10 – Town Meeting

Lou’s Views

Town Meeting 10/17/17

“Unofficial” Minutes & Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3. Police Report – Chief Wally Layne

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

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


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

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

call 911 and let police deal with it.

Neighborhood Watch

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

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

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

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

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

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

 A decision was made – Approved unanimously

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No decision was made – No action taken

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

A decision was made – Approved unanimously

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

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

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

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

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

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

A decision was made – Approved unanimously

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

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

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

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

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

 Update –

BookmarkCHAPTER 92.40 PURPOSE.

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

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


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

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

 No decision was made – No action taken

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

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

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

A decision was made – Approved

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

No decision was made – No action taken

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

AT&T $29,028
VERIZON $36,572
TMOBILE $18,062

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

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

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

No decision was made – No action taken

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

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

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

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

No decision was made – No action taken

Update –

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

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

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

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

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

 No decision was made – No action taken

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

10. Town Manager’s Report

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

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

Budget Report
Brief overview as of 30 September

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

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

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

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

11. Board of Commissioners’ Comments

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

General Comments –

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be a Voter – Your Vote Matters!

Hurricane Season –

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
Bridge Information

Being prepared is key to making it through the season.

10 Hurricanes in 10 Weeks: A 124-Year-Old Record is Matched
With Tropical Storm Ophelia’s transition to Hurricane Ophelia on Wednesday, 2017 became the first year in more than a century — and only the fourth on record — in which 10 Atlantic storms in a row reached hurricane strength.
Read more » click here

Yes, this hurricane season has been worse than usual!
Hurricane Ophelia is the tenth hurricane to form in the Atlantic this season. The ferocity of the Atlantic storm season isn’t just in your imagination; it’s one of the worst in years by various meteorological standards. NOAA’s prediction was right. This year’s hurricane season is more active than normal and has already produced more storms than the yearly average. The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season is now among the top 10 all-time most active seasons on record. The already-catastrophic 2017 hurricane season shows no signs of letting up and we still have more than six (6) weeks to go.

Hurricane Matthew –

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.

. 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 –


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.

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

For more information, go to the Terminal Groin post

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