Flooding fix at Manteo Furniture may cost $100,000

By on April 27, 2012

A collapsed pipe under Manteo Furniture causes storm water to back up. (Town of Manteo)

Manteo will need to come up with as much as $100,000 to fix a flooding problem downtown.

The source of the backup after storms is a collapsed pipe under Manteo Furniture between Budleigh and Sir Walter Raleigh streets.

Only about 5 percent of the water moves through the crumbled conduit, part of a downtown patchwork of pipes and drainage ditches, some of which date back nearly a century.

Water backs up into nearby yards and streets and sits until it soaks back into the ground.

Estimates for repairs come in at about $75,000, town officials say. But without literally digging into the problem they won’t know for sure. So $100,000 was set as the high end of the fixes.

Drainage would be rerouted down Essex Avenue.

Shannon Twiddy, assistant town manager in charge of finance, said paying for the job with property taxes would add 1.75 cents to the current rate of 23.5 cents per $100 of value.

But the money could also come from the town’s fund balance, or savings account, and the possibility of grants will also be explored.

Town Manager Kermit Skinner told the Board of Commissioners last week that the town staff would look into funding options, but the work needs to be done. Bidding by late summer would allow work to start in the fall.

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April 30, 2012 4:01 pm

Manteo has been slowly addressing its storm drainage and water supply problems for a few years now. It needs to be given a higher priority on the towns needs and get brought up to date. While I would rather not have the trucks from Manteo furniture block the sidewalk like they currently do,Manteo furniture is and has been a stable player in the downtown area for many years and I’m glad its there and hope for it to be there for many more years.

We already built a suitable sized skate park in Manteo for town of its size. That park still hasn’t stopped the in the street skating, I almost hit someone going the wrong way on a skateboard the other night leaving the Pioneer theater.


April 29, 2012 1:15 pm

I totally agree, Jackie! It’s a very old trick to raise taxes for a “special” purpose and never lower them again. I’ve got a great idea-get Manteo Furniture out of downtown! They park those big trucks illegally, blocking traffic signs and traffic. There is no reason for them to be in downtown anymore. What would be really great is to turn that block into a park, maybe even a skate park! Of course, that would also take money (a lot more than this repair) but it would be nice.

Jackie Harris

April 29, 2012 7:21 am

The first thing is the money should come from the fund balance, or at least let the people know how much is in the fund balance before raising the taxes!.

Stewie Stewington

April 28, 2012 7:41 pm

This is why you shouldn’t place public infrastructure pipes under buildings.

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