New parking contract would replace meters

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As part of a proposal to renew its contract with Lanier Parking Solutions, Wrightsville Beach moved forward with plans to upgrade the town’s electronic pay parking stations as part of its action for the Feb. 9 board of aldermen meeting.

As part of the proposed three-year extension, Lanier Parking would buy seven of the 22 new stations purchased over the course of two years.

The town is looking to buy 11 new pay stations next year, at a cost of $88,000, while Lanier Parking will buy seven for $55,000 over the course of two years, with four being purchased the first year. The meters will be amortized over three years, starting in January 2018, when Lanier Parking’s contract with the town would be renewed until a Dec. 31, 2020, expiration, said town manager Tim Owens.

Of the town’s 26 parking meters, the warranties on 23 of them expire in March 2018. Lanier Parking proposed to upgrade the parking stations to the Parkeon brand parking station. However, Owens said that the town will continue to review the options before electing to change parking meter technology providers.

In other board action:

The board approved up to $350,000 for a contract with Highfill Engineering for a three-phase plan to assess the condition of the 14-inch, 30-year-old sewer line connecting Wrightsville Beach to the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority wastewater treatment facility. The contract also gets design and permitting for a potential second line across the Intracoastal Waterway and would cover bidding and overseeing the construction. The town has a $422,000 fund for a second line for the so-called Northeast Interceptor (NEI) sewer main, as well as $482,000 in capital water and sewer reserves.

It approved the conditional use permit for expansion to the dock office at Wrightsville Yacht Club. The expanded building is part of the Wrightsville Marina’s project to reconstruct its 96-slip dock, which has a projected April completion date.

The board made changes to parking enforcement at six spots on South Lumina Avenue near the corner of Iula Street. It will now allow residential hanging tags to be used in those spots. Additionally, it approved changes of parking rules on Harbor Island where all neighborhoods, as well as town hall parking, will be enforced from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. between May 1 and Sept. 15.

It approved the conditional use permit for The Workshop at 86 Waynick Blvd. that will allow the coffee and jewelry shop to add light kitchen equipment that can help in serving prepared food, such as a press to warm up sandwiches. The board also approved extending the shop’s hours of operations to 9 p.m., though owner Audrey Longtin hasn’t indicated if the store will extend its current 4 p.m. closing time.

The board adopted changes to the uniform development ordinance to amend the definition of “floor,” “floor area” and “measured area.”

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