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 December 19th meeting as is our custom. I will be out of town on Sunday December 24th, 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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11 – News & Views

Lou’s Views
News & Views / November Edition

Calendar of Events –

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Calendar of Events Island –

Veteran’s Appreciation
The Town hosted a Veteran’s Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, November 9th.
Veterans Day
Honoring All Who Serve or Have Served

Thank you for serving our country!



Contractors Information Seminar
The Planning & Inspections Department, supported by the town staff, hosted the 6th annual Contractors Information Seminar. 

 


 

Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

The Town sponsored the Fourth Annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.

 

 


10th Annual Tree Lighting
Come one, Come all!

The Town will hold its 10th Annual Tree Lighting on Thursday, November 30th at the Holden Beach Pavilion.

 Entertainment by the West Brunswick High School Chorus will kick off the event at 5:30 p.m. Don’t miss the countdown to light the tree at 6:00 p.m. There will be games and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.


Breakfast with Santa
Enjoy a light breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 9th at 9:00 a.m. The event will be held in the Town Hall Public Assembly and is for ages 10 and under.

Pre-registration by December 1st at noon is required.
Call (910) 842-6488 and speak with Christy to sign up.


 

Sandy Paws Parade and Pictures
Bring your pup out for a short stroll in the doggie parade and then have a picture made with Santa on December 9th. The event will begin at Town Hall at 10:30 a.m. Pictures opportunities will take place at the HB Pavilion after the parade.

 

Call Christy at (910) 842-6488 to pre-register.


Holiday Social
Join us for lunch to celebrate the holiday season on December 14th. The Town will provide the meat for the event. Each participant should bring a covered dish.

Register by calling (910) 842-6488 by December 7th at noon if you plan to attend. 


Youth Ice Skating Trip
Join us on December 21st for an ice skating trip on the first day of winter.

We will meet at Town Hall at 10:00 a.m. and return at 4:30 p.m. We will be traveling by BTS transportation to the Wilmington Ice House. The fee is $20 per child for children ages 8 – 13.

Pre-registration is required by December 15th at noon.
Call (910) 842-6488 to pre-register. Space is limited.
 


Scooter’s Skating Trip
Burn some out-of-school energy with us on December 29th at Scooter’s Skating Rink.

We will be traveling by BTS transportation to Wilmington. Participants should meet at Town Hall at 10:00 a.m. and we will return by 4:30 p.m. The fee is $20 per child for children ages 8 – 13.

 Pre-registration by calling (910) 842-6488 is required by December 15th at noon.


Parks & Recreation / Programs & Events
For more information » click here


Reminders –

Yard Waste Service
Yard debris pick-up is provided twice a month on the 2ndand 4th Fridays during the months of October, November and December. 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 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.



Neighborhood Watch –

Need to look out for each other
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 –

Holden Beach Park Project
Previously reported –
Project tracker: Holden Beach Park
The details: The parks department received a $250,000 grant from the N.C. Division of Coastal Management last year to help turn Holden Beach Park, composed of about 35 acres stretching from Holden Beach Road to the Intracoastal Waterway, into a nature park. Once complete, the project is expected to feature nature trails, a gazebo, a pavilion with restrooms and a boardwalk near the water.

The progress: Perkins said the department is still in the design phase for the park and within the next couple of weeks will be looking for a design firm to form site and construction plans for phase one, which will include initial infrastructure work, a gravel road, pavilion, design and development plans, a small boardwalk and nature trails. The department plans to apply for another grant in the amount of $200,000 from the Division of Coastal Management for phase two of the project, which will require a local match if received.
Read more » click here

Update –
Holden Beach Park project receives another grant
Armed with half a million dollars, Brunswick County is ready to move forward with the beginning stages of designing and developing Holden Beach Park. The N.C. Division of Coastal Management recently awarded the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department a $200,000 grant for the Holden Beach Park project and Brunswick County Commissioners approved a matching donation of $33,333 in cash and in-kind site services, bringing the total awarded for the park to nearly $515,000. A year ago, coastal management awarded a $250,000 grant for the project and commissioners approved a matching donation of $31,250.
Read more » click here


Previously reported –
Holden Beach Newsletter
Chemours has issued a press release announcing that the company will take measures to eliminate byproduct GenX wastewater emissions from its Fayetteville site. Click here to view the release.

In order to keep citizens informed, Brunswick County has established a website to share information about GenX as they learn it. You can find this page at www.brunswickcountync.gov/genx. The website contains a FAQ section that they update as they learn additional information (or receive additional questions), links to all their press releases and links to other resources like information from NCDEQ. There is also a link where citizens can go to sign up to receive email updates on the topic.

TOXIC TAP WATER FAQs
A chemical replacement for a key ingredient in Teflon linked to cancer and other ailments has been found in the Cape Fear River and Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) public water supply, which cannot filter it. Here’s what we know so far — and questions for which we’re still seeking answers.
Read more » click here

What’s the status of GenX investigations, lawsuits?
Read more » click here

NC, Chemours strike deal on toxic GenX
Along with no new discharges, company will turn over confidential business information to state regulators
Read more » click here

Update –
The Public Information Officer for Brunswick County announced that the County has taken legal action against DuPont and Chemours for contaminating the Cape Fear River. 

10.31.2017
Statement from Brunswick County
The filing of formal legal action against Chemours and DuPont represents another crucial step in protecting our public drinking water supply. It sends a clear message that Brunswick County will simply not stand for the discharge of emerging or unregulated chemicals into our public drinking water supply. Let us be clear…we will ensure that any company that threatens this vital resource is held responsible. Furthermore, our litigation team is consulting the nation’s leading experts to determine the best long-term water testing and treatment methods for the entire county. As part of that, we will ensure that the costs for doing so do not fall upon the rate payers, but upon those dumping the unregulated chemicals in the water.
For more information » click here

Brunswick County files GenX lawsuit
Brunswick County became Tuesday the latest entity to sue Chemours and DuPont after revelations about chemical discharges into the Cape Fear River. The county, which draws much of its drinking water from the river, filed suit against the two chemical giants in the U.S. Eastern District of North Carolina. Brunswick’s lawsuit is, according to the county release, focused on recovering the costs required to investigate, manage, reduce and remove chemicals.
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County files federal suit against Chemours, DuPont for GenX
Brunswick County’s legal team filed suit Tuesday in the U.S. Eastern District of North Carolina Court against The Chemours Co. and DuPont to recover costs required to investigate, manage, reduce and remove chemicals contaminating the Cape Fear River, the county’s source for drinking water.
Read more » click here

NC moves to revoke Chemours’ discharge permit
The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality began the process Thursday of revoking the discharge permit for Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility, alleging that the company made efforts to “thwart” regulators.
Read more » click here 

DEQ suspends GenX manufacturers’ permit, seeks its revocation
The chemical company responsible for the contaminant GenX in the Cape Fear River could lose its discharge permit because of a month-long delay reporting a spill. North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan announced Nov. 16 the state moved to revoke The Chemours Co.’s permit to discharge processed wastewater after the company failed to comply with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.
Read more » click here


Latest Lockwood Folly dredge work finished, for now
USACE Wilmington District completed work in the inlet between Holden Beach and Oak Island that resumed in late August. Work by the shallow-draft side-cast Merritt dredge had to be suspended in July after the half-century-old vessel had to be taken up to Manns Harbor near the Outer Banks for repairs to a hole and breach on the dredge boat that had caused it to start taking in water.

The project authorized an eight-foot depth and 150-foot-width, USACE spokesman Hank Heusinkveld said. “Weather permitting, we anticipate acquiring an after-dredge survey of the inlet as soon as possible to determine the achieved depth and width of the navigation channel,” Heusinkveld wrote last week. Once the survey is available, information will be relayed to the United States Coast Guard so it “can determine where to mark the dredged navigation channel with buoys to ensure safe passage for mariners and vessels,” Heusinkveld wrote.

The final total cost of dredging, surveys and administrative expenses should be available in a few more weeks, he added. The initial estimated cost of the dredge work was $420,000, with the state paying two-thirds of that and Brunswick County and the towns of Oak Island and Holden Beach sharing the remainder.
Read more » click here

Lockwood Folly Inlet Hydrographic Survey

After-dredge survey of the inlet was done on September 7
Another survey was done after storm event Irma on September 18

Update –

The high cost of inlet access
Keeping shallow-draft inlets along the N.C. coast open and navigable is a costly venture — one that is increasingly falling on the shoulders of local communities.

Dredging shallow draft inlets has become a costly and frustrating venture for local communities due to the absence of federal funding. Some have found ways to navigate funding for inlet maintenance needs through cost-sharing, which usually is still not enough to pay for fully opening an inlet.

While Brunswick County and Holden Beach have both committed funds to maintaining Lockwood Folly Inlet in 2017-2018, Oak Island, which contributed funds to the latest dredging event, hasn’t committed to long-term inlet maintenance. Jim Medlock, the corps’ shallow draft navigation program project manager, said he’s working with the county to schedule another dredging event for the inlet within the next three months.
Read more » click here


Corrections & Amplifications –

Brunswick Beaches Consortium / Brunswick Shoreline Protection
Previously reported –
Beach Consortium was established for coastal communities to discuss their common issues and concerns; it is a member of the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association.

