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 –

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
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 –

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
. 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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09 – News & Views

Lou’s Views
News & Views / September Edition

Calendar of Events –

October 6-7               U.S. Open King Mackerel Fishing Tournament, Southport

King Mackerel Tournament - CRThirty-eight (38) years ago a small group of community leaders met and decided that they needed an event to showcase the great fall fishing Southport-Oak Island area has to offer. The prizes and expenses for the first tournament were guaranteed by those community leaders signing a promissory note at a local financial institution – thus the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament was born. The U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament now attracts almost 400 boats annually and is held in high esteem by the community and anglers.
For more information » click here

October 7-8              Riverfest, Wilmington

Riverfest - CRWilmington’s Riverfest is celebrated in October and runs from the foot of Market Street to Cape Fear Community College over a half mile of free family entertainment. Riverfest began in 1979 and is now a three-day event.
For more information » click here

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 –

SEARCH 5K Run        
See Every Athlete Run for Conditional Health. The purpose of the program and of this event is to work on reducing childhood obesity by promoting healthy, active lifestyles into adulthood. This year the event is scheduled for Saturday, October 14th.
For more information » click here


Boo at the Beach
Mark your calendars. Boo at the Beach will be held on Friday, October 20th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Holden Beach Pavilion. This free event features booths with carnival games for children, sponsored by organizations, business and residents. This event is free of charge! If you are interested in sponsoring a booth or would like more information on this event, contact Christy at (910) 842-6488. 

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, 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
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


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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 –

Dredge returns to Lockwood Folly Inlet
The Merritt side-cast dredge has been repaired and is scheduled to return this week to Lockwood Folly Inlet to continue maintenance dredging on or about Wednesday, Aug. 16. The dredge is expected to continue working in the inlet between Holden Beach and Oak Island for 10 to 12 days, said Lisa Parker, spokeswoman for the Wilmington district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Read more » click here

Update –

Lockwood Folly Inlet dredging complete
Boaters should once again be able to use the Lockwood Folly Inlet, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wrapped up inlet dredging last week. The corps was authorized to create an 8-foot deep, 150-foot wide navigation channel within the inlet, which flows between Holden Beach and Oak Island. Corps officials will conduct an after-dredge survey of the inlet to determine the achieved depth and width of the channel, according to a news release. The corps has indicated that the inlet needs to be dredged at least three or four times a year to stay open and navigable.
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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

Is that all you get for your money?
We just spent $420,000,Town Holden Beach portion was $35,000
At the completion of the project we have a barely navigable channel 


Corrections & Amplifications –

How to Survive a Rip Current: First, Don’t Fight It
What is a rip current?
Rip currents are channels of water that form near beaches and run a certain distance out to sea. They are fast-moving and powerful enough to carry swimmers away. In fact, according to the United States Lifesaving Association, rip currents are responsible for more than 80 percent of lifeguard rescues at beaches with breaking waves: a category that includes beaches along the Great Lakes as well as on the ocean.

These currents have a variety of causes, but it is impossible to predict exactly where or when they will form. Though not directly related to tides, they are more dangerous when the water is receding from the shore. They frequently form around features like piers, reefs and sandbars. Wind is a significant risk factor, but it doesn’t have to be nearby: A distant storm can lead to rip currents even on sunny beaches.

How many people die from rip currents?
The average annual death toll from rip currents is more than 100 in the United States. This year, June was particularly deadly, with at least four deaths in New Jersey, four in North Carolina and one in Florida.

Can I spot one before I get in the water?
It is often difficult for untrained observers to identify rip currents. However, there are a few signs you can look for:

  • A gap in the waves: not between one wave and the next, but within the line of the waves, perpendicular to the shore.
  • A channel of particularly choppy water.
  • A channel of seaweed or other debris visibly moving away from the shore.
  • Discolored water, caused by sand and other sediment picked up by the current.

But remember:
These signs are not always present, and their absence is not proof that the water is safe.

How can I avoid getting caught in a rip current?
Check weather and surf forecasts before going in the water. The National Weather Service issues advisories by city, identifying the rip current risk as low, moderate or high. Individual beaches often show the risk level with a colored flag, and lifeguards can tell you the conditions for the day.

What should I do if I’m caught in a rip current?
When being swept out to sea, most people’s first instinct will be to fight the current. Don’t. Rip currents can move eight feet per second, and you cannot: The fastest human swimmers can typically go only about 5.4 feet per second, and that’s at a sprint. If you try to swim against the current, all you will do is exhaust yourself. That would probably be true even for an Olympic swimmer.

So what to do instead?
The key fact to remember is that rip currents, powerful as they are, tend to be narrow. If you are caught in one, swim parallel to the shore until you break out of it. Then follow the waves, at an angle, back to land. If you can’t do that, get a lifeguard’s attention by waving — and avoid swimming when no lifeguard is on duty.

If you see someone else caught in a rip current, don’t attempt a rescue yourself; often, would-be rescuers end up drowning, as in two of the episodes in North Carolina in June. Try throwing a flotation device, and notify a lifeguard right away.
Read more » click here


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

Update –
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


Odds & Ends

Study rates county in Top 10 for visitor spending
Brunswick County made the Top 10 list for North Carolina counties with the most visitor spending, based on 2016 numbers. The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina announced spending hit $22.9 billion statewide based on an annual study of visitor spending commissioned by Visit North Carolina and conducted by the U.S. Travel Association. The USTA study looked at sales and tax revenue data, employment figures and other industry and economic data to determine the overall impact of visitor spending in North Carolina.

The study of 2016 data showed visitors spent $544 million in Brunswick County, ranking it ninth best in the state. Visitor spending increased from $508 million in 2015, which was the first year spending hit the $500 million mark. In 2014, the visitor spending number was $496 million. According to the EDP, 97 of the state’s 100 counties saw increases in visitor spending in 2016. The study determined Brunswick County had 5,650 employees directly tied to tourism in 2016, which created a $105 million payroll. As a result of visitor spending increasing, state tax receipts neared $1.2 billion in 2016. Local tax revenues from visitor spending totaled more than $693 million. Brunswick County increased in state tax receipts to $25.39 million and local tax revenues totaled 32.96 million.
Read more » click here

Visitors spent $543-million here in 2016
Visit North Carolina has announced that domestic visitors to and within Brunswick County spent $543.55-million in 2016, an increase of 6.8-percent from the previous year. Brunswick County ranks ninth among the state’s 100 counties for visitor spending revenues. The county’s 6.8-percent increase over 2015 was the fifth-largest percentage increase in the state.

“Tourism is the backbone of Brunswick County’s economy, providing much-needed jobs and revenues for our area,” said Bonnie Cox, chairman of the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority in response to the announcement. “We are fortunate to be blessed with beautiful beaches, but the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority also recognizes that we must continue to work diligently to market and promote Brunswick County in a highly competitive environment.”

Tourism impact highlights for 2016:

– The travel and tourism industry directly employees more than 5,650 people in Brunswick County. 

– Total payroll generated by the tourism industry in Brunswick County was $105.20-million.

State tax revenue generated in Brunswick County totaled $25.39-million through state sales and excise taxes, and taxes on personal and corporate income. About $32.96-million in local taxes was generated from sales and property tax revenue from travel-generated and travel-supported businesses.
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.

HBPOA invites all property owners to suggest topics and submit questions for the candidates to address.  Please e-mail your questions to: h.b.candidates@gmail.com. They will submit the questions to every candidate and give them plenty of time to compose their written answers. The candidate’s responses will be available on the HBPOA website prior to the session and copies will be handed out the night of the event. During the session, each candidate will have time to introduce themselves, describe their qualifications and tell us about their platform. They will also take questions from the floor for the candidates to answer.


