04-18-17

Town of Holden Beach – BOC’s Regular Meeting
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
“Unofficial” Minutes & Comments – Lou’s Views


Board of Commissioners’ Agenda Packet
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BOC’s Supplemental Agenda Packet
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1. Public Comments on Agenda Items

There were no comments


2. Sewer System Vulnerability Assessment – Michael Norton, Compass Pointe

Previously reported –
The Town’s sewer lift stations were built underground which makes them highly vulnerable to flooding from a storm surge. If the electrical panels controlling the sewer lift stations are damaged by water, we could be looking at shutting down the sewer system potentially for months. Under current health and building laws, no houses could be occupied during that time because there would be no sanitary sewer system operating. The surrounding islands do not have this issue since they elevated the electrical control panels to eliminate the panels from being exposed to water damage. The new Board established The Sanitary Sewer Vulnerability Community Advisory Committee to assess the vulnerability of our sewer system and look at alternatives and costs to solve the problem.

Sanitary Sewer Vulnerability Advisory Committee determined the following:
    1) All similar sewer systems, in the immediate area, protect the vulnerable pumps, electrical panels and component parts, from flooding and or storm surge by storing them in structures above the Base Flood Elevation (BFE).
.    2) The best way to protect the sewer system from flooding or storm surge is to raise the vulnerable pumps and component parts above

In June of 2016 Mayor Pro Tem Ashley Royal requested that the next step be to have an independent engineering assessment done. That based on the potential risk and expense it would be prudent for us to do our due diligence before making any decision on how to proceed. Funding of $40,000 for lift station (sewer system) engineer study for storm preparation was approved in the 2015 budget.

In August of 2016 the Board voted to obtain an independent second opinion from an engineering firm that specializes in this area, qualifications related to the task at hand, as opposed to the engineer of record which is more of generalist. Town Manager was instructed to initiate a request for proposal process 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. 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.

Update –

Holden Beach Sewer Study
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Compass Pointe / McGill Associates sewer study report was used for their presentation

Key Takeaways

  • Nearly all the electrical components within the pump station would exhibit some form of partial or complete failure should they be subject to saltwater inundation. To prepare for such a catastrophic event, we would propose at a minimum identifying the path forward through temporary operations of pumping equipment by manual means and simple electric starters until complete replacements could be fabricated and installed. However, to truly mitigate the failure, the components could be removed and installed at elevations above the base flood elevation to adequately protect from such damage.
  • Should the pump station structure become inundated with flood waters on Holden Beach, the results of such an event would be catastrophic to the operations of this system. Flooding of the pump station structures by salt water would cause failure in short order of most, if not all, of the electrical equipment submerged, and the majority of the mechanical equipment with exception of the sewage pumps.
  • To mitigate these risks of components failures upon flooding inundation, the equipment at risk must be removed from the existing structure and installed above the base flood elevation, or the existing structure must be substantially protected from flooding to the base flood elevation.

Base Flood Elevations
The computed elevation to which floodwater is anticipated to rise during the base flood. Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) are shown on Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and on the flood profiles. The BFE is the regulatory requirement for the elevation or floodproofing of structures.

7.8.1 / ALTERNATIVE 1
Includes replacement of several items, to eliminate existing conduits that extend under the structure slabs and eliminate (or replace as necessary) the electrical handhole.
Probable Cost $330,000

7.8.2 / ALTERNATIVE 2
Includes significant modifications and additions to the existing pump station structure.
Probable Cost $5,782,300

7.8.3 / ALTERNATIVE 3
Alternative 3 is very similar to Alternative 2, and includes significant modifications and additions to the existing pump station structure.
Probable Cost $6,140,000

Compass Pointe / McGill Associates recommends that the Town thoroughly investigate moving forward with Alternative 2 as a measure to protect the Town’s investment in infrastructure, and secure the residents and visitors utility service for the future. Implementation of these improvements can be phased, one pump station at a time, beginning with the most vulnerable, to soften the impact on the enterprise fund.

No surprises here. The McGill HB Sewer Study sixty-four (64) page report came to the same conclusion as the Sewer Advisory Committee: if you want to completely eliminate the risk of flooding, we will need to raise the elevation of the vacuum pumps and electrical systems.

No decision was made – No action taken

Consensus was despite the comprehensive report they were not ready to decide right now.
The plan is to schedule a workshop so that they can decide on how to proceed.

 My Two Cents - CR IIIf the pumping stations flood with salt water, the electrical equipment and vacuum pumps could be damaged beyond repair.  The system will be down for as long as the repairs take, assuming the replacement parts are in stock.  All of this raises the obvious question: How big is the risk and what are we willing to spend to protect against it. 

 Alternate 1 seems like a reasonable solution at 5.7% of the cost of Alternate 2 but it is just a band-aid; it does not address the real issue here. That is the system was not built to code nor is it in compliance now. So, it’s not a question of IF we should but a question of WHEN at some point in time we are going to modify the pump stations and we will need to bring the electrical equipment and vacuum pumps above the base flood elevation.We have reserve funds that can be utilized to implement Alternative 2. That said, I’d propose we approach this in increments.  Perhaps if we modified the most vulnerable pump station we can get a better handle of what needs to be done and what it costs to do it. At that point, we can develop a timeline to proceed with modifications to the other pump stations.


3. Discussion and Possible Award of Contract for Roadway Work – Chris Clemmons, Public Works Director Clemmons

Agenda Packet –
Right Angle Engineering conducted an existing pavement condition analysis and produced plans and specifications to improve Jordan Drive, Schooner Drive, and Marshwalk Drive.  Invitation to bid was sent to three local paving contractors for informal bidding of the work.  Two bids were provided by Southern Asphalt and Highland Paving.  Bid tabulation is provided.  We would recommend awarding the work to the low bidder, Southern Asphalt.

