02-21-17

Town of Holden Beach – BOC’s Regular Meeting
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
“Unofficial” Minutes & Comments – Lou’s Views


Board of Commissioners’ Agenda Packet
For more information
» click here
http://www.hbtownhall.com/files/121721002.pdf


1. Public Comments on Agenda Items


Several people spoke against the Sunset Slush proposal to peddle ices on the beach strand at this meeting and at previous meetings when the subject was brought up. Mark Fleischhauer read a letter written by his wife Karen in 2008 at the time of the original request. This is the abridged version of the letter which pretty much sums up the thoughts of those opposed to the idea.

I do not want to see any commercial business on the beach. What concerns me most is allowing commercial businesses of any sort to spoil the natural beauty and calm of our family beach.  People choose Holden Beach because it is a place that has remained the same throughout the years.  Vacationers as well as residents continue to bring their children and grandchildren here so they can enjoy the same simple pleasure of going to the beach that they enjoyed as a child.  I beg you to please don’t commercialize our wonderful island.  Please don’t open Pandora’s Box.  How will you vote if approached by others who may want to sell hot dogs, hemp bracelets and shell art or services such as Caribbean style beaded hair braiding.  I’ve heard mention of all these opportunities.  Don’t jeopardize the fact that we our rated in the elite top ten of family beaches. We got there for what we already have, natural beauty and that is priceless. We can’t improve on perfect.


Police PatchIt’s still break-in season. Up to last month things had been quiet. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case We have had six (6) oceanfront break-ins since the last meeting. All six were rental properties, the property was damaged and flat screen TV’s were taken. Not enough people here or police presence to prevent break-ins They have no suspects and once the burglars start they don’t stop until they are caught. Wally recommended that unoccupied properties should consider having alarm systems installed.

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

 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


3. Guest Speaker: Mike Sullivan – Holden Beach Property Owners Association – FEMA Flood Maps  (Mayor Pro Tem Fletcher and Commissioner Freer)

Previously reported –
Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM)
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 – January 2017
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.

Agenda Packet –
There is a potential for significant savings for many Holden Beach homeowners with the new FEMA Flood Map and there is a perception of a I year delay, based on information from FEMA that was communicated by the town during the February 2016 BOC’s meeting.

Update –
Preliminary maps were published in August 2014, some twenty-nine (29) months ago
. The cost of delaying approval is in excess of four (4) million dollars a year for unnecessary additional insurance coverage. HBPOA position is that, instead of sitting on our hands we should be yelling and screaming about getting these maps approved. Mike requested the Board take a proactive role with both FEMA and our elected state officials.


4. Discussion and Possible Approval of Resolution 17-01, Resolution Urging Action on the FEMA Flood Map Process – Commissioner Freer

Agenda Packet –
The Board of Commissioners of the Town of Holden Beach urges FEMA and NCEM to:
.     a) Expedite the Flood Map Process so that homeowners in the Town (and other oceanfront              communities) can realize the premium savings expected;
.     b) Explore options to expedite the approval and implementation of flood plainmaps for the             Town and other communities where there are only minimal objections and appeals on a             schedule different from communities where more material objections and appeals exist;
.     c) Communicate the status of the Flood Map Process on a regular schedule so that                 .          communities and homeowners can more effectively plan for insurance premium changes

Update –
Apparently, they felt it was time to do something. A skeptic might ask – Why wasn’t anything done till tonight? The consensus was that we have no down side in asking for approval and implementation of flood maps for the Town. Unfortunately, the maps are approved by panels on a County basis so it is not possible to get Holden Beach approved as a separate entity. The Town Manager said they have communicated with the powers that be, but you are dealing with FEMA. Alas we are talking about the government bureaucracy, so they don’t expect much if any change in the tentative timeline. It was obvious that many members of the community are frustrated with the delay because of the huge potential insurance savings, especially since the expectation was that the maps would have been approved already.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously


5. Guest Speaker: Sellers Family – Owners of Sunset Slush – Sell Italian Ice on the Beach Strand (Mayor Pro Tem Fletcher and Commissioner Freer)


Previously reported – 2012 / 2014
Sunset Slush has been operating on Holden Beach since 2010. Customers continually ask them why they do not have pushcarts on the beach strand. They currently have pushcarts on other islands in the surrounding communities. They are requesting permission to operate pushcarts on our beach strand too. They asked the Commissioners to consider what is best for the tourists who stay here and support us.

