Basnight Construction was awarded subcontracted work on part of the new $25 million Jennette’s Pier project currently under construction in Nags Head. The amount of money the construction company is being paid and the scope of work being performed are currently undisclosed.
Kitty Hawk-based RPC Construction, who received a subcontract from Clancy & Theys Construction – the general contractor – subcontracted to Basnight Construction. The lowest responsible bidder, Basnight Construction stands to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars from RPC, who was awarded between $2 million and $3 million worth of site prep work.
President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight (D-Dare) was the leading advocate to push the multimillion dollar project through the General Assembly in 2009. Due to his efforts, House Bill 628, “Aquarium Satellite Areas Funding” was able to fly through the Legislature and receive unanimous approval from lawmakers. Later attempts to strip funding for the pier were blocked through procedural motions by House and Senate leadership.
President of Basnight Construction for the last two decades, the Senator’s history with the company began in 1973 when he founded it. According to the Senator’s most recently available Statement of Economic Interest filed with the State Ethics Commission on April 15, 2009 he lists having a financial interest in the company of greater than $10,000. Additional corporate filings with the NC Secretary of State’s office have listed him as the company’s treasurer, while his cousin, James Basnight, is registered as president. Senator Basnight has served as the company’s President as recently as 2007.
Amy Faulk, spokeswoman for Basnight, said the Senator is no longer part of the company and has not been active with the company for over 10 years. Faulk said Basnight resigned from the construction company on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009 and was in the process of divesting his holdings in Basnight Construction.
Clancy and Theys was awarded the general construction bid less than 24 hours after legislative and executive approval in April 2009. Clancy and Theys are in charge of handing out subcontracting work. Clancy and Theys have not responded to attempts to contact them regarding the awarding of contracts for the pier project to Basnight Construction.