Previously reported –
Streets Condition Survey report dated November 2015
We have a total of 12.8 paved asphalt roadways with @40% of the roads in need of maintenance.
Total estimated costs are a whopping $1,200,000

Surface evaluation was done rating each street and prioritizing the work that needs to be done
Recommended a ten-year game plan, budgeting accordingly, tackling it on a yearly basis
Understandably we can expect our streets to continue to degrade while costs will continue to go up

Update –
Southern Asphalt had the low bid at $80,215. Right Angle Engineering firm has previously worked with them on several projects and they won the bid last year too. Work will be performed in the next 60-90 days’ weather permitting. Southern Asphalt was awarded the contract.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously


4. Police Report – Chief Wally Layne
Police Patch

Crime Prevention 101 – Don’t make it easy for them
Don’t leave vehicles unlocked
Don’t leave valuables in your vehicles

 

It’s almost the start of the busy season
A reminder of the Town’s
beach strand ordinances:
…..1)
Chapter 90 / Animals / § 90.20 / Responsibilities of owners
…….a)
pets are not allowed on the beach strand except between 5p.m. and 9a.m. daily
…….b)
dog’s must be on a leash at all times
…….c)
owner’s need to clean up after their animals
…..2)
Chapter 94 / Beach regulations / § 94.05 / Digging of holes on beach strand
…….a)
digging holes greater than 12 inches deep without responsible person there
…….b)
holes shall be filled in prior to leaving
…..3)
Chapter 94 / Beach regulations / § 94.06 / Placing obstructions on the beach strand
…….a)
all unattended beach equipment must be removed daily by 6:00pm


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In accordance with Town Ordinances, speed limit seasonal limitations The speed limit has changed on OBW from 45mph to 35mph west of the general store. This change took place on April 1st and will be in effect through September 30th

 


The Town has put flashing educational signs back on the Causeway. The sign messages were a huge help last year minimizing the need for Beach Strand Ordinance Enforcement. It has been the most effective communication medium used to date. Intent is to educate people before they get on the beach strand.

Last year, several people felt the sign was too negative and not very welcoming to our guests. Apparently, the welcome sign at the foot of the bridge on the island side is not adequate. Consensus was to put a welcome sign on the newly landscaped bridge approach on the mainland side. Perhaps now would be a good time to revisit that.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Just Sayin’!



Ordinance 94.06 was passed on September 14, 2010.
Beginning April 23, 2011, all unattended beach equipment must be removed from the beach by its owner or permitted user daily. All unattended personal equipment remaining on the beach between the hours of 6PM and 7AM will be classified as abandoned property and will be disposed of by the Town.

 

Good newsThis year the Police Department will be removing any gear left on the beach strand between 10PM and 2AM daily.


Bad news
– The last time we actively enforced this ordinance we had what you’d call unintended consequences. Some beach equipment was being hidden in the dunes which is worse than leaving it on the beach strand.

 


5. Confirmation of Audit Committee Member – Mayor Pro Tem Fletcher

Patty Kwiatowski was added as a new member of the Audit Committee.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously


6. Discussion and Possible Approval of Audit Contract for Fiscal Year 2016 – 2017 Between the Town and Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams and Co., PA – Fiscal Operations Clerk Lockner

The North Carolina Local Government Commission requires the Town to have an annual audit performed. The Town has used Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams and Co. since 2012 to perform this service. The Town is happy with incumbent. They have experience working with the town and were the lowest bidder six years ago. The cost of $12,750 as well as the terms of the contract is unchanged. Approval of the contract means that Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams & Co has been selected for their sixth consecutive year, with no cost increase, to handle our audit for fiscal year that ends June 30th , 2017.

An additional $3,500 fee will be charged since we require separate audit for FEMA grant funds
Audit Committee met with vendor and they recommend staying with them for another year

A decision was made – Approved unanimously

My Two Cents - CR II

Protocol is to change firms every few years, traditionally we have done that after vendor has audited us for three years, this is the sixth consecutive year we have contracted with them.


7. Fiscal Year 2016 – 2017 Budget Update – Town Manager Hewett

The report presented a snapshot of where we are at, comparing the budget numbers to the actual numbers. At the end of the third quarter we appear to be way ahead of where we would expect to be but we have significant debt service still outstanding. We have huge seasonal fluctuations in both income and expenses and the numbers need to be considered in context. Instead of throwing out fund numbers he gave a simple explanation of whether each fund balance is better / worse than normal for this time of the year which gave us a better picture of our current situation at this point in the fiscal year.

Highlightproperty tax collection is at 100.24% of budget

Monthly statements of actual vs. estimated budget numbers is available at the Town’s website
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8. Discussion and Possible Approval of Ordinance 17-05, An Ordinance Amending Holden Beach Code of Ordinances Section 94.03, Frontal Dune Policies and Regulations – Building Official Evans

Previously reported –
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
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

Agenda Packet –
At the request of the Board of Commissioners, and pursuant to the community’s interest, the BOC of Holden Beach so requested a draft to the walkway ordinance for consideration.

The Exception as written was reviewed by the Planning staff and Town Attorney and is presented as an alternative to the   current ordinance for protection of environmental sensitive areas.

The recommendation provides the best protection against abnormal erosion and human impact on those areas  of the vegetation that is crucial for the protection of properties.

Our current ordinance doesn’t work, policies conflict with each other. Proposed ordinance gives some property owners options, that is they may install a walkway past the frontal dune to the last stable line of vegetation. This really is only applicable to the west end properties beyond the 1200 block. It addresses their concerns and recognizes the circumstances that dunes are being traversed to the detriment of the environment. Operative word here is MAY, property owner makes the call.

Update –

Agenda Packet –

Currently the walkway exception requires a minimum build standard that is in conflict with all, built walkways and the ordinance that the exception is drawn from.

TOWN OF HOLDEN BEACH ORDINANCE 17-04
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE HOLDEN BEACH CODE OF ORDINANCES,
CHAPTER 94: BEACH REGULATIONS

BE IT ORDAINED BY the Mayor and Board of Commissioners of the Town of Holden Beach, North Carolina that the Holden Beach Code of Ordinances, Chapter 94: Beach Regulations, be amended as follows:

Section One: Amend Section 94.03(C)(2){a){6) as follows (changes in red):

No structure other than the four-foot wide wooden walkway shall be located south of the landward toe of the frontal dune. This applies to decks, gazebos, sitting areas and other additions that a property owner may desire to make to the allowed walkway. Structures (other than the four-foot walkway) that exist when this section is adopted may remain in place temporarily; however, all such structures must be removed no later than December 31, 2003, to be in compliance with this section. A building permit is required if there are any repairs needed to walkway load bearing surfaces, such as supporting posts. Adding additional lengths to supporting posts shall constitute a repair. Exception: Town owned CAMA access ways may utilize a 6-foot walkway. Exception: Property Owners with lots that have more than 300 feet from the seaward toe of the frontal dune to the last line of natural stable vegetation, as determined by the local CAMA officer, may install a single walkway with a maximum width of four feet; the walkway shall be a minimum of three feet high with a maximum height not to exceed four feet; and shall terminate at the last line of natural stable vegetation. Walkways shall be permitted and built in accordance with all Federal, State and local building requirements.