Beach town group makes changes after scandal
The group formally known as the Brunswick Beaches Consortium rechristened itself as Brunswick Shoreline Protection this week. During the same meeting Thursday, the group decided to abandon any formal membership agreement or dues, instead serving as more of a forum for beach towns to discuss mutual problems. The reorganization comes in the wake of a state probe into Caswell Beach Mayor Harry Simmons’ financial dealings while in charge of the group.
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Brunswick Shoreline Protection seeks more defined role
The alliance includes former Brunswick Beaches Consortium members from Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Oak Island, Caswell Beach, Holden Beach and Brunswick County government who chose to continue working together on beach protection issues, without operating under a written agreement as the consortium did.
Read more »
click here

Holden Beach contributed $143,038
The amount prosecutor’s claim Simmons embezzled is $94,418

Caswell Beach mayor’s embezzlement trial not expected in ’17
Former Caswell Beach mayor Harry Simmons has been in jail now nearly two years, and a prosecutor says the case against the accused felon is not likely to go to trial in 2017. Authorities arrested Simmons on September 28, 2015, and charged him with 18 felonies, mostly related to Brunswick Beaches Consortium. They accused him of taking $673,000 of taxpayer money in what a prosecutor then described as “a stunning betrayal of the public’s trust.” Simmons has been in jail since his arrest under $675,000 bond. Trial dates have appeared and disappeared on the calendar several times during the past two years.

Simmons’s arrest effectively ended the consortium, although there continues to be serious interest in shoreline protection projects. After a couple false starts, Brunswick County and several beach communities re-organized themselves as Brunswick Shoreline Protection, a voluntary cooperative with no dues or budget. That groups meets on the third Wednesday of every other month in Brunswick County Board of Commissioners chambers at Bolivia.
Read more » click here 

Update –
Former Caswell Beach mayor pleads to embezzlement
Former Caswell Beach mayor Harry Simmons pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from a group that intended the money be spent on lobbying for beach protections.
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Former Caswell Beach mayor pleads guilty to embezzlement
Harry Simmons, the former Caswell Beach mayor and chairman of the Brunswick Beaches Consortium, was sentenced to serve at least six years in prison, with credit for time served, after he pleaded guilty Nov. 8 to embezzlement and obtaining property by false pretense.
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Time to move on following Simmons plea and sentence
The story of an embezzlement scheme that began more than 17 years ago has finally ended in a court of law. Harry Simmons, former Caswell Beach mayor and chairman of the Brunswick Beaches Consortium, was sentenced to serve at least six years in prison, with credit for time served, after pleading guilty Nov. 8 to embezzlement and obtaining property by false pretense. Simmons was indicted on 18 felonies related to his service as chairman of the former consortium by a grand jury in October 2015. The state voluntarily dismissed the other counts against him in exchange for his guilty pleas. The state said Simmons took $673,304.07 of $1,020,010, which was paid into a bank account by contributing members of the BBC to hire a lobbyist, from April 2000 through August 2014. All the money Simmons stole from the county, Caswell Beach, Bald Head Island, Holden Beach, Oak Island and Ocean Isle Beach is gone. He has been ordered to pay restitution upon his release from prison.

Months before Simmons’ arrest Sept. 28, 2015, the consortium was restructured as a more casual alliance called Brunswick Shoreline Protection, but its purpose remains the same: To work together on beach protection issues. The group includes former consortium members from Caswell Beach, Holden Beach, Oak Island, Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach and Brunswick County government. Again, we commend Sunset Beach for not putting money toward the BBC’s lobbying efforts, which went unchecked until Caswell Beach commissioners questioned those expenditures in November 2014.

In a separate development, the end of Sunset Beach’s Environmental Resource Committee in April gave rise to the Brunswick Environmental Action Team, which seeks to educate the community about the impacts offshore drilling, fracking, habitat fragmentation, water pollution, unnecessary dredging in tidal creeks and marshes, and building in areas that are at a high risk for damage from tidal surges and flooding can have on Brunswick County. Beach protection, as well as the other issues BEAT has raised, can now get the attention they deserve in the wake of Simmons’ guilty plea and sentence.

We are not suggesting the public forget the Simmons case and the circumstances that allowed him to commit his crimes against the public he was entrusted to serve. The conclusion of these legal proceedings, however, offers an excellent opportunity to regroup, redouble beach preservation and waterway maintenance projects, and move on. Carefully considering the best ways to conserve our community’s natural resources needs no further delays or distractions.
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Beach Vitex – October 2017
Discussion and Possible Action on Beach Vitex Treatment –
Mayor Pro Tem Fletcher

Previously reported –
January 2015
Beach Vitex Invades the Carolina Coast
Beach Vitex the Kudzu of the coast
In January the task force had already identified twelve (12) sites

Beach Vitex (Vitex rotundifolia) is a deciduous, woody vine that was introduced to the southeastern U.S. in the mid-80’s as an ornamental landscape plant as well as for sand dune stabilization. Along the coast of North and South Carolina, beach Vitex has escaped cultivation and covered oceanfront dunes. Beach Vitex crowds out native dune plants such as sea oats and threatens endangered loggerhead sea turtle nesting habitat.

Beach Vitex Task Force is committed to controlling the spread of the invasive plant. They are leading an interagency effort to address the issue; the threat to native dune plants and animals issue. Although not yet officially classified as an invasive species, Beach Vitex is causing major concern. If you see this plant anywhere in your beach community, you need to identify it and report it to the task force for removal. Scientists and volunteers are working hard to record and monitor the location of the plant in order to determine how widespread the problem is and how fast Beach Vitex is spreading.

December 2015
Task Force was on the island in November removing this invasive plant from the dunes.

BookmarkCHAPTER 92.40 PURPOSE.

The plant known as Beach Vitex (Vitex Rotundifolia), is hereby found and is declared to be a public nuisance due to the significant negative impacts this plant will have upon the public beaches and sand dunes, loggerhead sea turtles and native vegetation such as Sea Oats, Bitter Panicum, Seashore Elder and American Beachgrass. It shall be unlawful for any person to plant or cause to be planted Beach Vitex (Vitex Rotundifolia) on any property located within the municipal town limits of the town.

(Ord. 06-02, passed 3-27-06)

BookmarkCHAPTER 92.41 NOTICE TO ABATE NUISANCE.

In cooperation with the following organizations, said list not being exhaustive, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NC Cooperative Extension, South Carolina Beach Vitex Taskforce, North Carolina Beach Vitex Taskforce, NC State University, a program(s) will be developed to eradicate Beach Vitex from municipal limits. Upon identification of any Beach Vitex plant, the property owner shall be ordered to eradicate the plant from his or her property pursuant to an acceptable means of removal and disposal. As eradication precedes restoration, the plant must be removed from properties before the property is restored with native plants or other appropriate plants. As Beach Vitex has the ability to generate new plants from seeds, stem and root sections, the proper disposal of plants and plant parts is important. The town shall be responsible for the collection of Beach Vitex separately from other yard waste and will treat it appropriately. Beach Vitex clippings shall not be chipped and shredded into mulch and distributed to any yard waste disposal site. The town shall cooperate with private landowners in this task to proceed with the eradication. The penalty for failure to comply with this section shall be prescribed in § 92.99.

Apparently, we already have Ordinance to address this issue
Neither the Town or the Task Force have funds for removal
The burden of removal and disposal is on the property owner

No decision was made – No action taken

The Board has asked the Town staff to bring back recommendation that does not involve Town funding the work

Update –

Holden Beach targets invasive weed
Beach vitex was once thought to help address beach erosion.
The Holden Beach Board of Commissioners has revisited the town’s policy regarding the noxious weed beach vitex. As it turns out, the policy isn’t working. At Mayor Pro Tem John Fletcher’s request, town staff is being asked to remedy that shortcoming.
Read more » click here

Holden Beach looks into treating beach vitex
Read more » click here

Beach Vitex Invades the Carolina Coast
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
For more information » click here


Odds & Ends

Public Beach Access

Previously reported –
Joint Amicus Brief – NC Oceanfront Counties and Towns – Nies vs. Emerald Isle

At issue is the right of the public to use the dry sand beach which has been the historical and traditional public practice by right.

The Town of Emerald Isle is requesting all NC beach communities assist with funding in the matter of Nies vs. Town of Emerald Isle. At issue is the right of the public to use the dry sand beach which has been the historical and traditional public practice by right.

The potential implications of this case to the State of North Carolina and its citizens are significant and it is critical that oceanfront counties and municipalities weigh in and sign on to an amicus brief in support of the Town’s position that the beaches of North Carolina, including the dry sand portion, are a public resource open to all for public resource uses.

NC Supreme Court Dismisses Nies Case Against Emerald Isle
In an order issued earlier today, the NC Supreme Court dismissed the Nies case against the Town of Emerald Isle.  As a result of this dismissal, the November 2015 opinion of the NC Court of Appeals is now the definitive law on public beach access in Emerald Isle, and everywhere in North Carolina.  The Town is pleased with the Court’s decision, which clarifies the public’s historical and continuing right to use the dry-sand beach (from the base of the dunes to the water) everywhere in North Carolina. 

Court dismisses lawsuit involving public beach access
North Carolina’s Supreme Court is dismissing a lawsuit that challenged how much of the state’s beaches are free for anyone to stroll or whether parts of it could be closed off by private owners. The court on Wednesday issued an order saying it was dropping the case on its own initiative but did not explain why.

Justices were scheduled to hear arguments next month in the case that could have decided whether the public can use entire beaches between surf and dunes along all 300 miles of North Carolina’s shoreline.

Gregory and Diane Nies sued Emerald Isle over an ordinance creating a 20 feet passage on beach property they own for public vehicles to travel anytime necessary. The New Jersey couple sold their $1.3 million beachfront home this fall.
Read more » click here

County, towns react to dismissal of beach access case
Brunswick County and its beach towns are pleased with the state Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the case of Nies v. Emerald Isle.

