07 – Town Meeting

Lou’s Views

“Unofficial” Minutes & Comments


BOC’s Special Meeting 07/08/19

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Audio Recording » click here NA

1. Executive Session Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 143-318.11(A)(5) To Establish or Instruct the Staff or Agent Concerning the Negotiation of the Price or Terms of a Contract Concerning the Acquisition of Real Property

Parcel #246BC002 which is located on the second row, between Sanddollar and Swordfish. The Town owns parcels in the 800 block which we obtained on 04/21/13 ostensibly to be used for parking. They are as follows: 246BC010, 246BC011, 246BC012, 246BC013, 246BC014, 246BC015, 246BC01604, and 246BC01609. THB also owns adjacent lots 246BC001, 246BC01601, 246BC01602 and 246BC016.

The property is located at 796 OBW, adjacent to sewer station #3
Taxable Value of $376,610


BOC’s Special Meeting 07/08/19

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Audio Recording » click here


1. Discussion of Federal Beach Nourishment Issues with Christine Brayman, Deputy District Engineer for Programs & Project Management, US Army Corps of Engineers

Army Corps asks Brunswick beach towns to team up for beach renourishment, dredging study
Oak Island, Caswell Beach, and Holden Beach could join in a collaborative study of beachfront erosion, making use of recently approved federal funds available in a disaster relief act.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is asking three Brunswick County beach towns to team up in future beach renourishment and dredging efforts. A proposed partnership between Caswell Beach, Oak Island, and Holden Beach could help share federally backed study costs for projects that benefit more than one town. Signed into law last month, the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act granted the Corps $35 million to study risk-reduction efforts in areas impacted by Hurricanes Florence, Michael, and other storms. An additional $740 million is included in the act, with a fund availability deadline in September 2020. Under the shared feasibility study, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) would cooperatively investigate beachfront erosion on Oak Island. Holden Beach, Oak Island’s eastern island neighbor, is also considering participating in the joint study. If approved, the study would be 100% funded under the recently signed act. If the study determines a beach renourishment or dredging project is “technically feasible, economically justified, and environmentally acceptable,” construction funds could be used to finance future risk-management efforts, according to the USACE. Holden Beach Commissioners considered nourishment issues at a special meeting Monday. Oak Island Town Council will vote to approve a Letter of Intent at its regular meeting Tuesday.
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BOC’s Audit Committee Meeting 07/16/19

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Audio Recording » click here NA


1. Presentation of 2018 Audit results by Rive’s Audit Partner Jay Sharpe, CPA

2. Discussion with Audit Partner on Reasons for Delays in 2018 Audit Completion and Circumstances Surrounding Extra Work Necessary to Complete the Audit

3. Discussion and Possible Action on Recommendation to Board of Commissioners Regarding Approval of 2018 Audit

4. Discussion and Possible Action on Recommendation to Board of Commissioners Regarding Approval of Revised 2018 Audit Contract

5. Discussion and Possible Action on Recommendation to Board of Commissioners Regarding Retention of Rives as the 2019 Audit Firm

6. Discussion and Recommendation to Board of Commissioners Regarding the Process for Audit Committee’s Involvement in Overseeing the Annual Audit and Evaluating the External Auditor

7. Discussion and Possible Action on Recommendation to Board of Commissioners Regarding the Requirement of a More Useful Monthly Informative Financial Statement Format as Presented at the July 5th Audit Committee Meeting

8. Discussion of the Responsibilities of the Audit Committee per Ordinance 30.26 and What is Needed to Meet These Expectations

9. Discussion and Possible Action on Recommendation to Board of Commissioners Regarding the Oversight of the Recommendations Detailed in the RSM Report for Correction of Existing Internal Weaknesses

10. Discussion and Possible Action on Recommendation to the Board of Commissioners Regarding the Requirement that the Finance Director Provide all Requested Information Regarding Internal Financial Controls


BOC’s Regular Meeting 07/16/19

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Audio Recording » click here


1. Police Report – Chief Jeremy Dixon

Police Patch


First two weeks in July are the busiest weeks of the year
Fairly uneventful, typical summertime fun at the beach
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Boy rescued from surf at Holden Beach
A 12-year-old boy was rescued from the surf at Holden Beach Saturday (07/06/19). Holden Beach Police Chief Jeremy Dixon classified the incident as a near-drowning. The 911 call was made around 12:40 p.m. Dixon said by the time officers arrived, the young man had been pulled from the water and was barely conscious. He was immediately loaded into an ambulance and transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Dixon said he had received an update, and the child’s condition has since improved. “He’s up, talking and doing much better,” Dixon said. “We’re really happy about that.” The incident occurred on the beach, just west of the Holden Beach General Store, located at 473 Ocean Blvd. W. Crews from Brunswick County EMS and the Tri-Beach Fire Department also responded to the scene. Holden Beach is located in Brunswick County, and none of the county’s beaches have lifeguards.
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Crime Prevention 101 – Don’t make it easy for them
Don’t leave vehicles unlocked
Don’t leave valuables in your vehicles


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


Pets on the beach strand
Pets – Chapter 90 / Animals / §90.20
From May 20th through September 10th
It is unlawful to have any pet on the beach strand
* During the hours of 9:00am through 5:00pm

Unattended Gear
Ordinance §94.06 was passed on September 14, 2010. 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.

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

Parking
§72.02 PARKING REGULATED ON PUBLIC STREETS AND RIGHTS-OF-WAY.
(1) All vehicles must be as far off the public street rights-of-way as possible; and
(2) No vehicle may be left parked on any portion of any roadway; and
(3) No vehicle may be parked on portion of the sidewalk.

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.


2. Receipt of Inlet and Beach Protection Board Report – Commissioner Freer

Agenda Packet –
June Meeting Update
The Inlet and Beach Protection Board (IBPB) met June 27 and the following issues and topics were addressed:

Comprehensive Long-Term Plan: Work on the Long-Term Plan continues and was the major thrust of the meeting. Cathy Foerster, AIC, Senior Planner and Facilitator with ATM is facilitating the effort.  A draft of the plan was reviewed with an emphasis on the project table. The final report will be reviewed at our July meeting with subsequent submission to the BOC for approval and adoption.

Newsletter: The quarterly Beach and Inlet Newsletter was sent as an email blast. Status of the Beach and Inlets: Staff provided an overview of conditions and issues relative to the beach strand and inlets. The status of the Florence and Michael remediation project, now known as the Central Reach Reimbursement Project, (CRR Project) including sand sourcing was discussed. Work is complete on obtaining easements from East End property owners to allow sand placement in the future from dredging the Lockwood Folly Inlet and crossing. The Corps has confirmed that a project will happen this winter to place approximately 135,000cy of material from the bend widener on the East End and the bid packages are expected to be out soon.

Meetings: The next IBPB meeting is July 25. The IBPB was represented at the Brunswick County Shoreline Protection meeting June 5. Members will be attending the meeting July 8 with Corps of Engineers to hear about the possibility of a GRR project.

IBPB Vacancy: Tim Gibble was selected at the June BOC meeting to fill the Board vacancy and was welcomed to the group.

Previously reported –
Ordinance 18-02 established the Inlet and Beach Protection Board
The Ordinance requires a written report from this Board

Update –
LWF Inlet Crossing Project and Bend Widener Project were expected to place more than 200,000cy of sand on the east end. But we are now required to do a biological assessment from Fish & Wildlife so both beach nourishment projects may not happen.


3. Presentation, Discussion and Possible Action on the 2017 – 2018 Audit Report – Jay E. Sharpe, Rives & Associates and Mayor Pro Tem Fletcher
a.
Presentation of 2017 – 2018 Audit Report
b.
Recommendations of Audit Committee on 2017 – 2018 Audit Report
and 2018 – 2019 Auditor
c.
Approval of 2017 – 2018 Audit Report and 2018 – 2019 Auditor
d. Audit Committee Role as Advisory to Board of Commissioners

Agenda Packet –
Draft audit » click here 

§30.26 AUDIT COMMITTEE OF THE BOC.

   (A)   There is hereby established an Audit Committee of the BOC, which shall be comprised of a Chairman of the BOC Audit Committee and not fewer than two, nor more than four Public Members, as determined by the BOC at the first regular Board of Commissioners meeting in January.

   (B)   Powers and duties. The Audit Committee shall:

      (1)   Serve as an advisory board for the town’s Board of Commissioners;

    (2)   Assist and advise the BOC in its oversight responsibilities for the town’s financial reporting process, systems of internal financial controls and the external audit process;

      (3)   Recommend to the BOC the selection of the independent external audit firm to conduct the annual external audit;

      (4)   Evaluate the performance of the external audit firm as it relates to the annual audit of the town and its self-insurance policies;

     (5)   Review, advise and make recommendations to the BOC with respect to the town’s treasury management function and its’ risk management policies and procedures, including without limitation, the town’s insurance and self- insurance policies;

     (6)   Confirm the town’s internal control systems are in place and implemented, including information technology security and control;

      (7)   Confirm Town Management implements audit report recommendations;

    (8)   Continually evaluate the independence of the external auditors; to audit findings and forward findings to the Board of Commissioners;

       (9)   Review the town’s CAFR, management letter and management’s response;

     (10)   Review and reassess the adequacy of this Charter at least every two years, with any revision submitted to the Board of Commissioners for approval;

     (11)   Provide an avenue of communication among the Board of Commissioners, Town Management and the external independent auditors;

      (12)   Perform other functions from time to time as shall be delegated or assigned to it by the BOC.