Update –
Housekeeping item they changed verbiage from a minimum of four feet to a maximum of four feet. There was a brief discussion for the need to include 300 feet requirement. The explanation given that they weighed the damage to vegetation vs. storm damage and debris to walkways from storms.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously

 My Two Cents - CR II§ 94.03 FRONTAL DUNE POLICIES
Exception: Property Owners with lots that have more than 300 feet from the seaward toe of the frontal dune to the last line of natural stable vegetation

 

I’m not following the logic here. We just determined that 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 building walkways to go beyond the frontal dune to the stable line of vegetation which will help protect wetland areas and prevent trails or “cuts” in the dunes from all the foot traffic. It would seem to me that we would want to eliminate any distance requirement. Shouldn’t we want to have any property owner be able to build their walkway to the last line of natural stable vegetation? Wouldn’t we want to minimize people walking through any vegetation on the beach strand? The picture above shows that right now some walkways stop at the toe of the current frontal dune and others that stop at the current line of stable vegetation.  If we require all new walkways to be placed at the toe of the dune and not extended to the line of stable vegetation this would force people to trample established vegetation, not to mention any new vegetation we will be planting as part of dune stabilization project. The explanation given that they weighed the damage to vegetation vs. storm damage and debris to walkways from storms just doesn’t cut the mustard for me. They are missing the point – beach strand dune stabilization is the priority not concerns about debris.

15A North Carolina Administrative Code § 7H .0305

 (4) Frontal Dunes. The frontal dune is the first mound of sand located landward of the ocean beach that has stable and natural vegetation present.

(5) Vegetation Line. The vegetation line refers to the first line of stable and natural vegetation, which shall be used as the reference point for measuring oceanfront setbacks. This line represents the boundary between the normal dry-sand beach, which is subject to constant flux due to waves, tides, storms and wind, and the more stable upland areas. The vegetation line is generally located at or immediately oceanward of the seaward toe of the frontal dune or erosion escarpment. The Division of Coastal Management or Local Permit Officer shall determine the location of the stable and natural vegetation line based on visual observations of plant composition and density.


9. Discussion and Possible Action on Yard Waste Pick-up – Public Works Director Clemmons

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Previously reported –
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.

Agenda Packet –
Due to the increased cost of the proposed yard waste service, staff recommended that the service be deleted from the solid waste contract with Waste Industries that was approved by the Board in February.

On February 23rd, an email blast was sent soliciting input from property owners on yard waste service. The blast asked if the service was utilized previously; how often the service was used; and if homeowners would be willing to pay a surcharge for the service. Of the people who responded to our request for input, 41 people were using the service and / or would like to see the service continued. Six people have no interest in the service. Twelve people responded that they would be willing to pay a nominal surcharge for the service. Sixteen people would not be willing to pay any additional charge.

Company Number of Pickups Amount per Month Total
Waste Industries (old contract) 12 $0.98 $14,317.80
Waste Industries (proposed) 22 $2.25 $65,745
Brush Bandit 22 $1.00 $29,220
Brush Bandit 12 $1.40 $20,454
Coastal Transplants 12 $1.00 $14,610

Staff seeks direction from the Board on if the Town should continue the service.

Update –
It was decided that this is a basic service and the Town should continue to provide this service. There’s just one caveat: it is approved for only one year and the vendor will capture data to get a handle on actual household usage. The Board authorized David to present them with a contract for their approval. Town blast e-mail Friday indicated that yard debris collection will resume on Friday, April 28th   which doesn’t sound kosher to me.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously

My Two Cents - CR II

E-mail blast was sent to 3,000 subscribers and only forty-one (41) people responded that they used the service or just 1.4%. The BOC’s pooh-poohed those numbers and they suspect that more people use this service without any actual data to support their position they decided we need to provide this service. I’m willing to concede that more than forty-one households use this service. They previously stated the number of households that utilize this service probably was in the two to three hundred neighborhood. Assuming 12% of the households actually utilize this service that would give you 270 households. Coastal Transplants bid is $14,610 for twelve (12) pickups. That comes to $54 per household ($14,610 % 270).  It’s important to remember that curbside recycling has 260 subscribers at a cost of $48 per household but the Town charges $54. So, let me get this straight – yard waste is a basic service and should be paid for by all of us but curbside recycling is not and is not subsidized at all. We should either do both or neither. This is neither fair nor consistent.

Commissioner Ken Kyser stated Only thing I can say is on my street almost every house on my street uses it. Between here and my house right now have fourteen (14) piles trash sitting out that will sit there till hell freezes over if we don’t have service that picks it up.” Following the trust but verify doctrine I contacted an owner on   Frigate and went there myself to check it out. Not only were there not fourteen (14) piles of yard waste there wasn’t even one (1). The truth is that I couldn’t find fourteen (14) piles of yard waste on the island when I took my eighteen-mile bike ride. His statement was a gross exaggeration and a fabrication of the facts. Ken deliberately misled the Board to influence the discussion and he duped this Board into retaining a service he wanted.


10. Discussion and Possible Approval of Ordinance 17-06, An Ordinance Amending Holden Beach Code of Ordinances Section 50.04, Accumulation and Collection –
Public Works Director Chris Clemmons

Agenda Packet –
Waste Industries has notified us that they will no longer remove cans from homeowners’ racks. This service has not been included in our contract with Waste Industries for years, however they were lenient and continued removing the cans from the racks when homeowners were not in compliance.

Ordinance 17-06 proposes the removal of language in our Code of Ordinances that conflicts with the current (and previous) Waste Industries contract.

