Kitty Hawk City Council honors Willie Midgett for 15 years of service – The Coastland Times


Delayed by a day due to Labor Day on Monday, Kitty Hawk City Council opened its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 7 with a special recognition presentation for Director of Public Works Willie Midgett who completed 15 years of service with the city. Midgett started with Kitty Hawk in 2006 after 20 years in the US Coast Guard where he retired as a boatswain’s chief.

Dr Jack Bagwell, president of Albemarle College, also gave a presentation to the board, with updated information on the activities of the local college. According to Bagwell, COA recently opened a new facility in Currituck and a new Manteo campus currently under construction is expected to open in late winter. COA serves seven counties across four sites offering multiple transfer degree and business programs in Manteo in Dare County, Barco in Currituck County, Edenton in Chowan County, and Elizabeth City in Pasquotank County.

The evening’s most in-depth presentation came from David Woodward, representing Manns Woodward Studios Architecture and Master Planning in Baltimore, MD.

According to Woodward, building a new police / fire / EMS station as planned will cost around $ 9.8 million, almost double the $ 5.5 million budgeted for the project. Woodward said in order to stay within the budgeted amount, it may be necessary to reduce the square footage or eliminate the presence of fires and / or EMS.

“Another method of shrinking,” Woodward explained, “is to shrink the space of each program a bit.”

Woodward added that this would reduce the size of the building by 44%. However, while this was the only plan that would match the current budget, the result would be a non-functional building.

Woodward ended his presentation by saying that he needed to know where the board wanted to go in order to take the next step.

When asked what the delay was, Woodward replied, “The budget”.

In another overnight action by council, three unrelated public hearings have been set for October 4: an application to rezone part of 3722 North Croatan Highway to correct an existing zoning error, code changes to authorize tattoo studios as a special use, and a Sec. 42-1 Accessory modification of habitable structure. The board also approved a policy on paid sick leave against the coronavirus for employees who test positive.

Items approved in the Consent Agenda include the minutes of the August 2 board meeting, a budget amendment of $ 100,300.00 for the purchase of two 8 inch sump pumps such as approved in July, recognition of a grant of $ 1,408,247 from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality for the 2022 beach renovation project, a resolution directing the finance officer to submit a request to the Local Government Commission for the approval of a special bond with an estimated value of $ 5,400,000, a request to hire a police officer with 23 years of experience in the enforcement of the law in Virginia at $ 60,975 and a city code amendment restrict parking in Sandy Run Park to vehicles using the park or to facilities with unauthorized vehicles parked there to be towed and subject to civil penalties.

Council ended the evening with a closed session to review the closed session minutes and discuss several legal issues of concern with the city attorney.



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