 (Ordinance 18-18, passed 12-18-18)

Previously reported – June
Presentation of the 2018 Annual Audit Results by Partner Jay Sharpe, CPA, CFE, Rives & Associates (Mayor Pro Tem Fletcher)
Item was removed from the agenda
Well another kerfuffle over the audit between David and John. John said that he and members of the audit committee are supposed to meet with David and the auditor before making the presentation. In addition, John said that David instructed the auditor to submit audit to Local Government Commission without it being reviewed by audit committee or approved by the BOC’s. David took umbrage to his remarks and adamantly denied that he instructed auditor to bypass normal protocols.

Report –
Finding 2018-001 / Significant Deficiency
A significant deficiency is a deficiency in internal control that is less severe than a material weakness, yet important enough to merit attention by those charged with governance.

Criteria: The Town should have someone who is familiar with governmental accounting principles that can review its financial statements each year and determine if they have been prepared accurately.

Finding 2018-002 / Material Weakness
A material weakness is a deficiency in internal control such that there is a reasonable possibility that a material misstatement of the entity’s financial statements will not be prevented or detected and corrected on a timely basis.

Criteria: The Town is not accounting for its finances on a full accrual basis.

Update –
a.
Presentation of Audit Report

Fiscal Year 2017 – 2018 Audit Results
Auditor’s report for fiscal year 2017 – 2018 audit was presented. Normally the audit report which is due by November 1st and is given at the November meeting. The audit report presentation was the most thorough that I’ve experienced. Jay said a that they use a risk-based approach. He explained everything utilizing visuals in a clear, concise, easily understandable format. The auditor Rives & Associates was able to render a clean opinion.

Material Weakness deficiency makes it a higher risk audit and puts us on Local Government Commission “watch list”. What that means is it probably going to cost us more to have audit done this year.

b. Recommendations of Audit Committee
Motion was made to approve amended contract
A decision was made – Approved (4-1)
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Auditor without any authorization from the Town claims that there were an additional $30,000 in billable hours but is only requesting $10,000

c. Approval of Audit Report and Auditor
Motion was made to approve audit
A decision was made – Approved (4-1)

Motion was made to retain same audit firm
No decision was made – No action taken

Despite the Audit Committee unanimous vote to retain the audit firm the Board chose not to. The Board then asked that the Town initiate a Request for Proposal (RFP) for external audit services, with a quick turnaround time, so that it can be addressed by them before the next regular meeting.

Protocol is to change firms every few years, traditionally we have done that after vendor has audited us for three years. Annual audit vendor usually selected, and contract signed in February.
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d. Audit Committee Role 
Incredibly they decided to revisit Ordinance 30.26 for the umpteenth time to clarify what they want. In December of 2015 Resolution 15.17 established the Audit Committee. Seriously how tough is this to get right? It appears that we will work on a new improved version at least one more time.

4. Discussion and Possible Action on Audit Committee Role in Monitoring Implementation of RSM Internal Control Recommendations – Mayor Pro Tem Fletcher

Agenda Packet –
Internal Control Report » click here 

Previously reported – June 2018  
Direct Solicitation to Conduct Comprehensive Financial and Accounting Internal Control Review
Agenda Packet –
The Audit Report with respect to the Town’s Annual Financial Statements for the year ended June 30, 2017 raised two “significant deficiencies” with respect to the Town’s financial controls and procedures for financial statement preparation. The Audit Report also concluded that any financial reports provided to the Commissioners cannot be relied on, as the ledger does not reflect adjustments made in previous years. The Audit Committee has had preliminary discussions with the Auditor about these matters and the audit process, and as part of that discussion the Auditor recommended that the Town engage a consultant to perform a comprehensive review of its internal financial controls.

The Audit Committee selected the firm RSM for the Internal Control Review
Recommendation is to obtain firm with a not to exceed price of $20,000
Scope of work subject to approval from The NC Local Government Commission

Previously reported – July 2018

Agenda Packet –
Services and Scope of Work
In developing a risk matrix for the Town, we will consider internal control relevant to the Town’s preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements in order to design assurance procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances. Our risk assessment procedures are designed to evaluate the effectiveness of the controls that are in place and to evaluate potential gaps in internal control that could lead to fraud or error in the above noted transaction cycles. Gaining an understanding of your internal control will assist us in identifying types of potential deficiencies in internal control and factors that affect the risks of material misstatement as assessed by your external auditors. We also will draw on this understanding to provide feedback in internal control risk matrix about opportunities you may have to strengthen controls or streamline processes.

Previously reported – June 2019
Status of final report still unknown
Initiated activities to address deficiencies
LGC memo provides guidance for next year’s audit
. • Specifically addresses issues raised by RSM
. • Will follow LGC guidance

Update –
According to the Town Manager, he still has not received the final report. Once he has the report, he plans to submit a written assessment with a complete plan of action

No decision was made – No action taken


5. Discussion and Possible Action on the Recommended Financial Reporting Form from the Audit Committee – Town Manager Hewett
Agenda Packet –
The following attachment is the financial reporting form recommended by the Audit Committee at their meeting of July 5th. It is anticipated the report will be prepared on a quarterly basis for the Board of Commissioners review.

Update –
Item was removed from the agenda

Explanation given is that it was discussed and handled at Audit Committee Meeting earlier in the day.


6. Discussion and Possible Action on the Amended Audit Contract for Fiscal Year 2018 – 2019 with Rives and Associates – Town Manager Hewett
a.
Ordinance 19-11, An Ordinance Amending Ordinance 19-10, The Revenues and Appropriations Ordinance for Fiscal Year 2019 – 2020 (Amendment No. 1)

Agenda Packet –
Modification to due date:
Original due date 10/31/17
Modified due date 06/30/19

Modification to fee:
Original fee $14,784
Modified fee $25,000

Explanation –

1) The audit fieldwork was delayed due to Hurricane Florence. The audit firm was originally scheduled to begin fieldwork in early September, but were delayed until November.

2) Audit firm had to perform additional work. Please refer to material weakness noted in the audit report.

Moved funds of $10,000
From Revenue account #10.0399.0200 to Expense account#10.0410.0400

Previously reported – April 2017
Direct Solicitation for External Audit
The North Carolina Local Government Commission requires the Town to have an annual audit performed. The Town has used Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams and Co. since 2012 to perform this service. Approval of the contract means that Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams & Co has been selected for their sixth consecutive year, with no cost increase, to handle our audit for fiscal year that ends June 30th, 2017. Protocol is to change firms every few years, traditionally we have done that after vendor has audited us for three years. Annual audit vendor usually selected, and contract signed in February.
A decision was made – Approved unanimously

Previously reported – June 2018      
Discussion and Possible Action on the Audit Committee Recommendation of the Firm to Conduct the 2017 – 2018 Annual Audit
The Audit Committee selected the firm Rives & Associates as the auditor
A decision was made – Approved unanimously

Previously reported – July 2018  
Standard contract with money in the budget to execute it
Subject to approval from the Local Government Commission

Approval of the contract means that Rivers & Associates has been selected to handle our audit for fiscal year that ends June 30th, 2018. The audit contract is for $12,784 and an additional charge of $2,000 for writing the financial statements; making the total cost of the contract $14,784 for an increase of $2,034. The last six years we awarded the $12,750 contract to Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams and Co.
A decision was made – Approved unanimously

Update –
Despite a number of issues raised about the auditor they agreed to pay the modified fee

A decision was made –
Approved unanimously


7. Discussion and Possible Action – Construction Management Services of the Vacuum Sewer System #3 Upgrade Status Report – Public Works Director Clemmons

Agenda Packet –
background information not provided

Previously reported – April 2019
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 for Sewer System #3 upgrade. Green Engineering will provide all engineering services required to construct a vulnerability reducing structure of Lift Station #3. The engineer firm is responsible for the design, bid, and construct process. The Board authorized the Town Manager to negotiate a contract with the selected engineering firm.

Previously reported – June 2019
Green Engineering was awarded the $158,000 contract for Sewer System Engineering to Sewer Pump Station Number 4 in December of 2017. Green Engineering was just awarded the $311,805 contract for Sewer System Engineering to Sewer Pump Station Number 3.

Update –
They have not finalized the design yet, which needs to be completed before the project can be put out to bid.


Vacuum Sewer System #4

Previously reported –
March 2019
New system is up and running without any issues. Met with engineers and prepared punch list items necessary for project completion.

Previously reported – April 2019
Leo Green from Green Engineering, the firm used for construction management services, gave the report. They were able to meet the target date for beginning operations there. Punch list items necessary for project completion took longer than expected and pushed them past scheduled completion date. Project has been completed and they have received the final certificate of occupancy.

Previously reported – May 2019
Wait, What? It was my understanding that this was put to bed last month. Chris is still talking about punch list items being completed.

Previously reported – June 2019
Not for nothing but why are we still talking about this?
They agreed that they could finally put this to bed.
This time is different – No, really

Caveat – we may need to do something with ventilation system to improve the cooling inside the building

Update –
Cooling system is not adequate, they are currently investigating what their options are

To be continued …


8. Discussion and Possible Nomination of Members to Fill Vacancies on the Planning & Zoning Board, Board of Adjustment and Parks & Recreation Advisory Board – Town Clerk Finnell

Agenda Packet –
Board Vacancies
There are two Alternate Member (Pete Pallas and Woody Tyner) terms and one Regular Member (Vicki Myers) term expiring on the Planning & Zoning Board.  All of the current members are eligible and willing to serve another term.

Olivia Gomez’s term is expiring on the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board. She is interested and eligible to serve another term.

Stephen Veenker has served the maximum amount of terms allowed on the Board of Adjustment.  As a result, there is a Regular Member position that needs to be tilled.

I only received one application   to fill the vacancies.  Richard Griffin is interested in serving on the Planning & Zoning Board. He is scheduled to be interviewed at 6:45p.m. on July 16th.