Emerald Isle beachfront property owners Gregory and Diane Nies sued the town over access to beach property in the “dry sand,” or between the highwater mark and the dunes. When the property owners lost a Superior Court decision and an appeal, they took the case to the state Supreme Court, which dismissed the case Dec. 14.

In a newsletter, Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett said had the Nies won, it would have had dire consequences for the public to use dry sand beach in North Carolina. He said he learned of the dismissal from Emerald Isle Town Manager Frank Rush and expressed his relief on behalf of Holden Beach.
Read more » click here

Update –

U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear case that threatened public’s right to beach access
In a case watched closely by coastal advocates and private property rights watchdogs, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal by Gregory and Diane Nies regarding the public’s use of the dry sand beach at Emerald Isle. The highest court’s decision follows a dismissal of the appeal late last year by the N.C. Supreme Court. The court will let stand a N.C. Court of Appeals ruling that affirmed the right of the public to use that portion of the beach between the seaward toe of the primary dune and mean high water.

Coastal towns can call it a victory that retains the public trust doctrine for the right of the people to use the traditional dry sand portion of the beach. In its brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, Emerald Isle stated there was no federal question that merited review. “Under North Carolina’s own unique and long-established doctrines of public trust and custom, petitioners never possessed a right to exclude the North Carolina public from the dry sand beach. That asserted right underpins their federal claim, and petitioners concede that their federal takings claim rises or falls with that state law predicate. That leaves this court with no federal question to answer, only assertions of state law errors to correct. But there is no need to take the extraordinary step on ruling on complex questions of state property law when the state’s highest court has declined to do so.”
Read more » click here


This & That

Study: NC should spend more improving current beach accesses
Repairs recommended by researchers include adding parking, while more restroom and showers were also identified as needs.
Read more » click here


Local municipalities receive Powell Bill funds
Seventeen of Brunswick County’s 19 municipalities recently received Powell Bill funding through the North Carolina Department of Transportation.  “This program provides cities and towns with money to help pay for repairs, maintenance and construction, including widening and adding sidewalks on the streets they maintain,” State Secretary of Transportation Gene Conti. “At a time when communities are faced with reduced budget revenue, the funding from the Powell Bill provides much-needed assistance to improve their transportation infrastructure.” Powell Bill funding is generated through revenues by the state gas tax and other highway user fees. The $132 million Powell Bill allocation is $14 million less than it was in 2008, “primarily because of the downturn in economic conditions across the state,” according to NCDOT. The funding formula, which was established by the North Carolina General Assembly, is 75 percent of funding is population-based, while the remaining 25 percent is based on the number of city-owned street miles in the municipality. The communities decide how to spend the money as long it is on qualified projects, according to NCDOT.
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Holden Beach received Powell Bill and Highway Trust Fund funding of $39,398, based on an annual estimated population of 633 permanent residents.


Factoid That May Interest Only Me –

Watch out for deer
NCDOT warns motorists across North Carolina to stay alert for deer now that fall has arrived. Every year during late autumn, auto and body shops across the region brace for a bumper crop of business, comprised of an influx of cars with damage from collisions with deer. Beginning in October, roads across the state become hazardous as North Carolina’s deer population fans out, lurking on highway shoulders in search of food and potential mates. It’s the deadliest time of the year for deer, which also pose a particular danger to motorists. Nearly half of vehicle accidents involving white-tail deer occur from October to December. Deer accidents typically begin rising in October, peak in November and begin dropping off after December, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Deer are crepuscular mammals, meaning they’re most active at dawn and dusk – which, following the onset of daylight savings time, places them near roads and byways precisely when large numbers of residents are commuting to and from work.


Study: North Carolina’s coastal policies among worst in nation on climate change
Days after a federal report issued a harsh warning about climate change, an environmental group said North Carolina’s policies leave it among the most ill-prepared on the East Coast to deal with the effects of rising seas.
Read more » click here 

How the Wilmington area deals with rising seas and an increasing number of floods
According to research by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, rising sea levels magnifies tides and can cause damage without a drop of rain. So, add a weather system packing heavy rainfall or powerful storm surge, and those effects are magnified.

A much-maligned 2012 law in North Carolina essentially blocked state-level agencies from using predictive methods to determine the possible impact of rising sea levels. The initial draft of the law would have essentially gagged local and regional government from officially discussing some of the more pessimistic sea level estimates. However, the final version of the bill was altered and, while it continues to constrain coastal management and the state’s Department of Transportation, it does allow counties, towns and cities to pursue their own policies, studies and plans.

Here’s how governments and utilities in the Wilmington area are planning for potential increases in sea level…
Read more » click here
 


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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//// September 2017
Name:               Aubriana’s     
Location:        115 South Street, Wilmington NC
In April of 2017, after eight years of serving chef-driven menus, they relaunched and began serving Prime aged beef and fresh locally sourced seafood. I
t had been one of my favorite restaurants, but I’m sorry to say, that is no longer the case.
In November Aubriana’s ceased operations and is now permanently closed.
///// September 2017
Name:              The Chef & The Frog
Cuisine:           French Asian fusion
Location:        605 S. Madison Street, Whitesville NC
Contact:          910.640.5550 / www.chefnc.com
Food:               Average / Very Good / Excellent / Exceptional
Service:           Efficient / Proficient / Professional / Expert
Ambience:      Drab / Plain / Distinct / Elegant
Cost:                Inexpensive <=17 / Moderate <=22 / Expensive <=27 / Exorbitant <=40
Rating:           Two Stars
Located in downtown Whitesville, a fine dining restaurant in an unexpected locale. Serving New Southern Cuisine mixed with continental European classics and a twist of Asian, they prefer to describe it as Fresh, Creative, & Affordable. This is a really good restaurant in a nice small town that is far better than most. What a pleasant surprise!


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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THE CUBAN AFFAIR by Nelson DeMille
In this, his 20th novel, DeMille offers an amusing look at today’s Cuban communist police state. The book is set in 2015 during the early days of the “Cuban Thaw” that is underway between Havana and Washington. Key West charter fishing boat skipper – Army combat veteran “Mac” is approached by three Cuban Americans who offer him a small fortune to participate in a scheme to recover a cache of money and documents stashed in a cave during the Cuban Revolution of 1959.


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Town Meeting 10/17/17

“Unofficial” Minutes & Comments


Board of Commissioners’ Agenda Packet
For more information
» click here


1. Public Comments on Agenda Items

There were comments made regarding the following:
Mike Sullivan, Sewer Vulnerability Advisory Committee Chair, spoke at length about agenda item #5 / Sewer System Station #4 upgrade. He made a persuasive case for awarding the contract to Leo Green’s firm, Green Engineering.


2. Annual Beach Monitoring Report – Fran Way, Applied Technology and Management (ATM) / Town Manager Hewett

ATM is a coastal engineering firm hired by the town to do the following:
    1)
Annual monitoring, data collection and reportin
    2)
Assess sand erosion
.     3)
Evaluate nourishment
.     4)
FEMA projects cost reimbursement support
    5)
Meet government regulatory permitting conditions

They have completed the annual survey of the beach strand
Annual monitoring has occurred since 2001
We have an engineered beach which means it has been nourished and is being monitored
Town activities of nourishment, dune vegetation and sand fencing are working

Relatively busy hurricane season
Hurricane Matthew caused extensive damage to the dune vegetation
Dunes provide a storm buffer preventing property damage
We put 1.5 million cubic yards of material on the beach strand
Used a significant amount of material from the borrow area
Will need to identify new areas to take sand from for future large-scale projects

Ongoing beach management activities include the following:
.     1)
Annual Monitoring Data Collection & Reporting
    2)
Central Reach Planning Borrow Area
    3) Permit Extensions

    4) Terminal Groin / East End Project
.     5) Shallow Draft Inlet
.     6)
Federal Projects – USACE
      a)
Lockwood Folly (LWF) Outer Channel Dredging Sidecaster Murden
      b)
Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW) crossing navigation project (LWFIX)


3. Police Report – Chief Wally Layne

Police Patch
So far so good, it’s been fairly quiet

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

 

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

If the Town declares a mandatory evacuation, PLEASE LEAVE
General Assembly during the 2012 Session, specifically authorizes both voluntary and mandatory evacuations, and increases the penalty for violating any local emergency restriction or prohibition from a Class 3 to a Class 2 misdemeanor. Given the broad authority granted to the governor and city and county officials under the North Carolina Emergency Management Act (G.S. Chapter 166A) to take measures necessary to protect public health, safety, and welfare during a disaster, it is reasonable to interpret the authority to “direct and compel” evacuations to mean ordering “mandatory” evacuations. Those who choose to not comply with official warnings to get out of harm’s way, or are unable to, should prepare themselves to be fully self-sufficient for the first 72 hours after the storm.


4. Discussion and Possible Approval of Amending the 2017 Board of Commissioners’ Meeting Schedule (November Meeting Date) – Commissioner Freer

Previously reported –  September Meeting
Discussion and Possible Rescheduling of BOC’s Regular November Meeting
The November meeting is currently scheduled just two (2) days before Thanksgiving
They deferred making decision, requested it be put on the October meeting agenda
No decision was made – No action taken

 Update –
They were unable to agree on a date to reschedule the meeting to
Motion was made to cancel the meeting
The game plan is to call for a Special Meeting if anything needs to be addressed

 A decision was made – Approved unanimously

 There will not be a Board of Commissioners’ Meeting on November 21st


5. Discussion and Possible Selection of Engineering Firm for Engineering Design and Construction Management Services of the Vacuum Sewer System Station #4 Upgrade – Public Works Director Clemmons

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

In August the Board voted to obtain an independent second opinion from an engineering firm that specializes in this area, qualifications related to the task at hand, as opposed to the engineer of record which is more of generalist. Town Manager was instructed to initiate a request for proposal process to evaluate the current situation, do risk analysis of the vulnerabilities of our lift stations, propose remedies to mitigate those risks, address concerns and propose solutions.

