. 2 9/28/05.
(3) Prior to the start of new construction on canal lots with concrete bulkheads, an inspection must be scheduled to ensure the bulkheads are not in disrepair. If the bulkheads are in need of repair, repairs must be completed prior to setting the pilings for new construction.
(4) The Building Inspections Department will conduct periodical checks to ensure existing bulkheads are not in need of repair. If the Building Inspection Department determines a bulkhead is in need of repair, repairs must be handled by the property owner within ninety (90) days from the date of notice. Failure to repair these bulkheads within the allotted time frame or in conjunction with design standards will result in civil penalties as outlined in Section 42-19 of this ordinance.