§ 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.

Update –
The Board reappointed everyone that was eligible.
On the Board of Adjustment, Richard Griffin will replace Stephen Veenker.

I’m of the opinion that our Board term policy unnecessarily creates vacancies. Interestingly we have term limits for all our Boards except the Board of Commissioners. In what universe does that make sense?

Volunteers needed
The Town is always looking for people to volunteer for their various boards and committees. If you are interested, submit a resume form to heather@hbtownhall.com.


9. Discussion and Possible Action to Create a Policy for Proposing Action to a Committee and the Level of Report Expected – Commissioner Kwiatkowski

Agenda Packet –
The Town of Holden Beach would benefit from a policy that defines a more formal procedure for when the Board of Commissioners proposes an action to a committee.  I believe there should be a more formal charge provided that clearly defines both the ask and what is expected by the Board in terms of reporting the decision. While there are cases where a simple statement of the decision reached, backed up by minutes, is sufficient, in other cases a thorough report is warranted, particularly where projects and/or capital expenditures are impacted. It is important that the record contains sufficient information in case the same or similar situation arises in the future and current town officials want to understand the logic behind the previous decision.

Commissioner K working with Town staff will develop a draft policy


10. Discussion and Possible Action to Request the Planning & Zoning Board Provide a Full Report on Their Evaluation for a Second Water Tower to the Board of Commissioners – Commissioner Kwiatkowski

Agenda Packet –
background information not provided

Pat didn’t find the one-page recommendation adequate for her to come to her own conclusion. She wants to see the supportive data they compiled for her to be able to see how they came to the conclusion that they did.  Peter suggested that it would be prudent to wait for policy to be established in previous agenda item before requesting anything else from the P&Z Board.


11. Discussion and Possible Action to Revise Chapter 91: Fire Prevention, Section 91.16 Recreational Fires – Commissioner Butler

Agenda Packet –
§ 91.16  RECREATIONAL FIRES.
Recreational fires, except those confined within containers manufactured specifically for such purpose, shall not be allowed.

Current Ordinance does not address grilling / barbecuing in public areas including the beach strand or Bridgeview Park. Town staff was charged with revising Ordinance and bring back for the next regular meeting.


12. Discussion and Possible Action to Revise Chapter 72: Parking Regulations, Section 72.02(K) – Commissioner Butler

Agenda Packet –
§ 72.02  PARKING REGULATED ON PUBLIC STREETS AND RIGHTS-OF-WAY. (K)   Additional violation. It shall be a violation of this chapter to leave standing any portion of a vehicle in a lawful parking area between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.

Previously reported – August 2018
Agenda Packet –
Town Ordinance 18-07- revise Section (K) or create a new section in the ordinance that clearly states the following recommended wording:   Vehicles shall not be permitted to park in any beach access or any municipal designated parking areas, between the hours of 2:00am to 5:00am.

It is also recommended that signs be posted in the nine (9) municipal designated parking areas

TOWN OF HOLDEN BEACH / ORDINANCE 18-07
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE HOLDEN BEACH CODE OF ORDINANCES, CHAPTER 72: PARKING REGULATIONS (SECTION 72.03 PARKING REGULATED ON PUBLIC STREETS AND RIGHTS-OF-WAY)
(K)  Additional violation. It shall be a violation of this chapter to leave standing any portion of a vehicle in a lawful parking area for a period exceeding 72 consecutive hours between the hours of 2:00a.m. and 5:00a.m.

Much ado about nothing. It was the Board’s intent to not permit parking between 2:00am and 5:00am only in the nine municipal designated parking areas. All of that verbiage was not included in the Ordinance they adopted. Apparently, they were concerned that tickets were being written for property owner vehicles parked in the right-of-way on their own property. Wally assured them that is not the case. He indicated that a revision of the Ordinance was not required. The police department will use their discretion and enforce only in municipal designated parking areas which was the Board’s intent.
No decision was made – No action taken

Update –
Joe was concerned that tickets were being written for property owner vehicles parked in the right-of-way on their own property. They discussed what was the Board’s intent and what are the ramifications if they make any changes. Once again, they decided that a revision of the Ordinance was not required. The Police Department will use their discretion and enforce only in municipal designated parking areas which was the Board’s original intent.

No decision was made – No action taken


13. Discussion and Possible Action to GRR – Commissioner Freer

Previously reported – July 2018
Agenda Packet –
The CORPS’ Brunswick County Beaches project remains open, despite not advancing in several years. The CORPS is invited to update the BOC on the project, its history, a path forward including costs, and a timeline/feasibility of continuing the study.

The CORPS released several publications of studies since the project’s inception in approximately 1997. The project represents a CORPS’ coastal storm damage reduction (CSDR) effort for Holden Beach, Caswell Beach, and Oak Island. This project is currently several years behind schedule.

General Reevaluation Report 
The Brunswick County Beaches General Reevaluation is investigating measures and plans for the single purpose of coastal storm damage reduction. The study is also documenting incidental recreation benefits. Located between Cape Romaine and Cape Fear, Brunswick County is a frequent landfall site for hurricanes and tropical storms tracking along the mid-Atlantic coast. In addition to direct land-falling storms, many other storms have passed offshore and impacted the study area. Local impacts to the study area have varied depending on the landfall location and strength of the storm.
For more information » click here

Update –
Signed into law last month, the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act granted the Corps $35 million to study risk-reduction efforts in areas impacted by Hurricanes Florence, Michael, and other storms. An additional $740 million is included in the act, with a fund availability deadline in September 2020.

 Rather lively discussion. Understand that if we take money to do any USACE project we will lose FEMA funding on any future projects. There were two opposing positions as to how they should proceed. The first position is why proceed if we don’t have a snowballs chance of ever seeing any funds. The second position is we have nothing to lose by participating. The Town has already sent out a Letter of Intent to be included. If we are selected, we have sixty (60) days to decide if we want to participate in the study with no financial obligation on our part. If the study determines a beach renourishment project is “technically feasible, economically justified, and environmentally acceptable,” construction funds could be used to finance future risk-management efforts. That’s a lot of hoops to jump through, but if all that is done, and funding is available only then would we have to choose between USACE and FEMA. I believe that we are waiting to see if we are included before having any more discussion about the merits of this program for us.


14. Town Manager’s Report

External Employee Review
Previously reported – April 2019
Town Manager Hewett said that they had already engaged the MAPS Group. The process has been started but he anticipated that it would take the better part of three to four months before they had the completed report.

The Management and Personnel Services Group – MAPS – is a team of consultants specializing in human resource management and development.
For more information » click here

Previously reported – June
Evaluation of compensation package and job descriptions should be completed shortly. After Town Manager reviews report it will be presented to the BOC’s.  

Update –
MAPS including end of fiscal year salary rate changes is still working on the study
David
should be able to present to the Board in August

FEMA / Storm Events
Two FEMA hurricane damage reimbursement programs being worked simultaneously
Cat G Project Worksheets completed and in queue
Florence 990k cubic yards; 560k cubic yds from CRP
Michael 533k cubic yards; 303k cubic yds from CRP
We are talking about an amount in the $20 million-dollar range
We are in the process to identify locations where we can get more sand from
Also working to get permit updates

LWF
USACE informed us that the crossing project is no longer included in their base contract
Bend Widener project is subject to biological assessment
Reviewed LWF dredging expenditures

Town Attorney
Previously reported February 2016
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

Previously reported – June 2019
Town Attorney Noel Fox tendered her resignation
A search will begin to hire a new attorney as soon as possible

Update –
The Town initiated a Request for Proposal (RFP)
Anticipate having candidate options for the Board at the next meeting 


15. Executive Session Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 143-318.11(A)(5) To Establish or Instruct the Staff or Agent Concerning the Negotiation of the Price or Terms of a Contract Concerning the Acquisition of Real Property and North Carolina General Statute 143-318.11(A)(3) To Consult with the Town Attorney  

No decision was made – No action taken


General Comments –

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

The next BOC’s Regular Meeting has been rescheduled to the third Tuesday of the month, August 20th

Meeting Agenda
Yet another marathon session, the meeting ran for almost three (3) hours

Loose Ends:
Chapter 50: Solid Waste
Rental properties have specific number of trash cans based on number of bedrooms
Enforcement fines to those not following the yard waste requirements
Enforcement fines for those placing trash on the ground or on top of trash containers
Enforcement and communication reside with the town staff to determine
Examine the possibility of providing a rollout program in addition to rollback

We were told protocols would be established, communication to the public would be made, followed by enforcement. It’s the middle of July already, when were they planning to do these tasks?


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 5; election filing will continue through noon Friday, July 19. All of Holden Beach’s elected positions are up for election this year. Election Day this year is Tuesday, November 5th. 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
Gerald Brown                        851 Heron Landing             Holden Beach             (former)         Joe Butler                               169 BAE                                 Holden Beach             (incumbent)
John Fletcher                         148 Yacht Watch                  Holden Beach             (incumbent)
Peter Freer                             198 BAW                                Holden Beach             (incumbent)
Pat Kwiatkowski                   1298 OBW                             Holden Beach             (incumbent)
Regina Martin                       1032 OBW                             Holden Beach             (former)
Brian Murdock                      124 Durham Street              Holden Beach             /
Mike Sullivan                         648 OBW                               Holden Beach             (incumbent)
Woody Tyner                         137 Tarpon Drive                 Holden Beach             /          

All five Commissioners seats are up for election, nine candidates have filed. As approved by a referendum in 2017, the three candidates who receive the highest number of votes will be elected to serve four-year terms and the two candidates receiving the next highest number of votes will be elected to serve two-year terms.


