05 – Town Meeting

Lou’s Views

Town Meeting 05/08/18

“Unofficial” Minutes & Comments


Board of Commissioners’ Agenda Packet
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1. Discussion and Possible Action – Construction Management Services of the Vacuum Sewer System #4 Upgrade Status Report – Public Works Director Clemmons 

Previously reported – December 2017
McGill and Associates were commissioned to perform a Sewer Study to evaluate sewer system vulnerability reducing measures. A fiscal year 2017-2018 budget appropriation of $1,413,000 was made to accommodate total programmatic expenses of Lift Station #4 improvements. Green Engineering firm was awarded the $158,000 contract for Sewer System #4 upgrade. Green Engineering will provide all engineering services required to construct a vulnerability reducing structure of Lift Station #4.

Previously reported – April 2018
Four (4) meetings have been held between staff and the engineering firm to date. The final plans were delivered to the Town and have been reviewed and approved by the Building Inspector. Deliverables – Timeline has been revised. Buildings were designed in the same style as Town Hall. We are currently on schedule, but Chris cautioned that it was still early in the game. The Board requested monthly updates, reporting on whether we remained on schedule and within budget.

Update –
We’ve had a slight setback, we did not receive the three (3) bids required to move forward. Officially we accepted no bids, the two bids submitted will be held and opened upon the completion of the second go round. Chris was a little surprised and disappointed since their appeared to be a lot of interest when they held meeting with vendors. We will need to start the bid process over. The protocols on the second bid process do not require the three bids but the caveat is we can only consider quality bids.

This really could be handled with a memo from Chris to the Board. It is unnecessary to have a monthly presentation to report the number of meetings that were held, number and amount of checks that were cut. Presentation should only be made if something significant has transpired.


2. Discussion and Possible Scheduling of a Date to Award Contract for Vacuum Sewer System #4 Upgrade – Town Clerk Finnell 

Agenda Packet –
There are several items requiring meetings for the Board on the upcoming agenda. I am having a hard time finding dates where all Board members are available during the month of May. The following dates are suggested, unless the Board would like me to solicit further dates in June. Unfortunately, due to the importance of timing on a couple of the issues, the full Board may not be available on the recommended dates.

Award of Contract for Vacuum Sewer System #4 Upgrade – Bids are due on May 8th, the day of the Board meeting. We recommend waiting until Green Engineering qualifies the most responsive bid and then scheduling a special meeting at that time.

Update –
The Vacuum Sewer System #4 Upgrade Project bids are now due on May 17th. The Board has scheduled to hold a Public Hearing on May 23rd at 1:00pm this item will be added to the meeting agenda.


4. Police Report – Chief Wally Layne

Police PatchThey are in the process of gearing up for “the season”
Festival was a preview of what’s to come
Tourists are already here, and there will be a lot more very soon
It’s the beginning of the busy season on Holden Beach
Memorial Day is the official kickoff for the 100 fun days of summer


Previously reported –
April 2018
Believe it or not we made it all the way through the winter with no break-ins. It was the best winter since he got here. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. We’ve had five (5) break-ins in the last five (5) days. They have a suspect and anticipate an arrest shortly.

Update –
They have apprehended the party involved and he is currently in custody

Personnel Changes –
The Officer they hired is being processed through the system
The state has not approved the paperwork yet

Parking –
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72.02  PARKING REGULATED ON PUBLIC STREETS AND RIGHTS-OF-WAY.

      (1)   All vehicles must be as far off the public street rights-of-way as possible; and

      (2)   No vehicle may be left parked on any portion of any roadway; and

      (3)   No vehicle may be parked on portion of the sidewalk.

We had a serious accident on OBW
Fortunately the driver was not injured although he was taken to the hospital
Driver of the car ran into the back of a box truck that was sticking out onto the roadway
Wally described the situation as a scab that has been picked
He’s hearing a lot of negative chatter about the police not enforcing the Ordinances
Despite that public perception they are diligently enforcing the Ordinances


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 points

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

4. Discussion and Possible Scheduling of a Date to Hold a Public Hearing for Floodplain Ordinance and Accompanying Maps– Town Clerk Finnell 

Agenda Packet –
There are several items requiring meetings for the Board on the upcoming agenda. I am having a hard time finding dates where all Board members are available during the month of May. The following dates are suggested, unless the Board would like me to solicit further dates in June. Unfortunately, due to the importance of timing on a couple of the issues, the full Board may not be available on the recommended dates.

