Heikens elected to fill KDH Commissioner’s seat

By on February 6, 2024

Timothy Dillon Heikens is the newest member of the Kill Devil Hills Board of Commissioners. (Photo credit: Kip Tabb/OBV)

By a vote of 3-1 at their Feb. 5 meeting, the Kill Devil Hills Commissioners selected Timothy Dillon Heikens to fill a vacant seat on the five-member board created when Mayor John Windley defeated Ben Sproul in the November 2023 election.

Heikens, a member of the Kill Devil Hills Planning Board, has been active in a number of town organizations.

There were eight candidates under consideration by the council with names submitted to Town Clerk Michael O’Dell, by the Jan. 16 deadline. The candidates, identified at the meeting by O’Dell, were Timothy Dillon Heikens, Harvey Hess Jr., Kim James, Nelson (Skip) Jones, Jr., Mary Louise (Sandie) Markland, Sterling D. Sadler, Ronald Seidman II and Ann Wood.

O’Dell told the commissioners they could vote for only one candidate and that they were required to sign their ballots. The ballots will be available to the public as part of the “board’s commitment to this transparent process,” O’Dell said.

After tabulating the results O’Dell noted there had been one vote for Ronald Seidman and three votes for Heikens. The council voted unanimously on the motion to have Heikens fill the vacant seat.

After the vote council members thanked the applicants, noting that deciding among the eight candidates was a difficult decision.

“We had eight very strong candidates to fill our vacancy on the board. And it was a very, very tough decision,” Mayor John Windley said. “But I got to speak with everybody…Thank you all for showing interest and applying. You didn’t make it easy on us.”

Heikens, who bought his house in Kill Devil Hills in 2017, spoke to the Voice after the meeting. Noting he had always had an interest in government, he said he had made a point of coming to the commissioners’ meetings.

Heikens told the Voice he had served on a number of town boards, including the West side Recreation Committee and Historic Landmarks Commission. More recently, “I’ve been on the Planning Board for a couple of years now,” he said.

Asked if he had any particular priorities, Heikens said he was simply looking forward to serving on town council.

“I don’t have any special agenda. I look forward to continuing to serve the town,” he said, adding, “This is a this is a great board. A very cohesive unit.”

Heikens will be seated and take the oath of office at the next town council meeting on March 6. His term on the board will expire in December 2025.


Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at mterrell@barnhillcontracting.com or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


Sussex Development is soliciting bids to turnkey supply and install FF&E for the new Tulls Creek Elementary School, 125 Campus Drive, Moyock, NC27929. This project is a new ground-up 2-story, Pre-K thru 5th grade school, approximately 118,000 square feet. Bid documents may be obtained through Christopher West Interiors LLC. Request bid documents via email to interiors@cwiusa.com. Pre-Bid RFIs will be accepted via email until Wednesday, July 31, 2024 at 5:00PM EST. Pricing proposals are due Wednesday, August 14, 2024 by 5:00PM EST. All bids and inquires to be sent to interiors@cwiusa.com. Certified NC Hub, MBE, WBE, DBE, SBE are highly encouraged to participate. Sussex Development is an EOE and maintains a drug-free workplace.


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