A motion was made but it was not seconded. Therefore, there was no discussion by the Commissioners either for or against having pushcarts on the beach strand. Peddling is prohibited and I suppose they didn’t want to open a can of worms.

Bookmark§112.01  DEFINITION.
For the purpose of this chapter, PEDDLING shall mean the selling, bartering, or exchanging or the offering for sale of any tangible personal property, including but not limited to food and ice cream, upon or along the streets, highways, or public places of the town or from private property within or without the permission of the owner thereof, from any wagon, truck, pushcart, concession stand, or tent, or other movable receptacles of any kind.

Bookmark§112.02  PEDDLING PROHIBITED.
Pursuant to the authority granted under G.S. §§ 160A-178 and 160A-194, as amended, the activity of peddling within the limits of the town is prohibited.

Agenda Packet –
We are asking for the opportunity to speak at the Town and Commissioners meeting in February or March 2017 regarding our desire as proprietors of Sunset Slush of Holden Beach Classic Italian Ice; to secure a spot on Holden Beach to sell our product. We look forward to being placed as an item on your agenda and we will be available to answer any questions.

We are approached every summer by each new group of tourist and locals alike inquiring why  we don’t serve on the strand. We along with our customers feel as if it would be a great added feature to our quaint beach community. We have strived as a family owned business to make our little shop on Holden Beach a very family oriented place.We welcome our customers to sit on our porch and enjoy the company of other visitors to our island while sharing the treat of our Classic Italian Ice and making memories that last a lifetime! We have been told many times how wonderful it would be if they could have that treat while enjoying a hot July day on our beautiful strand.

We would greatly appreciate your consideration in giving us the opportunity as beach servers, if not long term, then maybe considering a trial season to see if this is something the town and our tourist could enjoy as a desirable feature for our family beach.

If given the opportunity, we will conduct our business with upmost respect for our customers and our family atmosphere by sticking to a strict dress code and will offer the greatest customer service in which to make our town, Mayor, Commissioners and residents proud.

We understand that “trash” is a significant concern and we believe we have addressed this issue with trash receptacles on each pushcart and the Koozie refillable cups.We also have employees that walk the beach on Saturday to pick up trash, not just Sunset Slush trash, inan effort to do our part in keeping our beaches clean and beautiful.

We look forward to being placed on the Town’s agenda for consideration.

Update –
This is the eighth season that they have a brick and mortar presence on the island. They currently have pushcarts on other islands in the surrounding communities. We are one of only four beaches that do not allow peddling. Their position is that they are speaking for the tourists; we should do what is best for the tourists who stay here and support us. They are only on the beach strand for a few hours a day, they pick-up debris as they go, and they agreed to approval on a one year trial basis.

This would be at least the fourth attempt they’ve made requesting permission to operate pushcarts on our beach strand. Most people that spoke each time that they have asked were opposed to the proposal. Many property owners chose to be here because the island is not commercialized.

The discussion felt like it went on forever. Thankfully Commissioner Kyser called for a point of order. The agenda item was for a presentation only, so it was not appropriate for them to discuss, it should have been limited to just their presentation. Currently our ordinances outright prohibit peddling. The next step would be for the Town staff in conjunction with our lawyer to work on a regulation.

 No decision was made – No action taken

My Two Cents - CR II

I for one do not want to see peddlers on the beach strand.
The question that needs to be asked is:
What does the community want the island to be?



Peddling on the beach stand is being considered by the BOC’s. We feel that it’s important that we should attempt to get more feedback from the community. This is an o
pportunity for you to have your voice heard on this issue. Hopefully the BOC’s will consider the feedback as a guideline to determine their actions. Please take the time to complete the poll. We welcome your input.


6. Discussion and Possible Action on Ordinance 17-01, An Ordinance Enacting and Adopting a Supplement to the Code of Ordinances of the Town of Holden Beach, North Carolina (Supplement 15) – Town Clerk Finnell

Agenda Packet –
The supplement codifies the ordinances the Board approved since the last supplement.

