Category Archives: UTILIITIES

Linemen tackle widespread power outages

Joe Jackson, a B-Lineman with Utility Line Construction Services, arrived late Tuesday. He and his counterparts face a long, cold night of repairs. A fleet of trucks mustered in the parking lot of the elementary school in Bayboro. BAYBORO – Like a cavalry to the rescue, a dozen massive bucket trucks and more than 20 heavily clothed linemen pulled into the parking lot of Fred A. Anderson Elementary School shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday. Their uniforms: White hard hats and fluorescent green safety vests. Their mission: Restore electricity to thousands in numerous eastern North Carolina cou…

County official resigns post

May have used clout to avoid expenses The small structure next to the home of Ray Bennett Jr. at 690 Bennett Farm Road was originally meant to be a garage, but later morphed into a full-fledged residence. By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer BAYBORO – The Assistant Building Inspector for Pamlico County resigned Wednesday, as he faced a three-day suspension and possible termination, in a controversy involving sewer service to a new structure – originally constructed next to his personal home under a building permit that specified a garage and not a residence. Ray Bennett Jr., employed for man…

House Bill 298 becomes ‘wild card’ in wind energy debate

By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer BAYBORO – As the Pamlico County Commission braces for an April 1 public hearing on a new county law to govern wind turbines and other tall structures, the General Assembly appears likely to repeal a state law that provides much of the impetus for wind energy development across the state. House Bill 298, introduced last week, bears the official title of “An Act to Reduce the Burden of High Energy Costs on the Citizens of North Carolina by Eliminating Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards; and to Provide for Cost Recovery by Public Utilities for Certain Costs o…

‘ Move turbines ’ says Department of Defense

  Special to the County Compass WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week representatives from Beaufort County including County Commissioners Ed Booth and Hood Richardson; County Manager Randell Woodruff; and lobbyist/consultant Joe McClees met with Frank DiGiovanni of the U.S. Department of Defense Clearinghouse. The massive federal department is currently reviewing several pending wind turbine projects in eastern North Carolina to determine what, if any, impacts the projects may have on current or planned future military operations within Beaufort County and elsewhere. Offi…

Radar, turbines guaranteed to butt heads

BAYBORO – Wind turbines proposed for Pamlico County, which would be built directly under 1,000 square miles of restricted airspace, are likely to wreak havoc with the radar systems of Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station. And, any ‘mitigating technology,’ which might minimize or eliminate these impacts, has yet to be developed, according to two experts, Dr. Mike Evers and David Plummer, who addressed a joint session of the Pamlico County Commission and the Pamlico County Planning Board Wednesday night. The elected county commissioners, the all-volunteer planning board, and ap…

Cherry Point MCAS wants to discuss wind energy projects

  County Commissioners approve Feb. 6 session, over objections of Delamar By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer Paul Delamar III BAYBORO – Usually when representatives from Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station request permission to appear before a governmental board, local elected officials bend over backwards to accommodate their wishes. After all, the marine base is one of the region’s largest employers. The economic impact of operations there is unparalleled. And, of course, few would ever question the worthiness of its mission – to protect the security of our nation. Howev…

Oriental area faces ban on new sewer hookups

  Utility’s director explains problem, vows corrective measures By Chris Venters, Executive Director | Bay River Metropolitan Sewerage District | Special to the County Compass BAYBORO — On Aug. 7, 2012, Bay River Metropolitan Sewerage District received a Notice of Violation from the Division of Water Quality within the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. This notice cited a failure to comply with permit requirements and therefore the Sewer District that services the Oriental area will be placed on a sewer moratorium (with no new sewer taps or…

Look out! Water tower to fall in Minnesott Beach!

  Left, if all goes well, this de-commissioned water tower should hit the ground between two pine trees. Center, Larry Hughes, a local welder, intends to dismantle the structure for its salvage value at no cost to the town. Right, high above the ground, Hughes attaches massive steel cables. By Judith Lynch | Special to the County Compass MINNESOTT BEACH – The otherwise-peaceful atmosphere of this waterfront community will likely see some violence Thursday when a ‘retired’ water tower – some 140 feet high — loses its grip on the sky and crashes to the ground. Larry Hughes,…

Massive saw hangs from copter

  Utility saves by trimming from air Pilot Will Nesbit flies a helicopter and operates an ‘air saw’ at the same time. By Lester Cloninger | Special to the County Compass HIGHWAY 304 – An airborne buzzsaw — suspended from a helicopter and controlled by its solo pilot — spurred excitement this week along the Progress Energy right-of-way, which extends from Bayboro to the county’s remote northeast corner. Over the next several weeks, a small army of employees and contractors are conducting the tactical ground and air assault in which trees are trimmed and debris clea…
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