01-17-17

Town of Holden Beach – BOC’s Regular Meeting
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
“Unofficial” Minutes & Comments – Lou’s Views


Board of Commissioners’ Agenda Packet
For more information
» click here
http://www.hbtownhall.com/files/120896460.pdf


1. Public Comments on Agenda Items

There were no comments


2. Discussion and Possible Action on Canal Dredging Plan Update –
Shane Lippard, Right Angle Engineering

Agenda Packet –
CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Based on historical dredge cycles and the estimated shoaling rate, it appears that ten-year dredge cycles would be appropriate to maintain navigable water depths.   Construction costs were estimated for all three subdivisions and based upon estimated construction costs and annual costs, the annual individual property owner assessment should be as follows:
.     1) Holden Beach Harbor –          $304 per lot
.     2) Heritage Harbor –                    $162 per lot
.     3) Harbor Acres –                         $245 per lot

The outlet structures should be inspected and maintained prior to letting of dredge contracts.

Shoaling rates, surveying and dredge frequency are all subject to dynamic coastal conditions. Care should be taken by the Town of Holden Beach to assess yearly localized events and bi-annual canal monitoring surveys should be implemented.     Based on prior years dredging, average shoaling rates, and monitoring surveys, it would be expected to conduct maintenance dredging in November 2018 / March 2019 for all of Holden Beach Harbor, Heritage Harbor, and entrance canal of Harbor Acres.

The staff recommendation is moved to approve

A decision was made – Approved unanimously


3. MEIC Report, Asbestos Cement Pipe Condition Assessment –
Public Works Director Clemmons

Previously reported – 2014
    A) Inventory Assets
      1) @100,000 feet asbestos/cement (AC) pip
e
.         a) AC not a threat to public health
        b) Not required to remove and replace
      2) System shape
.         a) System installed in 1978 and is at the end of its expected useful life
        b) Condition unknown until we actually start project

The BOC’s agreed to take the following actions:
    1) Perform tests on the current pipes to determine their condition
.      a) Three tests, one in each zone

Performed tests on the three pipe sections from separate zones to determine their condition
.         • Limited sample size, with just three

Test results were exceptionally good, minimum useful life expectancy is an additional thirty (30) years far exceeding the manufacturers stated expected useful life. Pipes are holding up nicely, but useful life expectancy does not mean things aren’t going to happen. However, it does not appear that we have any immediate issues.

Agenda Packet –
In 2014, the Town started an asbestos cement pipe conditions assessment that required pulling three pipe samples a year for testing over a three-year period to try and determine how many years of useful life we could expect before the system needed to be replaced.

The report dated October 7, 2016 is the result of the second round of testing. One of the three samples tested shows a higher rate of deterioration than the other two. During the third round of testing, we will pull a sample from the same area to determine if this level of deterioration is consistent in that area. Round three of testing is scheduled to take place during budget year 2017 – 2018.

Test results were exceptionally good, minimum useful life expectancy is an additional fifty (50) years far exceeding the manufacturers stated expected useful life. Pipes are holding up nicely, but useful life expectancy does not mean things aren’t going to happen. However, it does not appear that we have any immediate issues. Chris pointed out that we have approximately twenty-one (21) miles of pipe, almost all asbestos, and this is a very small sample consisting of only fifty (50) feet. The good news is that the results were better than anticipated so we may not need to continue to test moving forward. The test costs approximately @$15,000. The bad news is that the recent water pipe break in Wilmington was the same type and age pipe as ours. So, it would still be prudent to conduct test on a regular basis.

Previously reported –
Brunswick declares state of emergency over broken water main
Local utilities will likely remain under a water emergency for about another week as crews work to construct a bypass around the damaged pipe, said Bob Walker, executive director of H2GO Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer.
Read more » click here
http://www.starnewsonline.com/news/20161019/brunswick-declares-state-of-emergency-over-broken-water-main


4. Police Report – Chief Wally Layne

Police Patch
It’s that time of the year, it is break-in season
Up to now things have been fairly quiet
Unfortunately, not so the last few weeks
We had an accidental death when a subcontractor fell off a deck
Also, had two oceanfront break-ins over the weekend


Surf City man dies after fall in Holden Beach
Read more » click here
http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/surf-city-man-dies-after-fall-holden-beach


Wally requested that we all serve as the eyes and ears for law enforcement.
If you know something, hear something, or see something –
call 911 and let police deal with it.