Factoid That May Interest Only Me –

A Second Helping
During this summer’s collections, they have collected 12,845 lbs. of food and $1,504 in cash. Their food collections have now exceeded two hundred thousand (200,000) pounds of food since this program began in June of 2005. Hunger exists everywhere in this country; join them in the fight to help end hunger in Brunswick County. Cash donations are gratefully accepted. One hundred percent (100%) of these cash donations are used to buy more food. You can be assured that the money will be very well spent.

Mail Donations to:
A Second Helping % Douglas Cottrell
2939 Alan Trail
Supply, NC 28462                         

Website:
http://www.secondhelping.us/


Turtle - Loggerheads CRTurtle Watch Program – 2017
1)
Current nest count – fifty (50)
• As of 09/23/17
. • Average annual number of nests is 39.5
2) First nest of the season was on May 16th
Members of the patrol started riding the beach every morning on May 1 and will do so through October looking for signs of turtle nests.
For more information »
click here


Total number of nests historically –
      a)
2012: 48
      b)
2013: 73
      c)
2014: 19
.       d)
2015: 53
.       e)
2016: 52
.       f)
2017: 50


Things I Think I Think –

Dining #2

Eating 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.
///// September 2017
Name:              Loco Jo’s
Cuisine:
           Casual American Grill
Location:        602 North Howe Street, Southport NC
Contact:          910.457.9009 / NA
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
Eclectic menu offers a nice variety of great food for a small bar restaurant. Certainly, not fine dining but it is an excellent place to grab a bite to eat and try one of the sixty (60) plus beer choices offered there. I was pleasantly surprised by the high quality of the food coming out of the kitchen. The fish tacos were some of the best I’ve ever had. Bottom-line is that I was impressed and I think you will be to. Plan to make it a must lunch stop next time you are in Southport.


Book Review:
Read several books from The New York Times best sellers fiction list monthly
Selection represents this month’s pick of the litter
/////
MAGPIE MURDERS by Anthony Horowitz
An Agatha Christie style murder mystery, an ingenious whodunit that both honors and pokes fun at the genre. The story has dual narratives, structured as a novel within a novel, a mystery within a mystery. A London book editor receives the partial manuscript of a murder novel. When the author turns up dead, the editor turns sleuth. Of course, in a good whodunit the murder always gets solved; but you won’t be able to figure out who the murderers are until the very end of the book.

 


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08 – Town Meeting

Lou’s Views

Town Meeting 08/15/17

“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:
. 1) Gay A – property acquisition
. 2) Karen F – recycling


2. Guest Speaker: Yvonne Hatcher – Brunswick Transport System
(Town Manager Hewett)

Transportation by Reservation
910.253.7800 / 877.754.2764
http://brunswicktransit.org/services.html

Brunswick Transit System
Brunswick Transit System, which has been providing public transportation services to Brunswick County residents for more than 15 years. BTS provides non-emergency transportation services to the general public through our Dial-a-Ride program and to human service agency clients through contract services. Dial-a-ride is a fare assistance transportation program sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Transportation open to the general public of Brunswick County. There is a fare and reservations require a forty-eight (48) hour notice.
Read more » click here

Brunswick Transit System awarded transportation grant
Brunswick Transit System Inc. has been awarded a Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation to support a pilot program offering same-day public transportation in Shallotte for 2018.

The total project cost is $39,402 and will provide same-day service in Shallotte, which will increase transportation availability for seniors and residents with disabilities in the Main Street area of Shallotte, as well as the general public. The service will be available Monday through Friday during off peak service hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brunswick Transit System Inc. does not offer any fixed route service and current demand response service requires 48 hours notice for reservations.

Brunswick Transit System Inc. is a not-for-profit with the mission of providing safe, reliable, efficient transportation services for residents of Brunswick County. It operates a fleet of 17 vehicles providing non-emergency transportation services to approximately 250 people per day to locations throughout the county, including the community college, senior centers, human service agencies, as well as medical appointments and shopping centers.

All services are open to the public and the cost for a one-way trip in Brunswick County is $3 per person.
Beacon


3. Police Report – Chief Wally Layne

Police Patch
Busy month, typical for this time of the year

Home stretch, only twenty (20) days left to Labor Day (09/04/17)



Rash of car break-ins, the thieves have been arrested. He used the term break-ins loosely since most of the vehicles were left unlocked. He preaches the same sermon to us each year to protect your personal property. Don’t be a volunteer victim! Remove all items of value from your vehicle when you are not driving it. Always lock your vehicle doors when you are not in it. Leaving items on display, whether on the dashboard or sitting on a passenger seat, is an invitation to opportunist individuals.

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


If the Town declares a mandatory evacuation, PLEASE LEAVE


Pedestrian hospitalized after being hit by car in Holden Beach
A vacationer is in stable condition at Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C., after she was hit by a car while walking in Holden Beach about 8:45 a.m. Monday, July 24. Anne McClain of Powhatan, Va., was at N.C. 130 and Ocean Boulevard West when 80-year-old James Dullaghan of Holden Beach, who was driving a Nissan Altima east on Ocean Boulevard West, turned left onto N.C. 130, crossed the center line and hit her, Holden Beach police said. Dullaghan is charged with driving left of center and failure to yield right of way, police said in a news release. Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad and Brunswick County EMS personnel also responded.
Read more » click here

The vacationer was not seriously injured and was back on the island the same day.


  1. Discussion and Possible Action on Police Mutual Assistance Agreement between the Town of Holden Beach and Brunswick County

Abridged version – allows us to share resources, simply a housekeeping issue
We have this agreement in place with virtually every other police department in the area
We help them and they help us

 A decision was made – Approved unanimously

5. Yard Debris Report – Public Works Director Chris Clemmons

Previously reported –
It was decided that this is a basic service and the Town should continue to provide this service. There’s just one caveat: it is approved for only one year and the vendor will capture data to get a handle on actual household usage. Coastal Transplants secured the contract with a bid of $14,610 for twelve (12) pickups.

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

Update –
The vendor has a vested interested in maintaining this service.
Coastal Transplants reported actual usage was around fifty (50) households that utilized this service. In addition, another fifty (50) households attempted to use service but were not in compliance.

My Two Cents - CR IIFollowing the trust but verify doctrine I collected my own data on three separate occasions. The fact of the matter is that there wasn’t even twenty-five (25) piles of yard waste on any pick-up date. I’m willing to concede that more than fifty (50) households use this service. Assuming future compliance with the program requirements let’s say one hundred (100) households will actually utilize this service. Coastal Transplants contract is $14,610 for twelve (12) pickups. That comes to $146 per household ($14,610 % 100). Don’t see how we can justify that cost and continue to provide this service.


6. Discussion and Possible Approval of Fund Balance Policy –
Town Manager Hewett

Agenda Packet –
The attached Fund Balance Policy is proposed in accordance with the Board of Commissioners’ direction to develop a policy that provides for an Unassigned General Fund Balance ratio ranging from a minimum of 40% to a maximum of 70%. Funds in excess of 70% would be escrowed in a Beach Nourishment Capital Reserve account. The policy also provides for consideration of an annual contribution equal to 5% of the Town’s Occupancy Tax collections to a Beach Nourishment Capital Reserve account.

Establishes policy with a goal of maintaining fund balance ranging from a minimum of 40% to a maximum of 70% and the mechanics to execute this policy.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously


7. Discussion and Possible Nomination of Member to Fill Vacancy on the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board– Town Clerk Finnell

Agenda Packet –
Becky Willis term on the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board expired in July.

