NEW LESSEE FOR STEELE CREEK TO BE NAMED SOON – DOA GETS SMACK FOR LOUSY COMMUNICATIONS WITH PUBLIC
“We had a good and purposeful meeting today between state senators and representatives with the NC Department of Administration (DOA) on sorting out the issues to get a new lease in place for the Steele Creek Marina at Townsville,” said State Senator Chad Barefoot who let DOA and others quickly know that he was there to represent KLPW and many more constituency groups and interested citizens.
While the legislators believe that DOA and the State Property Office are working in the best interests of the docking and boating public, they did admonish the agencies for poor and sometimes non-existent communications with constituency groups like KLPW and concerned citizens . DOA promised better communications immediately.
Details are forthcoming on KLPW’s blog and Facebook page when a final agreement is hammered out and a new lessee is named.
Groups like KLPW, RRBA and The Vance County Tourism Authority want to see things like expanded services and automated fueling.
The communications with the Steele Creek Tenants during the bidding and award process has been awful. The state did very little to facilitate a smooth transition to the original awardee for the marina lease and then allowed the outgoing SCM incumbent to hand pick who they would sell the docks to. The state is now awarding the lease contract to the hand picked successor as the original awardee dropped out.