05-16-17

Town of Holden Beach – BOC’s Regular Meeting
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
“Unofficial” Minutes & Comments – Lou’s Views



Board of Commissioners’ Special Budget Meeting
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Board of Commissioners’ Agenda Packet
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1. Public Comments on Agenda Items

There were comments made regarding the following:
    1) Decals
.     2) Elizabeth Street – residents were permitted to speak after the agenda item presentation


2. Guest Speaker: Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis –
Opioid Abuse Crisis / Opioid Task Force
Mayor Pro Tem Fletcher, Commissioner Royal and Commissioner Freer

 

 

Ola Lewis is the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge for the 13B Judicial District that serves Brunswick County.

 


Wilmington, N.C. has the highest opioid abuse rate in the nation.

Judge Ola Lewis established the Brunswick County Opioid Task Force, which is comprised of law enforcement officers, members of the faith-based community, medical and treatment providers, health and human services and representatives of other concerned organizations throughout the Brunswick County community. The Task Force has requested that Governor Cooper declare the opioid addiction crisis a public health emergency. Lewis hopes to provide more services for those affected by opioid addiction. The task force will focus on prevention and education, access to life saving drugs, and treatment for opioid addiction.

Board indicated that they would draft a letter supporting the Opioid Task Force activities.

Brunswick on hunt for resources to fight opioid addiction
The Brunswick County Opioid Addiction Task Force, initiated by Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis, has requested that Gov. Roy Cooper declare the opioid addiction crisis a public health emergency.
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Brunswick Co. leaders request ‘public health emergency’
Brunswick County Sheriff John W. Ingram, V. and Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis, along with FED UP Coalition Policy Chair Don Flattery, and Amy Olson, Policy Advisor for the Brunswick County Opioid Addiction Task Force, submitted a letter to NC Gov. Roy Cooper requesting that he declare the opioid addiction crises in North Carolina a public health emergency.

“There’s no need for North Carolina to tarry or wait. I think time is of the essence. And the time is certainly now,” Lewis said. The letter to Gov. Cooper describes the devastating impact that opioid addiction has had on both the state of NC and Brunswick County and adds while much has been done, there is still more to do. “A declaration of a public health emergency, a step taken by a number of other states, is a critical measure to heighten public awareness of this issue, provide a framework for further actions, and potentially free up additional state resources to combat this grave crises,” the letter said.
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Brunswick County officials ask Cooper to address opioid addiction crises
Brunswick County officials are asking Gov. Roy Cooper to declare opioid addiction crises a public health emergency in North Carolina.

Sheriff John W. Ingram V, senior resident superior court judge Ola Lewis, FED UP Coalition Policy Chair Don Flattery, and Amy Olson, policy advisor for the Brunswick County Opioid Addiction Task Force, submitted a letter to Cooper on Tuesday describing the devastating impact that opioid addiction has had on the state in general and Brunswick County in particular. 

The letter added that while much has been done, there is still more to do. “A declaration of a public health emergency, a step taken by a number of other states, is a critical measure to heighten public awareness of this issue, provide a framework for further actions, and potentially free up additional state resources to combat these grave crises,” the letter stated.

Sheriff Ingram added, “The magnitude of the addiction crises that we are in the midst of is too great to be fought only at a local level. We simply cannot do it without the assistance from our state and beyond.  Requesting that our governor declare a public health emergency not only helps us with resources but sends a strong message to our community that we are determined to use every resource available to battle this epidemic.”

The letter also urged the governor to act immediately for the good of the state and its citizens. “Declaring a public health emergency will send a strong message to North Carolinians and beyond that our state government recognizes the opioid addiction crises for what it is: a public health issue,” Lewis stated. “I am hopeful that Governor Cooper will join other states in our region such as Florida, Virginia and Maryland in declaring this crisis a public health emergency.”

Lewis recently established the Brunswick County Opioid Addiction Task Force, which is comprised of law enforcement, members of the faith-based community, medical and treatment providers, health and human services and other concerned organizations throughout the Brunswick County community.

The letter stated that while this task force is working to develop a strategic plan to address local needs, it needs more assistance from the state, specifically regarding treatment facilities.
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Brunswick opioid task force seeks support from Gov. Cooper
The Brunswick County Opioid Addiction Task Force hopes to bring solutions to the opioid epidemic, and last week they let their concerns be known statewide. According to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release, members signed a letter sent to Gov. Roy Cooper last week requesting he declare the opioid addiction crises in North Carolina a public health emergency.

Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis established the task force, which is comprised of law enforcement offers, members of the faith-based community, medical and treatment providers, health and human services and representatives of many other organizations throughout the community. The letter said while the task force is working to develop a strategic plan to address local needs, it need more assistance from the state specifically regarding treatment facilities.

Data from the Lock Your Meds campaign shows Brunswick County ranks among the top 10 in the state for prescription drug overdoses.  

Don Flattery, a member of Virginia’s Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse, a board member for Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing and member of the task force, said President Trump appointed Cooper to a national panel to combat the opioid crisis. Flattery said the federal government also recently awarded $15.5 million from a total $485 million in grants to help deal with the opioid crisis at the state level. He said it’s a start, but more must be done, which is why the task force and actions like sending a letter are absolutely necessary. Other states like Florida, Maryland and his home state of Virginia have already done so.

The letter sent to Cooper describes the devastating impact opioid addiction is having on the county and state level. “A declaration of a public health emergency, a step taken by a number of other states, is a critical measure to heighten public awareness of this issue, provide a framework for further actions, and potentially free up additional state resources to combat this grave crisis,” the letter reads. “The magnitude of the addiction crises that we are in the midst of is too great to be fought only at a local level,” Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said in the release. “We simply cannot do it without the assistance from our state and beyond. Requesting that our governor declare a public health emergency not only helps us with resources but sends a strong message to our community that we are determined to use every resource available to battle this epidemic.” The letter also urges the governor to act immediately. Cooper could not be reached by press time for comment. “Declaring a public health emergency will send a strong message to North Carolinians and beyond that our state government recognizes the opioid addiction crises for what it is; a public health issue,” Lewis said in the release. “I am hopeful that Gov. Cooper will join other states in our region such as Florida, Virginia and Maryland in declaring this crisis a public health emergency.”

The next task force meeting is set for Friday, May 19, from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. at Brunswick County commissioners’ chambers in the David R. Sandifer building at the Brunswick County Government Complex in Bolivia.
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3. Guest Speaker: Ava Pailthorp – Restrict Parking on Elizabeth Street and Private Walkway Access and Change Vehicle Decal Policy for Residents to Access Holden Beach After Major Storm/ Disaster
Mayor Pro Tem Royal and Commissioner Freer

Previously reported – December 2016
Recently, a group of homeowners who access the beach at Elizabeth Street communicated their concerns with the current parking configuration there to the Town Manager. The existing configuration is not very pedestrian friendly and inhibits the use of golf carts, bikes, strollers, wagons, etc.

Homeowners in the area of Ranger Street recently came to the Board of Commissioners with a similar problem. In June, the Board of Commissioners approved an amendment which allowed the Town to designate parking for vehicles, golf carts, beach equipment and bikes by sign on Ranger Street. The amendment allowed for easier access to the beach for homeowners who didn’t wish to drive their cars to the access. Positive feedback was received after the change. Using Ranger Street as a template, staff recommends that the Board approve Ordinance 16-18, which will allow for parking to be designated on Elizabeth Street.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously

All parking on the stub street Elizabeth shall be designated by signs
They now have designated parking areas for vehicles, golf carts, bikes and beach equipment

Update –
Keep in mind that members from this subdivision originally requested the designated parking area just like what was done on Ranger. Work on Elizabeth has been suspended. Apparently, we approved plans there without consulting with the subdivision or having any public beach access. You can’t make this stuff up!

Residents of the LS Holden subdivision are claiming that the beach access there is private. Ava presented a boat load of stuff. The abridged version is that the road should be closed, it is a dedicated private access and should stay a pedestrian friendly passageway to the beach. It will need to be determined whether it is legitimately a private beach access. Even if it is not, their position is that it has been there for twenty-seven (27) years, they paid for and maintained it, therefore it is essentially grandfathered in. Even if it is determined that it is a public beach access they do not want right-a-ways made into a designated parking area.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Well, you just can’t please everyone!

The Board already had parking on their radar.
They are in the process of taking a comprehensive look at this issue.