Previously reported –
June 2017

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.

Referendum –  A 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.

Previously reported – July 2017
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.

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.

Previously reported – November 2017
Referendum was approved so we will implement the four-year staggered terms beginning in 2019.


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No matter what a storm outlook is for a given year,

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07 – News & Views

Lou’s Views
News & Views / July Edition

Calendar of Events –


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.
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Calendar of Events – Island


Concerts on the Coast Series / 2019
The Town’s summer concert series calendar has been released! 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.
For more information » click here


 

Summer Day Camp Program

 

Day Camp is on Thursday during the summer beginning June 13th and is open to children ages 6 – 12. Kids can join us this summer for a variety of fun activities. Click here to view our Camp Schedule with each week’s activity and cost. Space is limited, you must pre-register. Completed registration forms must be mailed in with payment or dropped off with payment to Town Hall. Payment is non-refundable.



Tide Dyed Program
This event is located at the Holden Beach Pavilion. Tie dye your own shirts; the cost is just $5 per shirt. It takes place at 2:00 p.m. every Tuesday during the summer.


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 –


 


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.
. a) 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).


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.



A Second Helping

Program to collect food Saturday mornings (7:00am to 12:00pm) during the summer at the Beach Mart on the Causeway.

 

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. 1) Fifteenth year of the program
. 2) Food collections have now exceeded 229,000 pounds
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Collections will begin on June 8th
. 4) Food is distributed to the needy in Brunswick County
For more information » click here

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/



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



Mosquito Control
Current EPA protocol is that spraying is complaint driven
The Town is unable to just spray as they had in the past
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Complaint based
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Citizen request
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Proactively monitor hot spots

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!

Mosquito population ‘below average’ so far in Brunswick County
Brunswick County Mosquito Control supervisor Jeff Brown says so far this season, mosquito populations have been lower than normal. That’s according to data collected over the past 20 years.
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Mosquito coast? Buzz and bite season may be on its way
Recent rain means that the biting insects, 42 species of which can be found in the region, may find more places to breed
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Dog Park Closed
The dog park will remain closed for the foreseeable future. The Town needed to use the land at the dog park to place material from the canal dredging project as the dredge spoils area. It is unknown when it will be returned to a useable state as a dog park again. They are currently looking at other options for a dog park.

The dredge spoils area has turned the dog park into a pond for the time being.



BOC’s Meeting
The Board of Commissioners’ July Regular Meeting is scheduled on the third Tuesday of the month, August 20th

 



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.
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Volunteers needed
The Town is always looking for people to volunteer for their various boards and committees. If you are interested in serving, please fill out a resume form and submit it to heather@hbtownhall.com.


Recycling-Bin
Curbside Recycling

Waste Industries is now offering curbside recycling for Town properties that desire to participate in the service. The service cost is $82.48 annually paid in advance to the Town of Holden Beach and consists of a ninety-six (96) gallon cart that is emptied every other week.
Curbside Recycling Application » click here
Curbside Recycling Calendar » click here


Elevator - CRElevators
Most states mandate that elevator systems be tested and inspected annually. Currently the state of North Carolina does not require annual inspections to be performed on all elevator systems. The use of unsafe and defective lifting devices imposes a substantial probability of serious and preventable injury to your family and guests. It is in the owner’s best interest to minimize injuries and liability by scheduling an annual safety inspection to ensure the safe operation of their elevator system.

Safety Notice –
Waupaca Elevator Company has issued an important safety notice. The potential hazard is associated with normal wear in your elevator. If your elevator develops the problem and it is not repaired, the elevator may drop unexpectedly with you in it and you may be injured. They recommend you contact your elevator service company.

Waupaca Elevator Recalls to Inspect Elevators Due to Injury Hazard

Hazard:
The elevator cab can fall unexpectedly to the bottom of the elevator shaft and abruptly stop, posing an injury hazard to consumers in the elevator cab.

Consumer Contact:
Waupaca Elevator toll-free at 833-850-7981 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, e-mail at info@WaupacaElevator.com or online at www.WaupacaElevator.com and click on Recall Information for more information.

Recall Details

Description:
This recall involves residential elevator models Custom Lift 450# and Custom Lift 500#, shipped and installed between 1979 and 2008. The recalled elevators are used in consumers’ homes.

Remedy:
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled elevators and contact Waupaca Elevator to schedule a free gearbox inspection and the installation of a free overspeed braking device. Waupaca Elevator also will provide the installation of a free gearbox if the gearbox inspection reveals that the gears in the gearbox have worn down.

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Library
If you need something to keep you busy in this colder weather, make sure to visit the island library. The library is in the upstairs of Holden Beach Town Hall. All the books were donated. Patrons of the library don’t have to check out a book; they are on the honor system to return it.



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 –


 

Turtle Watch Program – 2019

. 1) Current nest count – 88 as of 07/20/19
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Average annual number of nests is 39.5
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First nest of the season was on May 9th

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A record number of nests this year, breaking the previous record of 73 set in 2013

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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Turtle Talk will be held in Holden Beach
The Holden Beach Turtle Patrol announces the first Turtle Talk of the summer will be June 5. Turtle Talk will begin at 7 p.m. at the Holden Beach Town Hall, 110 Rothschild Street on Holden Beach. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and seating is limited. This free weekly educational program will conduct each Wednesday evening in June, July and August. The program shares information about the Turtle Patrol, the sea turtles and how vacationers and residents can help the sea turtles that nest on Holden Beach. Several turtle artifacts will be on display and educational materials available. The 45 minutes presentation includes a short video about the life cycle of the sea turtle. Members of the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol will be available to answer questions about the turtles and the program. Turtle Talk is open to all family members and enjoyed by people of all ages with no admission charge. The Holden Beach Turtle Patrol also offers an additional program for younger turtle enthusiasts. This program is called “Children’s Turtle Time” and will be held Wednesdays June 26, July 3, July 10, 17, 24 and August 1 from 4-5 p.m. at the Holden Beach Town Hall. This class will feature crafts, stories and activities for children ages 3-6. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Holden Beach is a Turtle Sanctuary and every year sea turtles are welcomed and protected on the beach. Founded in 1989, the HBTP protects sea turtles through education, nest protection and sea turtle rescue. The Turtle Patrol operates under the authority of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. In its 31st year this all-volunteer program is supported by sale of an annual T-shirt and donations. This year’s shirt is blue with the theme “The Ocean is Calling.” It features a turtle hatchling coming out of an egg on the back and the HBPT logo on the front. The shirts are $15 for the youth sizes and $17 for the adults, 2X & 3X are $20. Long sleeve shirts are $22 for S-XL and $25 for @ XL and 3XL. T-shirts will be available for sale at Turtle Talk programs and at the Lighthouse Gifts on the causeway in Holden Beach. Shirts are also available by mail, see the website for details.

For more information on Turtle Talk, the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol or how to volunteer or support visit the website at http://www.hbturtlewatch.org/.
Read more » click here


Corrections & Amplifications –


Visitor Map/ Mobile App
Click here to view a printable version of the Town’s Visitor Map. Click here to check out the Google Map version. The map features public accessways, parking, handicap parking, restrooms/port-a-johns, showers, handicap accesses and parks.

Also, don’t miss out on our Town mobile app. This social media tool is a mobile friendly version of our website. Push notifications can be sent to assist in communications during an emergency situation. Check out the new “Around Me” feature on our app that includes information on accesses, parking and other amenities. This is a FREE app. Visit the Apple Store or Google Play and search “Holden Beach” to download the app.


Previously reported – June
Brunswick County discontinues funding to 2 EMS providers
Areas will be served by Brunswick County EMS
Some citizens expressed concerns about how discontinuing the franchise agreement would affect call response times. County Manager Ann Hardy responded that the 2019-2020 fiscal year budget contains “substantial efforts” to improve emergency medical services throughout the county. “So, folks throughout Brunswick County will have newer, better equipment, as well as more EMS paramedics,” she said. “Because when we can pool our resources, we can be more effective, we can operate more efficiently, and we can provide better services.” Hardy added that those in the affected service would not experience a change in their service because more financial and personnel efforts would be going into those areas of the county. The board unanimously approved the 2019-2020 budget, which does not include funding for Coastline VRS or Leland Fire/Rescue’s EMS division. Coastline VRS and Leland Fire Rescue’s EMS franchise agreements will terminate, and Brunswick County EMS will take over those operations July 1 — the start of the 2019-20 fiscal year.
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Update –
EMS Director assures residents no interruption in countywide services
Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Ed Conrow is confident the county can safely handle all calls for emergency assistance in spite of the county commissioners’ termination of franchise agreements with both the Town of Leland Fire/Rescue/EMS and Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad (CVRS). CVRS operates out of Supply. Effective July 1 at midnight, Brunswick County will provide emergency services to residents living in the Leland and rural areas in the northern end of the county. Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad’s contract with the county will continue until July 22, 2019. In May, Brunswick County commissioners and Leland agreed to terminate the county’s franchise agreement with the Leland Fire/Rescue/EMS and allow the county to assume those operations. The agreement followed a request from the emergency services unit for $800,000 in funding from the county. Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad also requested funding from the county. Their request met the same fate as Leland, with the commissioners agreeing to terminate the Supply-based unit’s franchise agreement. Conrow cites cost effectiveness as the primary reason for the new arrangement. Under the reorganization of emergency services, the county will be able to add new rescue vehicles and hire additional personnel. The county emergency service looks forward to hiring eight staff members and purchasing five new ambulances. County residents may rest assured that emergency service will amply meet their emergency needs, Conrow said. “The merger will be seamless,” he said. “The perception of diminished coverage is not true. County residents will continue to receive the same level of services.” EMS employees for both units have been offered employment. The hiring process will be streamlined, but applicants’ background checks, training and certifications will continue to be “part of the process.”
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Brunswick’s Coastline VRS fights to keep doors open
Although county plans to terminate its franchise agreement over response concerns later this month, the rescue squad wants to keep serving
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Previously reported – February 2019
Carolina Bays Parkway Extension
The N.C. Department of Transportation and the S.C. Department of Transportation plan to extend Carolina Bays Parkway (S.C. 31) from S.C. 9 in Horry County, S.C., across the North Carolina state line to U.S. 17 in Brunswick County. The project is expected to involve the construction of a multi-lane expressway and may involve both existing roadways and areas on new location.