Simply a housekeeping item

A decision was made – Approved unanimously


7. Discussion and Possible Approval of Solid Waste Contract Between the Town and Waste Industries – Town Manager Hewett
Agenda Packet –
Residential Curbside Trash {Second Pickup) currently costs $6.48 per bin per month, based on 2246 (95 gallon) bins. The proposed changes are a new charge of $6.58 per bin per month, based on 2443 (95 gallon) bins. This charge is proposed to have an annual increase of 2% at the beginning of every January, which has changed from a 1.5% annual increase. Also, the number of bins may increase or decrease depending on the number of occupied or unoccupied homes.

Voluntary Curbside Recycling is currently charged $4.00 per month per bin through Waste Industries. The town currently charges $4.50 per month per bin. There are no current proposed changes to these costs. Costs will be renegotiated beginning January 1, 2019 if necessary.

Residential Yard Waste Collection which is currently supplied through Waste Industries, and subcontracted out to a third-party vendor. The staff recommends no longer providing yard waste collection via Waste Industries. If keeping yard waste collection is desired, it is recommended that a statement of work be developed and bid separately.

Yard waste collection was utilized by <300 home owners out of 2,246 homes on the island. So, in the current contract all of us are subsidizing a service for a small percentage of households. It is hard to justify charging each property for a service utilized by <15% of the homes. This is a $14,000 cost reduction for the community. Commissioner Royal suggested that we might treat it like curbside recycling and charge the owners who want the service.

A decision was made – Approved (4-1)

My Two Cents - CR II

Curbside recycling which is a voluntary program currently has @200 subscribers. Approximately 65% are non-rental properties with only 35% being rental properties. Holden Beach has approximately two thousand four hundred (2,400) homes with around one thousand (1,000) rental properties. Present level of recycling service currently is NOT viable for rental properties. Why not you ask? Out of four (4) possible pickup dates the recycling bin is picked up only once or just twenty-five (25) percent of the time. My wife and I pretty much fill the recycling container on the current every other week pickup schedule. Rental properties, for the most part, have lots of people staying or visiting at the properties. Go out on the other three (3) pickup days and you will see the blue pails out there are filled with recyclables and sometimes they are filled with trash. My position is for making recycling mandatory, but many owners aren’t.  Regardless whether program is voluntary or mandatory there should be a minimum of at least a once a week pickup and we probably need twice a week pickup service for program to work during the one hundred days of summer.

Curbside Recycling Program discussion was put on hold. General agreement that the program does not work during the one hundred days of summer especially at rental properties. The service level required for seasonal rentals is a major restraining force in increasing participation in the program. The Town Manager plans to meet with property managers to address this issue.


8. Discussion and Possible Approval of Resolution 17-02, Resolution Approving the Brunswick County Greenway, Bike Routes and Paddle Trail Plan –
Shoreline Protection and Recreation Manager Ferguson

Agenda Packet –
WHEREAS, the Brunswick County Greenway, Bike Routes, and Paddle Trail Plan (the “Plan”) was developed as a county-wide plan to serve as a guide for residents and visitors for recreational and eco-tourism purposes though publication of a large quantity of a map showing existing features; and, as a planning guide for continued development of future Plan elements through the proposed plan elements available in digital form; and

WHEREAS, the Plan was developed with participation by the municipalities within the County, area residents, related interest groups, agencies of the State of North Carolina and others; and

WHEREAS, the Plan will be printed as a two-sided map to include a county-wide overview of existing trails, bike routes and blueways on one side with insets showing detailed existing plan elements within municipalities on the other side; and

WHEREAS, the Plan also includes a map of proposed plan elements in digital form for use by local governments, developers and others for the continued development of future Plan elements.

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Board of Commissioners of the Town of Holden Beach, North Carolina hereby approves the Brunswick County Greenway, Bike Routes and Paddle Trail Plan, to include the existing and the proposed elements of the Plan .