Stay tuned…

My Two Cents - CR II

“First the Earth cooled. And then the dinosaurs came, but they got too big and fat, so they all died …”. Are you kidding me? Too much information! They let Ava talk for an hour in what should have been a pretty straight forward case that the beach access is private. Plan & simple – end of conversation.


4. Discussion and Possible Action Related to Restricting Parking on Elizabeth Street and the Private Walkway Access – Mayor Pro Tem Fletcher

There are a number of legal issues that need to be considered. Town attorney Noel Fox is handling.

No decision was made – No action taken


5. Discussion and Possible Action to Revise Vehicle Decal Policy and/ or Ordinance for Accessing Beach After Bridge Reopening After Major Storm/ Disaster –
Mayor Pro Tem Fletcher 

Agenda Packet –
Propose the Board of Commissioners revise/establish the Town of Holden Beach policy and/or Ordinance that owners and permanent residents be allowed back after storm related Bridge closing with other than a Town Hurricane Decal. Propose a driver’s license with a Holden Beach address is full qualification as is a water or tax bill from the Town. Also propose the 3rd and 4th stickers for owners/residents are free as they were before.

What a fiasco!

Both the Police Chief and Town Manager opposed the proposed changes

Bottom-line is they want to limit access and encourage everyone to use the decals

That said, we had three separate motions

Motion#1 – No decal, make accommodation to allow owners to get back on the island
A decision was made – Not Approved (3-2)
.      1)
Current protocols developed over two decades
.      2) Rewarding people who don’t comply with policy to put decal on windshield

Motion#2 – Increase number of free decals from two (2) to four (4)
A decision was made – Approved (3-2)
.      1)
Only 109 extra decals were sold so far

Motion#3 – Action deferred until next regular meeting
A decision was made – Approved unanimously
.      1) Will need to change fee schedule


6. Police Report – Chief Wally Layne

Police Patch
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Tourists are already here, and there will be a lot more very soon.
It’s that time of year, the
beginning of the busy season on Holden Beach.

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Public Safety Announcement
Chief Layne would like to remind everyone that it is important to protect your personal property. Remove all items of value from your vehicle when you are not driving it. Always lock your vehicle doors when you are not in it. Leaving items on display, whether on the dashboard or sitting on a passenger seat, is an invitation to opportunist individuals. Make sure to follow these important tips!

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

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

Pets on the Beach Strand
Pets – Chapter 90 / Animals / 90.20
From May 20th through September 10th
It is unlawful to have any pet on the beach strand during the hours of 9:00am through 5:00pm

Golf Carts
Golf carts are treated the same as other automotive vehicles
Town ordinances state no parking anytime on OBW
Therefore golf carts are illegally parked when left by any beach access point



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.

 




Ordinance 94.06
 
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.

 


7. Discussion and Possible Action to Amend Town Ordinance and/ or Charter to Change Board of Commissioner Term to Staggered Four Year Terms – Commissioner Royal

Agenda Packet –
Propose changing the related Ordinance and/or Town of Holden Beach Charter that designates the Board of Commissioners term of office. An option would be that the 2017 election would elect 5 Board members with the 3 candidates receiving the most votes would serve a 4-year term and the other 2 elected candidates would serve a 2-year term. Then the 2019 election would put the 2-year Commissioners positions up for a 4-year term. And then there would be 4-year terms in staggered elections (3 Board openings in 2021election and 2 Board openings in 2023 elections). Other options are welcomed from the Town Attorney or Staff.

Staggered Terms Appointing the members of Boards so that all the members do not change at the same time because their terms expire at different times.

Advantage of Staggered TermsHelp preserve institutional memory by not allowing total rotation of the leadership at one time. Good institutional memory generally improves decision-making and promotes the continuity of good practices and programs.

Reinstitute Staggered TermsHolden Beach and Bolivia are the only Brunswick County town governments that do not have staggered terms. The Board normally would have two (2) options on how they could make change back to staggered terms. We will need to do a referendum for it to be in effect before the November 2017 elections. It will take two election cycles to fully implement. Justification given is to preserve continuity.

Referenduma general vote by the electorate on a single political question that has been referred to them for a direct decision.