SCDOT State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) Project P029554 would extend Carolina Bays Parkway from its current terminus at S.C. 9 in Horry County to the North Carolina state line. NCDOT STIP Project R-5876 would extend Carolina Bays Parkway from the state line to U.S. 17 Shallotte Bypass in Brunswick County.  Carolina Bays Parkway Extension is anticipated to involve the construction of a multilane, full control of access freeway, with part on new location. Full control of access means that access to Carolina Bays Parkway will only be provided via ramps and interchanges. Bridges will be installed at some cross streets and no driveway connections will be allowed.
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Carolina Bays, the $500 million Brunswick County to South Carolina highway project, begins public process
An over half-billion-dollar highway project is being designed to streamline transportation between North and South Carolina. The Carolina Bays Parkway Extension would connect S.C. 31 directly to Highway 17 in Brunswick County. Right now, S.C. 31 — Carolina Bays Parkway — runs inland and parallel to Highway 17 in South Carolina along the Myrtle Beach metropolitan area. The 24-mile long parkway ends just 4.5 miles short of the border in South Carolina. Traffic connects S.C. 31 to Highway 17 through a 1.5-mile terminus along S.C. 9. The over half-billion-dollar project instead proposes to extend S.C. 31 where it drops off and connect it to Highway 17 in Brunswick County.
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Update –
Half-billion-dollar North Carolina-South Carolina highway project seeks stakeholder input
A proposed half-billion dollar, 19-mile multilane freeway is being studied by both North and South Carolina agencies

The Federal Highway Administration is seeking stakeholder input on a half-billion dollar highway project that could reduce traffic times at the North and South Carolina state line. The proposed Carolina Bays Parkway Extension would extend South Carolina’s existing Carolina Bays Parkway — S.C. 31 — from its existing terminus at S.C. 9 in Horry County to Highway 17 in Brunswick County.

At an estimated $551.7 million, the new multilane freeway would stretch 19 miles to streamline traffic between Brunswick and Horry Counties. Last week, the Federal Highway Administration reached out to over a dozen public South Carolina agencies seeking input on the project. The administration is asking stakeholders to provide “meaningful and early input.” Stakeholders are asked to share concerns regarding the project’s potential environmental or socioeconomic impacts that may delay or prevent the project from moving forward. In May, North and South Carolina public agencies held a meeting to define the purpose and need for the project. The project’s purpose is to “improve the transportation network in the study area by enhancing traffic flow and connectivity for traffic moving in and through the area.” Approximately five miles in Horry County and 14 miles in Brunswick County are included in the project’s study area. In January, project partners solicited public comments, of which approximately 130 were received. Project documents state public comments were generally favorable. Heavy traffic on Hickman Road and congestion in Little River could be mitigated, commenters relayed. But some shared they worried the project’s benefits would not outweigh impacts and costs. The Town of Shallotte weighed in, stating its strong support for the project. It asserted a new freeway could improve safety and create economic benefits to Brunswick County. At the concurrence point meeting, multiple agencies, including North Carolina Department of Transportation Division 3, Wildlife Resources Commission, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shared concerns about eliminating enhancements to the existing roadway system as an option while moving forward with the study.

Purpose and need
Several roadways in the project area, project documents claim, have higher-than-average crash rates. Citing roadway capacity analyses, project partners state many intersections and roadway segments in the study area will approach or exceed roadway capacity limits in 2040. “The proposed project offers the potential to reduce the number and severity of vehicle crashes by providing an alternate route to travelers,” according to proposed purpose and need documents. “Separating through traffic from the local traffic that is using the existing roadways to access schools, shopping and services, and residential areas will likely enhance safety.” A draft environmental impact statement is expected in fall 2020. A final combined draft environmental impact statement is set to be released in fall 2021. Right-of-way acquisition efforts will begin shortly after. Learn more about the Carolina Bays Parkway Extension at NCDOT’s project page.
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Odds & Ends


Previously reported – July 2018      


Cape Fear Council of Governments Letter
The Cape Fear Council of Governments (CFCOG) is pleased to submit this proposal and agreement to develop a Comprehensive Land Use Plan (LUP) for the Town of Holden Beach. Assisting our member governments is a primary tenet of our mission and vision, and we hope that we can continue our years of involvement by performing the work outlined in the Proposal for you.

In the past few years, the CFCOG has developed or updated Land Use Plans for Ocean Isle Beach, Boiling Spring Lakes, Shallotte, Sunset Beach, Southport, and Topsail Beach. Our reputation for professionalism, competence, and technical skill has been earned by delivering valuable products that meet or exceed customer expectations. Our staff values that reputation and we look forward to the opportunity to validate it during the process of developing your Land Use Plan.

This project will be led by our Senior Regional Planner, Wes Macleod, who will be the primary contact for the Town. I will provide oversight and technical support. As CFCOG’s Executive Director, Chris May will be available to the Town to oversee staff and to guide the entire process. The CFCOG will work with Holden Beach to settle on a completion date and will not exceed our proposed budget of $30,000 to be expended over the course of two fiscal years.
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HOLDEN BEACH LAND USE PLAN / PUBLIC INPUT MEETING
A public input meeting will be held on Thursday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Public Assembly. This meeting is held as part of the land use planning process for the Town of Holden Beach. Holden Beach’s Land Use Plan provides guidance to local decision-makers to achieve the long-term vision for the community. This allows local decision makers to be proactive rather than reactive and helps maintain Holden Beach as one of the finest family-oriented beaches on the East Coast of the United States. The meeting is structured to be engaging and informative.

Town’s Land Use Plan

Holden Beach residents give input for updated land use plan
Holden Beach residents at a Feb. 7 meeting with the Cape Fear Council of Governments (CFCOG) were able to give input on the town’s developing land use plan. Town commissioners voted in July to approve an agreement between the town and the CFCOG for a Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) land use plan update. A land use plan is an official document containing goals, policies, analyses and maps that serves as a community’s blueprint for growth, Wes MacLeod, senior regional planner with CFCOG, told attendees at the special meeting, providing them with some of the data about the town already collected for the land use plan.

MacLeod provided history on the town’s population growth, which shows a decrease of more than 200 residents from the year 2000, with 787 permanent town residents, to 575 permanent residents in 2010. As of 2016 the number of permanent Holden Beach residents was 633. It’s estimated that the population will grow to 708 in 2020, 783 in 2025, 859 in 2030, 935 in 2035, 1,016 in 2040 and 1,095 by 2046. The median age for the town is 61.4, compared to the county’s median age of 50.9, and the state’s median age of 38.3. The majority of those living in Holden Beach are considered Baby Boomers (ages 55 to 74), making up 56.35 percent of the town. For the seasonal population, the most recent data from 2016 showed the peak seasonal overnight population estimate for Holden Beach at 16,811 people. The median value of owner-occupied housing in Holden Beach as of 2016 was $406,000.

MacLeod also showed information from the community survey update. He said CFCOG received 891 responses, including 810 property owner responses and 81 non-resident responses, including visitors and off-island residents. The survey showed Holden Beach residents when it comes to new private development desires, would most like to see more entertainment on the island like restaurants and theaters, low-density single-family residences and small businesses that serve the needs of residents. Survey takers said they consider the most important roles for the town to play in influencing the character of development on Holden Beach to be managing the density and intensity of new development by regulating the size and layout of buildings, protecting the beach and encouraging continued coastal storm damage reduction and beach protection and retaining and enhancing the community’s appearance through landscaping, signs, lighting and architectural standards. They also said coastal storm damage reduction, density development and environmental protections are the most important growth and development issues facing Holden Beach. When it comes to transportation issues, survey takers said the most important ones are maintenance of the town’s existing roadways, parking availability/public access congestion and roadway drainage. When asked to share their favorite things about Holden Beach, the most common responses from survey takers were its lack of commercial development, its uncrowded and clean beaches, its family-friendly atmosphere, its natural resources including the beaches and marshes, it’s quiet, off-season “solitude’ and the fact that the town is mostly made up of single-family houses.

Attendees were then given a brainstorming exercise. MacLeod wrote down on large pieces of paper what those at the meeting thought were the town’s most important assets, important issues and their desires for the future in Holden Beach. Attendees were then given dots to place next to the two of those they considered the most important. Preliminary results showed attendees saw the most important assets as the beach, the lack of commercial development, Lockwood Folly and the marshes and wetlands. The most important issues appeared to be rising sea levels, offshore drilling and stormwater. As for desires for the town, the most popular answers were sustainable growth, improving the causeway’s appearance and a fully maintained and marked inlet. MacLeod said the answers would be tallied by CFCOG to be used in the land use plan.
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Update –
Land Use Plan Steering Committee’s meeting is scheduled for June 25th.
You can view the agenda online at http://hbtownhall.com/files/131887037.pdf.


