11- Town Meeting

Lou’s Views

Town Meeting 11/21/17

“Unofficial” Minutes & Comments


The November meeting was scheduled just two (2) days before Thanksgiving
The Board was unable to agree on a date to reschedule the meeting
At the October meeting a m
otion was made to cancel the November meeting

The BOC’s Regular Meeting scheduled for November 21st was canceled. 


Police Report – Chief Wally Layne

Police Patch

It’s that time of the year, break-in season

 


Previously requested that we all serve as the eyes and ears for law enforcement.

If you know something, hear something, or see something –

call 911 and let police deal with it.


Neighborhood Watch

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

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


General Comments –

I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Lou’s Views December newsletter will not be posted on the Sunday after the scheduled Tuesday, December 19th BOC’s Regular Meeting as is our custom. I will be out of town for the holidays, so the December newsletter will not be posted till several days later than usual.


HBPOIN is now Lou’s Views, we have made a switch over to a new URL web address. Temporary redirect from www.HBPOIN.com will cease to work by the end of the year; please update bookmark to www.lousviews.com. 


Fiscal Year 2016 – 2017 Audit Results
Auditor’s report is due by October 31st and normally is given at the October meeting. Report was not given at the October meeting and there wasn’t a scheduled November meeting.



Christmas Lights
Public Works have put up snow flake decorations on the boulevard light poles.

 

 


 

Jordan Boulevard
Apparently at some point in time the Town had plans to develop a promenade on Jordan Boulevard. The Town owns the land that the commercial properties are utilizing for private parking for their businesses. Unfortunately, the Town can’t seem to locate the original plans.

 

 

So, this is a request for anyone that may have been involved with the Jordan Boulevard project to check and see if they have any paperwork that details what the plans were.

 

 

Municipal Elections –

 

Congratulations and thanks to our elected officials for their service to the community.

 

Elected officials have significant impact on our daily lives
The Mayor’s and Commissioners’ seats are all for two-year terms
Mayor Pro Tem is elected by the Board, not necessarily the person with the most votes 

Election results

Candidate                            Position                    Term           Votes
Alan Holden                          Mayor                         Fifth             201      (unopposed)

Mike Sullivan                        Commissioner           First             228
Patricia Kwiatkowski          Commissioner          First              177
Joseph Butler                         Commissioner          First             168
John Fletcher                         Commissioner          Second         168
Peter Freer                             Commissioner          Second         168

To see Holden Beach election results through the years, go to –
Town Department / Election Results

Referendum results

NAME ON BALLOT   BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
Yes 194 68.07%
No 91 31.93%

Staggered Terms –
JULY 18, 2017
Discussion and Possible Action on Staggered Terms for the Board of Commissioners – Attorney Freedland
a.
Ordinance 17-10, An Ordinance Amending the Charter of the Town of Holden Beach to Implement Four-Year Staggered Terms for the Members of the Town of Holden Beach Board of Commissioners
b.
Resolution 17-09, A Resolution Calling a Special Election for the Purpose of Submitting to a Vote an Ordinance Implementing Four-Year Staggered Terms for the Members of the Town of Holden Beach Board of Commissioners

Agenda Packet –
ORDINANCE 17-10 / AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CHARTER OF THE TOWN OF HOLDEN BEACH TO IMPLEMENT FOUR-YEAR STAGGERED TERMS FOR THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE TOWN OF HOLDEN BEACH BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS.

BE IT ORDAINED by the Board of Commissioners of the Town of Holden Beach:

Section 1. Pursuant to G.S.160A-101and 160A-102, the Charter of the Town of Holden Beach, as set forth in the corporate charter for the Town of Holden Beach adopted February 14, 1969, as amended, is hereby further amended to provide that the Commissioners of the Town of Holden Beach Board of Commissioners shall hereafter be elected for four-year terms on a staggered basis as set for in Section 2 below. The Mayor shall continue to be elected for a two-year term.

Section 2. At the regular municipal election to be held on November 5, 2019, the three commissioner candidates who   receive the   highest number   of votes shall be elected for four-year terms, while the two commissioner candidates who receive the next highest   number   of votes shall be elected for two-year terms.  At the regular municipal election to be held in 2021, and every four years thereafter, two commissioners on the Board of Commissioners shall be elected to serve for four­ year terms. At the regular municipal election to be held in 2023, and every four years thereafter, three commissioners of the Board of Commissioners shall be elected to four-year terms.

Section 3. This ordinance shall be effective only upon approval by a vote of the people. A special election for the purpose of submitting the ordinance to a vote shall be held as provided by the resolution also adopted this day.