Why Holden Beach commissioners want 4-year terms
Holden Beach officials are considering a referendum that would lengthen and stagger terms for town commissioners. By unanimous vote, the board of commissioners approved the crafting of a resolution that would put the proposed changes to voters as a referendum on the ballot in November. The commissioners will consider a resolution regarding a referendum at its meeting on June 20.
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A decision was made – Approved unanimously


8. Discussion and Possible Action on Lockwood Folly Inlet Funding – Shoreline Protection and Recreation Manager Ferguson
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Ordinance 17-07, An Ordinance Amending Ordinance No. 16-12, The Revenues and   .            Appropriations Ordinance for Fiscal Year 2016 – 2017 (Amendment No. 5)

Agenda Packet –
We received correspondence from Steve Stone, Deputy County Manager, that the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners appropriated $140,000 for the Lockwood Folly Inlet Project at their meeting on May 3, 2017. This is the current estimate for the local burden share for the project given to the county by Jim Medlock, Shallow Draft Inlet Project Manager with the Corps. It is anticipated that Brunswick County will ask Holden Beach and Oak Island to reimburse $35,000 each. The state has already agreed to pay their two-thirds portion, ($280,000) of the overall project cost, $420,000. This inlet maintenance effort will be performed by the sidecaster dredge, Merritt, and wilt not put sand on the beach.

The Town’s most recent piggyback on the Corps AIWW Inlet crossing project placed sand on the beach from approximately 240 OBE to 335 McCray Street. Sand fence and vegetation is now required to stabilize the shoreline there.  Estimated cost to do so is $30,000; to be funded from existing resources, $15,000, and an additional fund balance appropriation of $15,000. Total budget amendment for both the inlet maintenance and the east end stabilization is $50,000.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously
Moved funds of $50,000 from Revenue account #50.0399.0000
$35,000 to Expense account#50.0710.7200 / Lockwood Folly Dredging
$15,000 to Expense account#50.0710.4700 / Sand Fence Project

Brunswick County looks to reopen, maintain Lockwood Folly Inlet
Jim Medlock, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ shallow draft navigation program project manager, presented to Brunswick County Commissioners and a room of concerned residents about the condition of the inlet, which has become impassable for most vessels. Medlock offered commissioners a possible solution, which entails establishing a maintenance dredging schedule for the inlet, which flows between Oak Island and Holden Beach. Since the inlet is as shallow as one foot in some areas, reopening the inlet is going to be costly. Keeping the inlet open afterward should total less than the initial reopening. Once reopened, Medlock said the inlet should be dredged three to four times a year. Each ensuing dredge project is estimated to cost between $210,000 and $240,000, leaving a local share of about $80,000.
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County questions dredging Lockwood Folly Inlet
Jim Medlock, shallow draft navigation program project manager for the Wilmington district of the Army Corps of Engineers, noted in his presentation that planned corps activities include a resurvey of the inlet in late May, and it will be determined whether the sidecast dredge MERRITT can be safely used. Non-federal costs to do the dredging are estimated at between $360,000 to $420,000, using a blend of two-thirds state funding and shared local funding of between $120,000 to $140,000, with total costs including surveys, maintenance dredging and labor.
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Brunswick County OKs money to dredge Lockwood Folly Inlet
Brunswick County Commissioners have at long last dredged up the money needed to reopen the Lockwood Folly Inlet, something locals have been requesting for months. Commissioners have appropriated $140,000 for the project, covering the entire local share of the dredging cost, for which the total is estimated to be between $360,000 and $420,000. State funding will pay for two-thirds of the cost. The payment secures a spot for the inlet in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2017 dredging schedule, though it is still not clear exactly when dredging will occur.
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New group launches to address Lockwood Folly Inlet dredging
About 75 people attended an inaugural meeting last week of the newly forming Lockwood Inlet Association, whose mission is to address concerns about shoaling, safety issues and direly needed dredging for the shallow-draft inlet between Holden Beach and Oak Island. Captain Cane Faircloth said the Lockwood Inlet Association is organizing to ensure future generations don’t face the same issues that are occurring now and to resolve shallow-draft inlet issues that will be mutually beneficial for everyone.
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Online petition, endorsing an effort to Help Keep the Lockwood Folly Inlet Open
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.


9. Town Manager’s Report

Beach Ranger
Anticipate they will be ready to roll for Memorial Day

Terminal Groin
Final engineering edit has been submitted
Publish final EIS – to be determined
.          • EIS was supposed to be published in
December 2016

Roadway Work
Southern Asphalt was awarded the contract for roadway work for the maintenance of existing streets on the island in accordance with the approved Streets Survey dated November 2015. Southern Asphalt had the low bid at $80,215. The streets having work done were as follows: Jordan Drive, Schooner Drive, and Marshwalk Drive.  