The county is asking each participating municipality to approve a resolution supporting the greenway, bike routes, and trail plan.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously


9. Discussion and Possible Approval of Lockwood Folly Dredging Piggyback Project – Shoreline Protection and Recreation Manager Ferguson
. a) Ordinance 17-02, An Ordinance Amending Ordinance No. 16-12, The Revenues and        .     Appropriations Ordinance for Fiscal Year 2016 – 2017 (Amendment No. 3) 

Previously reported –
Dredging of the Lockwood Folly Inlet 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.

Agenda Packet –
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) will be performing navigation maintenance of the LWF Inlet channel and 50 feet of the widener at the AIWW/lnlet Crossing in the March timeframe with an independent contractor, Southwind Construction. They will be using the least cost method of disposal by placing the sand on the east end of Holden Beach between approximately Amazing Grace and 240 OBE (see Figure attached). The Corps has approached the Town to piggyback on the project and dredge the bend widener further south for an additional 60,000 cubic yards. This effort would be very similar to the piggyback project of 2014, but would utilize the Corps/State Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to execute and fund.

Town staff recently spoke with Jim Medlock, Project Manager with the Corps and Darren England, Grant Manager for the NC Division of Water Resources. Although the cost of dredging the additional material in the bend widener is not covered with federal dollars, the NC Division of Water Resources does have funding available to pay 2/3 of the estimated total cost of the $456,000. This cost uses the Corps price per cubic yard of $6.88, plus expenses for mobilization/demobilization, beach surveys, and bonding. This would leave the remainder of the local match to be $152k to be split between the Town and County. We communicated with Steve Stone, Assistant County Manager who indicated the County Commissioners favor contributing $76,000 and have scheduled Board action to that end. The Town’s piggybacking of the Corps project maximizes sand placement while minimizing costs by using the dredge that is already onsite for the Federal project. It also allows us to utilize the Corps/NC long term MOA so that we don’t have to count the project against our existing permits, execute the Shallow Draft Inlet Permit, or initiate a separate local contracting effort.

Staff mentioned at the FY 2016·17 budget meetings that this scenario was a distinct possibility, but did not have enough information available from the Corps to include it in the current budget for funding and stated the project would be revisited if it came to fruition. In discussions with the Town’s coastal engineer, we believe the additional 60,000 cubic yards at the decreased cost per yard is worth capitalizing on at this time. The erosional east end of Holden Beach could certainly benefit from the sand placement, as will the entire strand eventually due to littoral drift, and especially in light of the calls from east end property owners asking for sand placement. This action requires a budget amendment with an appropriation coming from the BPART Fund.

Staff recommendation is to approve the piggyback project with the appropriate budget amendment.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously

Moved funds of $76,000 from Revenue account #50.0399.0000 to Expense account#50.0710.7200

Eastern Reach Project  
The “Eastern” Reach Project is now underway. The project will improve navigation in the Intracoastal Waterway at its intersection with the Lockwood Folly inlet and result in the placement over the course of the next three weeks of approximately 130,000 cubic yards of sand between Amazing Grace and 240 Ocean Boulevard East. 

House committee report says –
state should step-up role in maintenance of ocean inlets
A House select committee that studied transportation needs is recommending that the state step-up its role in dredging navigational channels, modernize two deep-water ports and create new road and rail access for shipping in Wilmington and Morehead City.

State Rep. Frank Iler (R-Oak Island) was one of three vice-chairmen of the House Select Committee on Strategic Transportation Planning and Long-Term Funding Solutions. The group met seven times last year, studying needs from the coast to the mountains. Iler is also chairman of the committees on transportation and transportation appropriations.

The report offers hope for assistance with dredging in coastal areas. “The committee finds that many navigation channels and their inlets in the state are in need of additional dredging in order to ensure their availability for commercial and recreational use. The committee recommends that (the) General Assembly consider seeking authority from the federal government to authorize the state to assume a larger role in dredging, and in addition, allow use of the dredged sand for beach renourishment projects.”
Read more » click here
http://stateportpilot.com/news/article_fde5027a-ee0a-11e6-a6ca-239e2883ba90.html