This is a housekeeping issue and staff recommends approval.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously


11. Discussion and Possible Action on Lockwood Folly Inlet Funding – Shoreline Protection and Recreation Manager Ferguson

Previously reported –

Agenda Packet –
The Lockwood Folly Inlet is in the worst shape of our lifetime. This crucial outlet to the Atlantic Ocean one of our most precious resources is in dire need of our attention. Due to shoaling, water flow has dramatically slowed and shallow depths have made the inlet a danger for boats to navigate safe passage. The Lockwood and its benefits serve several key factors to residents and visitors. Lockwood Folly Inlet and its economic role, safety, water rescue access and environmental impacts are of tremendous importance to our community.

Economic Impacts and Recreation Value of the North Carolina For-Hire Fishing Fleet
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http://fishingthecarolinacoast.com/uploads/final_frg_rpt_07_feg_05_174.pdf

The 2009 study project, Economic Impacts and Recreation Value of the North Carolina For-Hire Fishing Fleet, takes a coast-wide look at operations of some 754 for-hire vessels during the study year: 27 head boats that may be licensed to carry up to 100 passengers; and 727 charter boats that typically carry four to six passengers.

According to the FRG study:

  • For-hire fishing passengers spend about $380 million per year.
  • With economic multiplier effects, this spending supports about $667.4 million in sales along the coast, and about 10,000 jobs

The consensus from the speakers and the audience is that the inlet is no longer navigable and is dangerous even for boaters familiar with the waterway. Worst it is not even scheduled to be dredged anytime soon. It is more than just a boating issue. They pointed out the economic, safety, and its role after storms. They asked the Board to make it a priority to have the inlet dredged.

MINUTES –
GUEST SPEAKER- CAPTAIN CANE FAIRCLOTH,
REPRESENTING AREA BOATERS- CONCERNS REGARDING THE LOCKWOOD FOLLY INLET

Cane Faircloth said we are all facing a life or death situation, physically and for the economy. He received a call that the Lockwood Folly Inlet wasn’t schedule to be dredged. He said when this was addressed with the county last year, they were told it would be handled. Mr. Faircloth provided background information about the inlet and his concerns. He is asking the Town to get behind approving funds to move ahead with the contract and begin dredging as soon as possible. He said the inlet is in the worst shape of our lifetime.

He said the inlet’s economic role, safety, water rescue access and environmental impacts are of tremendous importance to our community. Mr. Faircloth reviewed the economic importance.

Kevin Sneed, a Holden Beach resident and charter boat captain talked about the safety perspective. He said when the Fire Department gets a call for a water rescue, seconds are everything.

Ryan Williams, a local charter boat captain said this is probably the worst it has ever been. He talked about the inlet, beach nourishment, storms and pollution. Mr. Williams talked about the map of the inlet they provided. He said we need to do something as fast as possible. He asked if you could use FEMA money to help in the effort. Town Manager Hewett replied no. Mayor Holden explained there are conditions on the money and they don’t allow us to go into the inlet. Shoreline Protection and Recreation Manager Ferguson added at the meeting she was at last week, they did a breakdown of where the Corps evaluated the inlets and determined ones that they felt were affected by the storm. Lockwood Folly didn’t receive money.

Agenda Packet –
Federal funding to support the dredging of the Lockwood Folly (LWF) Inlet has become non-existent. Except for the dredging of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Crossing as part of an overall contract to maintenance dredge all NC Shallow Draft Inlet Crossings; there has been no money in the President’s budget for LWF Inlet in several years. The burden of maintaining the inlet is currently falling on the State of NC through the Shallow Draft Inlet Fund and local cost sharing contributions.

If the board chooses to participate in fixing the immediate problem by dredging the inlet in the late June timeframe, the costs will be approximately $22,950 to the Town. This will be navigation maintenance only and will not place sand on the beach as the side cast dredge Merritt will be used. Per Chief of Navigation for the Army Corp of Engineers (CORPS), Roger Bullock, at the March Shallow Draft Inlet Meeting; the inlet is in such condition that the Merritt (side cast dredge) is the only CORP dredge plant that could traverse and dredge it at this point.  Unfortunately, the Merritt was working the New River Inlet recently in shallow conditions and received damage in the way of holes in the bottom the vessel. It was taken out of commission to repair some plates. This put the schedule behind for already scheduled work.

According to the dredge schedule provided by the CORPS at the meeting, the Merritt is currently scheduled to be here in late June- early July. Even if the CORPS found a way to schedule the vessel here for this regional navigation maintenance project before that timeframe, Mr. Bullock stated that they would only be able to work for about four hours a day on high tide. That means that the cost for the dredge plant would remain at the $15,000 per day rate based on a ten-hour day, but until they got the inlet at a point they could navigate the Merritt safely; they would only be working approximately 4 hours per day. If the dredge plant is not able to be scheduled in June, they have made it known to stakeholders that the Merritt is going in the shipyard from October through at least February for a new bottom to be placed on the vessel. Mr. Bullock’s final piece of information was that he was talking with the Coast Guard and telling them to please hold off if they can before be pulling navigation buoys. He continued that the Coast Guard is looking at the same surveys that the CORPS provides and if they see that navigation is detrimental, they will start pulling the buoys.  He stated if that happens, it is hard to get them replaced by Coast Guard Standards until the inlet is significantly better.

The attached spreadsheet lists a cost breakdown for the one-time immediate dredge event, as well as forecast on an annual basis to stay ahead of the shoaling by dredging three times per year.  In a conscious effort to explore options, we have also spoken to our coastal engineer about any possibility of utilizing our SDI-5 permit. This involves engaging the commercial market to see if there is a dredge plant, hopper or other, that is available to handle this work as well as coordinating with regulatory agencies. Staff has also worked diligently with regional beach and inlet groups, as well as political representatives, to try to advance the issue of federal funding.  Staff has been made aware that the County has an update coming from the CORPS at their regularly scheduled meeting in late April.  At the time of this memo, neither the County nor Oak Island has appropriated funding for emergency dredge measures. Staff recommendation is to continue to explore options, coordinate with all parties involved on this regional transportation issue, and wait for the upcoming update from the CORPS to the County.  Once a commitment level comes from the other groups, a budget amendment could be put into place if the board chooses to act for this fiscal year.