Held pre-construction meeting with contractor; work will be started shortly.

Water Tower
They are repainting the water tower
Taking a time-out, will resume work after Labor Day
It has been refilled and will be operational this week
When work resumes, the water tower will be painted the same color blue it is now
Any other color would significantly increase the cost of the job

Bridgeview Park
They have put shade sails backup over the playground equipment

Hurricane Matthew
The eight (8) walkways damaged by the storm have been repaired
They are in the process of repairing any damaged sewer valve pits

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.

Port-a- Johns
The Town budgeted $10,000 from the BPART account to cover the costs of seasonal (100 days of summer) public restroom facilities and services. We will have four handicap accessible units strategically placed at three locations on the island.

They are located as follows:
.     1) Two are at the far east end
.     2) One is at sewer lift station by Greensboro
.     3) One is at sewer lift station just before the 800 block


10. Public Comments on General Items

Previously reported – April 2017
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.

Update –
Letter sent from – Charles & Gail Ellenbaum / 853 OBW since 1993

There are garbage carts standing along every roadside every day at Holden Beach. Your new policy of NOT rolling the waste carts out of the street side corrals and returning the empty garbage cart to the corral is an unsightly safety hazard!!! The Brunswick County beach communities depend on the tourist industry. Weekly renters and weekend homeowners do not plan their stay around your garbage practices. People will take the household waste to the street-side receptacles. It is up to Waste Industries to empty and return said receptacles to the corrals, which are set back along the shoulder of the street. Cars have already hit carts and heaven forbid that a child going to cross the street to the beach is out of view from a driver and gets hit, since carts are now standing right next to the pavement. If a weekender leaves on Sunday morning, their garbage would be fine left in the corral until the Tuesday pickup. Now they need to roll out the cart on Sunday where it sits full of garbage until Tuesday.  We often have strong winds which blow the lids open and garbage flies all over the sensitive island ecosystem. Carts can even be blown into the road.

My Two Cents - CR II


All good talking points. But is this really a reasonable service level expectation? During the one hundred (100) days of summer the vendor provides twice a week pick-up service. So, I would make the case that the service they are asking for should be considered for the shoulder season only.


General Comments –

There were forty (40) members of the community in attendance

We are approaching the hurricane season. Be prepared – have a plan!


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
    Only six (6) members of the community were in attendance
  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 / April 24th
Budget Workshop – Expenses
Meeting was three and a half hours long
Probably should have had two meetings scheduled for Expenses
Board did their homework and they were prepared
They attempted to leave no stone unturned
Remains to be seen if that translates into any real reduction in expenses
It was a little disquieting that employees couldn’t explain some of the line items that they submitted
Board stressed that they need to reduce costs wherever possible
Expenses submitted were just a draft
It seems that the employees are still reluctant to make the tough decisions of where to cut expenses

Takeaways are as follows:
.     1) Salary
.       a. Requested 5% merit and 2.5% COLA
.       b. BOC’s budgeted
3% merit pool based on performance evaluation
      c. Need to evaluate entire compensation package not just salary
    2) Beach Strand Dune Stabilization /
$50,000
      a. Sand fencing and vegetation west of the Central Reach Project
.       b. Based on a cost of $560 per 50’ lot that would cover the cost of almost 90 lots
    3) Holden Beach Promotion /
$40,000
.       a. Beach Ambassador / Park Ranger positions for beach patrol
.     4) Lockwood Folly Dredging /
$50,000
.       a. Administrative not dredging
.       b. Shallow Draft Inlet V dredging permit – unable to execute permit without obtaining easements           from affected property owners
.       c. Now and in the future, we will need to have obtained these easements

Budget Message / Public Hearing
Notice is hereby given that the Budget proposed for the Fiscal Year, beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2018, has been submitted to the Board of Commissioners and is available for public inspection in Town Hall between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Click here to view the Budget Message online.

A public hearing on the proposed Budget will be held by the Board of Commissioners at 9:00 a.m. or shortly thereafter on Friday, June 9, 2017 in the Holden Beach Town Hall Public Assembly, 110 Rothschild Street. Oral and written comments will be received at the hearing from any interested person.