Dredging could benefit Holden Beach, Intracoastal boaters
The corps will be dredging at the intersection of the Lockwood Folly River and Intracoastal Waterway within the next couple of months and placing the beach-quality sand on Holden Beach. About 60,000 cubic yards of additional sand could be removed, further improving navigation in the area and providing more sand for Holden Beach.
Read more » click here
http://www.starnewsonline.com/news/20170217/dredging-could-benefit-holden-beach-intracoastal-boaters


10. Discussion and Possible Action on Developing Regulations on Shark Fishing – Mayor Pro Tem Fletcher


Discussion was about prohibiting shark fishing. Questions of jurisdiction and the difficulty of regulating fishing were raised. They decided that they want to explore the possibility of prohibiting chumming instead. Town lawyer was tasked with exploring what our options are.

No decision was made – No action taken


11. Town Manager’s Report

Central Reach Project
The Central Reach project allows for placement of up to 1.31 million cubic yards of sand along 4.1 miles for the beach strand between 240 OBE to 781 OBW. 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. When visiting the beach, please remember to stay clear of the work zone area as identified by orange fencing on the beach. As of today, they have cleared the pier and have setup their beach strand operations center around 477 OBW where the Salt Peddler is located. They are approximately sixty-five (65) percent into completion of the project.

Hurricane Matthew
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 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 thousand (100,000) cubic yard sand loss from Hurricane Matthew into our current Central Reach Project effort. The Town has enough flexibility in its permit to add the hundred thousand 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. It makes perfect sense to piggyback on this mobilization and avoid additional mobilization costs later. There is still a very small window of opportunity to make this happen but it is closing fast.

Bridgeview Park
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.
Update –
Construction of an approximately 40-by-40-foot picnic shelter has begun with completion expected by April.

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 been working on this and anticipate being able to make their report in March.

Storm Vehicle Decals
The 2017 vehicle decals were not distributed with the February water bills as they had been since 2013. The proposal is to restrict supply, reducing distribution from four (4) to two (2) decals for free. A $10 fee will be assessed to anyone who needs to obtain additional decals above the two issued for free. This will be an agenda item in March, with decals being distributed with the April water bills.

My Two Cents - CR II

Town After Action Report – Hurricane Matthew, indicated that we need to review the process of distributing decals. Specifically questioned whether we should go back to tracking with database and the number of decals to be distributed. David had concerns that making it too easy people were not cognizance that they had received decals with their water bill. I do not see how this proposed change of restricting the supply of decals addresses the issue. In addition, two decals seem to be an arbitrary number that will not be adequate for a lot of households.


12. Mayor’s Comments

Jaw Drop


Alan was visibly upset, it wasn’t immediately clear what his tirade was about. Apparently, he took umbrage to a perceived slight that happened at a hearing for former
Mayor of Caswell Beach Harry Simmons who is accused of embezzling $673,000 from the Brunswick Beach Consortium, a group he led to help the county’s beaches. His comments were directed at Mayor Pro Tem Fletcher; this meeting was neither the time or the place to air his grievance. This was a private matter that should have been handled in a different venue then this.

Next, he went off on the resolution urging action on the FEMA Flood Maps being a waste of time. He implied that both the Board and the HBPOA were naïve as to how things really work in government. He claimed the only way to get things done was to have someone personally carrying the ball and that we should have hired someone to represent us. Specifically, he was talking about the November 2015 presentation by Mike McIntyre. What Mike was selling is his ability to leverage his contacts and relationships that he developed during his eighteen years of government service. His insinuation was that this Board dropped the ball. The thing of it is, this Board was elected but not sworn in at the time, so it was the previous Board that decided not to move forward. That said, one of the roles of the Town Manager is to have personal interaction with our elected officials. So, I’m not sure what kind of return on investment we would get from hiring a consultant as Alan has suggested.


13. Board of Commissioners’ Comments

Commissioner Royal broached the subject of staggered terms so the Board could better serve the community. Apparently, we used to have staggered terms but that was before my time here.


14. Executive Session Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 143-318.11(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.

Once again, the exact nature of the executive session was not shared with the members of the community that were in attendance. 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 –

There were twenty-six (26) members of the community in attendance

Contract to Audit – Annual audit vendor usually selected and contract signed in February.