Public Hearing for Floodplain Ordinance and Accompanying Maps – We recommend scheduling it for the beginning of the next Board meeting, June 19th.

Previously reported – February 2018
Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM)
The preliminary maps were published in August 2014. In February 2018 the Town received approval from FEMA for revisions to the Holden Beach Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM). These map revisions will be effective August 28, 2018 once the Town formally updates our local ordinances. The Town staff is working on an implementation schedule and anticipates being able to use the new maps for construction in late May.

Previously reported – April 2018
North Carolina General Statutes require public hearings for adoption and amendment of land use ordinances, and a Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance is considered a land use ordinance.

        • County – § 153A-323
.         •
Municipality – § 160A-364

Before adopting or amending any ordinance authorized by this …, the [community] shall hold a public hearing on it. A notice of the public hearing shall be given once a week for two successive calendar weeks in a newspaper having general circulation in the area. The notice shall be published the first time not less than 10 days nor more than 25 days before the date fixed for the hearing. In computing such period, the day of publication is not to be included but the day of the hearing shall be included.

 The Town needs to adopt FPM Ordinance for it to be effective on August28, 2018. Tim will submit Ordinance at the next scheduled regular meeting for the BOC’s approval. We can start using the preliminary maps once we adopt the Ordinance. But we can’t get a reduction in our flood insurance rates until the new maps become effective at the end of August.

TOWN WEBSITE –
The Town has received approval from FEMA for revisions to the Holden Beach Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM). These map revisions will be effective August 28, 2018 once the Town formally updates our local ordinances. The Town staff is working on an implementation schedule and anticipates being able to use the new maps for construction in late May. These maps may be viewed at http://www.ncfloodmaps.com.

Update –
The Board has scheduled to hold a Public Hearing at the BOC’s June Regular Meeting on June 19th


5. Discussion and Possible Scheduling of a Date to Hold a Public Hearing Regarding the Adoption of a System Development Fee Analysis – Town Clerk Finnell

Agenda Packet –
There are several items requiring meetings for the Board on the upcoming agenda. I am having a hard time finding dates where all Board members are available during the month of May. The following dates are suggested, unless the Board would like me to solicit further dates in June. Unfortunately, due to the importance of timing on a couple of the issues, the full Board may not be available on the recommended dates.

Public Hearing Regarding the Adoption of a System   Development Fees Analysis – The engineering firm is available to hold the Public Hearing on May 23rd at 1:00 p.m. or a backup date of May 22nd at 1:00 p.m.

Previously reported –
McGill and Associates has prepared the System Development Fees Report for the Town. The report was posted to our website on March 261h and written comments were solicited. The report must be posted for at least 45 days.

In accordance with §162A-209, after expiration of the posting period, the Board needs to hold a public hearing prior to considering the adoption of the analysis. We recommend the Board schedule the public hearing for May 14th.

System Development Fees Report
Click here to view the System Development Fees Report prepared by McGill and Associates in accordance with HB 436. Written comments on the report may be sent to heather@hbtownhall.com. Comments will also be accepted by mail at Town of Holden Beach, Attn: Heather Finnell, 110 Rothschild Street, Holden Beach, NC 28462. The Board will schedule a public hearing prior to considering the adoption of the analysis. Information on the public hearing date will be provided when available.

Update –
The Board has scheduled to hold a Public Hearing on May 23rd at 1:00pm


Notice of Public Hearing

The Board of Commissioners of the Town of Holden Beach will hold a Public Hearing on May 23, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. or shortly thereafter in the Town Hall Public Assembly, 110 Rothschild Street, Holden Beach, NC 28462 to hear a presentation on the study of System Development Fees that could be levied by the Town. This hearing, the study and the presentation are in accordance with NC Administrative Code 15A NCAC 18C.0409 and 15A NCAC 02T.011. McGill Associates will present the study results which is posted on our website. Click here to view the study. All interested people are invited to attend.


6. Discussion and Possible Reclassification of Shoreline Protection and Recreation Manager Position to Assistant Town Manager Position – Town Manager Hewett

 Agenda Packet –
Position Reclassification of Shoreline Protection and Recreation Programs Manager

This memo requests Board of Commissioners reclassify the current Shoreline Protection and Recreation Programs Manager position as an Assistant Town Manager (Atch).