This & That

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With no mandatory restrictions, Brunswick water system pushed near full capacity

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Brunswick County Utilities issued a warning notice before confirming an official Stage 1 Conservation Alert, which remains voluntary. Since announcing it, demand has dropped, alongside recent rain relief. For six consecutive days late last month, Brunswick County’s water system was consistently pushed to serve demands above 90 percent of its capacity. Demand peaked the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, just 4.3% shy of hitting the system’s full production capacity. Before then, demand jumped by 15% between Thursday and Friday heading into the three-day weekend.

Record-breaking demand
The recent demand boosts broke the county’s previous water demand record at least nine times, according to data provided by Brunswick County Utilities. Triggered by ongoing regional drought conditions, utility leaders in the area attribute peaking water demands with widespread irrigation. That, partnered with tourist season, means the region’s infrastructure is being pushed to its maximum capacity. Demand over Memorial Day Weekend was, on average, 56% higher this year, compared to the same eight-day period in 2018. On average, that meant 10 million gallons per day (MGD) more demand — a massive increase compared to the county’s 30 MGD total system production capacity. In 2017, Brunswick County’s population nearly doubled during tourist season, according to CDM Smith, the county’s water consultant. Next year, a projected yearlong population of 96,374 is estimated to increase by 2.5 times, reaching 240,935 in the summer. Plans to increase production capacity at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant by 50% are still in the design phase. Construction to give the plant a $179.4 million overhaul — including expansion and treatment upgrades –is expected to reach completion by December 2022.

Why only voluntary?
Unlike Pender and New Hanover County, Brunswick County Utilities has not issued mandatory water restrictions. Brunswick County’s Water Shortage Response Plan includes three tiers of water alerts; since the Stage 1 Alert was announced May 28, it has not been lifted. On June 6, Brunswick County Utilities announced the alert would “remain in force.” The county has exceeded criteria to reach a Stage 2 Alert, according to the county’s Water Shortage Response Plan, renewed in January. Including mandatory restrictions, a Stage 2 Alert can be announced after two consecutive days when demand exceeds 90% of production capacity. However, the county has discretion in issuing each alert. John Nichols, Brunswick County Public Utilities director, may declare each alert pending consultation with his staff and the county’s administration. “We did not want to enter directly into a Stage 2 Water Conservation Alert with enforceable restrictions without giving the Stage 1 Water Alert with voluntary measures a chance to reduce water usage,” Nichols wrote in an email Thursday. “It appears that this has had an impact on water usage along with the change in weather and the rainfall.” Indeed, after issuing the Stage 1 Alert, and after modest but much-needed rainfall trickled in, demand tapered off. After Memorial Day, when one might assume visitors had packed their bags and headed inland, demand was still breaking records. On Friday, May 31 — four days after Memorial Day — demand in the county still exceeded its previous record, set on July 10, 2015, but tapered off shortly after. When asked why demand persisted after the holiday, Nichols said several factors are at play. “From Memorial Day through Labor Day there are a significant number of visitors to Brunswick County. Even under normal conditions there is not a tremendous drop in flow after Memorial Day. The unusually high demand is a result of the record-breaking heat and drought conditions combined with the additional visitors in the area. The current temperatures are more typical of the July and August time-frames rather than May and June.”

About the system
Brunswick County’s Stage 1 Conservation Alert impacts all of the 10 smaller utilities it serves. Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO, The Town of Oak Island, and the Town of Navassa are Brunswick County Utilities’ biggest water customers. Between 1,047 miles of distribution lines, Brunswick County’s water system is comprised of a complex network of pump stations, water towers, and two treatment plants. Nichols said the system relies on booster pump stations to pump water across the large county. Also, water towers help offset peak demands by providing storage capacity. Brunswick County’s largest plant, Northwest Water Treatment Plant, has a production capacity of 24 MGD. NWWTP treats raw water sourced from the Cape Fear River, purchased from the Lower Cape Fear Water Sewer Authority. The 211 Water Treatment Plant sources raw water from the Castle Hayne Aquifer, with a production capacity of 6 MGD. With both plants combined, Brunswick County Utilities is capable of producing 30MGD of treated water. Demand in Brunswick County historically peaks around the Fourth of July, according to Nichols. Last year, demand peaked on July 4, at about 84% of production capacity.
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People Are Taking Emotional Support Animals Everywhere.
States Are Cracking Down.
In 2011, the National Service Animal Registry, a for-profit company that sells official-looking vests and certificates for owners, had 2,400 service and emotional support animals in its registry. Now the number is nearly 200,000.
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Factoid That May Interest Only Me –


Staying safe at the beach: Rip currents, jellyfish, sharks, and other hazards
A trip to the beach can turn deadly (or painful) due to natural hazards but being aware of risks and mitigating hazards is a good way to prevent problems.
Picture this: warm weather, blue skies, and your toes in the sand — it sounds like a perfect lazy summer day at the beach. Maybe you decide to cool down in the ocean and find yourself bobbing around when suddenly you realize you are a little too far out. As panic sinks in and you start to swim towards dry land you realize your efforts are in vain and your whole body is getting tired, all the while you are drifting further into the Atlantic — you have gotten stuck in a rip current. It’s not the only potential danger in the ocean, though. There are also sharks. And, of course, there are some things on shore that ruin your day at the beach, too, including stepping on jellyfish and, of course, good old-fashioned sunburn.

Rip currents
According to the U.S. Lifesaving Association (USLA), 80 percent of all ocean rescues are related to rip currents and annually more than 100 fatalities across the country are due to rip currents. While it is obvious that swimming at a beach with lifeguards is one of the safer options, there are plenty of area beaches that lack lifeguards or maybe ocean rescue season has not started just yet. So, what is the best course of action for surviving a rip current? According to the National Weather Service, there are several things swimmers should keep in mind when dealing with these often-unseen dangers.

  • Relax. Rip currents don’t pull you under.
  • A rip current is a natural treadmill that travels an average speed of 1-2 feet per second but has been measured as fast as 8 feet per second — faster than an Olympic swimmer. Trying to swim against a rip current will only use up your energy; energy you need to survive and escape the rip current.
  • Do NOT try to swim directly into to shore. Swim along the shoreline until you escape the current’s pull. When free from the pull of the current, swim at an angle away from the current toward shore.
  • If you feel you can’t reach shore, relax, face the shore, and call or wave for help. Remember: If in doubt, don’t go out!
  • If at all possible, only swim at beaches with lifeguards.
  • If you choose to swim on beaches without a lifeguard, never swim alone. Take a friend and have that person take a cell phone so he or she can call 911 for help.

Sharks
Sharks are a fear on most every swimmer’s mind, regardless of the actual dangers posed by the large predatory fish. “NOAA states that while shark attacks are rare, they are most likely to occur near shore, typically inshore of a sandbar or between sandbars where sharks can be trapped by low tide, and near steep drop-offs where sharks’ prey gather. While the risks are small, it’s important to be aware of how to avoid an attack,” according to previous reporting.

Suggestions from NOAA for reducing the risk of a shark attack include:

  • Don’t swim too far from shore.
  • Stay in groups – sharks are more likely to attack a solitary individual.
  • Avoid being in the water during darkness or twilight when sharks are most active.
  • Don’t go in the water if bleeding from a wound – sharks have a very acute sense of smell.
  • Leave the shiny jewelry at home – the reflected light resembles fish scales.
  • Avoid brightly-colored swimwear – sharks see contrast particularly well.Sunburns
    Most everyone has experienced a sunburn at one point in their life and while not often thought as a major concern for many, overexposure to UV light can cause serious long-term problems including skin cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends using at least S.P.F. 15 sunscreen at least 15 minutes prior to sun exposure. Wearing a hat, long sleeves, and other protective clothing is also recommended to keep skin protected.

Jellyfish
Jellyfish and Portuguese Man of War have been spotted along the beaches of New Hanover County and surrounding area beaches already this season and the little floating creatures can pack a punch. Often times beachgoers will spot them washed up on shore and other times they can be spotted in the water, but it is best to avoid them when you can. “While all jellyfish sting, not all contain poison that hurts humans. Be careful of jellies that wash up on shore, as some can still sting if tentacles are wet. NOAA recommends that if you are stung by a jellyfish to first seek a lifeguard to give first aid. If no lifeguards are present, wash the wound with vinegar or rubbing alcohol,” NOAA suggests. And what about that … other method of treating stings? Turns out, it’s a myth. In fact, urine can actually aggravate the stinging cells of jellyfish, making things worse. These cells, which detach and stick into the skin of prey, can continue to inject venom. Urine, as well as fresh water, can cause an imbalance to the salt solution surrounding the stinging cells, causing them to continue to fire. According to Scientific American, if you don’t have vinegar or rubbing alcohol, rinsing with salt water may be your best bet.
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No lifeguards on duty in Brunswick
Beach towns say policy remains ‘Swim at your own risk’

North Carolina’s tourist season is off to a tragic start. So far, at least eight people have drowned along the state’s coast, which ties the number of surf zone drowning deaths reported statewide in 2018.

According to the National Weather Service, at least six of the deaths this year were caused by rip currents, while another one was attributed to high surf. With the official start of summer still weeks away, many more visitors will make their way to the ocean in search of fun. But many aren’t aware of the danger and end up in distress. On Memorial Day weekend, lifeguards pulled 31 swimmers from rip currents along New Hanover County’s beaches. But what happens when there’s no lifeguard on duty? At Brunswick County’s beaches, that’s the case every day. None of the county’s six beach towns employ lifeguards. Pender County’s beaches also don’t have lifeguards, while all of New Hanover County’s beach towns employ them. According to Caswell Beach Town Administrator Chad Hicks, several of the Brunswick beach towns came together four years ago and considered employing lifeguards. He noted the move came at the urging of Rich Cerrato, who at the time served as Sunset Beach’s mayor. Hicks recalled that as the towns examined the figures, all deemed it would be too costly. “We’ve got such a tiny budget,” he said of Caswell Beach. “I don’t remember the exact figures, but it was more than we took in for accommodations tax.” One reason for the high cost is the amount of ground to cover. Brunswick County has more than 50 miles of coastline. While that land is divided between the six beach towns — Bald Head Island, Caswell Beach, Oak Island, Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach — some would be responsible for stationing lifeguards along 10 miles of beaches.