October Meeting 2016
Unfortunately, we only got one response for our request for proposal. Town Manager indicated it was not a problem that we only had one response if they are qualified. The material sent was a sales pitch that did not address issues as requested. Specifically, the Board wants to clarify if the firm can do what they asked for.

 That is –
    1)
Assessment (As Is)
.     2)
Risk Analysis (Cost-Benefit)
.     3)
Proposed remedies (To Be)

Motion was made to ask them for information that was requested. Original request was to evaluate the current situation, do risk analysis of the vulnerabilities of our lift stations, propose remedies to mitigate those risks, address concerns and propose solutions.

November Meeting 2016
Compass Pointe Engineering addressed the Board’s concerns
By consensus they agreed to move forward with developing a contract
Contract to be reviewed and possibly approved at next scheduled Board meeting

 My Two Cents - CR IIThis Board has done more than any previous Board to address the sewer vulnerability issues. System failure from the storm event would have had serious negative impacts. We are moving forward with minimizing the threat, they have authorized the purchase of both parts and generators. Goal is not to repeat mistakes that were made the first time, but to do it right and mitigate risks.

September Meeting 2017
Discussion and Possible Selection of Engineering Firm for Engineering Design and Construction Management Services of the Vacuum Sewer System Station #4 Upgrade – Public Works Director Clemmons

Agenda Packet –
In accordance with North Carolina General Statute §143-64.31, the Town advertised a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Engineering Design and Construction Management Services of the Vacuum Sewer System, Station #4 Upgrade (Attachment 1).

We received two Statements of Qualifications in response to the RFQ, Green Engineering and McGill and Associates. Both firms are impressive. Copies of their responses are in the Board’s packets for your review (Attachment 2).

In order to proceed and make the first step in the improvement process, the Board needs to select a firm.

The Town of Holden Beach hereby requests qualified firms to submit Statements of Qualifications for planning, design, permitting, bidding and construction services related to improvements to the Town’s Sewer Pump Station #4.

Vacuum Sewer System Station #4 Upgrade
Request for Qualifications Engineering Design and Permitting
The original pump station #4 was constructed in 2005 as part of the Holden Beach sewer system. The vacuum portion of the pump station and related electrical equipment is located fully below the base flood elevation. The Town desires to modify the pump station to reduce vulnerability due to flooding and improve employee safety by constructing an above the ground structure to house the vacuum pumps and all related electrical equipment above the base flood elevation.

The design of the new structure will include the necessary aesthetic improvements to be consistent with the Town’s expectations.


A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) usually refers to the pre-qualification stage of the procurement process. Only those proponents who successfully respond to the RFQ and meet the qualification criteria will be included in the subsequent Request for Proposals (RFP) solicitation process.

A Request for Proposal (RFP) is a solicitation, often made through a bidding process, by an agency or company interested in procurement of a commodity, service or valuable asset, to potential suppliers to submit business proposals.


Sewer Vulnerability Advisory Committee Chair Mike Sullivan E-mail
A review of this month’s BOC agenda discloses that the Town is ready to award a contract for the design and management services related to the redesign of Holden Beach Pump Station #4.

Unfortunately, I will be out of town and unable to speak to this issue, so I’m sending this note as a resident who is both knowledgeable and concerned with the condition of the Sewer System.

Two firms have submitted proposals. Both appear well qualified. Both firms have extensive experience in waste water and sewer related projects Between the two, however, I favor awarding the contract to Leo Green’s firm, Green Engineering, PLLC.

Mr. Leo Green was an invaluable asset as a member of the Sewer Advisory Committee (SAC). He attended every meeting, reviewed the current system, analyzed its deficiencies and proposed cost effective and responsible measures to remedy those deficiencies, including the drafting of plans for structures which would safely house the vulnerable electrical components, above the base flood elevation. In fact, after months of review, the consulting firm hired to conduct an independent review of the system, McGill Associates, came to the same conclusions and offered the same recommendations as those made by SAC, with the aid and input of Mr. Green.

Although there may be an inclination to award this contract to McGill Associates based on the knowledge it acquired during the system review it conducted, I suggest that Mr. Green and his firm have gained, at least, as much knowledge of the current system through his involvement with SAC.

In addition, Mr. Green is a property owner and part time resident of Holden Beach and has a deep-rooted desire, as shown through his previous volunteer work on this very same project, to see the redesign is done correctly, economically and efficiently.


Chris briefly explained where we were at and how we got there. The Board needs to select a firm based on qualification criteria only. The engineer firm selected is responsible for the design, bid, and construct process. The Board would authorize the Town Manager to then negotiate a contract with engineering firm.

It did not appear that the three Commissioners in attendance were in agreement. In order to move forward it would require three (3) affirmative votes. Recommendation was to wait until both Commissioner Royal and Sewer Vulnerability Advisory Committee Chair Sullivan were available. They deferred making decision, plan to handle in BOC’s Special Meeting prior to the next BOC’s Regular October Meeting.

No decision was made – No action taken

Update –
To be clear, this is strictly for engineering services. The Board needs to select a firm based on qualification criteria only; they selected Green Engineering. The engineer firm selected is responsible for the design, bid, and construct process. The Board authorized the Town Manager to negotiate a contract with the selected engineering firm.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously


6. Discussion and Possible Approval of Sewer Refund for Lots 24 and 25 on By the Sea Drive, Owned by Fletcher Wright – Building Official Evans

Agenda Packet –
Mr. Wright is requesting a refund of the Sewer Capital Fee, for two lots that have been deemed unbuildable, lots 25 & 24 are located primary inside the 404 wetlands. Lot 25 is completely in the marsh while a portion of 24 is in the marsh. Combined with the 30-foot CAMA setback lines 24 is also unusable.

The owner upon the request of the Planning Department has combined the small usable portion of 24 with 23; this change increased the value of lot 23 and made usable a portion of dry land that would normally be of no use if still attached to 24.

It also made certain that once refunded that no sewer allocation could be requested for lots 24 and 25 in the future, as the lots are located completely in areas of environmental concern.

The Board may at their discretion refund fees that were charged in the amount of $10,116.70. This is the total amount that has been collected over the duration of the Sewer System.

They amended the request to include this year’s assessment too
This is not the first time the Town has given a refund to a property owner

A decision was made – Approved unanimously


7. Discussion and Possible Action on Beach Vitex Treatment –
Mayor Pro Tem Fletcher

Previously reported – January 2015
Beach Vitex Invades the Carolina Coast
Beach Vitex the Kudzu of the coast
In January the task force had already identified twelve (12) sites

Beach Vitex (Vitex rotundifolia) is a deciduous, woody vine that was introduced to the southeastern U.S. in the mid-80’s as an ornamental landscape plant as well as for sand dune stabilization. Along the coast of North and South Carolina, beach Vitex has escaped cultivation and covered oceanfront dunes. Beach Vitex crowds out native dune plants such as sea oats and threatens endangered loggerhead sea turtle nesting habitat.

Beach Vitex Task Force is committed to controlling the spread of the invasive plant. They are leading an interagency effort to address the issue; the threat to native dune plants and animals issue. Although not yet officially classified as an invasive species, Beach Vitex is causing major concern. If you see this plant anywhere in your beach community, you need to identify it and report it to the task force for removal.  Scientists and volunteers are working hard to record and monitor the location of the plant in order to determine how widespread the problem is and how fast Beach Vitex is spreading.

December 2015
Task Force was on the island in November removing this invasive plant from the dunes.

 Update –

BookmarkCHAPTER 92.40 PURPOSE.

   The plant known as Beach Vitex (Vitex Rotundifolia), is hereby found and is declared to be a public nuisance due to the significant negative impacts this plant will have upon the public beaches and sand dunes, loggerhead sea turtles and native vegetation such as Sea Oats, Bitter Panicum, Seashore Elder and American Beachgrass.  It shall be unlawful for any person to plant or cause to be planted Beach Vitex (Vitex Rotundifolia) on any property located within the municipal town limits of the town.

(Ord. 06-02, passed 3-27-06)

BookmarkCHAPTER 92.41 NOTICE TO ABATE NUISANCE.

   In cooperation with the following organizations, said list not being exhaustive, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NC Cooperative Extension, South Carolina Beach Vitex Taskforce, North Carolina Beach Vitex Taskforce, NC State University, a program(s) will be developed to eradicate Beach Vitex from municipal limits.  Upon identification of any Beach Vitex plant, the property owner shall be ordered to eradicate the plant from his or her property pursuant to an acceptable means of removal and disposal.  As eradication precedes restoration, the plant must be removed from properties before the property is restored with native plants or other appropriate plants.  As Beach Vitex has the ability to generate new plants from seeds, stem and root sections, the proper disposal of plants and plant parts is important.  The town shall be responsible for the collection of Beach Vitex separately from other yard waste and will treat it appropriately. Beach Vitex clippings shall not be chipped and shredded into mulch and distributed to any yard waste disposal site.  The town shall cooperate with private landowners in this task to proceed with the eradication. The penalty for failure to comply with this section shall be prescribed in § 92.99.