The proposed reclassification is necessary to reflect the actual roles and responsibilities that the position has evolved into and the incumbent is currently performing.  Increased demand and focus on shoreline matters along with continuing growth of recreation functions has driven the need for raising the scope, visibility and authority of the existing position.

The current Shoreline Protection Recreation Manager position was the only position not “trued up” in the 2015 employee salary review.  The reclassified position’s range of $49,224 to $74,063 has been established using operational audit benchmarks for work of equivalent levels in terms of responsibility, facilities and community relevance. Reclassification will result in an annual salary rate increase for the incumbent to the range minimum equaling $7,854; the residual of which can be sourced from existing resources for the remainder of this fiscal year and will be subsequently budgeted in accordance with the Personnel Policy for the fiscal year beginning 1July 2018.

It is recommended that the reclassification become effective immediately subject to administrative and personnel actions required for implementation.

Purpose: Primary Assistant to the Town Manager for Programs and Projects Management of all beach, inlet, canal and waterway projects. Performs highly responsible program and project executive, technical and administrative work with regard to the development and direction of recreation programs for all groups, age and interest levels within the Town.  As may be required serves as staff liaison to the Beach & Inlet Board and the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board. Responsible for developing and maintaining adequate park and recreation facilities needed to make programs effective; performs related work as required.

Town Manager Hewett indicated that they are redefining the job in recognition of what Christy Ferguson is already doing. The intent is to shift her focus to the shoreline protection portion of the job description. When questioned by the Board David gave what can only be described as nebulous answers. Commissioner Freer said, “Not making the argument then to me David, because then why change it, you just described the same job then.” They then had the chutzpah to use the $6.9 million dollars of FEMA approved hurricane reimbursement funds as part of the justification. So according to Commissioner Freer, David didn’t make a very good case to approve this proposal; that didn’t stop them from approving it anyway.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously

 
I’d describe this as an agita inducing moment!


The Parks & Recreation Advisory Board members were big cheerleaders for implementing this action.
So far, everyone else I’ve spoken to considers this action to be outrageous.

Let me get this straight, we gave the Town Manager a raise of $38,028 ostensibly because he does two jobs, Town Manager and Finance Officer. The salary adjustment not only puts him above the average but makes him the highest paid Town Manager with the least amount of responsibilities if we benchmark off the surrounding island communities. We have a Town Manager that makes $136,500, with just twenty-four (24) employees, and now we need an Assistant Town Manager. Really?! Based on our recent audit where we had two (2) significant deficiencies I’d say we need to split the Town Manager jobs and hire a Finance Officer instead of creating this position.

But wait, it gets better. The justification given is that the new position reflects the actual roles and responsibilities that the position has evolved into and the incumbent is currently performing with an increased focus on shoreline matters. The proposed position has a salary range that goes to $74,063. So, we can have an employee making up to $36 hour that will be running our Boo at the Beach, Breakfast with Santa, Easter Egg Hunt, Tide Dyed Program and Summer Day Camp Program. With the alleged change in focus will she have time to run our recreation programs? If not her then who will? Are we planning to hire another person to be our Recreation Programs Manager? Which brings us to that excluding tourist season who are all these programs for anyway? Most of the events don’t appear to be for the residents so why are we even doing them? But I digress.

Let’s call this what it is a con job. The current position, Shoreline Protection & Recreation Manager, has a salary range of $32,000 to $46,000 with Christy in the mid-range at $41,350. The new position has a salary range of $49,000 to $74,000. Keep in mind, Christy does not have a degree in local government administration or practical experience in municipal government administration. So, our plan is to make her the Assistant Town Manager with a salary of  $48,934 by giving her a $7,584 salary increase which is almost a 19% raise. Despite the change in her title and salary she will basically continue to do what she is doing right now. In 2014 the salary for that position was $29,286 in 2018, just four years later, the salary will be $48,934 a 67% increase. Nice work if you can get it!

I get that she has earned a salary increase and I’m OK with changing the pay range. However, I do object to the change in pay range which is ridiculous. Now instead of being at the midpoint in that jobs pay range she will be at the bottom or minimum for the pay window which insures significant annual merit increases in the future until she gets back to the midpoint in the pay range. The same thing could have been accomplished with a more reasonable change to the pay range of say $40,000 to $54,000, with the proposed salary increase that would have put her slightly above the midpoint.

To be perfectly clear this has nothing to do with how I feel about the Town Manager or the Shoreline Protection & Recreation Manager and the jobs that they are doing, it is strictly about the BOC’s fiduciary responsibilities to us.  This Board just got played by the Town Manager just like the last Board did. Let’s face it they were duped again!