County budget proposes no tax or rate increases
Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy presented the 2017-18 budget proposal to county commissioners Monday night, proposing an operating budget of $233.4 million with no increase in the tax rate or fees. The property tax rate would remain at 48.50 cents for a third year.
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Hurricane Season  –

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) defines a hurricane as “an intense tropical weather system with a well-defined circulation and maximum sustained winds of 74 mph (64 knots) or higher.”

NOAA to issue 2017 Atlantic hurricane season outlook May 25

Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.
Before next hurricane season a letter should be sent explaining the following:
      a) Communication – identify where information is available during an event
      b) Protocols – posted and explained, what staying means you’ve agreed to
      c) Bridge Closing – when and why
.       d) Curfew – what that means and why its issued
.       e) Mandatory Evacuation – what the law says
.       f) Sewer System – problems associated with use after system is shut down

Be prepared – have a plan!

For assistance with making an emergency plan read more here »
. 1) FEMA Ready
. 2) American Red Cross Disaster and Safety Library
. 3) ReadyNC
. 4) Town Emergency Information
. 5) HBPOIN Hurricane Emergency Plan

Hurricane Matthew –
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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 –

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Terminal Groin Presentation
For more information
» click here

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 –

.July 1                           Riverfest Celebration, Conway SC

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Held along the Waccamaw River in downtown Conway the festival celebrates Independence Day with music and events for the entire family.
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July 2-4                         N.C. 4th of July Festival, Southport

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The patriotic spirit of America is alive and well in the City of Southport. For over 200 years this small maritime community has celebrated our nation’s independence in a big way. Incorporated as the N.C. 4th of July Festival in 1972 the festival committee strives to keep the focus of the festival on honoring our nation’s birthday with a little fun thrown in.
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July 4                           4th of July Celebration, Wilmington

Fourth (4th) of July Celebration at Riverfront Park in downtown Wilmington. Featured entertainment will perform from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, followed by fireworks at 9:05 PM launched from a barge in the Cape Fear River adjacent to the USS North Carolina Battleship. The only place you need to be this holiday is downtown Wilmington for the best view of fireworks.
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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.
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Calendar of Events – Island

Concerts on the Coast Series
Live performances featuring local musical groups are held at the pavilion on Sunday evenings from late May to early September. The concerts are free of charge. Popcorn sold at the concerts is used to support the concerts and fund beautification projects in the area.
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For more information
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Tide Dyed Program
This event is located at the Holden Beach Pavilion. Tie dye your own shirts; the cost is just $5 per shirt. It takes place at 2:00 p.m. every Tuesday during the summer.

 


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Turtle Talk
Two programs both are held every Wednesday during the summer at Town Hall. Children’s Turtle Time is at 4:00 p.m. with crafts, stories and activities for children ages 3 – 6. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Turtle Talk is an educational program at 7:00 p.m. for everyone else.

 


Camp Kids Playing

Summer Day Camp Program
Day Camp is on Thursday during the summer beginning June 15th and is open to children ages 6 – 12. Kids can join us this summer for a variety of fun activities. Participants must be pre-register by calling (910) 842-6488. Click here to view each week’s activity and cost. Click here for the registration form. Both the form and payment are needed for registration. Make sure to register early, SPACES ARE LIMITED!

 


Parks & Recreation / Programs & Events
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Reminders –

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!

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.

Trash Can Requirements – Rental Properties
Waste Industries – trash can requirements / Ordinance 07-13, Section 50.10
Rental properties have specific number of trash cans based on number of bedrooms.
. 1. One extra trash can per every two bedrooms

§ 50.08 RENTAL HOMES
(A) Rental homes, as defined in Chapter 157, that are rented as part of the summer rental season, are subject to high numbers of guests, resulting in abnormally large volumes of trash. This type of occupancy use presents a significantly higher impact than homes not used for summer rentals. In interest of public health and sanitation and environmental concerns, all rental home shall have a minimum of one trash can per two bedrooms. Homes with an odd number of bedrooms shall round up (for examples one to two bedrooms – one trash can; three to four bedrooms – two trash cans; five – six bedrooms – three trash cans, and the like).

