Learn about Village Projects
Below are a few projects and initiatives that are taking place at Bald Head Island. Information about these projects will be updated as the status changes. Shoreline protection project information can be found HERE.
If you have a question about any of these projects, or are not finding the information you need, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Handicap Access – The Village has received a Division of Coastal Management (DCM) beach access grant to purchase and improve a vacant oceanfront lot. The Village will be installing a new handicap access on the purchased property. At the December 2019 regular Council meeting, the Village Manager reported that the Village has executed an offer to purchase and settlement statement for a lot. The lot is located near the Bald Head Island Club between public beach access #15 and #17 which is near the entrance to the Bald Head Island Club.
New Cell Tower – Crown Castle owns the current cell tower on the island and will be constructing a new one in summer 2020. The new cell tower will be constructed next to the old cell tower which will be taken down during the off-season in 2020. The new tower will be 60 feet higher and will result in improved cellular service on the island. It will also enhance the Public Safety Department’s VIPER communication system allowing for improved line of sight on areas of the island such as near the dune line.
Crown Castle was expected to begin work on Thursday, June 11, 2020, and construction was expected to take approximately two weeks. However, there have been a few delays due to weather and issues with equipment. A piece of equipment will need to be fabricated in order to install the friction piles. The crane was demobilized off-island until the equipment comes in. Work is expected to resume a week or two after the 4th of July.
Contractor Services Improvements – In October 2019, the Village Manager reported that Village Staff is moving forward with initial efforts on improvements to the Contractor Services lot. There will be a phased approach which includes clearing out the existing Contractor Service building and old and dilapidated storage units while relocating others for temporary use until new storage units are constructed. The preliminary work is estimated to cost $175,000 with most of the cost associated with relocating the fuel pump/gas dispenser.
Contractor Services staff and Development Services staff have relocated their offices to a mobile office while improvements progress. The mobile office is located near the entrance to the Public Works complex.
Relocation of the old storage units (CONEX boxes) is scheduled to begin before the end of May 2020.
What is going on with all the flags on the side of the road?
Some folks may have noticed that these flags have been around the island for quite some time. They are marking various utility lines for the infrastructure projects that have been on-going for several years (first the broadband fiber project and more recently the Duke Energy project). Please do not remove them.
At some point ALL the flags will be removed, but not until all projects are completed. The Duke Energy project is almost complete, but the Village has a few other major projects that will be starting this year such as the installation of the new cell tower and the Village’s stormwater management infrastructure
When all projects are completed the Village can focus on removal of the flags, which we agree, are not the most attractive sight on the island, but are necessary to bring forth these planned improvements with minimal delay.
Duke Energy – Duke Energy continues to bore down Federal Road to replace a section of cable through to the area of the BHI Conservancy. After the job is complete there should be some redundancy to the area of the Conservancy and Shoals Club. The company expects to complete this project in the January or February 2020 time-frame. Duke plans to return this summer to pull lines through the conduits that have been installed. It was emphasized with Duke staff that this will be the third consecutive summer the island has had a construction project. The impact on transportation is expected to be minimal this summer compared to last summer’s project. The Village estimates that Duke has spent approximately $10 million on its recent improvements on the island.
Wildlife Management – Deer: Over the last several years the Village has sub-contracted services to the Bald Head Island Conservancy to assist with Deer Herd Management which utilizes an immuno-contraception program. Updates on the program are posted on the Conservancy’s website at; https://www.bhic.org/deer/.
Coyote: During the 2019 turtle season, the Conservancy reported that coyotes were disturbing turtle nests and eating the eggs. Several non-lethal methods were used to deter the coyotes with little success. After consulting wildlife biologists about the viability of trapping coyotes, the Village and the Conservancy worked together to obtain a depredation permit. At this time, the Village currently has no plans in place to trap the coyotes.
Go to the Village’s Coyote Management Plan page for more information.