Neighborhood Watch

  • Need to look out for each other and report any suspicious activity
  • Call 911 if you see or hear anything suspicious
  • Fill out Keep Check Request Form if you will be out of town
  • Submit completed Property Registration Form
  • Pickup copy of Protecting Your Home

Crime prevention 101 – Don’t make it easy for them
. a) Don’t leave vehicles unlocked
. b)
Don’t leave valuables in your vehicles
. c)
Lock your doors & windows – house, garage, storage areas and sheds

Keep Check Request Form
. a) Complete the form and return it to the Police Department
. b)
Officers check your property in your absence
.
Property Registration Form
. a)
Record of items in your home that have a value of over $100
. b)
Complete the form and return it to the Police Department


5. Discussion and Possible Nomination of a Board of Commissioners Member to Serve as the Audit Committee Chair – Per Town Ordinance

Previously reported –
The Board of Commissioners has found that establishment of an Audit Committee would improve the ability of the Board of Commissioners to perform its fiscal oversight function.

§30.26 AUDIT COMMITTEE OF THE BOC
There is hereby established an Audit Committee of the BOC, which shall be comprised of: a Chairman of the BOC Audit Committee, who shall be a member of the Board of Commissioners; and not fewer than two nor more than four Public Members, as determined by the BOC at the first regular meeting in January. The Chairman of the BOC Audit Committee and each of the Public Members shall have a normal term of one year, and all shall serve at the pleasure ofthe BOC. The Chairman of the BOC Audit Committee shall be elected by the BOC at the first regular meeting in January. The Public Members shall be appointed by the Chairman of the BOC Audit Committee, subject to confirmation by the BOC.

Update –
After consulting with our attorney, they concluded that they did not have to change the Chairman so John Fletcher was renominated to retain the Chair for another year.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously


6. Budget Update – Town Manager Hewett

David presented the budget report as of January, 6th. Why January 6th you ask? The Audit Committee felt it was important to capture the revenue from property taxes which were due on January 5t. The report presented a snapshot of where we are at, comparing the budget numbers to the actual numbers.

 My Two Cents - CR IIFor me it was another meaningless exercise, just like last June. I say that with no malice, it’s just that I have no better understanding of where we are or should be after the presentation then I did before it. Since we have huge seasonal fluctuations in both income and expenses the numbers need to be presented in context. It would have been more informative if he had made a comparison to the same time last year so we could see more precisely how we are doing. In addition, instead of throwing out fund numbers a simple explanation of whether each fund balance is better / worse than normal for this time of the year would have given us a better picture of our current situation at the half way mark in the fiscal year.


7. Town Manager’s Report

Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM)
Previously reported –
Using the first major upgrade in eight years, state officials have released preliminary flood-plain maps and the news is largely good for Holden Beach residents.

The vast majority of properties on Holden Beach will see a decrease
    1) 92% of the properties saw a decrease
    2) Of the 1328 properties that were in VE zone all but 103 are now in the AE zone
.         • AE zone flood insurance rates are substantially lower than VE zone rates
.     3) 33 properties were moved into VE zone from the AE zone
.         • Mostly lots, not clear what actual impact will be yet
.         • Primarily the area is east of Blockade runner in the undeveloped areas of Dunescape

In February of 2016 we entered into the Review Period, any proposed revisions are reviewed and then remapped. Then we enter the Approval Period, if approved they will issue a letter of determination. The maps will only take effect when adopted and implemented by the local government. The local government will then have six (6) months to adopt the maps.  Several times we were told that the tentative projected effective date is not till January 20, 2017. Unfortunately, we are unable to adopt prior to obtaining the letter of determination. The Town will prepare a draft resolution pending obtaining the letter of determination. The Town will be ready when the maps are finally approved.

A Letter of Final Determination (LFD) is a letter the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sends to the Chief Executive Officer of a community stating that a new or updated Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) or Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) will become effective in 6 months. The letter also notifies each affected flood prone community participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that it must adopt a compliant floodplain management ordinance by the map effective date to remain participants in good standing in the NFIP.

Update –
Despite being told for the better part of a year that the tentative projected effective date would be January 20, 2017, the maps have apparently not been approved yet. We have no official definitive answer as to when they will be approved. So, for those of you asking, we don’t know when they will go into effect now.

For more information » click here
https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pages/understanding_flood_maps/mapScheduleSearch.action;jsessionid=B553C3F8832168341C63614682438075?zipCode=28462
TIP – Enter Zip / Click on Holden Beach

Water Tower
They are repainting the water tower
Everything attached to the tower will need to be removed
All the cell phone equipment will temporarily be placed on two monopole towers
They do not expect any interruption in your cell service while they are doing this work
Anticipate shrouding / spraying for at least the next few months
Work should not impact usage of Bridgeview Park
The plan was to complete work by Easter but that does not look like it is going to happen

Central Reach Project
Placement of a five-section submerged line that brings the sand from the ocean transfer point to the beach strand was completed. The two hopper dredges the BE Lindholm and RN Weeks are both on site and dedicated to the Central Reach Project. Dredging officially began on Wednesday, January 4th. They anticipate that this will be a sixty (60) day project with work being done with a 24/7 schedule. The plan is to cycle the two dredges, one digging sand at the borrow site and one pumping sand to the starter pad at 140 OBE. They will continue to place sand on the beach strand as they transition down the beach moving to the west. When visiting the beach, please remember to stay clear of the work zone area as identified by orange fencing on the beach.