Apparently, we already have Ordinance to address this issue
Neither the Town or the Task Force have funds for removal
The burden of removal and disposal is on the property owner

 No decision was made – No action taken

The Board has asked the Town staff to bring back recommendation that does not involve Town funding the work


8. Discussion and Possible Action on Proposed Changes to the Lease Agreement between the Town and AT&T for Cellular Antenna Equipment Located on the Water Tower – Fiscal Operations Clerk Lockner

Previously reported – MARCH 2015
Discussion and Possible Approval of the First Amendment to Water Tower Option and Lease Agreement with New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC (AT&T) –
Fiscal Operations Clerk Mandy Lockner
This is a modification to our current agreement. We are giving our consent to allow Tenant to install and operate additional equipment on the water tower. The recently completed structural analysis indicates that the tower can handle the additional equipment. In addition, we agree to add four (4) additional Extension Terms of five (5) years each. The Tenant is responsible to make the modifications and to do any maintenance that is necessary.

A decision was made – Approved

Previously reported – MARCH 2017
Discussion and Possible Action on Lease Extension Proposal for T-Mobile –
T-Mobile has attempted to renegotiate the contract before. No action was taken and the rate remained the same. This time they are looking to get a longer period with lower monthly payment. The concern is if they cut their rate other carriers will want their rate reduced too.

No decision was made – No action taken

Agenda Packet –
AT&T (Black Dot Wireless) has put forth an effort to amend its cell tower lease agreements citing that tower rents are outpacing regular sales. They have proposed three different lease agreements for the Board’s consideration (see attached).   The Town’s current yearly revenue from AT&T is $29,208 with the contract ending in 2020.

COMPANY YEARLY RENT
AT&T $29,028
VERIZON $36,572
US CELLULAR $18,889
TMOBILE $18,062

Black Dot Wireless, LLC (“Black Dot”), a national lease management firm, has been directed to discuss your lease options and help you through the process.  Depending on those discussions, your site may qualify for a long-term rental guarantee. Such a rent guarantee would create a secure financial instrument while safeguarding the long-term future of your site.

Option#1 15-year rental Guarantee Value     $199,670.40 /   84 months / 7 years
Option#2 15-year rental Guarantee Value     $270,144.00 / 120 months / 10 years
Option#3 15-year rental Guarantee Value     $378,730.20 / 180 months / 15 years

The three proposals are for different guarantee periods.  All three options have a 5-year term with 10% increases for each 5-year term.  Our current contract with AT&T is till 2020. All the carriers are looking to get a longer period with a lower monthly payment. The concern is if they cut their rate other carriers will want their rate reduced too. Our Town Manager recommended that we stay with the current contract.

No decision was made – No action taken


9. Follow-up on September 19th Request for Speed Reducing Devices on Shell Drive – Town Manager Hewett 

Previously reported –  September Meeting
Request for Speed Reducing Devices on Shell Drive- Joel Batchelor (Mayor Pro Tern Fletcher)

Agenda Packet –
Shell Drive is the last street on the right before reaching the private section of the island; therefore, we get a lot of traffic that has to use our street to tum around. The problem we are having is the speed at which some of the vehicles are leaving going back to Ocean Boulevard.


They deferred making a decision, requested it be put on the October meeting agenda. Town Manager is charged with gathering more information. The Town attorney recommended that the Town Manager and staff determine approval criteria since other streets will request this too. The Mayor recommended that we notify everyone on that street, especially after the recent fiasco with Elizabeth Street parking, that we are considering this action.

No decision was made – No action taken

Update –

Agenda Packet –
At the last Board of Commissioners’ meeting, the Board directed me to gather information relative to Mr. Batchelor’s request to install speed bumps on Shell Drive.

Staff contacted the Town’s insurance provider, the League of Municipalities.  There is no specific exclusion for general liability claims caused by speed bumps on town-owned streets.  The League provided us with examples of claims and payouts that have been made relating to speed bumps (Attachment 1).

Mark Hoeweler, Assistant Executive Director – Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments and Liaison for the Grand Strand Metropolitan Planning Organization, is not in favor of speed bumps. He provided literature for the Town to review (Attachment 2).

Staff also contacted the Cape Fear Council of Governments to ask for the pros and cons of speed bumps. Allen Serkin, Director of Local Government Services, responded   that speed bumps are usually discouraged for many reasons (Attachment 3). He also provided us with several resources that the Board may find helpful in consideration of Mr. Batchelor’s request (Attachment 4).

Pretty clear that the information gathered did not support us moving forward with request for speed bumps

 No decision was made – No action taken

 The Board has asked the Town staff to bring back recommendation that does not include speed bumps


10. Town Manager’s Report

Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM)
We never got the letter of final determination that we were supposed to get in September. Still do not have an official definitive answer as to when the flood maps will be approved. The projected effective date is sometime next spring.

A Letter of Final Determination (LFD) is a letter the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sends to the Chief Executive Officer of a community stating that a new or updated Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) or Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) will become effective in 6 months. The letter also notifies each affected flood prone community participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that it must adopt a compliant floodplain management ordinance by the map effective date to remain participants in good standing in the NFIP.

Budget Report
Brief overview as of 30 September

FEMA Funds
We have received $3.6 million dollars of the $6.9 million of approved reimbursement funds. FEMA has frozen money from its programs for those municipalities and counties impacted by Hurricane Matthew. The remainder of the reimbursement funds are now in limbo. Funds are trickling in but the process is moving at a glacial pace.

Bridge
Drivers will likely encounter intermittent lane closures beginning Wednesday and continue until Friday this week. The closures are needed for North Carolina Department of Transportation crews to safely inspect and perform routine maintenance work on various sections of the bridge.

Elizabeth Street
Town has completed installing new beach access walkway
Unfortunately, they were unable to put in ramp as originally proposed

Veteran’s Appreciation Luncheon  
Luncheon is on Thursday, November 9th at 12:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. The event is free. Pre-registration by November 2nd is required. Call Christy at (910) 842-6488 to pre-register.


11. Board of Commissioners’ Comments

Standard protocol is to recognize dignitaries that are present at these types of functions. They should acknowledge their presence, especially past elected officials who have served our community. That has not always been the case here. Kudos to Mayor Pro Tem John Fletcher for acknowledging Ex-Mayor Norman Meares who was in attendance.


General Comments –

There were thirty-one (31) members of the community in attendance 

Beach Rangers were on the beach strand only for the 100 days of summer
Police Department is supposed to be patrolling the beach strand at this time of year
With limited resources they do not have the same presence as the Rangers

Same old, same old
Non-compliance with Beach Strand Ordinances
. 1)
Dog’s must be on a leash
. 2)
Owner’s need to clean up after their animals
. 3)
All unattended beach equipment must be            .     removed daily

 General Election 2017 – Tuesday, November 7th
. 1) Encourage everyone to vote
. 2)
Remember it’s a right and a privilege to be able to do so
. 3)
Polling place location is at the Holden Beach EOC Building     .     * 1044 Sabbath Home Rd., Supply


For more information visit The North Carolina State Board of Elections web site

For more information » Visit The NC State Board of Elections web site

Be a Voter – Your Vote Matters!


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.”

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
Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center say the Atlantic could see another above-normal hurricane season this year. For the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, forecasters predict a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 35 percent chance of a near-normal season, and only a 20 percent chance of a below-normal season.

Forecasters predict a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 2 to 4 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). An average season produces 12 named storms of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes. These numbers include Tropical Storm Arlene, a rare pre-season storm that formed over the eastern Atlantic in April.

“Regardless of how many storms develop this year, it only takes one to disrupt our lives,” said Acting FEMA Administrator Robert J. Fenton, Jr. “Get ready now with these easy, low-cost steps that will leave you better prepared and will make all the difference: Have a family discussion about what you will do, where you will go and how you will communicate with each other when a storm threatens; Know your evacuation route; tune into your local news or download the FEMA app to get alerts, and finally – listen to local authorities as a storm approaches.”

The 2016 season was the most active since 2012, with 15 named storms, including 7 hurricanes and 4 major hurricanes.

NOAA will update this outlook in early August, just prior to the peak of the season.
Read more » click here

Early-season storms one indicator of active Atlantic hurricane season ahead
Above-normal season likely with 14 to 19 named storms
Today NOAA issued the scheduled update for its 2017 hurricane season outlook. Forecasters are now predicting a higher likelihood of an above-normal season, and they increased the predicted number of named storms and major hurricanes. The season has the potential to be extremely active, and could be the most active since 2010.
Read more » click here

Atlantic Hurricane Season Fast Facts
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th.

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

Hurricanes are rated according to intensity on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale.

The 1-5 scale estimates potential property damage.

A Category 3 or higher is considered a major hurricane.

The National Hurricane Center advises preparedness:

A hurricane watch indicates the possibility that a region could experience hurricane conditions within 48 hours.

A hurricane warning indicates that sustained winds of at least 74 mph are expected within 36 hours.

Atlantic Hurricane Season
The Town’s Emergency Management Team continuously reviews Town ordinances and our Emergency Plan to ensure compliance with State and Federal laws, guidelines and practices and investigates methods to implement updated information into our plan. The Team also works closely with the County’s Emergency Team and attends their conferences and training opportunities.

I urge you to make sure your family has a plan in place before a storm threatens our area. Click here to find helpful information to assist you with creating a plan.

Make sure to visit our revised Emergency Information link on our website.
New links include:
Are You Prepared
After the Storm
Evacuation, Curfew & Decals
Communications
Bridge Information

Being prepared is key to making it through the season.

10 Hurricanes in 10 Weeks: A 124-Year-Old Record is Matched
With Tropical Storm Ophelia’s transition to Hurricane Ophelia on Wednesday, 2017 became the first year in more than a century — and only the fourth on record — in which 10 Atlantic storms in a row reached hurricane strength.
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. The already-catastrophic 2017 hurricane season shows no signs of letting up and we still have more than six (6) weeks to go.


