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Town Board Meeting December 2018
Speed limit 45 to 35 on Broad, South Ave update
December 5, 2018

ecember’s Town Hall meeting was brief. Deputy Finance Officer Tammy Cox presented in place of Town Manager Diane Miller (who is on vacation). Cox updated the Board on debris pickup from Hurricane Florence, the installation of a new 35 mph sign on Broad St, and seasonal closings of Town Hall.

town hall signTown Hall has a drop-off box for Toys for Pamlico. Deputy Finance Officer Cox says Town Hall is doing this in lieu of Toys for Tots, as this makes sure the gifts ultimately go to children in Pamlico County.

Hurricane Florence Update
The amount of debris picked up from Oriental after Hurricane Florence currently totals 35,273 cubic feet, most of which is green waste. Hurricane Irene produced 16,760 cubic yards of debris with more construction and demolition debris than green waste.

County Management, in charge of picking up debris from Hurricane Florence, has set January 1 as the last pass for storm debris collection. All construction and demolition debris, and green waste should be separated and piled curbside for pickup. Insulation should be in plastic bags.

Holiday and Closing Schedule
Town Hall will be closed for the holidays, Monday, December 24 to Wednesday, December 26. Staff will be on call if needed. Water bills will not be overdue if received by close of business December 27.

Town Hall will be closed January 1, 2019 for the New Year, and also on the first Monday in February, February 4.

Lowering the Speed Limit
The NC Department of Transportation has placed a new 35 mph sign on Highway 55 (Broad St.) between the Piggly Wiggly and the Village Health Club, extending the lower speed zone to the grocery store. Planning Board member Martin Barrow has been working with the DOT on the project and has asked for a “Reduce Speed Ahead” sign to also be put up.

Pier and South Ave Update
Before leaving on vacation, Town Manager Diane Miller spoke with TownDock.net about repairs to South Ave and the pier at Lou Mac Park.

The seawall holding up South Ave must be repaired before any other construction can begin. On December 28, a notice to proceed will be issued to the contractor to begin repairs. Miller said she expects the repair (just to the seawall) to be completed in January.

Repairs to South Ave, damaged by Hurricane Florence, can begin after the seawall is repaired. Millers states there is no definite timeline for this project due to the nature of the work. Factors include contractor availability, the contract bidding process, the amount of substrate that must be dug up (8-10 inches), and milling and resurfacing the road. Miller says this is a lot harder than laying asphalt over an existing road – that contractors will be creating a road from scratch due to the damage. There is a demolition phase in addition to a construction phase.

Water lines in the area of Freemason and Vandemere were also damaged and need to be replaced. Miller said this is some of the oldest water line in Oriental. It is more cost effective to replace the lines before the new road is laid rather than break up freshly paved asphalt.

The Town already has a permit from CAMA to repair the pier. She hopes those repairs can begin in February, when the seawall repairs are completed.

The state has said they will replace the online water gauge that was on the pier (it was destroyed during Florence.) But first, the pier has to be repaired.

Police Report
Officers Nic Blayney and Bill Wichrowski have planned a holiday information session on the Town Hall front porch during the Spirit of Christmas. They will have coffee, hot chocolate, and cider available while they let residents know how to keep their homes and selves safe during the holidays.

Dates to Know
  • The next Town Board Meeting will be Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 7p.
  • The Board of Commissioners will have their Quarterly Meeting on January 31, 2019 at 8a.
  • The Harbor Waterfronts Committee has their next meeting on December 13 at 8a.
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Posted Wednesday December 5, 2018 by Allison DeWeese

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