No decision was made – No action taken

Coast Guard to temporarily halt navigational aids in inlet
The U.S. Coast Guard is temporarily discontinuing 10 navigational aids in Lockwoods Folly Inlet near Oak Island and Holden Beach because of extensive shoaling and navigational safety concerns. A news release from the Coast Guard said it was discontinuing the aids on Thursday. Given the current condition of the inlet, the aids to navigation can no longer be configured to safely mark a passable channel. The Coast Guard says mariners using the inlet do so at their own risk. Heavy shoaling in the vicinity of Lockwoods Folly Inlet has progressed over the past few months, making the waterway inaccessible to vessels with a draft greater than 3 feet. The Coast Guard says the navigational aids don’t accurately mark the waterway as they once did.
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http://www.wect.com/story/35206697/coast-guard-to-temporarily-halt-navigational-aids-in-inlet

Coast Guard pulls Lockwoods Folly buoys, tells mariners to sail ‘at their own risk’
The Coast Guard directed concerned mariners to check the Local Notice to Mariners 5th Coast Guard District for the latest positions and status of aids to navigation.
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http://portcitydaily.com/2017/04/20/coast-guard-pulls-lockwoods-folly-buoys-tells-mariners-to-sail-at-their-own-risk/

Coast Guard pulls navigational aids from Lockwood Folly Inlet
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» click here
http://www.starnewsonline.com/news/20170420/coast-guard-pulls-navigational-aids-from-lockwood-folly-inlet

Coast Guard suspends 10 buoys in Lockwoods Folly due to shoaling
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http://www.wwaytv3.com/2017/04/20/coast-guard-suspends-10-buoys-in-lockwoods-folly-due-to-shoaling/

Inlet clearing necessary now and routinely in future
Deputy County Manager Steve Stone said the Army Corps of Engineers studied the inlet in February and determined the outer sandbar was too shallow for dredging with the corps’ side casting dredge, because it had been damaged earlier in the year in a similar situation. He said the county has never held a dredging permit, but Holden Beach has one so the county is working with the town come up with an alternative. Contacting a third-party contractor to use a scoop crane to dredge the shallow inlet is one option being explored, provided the dredging permit can be modified to allow this. That means action is being taken to address the issue, but all concerned must understand a quick fix is not possible. Stone also said the county could partner with the state, Holden Beach and Oak Island to dredge the inlet. He noted county staff is including maintenance dredging in the fiscal year 2017-18 budget. But maintenance dredging needs to become a permanent part of the county budget, and municipalities facing this issue should start to plan accordingly for this expense annually, too.
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http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/inlet-clearing-necessary-now-and-routinely-future

Boat captains say Lockwood Folly dredging ‘dire’
At least a half dozen people including local boat captains turned out last week to outline concerns about the Lockwood Folly Inlet, which they say is in critical need of dredging or boat operators are going to pay the price this summer.
Read more » click here
http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/boat-captains-say-lockwood-folly-dredging-%E2%80%98dire%E2%80%99

Lockwood Folly Inlet
(Article – County funds park improvements despite call to sell it)
Commissioners heard from charter boat captains during the public comments portion of Monday’s meeting. Capt. Ryan Jordan of Oak Island said the Army Corps of Engineers is unwilling to dredge the Lockwood Folly Inlet, which makes it impassible for him. Jordan said if he can’t get out through the Lockwood Folly channel, he would have to move his charter operation to Southport. That would result in his charters having to drive nearly an extra hour to get to his boat, where it only takes them five minutes to get to his boat now. “Something needs to be done,” he said. Jordan said they brought the issue to county commissioners a year ago and were told a plan would be put in place to address the need to dredge the inlet. “A year ago we spoke to the council and you agreed to dredge the inlet and put on it a schedule. But that has not happened,” he said. “We need an answer to why the ball got dropped.”

Capt. Cane Faircloth also spoke to commissioners, saying 834 people “are on board for saving the Lockwood Folly Inlet,” and have signed a petition to support it. “Now it’s too shallow to dredge and that’s a mess,” Faircloth said. “We can pull together, make this a top priority and get the inlet figured out. We don’t need to sit on our hands and wait for the federal government. Let’s work together. Faircloth added he would be willing to do anything, talk to anybody and take anyone out on his boat to show them the need to dredge the inlet.

County Manager Steve Stone said the Army Corps of Engineers studied the inlet in February and determined the outer sandbar was too shallow for dredging with the COE’s side casting dredge, because it had been damaged earlier in the year in a similar situation. He said the county has never held a dredging permit, but Holden Beach has one so the county is working with the town come up with an alternative. He said one option they are exploring is contacting a third-party contractor to use a scoop crane to dredge the shallow inlet. But to do this, the dredging permit would need modification. If they can work out the stipulations, Stone said, there is potential for the county to partner with the state, Holden Beach and Oak Island to dredge the inlet. “We are moving as rapidly as we can,” he said. Stone added county staff is including maintenance dredging in the fiscal year 2017-18 budget.
Read more » click here
http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/county-funds-park-improvements-despite-call-sell-it

Locals seek action to keep Lockwood Folly Inlet open
The Lockwood Folly Inlet is suffering from severe shoaling once again and officials are attempting to find a solution to the problem.
Read more » click here
http://www.starnewsonline.com/news/20170413/locals-seek-action-to-keep-lockwood-folly-inlet-open

Help Keep the Lockwood Folly Inlet Open
The process has changed in the maintenance of shallow water inlets like the Lockwood Folly that separates Holden Beach and Oak Island. The Inlet is a extremely important public resource economically, environmentally and ocean water rescue wise. Boater registration went up in 2016 and money by the state is being set aside for this. The state will put up 2x what the county designates to this cause. To get support from our government agencies at the county, local and state level we need all the signatures and comments we can collect. The inlet is now very dangerous and recent surveys shows outer bar 2ft at high tide. Please join us in signing this petition to have Brunswick County, Holden Beach, Oak Island and the State of North Carolina to allocate funds for the US Army Corps of Engineers to dredge a navigable channel.