Solid Waste Pick-Up Schedule
Waste Industries change in service, trash pickup will be twice a week
Starting the Saturday before Memorial Day through the Saturday after Labor Day
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Pick-up is every Tuesday and Saturday from May 27th through September 9th

Please note:
. • Trash carts must be at the street by 6:00 a.m. on the pickup day.
. • Carts on OCEAN BOULEVARD ONLY will be rolled back to the front of the house.
. • BAG the trash before putting it in the cart.

Yard Waste Service
Yard debris pick-up resumed on Friday, April 28th and was provided twice a month on the 2ndand 4th Fridays during the month of May. The last yard debris collection for the season is scheduled for Friday, May 26th.

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.

Golf Carts
Golf carts are treated the same as other automotive vehicles
Town ordinances state no parking anytime on OBW
Therefore golf carts are illegally parked when left by any beach access point

Pets on the Beach Strand
Pets – Chapter 90 / Animals / 90.20
From May 20th through September 9th
It is unlawful to have any pet on the beach strand during the hours of 9:00am through 5:00pm

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

A Second Helping
Program to collect food Saturday mornings during the summer at Holden Beach Chapel
. a)
Thirteenth year of the program
. b) Food
collections have now totaled over 200,000 pounds
. c) Collections will begin on June 17th
. d Food is distributed to the needy in Brunswick County
. See Information Department / A Second Helping for more information


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


Upon Further Review –

Sales Tax Redistribution
Previously reported –
Area officials oppose sales tax plan
Area chambers of commerce joined public officials on Tuesday to decry a state Senate sales tax restructuring plan they say robs the places generating the income.
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Tax change draws local opposition in Raleigh
The Senate version, a rewrite of House Bill 117, includes a controversial provision that would return 2 percent local sales tax revenues back to a 50/50 ratio as opposed to the current ratio where 75 percent of local taxes are sent back to the counties where they were generated. Under the proposed compromise, only 50 percent of revenue would go back to the counties, and the other half would be allocated on a statewide per-capita basis.

Mayors with 15 of Brunswick County’s 19 incorporated municipalities recently signed copies of letters that were sent to Iler and Rabon expressing concern about the proposed sales tax redistribution. The letter dated July 28 states the proposed changes would have “significant adverse impact on our towns and the county. “Over the next four years the proposed changes, if enacted and under conservative growth assumptions, would result in approximately $10 (million) in lost revenues. This is of particular concern since our beach communities are not receiving funding needed for beach renourishment,” the letter reads. “Most Brunswick County towns, as well as the county, face the prospect of having to raise taxes to provide the needed infrastructure to support the significant tourist industry, which brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to our beaches,” the letter continues.
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Update –
Senate bill threatens Brunswick County sales tax with redistribution
Brunswick County and municipal officials are keeping an eye on a Senate bill proposed for a second year that threatens to cut Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) revenues. Senate Bill 126 would allow collection and redistribution of sales tax money to counties other than where the tax is originally collected. The sales tax redistribution impact to other municipalities, as estimated by Brunswick County, include $8,834 for Holden Beach.
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» click here


Corrections & Amplifications –

Traffic Code / Parking Schedules

 

MARCH 2014

Discussion and Possible Approval of Ordinance 14-05, An Ordinance Amending Chapter 72: Parking Schedules of the Holden Beach Code of Ordinances

Planning & Zoning Board Chairperson Tony Marwitz addressed the issue – The Board reviewed the ordinance, which had not been changed in a long time, with the goal of simplifying it.

 Elected officials asked him to take it back to the Board and do the following:

  • Create map to show where parking is not permitted
  • Incorporate other sections that include parking into this one ordinance

AUGUST 2014
Discussion and Possible Approval of Ordinance 14-09, An Ordinance Amending the Holden Beach Code of Ordinances, Title VII: Traffic Code

The directive from the Board was to clarify, simplify, and not reduce any parking

Planning & Inspections Director Tim Evans, Planning & Zoning Board Chairperson Tony Marwitz, and Police Sergeant Frank Dilworth presented the revised ordinance –  This was a yearlong endeavor with several renditions submitted. It was a collaboration of the Planning & Zoning Board with members of the town staff – Planning & Inspections, Public Works and the Police Department. Parking signage to be changed at an estimated cost of four thousand ($4,000) dollars

AUGUST 2015
A year later and all things are as they were …

Public Works has only recently begun to change parking signage. The only work that has been completed so far is at the far east end of the island east of Mullet Street.