She is eligible and willing to serve another term if the Board desires.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously


8. Executive Session Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 143-318.11(A)(5), To Establish or Instruct Staff or Agent Concerning the Negotiation of the Price and Terms of a Contract Concerning the Acquisition of Parcel Number 232MN008, Owned by the Kinsey Family Limited Partnership – Town Manager Hewett 

Property acquisition opportunity –
First Street / Parcel #232MN008 – 222 OBE / Parcel #232MN00901 – Town property
Would create a nice contiguous parking area
 

No decision was made – No action taken


9. Executive Session Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 143-318.11(A)(3), To Consult With Town Attorney

No decision was made – No action taken


10. Discussion and Possible Action on Parking on Elizabeth Street –
Mayor Pro Tem Fletcher

Minutes –
Elizabeth Street Configuration – looking at doing something with a walkway. That will drive what elements can be accommodated within the Elizabeth Street site. Working on the conceptual design. Assuming it is a public right-of-way, which we believe it is, hoping for a fall implementation of anything being done after the Labor Day weekend.

Agenda Packet –
Parking on Elizabeth Street:  for safety reasons immediately restrict parking to bicycles, beach wagons and golf carts.

Originally approved that all parking on the stub street Elizabeth shall be designated by signs. The Board cannot make Elizabeth Street NO Parking unless they change the Ordinance. Town attorney informed them that they could restrict parking by signs.

Town Manager threw everything but the kitchen sink at them to not approve the motion. David’s basic position was that it was inconsistent with our land use plan which addresses improving access where this appears to restrict access. He then pooh-poohed their justification of it being a safety issue since we have six stub streets that all have the same situation. Making no headway with the Commissioners, David then approached it from setting a precedent.. He asked if we plan on making the same accommodations for the other stub streets too?

A decision was made – Approved (4-1)

My Two Cents - CR IIThe Town acted as an advocate in supporting the Chapel No Parking request. But now the Town strongly objected and did everything in their power to deny the Elizabeth Street accommodation. This is the same thing they did for the Pointe West accommodation request. The rationale given was that any reduction of parking without identifying replacement parking is inconsistent with our land use plan. The Town never mentioned the adopted plan when they approved the No Parking at the Chapel, which makes the argument seriously skewed in favor of the Chapel and against any other accommodation in a way that is unfair.

The argument for Elizabeth Street NO Parking is clearly as untenable as it was for the Chapel. Either cars can park in the right-of-way anywhere or they can’t. The same situation exists for all the other property owners on the island. Don’t see how you can differentiate these two locations from any other property.
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Agenda items #11 and #12 were combined and addressed by the Town Manager. His position is that we shouldn’t jump to a solution before we completely understand the problem. David wants to view them all together and feels we shouldn’t address these issues in a piecemeal approach. Staff has already identified seventy (70) elements that need to be considered. He also would like to meet with the various stakeholders. That said, he should be able to get back to the Board in November with a suite of options, from soup to nuts.

11. Discussion and Possible Action on Recycling – Mayor Pro Tem Fletcher

Agenda Packet –
Recycling:
 request Town Manager to conduct study to determine cost to implement weekly collection of recycle materials from June through September. Require all rental units to have one recycle bin.


12. Discussion and Possible Action on Solid Waste – Mayor Pro Tem Fletcher

Agenda Packet –
Solid waste:
request Town Manager to determine effective way to enforce requirement that rental units have one trash can for each 2 bedrooms.

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

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

My Two Cents - CR II

Many of the rental properties are not in compliance. The garbage in the streets isn’t just unsightly, it poses a serious threat to nature. It’s a Quality of Life issue and can cause loss to our tourism industry.

           So, let me ask you this, when if ever did we check for ordinance compliance?


13. Town Manager’s Report

Sewer Lift Station Upgrade
Proposal – design, bid, contract is on the street

Lockwood Folly Inlet
The sidecaster dredger Merritt has been repaired and is scheduled to return this week to Lockwood Folly Inlet to continue maintenance dredging. The dredge will be on site and is expected to continue working in the inlet; it is scheduled and funded for fifteen (15) more days.

Public Access Signs

Public Works has put up address signs at all our public beach access walkways at both the street and beach sides.

PW
500
1085.5

 

The signs have three elements –
.     1) PW – Public Walkway
    2) # – Walkway ID number, they go up in increments of 20 (0 – 500)
.         • Increments of twenty to allow space for future walkways
.         • Unique identifier
    3) Address – Physical address, some have .5 if they are between two properties

Unique identifier is in the 911 center computer system to assist in determining caller’s location for emergency services 

Dune Stabilization
Central Reach Project is just about completed. Vendor has finished doing almost all the vegetation, sand fencing, and posts with ropes. Sand fencing and vegetation west of the Central Reach Project will take place after the hurricane season. They will need to evaluate and prioritize the work that needs to be done there

Beach Ranger Program
Stated purpose
Put a friendly face out there to interact with guests
Educate guests about targeted ordinances to get compliance
Explain the purpose of the ordinance and consequences for non-compliance
Goals – to keep beach protected, clean and safe

Work in Progress
The Town is pleased that the Ranger Program is accomplishing their objectives.
Significant reduction in BIG three non-compliance issues:
.     1)
Unattended Equipment
.     2)
Dogs on the beach strand
.     3)
Holes

Vehicle Decals

Only stipulation is to get two additional vehicle decals is that you need to come to Town Hall and ask for it. Now is the time to take care of doing that. Please don’t wait till a storm is threatening.


Holden Beach Newsletter
Vehicle Decals
Property owners were provided with two decals in their 2017 April water bill. If you would like additional decals, you may obtain two more at Town Hall. It is the property owner’s responsibility to distribute decals to their tenants if you own a fulltime rental property.

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

It is important that you place your decals on your vehicles immediately to avoid misplacing the decals. Decals are not issued in the 24-hour period before an anticipated order of evacuation, so make sure you have them in place now.

Holden Beach Water Bill
GenX
We are receiving many inquiries on GenX and the Town’s drinking water. Please visit our website www.hbtownhall.com for information from Brunswick County. You can also visit www.brunswickcountync.gov/genx/ to view the latest updates from Brunswick County.

Holden Beach Water Bill
Run HB
Saturday, September 9, 2017. The event will begin at 7 a.m. but traffic lanes will be marked with cones prior to the start time. The bridge will close briefly and Ocean Blvd will be one lane for the duration of the half marathon. Please allow ample time for traversing the island this day and avoid routes if possible. Ocean Blvd, Brunswick Ave and the bridge will all have decreased vehicular access. Vehicular traffic will be escorted east to west from Highpoint to Shell by the police. 


14. Mayor’s Comments

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


15. Public Comments on General Items

    1) L.C. – Elizabeth Street
    2) Gay – Staggered Terms
.     3) Steve – Elizabeth Street


General Comments –

There were twenty-five (25) members of the community in attendance


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
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
 


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 –

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
. 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

Environmental group sues over Ocean Isle Beach terminal groin
Southern Environmental Law Center alleges U.S.A.C.E. did not consider alternatives.

It has been in the works for years, and Ocean Isle Beach officials were hopeful that a terminal groin project would get underway later this year, but the project planned for the Brunswick County barrier island has now run aground against another obstacle, at least temporarily.

On Monday and on behalf of Audubon North Carolina, the Southern Environmental Law Center filed suit in federal court challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of the project. The lawsuit claims that the corps failed to objectively evaluate alternatives to the terminal groin, including those that would be less costly to local taxpayers and less destructive to the coast.
Read more » click here

National Audubon Society sues to stop OIB terminal groin
The National Audubon Society has challenged the Ocean Isle Beach terminal groin project by filing a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Read more » click here


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08 – News & Views

Lou’s Views
  News & Views / August Edition

Calendar of Events –

Run Holden Beach
The fourth annual “Run Holden Beach” event is scheduled on Saturday, September 9th. Coastal Race Productions is planning a 1 mile “turtle trot”, 5k walk / run and a half marathon with all of these races starting and finishing under the bridge. This will all be followed by live music, games and an after party at the Holden Beach Pavilion.