  • Not on the agenda
  • What is the status of selecting vendor?
  • Protocol is to change firms every few years, this would be the sixth consecutive year

 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
Adopting the annual budget is a primary responsibility of the Board.

 Budget Season 2017 / Schedule

  1. 23 January           BOC’s Workshop Goals & Objectives / Capital Programs
  2. 24 February         Canal Dredging Working Group
  3. 3 March               Departments input to Manager
  4. 15 March             BOC’s Workshop Revenues
  5. 3 April                  Board Workshop
  6. 15 May                Budget Message
  7. 9 June                  Special Meeting / Public Hearing
  8. 20 June                Regular BOC’s Meeting
  9. 30 June                Budget adopted

BOC’s Special Meeting / January 23rd
Budget Workshop – Goals & Objectives / Capital Improvement Plan
Only three (3) members of the community were in attendance
Board clearly communicated their expectations and gave David guidance on how to proceed
Town Manager heard and understood the Board’s fiscal message (got the message loud & clear)
Takeaways are as follows:
.     1) Board wants to be more involved in the budget process
.     2) Modified meeting schedule to have more time to discuss issues
.     3) Board established their priorities
.     4) Board wants to take a Fiscal Conservative Approach
.     5) Board wants to be engaged and have input not just rubber stamp submitted budget


Hurricane Matthew –
hurricane-matthew-2016-cr

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


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.

David is attempting to add the hundred thousand (100,000) cubic yard sand loss from Hurricane Matthew into our current Central Reach Project effort. The Town has enough flexibility in its permit to add the hundred (100) 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. It makes perfect sense to piggyback on this mobilization and avoid additional mobilization costs later. There is still a very small window of opportunity to make this happen but it is closing fast.


HBPOA

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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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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. 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.

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 thousand (100,000) 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.

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Holden Beach Central Reach Project replenishes shore, creates opportunities
The $15 million project, called the Central Reach Project, is designed to refortify the beach by taking sand from the ocean floor and pumping it onto the shore. The time-consuming process will take four to six weeks to complete, despite the fact that the equipment runs all day, every day.

Town Manager David Hewett says that the project is vital for the island in more ways than one. “The purpose of the project is three-fold. First, to protect property values here at the beach. As you can see, there’s about 100 feet of new beach in front of the homes,” he said. “Next, it will increase recreational opportunities for the public at large. And thirdly, to improve the natural environment and create opportunities for things like shore birds and turtles.”

The project was funded by a $12 million Special Obligation bond and a $3 million contribution from the town of Holden Beach.
Read more » click here
http://www.wwaytv3.com/2017/01/27/holden-beach-central-reach/

Holden Beach Central Reach Project may finish ahead of schedule
Should the Central Reach Project be completed early, Holden Beach may be able to use the dredges in place to replace 100 cubic yards of sand lost as a result of Hurricane Matthew. Town Manager David Hewett said the town is sharing information with the Federal Emergency Management Agency about the Central Reach Project and the possibility of replacing sand lost in the hurricane. FEMA must approve the sand replacement. “What we have here is the opportunity to possibly get our FEMA damages on the strand taken care of by using those dredges that are currently in place, a shovel-ready project, and instead of having to pay extra to have those shipped to come back, they’re already here and for,” he said. “We’ve got the permits in hand, and I just need the feds to cooperate in making that happen.”
Read more » click here
http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/holden-beach-central-reach-project-may-finish-ahead-schedule

Central Reach Project may finish mid-March
Holden Beach is still awaiting absolute confirmation it can use the dredges in place to add the 100-cubic yard sand loss from Hurricane Matthew into the current Central Reach Project effort. Town Manager David Hewett said the Federal Emergency Management Agency has given the town a verbal OK for the addition, but said the request is in the Office of Legislative Affairs for further review

Crews are placing about 20,000 cubic yards of sand a day for the project, or the equivalent of a football field in length and six feet deep. Hewett said he estimates the project will be completed mid-March. If the placement of an additional 100,000 yards is approved, Hewett said, crews could still be finished before March 31, when the project window ends. “(We could) take advantage of the fact that the dredge is already here, which would save about $3 million,” he said. “It would be the same operation, and the idea is to do it at the same time, so it’ll take a bit longer than mid-March, but those guys have been averaging 200,000 cubic yards a day. Another 100,000 yards is another week’s work.”