Some safety steps
Though they don’t have lifeguards, beach town officials say they do have some water safety programs in place. Sunset Beach Town Administrator Hiram Marziano said the town has a beach patrol offered through the fire department. “We do have a beach patrol that monitors safety, but they aren’t responsible for life safety,” Marziano said. “They help out if they can and if they are trained.” He said the town’s fire chief had recently developed a program to station life rings at all the town’s beach accesses. “That way, if someone’s in trouble, they can throw that out to assist them until help arrives,” Marziano said. In Caswell Beach, the police department patrols the beach several times throughout the day. Hicks said all police officers and some public works employees carry flotation boards that can be thrown to assist distressed swimmers. The town also posts rip current warnings on an electronic message board near the police station. “That sign has come in handy, and it has helped a lot,” Hicks said. In addition, Caswell Beach is served by the Southport Fire Department, which has a water rescue division. Hicks recalled that recently the department used its boat to assist kayakers trapped in the marsh.

‘Swim at your own risk’
Oak Island, Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach also have water rescue programs. In Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach, the programs are coordinated through the fire department, and in Oak Island it is a nonprofit, volunteer organization with about 20 members. According to Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett, the town doesn’t have a formal beach patrol or water rescue program, but it does post signs warning beachgoers about rip currents at the beach accesses. Aside from these efforts, officials at all beach towns say when it comes to safety, it’s the responsibility of the swimmer. “Our formal policy is swim at your risk,” Hewett said.
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Hot Button Issues
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Climate
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Solid Waste Program

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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.
///// April 2019
Name:            Manna                                                                                                    Cuisine:           New American
Location:        123 Princess Street, Wilmington NC
Contact:          910.763.5252 / 
http://www.mannaavenue.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
Opened in the fall of 2010, Manna is touted as one of the best restaurants in Wilmington for fine dining. They offer a very limited menu that changes with the season. Unlike our last visit, this time they exceeded our expectations. What a delightful dining experience. Manna’s menu has imaginative entrees with amusing dish names, using local ingredients, served in a relaxed yet sophisticated ambiance. The bar area deserves mentioning and was one of the best we’ve ever been to. I would recommend putting it on your short-list of must try restaurants, but it’s not your any-night-of-the-week restaurant it’s more of a special occasion type place.
     


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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WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens
The wildlife scientist Delia Owens debut novel is set in the marsh lands off the North Carolina coast, it’s a story about an unforgettable young woman.

The chapters alternate between Kya’s life growing up and who survived alone in the marsh during her earlier years and later as the primary suspect in a murder investigation until the two storylines eventually merge at the end of the book.
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06 – Town Meeting

Lou’s Views

“Unofficial” Minutes & Comments


BOC’s Special Meeting 06/18/19

Board of Commissioners’ Agenda Packet » click here NA

Audio Recording » click here NA

1. Interviews for the Inlet and Beach Protection Board


BOC’s Regular Meeting 06/18/19

Board of Commissioners’ Agenda Packet click here

Audio Recording » click here


PUBLIC HEARING:
Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2019- 2020

Previously reported – May
Budget Message
Notice is hereby given that the Budget proposed for the Fiscal Year, beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020, has been submitted to the Board of Commissioners. Click here to view the Budget Message online.

 A public hearing on the proposed Budget will be held by the Board of Commissioners at 7:00 p.m. or shortly thereafter on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 in the Holden Beach Town Hall Public Assembly, 110 Rothschild Street. Oral and written comments will be received at the hearing from any interested person.

Key Takeaway
Tax Rate
The value of the Town’s real estate went up almost nine (9) percent in the Brunswick County property revaluation this year. The revenue-neutral rate, the rate necessary to generate the same amount of ad valorem tax revenue, would require the real estate tax rate to go down. By leaving the tax rate at twenty-two cents per one hundred dollars of valuation essentially what you have is a hidden tax rate increase. The Board of Commissioners top two goals this year were to have no additional taxes and no tax increase.

Previous property valuation of $1.227 billion
Current property revaluation of $1.336 billion
Valuation increase 109,107,354 or @8.89%
2018 Tax rate = $.022 / Collection rate 98.64%
$1,227,304,318 X $.022 = $2,700,069
$1,336,411,672 X $.020 = $2,672,873 / Revenue neutral tax rate $.020 vs. $.022
$1,336,411,672 X $.022 = $2,940,106 / Difference of an additional $240,037 (windfall)

The Board instructed the Town Manager to modify the budget to make it revenue neutral. They have chosen to address the property revaluation and its impact on the Town tax rate and eliminate what would have been a hidden tax increase.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously

Update –
The proposed budget sets forth four (4) main governmental funds – General, Water & Sewer, BPART and Canal Dredging. It also includes three (3) Capital Reserve Funds – Beach Nourishment, Water and Sewer. The Total Budget is $17,552,213.

Proposed Budget by Fund

                                                           2017                           2018                           2019

General                                          $3,369,711                $3,447,300                $3,446,793

Water & Sewer                             $5,140,804                $5,561,260                $5,320,990

BPART                                            $9,068,606                $5,887,335                 $3,078,146

Canal Dredging                            $2,046,713                $2,551,479                $2,167,214

Capital Reserve                            /                                  $3,430,452                $3,255,657

Total All Funds                             $19,625,834              $20,877,826              $17,268,800

Implementation of 2 cent tax rate reduction
The recommended actions necessary to meet the shortfall of a 2-cent tax rate reduction as directed by the Board of Commissioner at the 21May regular meeting are included in the budget ordinance under consideration at the regular meeting 18 June. A combination of increasing nontax rate generated revenues projections and expenses reductions was used to balance the General Fund budget.

A revenue increase of $40,385 in addition to an expense reduction of $222,146 offsets the 2-cent tax rate revenue reduction of $262,531and balances the proposed budget ordinance in accordance with the Local Government Budget and Fiscal Control Act.

Town Manager Hewett did a presentation that included the following:
    1) Highlights by Fund
    2) What it does
    3) What it doesn’t do
.     4) Capital Improvement Plan
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10-year forecast of project costs, approximately $15 million


1. Police Report – Chief Jeremy Dixon

Police Patch
Typical summertime fun at the beach
They have stepped up enforcement of Ordinances
Fireworks are illegal on the island
Jeremy recommended a couple venues to go to instead


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


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


Pets on the beach strand
Pets – Chapter 90 / Animals / §90.20
From May 20th through September 10th
It is unlawful to have any pet on the beach strand
* During the hours of 9:00am through 5:00pm

Unattended Gear
Ordinance §94.06 was passed on September 14, 2010. 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.

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

Parking
§72.02 PARKING REGULATED ON PUBLIC STREETS AND RIGHTS-OF-WAY.
(1) All vehicles must be as far off the public street rights-of-way as possible; and
(2) No vehicle may be left parked on any portion of any roadway; and
(3) No vehicle may be parked on portion of the sidewalk.


2. Presentation of the 2018 Annual Audit Results by Partner Jay Sharpe, CPA, CFE, Rives & Associates – Mayor Pro Tem Fletcher

Agenda Packet –
Draft audit » click here

Item was removed from the agenda

Well another kerfuffle over the audit between David and John. John said that he and members of the audit committee are supposed to meet with David and the auditor before making the presentation. In addition, John said that David instructed the auditor to submit audit to Local Government Commission (LGC) without it being reviewed by audit committee or approved by the BOC’s. David took umbrage to his remarks and adamantly denied that he instructed auditor to bypass normal protocols.

Report –
Finding 2018-001 / Significant Deficiency
A significant deficiency is a deficiency in internal control that is less severe than a material weakness, yet important enough to merit attention by those charged with governance.

Criteria: The Town should have someone who is familiar with governmental accounting principles that can review its financial statements each year and determine if they have been prepared accurately.

Finding 2018-002 / Material Weakness
A material weakness is a deficiency in internal control such that there is a reasonable possibility that a material misstatement of the entity’s financial statements will not be prevented or detected and corrected on a timely basis.

Criteria: The Town is not accounting for its finances on a full accrual basis.


3. Discussion and Possible Action on Approval of 2018 Annual Audit Prior to Submission to the LGC – Mayor Pro Tem Fletcher

Agenda Packet –
Draft audit »
click here

Agenda item made academic since auditor already submitted the audit to LGC.

4. Receipt of Inlet and Beach Protection Board Report – Commissioner Freer

Agenda Packet –
May Meeting Update

The Inlet and Beach Protection Board (IBPB) met May 23 and the following issues and topics were addressed:

Status of the Beach and Inlets: Staff provided an overview of conditions and issues relative to the beach strand and inlets. The status of the Florence and Michael remediation project, now known as the Central Reach Reimbursement Project, (CRR Project) including sand sourcing was discussed. Work continues on obtaining easements from East End property owners to allow sand placement in the future from dredging the Lockwood Folly Inlet and crossing. ATM’s sediment modeling report was discussed and will be submitted to the Town on May 24,2019.

Comprehensive Long-Term Plan: Work on the Long-Term Plan continues and was the major thrust of the meeting. Cathy Foerster, AICP, Senior Planner and Facilitator with ATM is facilitating the effort.  The first draft of the plan was reviewed.  The revised draft and project table will be reviewed at our June meeting.