Nothing to see here, move along folks!


7. Discussion and Possible Acceptance of Donation of Turtle Sculpture – Per Board at April Meeting 

Agenda Packet –
My name Is Bill Witchger I have been coming to Holden in July for over 40 years. You have done a great job of keeping it a place our family enjoys. I started coming and staying with my Brother Gene before I had children. My family is now 8 children and 23 grandchildren.

My wife Kathy passed away of cancer 10 years ago. The kids wanted to do something in remembrance of her. She loved Holden and the sea turtles. I have a very good friend who Is a sculptor Jack Kreutzer from Loveland Colorado. He has been coming to Holden and staying at our place in September. I commissioned him to cast 10 small bronze sculptures of a sea turtle. Each of my children now has one and I would like to give one to the town on approval of life size version. We would like it to be installed in a public place where all can enjoy. Maybe it could be installed by the pavilion or in a playground. I would be happy to set up some kind of a trust to maintain it. We have 5 cottages in my family and the youngest child is 3 months. Witchger’s will be coming to Holden for many years to come.

If that is not possible we will put it on one of our properties. We are coming down the last two weeks of July and hope to install it then. Thanks for your consideration.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously

Agreed to accept donation but have not yet determined where it should go on the island


8. Discussion and Possible Acceptance of Easement from Margaret N. Devaney/ Ables – Town Manager Hewett

 

Agenda Packet –
Grant of Easement across Able Property

Town staff has been working for an extended period of time with the Ables to acquire a permanent access and utilities easement across the property near the end of Heron Landing Wynd. Acquisition of the easement will facilitate the maintenance of the Town’s property; i.e., the dredge spoil area, that lies to the east of the Ables’ and also enable the installation of utilities. The easement will limit ingress to pedestrian traffic only in addition to those government sponsored vehicles required for maintenance etc. At this printing there are a couple of refinements needing to be made in order to satisfy both parties. I anticipate resolution before the end of the week. Included is the draft easement. Thanks.


DEED OF EASEMENT

 WITNESSETH:

WHEREAS, Grantor is the owner of Lot 22, Heron Landing Subdivision as shown on that map recorded in Map Cabinet 20 at Page 43, Brunswick County; and

WHEREAS, Grantor intends to convey the easement as described herein subject to the restrictions and limitations set forth herein; and

NOW, THEREFORE,  the Grantor,  in consideration  of  the sum  of  TEN  DOLLARS ($1 0.00)   and   other   good   and   valuable   consideration,   the   receipt   of   which   is  hereby acknowledged, has bargained and sold and by these presents does hereby sell and convey unto the Grantee a certain nonexclusive easement and right-of-way for ingress and egress across the lands of the Grantor located in Brunswick County, North Carolina, as hereinbelow described (the “Easement Area”) subject to the following restrictions:

1. Members of the general public shall use the Easement Area solely for ingress and egress to and from the property owned by the Town of Holden Beach and lying to the east of the Easement Area and Parcel A and such use shall be limited to the period between sunrise and Ingress and egress by the general public shall be by foot or by bicycle only. The general public shall have no right of ingress or egress by means of any motorized vehicle or conveyance of any kind.

2. The Town of Holden Beach, its successors and assigns, shall have the right of ingress and egress across the Easement Area only with vehicles owned by the Town of Holden Beach or contractors and subcontractors of the Town of Holden Beach.    Additionally, vehicles owned   by the State of North Carolina   or United States   government, their contractors   and subcontractors, shall have access across the Easement Area.

3. Ingress and egress across  the Easement  Area by the Town  of Holden  Beach,  the State, or federal government shall be solely for the purpose of maintaining the spoil area that lies to the east of the Easement Area and Parcel A and for installing, maintaining, repairing, and replacing any other public improvements  constructed on property lying to the east of the Easement Area and Parcel A The Town of Holden Beach shall  also have such right of ingress and egress  in order  to provide public utilities and services to Parcel A No right of ingress or egress across the Easement Area by the Town  of  Holden  Beach, the State or federal government  shall  be permitted  for any reason other than those reasons set forth in this paragraph 3.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously

The Town already owns several parcels there, the easement is for Parcel ID #246AE07303. The Town owned dredge spoil area is not currently accessible, this action only benefits the Town.