Online petition, endorsing an effort to Help Keep the Lockwood Folly Inlet Open
https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/help-keep-the-lockwood-folly-inlet-open


12. Town Manager’s Report

Water Tower
They are repainting the water tower
All the cell phone equipment has been temporarily placed on two monopole towers
The plan was to complete work by Easter but that didn’t happen
Taking a time-out, will be back after Labor Day

Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM)
The tentative projected effective date is not till March 2018
Unfortunately, we are unable to adopt prior to obtaining the letter of determination.
The Town has prepared a draft resolution pending obtaining the letter of determination.
The Town will be ready when the maps are finally approved.

Coastal Flood Hazard Mapping briefing is available at the Town’s website
For more information » click here
http://hbtownhall.com/files/122945091.pdf

Hurricane Matthew Disaster Grant Approval
The NC Department of Public Safety has advised the Town of Holden Beach that a $5.99 million disaster grant has been approved by FEMA for repair of beach strand damages incurred by Hurricane Matthew. We anticipate getting additional reimbursements of $350,000 for other expenses incurred from the storm.

Central Reach Project
The Central Reach Project placement of sand and demobilization stage have been completed. The next phase of the project is to meet the dune stabilization requirement which includes sand fencing and vegetation which is currently underway.

Beach Strand
Annual beach strand monitoring is underway
We have an engineered beach – which means it has been nourished and is being monitored
ATM is a coastal engineering firm hired by the town has done the a
nnual monitoring since 2001

Vehicle Decals
2017 Vehicle Decals were mailed out to property owners in the April water bills.
Property owners will receive two decals in their bills.

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.

On October 30th, the $366,746 grant from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) was approved. The grant is a fifty (50) percent match, making the PARTF grant and the Town each responsible for $183,373.

The application includes –

  1. Kayak launch area
  2. Picnic shelter
  3. Splash pad
  4. Shade structures

Update –
Construction of the picnic shelter has been completed they are waiting for the delivery of picnic tables. Splash pad status – they are currently evaluating vendors, reviewing design elements, and coordinating scheduling.  This project will likely not be completed till sometime this fall.

Paving
NC130 more commonly referred to as Ocean Boulevard was officially on the list for resurfacing in 2017. It was not funded so NCDOT recently indicated that resurfacing of Ocean Boulevard has been pushed back to 2019.

Dune Stabilization
The Central Reach project placement of sand and demobilization stage have been completed. The next phase of the project is to meet the dune stabilization requirement which includes sand fencing and vegetation which is currently underway. You may be asking: Why not the rest of us, too? West end of the island is a low priority and is not considered part of our engineered beach. Therefore, federal grant funds can’t be utilized for that part of the beach strand. The Town has not planned on or budgeted for sand fencing and vegetation there. The area is not included in the grant. This Board will need to decide what needs to be done, when it will be done and budget accordingly.

Be patient, once Central Reach Project is taken care of they will assess those areas west of the project. He indicated that they possibly can do dune stabilization west of the Central Reach Project. In the meantime, their No charge to obtain permit to install sand fencing on your own. He did say that they will need to obtain a letter of permission from each property owner before doing work but they are not required to get easement like CRP.


13. Public Comments on General Items

Mike Sullivan a member of the P&Z Board and Chairman of Sewer Advisory Committee vented
Mike made the June 2016 presentation for the
Sanitary Sewer Vulnerability Advisory Committee

  • Questioned why the McGill Sewer Study report information was not included in agenda packet
  • Stated the report mirrored what the Advisory Committee presented
  • Surprised that they didn’t ask him any questions but had them now
  • Pointed out that we are in the same place we were in June, except we had a ten month delay
  • The Town incurred a huge unnecessary cost by hiring the engineering firm

General Comments –

There were thirty-two (32) members of the community in attendance

 Pleased to see the garbage pails were put back on the beach strand


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 Program
    Only three (3) members of the community were in attendance
  2. 24 February Canal Dredging Working Group
  3. 3 March Departments input to Manager
  4. 15 March BOC’s Workshop Revenues
    Only two (2) members of the community were in attendance
  5. 24 April BOC’s Workshop Expenses
  6. 15 May Budget Message
  7. 9 June Special Meeting / Public Hearing
  8. 20 June Regular BOC’s Meeting
  9. 30 June Budget adopted

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


Hurricane Matthew Disaster Grant Approval
The NC Department of Public Safety has advised the Town of Holden Beach that a $5.99 million disaster grant has been approved by FEMA for repair of beach strand damages incurred by Hurricane Matthew. We anticipate getting additional reimbursements of $350,000 for other expenses incurred from the storm.

Takeaways:
. 1) This is not a lump sum settlement
. 2) We are not getting a check for $5.99 million
. 3) Funds dispersed on a reimbursement basis
. 4) We can’t pay back the bonds early
. 5) Excess funds will go back into the BPART account fund


Central Reach Project –

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The Central Reach Project placement of sand and demobilization stage have been completed. The next phase of the project is to meet the dune stabilization requirement which includes sand fencing and vegetation which is currently underway.

For more information, go to the Central Reach Project post


Terminal Groin –

Terminal Groin #6 - CR

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

What’s next?

The next steps include the following:
. 1)
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 –


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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


Blue Crab Festival - CR

Blue Crab Festival
May 20th – 21st
Little River


This will be the 36th Annual World Famous Blue Crab Festival. It is held on the waterfront in Little River and is one of the largest festivals in the Southeast. The purpose of this festival is one that supports and showcases the fabulous atmosphere of the local communities.
For more information » click here
http://www.bluecrabfestival.org/


Events

TDA - logoDiscover 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


HBBC

Holden Beach Beautification Club Plant Sale
The Holden Beach Beautification Club is holding their 6th 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.

For more information » click here
http://www.greaterholdenbeachmerchants.com/days-at-the-dock-2017


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



2017 Concert Schedule

The 2017 Concert Schedule has been released! Beginning on May 29th, concerts will be held on Sundays at 6:30 p.m. at the Holden Beach Pavilion.

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For more information
» click here
http://www.hbtownhall.com/files/122256925.pdf


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

Reminders –

Speed Limit
Please take notice – Speed limit seasonal limitations, in accordance with Town Ordinances.
Speed limit will change on OBW from 45mph to 35mph west of the general store.
This change will take place on April 1st
and be in effect through September 30th

Building Numbers
Ocean front homes are required to have house numbers visible from the beach strand.
Please call Planning and Inspections Department at 910.842.6080 with any questions.