Meetings:  The next IBPB meeting is June 27. The IBPB will be represented at the Brunswick County Shoreline Protection meeting June 5. A member attended the NC Beach, Inlets, and Waterways Association meeting April 29,30.

IBPB Vacancy: A news blast has been sent out soliciting a new member to fill the vacancy on the Board. Interviews will be conducted prior to the June BOC meeting.

Previously reported –
Ordinance 18-02 established the Inlet and Beach Protection Board
The Ordinance requires a written report from this Board

Update –
No issues, accepted report

 BEACH & INLET NEWSLETTER

 Spring is in the air and the Town would like to make our residents and visitors aware of the following information and updates to our beach and inlet management activities:

 • The Town would like to thank the Holden Beach Re-nourishment Association for funding in the amount of $40,000 for recent plantings on the beach, as well as fertilization of the dunes, from inlet to inlet. Vegetation and sand fence are an integral part of growing our dune system. The Town will be conducting additional plantings in the near future with funds allocated in the current fiscal year.

 • When visiting the beach, please help us keep our dune system healthy by staying off the planted areas, the sand fences and the dunes. Our dunes protect the whole island and are a critical storm protection tool!

 • The Town is currently conducting a spring assessment of public walkways for needed repairs. Private walkway owners may want to consider evaluating their walkways as well in preparation for the upcoming season. 

• The Town recently completed our annual beach monitoring survey of the beach. The information from the survey will be presented in the fall as part of the Town’s annual beach monitoring report.

 • The Inlet and Beach Protection Board is currently engaged in the creation of a long-term beach management plan that will be presented to the Board of Commissioners for adoption this summer. Members have also been busy networking at the local, state, and federal level and attending meetings and conferences. The networking has resulted in a proposal from UNCW to study our dune ecosystem and other projects.

 • Total beach strand losses from Florence and Michael are estimated at 1,112,298 cubic yards of sand with a cost estimate of $24,321,099 to replace. Losses from both storms are anticipated to be combined into one remediation project reimbursed by FEMA. We are awaiting approved project worksheets from FEMA, but the Board of Commissioners has approved a contract to begin the sand search required for project construction. 

 • The Town is working with the Corps of Engineers regarding the need for sand placement on the East End from the upcoming Lockwood Folly Inlet Crossing Dredging Project. The Town has also expressed interest in piggybacking on the project to add additional sand if environmental windows permit.


5. Discussion and Possible Action on Lockwood Folly Inlet Dredging – Assistant Town Manager Ferguson
a.
Ordinance 19-09, An Ordinance Amending Ordinance 18-10, The Revenues and Appropriations Ordinance for Fiscal Year 2018 – 2019 (Amendment No. 8)

Agenda Packet –
AIWW/ LWF Inlet Crossing Bend Widener
The Town received an email June 6, 2019 from Brennan Dooley, Project Manager with the Corps. The Corps estimates that there is approximately 135,000 cubic yards of material available to be dredged in the advanced maintenance widener not eligible for federal funding as part of the upcoming AIWW contract.   The Corps’ cost estimate to remove the material and utilize beneficial use beach placement is $1,165,000.

The Town is requesting the Corps include the bend widener as part of their base contract and have funds passed through the State of North Carolina, utilizing the Memorandum of Agreement.     Dr.  Coley Cordeiro with the Division of Water Resources was contacted by the Town to make her aware of our interest in the project. The Town has requested state funding through the NC Shallow Draft Channel and Aquatic Weed Fund in the amount of $776,705 and will need to match with local funding in the amount of $388,295.

Based on the information from Mr. Dooley, the Corps would need to receive all money through the State by June 27th, in order to include the widener as part of their contract.  He also requested a letter of intent from the Town.  To complete this action, $100,000 can be spent from the Lockwood Folly Inlet Dredging Line in the BPART Budget.  The remainder of the funds ($288,295) will require a budget amendment to transfer funds from the Beach Renourishment & Inlet Management Fund to the Lockwood Folly Dredging Line in the BPART Budget.  Due to the timeline, the staff was not able to secure a county funding commitment prior to execution for the local match but has reached out to the County.  We will be asking for 50% reimbursement of the local share ($194,147.50)

Staff recommendation is to approve the budget amendment and the corresponding ordinance.

ORDINANCE NO.19-09
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO 18-10, THE REVENUES AND APPROPRIATIONS ORDINANCE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018-2019 (Amendment 8)

Moved funds of $228,295

A decision was made – Approved unanimously

Right now, we are committed to the full local funding amount of $388,295. Apparently, we decided to proceed without the County buy in. Traditionally the County goes for 25%, but we are asking for $194,147 or 50%.  David indicated we could pull the plug if County funding is not approved.


6. Discussion and Possible Adoption of Ordinance 19-10, Budget Ordinance for Fiscal Year 2019 – 2020 – Town Manager Hewett 

Agenda Packet –

General3,446,793
Water & Sewer5,320,990
BPART3,078,146
Harbor Canal Dredging Special Revenue Fund591,317
Heritage Harbor Canal Dredging Special Revenue Fund517,029
Harbor Acres Canal Dredging Special Revenue Fund1,058,868
Capital Reserve Fund Water26,976
Capital Reserve Fund Sewer44,523
Beach Re-nourishment & Inlet Management Fund3,184,158
Total17,268,800

The recommended actions necessary for implementation of 2 -cent tax rate reduction included some expense reductions that were questioned by the Board. We had an attempt at some lastminute horse trading over some of the expense reductions but in the end, it was left to the Town Manager to make any necessary adjustments.

Proposed budget balanced with revenues equaling expenses
BOC’s approved the town’s budget ordinance for the upcoming fiscal year

A decision was made – Approved (4-1)

Commissioner Sullivan voted no because he feels they should have lowered the tax rate by 2 cents. He is beginning to sound like “a one-song jukebox” when he keeps arguing that the FEMA reimbursement should have not required us to transfer an additional $250,000 for beach nourishment last year. Although I understand his position I don’t agree and neither do the other Board members. It’s time to move on.

The Town’s $17.3 million-dollar 2018-19 fiscal year budget was adopted as submitted. In previous years the budget message has been accepted as a fait accompli; in other words, the Board has accepted the proposed budget in its entirety. There was a bit more dialogue this year, but still don’t see how things are much different.

Brunswick County to keep 48.5-cent tax rate in budget
Brunswick County will keep its tax rate at 48.5-cents per $100 of property valuation rather than lower it to a revenue neutral rate of 45.05-cents, which is possible based on an increased tax base from the 2019 revaluation. Instead, the extra revenue will help the county increase funding for public safety, storm resiliency, employee retention and also pay for the $152-million school bond projects approved by voters in 2017.
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Ann Hardy / County Manager
The county is implementing the first of 3 phases of voter approved school general obligation bonds that totaled $152 million.  The first phase of the school bond debt service has added $5.6 million to the county’s FY 20 budget.  The second phase to be issued next year is $5.9 million and the final phase is $6.4 million.  Fortunately, due to planning on the part of the County Commissioners and the Board of Education the impact to the taxpayers will be lessened with the timing of the phases to coincide with payoff of the 1999 school bond.  I believe that by the county holding the tax rate the same this year, the county will be positioned to support the voter approved school bond without an increase in the county tax rate.


7. Discussion and Possible Action – Construction Management Services of the Vacuum Sewer System #4 Upgrade Status Report – Public Works Director Clemmons

Agenda Packet – background information not provided

Previously reported – March 2019
New system is up and running without any issues. Met with engineers and prepared punch list items necessary for project completion. He now anticipates project will be completed within the next fourteen (14) days.

Previously reported – April 2019
Leo Green from Green Engineering, the firm used for construction management services, gave the report. They were able to meet the target date for beginning operations there. Punch list items necessary for project completion took longer than expected and pushed them past scheduled completion date. Project has been completed and they have received the final certificate of occupancy.

Previously reported – May 2019
Wait, What? It was my understanding that this was put to bed last month. Chris is still talking about punch list items being completed.

Update –
Not for nothing but why are we still talking about this?
They agreed that they could finally put this to bed.
This time is different – No, really

Caveat – we may need to do something with ventilation system to improve the cooling inside the building


8. Discussion and Possible Approval of Agreement between the Town and Green Engineering for Engineering Services for Structural and Mechanical Modifications to Vacuum Sewer Pump Station #3 – Public Works Director Clemmons

Agenda Packet –
This memo recommends and presents for the Board of Commissioners’ consideration the agreement for structural and mechanical work to sewer lift station #3 as outlined in Alterative #2 of the Holden Beach Sewer Study completed by McGill Associates in April 2017. Work to also include evaluate, design and construction of possible force main interceptor at Ocean Boulevard West and Seagull Street.

Approval of the agreement will provide all engineering services required in the amount of $311,805.

Previously reported – April 2019
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 for Sewer System #3 upgrade. Green Engineering will provide all engineering services required to construct a vulnerability reducing structure of Lift Station #3. The engineer firm is responsible for the design, bid, and construct process. The Board authorized the Town Manager to negotiate a contract with the selected engineering firm.

Update –
Green Engineering was awarded the $158,000 contract for Sewer System Engineering to Sewer Pump Station Number 4 in December of 2017. Green Engineering was just awarded the $311,805 contract for Sewer System Engineering to Sewer Pump Station Number 3. You may ask yourself: Why is there an additional $153,805
in cost only eighteen (18) months later? The explanation given was that this station is only sixteen (16) feet from adjacent property and will require additional acoustic engineering. Due to the station location it is different from the first project and will have a significant higher cost to build. Leo when asked how much more threw out a 25% more number just as a ballpark figure. Yikes!

A decision was made – Approved unanimously


9. