Lou’s Views

Town Meeting 12/19/17

“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:
. 1) Canal Dredging / Water Resources Development Grant

2. Presentation of Plaque to the Outgoing Board of Commissioners by Town Manager Hewett

Recognition was given to all members of the outgoing Board.
The plaque was presented to everyone elected in 2015 and will be hung in the Town Hall.

3. Presentation of Plaques to Individual Members of the Outgoing Board of Commissioners by Mayor Holden
.   a) Ashley Royal
.   b)
Ken Kyser
Kim Isenhour

All three (3) outgoing Commissioners received plaques of appreciation from the town for their service. The plaque was presented to each individually and followed by a photo-op.

Commissioner Isenhour – was not in attendance

I’d personally like to thank the Commissioners for their dedicated service to the community.

4. Board of Commissioners’ Comments
.   a) Ashley Royal
.   b)
Ken Kyser
Kim Isenhour

Mayor Holden thanked them for all they’ve done!
Ashley and Ken were grateful for having served.
Both offered some sage advice to the newly elected Commissioners.

5. Judge Fred Gore Will Present the Oath of Office to the 2017 – 2019 Board of Commissioners
.   a)
Mayor – J. Alan Holden
Commissioners – Mike Sullivan, Pat Kwiatkowski, Joe Butler,                                 .        John Fletcher & Peter Freer

 Fred Gore is a District Court Judge in Judicial District 13, which covers Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties. The 13th Judicial District judges preside primarily over civil, criminal and juvenile matters. Gore a native of Brunswick County is also a property owner on Holden Beach.

Judge Gore presided over the swearing in ceremony
• Elected officials were sworn in one at a time
• They each took the oaths of office and then took their seats on the council
• Some family members participated in the ceremony

For more information » Town Department – Elected Officials

6. Election of Mayor Pro Tempore
Discussion and Nomination of Board Member to the Mayor Pro Tem Position
Per Town Ordinance §30.05 and North Carolina General Statute §160A-70


The BOC shall elect from one of its members: (1) a Mayor Pro Tempore, and (2) an Executive Secretary, who shall not be the same member. The normal term of office of both the Mayor Pro Tempore and the Executive Secretary shall be one year, commencing at the first regular meeting in December; provide, however that each shall serve at the pleasure of the BOC.

The Mayor Pro Tempore shall discharge the duties and exercise the powers and authority of Mayor in the absence, disability, disqualification of the Mayor and during a vacancy in the office of Mayor; provided his or her rights and duties as BOC shall remain unimpaired; except he or she shall receive the salary or expenses of Mayor when serving in that capacity.  No additional oath of office shall be required of the Mayor Pro Tempore upon assuming the duties of the Mayor beyond that oath taken at the time of appointment to Mayor Pro Tempore.

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

Mayor Pro Tem is elected by the Board of Commissioners and is not necessarily the person with the most votes in the general election. The selection of Mayor Pro Tem is at the discretion of the other elected commissioners. Although traditionally the person with the most votes has been selected the rules do not require it.

Commissioner Fletcher made a motion to nominate Mike Sullivan for Mayor Pro Tem
Mike Sullivan, the top vote getter, was elected as Mayor Pro Tem

A decision was made – Approved unanimously

7. Election of Executive Secretary
Discussion and Nomination of Board Member to the Executive Secretary Position
Per Town Ordinance §30.05 and North Carolina General Statute §160A-70

Previously reported –
Ordinance 15-08 amended Section 30.05 adding an Executive Secretary position


The BOC shall elect from one of its members: (1) a Mayor Pro Tempore, and (2) an Executive Secretary, who shall not be the same member. The normal term of office of both the Mayor Pro Tempore and the Executive Secretary shall be one year, commencing at the first regular meeting in December; provide, however that each shall serve at the pleasure of the BOC.

The Executive Secretary shall be responsible for: (1) creating the agenda for each regular and special meeting of the BOC, and (2) assembling all supporting agenda package materials, in consultation with the other members of the BOC and the Town Manager and Town Attorney, as applicable. The Executive Secretary shall timely deliver the same to the Town Clerk for copying, delivery and publication in accordance with these ordinances and the Rules of Procedure provided for herein. The Town Clerk and Town Manager shall provide logistical and advisory support to the Executive Secretary in performing these functions and the Town Attorney shall provide legal interpretation or support as requested by the Executive Secretary. No notice of any regular or special meeting of the BOC, nor any agenda or agenda package materials with respect thereto shall be delivered or published by the Town Clerk without the express prior authorization of the Executive Secretary.