Events
TDA - logo
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

Concerts on the Coast Series
Live performances featuring local musical groups are held at the pavilion on Sunday evenings from late May to early September. The concerts are free of charge. Popcorn sold at the concerts is used to support the concerts and fund beautification projects in the area.
For more information » click here


Turtle - Loggerheads CR

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


Parks & Recreation / Programs & Events
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Reminders –

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

Spraying is complaint based, so keep the calls coming!

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

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

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

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

Solid Waste Pick-Up Schedule
Waste Industries change in service, trash pickup will be twice a week
Starting the Saturday before Memorial Day through the Saturday after Labor Day
:

Pick-up is every Tuesday and Saturday from May 27th through September 9th

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

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

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

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

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

. See Information Department / A Second Helping for more information


Neighborhood Watch - CR
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
Previously reported –
Project tracker: An update on the county’s plans
Cost: $334,000 (for first phase of improvements)
Completion date: Most work by end of 2017
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County funds park improvements despite call to sell it
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Over continued objections, county accepts grant to develop waterway park at Holden Beach
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County plans 35-acre park near Holden Beach
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Update –
Project tracker:
Holden Beach Park
Cost: $281,250

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.
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Seismic Testing / Offshore Drilling
Previously reported –
Resolution is in opposition to offshore exploration and drilling. Why? Because we have a tourism based economy, along with the local fishing industry and quality of life depends on the health and welfare of our natural resources. We believe that the inherent risks to our region from offshore exploration and drilling have the potential to irrevocably harm our natural environment, our economic well-being and our overall quality of life. Including us there are now 79 municipalities that have passed resolutions opposing offshore
exploration and drilling.

Brunswick one of only two N.C. counties to support offshore drilling
A pair of North Carolina counties are the only governments in the state to support seismic testing off their coasts. Brunswick and Carteret counties each passed resolutions supporting seismic testing off the Atlantic Coast, while, according to environmental group Oceana, at least 29 government bodies have passed resolutions opposing either testing or offshore exploration. The group lists a total 90 governments along the Eastern seaboard who have passed opposition resolutions.

Brunswick County initially approved its offshore drilling resolution in July, then a month later voted against a resolution that would have made the county neutral again. Several other governments within the county passed resolutions opposing either seismic testing or drilling, including Bald Head Island, Carolina Shores, Caswell Beach, Holden Beach, Oak Island, Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach.
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Concerned about seismic testing? Tell NOAA
Environmental groups start organizing opposition to the Trump Administration’s efforts to streamline seismic testing.
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Update –
Offshore drilling along NC coast draws opposition from Governor
North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper says he’s opposed to drilling for natural gas and oil off the Atlantic coast, saying it’s not worth the risk of harming the state’s pristine beaches and tourism economy.

Cooper made the announcement Thursday at a state park in Carteret County. His viewpoint runs counter to those of North Carolina state Republican leaders, including former Gov. Pat McCrory, and President Donald Trump.

The Trump administration is rewriting a five-year drilling plan that would open portions of the Atlantic now off-limits to drilling and has asked permission for companies to use seismic air guns to find oil and gas formations. Cooper says he’ll file the state’s opposition to the seismic testing ahead of Friday’s deadline for comment.
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Cooper: Offshore drilling is ‘a bad deal’
Cooper summed up his administration’s stance on the proposed measure to explore and possibly drill off North Carolina’s coast in four emphatic words: “Not off our coast” to which the crowd erupted in a standing ovation.
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Oppose Offshore Oil
2019-2024 draft plan offshore drilling talking points

Laws, goals, and policies of affected states

  • In July of 2017, Governor Cooper made his opposition to offshore drilling and seismic blasting clear – not off our coast.
  • Over 30 coastal communities in North Carolina (almost 130 along the Atlantic Coast) have passed resolutions against offshore drilling and seismic blasting. President Trump must listen to the coastal communities, local businesses and elected officials up and down the Atlantic Coast that oppose offshore drilling.

    Economic impacts
  • North Carolina’s economy relies on a healthy coast. The fishing, tourism and recreation industries support roughly 51,000 jobs and generate more nearly $2.2 billion in GDP for North Carolina. We shouldn’t prioritize oil company profits over coastal businesses.
  • Offshore drilling would threaten our identity as North Carolinians – our coastal environment, economy and quality of life.
  • Tourism and fishing – both commercial and recreational – are the economic back bone of coastal communities. Imagine the impact on beachside hotels and restaurants, fishing outfitters and realtors if ourbeautiful coastal communities were turned over to big oil.
  • The oil and gas industry’s economic projections are based on faulty assumptions that overestimate jobs and income, while discounting the existing tourism – and recreation-based economies.

Environmental risks

  • North Carolina’s coast is home to a number of endangered and threatened species including the loggerhead sea turtle and North Atlantic right whale.
  • The National Wildlife Refuges, National Seashores, state protected areas and ecologically sensitive marine areas along North Carolina’s coast are too precious to risk.
  • Instead of spending our resources developing dirty energy sources, North Carolina should instead develop clean, renewable energy sources. North Carolina has more wind energy potential than any other state on the Atlantic Coast.
    North Carolina Coastal Federation
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    Hearings set for potential offshore oil and gas activities off NC coast
    The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has announced it would be holding three meetings across coastal North Carolina regarding the proposed 2019-24 national outer continental shelf oil and gas leasing program. The first is today in Wilmington. According to the DEQ, these hearings seek to gather public input and information on the potential impact of oil and gas exploration, and development on the biological, social, economic and aesthetic values of North Carolina’s coast.

The information gathered at these hearings will go into consideration for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Managements new five-year national outer continental shelf program, in accordance with the federal Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, which could open the Atlantic Coast for seismic testing and eventual oil and gas exploration. This after President Trump announced his “America First Offshore Energy Strategy” back in April, an executive order removing many Obama-era regulations that were designed to protect the Atlantic Coast from offshore drilling.

If approved, the plan will allow for five separate companies to being exploratory seismic testing in an area from Delaware, to Cape Canaveral, Florida, extending out 350 nautical miles. Environmental groups, like the Cape Fear Surfrider Foundation, the North Carolina Coastal Federation, Oceana, Don’t Drill NC, as well as state and community leaders are concerned about the potential for negative impacts to the state’s natural resources and environment. Upon completion, the program for 2019-24 will replace the program for 2017-22, which was approved on Jan. 17.

The first meeting will be held in Wilmington on Monday, Aug. 7, at the New Hanover County Government Center, from 5 to 7 p.m. Two more will follow; the first in Morehead City on Aug. 9, and a final meeting in Manteo on Aug. 10. These meetings will give residents a chance to voice their opinion to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. If you are unable to attend, but would still like to comment, written comments can be sent to Timothy Webster with the NCDEQ at 217 West Jones St., 1601 Mail Center Drive, Raleigh, N.C., 27699, or by email to timothy.webster@ncdenr.gov. All comments are due by Aug. 15. For information, visit The Bureau of Ocean Energy Managements website at boem.gov.
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Dozens weigh in on offshore drilling
State environmental officials are looking for public input about the potential impact of oil and gas exploration and development off our coast. President Trump signed an executive order in April that could expand drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans.