Once the project is completed, Hewett said, the town must work to stabilize the new dunes with sand fencing and vegetation, which will be a planting operation beginning in mid-March and lasting about 10 weeks. The town must also monitor the amount of benthic macroinvertebrates, like sand fleas and coquina shells, and record their impact on the beach over a three-year period.
Read more » click here
http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/central-reach-project-may-finish-mid-march

Who should pay for beach nourishment?
State plan makes the case for $25 million annual pot to help maintain beaches, one of North Carolina’s largest tourism draws
Read more » click here
http://www.starnewsonline.com/news/20170224/who-should-pay-for-beach-nourishment

As of today, they have cleared the pier and have setup their beach strand operations center around 477 OBW where the Salt Peddler is located. They are approximately sixty-five (65) percent into completion of the project.

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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

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 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 –


Azalea Festival Logo
N.C. Azalea Festival
April 5th – 9th
Wilmington


Wilmington has been celebrating Spring Southern Style for more than 60 years. There’s something for everyone among their community’s rich array of artwork, gardens, history and culture. This will be the 70th annual festival and is considered one of the top events in the Southeast.
For more information » click here
http://www.ncazaleafestival.org/


Southport Spring Festival LogoSouthport Spring Festival
April 14
th – 15th
Southport


Welcome spring in style at the Southport Spring Festival, a tradition for more than 25 years. This festival features a wide variety of activities.
For more information » click here
http://www.downtownsouthport.org/spring-festival/



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Days at the Docks Festival

April 29th – 30th
Holden Beach
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The annual festival occurs in April or May and is sponsored by the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association. It’s the Holden Beach way to kick-off the Spring and start the vacation season. In addition to the food and arts & crafts, enjoy live music & entertainment, a horseshoe tournament and the world famous “Bopple Race”. Lots of activities for the entire family!
For more information » click here
http://www.greaterholdenbeachmerchants.com/?page/101269/days-at-the-docks


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

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SEARCH 5K

The event will be held here on Saturday, April 1st beginning at 10:00am. This is a free race to help fight childhood obesity. Last year they had approximately one thousand (1,000) participants. Please be aware of children and families on streets and sidewalks that morning.
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SEARCH 5K program is an acronym for See Every Athlete Run for Conditional Health. The program focuses on a comprehensive running program for the youth in Brunswick County Schools. The purpose of the program and of this event is to work on reducing childhood obesity by promoting healthy, active lifestyles into adulthood.


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Family Nighttime Easter Egg Hunt
The Town will hold its second annual nighttime Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 14th beginning at 7:00 pm. Teams of four will compete against each other. Participants will need to bring their own flashlights to the event. Participants MUST pre-register by March 16th, call (910) 842-6488 to pre-register.


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Easter Sunrise Church Service
Brunswick Islands Baptist Church and Holden Beach Chapel are sponsoring an Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. Sunday April 16th at the Holden Beach Pier.


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Holden Beach Beautification Club Plant Sale
The Holden Beach Beautification Club is holding their 5h Annual Plant Sale on Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29th at the Emergency Operations Center, which is beside Food Lion located at 1044 Sabbath Home Road. Landscaping plants, perennials, annuals, herbs and gardening gloves will be available for purchase. All funds generated from the plant sale are earmarked for beautification projects on the island. Visit the Beautification Club’s website at http://holdenbeachbc.org/ if you are unable to attend the plant sale, but would like to make a contribution.



Days at the Docks Festival
This is either a one or two-day event. The festival occurs in April or May of each year and is sponsored by the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association. This year it is April 29th & 30th. It’s the Holden Beach way to kick-off the Spring and start the vacation season.


Pickleball Tournament
Holden Beach is holding their first town sponsored Pickleball Tournament May 5th & 6th. The tournament will be open to ages 19 and up. Teams will compete by self-ranking for men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles. Entry fees are $20 per person for one event, $5 for a second event. Registration must be received by May 1st.

For more information » click here
http://files.constantcontact.com/776eb497be/59c5f57d-c192-4ec6-a408-16f778613099.pdf

What is Pickleball you ask?

