NATURAL CANAL DREDGING PROJECT UPDATE - June 2013
The Natural Canal dredging project has now been completed. This authorized hydraulic dredging project provided for the dredging of approximately 18,500 linear feet of residential “natural” canals, which were previously dredged in the October 2007-March 2008 dredge cycle. These canals consist of four residential canals (canals #14 to #17) located between Laurinburg and Concord Streets and commercial canals (canals #21, #22 and #23) located between Causeway and Laurinburg Streets, as well as the entrance canals located north of residential canals #8 and #3 (between Raeford and Union Streets and Cumberland and Moore Streets, respectively). The dredge prism consisted of a 40’ wide maximum, except at modified areas around the commercial canal where the maximum width was 20’ wide. The design elevation depth was -6.0” MLW. Approximately 30,143 cubic yards of material was removed as a result of this dredging project. All material excavated was pumped to US Army Corps of Engineers Disposal Area No. 306, located approximately ½ mile west of the Odell Williamson Bridge along the AIWW.
The Town would like to thank our property owners and guests for their assistance in assuring that this was a smooth and successful project. These dredging cycles are scheduled in five year intervals in order to collect the necessary funds to proceed with the maintenance of the Natural Canals. The next dredging cycle for the Natural Canals is scheduled for 2017--2018.
NATURAL CANAL DREDGING SPECIAL TAX DISTRICT FEE INFORMATION
Due to the low bid awarded for the 2012-2013 project, the proposed special tax district fee for the Natural Canals in the recommended 2013-2014 budget is $6.50 per linear foot of property. This is a decrease of $4.72 per linear foot of property from the 2012 - 2013 approved rate of $11.22. This fee is collected annually for the maintenance of the Natural Canals.
The Town, in the fall of 2000, adopted a minimum design criteria for the vertical wooden bulkheads. This purpose of which is to make sure that the interests of the property owner is protected. Below you will find the adopted construction plans and spec sheet for the wooden bulkheads. All documents are in Adobe Acrobat format.