9. Discussion and Possible Scheduling of a Date to Hold Interviews for the Inlet and Beach Protection Board – Town Clerk Finnell

Agenda Packet –
There are several items requiring meetings for the Board on the upcoming agenda. I am having a hard time finding dates where all Board members are available during the month of May. The following dates are suggested, unless the Board would like me to solicit further dates in June. Unfortunately, due to the importance of timing on a couple of the issues, the full Board may not be available on the recommended dates.

Interviews for the Inlet & Beach Protection Board –
We recommend scheduling the interviews for June 19th at 6:45 p.m.

The Board agreed to schedule interviews fifteen (15) minutes before the BOC’s June Regular Meeting on June 19th


10. Town Manager’s Report

Tax Notice
The last tax notice is going out this week

BEMC
They have completed the street light replacement project
Swap out will increase our annual lighting bill by $6,000

Roadway Work
Highland Paving 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. The streets having work done this year are Marlin and Boyd. The Town anticipates that work will be started next week.

Pointe West
The Town anticipates that work will be started next week on the Storm Water Project

NCDOT
The Town is working with DOT on parking and street signs encroachment agreement

Town Mobile App
They recently announced the release of our Town mobile app.
This new social media tool is a mobile friendly version of our website.
It now shows all the public beach accesses, parking, showers, etc.
This is a FREE app. Visit the Apple Store or Google Play
Search “Holden Beach” to download the app

Pickleball Tournament
They had about sixty (60) participants including representatives from the island

Splash Pad
Soft start the week prior to Memorial Day


General Comments –

There were twenty-four (24) members of the community in attendance

The BOC’s next Regular Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 19th

Town Manager’s Review
The Town Managers performance review was supposed to be done on the anniversary date of his hire which is in February. Once again it was not done in a timely manner.

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


BOC’s SPECIAL MEETING / May 3, 2018  
.     1) Budget Workshop Revenue and Expense
.     2)
Budget Goals Status

The request made by the Board was for a top-level management summary. They simply want the Finance Department to roll-up the numbers from the Budget Message. It took the better part of an hour for them to get the Town Manager to agree to this requested reporting change. You can’t make this stuff up!

Once again, the Board talked about making changes. They want to have more input with greater participation in the process. To accomplish that will require scheduling additional workshop meetings. Sound familiar?

BOC’s SPECIAL MEETINGJanuary 2017
Budget Workshop takeaways are as follows:
    1)
Board wants to be more involved in the budget process
.     2)
Modified meeting schedule to have more time to discuss issues
.     3)
Board wants to take a Fiscal Conservative Approach
.     4)
Board wants to be engaged and have input not just rubber stamp submitted budget

 It is now some sixteen (16) months later and all things are as they were …


Budget
Kickoff of our budget season
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 Meeting Schedule / 2018
. 1) 16 January BOC’s Workshop Goals & Objectives / Capital Program
* Only eleven (11) members of the community were in attendance
. 2) 19 January BOC’s Workshop Goals & Objectives
*
Only two (2) members of the community were in attendance
. 3) 23 February Canal Dredging Working Group
. 4)
9 March Departments input to Manager
. 5) 6 April
BOC’s Workshop Revenues
* Only five (5) members of the community were in attendance
. 6)
13 April BOC’s Workshop Expenses
* Only five (5) members of the community were in attendance
. 7) 3 May BOC’s Workshop Revenues & Expenses
* Only five (5) members of the community were in attendance
. 8)
31 May Budget Message
. 9)
13 June Public Hearing
. 10)
19 June Regular BOC’s Meeting
. 11)
30 June Budget adopted (No Later Than)


Public Water and Sewer System Development Fee Act
Audit Committee BOC’s Tasker Regarding House Bill 436

House Bill 436
Authority to impose fees has been modified
Necessitates us having to retool water and sewer fee rate schedule
Recommends it be prepared by licensed professional engineer
Town Manager plans to commission McGill and Associates to develop rate schedule

North Carolina General Assembly – House Bill 1730 / S.L. 2004-96
Enacted on 07/13/2004
Gives us the authority to charge the sewer treatment fee
For more information » click here

Holden Beach Sewer Treatment Fee
For more information » click here

A sewer capital fee of $497.30 per developable property within the corporate limits of the Town of Holden Beach is authorized for the payment of debt service to fulfill the Town’s sewer capital obligation. Said fee is to be billed concurrently with ad valorem property taxes and collected in accordance with applicable North Carolina General Statues.