They are approximately twenty (20) percent into completion of the project. The contractor is putting around twenty (20) thousand cubic yards of sand on the beach daily. That translates into the size of a football field at a depth of six (6) to eight (8) feet. David is attempting to add the hundred (100) cubic yard sand loss from Hurricane Matthew into our current Central Reach Project effort.   Holden Beach currently has an engineered beach and as such qualifies for Category G FEMA reimbursements. The Town has enough flexibility in its permit to add the hundred thousand (100,000) cubic yards if we can get FEMA to approve a Category G Project Worksheet in a timely manner. We have a sixty (60) day contract with the vendor and our permits expire March 31st. At the current pace, they should complete the project with three (3) weeks left on the permit. It makes perfect sense to piggyback on this mobilization and avoid additional mobilization costs later. There is a very small window of opportunity but he plans on making a hard run at it.

Category G: Parks, Recreational Facilities, Other – Repair and restoration of parks, playgrounds, pools, cemeteries and beaches;

Eligible work is documented on a Project Worksheet (PW). The PW is used to record a detailed description, the scope of eligible work, estimated or actual cost, and special considerations associated with the project.

Hurricane Matthew
Beach debris cleanup is underway, c
ontract crews are now in the process of removing remnants of old, damaged sand fence and other debris resulting from Hurricane Matthew.  They have already completed the removal of potential debris impediments from the Central Reach Project construction area. At present, they are working at the 900 block. The crews will continue heading west all the way to the Shallotte Inlet.  Please feel free to apprise us of any materials we may have missed.

Holden Beach designation as an engineered beach means if there is a named storm event then we qualify for Category G FEMA reimbursements for replacing all the material that were lost during that event. The Town has determined that we had a hundred thousand (100,000) cubic yard sand loss from Hurricane Matthew. This sand is estimated to cost $10 a yard ($1 million total) without a corresponding mobilization cost. David is attempting to add the hundred (100) cubic yard sand loss from Hurricane Matthew into our current Central Reach Project effort.

Category G: Parks, Recreational Facilities, Other – Repair and restoration of parks, playgrounds, pools, cemeteries and beaches;

Eligible work is documented on a Project Worksheet (PW). The PW is used to record a detailed description, the scope of eligible work, estimated or actual cost, and special considerations associated with the project.

Lockwood Folly Inlet
Dredging is scheduled for this March. We anticipate getting sixty (60) thousand cubic yards of sand that will be placed on the east end of the island. There is the possibility of obtaining an additional sixty (60) thousand cubic yards of sand. Our portion of the cost is somewhere between $75,000 to $100,000. This translates to a sand cost of roughly $2 per cubic yard vs. the $10 per cubic yard we are paying for the Central Reach Project.

Static Vegetation Line
We are required to establish a Static Vegetation Line after completion of a large beach nourishment project. The NC Division of Coastal Management agency is responsible for doing this. This eliminates the need for us to establish a Developmental Line.

Static Vegetation Line Defined –
To ensure beachfront development does not encroach too far seaward in communities with large beach renourishment projects, the static vegetation line, or the first line of stable and natural vegetation observed before the project, is used to measure setbacks and other coastal building requirements. The line represents the boundary between the normal dry sand beach and the more stable upland areas.

Solid Waste contract
The Waste Industries contract is being renegotiated
Presentation will be made at the February meeting

Sewer System Vulnerability Assessment
Compass Pointe is the engineering firm we contracted with to evaluate the current situation, do risk analysis of the vulnerabilities of our lift stations, propose remedies to mitigate those risks, address concerns and propose solutions. They have already started to work on the problem.


8. Large Structure Report – Planning & Zoning Chair Vicki Myers

Agenda Packet –
At the August meeting of the Board of Commissioners, the Planning and Zoning Board was directed to:
.     1) Look at the problems associated with very large structures
    2) Identify the “holes” in our ordinances that would allow very large structures to be built
.     3) Look at what other Towns are doing
    4) Present a range of possible

Conclusions
The Planning & Zoning Board feels that the size of the structure is not the issue, but the use of the structure.