RESOLUTION 17-09 / RESOLUTION CALLING A SPECIAL ELECTION FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUBMITIING TO A VOTE AN ORDINANCE IMPLEMENTING FOUR-YEAR STAGGERED TERMS FOR COMMISSIONERS OF THE TOWN OF HOLDEN BEACH BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

WHEREAS, pursuant to G.S.160A-101and 160A-102, the Board of Commissioners of the Town of Holden Beach enacted an ordinance on July 18, 2017 amending the corporate charter for the Town of Holden Beach adopted on February 14,1969, as amended, to implement four-year staggered terms for the commissioners of the Town of Holden Beach Board of Commissioners; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to G.S. 160A-102, the ordinance provides that it will become effective only if approved by a vote of the people;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE Board of Commissioners of the Town of Holden Beach that:

1.An election   is hereby  called  for   Tuesday, November  7, 2017 for   the purpose  of determining   whether the  commissioners of  the  Town of Holden Beach Board of Commissioners   shall  be elected  for  four-year terms  on a staggered  basis as follows: At the  regular  municipal  election  to be held  on November 5, 2019, the three commissioner candidates who receive the highest number of votes shall be elected for four­ year  terms,  while  the  two  commissioner candidates  who   receive  the  next  highest number  of votes shall  be elected for two-year terms. At the regular municipal election to be held in 2021, and every four years thereafter, two commissioners of the Board of Commissioners shall be elected to serve for four-year terms.  At the regular municipal election to be held in 2023, and every four years thereafter, three commissioners of the Board of Commissioners shall be elected to four-year terms.

2. Pursuant to G.S. 163-287 the Brunswick County Board of Elections is hereby requested to conduct the election herein described and the Town of Holden Beach Clerk is directed to forthwith deliver a copy of this resolution to said Board of

3. Pursuant to S. 160A-102, the Town of Holden Beach Clerk shall cause to be duly published in accordance with G.S.  163-287 a notice of the election  hereby called.

4. The election shall be held in accordance with Article 23, Chapter 163 of the General Statutes of North

Previously reported –

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.

Update –
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 of 2017. If the referendum is approved the staggered terms would be implemented after the November of 2019 election. To be clear, only registered voters of Holden Beach would get to vote on the referendum.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously

NOVEMBER 7, 2017
Referendum was approved so we will implement the four-year staggered terms beginning in 2019.


Hurricane Season –

Hurricane #1 - CR

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.”

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

Above-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely this year
Read more » click here

10 Hurricanes in 10 Weeks: A 124-Year-Old Record is Matched
Read more » click here

Yes, this hurricane season has been worse than usual!
Hurricane Ophelia is the tenth hurricane to form in the Atlantic this season. The ferocity of the Atlantic storm season isn’t just in your imagination; it’s one of the worst in years by various meteorological standards. NOAA’s prediction was right. This year’s hurricane season is more active than normal and has already produced more storms than the yearly average. The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season is now among the top 10 all-time most active seasons on record.


Terminal Groin –Terminal Groin #6 - CR

Terminal Groin Presentation
For more information
» click here

What’s next?

The next steps include the following:
. 1)
Review Final EIS with USACE – November 2016
. 2) Publish final EIS – December 2016
. 3) Submit CAMA permit for review – December 2016
. 4) Public Hearing – January 2017
. 5) USACE record of decision – February 2017
. 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.

Update – October 2017
Terminal Groin presentation was made on October of 2016, a year ago.
We have had no communications from the Town regarding the status of our application. All the next step completion dates have come and gone. It would be nice if they kept us informed of the status of the tasks that still need to be completed.

Update – November 2017

HBPOA Meet the Candidates Night – Candidate Responses

Terminal Groin
Since 2011, the Town has pursued permits for a long-term East End beach nourishment Project that includes a Terminal Groin intended to slow downshore erosion along a portion of that beach. The Town’s draft Environmental Impact Statement necessary for the permits was first released in August 2015 and has been pending with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. According to the Town’s draft EIS, the Town’s long-term funding commitment for the project would be $30+ million. Please indicate which best describes your position on the Project.

Joe Butler 
FAVOR CONTINUATION OF BEACH NOURISHMENT USING SAND FROM DREDGING LOCKWOOD FOLLY INLET, AND OPPOSE BUILDING TERMINAL GROIN

John Fletcher –
FAVOR CONTINUATION OF BEACH NOURISHMENT USING SAND FROM DREDGING LOCKWOOD FOLLY INLET, AND OPPOSE BUILDING TERMINAL GROIN

Peter Freer
FAVOR CONTINUATION OF BEACH NOURISHMENT USING SAND FROM DREDGING LOCKWOOD FOLLY INLET, AND OPPOSE BUILDING TERMINAL GROIN

Pat Kwiatkowski –
FAVOR CONTINUATION OF BEACH NOURISHMENT USING SAND FROM DREDGING LOCKWOOD FOLLY INLET, AND OPPOSE BUILDING TERMINAL GROIN

 Mike Sullivan –
FAVOR CONTINUATION OF BEACH NOURISHMENT USING SAND FROM DREDGING LOCKWOOD FOLLY INLET, AND OPPOSE BUILDING TERMINAL GROIN

HBPOA Survey Results
Question #11
What should the Town do to combat chronic erosion on the East End of the island?
Regularly renourish the East End by dredging the inlet. / 185
Construct and maintain a terminal groin. / 95
Do nothing. / 54

There does not appear to be a lot of support for a terminal groin. With 239 out of 334 that chose an action, @72% of those responding DO NOT support building a terminal groin.

My Two Cents - CR II

I have been cogitating on the question of where we’re heading vis a vis building a terminal groin here. The combination of the HBPOA survey and the recent election results appear to point to us not moving forward with this project.

 For more information, go to the Terminal Groin post


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