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

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At the October meeting Dial Cordy, an independent environmental consulting firm that works for USACE, gave a presentation on the status of the proposed Terminal Groin. Dawn York gave a brief overview of the Holden Beach East End Shore Protection Project, reviewed the tasks that were completed to date and outlined timeline of what and when next steps were to be completed. As it stands right now, they have yet to publish the Final Environmental Impact Statement therefore they can’t proceed to the remaining steps. So apparently, everything else scheduled after that has been placed on indefinite hold.

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.

For more information, go to the Terminal Groin post

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.          • Identify the issues and determine how they affect you
.          • Act as a watchdog
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10 – News & Views

Lou’s Views
News & Views / October Edition

Calendar of Events –

October 21-22                 N.C. Oyster Festival, Ocean Isle Beach

Oyster Festival Logo - CRThis is the thirty-seventh (37th) annual North Carolina Oyster Festival. The coastal waters of Brunswick County provide an abundance of the marine mollusks each year bringing over 30,000 people to Ocean Isle Beach to celebrate the tasty treat. The beach center becomes a walking district that offers something for everyone: local cuisine, arts and crafts, children’s activities, live music, Oyster Stew Cook-off and the Oyster Shucking Contest.
For more information » click here

October 28-29               N.C. Festival by the Sea, Holden Beach
Fest by the Sea - CRHosted by the Holden Beach Merchants Association this two day festival occurs on the last full weekend in October. This two day event is kicked off with a parade down the Holden Beach causeway. There is a fishing tournament, horseshoe tournament, and a sandcastle building contest. Vendors provide food, arts and crafts, amusement rides and other activities. There is live musical entertainment both days at the Holden Beach’s Pavilion.
For more information » click here

Events
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Discover a wide range of things to do in the Brunswick Islands for an experience that goes beyond the beach.
For more information » click here


Calendar of Events Island –

Parks & Recreation / Programs & Events
For more information » click here


Reminders –

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Mosquito Control

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Town will be as proactive as they can
They are
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!


News from Town of Holden Beach – The town sends out emails of events, news, agendas, notifications and emergency information. If you would like to be added to their mailing list, please go to their web site to complete your subscription to the Holden Beach E-Newsletter.
For more information » click here


Pets on the Beach Strand
Chapter 90 / Animals / 90.20
Effective September 10th
.     a) Pets allowed back on the beach strand during the hours of 9:00am through 5:00pm
    b)
Dog’s need to be on a leash
.     c)
Owner’s need to clean up after their animals


Solid Waste Collection Schedule  
Solid waste was being collected by Waste Industries on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Waste Industries change in service, trash pickup will be once a week
This year September 9th was the last Saturday trash pick-up until June
Trash collection went back to Tuesdays only

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.


Speed limit
Speed limit seasonal limitations, in accordance with Town Ordinances
Speed limit will change on OBW from 35mph to 45mph west of the general store.
This change will take place on October 1st and be effective through March 31st


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


Yard Waste Service
Yard debris pick-up is provided twice a month on the 2ndand 4th Fridays during the months of October, November and December. 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 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.


Veteran’s Appreciation Luncheon  
Luncheon is on Thursday, November 9th at 12:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. The event is free. Pre-registration by November 2nd is required. Call Christy at (910) 842-6488 to pre-register.



Neighborhood Watch –

Need to look out for each other
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 –

 

 

Shrimp Boat Southern Lady

 

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Previously reported –
Half submerged and prominently visible from the Holden Beach Bridge the 62-foot commercial shrimp boat Southern Lady is sinking on the north side of the ICW across from the Chapel. It has been over five years now, still no progress has been made with removing the shrimp boat Southern Lady because no one has jurisdiction to remove the abandoned boat.  

There are navigational, environmental and public safety hazards. It’s a regulatory no man’s land: No one wants to deal with these boats. The Army Corps of Engineers removes abandoned vessels that block federal navigation channels. The United States Coast Guard moves recreational boats that pose environmental risks. Compounding the problem are the layers of bureaucracy required to remove a boat, including the issuance of environmental permits and the legal filings needed to declare vessels abandoned property. Still, the contracting process does not resolve the thorny issue of what agency is responsible for removing the boats, in part, it seems, because no one wants to assume the cost.

Update –
First reported 10-11-11 newsletter
Six (6)
years later and all things are as they were …


Corrections & Amplifications –

Brunswick Beaches Consortium / Brunswick Shoreline Protection
Previously reported –
Beach Consortium was established for coastal communities to discuss their common issues and concerns; it is a member of the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association.

Beach town group makes changes after scandal
The group formally known as the Brunswick Beaches Consortium rechristened itself as Brunswick Shoreline Protection this week. During the same meeting Thursday, the group decided to abandon any formal membership agreement or dues, instead serving as more of a forum for beach towns to discuss mutual problems. The reorganization comes in the wake of a state probe into Caswell Beach Mayor Harry Simmons’ financial dealings while in charge of the group.
Read more » click here

Brunswick Shoreline Protection seeks more defined role
The alliance includes former Brunswick Beaches Consortium members from Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Oak Island, Caswell Beach, Holden Beach and Brunswick County government who chose to continue working together on beach protection issues, without operating under a written agreement as the consortium did.
Read more »
click here

Holden Beach contributed $143,038
T
he amount prosecutor’s claim Simmons embezzled is $94,418

Update –
Caswell Beach mayor’s embezzlement trial not expected in ’17
Former Caswell Beach mayor Harry Simmons has been in jail now nearly two years, and a prosecutor says the case against the accused felon is not likely to go to trial in 2017. Authorities arrested Simmons on September 28, 2015, and charged him with 18 felonies, mostly related to Brunswick Beaches Consortium. They accused him of taking $673,000 of taxpayer money in what a prosecutor then described as “a stunning betrayal of the public’s trust.” Simmons has been in jail since his arrest under $675,000 bond. Trial dates have appeared and disappeared on the calendar several times during the past two years.

Simmons’s arrest effectively ended the consortium, although there continues to be serious interest in shoreline protection projects. After a couple false starts, Brunswick County and several beach communities re-organized themselves as Brunswick Shoreline Protection, a voluntary cooperative with no dues or budget. That groups meets on the third Wednesday of every other month in Brunswick County Board of Commissioners chambers at Bolivia.
Read more » click here 


Odds & Ends

State Adds to Artificial Reef Off Oak Island
More than 1,600 tons of concrete pipe have been added to an artificial reef to beef up recreational fishing off Brunswick County’s coast. The new addition complements 2,000 tons of pipe placed throughout the site in 2013 and a 75-foot barge sank within the reef site in July. “We have constructed a little less than half of what was proposed for this site,” said Jason Peters, artificial reef coordinator with the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, or DMF. Plans are to sink upwards of an additional 2,500 tons of concrete pipe before year’s end when the Coastal Area Management Act, or CAMA, major permit for the project and funding expire. “It’s got to be done by then,” explained Andy Fisher, president of the Long Bay Artificial Reef Association.
Read more » click here


This & That

Meet the Candidates Night
The Holden Beach Property Owners Association (HBPOA) will host its “Meet the Candidates Night” on Friday, October 20th in the Town Hall meeting room. The objective of their event is to help you make an informed decision when you vote for Town leaders.

About Candidates Night:
The Holden Beach Property Owners Association gives a collective voice to the views and interests of those who choose to own property on this beautiful island. It also provides a way for citizens to listen to the voices of those who seek to lead by serving as municipal officers of the Town of Holden Beach.  The objective of our “Meet the Candidates Night” event is to help you make an informed decision when you vote for Town leaders.

In addition to the Meet the Candidates Night event we submitted questions to every candidate and their responses will be distributed at Meet the Candidates Night and posted below.  Past questions and answers are available below for historical reference.
For more information » click here



General Election 2017 – Tuesday, November 7th
    1) Encourage everyone to vote
.     2) Remember it’s a right and a privilege to be able to do so
    3) Polling place location is at the Holden Beach EOC Building .         * 1044 Sabbath Home Rd., Supply

For more information visit The North Carolina State Board of Elections web site
Read more » click here            

                Be a Voter – Your Vote Matters!


Factoid That May Interest Only Me –

Watch out for deer
NCDOT warns motorists across North Carolina to stay alert for deer now that fall has arrived. Every year during late autumn, auto and body shops across the region brace for a bumper crop of business, comprised of an influx of cars with damage from collisions with deer. Beginning in October, roads across the state become hazardous as North Carolina’s deer population fans out, lurking on highway shoulders in search of food and potential mates. It’s the deadliest time of the year for deer, which also pose a particular danger to motorists. Nearly half of vehicle accidents involving white-tail deer occur from October to December. Deer accidents typically begin rising in October, peak in November and begin dropping off after December, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Deer are crepuscular mammals, meaning they’re most active at dawn and dusk – which, following the onset of daylight savings time, places them near roads and byways precisely when large numbers of residents are commuting to and from work.  