§ 157.087 BUILDING NUMBERS.

(A) The correct street number shall be clearly visible from the street on all buildings. Numbers shall be block letters, not script, and of a color clearly in contrast with that of the building and shall be a minimum of six inches in height.
(B) Beach front buildings will also have clearly visible house numbers from the strand side meeting the above criteria on size, contrast, etc. Placement shall be on vertical column supporting deck(s) or deck roof on the primary structure. For buildings with a setback of over 300 feet from the first dune line, a vertical post shall be erected aside the walkway with house numbers affixed. In all cases the numbers must be clearly visible from the strand. Other placements may be acceptable with approval of the Building Inspector.


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


Bird Nesting Area
NC Wildlife Commission has posted signs that say – Bird Nesting Area / Please don’t disturb
The signs are posted on the west end beach strand around 1339 OBW.
People and dogs are supposed to stay out of the area from April through November
. 1) It’s a Plover nesting area
. 2) Allows migrating birds a place to land and rest without being disturbed


Mosquito - CR II
Mosquito Control

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Town will be as proactive as they can, monitoring the situation and aggressively spraying as needed
Current EPA protocol is that spraying is complaint driven
They recommend that you get rid of any standing water on your property that you can.
Urged everyone to call Town Hall if they have mosquito issues so that they can spray

Spraying is complaint based, so keep the calls coming!



Hurricane Vehicle Decals –

The 2017 vehicle decals were distributed with the April water bills.

 

2017 Vehicle Decals were mailed out to property owners in the April water bills. Property owners will receive two decals in their bills. If you would like additional decals, you may purchase two more at Town Hall for $10 each. It is the property owner’s responsibility to distribute decals to their tenants if you own a fulltime rental property.

The decals are your passes to get back onto the island to check your property in the event an emergency situation would necessitate restricting access to the island. Decals must be displayed in the lower left-hand corner of the windshield, where they are not obstructed by any other items. Officials must be able to clearly read the decal from outside the vehicle. Please note that re-entry will not be allowed if a current, intact decal is not affixed to the windshield as designated. It is important that you place your decals on your vehicles immediately to avoid misplacing the decals.


 

Yard Waste Service

Yard debris pick-up will resume on Friday, April 28th and will be provided twice a month on the 2ndand 4th Fridays during the month of May.

 

Yard debris needs to be secured in a biodegradable bag or bundled in a maximum length of five (5) feet and fifty (50) pounds in weight. A total of ten (10) items (bundles of brush/ limbs, bags) will be picked up by Waste Industries. Yard waste must be placed at the street for pick-up. No pick-ups will be made on vacant lots or construction sites.


Upon Further Review –

Project tracker: Holden Beach Park
An update on the county’s plans for Holden Beach Park.
Cost: $334,000 (for first phase of improvements)
Completion date: Most work by end of 2017
Read more » click here
http://www.starnewsonline.com/news/20170331/project-tracker-holden-beach-park

County funds park improvements despite call to sell it
Brunswick County commissioners agreed to provide matching funds totaling nearly $110,000 to support grant funding for the Holden Beach county park during their regular meeting Monday night. But it wasn’t before commissioner Randy Thompson proposed selling off the park to cover the costs of other programs.

County commissioners voted to buy 37 acres that stretch from Holden Beach Road SW to the Intracoastal Waterway, just west of the Holden Beach Bridge for $3.5 million in November 2014 to convert into a nature park.

In August 2016, by the same 3-2 split vote, commissioners approved submitting a grant application to the Division of Coastal Management for $250,000.

At the April 3 meeting, Deputy County Manager Steve Stone sought approval for a contract to accept the $250,000 Coastal Management grant, which required $41,000 in cash matching funds and another $41,000 of in-kind services performed by the county.

The funding would pay for the first phase of development of the Holden Beach park, which would include a public water access, a boardwalk along the water, restrooms, a gravel road and other site preparation, Stone said.
Read more » click here
http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/county-funds-park-improvements-despite-call-sell-it

Over continued objections,
County accepts grant to develop waterway park at Holden Beach

Work can soon begin on turning a 35-acre tract near Holden Beach into Brunswick County’s next waterfront park. The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 Monday to officially accept a $250,500 N.C. Division of Coastal Management grant for the project. The county will match $41,750 in cash and $41,750 of in-kind services, such as site preparation, road and parking lot improvements by using the county’s operation services employees. Commissioner Cooke said years from now the public would view the park, located on the mainland side of Holden Beach along the Intracoastal Waterway, as being a great amenity for the area. Phase one of the Holden Beach park project will involve construction of a boardwalk along the Intracoastal Waterway and the marsh inlet, a pavilion with restroom facilities, gravel access road and parking lot and other site preparations.
Read more » click here
http://stateportpilot.com/news/article_bcdf9776-1acf-11e7-bb32-17761ab10c1e.html


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


Corrections & Amplifications –

Town Manager Salary


$98,472 salary went to $136,500

38.6% salary increase which is $38,028

Employment Contract

Severance Package

NC Governor Cooper salary is $144,349

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Holden Beach manager gets 38 percent pay hike
After a closed-door session at the end of its March meeting, Holden Beach commissioners announced a significant salary increase for Town Manager David Hewett, upping his annual pay from $98,472 to $136,500. The 38 percent increase, Hewett said, is likely reflective of the fact that he has been working two jobs for the town since his hire in 2008, serving as both manager and financial officer. Neither has he had any merit increases in the last three years.
Read more » click here
http://www.starnewsonline.com/news/20170328/holden-beach-manager-gets-38-percent-pay-hike

Holden Beach manager merits 38-percent raise
Town commissioners unanimously approved a 38-percent pay increase for Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett following a closed session March 21. The action increases Hewett’s salary from $98,472 to $136,500 annually, town clerk Heather Finnell confirmed Monday. It also now makes him the highest paid municipal manager on the Brunswick County coast, compared with Ocean Isle Beach Town Administrator Daisy Ivey’s $125,000, Bald Head Island Village Manager Chris McCall’s $112,000, Oak Island Town Manager David Kelly’s $107,000 and Sunset Beach Town Administrator Susan Parker’s $98,000 annual salaries.

Following the closed session lasting a little over an hour, commissioners voted to prepare an employment agreement using a form approved by Town Attorney Charlotte Noel Fox and agreed upon by Hewett. Details of Hewett’s new salary terms include an adjustment to a salary of $130,000 with a 5-percent merit raise; a severance package to include one month up to 12 months for each year Hewett is employed by the town; a year of health insurance for Hewett’s family or upon other employment, whichever is sooner; and life insurance to be paid by the town up to three times Hewett’s salary. The terms are retroactive to the February 2017 anniversary from Hewett’s hire date.

Hewett was hired nine years ago as town manager/finance director effective Feb. 1, 2008, at a starting salary of $85,000. The West Brunswick High School graduate and Air Force veteran previously served as town administrator in Caswell Beach and prior to that as town manager for seven years in Leland, where he started his local government career in 1999
Read more » click here
http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/holden-beach-manager-merits-38-percent-raise


Odds & Ends

Bill would make hands-free calling the law for NC motorists
Motorists would have to use hands-free devices for cellphones while driving under a bill sponsored by N.C. Sen. Michael Lee, R-New Hanover. North Carolina would be the fifteenth (15th) state to adopt a law requiring hands-free use of cellphones while driving if the law is passed.
Read more » click here
http://www.starnewsonline.com/news/20170405/bill-would-make-hands-free-calling-law-for-nc-motorists


This & That

Flood Insurance: Pricier This Year, and May Go Higher
Many homeowners who have flood insurance — or are seeking to buy it — will face higher premiums this year, because of increases that took effect April 1. Premiums under the National Flood Insurance Program rose an average of about 6 percent. The average annual premium is now about $878, not including various surcharges that apply in some cases, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which administers the program. Some properties, however, may see much higher increases, according to FEMA. They include those in areas at very high risk, second homes and properties that have experienced multiple flood claims.
Read more » click here
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/business/flood-insurance-financial-tips.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_my_20170410&nl=your-money&nl_art=9&nlid=50751698&ref=headline&te=1


Factoid That May Interest Only Me –

Fastest Growing Counties
2006    14th
2007    17th
2008    28th
2009    65th
2010   Census Year
2011    30th
2012    93rdr
2013    47th
2014    47th
2015    53rd
2016    19th / 2nd

Where is the population growing fastest?  It is an old story. Americans are chasing the sun, as well as amble affordable housing and places that are popular retirement destinations, in a migration pattern interrupted by the housing bust but now back in force.

Brunswick helps Myrtle Beach, not Wilmington, grow fast
Recently released U.S. Census data ranks the Myrtle Beach metropolitan statistical area (MSA), which includes Brunswick County, as the second fastest-growing metro in the country. Every few years the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) reevaluates the MSA standings, Rebecca Tippett, director of Carolina Demography with the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill said. When the OMB made the Brunswick switch, it did so based on a very specific set of protocols that evaluates population centers and commuting patterns, she said. Officials have said the next realistic time Brunswick County’s classification could change is following the 2020 Census — a switch local leaders feel is possible, even likely as growth in the northern end of Brunswick County continues to outpace that in the southern end.
Read more » click here
http://www.starnewsonline.com/news/20170410/brunswick-helps-myrtle-beach-not-wilmington-grow-fast


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.
///// April 2017
Name:              Chuck’s Steak House
Cuisine:
            Steakhouse
Location:         9695 N Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach SC
Contact:          843.449.7611 /
www.chuckssteakhousemb.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:             One Star
Chuck’s has been offering the original steakhouse and salad bar concept since 1979. The décor is laid-back in the hunting lodge motif. Steaks are the main attraction at Chuck’s, they were “VOTED BEST STEAK 2015 and 2016”. That said, I have no idea why the rave reviews. Neither the food or the service was what one would expect from a high-end steakhouse.


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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RIGHT BEHIND YOU by Lisa Gardner
The thriller brings back the husband-and-wife team of Pierce Quincy and Rainie Conner. Quincy, a retired FBI agent, and Conner, an investigative consultant for the sheriff’s department, have been fostering a girl whose older brother murdered their drunken father. The law-enforcement couple are hunting for a rampage killer who’s fled into the forests of the Pacific Northwest, and who may be the older brother of the girl they’re trying to adopt.


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4 thoughts on “04-18-17”

  1. The sewer system is practically new by public sewer standards – it wasn’t that long ago that we were all assessed and gave up our septic tanks. It’s hard to imagine how we allowed it to be installed in a manner that did not protect the electrical pumping components from storm flooding. That seems like such a basic design consideration. Were we negligent in placing undue reliance on an unqualified contractor without a second opinion? How did this come to pass?

  2. From: babs11@earthlink.net [mailto:babs11@earthlink.net]
    Sent: Sunday, April 23, 2017 11:35 AM
    To: HBPOIN
    Subject: Re: This month’s edition of Lou’s Views newsletter is available now!

    Can you tell me who was responsible for originally approving the Sewer Pumping Stations? AND why is there a significant raise for Town Mgr. & park planned when the sewer situation seems to be a Priority 1? Is there any recourse for home owners to pressure for a decision on sewer pumping stations?

  3. From: BW [mailto:shoesand@ec.rr.com]
    Sent: Sunday, April 23, 2017 8:50 AM
    To: HBPOIN
    Subject: Re: This month’s edition of Lou’s Views newsletter is available now!

    Lou, I couldn’t get your website robot equation to let me send this email.

    Regarding your item 10 on trash pick up. I witnessed last Tuesday the trash pick up on the north side of Ocean Blvd., West near my house. My trash bucket was approximately 8 feet from the paved edge of the road. The waste industries truck drove right by my bucket. I was curious as to why they didn’t stop. It wasn’t in the trash rack at the time. So when the waste industries truck came down the other side of the road I stopped them and talked with the driver who was the supervisor for that shift. He told me that there was a brand-new policy that if the trash bucket was not right on the curb, it wouldn’t be picked up. I was totally unaware of this new policy and don’t recall ever seeing anything that the town may have issued informing residents. There were several buckets along my side of the road which didn’t get picked up as well which leads me to believe that others were also in the dark regarding this new requirement. None of these buckets were in trash bucket holders. I would offer that putting trash bucket right at the edge of the road could be problematic especially on street corners and areas where excessive flooding occurs.

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