AUGUST 2016
Two years later and all things are as they were …
Public Works has not yet changed parking signage. The only work that has been completed so far is at the far east end of the island east of Mullet Street. No progress has been made since August of last year!

APRIL 2017
Parking signage has finally been changed by the Police Department, thirty-two (32) months after the ordinance was changed.


Odds & Ends


The Clubhouse at Lockwood Folly

The two-story clubhouse includes a restaurant and bar, ballroom, library, workout facility and a grand balcony overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.
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Project tracker: Brunswick County’s new ABC store
A new ABC store will be built on Holden Beach Road, replacing a store that already exists on the road.
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Holden Beach squirrel gains national fame eating ice cream
This is the story of a squirrel who loves to eat ice cream and keeps coming back for more. But it’s not just a wild squirrel tale — Putter is a real, live gray squirrel who lives in a tree at Fantasy Isle Ice Cream & Mini Golf on the Holden Beach causeway.
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Turtle - Loggerheads CR

 

Turtle Watch Program – 2017
    1) Current nest count – two (2) as of 05/20/17
.         • Average annual number of nests is 39.5
    2) First nest of the season was on May 16th

The 2017 turtle season is officially underway! Members of the patrol started riding the beach every morning on May 1 and will do so through October looking for signs of turtle nests. Typically, we don’t have our first nest until about the third week of May.
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Factoid That May Interest Only Me –

Poison center cites jump in snake bites in North Carolina
The number of North Carolina residents bitten by snakes in April increased nearly four-fold over the same period in 2016, and officials say mild winter weather may be to blame. The Carolinas Poison Control Center says in a news release that it received 71 calls about snake bites last month, compared with 19 calls in April 2016. According to the release, the center receives about 10 times the number of calls about copperhead bites than all other snake species combined. Copperheads, cottonmouths, rattlesnakes and the coral snake are the venomous species native to North Carolina. The center said copperheads are the most plentiful.
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 Watch out! NC coast seeing spike in jellies, man-of-war’s
Area beaches are reporting an uptick in jellyfish and Portuguese man-of-war’s washing ashore or being spotted in the shallow waters right off shore. According to National Geographic, man-of-war’s tentacle stings can be “excruciatingly painful” for humans, but are never deadly. They also can still sting if washed up dead on the beach.

 Mark Bacon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Wilmington office, said the recent increase in jellyfish sightings could be the result of a high-pressure system — known as a Bermuda high — that typically hovers over the western Atlantic, but has shifted east in recent days. Now the south and southeasterly winds have pushed toward the Carolinas. Jellyfish ride with the current, meaning winds and sea current will dictate where they end up.
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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:             Frank’s
Cuisine:
           American
Location:        1434 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island SC
Contact:          843.237.3030 /
www.franksandoutback.com
Food:               Average / Very Good / Excellent / Exceptional
Service:           Efficient / Proficient / Professional / Expert
Ambience:      Drab / Plain / Distinct / Elegant
Cost:                Inexpensive <=17 / Moderate <=22 / Expensive <=27 / Exorbitant <=40
Rating:            Three Stars
Frank’s has been serving upscale American cuisine since 1988. There are two areas to eat in the restaurant; the more formal inside main dining room is Frank’s, and the more casual outdoor patio deck and covered terrace is Frank’s Outback. Entrees are a bit pricey, but the rest of the offerings on the menu are moderately priced. This restaurant is significantly better than most of the other restaurant offerings in the area, an extraordinarily good restaurant that does not disappoint.   It’s too bad that it’s over an hour and a half away, but if you are in the area this restaurant should be the one you should go to. It’s a very busy place so be cautious about making dining plans there during prime tourist season. Frank’s Outback is everything I want in a restaurant, outdoor dining that’s about as good as it gets!


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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RATHER BE THE DEVIL by Ian Rankin
This is the twenty-first entry in the series of crime thriller novels featuring the curmudgeon Inspector Rebus.  The Rebus novels are written in real time, so Rebus ages along with each book. Reluctantly retired DI John Rebus may have given up his favorite vices smoking and drinking but proves himself incapable of resisting a crime that has long gone cold. Rebus investigates a 1978 cold case, a murder in a luxury hotel. He connects the mysteries of the past to the those of the present.


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