Update –

Commissioner Fletcher made a motion to nominate Peter Freer for Executive Secretary
Peter Freer was elected as Executive Secretary

A decision was made – Approved unanimously

8. Discussion and Possible Approval of 2018 Board of Commissioners’ Regular Meeting Schedule – Town Clerk Finnell

2018 Meeting Schedule –
Regular meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month

TUESDAY, MARCH 20th             * Moved to the fourth Tuesday of the month, MARCH 27th
TUESDAY, MAY 15th                * Moved to the second Tuesday of the month, MAY 8th
TUESDAY, JULY 17th                     * Moved to the second Tuesday of the month, JULY 10th
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16th        * Moved to the fourth Tuesday of the month, OCTOBER 23rd

Meeting schedule was adopted with several changes. They moved four (4) of the meeting dates which managed to irk quite a few people including the Mayor and Town Manager. Our Town attorney is not available for the two meetings that are scheduled for the second Tuesday of the month.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously

 My Two Cents - CR III am not happy about the changes. Last year we changed the meetings to the third Tuesday instead of the second Tuesday. Now we have meetings scheduled on the second, third and fourth Tuesday of the month. This is creating havoc with the Louian Calendar. Seriously, make up your minds already!!!!  Those of us who attend including the Mayor and Town staff have previous commitments based on the original meeting schedule.

9. Discussion and Possible Approval of 2018 Budget Schedule Process and Scheduling of a Date to Hold a Strategic Workshop – Commissioner Fletcher

Budget Season 2017 / Meeting Schedule

  1. 23 Jan          BOC’s Workshop Goals / Capital Programs
  2. 24 Feb         Canal Dredging Working Group
  3. 3 Mar          Departments Input to Manager
  4. 15 Mar        BOC’s Workshop Revenues
  5. 24 Apr         BOC’s Workshop Expenses
  6. 15 May        Budget Message
  7. 9 June          Special Meeting / Public Hearing
  8. 20 June        Regular BOC’s Meeting
  9. 30 June        Budget Adopted

    Local governments must balance their budget by a combination of the following:
    .     a)
    Raising taxes
    Cutting spending
    Operating more efficiently
    The Town Manager’s proposed budget is due by June 1st
    Commissioners must adopt budget no later than June 30th for the next fiscal year
    Adopting the annual budget is a primary responsibility of the Board.

The Board scheduled the first workshop on January 16th at 9:00am
Commissioners will submit their priorities to the Town manager prior to the meeting

A decision was made – Approved unanimously

10. Discussion and Possible Adoption of Rules of Procedure for the Board of Commissioners – Town Clerk Finnell

Agenda Packet –
The Board of Commissioners is required to adopt Rules of Procedure per the Town’s Code of Ordinances, Section 30.19.

I have included the version the 2015 – 2017 Board of Commissioners adopted when entering office. The School of Government recently released Suggested Rules of Procedure for a City Council, Fourth Edition. A copy of this version is also included in your packets. If the Board chooses to adopt either version for the upcoming term, the entire rules can be adopted, or amendments may be made.

 As required by Town Ordinance §30.19.

Based upon the Suggested Rules of Procedure for a City Council – published by the University of North Carolina School of Government

The BOC shall adopt such rules of procedure not inconsistent with North Carolina General Statutes at their regular scheduled meeting each December, or at other such times deemed appropriate, and publish same in the office of the Town Clerk.

This Board chose to continue under the current rules adopted by the previous Board. They plan to revisit this issue after the three (3) new members of the Board complete their training course

A decision was made – Approved unanimously

11. Police Report – Chief Wally Layne

Police PatchSo far, so good
No Crime Wave
No break-ins reported

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

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

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

12. Citizen Advisory Committee Report on Parking – Mark Fleischhauer, Chair 

 Agenda Packet –
Recommendations going forward:

  1. Holden Beach should continue to develop a plan that helps visitors and citizens identify authorized parking locations on Holden Beach. New specific signage identifying public parking, ideally distinguished by a special color, shape, etc. should be considered.  Further, a map and summary of public parking should be developed and posted on the Town website and other public media.
  2. Existing public parking on public property would be more efficiently utilized (i.e. increased number of spaces) if spaces were clearly marked with paint or dividers.
  3. The Town already owns properties suitable for conversion to public parking without major expenditure. If incremental spaces generated above are deemed insufficient, we recommend conversion of these properties into additional parking as warranted.  Any such steps would have to take into consideration impact on neighboring homeowners.
  4. Although paid parking is an option, the Committee believes that it would not be practical to implement within the present public parking configuration other than possibly the Jordan Boulevard area. We believe this approach should serve as a “backup plan” after other recommendations that increase available public parking are exhausted.
  5. With the exception of Ocean Blvd. West, Individual property owners should retain the right to determine whether the public can safely park in their property’s right-of-way. If this requires placement of an item conforming to existing ordinances, the CAC believes this should be acceptable.
  6. The Planning and Zoning Board recommends increased enforcement of parking ordinances.

Mark did the following presentation –

  • Assess current parking resources
  • Town properties potential parking use
  • Investigate what other beach communities are doing
  • Investigate paid parking options
  • Investigate any regulations or restrictions
  • Consider limitations to right-of-way parking
  • Recommendations

Major takeaway – we provide adequate visitor parking, but there are several improvement opportunities

13. Discussion and Possible Approval of Agreement Between the Town and Green Engineering, PLLC for Engineering Services for Structural and Mechanical Modifications to Vacuum Sewer Pump Station Number 4 – Public Works Director Clemmons

Agenda Packet –
This memo recommends and presents for the Board of Commissioner’s consideration the agreement for structural and mechanical work to Sewer Lift Station 4 with Green Engineering. Approval of the agreement will provide all engineering services required in the amount of $158,000 to construct a vulnerability reducing structure of Lift Station 4.

The Holden Beach Board of Commissioners commissioned McGill and Associates to perform a Sewer Study to evaluate sewer system vulnerability reducing measures. This report was published to the Board in April 2017. During a special meeting on May 19, 2017, the Board selected and approved “alternative 2” as presented by the McGill study. A fiscal year 2017-2018 budget appropriation of $1,413,000 was made to accommodate total programmatic expenses of Lift Station 4 improvements. Agreement fees are within the budgeted allowances for Engineering Services.

Recommend approval.

Previously reported – 

August 2016
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 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 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 2017
Selection of Engineering Firm for Engineering Design and Construction Management Services of the Vacuum Sewer System Station #4 Upgrade – Public Works Director Clemmons     

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.

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.

October 2017
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

 Update –
December 2017
They had a brief discussion about the contract. Specifically, they were concerned about the timeline. Our Town Manager assured them that the vendor was aware that time was of the essence and was already moving forward. The Building Inspector assured them that the contract addressed everything that was lacking from the original plan and installation

A decision was made – Approved unanimously

 My Two Cents - CR II What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been

14. Discussion and Possible Approval of Resolution 17-10, Resolution in Support of the Water Resources Development Grant for Canal Maintenance Dredging – Shoreline Protection and Recreation Manager Ferguson

 Agenda Packet –
The Town applied for grant funding through the NC Division of Water Resources Development Grant. The purpose of our request for assistance was for navigation maintenance dredging of the canals of Holden Beach.  We were notified that the grant has been tentatively approved in the amount of $1,439,922.00. This fund uses the resources of the NC Shallow Draft Navigation Fund. Since it is a reimbursement grant, each canal will be responsible for paying for their dredging project costs upfront and then the state will reimburse the dredging line in the budget after satisfactory completion of the project. To complete the grant process, the granting agency requires a resolution from the BOC and we will then have a contract sent to us. Staff recommends accepting the grant funding. Staff would also like to communicate that various projects are beginning to be funded through the NC Shallow Draft Navigation Fund and there is no guarantee for future funding for subsequent dredging events. The Town held a meeting with the Canal Dredging Working Group Members and they are in support of accepting the grant.

Water Resources Development Grant Program
The purpose of this program is to provide cost-share grants and technical assistance to local governments throughout the state. Applications for grants are accepted for seven purposes: General Navigation, Recreational Navigation, Water Management, Stream Restoration, Land Acquisition and Facility Development for Water-Based Recreation, NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) stream restoration projects and Feasibility/Engineering Studies.
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Grant is tentatively approved but requires a formal resolution from the Board to finalize the process. The grant is good for two years and will accelerate our current dredging schedule. It is a reimbursement grant which means we do not receive the funds until after work is completed and paid for. Christy also requested that they allow the Town Manager to execute the contract which the Board agreed to.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously

15. Discussion and Possible Acceptance of Real Property Gift, 158 Marlin Street, Parcel # 246AC001, Owned by Sawgrass LLC – Town Manager Hewett


Agenda Packet –

Ernie Crews (Sawgrass LLC) has contacted the Town and offered to gift deed the property at the northeast end of Marlin Street to the Town. Acquisition of this property by gift seems to be consistent the Section 9 of the Land Use Plan; which specifically establishes a goal of maximizing public access to the beaches and public trust waters of the Town of Holden Beach and maximizing recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Additionally, use of the property for public recreational access seems to be compliant with the subdivision’s restrictive covenants

Town Manager was reluctant to recommend accepting property gift. David was also reluctant to not recommend accepting it. The lot is located at the northeast end of Marlin street and is not a buildable lot.  Issues include bulkhead repairs, dredging assessment fee, covenants and restrictions.

No decision was made – No action taken

Original Agenda Item –
Discussion and Possible Approval of Search Process for Town Attorney and Appointment of Interim Attorney to Serve During Pendency of that Process – Commissioner Freer
Resolution 17-11, Search and Recommendation Process for Appointment of Town Attorney

 As provided for at North Carolina General Statute §160A-173.

 §160A-173  City attorney; appointment and duties.
The council shall appoint a city attorney to serve at its pleasure and to be its legal adviser.

Agenda Packet –

WHEREAS, as an organizational matter, the new BOC appoints a Town Attorney reporting to the BOC to represent the town;

WHEREAS, the Town Attorney appointed by the prior BOC, Noel Fox, who has served with distinction during the term of the prior BOC, was appointed by that BOC after a brief search and recommendation process during which search an interim Town Attorney was appointed to serve;

WHEREAS, the BOC believes the town is best served if all candidates for the office of Town Attorney, including the Town Attorney appointed by the prior BOC, are all given an equal opportunity to apply for the position;


RESOLVED, that the Audit Committee shall conduct a search and, not later than the regular meeting of the BOC in March 2019, make recommendations to the BOC for the office of Town Attorney;

RESOLVED FURTHER, that, during the pendency of that search and recommendation process, M. Scott Davis, Esq. of the law firm of Davis, Hartman and Wright is hereby appointed Town Attorney.

February 2016
Nomination and Possible Action on Hiring of New Town Attorney
Noel Fox of Craige & Fox was selected as our new town attorney
They terminated the interim attorney agreement and hired a permanent attorney
Noel has municipal law experience and her family owns property on Holden Beach
Commissioner Isenhour felt that they found exactly what they were looking for in Noel
A decision was made – Approved unanimously

 Amended Agenda Item –
16. Discussiand Possible Action of Hiring of Special Environmental Counsel – Peter Freer

Motion made as follows:
I move that the Board of Commissioners adopt a resolution previously distributed to the Board of Commissioners engaging Mr. Clark Wright Esq. of the North Carolina law firm of Davis, Hartman and Wright to serve as legal advisor to the Board with respect to beach protection and other environmental issues facing the Board. As a board, we currently confront a number of potentially serious and costly issues relating to beach protection, inlet dredging and navigability, legal rights of private property owners along the ocean front and challenges, including threats of costly litigation, by public interest groups, all relating to on-going projects, plans and permits. This Board needs to be pro-active in addressing these issues and threats, and we cannot do that without sophisticated legal advice. I have circulated Mr. Wrights firms draft engagement letter. Many of us, including our Town Attorney, Noel Fox, have worked with Clark in the past and are very familiar with his impressive qualifications. Most recently, Clark worked effectively with the town of behalf of the Holden Beach Property Owners Association to effectively resolve concerns about the implementation of the Central Reach Project. The HBPOA and Clark worked very constructively to help resolve potentially costly disputes that could have seriously delayed or even derailed the Central Reach project. Briefly, Clark is the senior environmental law partner with the North Carolina firm of David, Hartman and Wright. His undergraduate and law degrees are from UNC and prior to private practice he was a senior attorney in the NC Attorney Generals Environmental Protection Division. He has long-standing working relationships with key players, including NC CAMA, Federal EPA, and the Wilmington Office of the US Army Corps of Engineers. Mr. Wrights time will be billed at a significant discounted rate of $330 per hour from his standard rate of $450 per hour, and his engagement letter will be delivered to the Town Attorney for review and approval. Mr. Wright will report to the Board at an executive session to be scheduled within the next 30 days to provide legal overview and make recommendation with respect to currently pending beach re-nourishment and environmental issues. And during this brief review period, the Town won’t make any fillings or take any other legal actions on these issues.


WHEREAS, the Holden Beach Board of Commissioners has the authority pursuant to N.C.G.S 160A-173 to appoint a Town Attorney to be the Board’s legal advisor;

WHEREAS, Charlotte Noel Fox currently serves as the Town Attorney; and

WHEREAS, the Holden Beach Board of Commissioners has identified an immediate need to retain outside legal counsel specializing in environmental law to provide the Board of Commissioners with information, guidance and legal advice on environmental issues in which the Town and its governing Board currently are, or may in the future be, involved;


RESOLVED, that Clark Wright, a preeminent environmental lawyer of the firm Davis Hartman Wright PLLC, be and now is retained as outside legal counsel with initial focus on shoreline protection issues, as well as other matters of environmental concern as from time to time may be identified by the Board of Commissioners.

RESOLVED FURTHER, that Charlotte Noel Fox shall continue serving as the Town Attorney.

Newly elected Mayor Pro Tem Mike Sullivan was not happy with the amended agenda item. He felt the public and the Board were not given an opportunity to review the changes. He asked to table the motion until the next scheduled meeting, The Town Manager threw a wrench into the works when he stated that we already have an environmental lawyer working on the terminal groin permit process.

A decision was made – Approved (3 to 2)

17. Town Manager’s Report

Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM)
We are supposed to get letter of final determination any time now. We 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 Dredging
Brunswick County is working on two (2) potential projects.
New dredge project on horizon for Lockwood Folly
Lockwood Folly Inlet dredging approved, work expected to begin in January

Water Tower
They are repainting the water tower
Work has finally resumed
The water tank is empty, they are sand blasting the interior of the tank
The water tower will be painted the same color blue it is now
Any other color would significantly increase the cost of the job
Work is supposed to be completed by Easter (April 1st)

Water System
Third year that we are performing tests on the pipes, three tests one pipe from each zone, to determine their condition.

Previously reported
Water system was installed in 1978; it is 39 years old with the expected useful life being just 35 years. In other words, we are already past the stated useful life of the system. Previous test results were exceptionally good, minimum useful life expectancy is an additional thirty (30) years far exceeding the manufacturers stated expected useful life. Pipes are holding up nicely, but useful life expectancy does not mean things aren’t going to happen. However, it does not appear that we have any immediate issues.

Solid Waste
Solid Waste functional review focus group plus the town staff have completed the data collection. David plans to make a full-blown report at the February meeting.

Previously reportedAugust 2017
Town Manager 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.

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 work on splash pad is now completed. That is the final site element required by the grant.

Holden Beach Park
Town Manager feels the name creates unnecessary confusion since it is located outside of the Town. Town Manager asked for and got permission from the Board to approach the County to change the park name to something else.

Previously reported
Holden Beach Park nature park is composed of about 35 acres stretching from Holden Beach Road to the Intracoastal Waterway. Once complete, the project is expected to feature nature trails, a gazebo, a pavilion with restrooms and a boardwalk near the water. Armed with half a million dollars, Brunswick County is ready to move forward with the beginning stages of designing and developing Holden Beach Park.

Grand Strand Metro
Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand Metropolitan Planning Organization has a federally funded sidewalk grant. We need to decide if it is in our best interest to participate. Our portion of the cost would be $34,000.

Holden Beach Bridge (NC 130) Right-of-Way Enhancement Project
The project required County approval since the area is part of their jurisdiction.  NCDOT has an agreement from us regarding electric, irrigation, and maintenance of the property. They want to turn it over to us now. David has a punch list of issues he wants addressed before we take it over.

Turkey Trap
The permit to mine there has been extended to 2021.

Previously reported
The Kirby site at Turkey Trap Road, less than three miles from the primary corporate limits of the Town, sanctioned use is as sand mine that has approximately @400,000 cubic yards of beach quality sand that
is the sand source for our beach nourishment projects.

18. Public Comments on General Items

There were comments made regarding the following:
.     1)
Canal Dredging / Water Resources Development Grant
.     2)
BOC’s Meeting Schedule

General Comments –

I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Newsletter was posted early in order that our staff could go home for the holidays

There were twenty-nine (29) members of the community in attendance

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Fiscal Year 2016 – 2017 Audit Results
Auditor’s report is due by October 31st and normally is given at the October meeting. Report was not given in either the October or December meetings, the November meeting was canceled.

My Christmas List - CR

I respectfully submit my Xmas list

These are the items I would most like to see addressed this year.
Address Sewer System Vulnerabilities
Community Rating System – improve rating so flood insurance rates are                      discounted
Beach – Strand / Inlet / Groin
.     a)
Select an East End nourishment project strategy
.     b)
Support Lockwood Folly Inlet waterway maintenance projects, keeping inlet                   navigable
Work together on beach protection issues with surrounding communities
.     d)
Create Shoreline Protection and Safety Board
Increase Beach Strand Ordinance Compliance & Enforcement
Expand Beach Ranger Program
.   4)
.     a)
Identify, map and put up signage for designated parking areas
Prohibit right-of-way parking
Utilize acquired properties for additional parking
.     d)
Develop plans for a promenade on Jordan Boulevard
.   5)
Trash Services
.     a)
Curbside Recycling
Pick-up time and frequency
Yard Waste
.     d)
Roll-back service
.     e)
Rental properties trash can requirement compliance

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Hurricane Season –

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

Be prepared – have a plan!

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. 1) FEMA Ready
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. 3) ReadyNC
. 4) Town Emergency Information
. 5) HBPOIN Hurricane Emergency Plan

Above-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely this year
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10 Hurricanes in 10 Weeks: A 124-Year-Old Record is Matched
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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.

Breathe Easy –Hurricane Season Ends
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially runs from June 1st through November 30th, ended quietly. As predicted, the Atlantic hurricane season was extremely active with seventeen (17) named storms. That’s five more than the average year; typically, there are only twelve (12) named storms each year. But the real concern wasn’t the number or storms, it was the intensity of the hurricanes that did hit. Three major storms impacted the U.S., the force of those hurricanes made this the costliest hurricane season of all time.

Extremely active 2017 Atlantic hurricane season finally ends
Today marks the official end of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which matched NOAA’s seasonal predictions for being extremely active. The season produced 17 named storms of which 10 became hurricanes including six major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5) – including the first two major hurricanes to hit the continental U.S. in 12 years.

 Based on the Accumulated Cyclone Energy index, which measures the combined intensity and duration of the storms during the season and is used to classify the strength of the entire hurricane season, 2017 was the seventh most active season in the historical record dating to 1851 and was the most active season since 2005.

 “In six short months, the next hurricane season will be upon us,” said retired Navy Rear Adm. Timothy Gallaudet, Ph.D., acting NOAA administrator. “This is a good time to review and strengthen your preparedness plans at home as we continue to build a Weather-Ready Nation.”

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center will provide its initial seasonal outlook in May.
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Terminal Groin –Terminal Groin #6 - CR

Terminal Groin Presentation
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What’s next?

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

My Two Cents - CR II

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

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

Update – November 2017

HBPOA Meet the Candidates Night – Candidate Responses

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

Joe Butler

John Fletcher –

Peter Freer

Pat Kwiatkowski –

Mike Sullivan –

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

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

My Two Cents - CR II

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

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