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.
///// Dining Guide – Local

Old Places, New Faces
/////
Name:              The Cove Restaurant
Location:        2633 Holden Beach Road, Supply, NC
Contact:          910.846.2633

Farm-to-table restaurant with focus on sustainable fare, incorporating fresh local foods into their menu with indoor or outdoor dining options.
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Name:
             Oak & Anchor at Lockwood Folly Country Club
Location:        19 Clubhouse Drive, Supply NC
Contact:         
910.842.8444
The Grille and Chef Sal Rubio are gone. Oak & Anchor Restaurant is in the new clubhouse of Lockwood Folly Country Club. The restaurant is open to the public for breakfast and lunch only. Anchor offers indoor and outdoor waterfront dining options with outstanding panoramic views.
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Name:              Betty’s Waterfront Restaurant
Location:        1045 B-Var Road, Supply, NC
Contact:          910.842.3381
The owner of Duffer’s has reopened this facility after doing major renovations to the building. Betty’s is a casual seafood restaurant located on the ICW. The menu is pretty basic, it’s a no-frills eatery with NO bar, with nothing special being done here.
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Name:              Captain Pete’s 
Location:        103 South Shore Drive, Holden Beach
Contact:          910.846.9988
Captain Pete’s which opened in 2012 is now permanently closed. It remains to be seen what will go in to this superior dining location.
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Name:              Boone Docks        
Location:        3386 Holden Beach Road, Holden Beach NC
Contact:          910.842.5515
Boone Docks is now permanently closed.
I loved this place even though it was a dive.
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Good news, Bad news …

The Good News:
We have three (3) new local restaurants

The Bad News:
These restaurants are just all right, but are nothing to write home about

So sad, so sad
Still no fine dining venue near us
Closest fine dining establishment is the better part of forty (40) minutes away
        • T
hat’s starting from the bridge


Book Review:
Read several books from The New York Times best sellers fiction list monthly
Selection represents this month’s pick of the litter
/////

THE FORCE by Don Winslow
Detective sergeant Denny Malone leads an elite NYPD unit commissioned to battle gangs, drugs, and guns in upper Manhattan. “Da Force” has been given free rein to keep the peace, even if rules are bent and spoils pocketed along the way.

 


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• Gather and disseminate information
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.          • Act as a watchdog
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09 – Town Meeting

Lou’s Views

Town Meeting 09/19/17

“Unofficial” Minutes & Comments


Board of Commissioners’ Agenda Packet
For more information
» click here


The Mayor informed us that Commissioner Kim Isenhour has resigned, she no longer lives on the island. Both Commissioner Ashley Royal and Commissioner Kim Isenhour were not in attendance. The Town Clerk gave a brief explanation of the voting process since two commissioners were not in attendance.


1. Public Comments on Agenda Items

There were comments made regarding the following:
Dennis Harrington spoke about agenda item #8 / Sewer System Station #4 upgrade. He lobbied for Green Engineering based on their participation in the Sewer Vulnerability Advisory Committee.


2. Police Report – Chief Wally Layne

Police Patch
Labor Day is his favorite holiday and he was glad that it was now in his rearview mirror. I
t’s that time of year, rental season ends and break-in season officially starts.


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

Keep Check Request Form
. a) Complete the form and return it to the Police Department
. b)
Officers check your property in your absence
.
Property Registration Form
. a)
Record of items in your home that have a value of over $100
. b)
Complete the form and return it to the Police Department


If the Town declares a mandatory evacuation, PLEASE LEAVE
General Assembly during the 2012 Session, specifically authorizes both voluntary and mandatory evacuations, and increases the penalty for violating any local emergency restriction or prohibition from a Class 3 to a Class 2 misdemeanor.  Given the broad authority granted to the governor and city and county officials under the North Carolina Emergency Management Act (G.S. Chapter 166A) to take measures necessary to protect public health, safety, and welfare during a disaster, it is reasonable to interpret the authority to “direct and compel” evacuations to mean ordering “mandatory” evacuations. Those who choose to not comply with official warnings to get out of harm’s way, or are unable to, should prepare themselves to be fully self-sufficient for the first 72 hours after the storm. 


3. Explanation of Protocols to Fill Vacant Commissioner Seat – Town Attorney Fox

Noel explained why they need to fill the vacant Commissioner seat and what their options are. Since it is less then ninety (90) days from a municipal election the Board gets to appoint a replacement. Statutes stated policy is that they shall appoint someone but does not specify any time restrictions. Although they are supposed to appoint someone they could wait till November election to make appointment.

4. Discussion and Possible Rescheduling of BOC’s Regular November Meeting

The November meeting is currently scheduled just two (2) days before Thanksgiving. They deferred making decision, requested it be put on the October meeting agenda.

 No decision was made – No action taken

5. Discussion and Possible Selection of Engineering Firm for Engineering Design and Construction Management Services of the Vacuum Sewer System Station #4 Upgrade – Public Works Director Clemmons     

Agenda Packet – Pages 11-70
In accordance with North Carolina General Statute §143-64.31, the Town advertised a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Engineering Design and Construction Management Services of the Vacuum Sewer System, Station #4 Upgrade (Attachment 1).

We received two Statements of Qualifications in response to the RFQ, Green Engineering and McGill and Associates. Both firms are impressive. Copies of their responses are in the Board’s packets for your review (Attachment 2).

In order to proceed and make the first step in the improvement process, the Board needs to select a firm.

The Town of Holden Beach hereby requests qualified firms to submit Statements of Qualifications for planning, design, permitting, bidding and construction services related to improvements to the Town’s Sewer Pump Station #4.

Vacuum Sewer System Station #4 Upgrade
Request for Qualifications Engineering Design and Permitting
The original pump station #4 was constructed in 2005 as part of the Holden Beach sewer system. The vacuum portion of the pump station and related electrical equipment is located fully below the base flood elevation. The Town desires to modify the pump station to reduce vulnerability due to flooding and improve employee safety by constructing an above the ground structure to house the vacuum pumps and all related electrical equipment above the base flood elevation.

The design of the new structure will include the necessary aesthetic improvements to be consistent with the Town’s expectations.


A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) usually refers to the pre-qualification stage of the procurement process. Only those proponents who successfully respond to the RFQ and meet the qualification criteria will be included in the subsequent Request for Proposals (RFP) solicitation process.

A Request for Proposal (RFP) is a solicitation, often made through a bidding process, by an agency or company interested in procurement of a commodity, service or valuable asset, to potential suppliers to submit business proposals.


Sewer Vulnerability Advisory Committee Chair Mike Sullivan E-mail
A review of this month’s BOC agenda discloses that the Town is ready to award a contract for the design and management services related to the redesign of Holden Beach Pump Station #4.

Unfortunately, I will be out of town and unable to speak to this issue, so I’m sending this note as a resident who is both knowledgeable and concerned with the condition of the Sewer System. 

Two firms have submitted proposals. Both appear well qualified. Both firms have extensive experience in waste water and sewer related projects Between the two, however, I favor awarding the contract to Leo Green’s firm, Green Engineering, PLLC.

Mr. Leo Green was an invaluable asset as a member of the Sewer Advisory Committee (SAC). He attended every meeting, reviewed the current system, analyzed its deficiencies and proposed cost effective and responsible measures to remedy those deficiencies, including the drafting of plans for structures which would safely house the vulnerable electrical components, above the base flood elevation.  In fact, after months of review, the consulting firm hired to conduct an independent review of the system, McGill Associates, came to the same conclusions and offered the same recommendations as those made by SAC, with the aid and input of Mr. Green.

Although there may be an inclination to award this contract to McGill Associates based on the knowledge it acquired during the system review it conducted, I suggest that Mr. Green and his firm have gained, at least, as much knowledge of the current system through his involvement with SAC.

In addition, Mr. Green is a property owner and part time resident of Holden Beach and has a deep-rooted desire, as shown through his previous volunteer work on this very same project, to see the redesign is done correctly, economically and efficiently.


Chris briefly explained where we were at and how we got there. The Board needs to select a firm based on qualification criteria only. The engineer firm selected is responsible for the design, bid, and construct process. The Board would authorize the Town Manager to then negotiate a contract with engineering firm.

It did not appear that the three Commissioners in attendance were in agreement. In order to move forward it would require three (3) affirmative votes. Recommendation was to wait until both Commissioner Royal and Sewer Vulnerability Advisory Committee Chair Sullivan were available. They deferred making decision, plan to handle in BOC’s Special Meeting prior to the next BOC’s Regular October Meeting.

 No decision was made – No action taken


6. Request by the Planning & Zoning Board for Additional Time for the Parking Citizen Community Advisory Board to Complete its Work and for the Planning & Zoning Board to Adopt a Report to Present to the Board – Parking Committee Chair Mark Fleischhauer

Agenda Packet – Page 71
At the Board of Commissioners’ Special Meeting on June 23, the Board voted to direct the Planning & Zoning Board to set up a five-member community advisory committee to address parking for the Town of Holden Beach.

 The committee is to:

  • Assess current parking resources,
  • Assess Town of Holden Beach owned properties that can potentially be used for parking,
  • Investigate what other beach communities in the area do for parking,
  • Investigate paid parking options,
  • Investigate if CAMA consideration and all other applicable regulations places any restrictions on parking rules,
  • Consider appropriate limitations on right-of-way parking, and
  • Do all of this from the prospective of public access and improving quality of life and convenience for Town of Holden Beach homeowners.

 P&Z is also directed to make recommendations based on the assessment.

The Parking Committee was formed and staffed at the June 27 P&Z meeting and is making excellent progress in assessing the above issues.

The Planning and Zoning Board is requesting an additional 60 days for the committee to complete its work and for the report to be adopted by the Planning and Zoning Board in accordance with Ordinance 155.15.

Specific questions about the status of the Parking Community Advisory Committee can be directed to committee chair Mark Fleischhauer.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously

Approved request to extend time requirements by an additional sixty (60) days

7. Discussion and Possible Approval of Ordinance 17-11, An Ordinance Amending Section 94.03, Frontal Dune Policy & Regulations, of the Holden Beach Code of Ordinances- Building Official Evans

Agenda Packet – Page 72
ORDINANCE 17-11
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE HOLDEN BEACH CODE OF ORDINANCES,
CHAPTER  94: BEACH REGULATIONS
(SECTION 94.03 FRONTAL DUNE POLICY AND REGULATIONS)

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

Section One: Amend Section 94.03(A) Frontal Dune Policy and Regulations as follows (new wording in red):

(A) Definition. For the purpose of this section, FRONTAL DUNES shall mean the dunes   designated by a: NC State Division of Coastal Management official the Town’s Local Certified CAMA Official as the “frontal dunes”, otherwise, they are the first mounds of sand located landward of the ocean beach with sufficient vegetation, height, and configuration to offer protection from ocean  Considering the fact that oceanfront property limits extend to the mean high-water mark, the frontal dune may be located on private property.

This is just a housekeeping item. The verbiage in the current ordinance is not accurate and creates confusion. The Ordinance should have always said the Town’s Local Certified CAMA Official. This is simply aligning verbiage with current procedures and doesn’t change any of our protocols. In order to move forward it would require three (3) affirmative votes.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously


8. Discussion and Possible Approval of Sewer Refund for lots 24 and 25 on By the Sea Drive, Owned by Fletcher Wright- Building Official Evans     

Agenda Packet – Page 73
Mr. Wright is requesting a refund of the Sewer Capital Fee, for two lots that have been deemed unbuildable. Lots 25 & 24 are located primary outside of the 404 wetlands. Lot 25 is completely in the marsh while a portion of 24 is in the marsh.  Combined with the 30-foot  CAMA setback lines 24 is also primarily unusable.

The owner upon the request of the Planning Department has combined the small usable portion of 24 with 23. This change increased the value of lot 24 and made usable a portion of dry land that would normally be of no use if still attached to 24.

It also made certain that once refunded that no sewer allocation could be requested for lots 24 and 25 in the future, as the lots are located completely in areas of environmental concern.

The Board under G.S. 105-381may grant a refund of the collected taxes up to 5 years in the arrears, as long as the request meets the statute’s limitations for action. The Wrights made their initial request in April of 2017, this date meets the statutory consent for a refund.

The policy for the refund can be determined by the Board. The total refund amount if the Board so wished to approve is:

Lot 25 Sewer Capital Fee $497.30 per lot per year x 5 = $2486.50
Lot 24 Sewer Capital Fee $497.30 per lot per year X 5 = $2486.50
Total Refund $4973.00

Removed from agenda


9. Request for Speed Reducing Devices on Shell Drive- Joel Batchelor (Mayor Pro Tern Fletcher)

Agenda Packet – Page 73
Shell Drive is the last street on the right before reaching the private section of the island; therefore, we get a lot of traffic that has to use our street to tum around.  The problem we are having is the speed at which some of the vehicles are leaving going back to Ocean Blvd. There are a large number of children from ages two to eight whose parents and grandparents’ own properties on Shell Drive and are very concerned about the traffic coming and going.  I have personally witnessed vehicles leaving at high rates of speed and driving at a manner that is dangerous to the occupants of Shell Drive.

This is a one hundred percent safety concern for the residents, especially the kids. Holden Beach is a family beach and no one wants anyone to be injured or killed due to a reckless driver.

Due to the location, I don’t believe there is nothing that can be done to alleviate the traffic on Shell Drive, but we can slow traffic down.  By installing two speed reducing devices that will slow traffic to between two and five miles per hour to cross, in my professional opinion, this will show down the largest majority of the traffic entering and leaving Shell Drive.

Again, this is purely a safety issue.

I have found online the cost for each of the speed reducing devices is approximately two hundred dollars ($200.00). So, for less than five hundred dollars ($500.00) installed, this should and will slow vehicles entering and leaving Shell Drive.

I will have packets for each Commissioner and Mayor with photographs and diagrams.

I have spoken with the Chief and he is aware of the problem and will echo my concerns. I anticipate five minutes of the Commissioners and Mayor’s time.


They deferred making a decision, requested it be put on the October meeting agenda. Town Manager is charged with gathering more information. The Town attorney recommended that the Town Manager and staff determine approval criteria since other streets will request this too. The Mayor recommended that we notify everyone on that street, especially after the recent fiasco with Elizabeth Street parking, that we are considering this action.

No decision was made – No action taken


10. Town Manager’s Report

Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM)
We are supposed to get letter of final determination sometime this month. Still do not have an official definitive answer as to when the flood maps will be approved. The projected effective date is sometime next spring.

A Letter of Final Determination (LFD) is a letter the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sends to the Chief Executive Officer of a community stating that a new or updated Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) or Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) will become effective in 6 months. The letter also notifies each affected flood prone community participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that it must adopt a compliant floodplain management ordinance by the map effective date to remain participants in good standing in the NFIP.

Lockwood Folly Inlet
The sidecaster dredger Merritt completed its work in the inlet between Holden Beach and Oak Island. After-dredge survey of the inlet shows the depth and width of the navigation channel. Survey completed prior to storm event IRMA.
LWF Hydrographic Survey

Beach Nourishment
Anecdotal evidence that the beach strand held up rather well during the storm event. We are in the monitoring phase of our Central Reach Project permit. West of the Central Reach Project incurred some minor erosion issues. Need more equilibration before any Town effort to do any sand fencing and vegetation there.

FEMA Funds
We have received $3.6 million dollars of the $6.9 million of approved reimbursement funds. FEMA has frozen money from its programs for those municipalities and counties impacted by Hurricane Matthew. The remainder of the reimbursement funds are now in limbo.

Sewer Lift Station Vulnerability
Generators in place and have been utilized during power outages

Water Tower
They are repainting the water tower
Took a time-out during the tourist season
Work has resumed
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
In December 2014, they approved spending $183,373 for two kayak launches, a picnic shelter and a splash pad which features several vertical water fountains that only come on when a child steps on the pad. The splash pad is now under contract and is projected to be completed by the end of the year.

 Security cameras were installed and are operational in the park.

International Coastal Cleanup
Fifty (50) volunteers participated in the beach strand cleanup event on Holden Beach


11. Mayor’s Comments
Alan reminded everyone we still have at least another seven (7) weeks of prime hurricane season left. Be Prepared! Make sure your family has a plan in place before a storm threatens our area.


13. Board of Commissioners’ Comments
Commissioner
Kyser –
The Holden Beach Property Owners Association (HBPOA) “Meet the Candidates Night” and the Town sponsored Boo at the Beach both will be held on Friday, October 20th. Ken felt it was a scheduling conflict and suggested that perhaps they consider rescheduling one of the events.


14. Public Comments on General Items
Sheila Young and Dennis Harrington both spoke about agenda item #8 / Sewer System Station #4 upgrade. The Board clarified that they were only discussing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) not a Request for Proposal (RFP).

A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) usually refers to the pre-qualification stage of the procurement process. Only those proponents who successfully respond to the RFQ and meet the qualification criteria will be included in the subsequent Request for Proposals (RFP) solicitation process.

A Request for Proposal (RFP) is a solicitation, often made through a bidding process, by an agency or company interested in procurement of a commodity, service or valuable asset, to potential suppliers to submit business proposals.


General Comments –

There were only fourteen (14) members of the community in attendance

Commissioner Ashley Royal – was not in attendance
Commissioner Kim Isenhour resignedwas not in attendance


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.”

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
Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center say the Atlantic could see another above-normal hurricane season this year. For the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, forecasters predict a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 35 percent chance of a near-normal season, and only a 20 percent chance of a below-normal season.

Forecasters predict a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 2 to 4 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). An average season produces 12 named storms of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes. These numbers include Tropical Storm Arlene, a rare pre-season storm that formed over the eastern Atlantic in April.

“Regardless of how many storms develop this year, it only takes one to disrupt our lives,” said Acting FEMA Administrator Robert J. Fenton, Jr. “Get ready now with these easy, low-cost steps that will leave you better prepared and will make all the difference: Have a family discussion about what you will do, where you will go and how you will communicate with each other when a storm threatens; Know your evacuation route; tune into your local news or download the FEMA app to get alerts, and finally – listen to local authorities as a storm approaches.”

The 2016 season was the most active since 2012, with 15 named storms, including 7 hurricanes and 4 major hurricanes.

NOAA will update this outlook in early August, just prior to the peak of the season.
Read more » click here

Early-season storms one indicator of active Atlantic hurricane season ahead
Above-normal season likely with 14 to 19 named storms
Today NOAA issued the scheduled update for its 2017 hurricane season outlook. Forecasters are now predicting a higher likelihood of an above-normal season, and they increased the predicted number of named storms and major hurricanes. The season has the potential to be extremely active, and could be the most active since 2010.
Read more » click here

Atlantic Hurricane Season Fast Facts
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th.

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

Hurricanes are rated according to intensity on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale.

The 1-5 scale estimates potential property damage.

A Category 3 or higher is considered a major hurricane.

The National Hurricane Center advises preparedness:

A hurricane watch indicates the possibility that a region could experience hurricane conditions within 48 hours.

A hurricane warning indicates that sustained winds of at least 74 mph are expected within 36 hours.

Atlantic Hurricane Season
The Town’s Emergency Management Team continuously reviews Town ordinances and our Emergency Plan to ensure compliance with State and Federal laws, guidelines and practices and investigates methods to implement updated information into our plan. The Team also works closely with the County’s Emergency Team and attends their conferences and training opportunities.

I urge you to make sure your family has a plan in place before a storm threatens our area. Click here to find helpful information to assist you with creating a plan.

Make sure to visit our revised Emergency Information link on our website.
New links include:
Are You Prepared
After the Storm
Evacuation, Curfew & Decals
Communications
Bridge Information

Being prepared is key to making it through the season.


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

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