Offshore drilling is a hot topic on our coast. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality held a public hearing to gather feedback and to see what people think about the proposed oil and gas leasing program, along with seismic surveying proposed by the Trump Administration. Many say they worry drilling could hurt marine life.
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As the debate over offshore drilling heats up, what’s at stake?
The past few months have seen a contentious debate resurface along the shores of the North Carolina coast, as the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) explores the concept of opening the Atlantic coast to offshore oil drilling and natural gas exploration.
The affects on marine life
The affects on the tourism economy
Potential environmental affects
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Coastal Companies

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

Sunset Beach OKs Jaguar’s Lair settlement
Following a closed session Tuesday, Sunset Beach Town Council unanimously voted to accept settlement and subdivision improvements agreements involving the Jaguar’s Lair bond litigation. Town Attorney Grady Richardson said it would effectively end litigation and move forward with a clean slate with deadlines and understandings between parties for completion of infrastructure of the unfinished development where only one house has been built. In the event of future disagreements, the parties have agreed to enter into binding arbitration. Richardson said they’ve even gone so far as to select a first, second and third list of arbitrators to avoid dispute.
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Environmental group sues over Ocean Isle Beach terminal groin
Southern Environmental Law Center alleges U.S.A.C.E. did not consider alternatives.

It has been in the works for years, and Ocean Isle Beach officials were hopeful that a terminal groin project would get underway later this year, but the project planned for the Brunswick County barrier island has now run aground against another obstacle, at least temporarily.

On Monday and on behalf of Audubon North Carolina, the Southern Environmental Law Center filed suit in federal court challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of the project. The lawsuit claims that the corps failed to objectively evaluate alternatives to the terminal groin, including those that would be less costly to local taxpayers and less destructive to the coast.
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National Audubon Society sues to stop OIB terminal groin
The National Audubon Society has challenged the Ocean Isle Beach terminal groin project by filing a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
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Corrections & Amplifications –

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.
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GenX tests find low risk of health effects in drinking water
According to preliminary assessment reported by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), while there are no U.S. regulatory guideline levels for GenX, there is a low risk of adverse health effects from drinking water with the concentrations of GenX found in the samples.
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Levels of GenX rise
North Carolina’s Attorney General Josh Stein is opening a civil investigation into Chemours. He is demanding the company release records and documentation relating to safety data, names of persons responsible, health risks and much more. Cape Fear Public Utility Authority released the latest results collected from the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant. GenX almost doubled since the company said they stopped pumping the chemical into the water.
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What’s the status of GenX investigations, lawsuits?
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Opiods Task Force
Previously reported –
Judge Ola Lewis established the Brunswick County Opioid Task Force, which is comprised of law enforcement officers, members of the faith-based community, medical and treatment providers, health and human services and representatives of other concerned organizations throughout the Brunswick County community. The Task Force has requested that Governor Cooper declare the opioid addiction crisis a public health emergency. Lewis hopes to provide more services for those affected by opioid addiction. The task force will focus on prevention and education, access to life saving drugs, and treatment for opioid addiction.

The Town of Holden Beach is firmly committed to support the Brunswick County Opioid Addiction Task Force in its fight to help the community we serve. RESOLUTION 17-06 was adopted by the Holden Beach Board of Commissioners at their meeting of June 20, 2017.

Update –
Short Answers to Hard Questions About the Opioid Crisis
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Odds & Ends
Lockwood Folly Inlet dredging scheduled
The U.S.A.C.E. plans to dredge the Lockwood Folly Inlet in mid-July.
The Lockwood Folly Inlet, which flows between Holden Beach and Oak Island, hasn’t been dredged since May 2016. Extensive shoaling has closed off the inlet to most boats and the U.S. Coast Guard has pulled navigational buoys marking a safe passage through the inlet due to the shoaling, creating depths of less than two feet in some areas. Due to funding cuts, the inlet has not received federal funding since 2005 for maintenance dredging. The last dredge in May 2016 was paid for using non-federal funds. The total project cost is estimated to be between $360,000 and $420,000, with the state paying two-thirds of the cost. Holden Beach and Oak Island have approved payments of $35,000 each, reimbursing the county for part of the local share.
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Lockwood Folly Inlet dredging to start Tuesday
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will start dredging the Lockwood Folly Inlet Tuesday. After months of waiting, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin dredging Lockwood Folly Inlet Tuesday. Lisa Parker, a Corps spokeswoman, said the Merritt, one of the Corps’ dredges, will be in the area dredging for up to 21 days. The last time the inlet was dredged was May 2016 and extensive shoaling has caused the inlet to be closed for the past several months.
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Update –
Damage undermines dredge work in Lockwood Folly Inlet
Dredging under way in the Lockwood Folly Inlet will have to be cut short this week because of needed repairs on the decades-old boat doing the work. Last Wednesday, July 19, the side-cast dredge Merritt and its crew arrived at the inlet to try to open a pilot channel to the ocean but were sidelined when the vessel got stuck in a shoal. Jim Medlock, shallow draft navigation program project manager for the Wilmington District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said there was a breach and water started coming into the dredge boat through the hole that was found the following day. The cost of the dredge work is $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.
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Inlet work halted as dredge ‘Merritt’ sustains hull damage
Less than two weeks into the job, the Merritt has pulled out of a dredging operation designed to clear the badly shoaled Lockwood Folly Inlet. The Merritt is a side-cast dredge that tosses dredged sediments to the side. A spokesperson for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Monday the vessel had returned to the maintenance yard at the State Port in Wilmington because she developed a hole in her hull. The inlet is less than three feet deep in places at low tide and is so clogged with sand that the U.S. Coast Guard has removed the navigational buoys, meaning boaters attempting to transit Lockwood Folly Inlet do so at their own peril. The Merritt began work July 17 and was able to remove some of the most-shoaled portions of the channel. The corps hopes to send the special-purpose dredge Currituck in to finish the job in about two weeks. Originally, the work was slated to take no more than 21 days.
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Lockwood Folly Inlet dredging on hold
A week after it started, dredging in the Lockwood Folly Inlet is on hold. According to the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers, the MERRITT dredge developed a hole. It is currently headed to Mann’s Harbor for repairs. Before heading back to Brunswick County, it will go to the Outer Banks to perform emergency work in the Hatteras Inlet for the N.C. Ferry System. The U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers says dredging in the Lockwood Folly Inlet should resume around mid-August.

Dredge returns to Lockwood Folly Inlet
The Merritt side-cast dredge has been repaired and is scheduled to return this week to Lockwood Folly Inlet to continue maintenance dredging on or about Wednesday, Aug. 16. The dredge is expected to continue working in the inlet between Holden Beach and Oak Island for 10 to 12 days, said Lisa Parker, spokeswoman for the Wilmington district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
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This & That

Turtle - Loggerheads CRTurtle Watch Program – 2017
1)
Current nest count – forty-seven (47)
• As of 08/19/17
. • Average annual number of nests is 39.5
2) First nest of the season was on May 16th
Members of the patrol started riding the beach every morning on May 1 and will do so through October looking for signs of turtle nests.
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Holden Beach Turtle Watch
Holden Beach Turtle Watch, also known as Holden Beach Turtle Patrol, has been looking out for the island’s turtles of all shapes and sizes for nearly 30 years.

Founded in 1989, the program has more than 60 members who help patrol the island’s roughly 8 miles during turtle season, which usually begins in May and ends in October.

Cheryle Jones Syracuse, a member of the organization and a Beacon columnist, said Holden Beach and other Brunswick County beaches typically have loggerheads laying their eggs on the beach, but said Green turtles and Leatherback turtles sometimes do so as well.

When it is time for a mother to lay her eggs, she will come ashore after dusk or in the middle of the night and lay the eggs in a spot typically nestled against the dunes. A loggerhead lays about 120 eggs, Syracuse said. To look for nests, the group will have a volunteer check the beach early in the morning to look for turtle tracks leading to the nesting site. From there, a barrier is placed around the spot for protection.

After about 50 days from the day of nesting, Syracuse said, it’s time to keep an eye out for a “boil”. She said it’s called a boil because the babies have begun to crack open their shells, meaning sand begins to spill into it, and from the surface it looks like the sand is boiling. The babies will typically come out of their shells and make their way toward the water at night. They often follow the light of the moon, so homeowners with bright outdoor lights are encouraged to turn them off at night, so as not to confuse the babies into going toward the road instead of the ocean.

The group is also allowed to dig a thin trench leading from to the ocean for the babies to follow. While the group can often be present for a boil and can intervene if necessary if a baby is off track or is bothered by a predator, only one in 10,000 turtle babies will survive to adulthood, Syracuse said.

According to an Aug. 1 update on the group’s website, Holden Beach has seen 44 nests, with 2,928 total known eggs and 803 babies already in the ocean for the 2017 season.

Those who want to learn more are invited to the group’s Turtle Talk, which is held every Wednesday in June, July and August at 7 p.m. The free programs are held at Holden Beach Town Hall at 110 Rothschild St. Syracuse said seats fill up fast with doors opening at 6:30 p.m., so attendees are encouraged to arrive early. During the talks, a video presentation is shown to audience members with a short question-and-answer session following. Turtle artifacts are also on display during the talks.
Lindsay Kriz / Beacon



Public Beach Access Sign

Public Works has put up address signs at our public beach access walkways at both the street and beach sides.

PW
500
1085.5

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The signs have three elements –
.     1) PW – Public Walkway
.     2) # – Walkway ID number, they go up in increments of 20 (0 – 500)
.         • Increments of twenty to allow space for future walkways
        • Unique identifier
    3) Address – Physical address, some have .5 if they are between two properties

Unique identifier is in the 911 center computer system


Rip currents on NC coast may have lessened a bit —
but they still pose dangers
Historically, North Carolina is one of the most dangerous states for rip currents. Between 1996 and 2016, 54 beachgoers have been killed in rip currents in the state — the second-most in the nation, trailing only Florida, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This year’s number of deaths because of rip currents in N.C. is on pace to match last year’s total of eight. Nationally, 31 people have died in rip current-related accidents this year. Overall, about 80 percent of ocean rescues are because of rip currents, according to the U.S. Lifesaving Association.
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Factoid That May Interest Only Me –

How to Stay Safe in the Great Outdoors
Summer trips to the great outdoors are rewarding but come with some specific challenges. How much you know about some of the dangers you might face?
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Things I Think I Think –

Dining #2Eating out is one of the great little joys of life.

Restaurant Review:
Dinner Club visits a new restaurant once a month. Ratings reflect the reviewer’s reaction to food, ambience and service, with price taken into consideration.
///// August 2017
Name:              Indochine               
Cuisine:
           Asian
Location:        7 Wayne Drive, Wilmington NC
Contact:          910.251.9229 /
www.indochinewilmington.com
Food:                Average / Very Good / Excellent / Exceptional
Service:           Efficient / Proficient / Professional / Expert
Ambience:      Drab / Plain / Distinct / Elegant
Cost:                 Inexpensive <=17 / Moderate <=22 / Expensive <=27 / Exorbitant <=40
Rating:            Three Stars
Indochine is an Asian fusion restaurant serving delicious authentic Asian cuisine. It is a great food establishment; the place is always packed. The food is incredible; the portions are huge, with relatively inexpensive prices. The beautifully decorated environment is delightful both inside and outside and is like a trip to the Orient.  In a nutshell, it is a great value for the price. This is my favorite restaurant in Wilmington. It’s about as good as it gets! They have been voted Best Restaurant Overall, Best Thai Restaurant, Best Atmosphere, numerous years running in the Best of Wilmington done by Encore Magazine.


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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A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW by Amor Towles
This is the story of a Russian Count who in 1922 is sentenced to permanent house arrest. Inside the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin, Count Alexander Rostov slowly adjusts to circumstances as a “Former Person.” Over the course of ­decades, he makes do with an attic room to which he has been banished, and works as a waiter. Rostov nevertheless lives the fullest of lives.

 


HBPOIN – Holden Beach Property Owners Information Network
.          • Gather and disseminate information
.          • Identify the issues and determine how they affect you
.          • Act as a watchdog
.          • Grass roots monthly newsletter since 2008

www.HBPOIN.com


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


07- Town Meeting

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


Board of Commissioners’ Agenda Packet
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS’ SPECIAL MEETING / 6:30 P.M.
Interviews for Vacancies on Town Boards

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS’ SPECIAL MEETING / 6:45 P.M.
Public Hearing: 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


1. Public Comments on Agenda Items

There were no comments


2. Guest Speaker – Dwight Willis (AARP – North Carolina Associate Director – Coastal Region) – Present AARP Age Friendly Communities
(Mayor Pro Tem Fletcher and Commissioner Freer)

Presentation was on the following topics:
    1)
Making Communities Livable for All
.     2)
Proponent of Aging in Place – seniors want to stay where they are
.     3)
Establish Network of Age-Friendly Communities

Dwight asked the Board to look at this issue and consider joining the network. There is no cost and no commitments, but they can benchmark what other communities do to provide for their seniors. We are always doing things for tourists, this is something we can do for our residents. He requested that the Board be the first in Brunswick County to join the network.

The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities: An Introduction
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3. Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority Update – Mitzi York
(Town Manager Hewett)

For every $1 spent they expect to see $233 generated in tourist revenue
A
n excellent return on investment!

Previously reported –
Tourism has been Brunswick County’s number one industry for decades, but it has only been since 1998 that the county has been actively promoting itself as a tourism destination. Since 1998 Brunswick County has collected occupancy tax from tourist accommodations and used the money to fund the promotion efforts of the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority (TDA). The TDA oversees strategic advertising, marketing and public relations efforts to target potential visitors and ensure that Brunswick County’s tourism economy remains strong. For years the TDA contracted with the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce for administrative work, but in 2007 the authority hired former chamber president Mitzi York as its full-time executive director. Most of the TDA’s $1 million annual budget goes to placing ads in magazines as well as online marketing. The key, says York, is targeted advertising and promoting to key markets.  “We advertise ourselves as a family-friendly destination — a place to reconnect with family and friends. It’s an old-fashioned beach vacation,” York says.

Update –
Tourism Development Authority (TDA)
.     1.
TDA funded by 1% Occupancy Tax
.       a)
Annual budget of $1,293,996
      b)
Objective to get people to visit here
      c)
More beach for your blanket
.       d)
113,000 inquiries for Brunswick Islands Guide
        •
Effective Conversion Rate 51.1%
.         •
The average spending per party is $5,225
.       e)
Database makes it easier to reach targeted groups tailored to their interests
      f)
Website attracted over 340,708 unique visitors in 2015 up 54% over 2014
.       g)
Public Relations program reached over 79 million people for an editorial value of .           over $2.3 million
.     2.
Economic Impact
.       a)
Over 5,000 jobs in Brunswick County
      b)
Visitors spent $509 million in Brunswick County in 2015 up 2.5% over 2014
.       c)
We rank 9th in the State
      d)
Visitor spending generates state and local tax revenues of $54.4 million in              .           Brunswick County
      e)
Reduces tax burden by $443.14 per person for each county resident

North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands
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4. Fire Department Report – Fire Chief Doug Todd

Tri-Beach Fire Department substation #2 is located at the corner of Starfish and OBW. The fire department staffs the substation with two men for twelve hours daily during peak seasonal demand from Memorial Day to Labor Day, during the daytime for the hundred (100) days of the summer.


Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department had 98 calls for so far, this year. They average about 200 calls per year on the island. Their response times in January were around 8 minutes but dropped to around 6 minutes in June when station #2 is manned during the day.

Legislature approves Brunswick County fire fee rate increase
Several Brunswick County fire departments will see six-figure increases in the fire fees they receive after the General Assembly passed N.C. House Bill 445, approving Brunswick County’s plan for a 25-percent increase in fire fees, on Friday. Tri-Beach will receive $1.42 million for the 2018 budget with $275,000 more collected from fire fees.

Brunswick County’s use of fire fees has not covered all the departments’ costs in recent years, which required a $700,000 supplement from the general fund to maintain the current levels of service. That prompted a review of Brunswick County’s fire and rescue services to compare them to the best practices used elsewhere in North Carolina, including proposed alternative funding systems. The county opted for increased fire fees funding as a short-term step while the issue is studied further. The increase in fire fees collected comes at the right time for some of the 21 county fire departments.
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5. Police Report – Chief Wally Layne

Police PatchUnfortunately, in the past month we had two fatalities
* See articles below
First two weeks in July are the busiest weeks of the year
Typical summertime fun at the beach

We are just beginning the hurricane season –
make sure your plans are in order


Fireworks – everything’s copacetic

  • Substantially less than in previous years
  • No one was hurt
  • No fires were started

Ordinance 94.06 all unattended beach equipment must be removed from the beach by its owner or permitted user daily. All unattended personal equipment remaining on the beach between the hours of 6PM and 7AM will be classified as abandoned property and will be disposed of by the Town.

This year the Police Department will be removing any gear left on the beach strand between 10PM and 2AM daily. The midnight raids have yielded the removal of less items this month. Guests are getting the message loud and clear; if they leave gear on the beach strand it will be removed.


Defensive Driving
Be mindful on the road, tourists are out there and frankly many of them are not paying attention. Defensive driving is driving characterized by prudence, diligence and reasonable cautiousness. Its aim is to reduce the risk of collision by anticipating dangerous situations, despite adverse conditions or the actions of others.


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

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


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


Causeway Sign #2 - CR

 

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

 


Teen dies after falling off third story balcony in Holden Beach
A teen is dead after falling from a third story balcony of a home on Friday. Circumstances of the fall are unknown at this time. According to the release, the patient was found unresponsive and CPR was initiated at the scene. This is the second fatal fall in Holden Beach this year. On Jan. 8 a Surf City man died over the weekend in Holden Beach after falling from a balcony into a Dumpster.
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Body of missing Kentucky swimmer found in Holden Beach
The body of a swimmer who went missing off the coast of Holden Beach Sunday afternoon was found Sunday evening. Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne identified the victim as Richard Mullins of Jenkins, Ky. His Facebook page shows he was a father.

According to the United States Coast Guard Fifth District Office, his body was discovered on the beach around 10:40 p.m. Sunday. Layne said the body was found by a passerby on the beach on the east side of the island, not far from where Mullins was last seen. According to a department news release, his body was discovered near Lockwood Folly Inlet.

Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne said Sunday his department and other agencies were searching for a missing swimmer in Holden Beach. According to the news release, at 3:30 p.m. Sunday officials received word that four swimmers near Lockwood Folly Inlet were in distress and needed assistance. Three of the four swimmers were safely rescued while Mullins remained missing.

Layne said he believes Mullins may have been caught in a rip current. The release reminds swimmers to use caution and to never swim alone. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, rip currents typically form at breaks in sandbars and near structures like jetties or piers and do not pull swimmers under the water but instead pulls them away from shore out to sea. At times, rip currents have been measured as fast as 8 feet per second. If a person finds themselves in a rip current, they should remain calm and float or tread water. A person should not attempt to fight the current but should swim parallel to shore and once they’re free of the current they should swim at an angle toward the shore away from the rip current.

In addition to the department, Brunswick County Emergency Management, Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the United States Coast Guard and Oak Island Water Rescue assisted with the search.
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6. Run HB Requests – Coastal Race Productions
(Shoreline Protection and Recreation Manager Ferguson)
      a.
Banner Approval

.       b. Beer Garden Request

Agenda Packet – Coastal Race Productions will be conducting Run HB on Saturday, September 9, 2017. The Town of Holden Beach will be a sponsor for the event.  Coastal Race Productions is here this evening to speak to you about both the possibility of a beer garden and to get permission to hang their signs and banners for the event.

Sales and Consumption of alcoholic beverages in the Town of Holden Beach is covered in the Code of Ordinances,130.03. It states Board of Commissioner approval is required as an exception to the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages being prohibited. Coastal Race Productions brought it to the Town’s attention that they are allowed to have a beer garden in neighboring municipal venues where races like this are held.  They would like to offer that to the runners of legal age here as well. The access to the area would be controlled by Coastal Race Productions. They have additional information regarding how the system has worked at other beach communities and why they think it would add to the event.

Run Holden Beach
The fourth annual “Run Holden Beach” event is scheduled on Saturday, September 9th. Coastal Race Productions is planning a 1 mile “turtle trot”, 5k walk / run and a half marathon with these races starting and finishing under the bridge. This will all be followed by live music, games and an after party at the Holden Beach Pavilion. This is the third race in our “2017 Big Ass Medal Series”, complete all four to earn the world’s largest race series medal!  BAM! – You won’t want to miss it!! 

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Coastal Race Productions had a scheduling conflict so Shoreline Protection & Recreation Programs Manager Christy Ferguson made the presentation. Discussion was over allowing the beer garden. The other three communities that sponsor the race – Oak Island, Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach already gave their blessings.

Banner Request / A decision was made – Approved unanimously
Beer Garden Request / No decision was made – No action taken

My Two Cents - CR IIAre you kidding me? The Board really made a big to do over nothing when they discussed the beer garden request. All we are talking about is each runner that is over 21 years old gets a free beer at the end of the race. Singular, uno, one (1) stinking beer.  They went with the combo platter of we are a family friendly beach and it would set a precedent rap. Apparently, some of them must not go on the beach strand where beer is consumed all day long on our family friendly beach.


7. 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


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

Used preliminary and unaudited data for his presentation. That said, the year close out budget report presented a snapshot of where we stood on 30 June which is the end of the fiscal year for us.  He gave a simple explanation of each fund balance. The good news is that all fund balances were in the black.


9. Discussion and Possible Approval of Update to the 2016 – 2017 Audit Contract with Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams and Co, P.A. – Town Manager Hewett

Agenda Packet – Your entity has been selected by the Office of the State Auditor to have an additional attest engagement performed based on your participation in the LGERS retirement system. This engagement is solely to assist the Office of the State Auditor in offering an opinion on the State’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Because the agreed- upon procedures, as indicated   by the Office of the State Auditor, do not constitute an examination, we will not express an opinion the Town of Holden Beach. We estimate that our fees for these services will be $2,500.

The state auditor mandated that forty-eight (48) locations state wide be selected to participate in an audit of the state retirement system. The reason given is that the new state auditor is concerned about the viability of the program. Apparently, the additional audit is on our dime.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously


10. Discussion and Possible Nomination of Members to Fill Vacancies on Town Boards – Town Clerk Finnell
.      
a. Board of Adjustment

      b. Planning & Zoning Board
      c. Parks & Recreation Advisory Board

Agenda Packet There are three terms expiring on the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board. Karen Fleischhauer is eligible and wi11ing to serve another term. Peggy Schiavone and Lewis Mitchell have served the maximum terms allowed for the board. Jack Lohman’s term is not expiring, but he has requested that he be moved to the Board of Adjustment if possible.

Nelson Payne, John McIntyre and Olivia Gomez have submitted applications and are interested in serving on the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board.

