North Topsail leaders are expected to finalize a decision on a $500,000 contract with Dial Cordy and Associates for its hardened structure project at its regular meeting this week.

The company’s proposal, which was presented at a Feb. 1 meeting, is designed “to perform an environmental study, design alternatives and permit for the hardened structure project located at the north end,” according to information previously provided to The Daily News. On Wednesday evening, the Board of Aldermen is expected to accept or decline the Wilmington-based company’s proposal.

The cost of the study would be a 50-50 split with Onslow County government.

Although Carin Faulkner, the town’s assistant town manager, said she was unsure what the next step would be, she said “the scope of work is to get the county and town ready to pursue a permit for a hardened structure and this would take care of the environmental impact statement portion of that permit process.”

The town is also scheduled to receive updates on shoreline protection projects, including a dune push and Ocean Bar Dredge Project. According to the meeting’s agenda, the Board of Aldermen had decided not to proceed with a permit for the Ocean Bar Dredge Project, which Faulkner attributes to a desire to “know the cost of trucking in sand and also the status of a permit to use a spoil island as a sand source.” The dune push project began on North Topsail’s beaches on Jan. 14. According to the town’s website, ES&J Enterprises, which was contracted to do the project, completed the dune push on Feb. 22.

In addition to the Dial Cordy contract, the Board of Aldermen may make decisions on the following:

• CAMA Land Use Plan Review

• A request to build a crossover on town-owned easement

North Topsail Beach’s Board of Aldermen will meet Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at town hall, 2008 Loggerhead Court in North Topsail Beach.

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