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CAROLINA SHORES—Residents interested in connecting to county water will pay an $1,800 tap fee.
Brunswick County Public Utilities Director Jerry Pierce, speaking at a Carolina Shores town commissioners workshop Monday, said the county has no mandatory connection requirement except for new construction, and availability fees no longer exist.
“As long as you have a properly functioning well, you do not have to [connect],” said Pierce, who presented an update on a sewer improvements project and water-service extensions.
Pierce distributed a schedule for construction of a new Carolina Shores force main and diversion pump station.
A bid process is currently under way, with a pre-bid meeting scheduled for Oct. 17 and sealed proposals to be received Oct. 31.
Construction is expected to start this December, with completion slated for Dec. 13.
Work calls for about 39,400 linear feet of 12-inch force main next to the southbound right-of-way of U.S. 17 from N.C. 904 to the South Carolina state line, then to the Carolina Shores Wastewater Treatment plant.
Pierce said sewer work is a permanent solution to divert flow and send a certain amount to the West Brunswick plant. The county has purchased an easement between the Carolina Shores plant and U.S. 17 that he said should eliminate utility traffic going through the neighborhood as has been the case in the past, Pierce said.
He said the pump station is a solution for maintaining the Carolina Shores station, which is “just too valuable to waste at this time.”
Golf course trees
Philippe Bureau, manager of Carolina Shores Golf & Country Club, noted Phase 2 of tree removal at the course is about 80 percent complete.
Work is finished at the 14th and 15th holes, and about half finished at the 13th hole, Bureau said at Monday’s town workshop.
“It’s our belief we’ve done a better job cleaning up, being less disruptive and getting debris off the golf course,” Bureau said.
In response to a question from town commissioner Joyce Dunn, Bureau said he was hesitant to give a date for when stumps will be removed from the course. He said misinformation has been “going on as well.”
“The golf course has every intention and will remove the stumps,” he said, adding manpower has been a problem.
Summer is the golf course’s busiest time of year, with only one employee to remove debris, he said. The course does not have funds to add a staff person to remove stumps, Bureau said.
He said rainy weather had created a five-week delay.
Dunn said people are eager to have the work done.
“Once we get equipment, we will get started on that project,” Bureau said.
Town commissioner Greg Davis later said the town couldn’t hold up the entire project for the golf course to remove stumps.
“Yes, we can—that’s our job,” Dunn said, adding Bureau stated on repeated occasions that removal would occur.
Hargett said it’s not in the town’s interest or anyone’s interest to impose conditions that will not be met.
Town hall uplift
Town finance director Julie Munday is serving as project manager of planned uplift work to town hall.
Following Monday’s workshop, she led commissioners and staff on an informal tour to detail work that is planned.
Town administrator Mike Hargett said after more than 10 years since the original town hall was built, the structure is starting to show signs of wear and tear.
Work calls for removing two walls to enlarge the reception area, ceiling and wall repairs.
Town commissioners will address these and other agenda items at their regular monthly meeting at 3 p.m. this Thursday, Oct. 4.
Laura Lewis is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or email email@example.com.