Pickleball:  growing sport for seniors
Pickleball originated in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Washington. The ball used is a perforated plastic ball similar to a Whiffle ball. The game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. The net is a couple inches lower than a tennis court net and the court is smaller too (20 feet by 44 feet vs. 36 by 78), and the paddles are oversized ping pong paddles made of plywood, aluminum or graphite. The game can be played with two or four players. Experience in tennis, badminton and ping pong is helpful, as there are similarities with those sports. There already are over 100,000 players in the United States alone. When tennis and badminton players find it difficult to navigate the larger courts, the next step is Pickleball, where there is not as much running required.
Read more » click here
http://stateportpilot.com/sports/article_664a9750-b28f-11e2-bb4f-0019bb2963f4.html


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


Reminders –


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The new tide charts are here! The new tide charts are here!”

Information Department –
Holden Beach Tide Charts – 2017


Yard Waste Service Discontinued
Our new contract with Waste Industries has eliminated yard waste pickup. We are currently developing a scope of work to possibly continue the yard waste service by a separate vendor. Please let us know if you have utilized the yard debris services previously; how often you used the service; and if you would be willing to pay a surcharge for the service. This and any additional feedback you have on this topic can be sent to heather@hbtownhall.com. .


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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


Corrections & Amplifications –

Food

A Second Helping
Thanks to your generosity they had a record year collecting 25,284 lbs., an increase of 21% over last year. Their food collections are just under two hundred thousand (200,000) pounds of food since this program began in June of 2005. Hunger exists everywhere in this country; join them in the fight to help end hunger in Brunswick County. Cash donations are gratefully accepted. For each dollar received, they can buy approximately five (5) pounds of food.  One hundred percent (100%) of these cash donations are used to buy more food. You can be assured that the money will be very well spent.

Mail Donations to:
A Second Helping % Bill Spier
2212 Queens Road East
Charlotte, NC 28207

For more information » click here
http://www.secondhelping.us/


Odds & Ends

Birthday Cake
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Happy Birthday – we just celebrated the Town’s 48th birthday

Town of Holden Beach officially established on February 14, 1969

 


This & That

Emergency Communications Network in Brunswick County
Do you want to have the latest information about warnings in our area? Sign up for emergency notices and critical community alerts.  When one takes place, Brunswick County utilizes a mass notification system to call, text and email individuals with important information. CodeRED is a lifesaving notification system that keeps residents informed of emergencies near them.

Brunswick County strongly encourages residents to enroll to receive alerts during America’s PrepareAthon. The CodeRED system will allow you to manage your own information and update your contact information on your own. This information is private and is not sold or shared with outside parties. Please take a moment to sign up for alerts by clicking here so you can stay safe.


Factoid That May Interest Only Me –

Thistle Golf Club earns national acclaim
Thistle Golf Club in Sunset Beach, N.C., has been named one of the top courses in the U.S. by GolfAdvisor.com, a Golf Channel-affiliated site that provides golf course ratings and reviews by golfers, for golfers. Thistle is ranked No. 14 in the country based on more than 100,000 reviews posted by golfers in 2016.
Read more » click here
www.myrtlebeachonline.com/sports/golf/article131149059.html#storylink=cpy


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:             Freddie’s
Cuisine:
           Italian
Location:        111 K Avenue, Kure Beach NC
Contact:          910.458.5979 /
www.freddiesrestaurant.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:            Two Stars
Freddie’s offers a wide variety of Italian / American cuisine choices with moderately priced entrees. They are known for their pork chop creations which is their signature dish. It’s a comfortable, friendly casual environment, nothing fancy, the place is small and seating is limited. We went to eat here with high expectations, we were not impressed. Definitely, not worth the trip!


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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FOREIGN AGENT,
by Brad Thor
This is the fifteenth entry in the exploits of Scot Harvath an ex- Navy SEAL, Secret Service Agent and later a covert counterterrorism agent.
Working for a private intelligence agency contracted by the CIA, Harvath searches for an informant who compromised an American mission. During the search, he uncovers a rogue Russian operative determined to destroy America by drawing it into a deadly confrontation.


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