There are three Regular Member and three Alternate Member positions expiring   on the Board of Adjustment. Regular Members Larry Blume and Larry Reinhart are eligible and willing to serve another term. Regular Member MaryLou Lahren has served the maximum terms allowed for the board. Alternate Members Anne Arnold and Ben Baker are eligible and willing to serve another term. Alternate Member Dennis Harrington does not desire to serve another term.

As previously mentioned, Jack Lohman (Parks & Recreation Advisory Board member), has expressed his desire to serve on the Board of Adjustment.

There is one Regular Member and two Alternate Member terms expiring on the Planning & Zoning Board. Regular Member Tiffany Hobbs does not wish to serve another term. Alternate Members Peter Pallas and Greg Shue are eligible and willing to serve another term.

Cheryl Dellinger, Marshall (Woody) Tyner and Ron Jackson   have submitted applications and are interested in serving on the Planning & Zoning Board.

Nelson Payne, John McIntyre, Cheryl Dellinger, Woody Tyner, Ron Jackson and Olivia Gomez have all been invited to the interviews on July 18th at 6:30p.m.

Approved regular members and alternates as follows:

Parks & Recreation Advisory Board
Regular – 

Karen Fleischhauer, John McIntyre, Olivia Gomez, Dolly Mitchell, and Nelson Payne
Alternate –
NA

Board of Adjustment
Regular –

Larry Blume,  Larry Reinhart, and Ben Baker
Alternates –
Anne Arnold, Jack Lohman, and Cheryl Dellinger

Planning & Zoning Board
Regular –

Greg Shue
Alternates –
Peter Pallas, and Woody Tyner

A decision was made – Approved unanimously

Boards
§ 155.11 MEMBERSHIP AND VACANCIES
No regular member shall serve for more than two consecutive terms, and a member having served two consecutive terms shall not be eligible for reappointment until after remaining off the Board for one year.

My Two Cents - CR III’m of the opinion that our Board term limits policy created most of the vacancies. Interestingly we have term limits for all our Boards except the Board of Commissioners.
In what universe does that make sense?


11. Discussion and Possible Action on Amending Title IX, General Regulations, Section 95.05 Street Rights-of-Way – Commissioner Freer

Agenda Packet – Section 95.05 (B) of the Ordinances of the Town related to rights-of-way is hereby amended by adding the follow as clause (4) thereto:

(4) a rope or chain and post barrier used to protect any such mail box, newspaper box, grass or vegetation from damage by vehicles or pedestrians;
provided that such posts are:

(a) not closer than 4 feet from the edge of the pavement or road bed;
(b) not more than 18 inches in height and 4 inches by four inches in dimension;
(c) made of wood or plastic;
(d) set no deeper than 18 inches;
(e) not set in or filled with concrete, stone or similar materials; and
(f) spaced no closer than 6 feet apart.

Ordinance addresses landscaping aspect in street rights-of-way issue
Town Manager blasted the proposal
.     1)
Staff not consulted
.     2)
Conflicts with existing policies and ordinances
    3)
Concerns about safety issues
    4)
Concerns about maintenance issues
David stated that he really was not liking this ordinance at all. This proposal moves things in the opposite direction of the way that he would want them to go. It was not pretty, not pretty at all. Peter explained that this was an attempt to codify the hodgepodge of existing conditions. Currently we are doing selective enforcement because enforcement is complaint based. Current enforcement policy is neither fair nor consistent and contributes to the mess we’re in now.

No decision was made – No action taken, sent to P&Z

Previously reported –
BOC’S at the Special Meeting on June 23rd approved establishing Advisory Committee

§ 155.15 COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEES.
(D) In directing the establishment of a Community Advisory Committee, the BOC shall clearly describe the subject matter, scope and function of the Community Advisory Committee.

Advisory Committee to do the following:
.     1)
Assess current parking resources
    2)
Assess town owned properties that could be used for parking
.     3)
Benchmark surrounding communities parking rules & regulations
.     4)
Consider paid parking options
    5)
Determine if CAMA or any other regulations impact or limit parking options
.     6)
Review right-of-way parking restriction / limitations
.     7)
Approach from the perspective of public access, while also improving quality of life         and convenience for THB homeowners
    8)
Make recommendations

Update –
CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON PARKING / MONDAY, JULY 10
Attended Advisory Committee meeting on parking
Committee will collect information only
Apparently very few communities allow parking in the right-of-way

My Two Cents - CR II

What a boondoggle! You would think that by now the BOC’s would have figured out the protocols that need to be followed when they want to amend ordinances. Just to be clear, I’m wildly against permitting parking in the right-of-way. But this appears to be a half-baked, back-door attempt to eliminate parking in the right-of-way. I have no idea why this was even being considered. We just established a Community Advisory Committee to work on parking issues. This seems like something that should have been delegated to them to work on.


12. Town Manager’s Report

GenX
Referred people to go to the Brunswick County website 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.

Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM)
I’m afraid that things are going from bad to worse. Originally, we were told the tentative projected effective date would be January 20, 2017. Then we were told the tentative projected effective date would be January 20, 2018. Despite being told the effective date was being moved back by over a year, they have shifted from a specific date to a general one, we are now being told sometime next spring. Bottom-line is that we do not have an official definitive answer as to when they will be approved. So, for those of you asking, we don’t know when they will go into effect now.

Elizabeth Street
They will be putting in a public walkway and are working on parking configuration with a planned fall implementation.

Lockwood Folly Inlet
Side dredger Merritt is on site and is scheduled and funded for twenty-one (21) days

Legislative Note
Approved study to adjust distribution of Powell Bill Funds based on seasonal population like water is being done now

NC Beach Nourishment Fund
Funds have not been approved yet


13. Public Comments on General Items

Mr. H              – LS Holden subdivision / Elizabeth Street
Karen F          – Recycling
Joe B               – Right-of-way landscaping
Mark P           – Run Holden Beach Beer Garden
Ava P              – Heliport / Terms of use of their property


14. Executive Session Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 143-318.11 (A)(5), To Establish or Instruct Staff or Agent Concerning the Negotiation of the Price and Terms of a Contract Concerning the Acquisition of Parcel Numbers 232NF029, 232NF001, 232NF002, 232NF003, 232NF004, 232NF005, 232NF006, 232NF007 and 232NF008, Owned by Holden Beach Enterprises Town Manager Hewett

Property acquisition opportunity – Dune lots adjacent to Town property, east of the Pavilion, bordered by Carolina, Jordan, BAE and Quinton

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No decision was made – No action taken


General Comments –

There were thirty-five (35) members of the community in attendance
Commissioner Kim Isenhour – was not in attendance

Municipal Elections –

Election season for area municipal offices begins with candidate filings. Brunswick County’s election filing period for Brunswick County’s 19 municipalities opened at noon Friday, July 7; election filing will continue through noon Friday, July 21. All of Holden Beach’s elected positions are up for election in November. Election Day this year is Tuesday, November 7th. The filing period for municipal elections has ended. The following candidates have officially filed for Holden Beach municipal elections before the deadline.

Holden Beach Mayor
Alan Holden                          128 OBW                                Holden Beach            (incumbent)

Holden Beach Commissioner
John Fletcher                         148 Yacht Watch                  Holden Beach            (incumbent)
Peter Freer                             198 BAW                                Holden Beach            (incumbent)
Kenneth Kyser                       119 Frigate                            Holden Beach            (incumbent)

Joseph Butler                         169 BAE                                 Holden Beach
Patricia Kwiatkowski          1298 OBW                             Holden Beach
Regina Martin                       1032 OBW                             Holden Beach
Mike Sullivan                        648 OBW                                Holden Beach


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
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.
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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 –

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
. 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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