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We feel that the Holden Beach “brand” is summed up in our ordinances: “The town is recognized as a quiet, family-oriented beach community, and houses in the town are situated so that they are in close proximity. Residents and visitors come to the beach community to enjoy the relative peacefulness and serenity of the place”

There is a desire to keep the community as it currently exists, as a quiet “family” beach.

The Planning and Zoning Board recognizes the importance of preserving and protecting the safety of residents and visitors, protecting property and of preserving the tranquility of life we enjoy and expect, however, we also recognize the need to support tourism, including vacation rental homes. In addition, property values are often based on the ability to cover the expenses of second homes by offering them as vacation rentals. A significant portion of our Town’s budget is derived from the summer rental season. A decrease in property values would lower the tax base and ad valorem taxes. We urge the Board of Commissioners to proceed cautiously.

We also feel that is important for potential investors to understand the nature of the island and activities that are permissible.  They should not plan to construct a house based on the idea that it can be used for any use other than residential occupancy.

The Board feels that education can play an important role in this process. Property owners, Realtors, rental agencies, event planners and the construction community as well as individuals wishing to hold events on the island need to be aware of the rules.

We advise that any ordinance changes should be preceded by deeper analysis and public hearings to allow all stakeholders to be involved and give input.

Large residential structures, which are rented to groups, lend themselves to events not typically associated with single-family vacation rental homes. Traditional zoning codes were not written to address these structures.  Many oceanfront communities are grappling with this issue. Each community is different and addresses the issue in unique ways. The BOC’s asked P&Z to present a range of solutions for their consideration. P&Z proposed nine (9) potential solutions but deliberately made no recommendation. It was clear that a lot of time and effort went into putting the report together. The takeaway is that they need to proceed cautiously, but they still need to proceed!

This is what I think, that they have agreed on –
A) It’s a complex issue that will not be easily resolved
B) It’s not about size but rather it’s about use
C) We are not alone, not unique problem, many communities are attempting to address
D) We want to prevent building additional event properties and regulate the use of existing properties

The question becomes what does the community want the island to be
Therefore, our next step is to schedule a workshop to get public input

To be continued …
No decision was made – No action taken


9. Discussion and Possible Action on Establishing an Exception to Section 94.03: Frontal Dune Policies and Regulations of the Holden Beach Code of Ordinances –
Commissioner Isenhour 

Agenda Packet –
Basically, there is a need for an exception to our ordinance which currently prevents any walkway from being built beyond the frontal dune. The exception will allow homeowners to go beyond the frontal dune only when there is a large distance to walk to the beach after that frontal dune. The building of walkways to the stable line of vegetation in these areas will help protect wetland areas and prevent trails or “cuts” in the dunes from all the foot traffic.

§94.03 FRONTAL DUNE POLICIES AND REGULATIONS
(A)          Definition. For the purpose of this section, FRONTAL DUNES shall mean the dunes designated by a NC State Division of Coastal Management official as the “frontal dunes”; otherwise, they are the first mounds of sand located landward of the ocean beach with sufficient vegetation, height, and configuration to offer protection from ocean storms. Considering the fact that oceanfront property limits extend to the mean high water mark, the frontal dune may be located on private property.

Goal is to minimize people walking across the dunes. In other words, to protect vegetation and habitat while providing beach access. Everyone agrees that we need to protect the dunes it’s the how that needs to be figured out. Current ordinance does not address the unique situation on the west end of the island. The motion was made requesting the staff in conjunction with town attorney to draft exception to the rule

A decision was made – Approved unanimously


10. Public Comments on General Items

Five people spoke all addressing just two issues, mega houses and frontal dune policies, consensus was that we need to do something about both issues.


11. Executive Session to Discuss a Personnel Matter Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 143318.11(a)(3) – To Consult with the Town Attorney

§143-318.11.  Closed sessions.
(a) Permitted Purposes. – It is the policy of this State that closed sessions shall be held only when required to permit a public body to act in the public interest as permitted in this section. A public body may hold a closed session and exclude the public only when a closed session is required:

(3) To consult with an attorney employed or retained by the public body in order to preserve the attorney-client privilege between the attorney and the public body, which privilege is hereby acknowledged.

MINUTES – November meeting
Mayor Pro Tern Royal stated he has become aware that one of the responsibilities the Board has is to oversee the town manager, since he is a direct report to the Board. He reviewed his handout regarding town manager performance objectives. Mayor Pro Tern Royal thinks the Board should have a set of performance objectives developed so the Board can fairly and equitably evaluate the town manager’s performance. He believes the objectives should include manager input to support ownership.

Motion by Mayor Pro Tem Royal that the Board of Commissioners direct the town manager to develop performance objectives for the commissioners’ review at the next regular meeting based on the duties detailed here.

Attorney Fox mentioned that is typically something evaluated in closed session for personnel reasons. The criteria may be developed in Open Session, but the Board would discuss that in closed session. She explained that each town does it differently. Attorney Fox said the Board could not collaborate as a group, without a properly noticed meeting, but you could work on it in groups.

The exact nature of the executive session was not shared with the members of the community that were in attendance. Discussion and possible action on Town Manager performance objectives were postponed till the January meeting but was not on the agenda. Since it was stated that the purpose of the session was to discuss some personnel matter we can only speculate, that the executive session was to discuss Town Manager – Performance Objectives / Evaluation / Contract.

No decision was made – No action taken


General Comments –

Twenty-one (21) members of the community were in attendance

Budget
Budget – kickoff of budget season
Meetings and workshops are scheduled
Local governments must balance their budget by a combination of the following:
. 1) Raising taxes
. 2) Cutting spending
. 3) Operating more efficiently
The Town Manager’s proposed budget is due by June 1st
Commissioners must adopt budget no later than June 30th for the next fiscal year


Board of Commissioners’ Scorecard
NYC Mayor Koch used to ask – How am I doing?
Imagine if the BOC’s asked you – How’d they do?

Since that was a rhetorical question it does not require a direct answer. Rather it was for your consideration and intended to initiate some discussion of the subject. Feel free to leave comments on how you would respond if they had asked the question. We would welcome hearing from you.

The goal of government is to make citizens better off.

Action Taken – 2016

January
Amendment to § 30.25 /Commissions, Boards, Agencies
Amendment to § 30.26
/ Audit Committee
Bridgeview Park –
Approved Spending $256,884 from BPART Account

February
Amendment to § 30.19 / Rules of Procedure
Amendment to
§ 90.24 / Dangerous Dogs
Contract to Conduct Town’s Audit – Approval of the contract

March
Roadway work – Southern Asphalt was awarded the contract.
         • 2015 budgeted
$115,459 for paving streets and to update street condition survey report
Sewer System Vulnerability –
.          • 2015 budgeted
$40,000 for engineer study of storm preparation

April
Adopted the Southeastern NC Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan

May
Amendment to § 30.19 / Rules of Procedure
Amendment to § 92.20 – § 92.27
/ Noise Ordinance

June
Lockwood Folly Inlet – Approved $12,500 a share of the local portion for maintenance dredging
Tax Rate – Raised the tax rate by 7.0
cents to $.220
Amendment to § 72.03 / Parking Prohibited – d
esignated parking areas on Ranger

July
Supported Joint Amicus Brief – Emerald Isle
Termination of
Recycling Center bulk recycling service after Labor Day
Amendment to
§ 157.087 / Building Numbers

August
Adoption of Ordinance 16-14, Creating a Municipal Service District for Central Reach Project
Adoption Resolution 16-09, Filing of Condemnation Actions to Acquire Perpetual Easements for CRP
Adoption Resolution 16-10, Application to LGC for Approval of Special Obligation Bonds
Amendment to § 72.03 / Parking Prohibited – Chapel

September
Adoption of Ordinance 16-15, Amending Ordinance 16-12 / Revenues and Appropriations
Adoption Resolution 16-11, Issuance of $12,000,000 Special Obligation Bond

October
NA

November
NA

December
Contract for Engineer to Review Sewer System Vulnerability – Approval of the contract
Amendment to § 72.03 / Parking Prohibited – d
esignated parking areas on Elizabeth
Amendment to § 91.17 / Fire Prevention

Elected Officials

Alan Holden Mayor 910.842.6061 holden@atthebeachnc.com
John Fletcher
Mayor Pro Tem 910.508.6849  fletcherlux@gmail.com
Ashley Royal
Commissioner 804.921.0419 aroyalbr1@gmail.com
Peter Freer
Commissioner 704.905.4429 pfreer4@gmail.com
Kim Isenhour
Commissioner 910.269.3071 ckisenhour@atmc.net
Ken Kyser Commissioner 910.842.4627 kensueathb@twc.com

Board of Commissioners’ Goals

 My Two Cents - CR II
No one asked but I respectfully submit my to-do list
Issues
that I would like to see them address in 2017

.     1) Budget –
.       a)
Increase Income / Reduce Expenses / No Tax Increase
      b) Debt – Decrease Current Debt Level
.       c) General Fund Balance – Increase Reserves
      d)
BPART fund – Utilize for Beach Strand Only
.         •
BPART – Beach Preservation / Access & Recreation / Tourism Fund
      e) Capital Improvement Plan – Review & Update
.       f) Employees – Review
Manpower Requirements & Compensation Package

    2) General Management
.       a)
Improve Communications to the Community
.         • Restore
Town’s Government Access Channel – TWC on channel 8
.       b) Increase Involvement in Curbside Recycling Program
.         • Provide weekly pickup service
      c) Prohibit Residential Dwellings that are Essentially Hotels / Conference Centers
.       d) Review of Ordinances
.         •If our ordinances are unenforceable then change them so they are or eliminate them.
.       e) Evaluate Policies
.         • Term Limits / Staggered Terms

.     3) Beach Strand
.       a) Maintain engineered beach – nourishment / sand fencing / vegetation
.       b)
Establish Frontal Dune Policies

.     4) Public Safety
.       a) Standardize Beach Access Signage
.       b)
Establish a Beach Patrol
      c) Beach Strand Ordinances
.         • Education, Increase Compliance, and Meaningful Enforcement
.       d) Obtain Additional Emergency Vehicle Access Points

    5) InfrastructureWater System / Sewer System / Roads & Sidewalks
.       a) Budget Reserves for Major Capital Outlays
      b)
Fix Sewer System Storm Vulnerability

    6) Town Properties / Recreational Needs
.       a)
Land Use – utilize acquired properties
.       b) Par Course – landscaping enhancements

.     7) Tourism
.       a) Utilize BPART Funds to Promote Tourism as Required
.       b) Joint Effort with County on Causeway Beautification
      c) Inlet Waterway Management – establish a game plan
      d) Eye Sore – removing the shrimp boat Southern Lady from ICW


Hurricane Matthew –
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After Action Report
For more information
» click here
http://www.hbtownhall.com/hurricane-matthew.html

suggestion-box

Suggestion box –
Before next hurricane season a letter should be sent explaining the following:
. a) Communication – identify where information is available during an event
. b) Protocols – posted and explained, what staying means you’ve agreed to
. c) Bridge Closing – when and why
. d) Curfew – what that means and why its issued
. e) Mandatory Evacuation – what the law says
. f) Sewer System – problems associated with use after system is shut down


Contract crews are now in the process of removing remnants of old, damaged sand fence and other debris resulting from Hurricane Matthew.  They have already completed the removal of potential debris impediments from the Central Reach Project construction area. The crews will continue heading west all the way to the Shallotte Inlet.  Please feel free to apprise us of any materials we may have missed.

Holden Beach designation as an engineered beach means if there is a named storm event then we qualify for Category G FEMA reimbursements for replacing all the material that were lost during that event. The Town has determined that we had a hundred thousand (100,000) cubic yard sand loss from Hurricane Matthew. This sand is estimated to cost $10 a yard ($1 million total) without a corresponding mobilization cost. David is attempting to add the hundred (100) cubic yard sand loss from Hurricane Matthew into our current Central Reach Project effort.

Category G: Parks, Recreational Facilities, Other – Repair and restoration of parks, playgrounds, pools, cemeteries and beaches;

Eligible work is documented on a Project Worksheet (PW). The PW is used to record a detailed description, the scope of eligible work, estimated or actual cost, and special considerations associated with the project.


HBPOA

.
HBPOA website has videos taken from a drone to show you the impact Hurricane Matthew had on the island.

For more information » click here
http://holdenbeachpoa.com/


Central Reach Project –

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Staff and ATM have held the permit required pre-project consultation with USACE, CAMA and Weeks Marine. Everything is set to go, preparations are well under way for the beginning of beach nourishment at Holden Beach. The original anticipated initial sand placement of December 15th has been delayed to a more realistic start date of December 28th due to contractor’s logistical considerations with the ocean tow of the pipe raft from Charleston. The Weeks’ Marine shore crew is on site near the foot of the bridge prepping the heavy equipment needed for beach work. Sand placement will initially occur on the easternmost leg of the project between Jordan Boulevard and 240 Ocean Boulevard East. Subsequently; sand will be placed moving to the west. They anticipate that this will be a sixty (60) day project with work being done with a 24/7 schedule. Residents and visitors should be aware that this is a highly industrial operation replete with numerous danger zones on the beach strand during the nourishment activities. Please stay out of designated danger zones!

BE Lindholm
For more information
» click here
http://www.weeksmarine.com/equipment-division/equipment-details/be-lindholm

RN Weeks
For more information
» click here
http://www.weeksmarine.com/equipment-division/equipment-details/w450-rn-weeks

Holden Beach Central Reach Project makes steady progress
A field trip to the oceanfront at Winding River Beach Club served as the highlight of the Holden Beach Park Advisory Board’s meeting Thursday, Jan. 5, as they surveyed firsthand the town’s Central Reach Project in action.
Read more » click here
http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/holden-beach-central-reach-project-makes-steady-progress

Placement of a five-section submerged line that brings the sand from the ocean transfer point to the beach strand was completed. The two hopper dredges the BE Lindholm and RN Weeks are both on site and dedicated to the Central Reach Project. Dredging officially began on Wednesday, January 4th. They anticipate that this will be a sixty (60) day project with work being done with a 24/7 schedule. The plan is to cycle the two dredges, one digging sand at the borrow site and one pumping sand to the starter pad at 140 OBE. They will continue to place sand on the beach strand as they transition down the beach moving to the west. When visiting the beach, please remember to stay clear of the work zone area as identified by orange fencing on the beach.

They are approximately twenty (20) percent into completion of the project. The contractor is putting around twenty (20) thousand cubic yards of sand on the beach daily. That translates into the size of a football field at a depth of six (6) to eight (8) feet. David is attempting to add the hundred (100) cubic yard sand loss from Hurricane Matthew into our current CRP effort.   Holden Beach currently has an engineered beach and as such qualifies for Category G FEMA reimbursements. The Town has enough flexibility in its existing permit to add the hundred thousand (100,000) cubic yards if we can get FEMA to approve a Category G Project Worksheet in a timely manner. We have a sixty (60) day contract with the vendor and our permits expire March 31st. At the current pace, they should complete the project with three (3) weeks left on the permit. It makes perfect sense to piggyback on this mobilization and avoid additional mobilization costs later. There is a very small window of opportunity but he plans on making a hard run at it.

Category G: Parks, Recreational Facilities, Other – Repair and restoration of parks, playgrounds, pools, cemeteries and beaches;

Eligible work is documented on a Project Worksheet (PW). The PW is used to record a detailed description, the scope of eligible work, estimated or actual cost, and special considerations associated with the project.

My Two Cents - CR II


The Town is providing timely informative communications regarding the progress of the Central Reach Project.
KUDOS!

For more information, go to the Central Reach Project post


HBPOA

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HBPOA website has videos taken from a drone to show you the progress being made on the Central Reach Project.

For more information » click here
http://holdenbeachpoa.com/

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You can watch YouTube drone video flying west over the project here and moving east here 


Terminal Groin –

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Terminal Groin Presentation
For more information
» click here
http://www.hbtownhall.com/terminal-groins.html

What’s next?

The next steps include the following:
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Review Final EIS with USACE – November
. 2) Publish final EIS – December
. 3) Submit CAMA permit for review – December
. 4) Public Hearing – January
. 5) USACE record of decision – February
. 6) Federal and State permit issuance – Spring 2017

My Two Cents - CR II

 At the October meeting Dial Cordy, an independent environmental consulting firm that works for USACE, gave a presentation on the status of the proposed Terminal Groin. Dawn York gave a brief overview of the Holden Beach East End Shore Protection Project, reviewed the tasks that were completed to date and outlined timeline of what and when next steps were to be completed. As it stands right now, they have yet to publish the Final Environmental Impact Statement therefore they can’t proceed to the remaining steps. So apparently, everything else scheduled after that has been placed on indefinite hold.

For more information, go to the Terminal Groin post

Calendar of Events –

Las Vegas Night
The Rotary Club of Shallotte will host its Twelfth Annual Las Vegas Night on Saturday, January 28th at 349 Whiteville Road, the Planet Fun building in Shallotte.

Events
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Discover a wide range of things to do in the Brunswick Islands for an experience that goes beyond the beach.
For more information » click here
http://www.ncbrunswick.com/events


Calendar of Events – Island

Parks & Recreation / Programs & Events
For more information » click here
http://www.hbtownhall.com/parks—recreation.html


Reminders –
Recycling-Bin.
Curbside recycling –
Waste Industries is now offering curbside recycling for Town properties that desire to participate in the service. The service cost is $54.00 annually paid in advance to the Town of Holden Beach and consists of a ninety-six (96) gallon cart that is emptied every other week.
Curbside Recycling Application » click here
http://www.hbtownhall.com/files/110709038.pdf

Curbside Recycling Calendar » click here
http://hbtownhall.com/files/120807901.pdf.


Neighborhood Watch - CRNeighborhood Watch –
Need to look out for each other and report any suspicious activity
Call 911 if you see or hear anything suspicious
Fill out Keep Check Request Form if you will be out of town
Submit completed Property Registration Form
Pickup copy of Protecting Your Home


Upon Further Review –

This month in the continuing saga of Mark Saunders and the Coastal Companies …

In Sunset Beach, quest to finish Jaguar’s Lair continues
The town of Sunset Beach vs. Bond Safeguard Insurance Co. has been continued to September. An effort spanning several years to establish infrastructure in Jaguar’s Lair continues for the town of Sunset Beach, which is suing an insurance company for completion of the work. Jaguar’s Lair, a golf course community, is one of the Coastal Communities developments in Brunswick County that has seen infrastructure installed at a slow pace.
Read more » click here
http://www.starnewsonline.com/news/20170109/in-sunset-beach-quest-to-finish-jaguars-lair-continues


Corrections & Amplifications –

Bridgeview Park

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Previously reported –
The park is across the street from Town Hall, on the water tower site, along the Intracoastal Waterway. The Parks and Recreation Board plans include a playground area, a screened-in multipurpose court, two Bocce courts, a picnic area, bathroom facilities and a boardwalk along the Intracoastal Waterway that will lead to two kayak launches. The board prioritized construction based on costs.

Development of the Bridgeview site began with Town’s approval of a site master plan in April of 2013. The plan was to have site elements constructed as funds became available using grants to the maximum extent possible.

Holden Beach received $183,370 of matching funding from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) for amenities to add to Bridgeview Park. Park projects include two kayak launches, an approximately 40-by-40-foot picnic shelter and a splash pad, which features several vertical water fountains that come on only when a child steps on the pad.

 Update –
Kayak Launch
The Town of Holden Beach’s first kayak launch is operational at Bridgeview Park. The launch is part of our Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant project. This is the first of two launches that will be installed.

Holden Beach kayak launch opens along ICWW
Holden Beach is now home to the first of two kayak launches at Bridgeview Park.
The town recently unveiled a kayak launch at the park, which abuts a public basketball/pickle ball court, bocce courts, a playground and a developing picnic area, all paid for by a creative connection of town funds and federal and state grants.
Read more » click here
http://www.starnewsonline.com/news/20170116/holden-beach-kayak-launch-opens-along-icww


Bridgeview Park - map CR

This is a breakdown of the preliminary estimate of costs for the entire project:
Town portion –
$1,000,000      Purchase three parcels / properties (December 2010)
$156,000         Storm water control and bulkhead (October 2013)
$161,000         Fund projects not covered by grants (September 2014)
$157,067         Boat Infrastructure Grant (December 2014)
$183,374         Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (
PARTF) Grant (January 2016)
$6,510             Marine Sewage Pumpout Grant (January 2016)
$76,000           Overruns
$1,739,951 Total project cost to the Town, so far

Additional funding –
$40,808           Let’s Build a Playground Together – HBPOA raised funds for equipment (2013)
$100,000        
Boat Infrastructure Grant (BIG) – matching funding for transient boaters (2014)
$183,370        
PARTF Grant matching funding for parks projects (2016)
$19,530           Marine Sewage Pumpout Grant (2016)
$343,708 Total project cost additional funding

TOTAL –
$2,083,659

That makes the estimated costs for the entire project a little over two million dollars


Factoid That May Interest Only Me –

Wilmington named one of best cities for beer drinkers
An online data site ranked Wilmington as the seventh best beer-drinking city in the nation.
Read more » click here
http://www.starnewsonline.com/news/20161227/wilmington-named-one-of-best-cities-for-beer-drinkers


Things I Think I Think –

Dining #2Eating out is one of the great little joys of life.

Restaurant Review:
Dinner Club visits a new restaurant once a month. Ratings reflect the reviewer’s reaction to food, ambience and service, with price taken into consideration.
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Name:                Lombardo’s Bistro
Cuisine:
              Italian
Location:           7604 N. Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach SC
Contact:             843.497.6699 / www.lombardosbistro.com
Food:                  Average / Very Good / Excellent / Exceptional
Service:              Efficient / Proficient / Professional / Expert
Ambience:         Drab / Plain / Distinct / Elegant
Cost:                   Inexpensive <=17 / Moderate <=22 / Expensive <=27 / Exorbitant <=40
Rating:               Three Stars
Lombardo’s is a family owned and operated restaurant that prepares its traditional Italian cuisine using the family’s recipes for all their dishes. This intimate bistro has a warm, classy atmosphere, its upscale dining without the upscale pricing. Both the food and wine are reasonably priced, although the specials are a bit pricey. Godere!


Book Review:
Read several books from The New York Times best sellers fiction list monthly
Selection represents this month’s pick of the litter
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HOME by Harlan Coben
After a five-year hiatus, this is the eleventh entry in the series of novels featuring Myron Bolitar, sports agent and sometimes-private-detective. He is joined by a handful of characters from previous books. Myron and his friend Win are trying to solve a mystery involving a heinous crime – the abduction of two boys kidnapped ten years earlier. A gripping tale of kidnapping and subterfuge.


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