The Town Budget Ordinance is where the actual assessment is made
That levy is contained in language on page 7 of Ordinance 17-08
For more information » click here

House Bill 436 / Public Water and Sewer System Development Fee Act
Enacted on 07/20/2017
Eliminates the authority to charge the fee
Town must comply not later than July 1,2018
For more information » click here

System Development Fees Report
Click here to view the System Development Fees Report prepared by McGill and Associates in accordance with HB 436. Written comments on the report may be sent to heather@hbtownhall.com. Comments will also be accepted by mail at Town of Holden Beach, Attn: Heather Finnell, 110 Rothschild Street, Holden Beach, NC 28462. The Board will schedule a public hearing prior to considering the adoption of the analysis. Information on the public hearing date will be provided when available.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY and PURPOSE STATEMENT

Executive Summary:

The North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 436 in July 2017, amending Chapter 162A of the General Statutes by adding “Article 8, System Development Fees.” This amendment was enacted as “An Act to Provide for Uniform Authority to Implement System Development Fees for Public Water and Sewer Systems in North Carolina and to Clarify the Applicable Statute of Limitations.” in HB436, which requires compliance with designated calculation methodology by July 1, 2018.

In response to the House Bill 436, the Town of Holden Beach retained McGill Associates to complete a system development fee analysis. Based on the Town of Holden Beach’s combination of existing system capacity and planned capital improvements to expand capacity, the development fee, in accordance with HB 436 rules for an Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) for water and sewer was calculated to be $20,577. ERU is defined as the water and sewer capacities required to serve the most typical user type, which is a three-bedroom single-family dwelling.

The fee for other types of development can be calculated by applying the calculated cost of capacity per gallon of flow per day to the water and wastewater demands for various uses as defined by NC Administrative Code 15A NCAC 18C .0409 and 15A NCAC 02T .0114 using the following table:

Holden Beach System Development Fees: Cost per Gallon per Day Calculation
Item Cost-Justified System Fee Cost of Capacity ($ / gpd)

1 Water System $14.48 ($ / gpd)
2 Sewer System $41.07 ($ / gpd)


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

THB – EVACUATION, CURFEW & VEHICLE DECALS
For more information » click here

A repeat of 2017′: Experts predict another destructive hurricane season
A scientist with Global Weather Oscillations is predicting the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season to be “somewhat of a repeat of 2017,” claiming this year will bring more devastating storms. According to GWO, a storm prediction company, this year’s Atlantic hurricane season may be just as destructive — or even more destructive — than the 2017 season, which ended with 17 named storms and 6 major hurricanes. In 2017, GWO predicted 16 named storms, eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes. Professor David Dilley, senior research and prediction scientist for GWO, predicts that 2018 will be “somewhat of a repeat of 2017,” but some hurricane landfalls will occur in different locations this year. Dilley anticipates 16 named storms, eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes. He also predicts four of the hurricanes have potential for U.S. landfall — with two likely being “major impact storms.” “Some United States zones and the Caribbean Islands are currently in their strongest hurricane landfall cycle in 40 to 70-years,” Dilley said in a statement. Dilley says the reason for another disastrous hurricane season has to do with ocean water temperatures. He explains how the temperatures continue to run warmer than normal across most of the Atlantic, especially in the Caribbean region and the Atlantic near the U.S. “This is very similar to the ocean temperatures of last year, and this will again be conducive for tropical storms and/or hurricanes forming and/or strengthening near the Lesser Antilles and close to the United States,” he added.
Read more » click here

Hurricane Preparation Presentation
Oak Island town staff will host a hurricane preparation presentation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at Oak Island Town Hall Council Chambers, 4601 E. Oak Island Drive. Presenters from the Oak Island police and fire departments, along with the National Weather Service, Brunswick County Emergency Management and American Red Cross, will attend to answer questions and share information. All are invited.


Terminal Groin –Terminal Groin #6 - CR

USACE PUBLIC NOTICE

Issue Date:  April 19, 2018
Corps Action ID: SAW-2011-01914

All interested parties are hereby advised that the Wilmington District, Corps of Engineers (Corps), at the request of the Town of Holden Beach, is withdrawing the permit application to implement a shoreline protection project along the east end of the island, including the construction of a terminal groin along the Lockwoods Folly Inlet, in Brunswick County, North Carolina. The Corps is no longer seeking comments and has ceased our permit review for the Town’s proposal.
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For more information, go to the Terminal Groin post


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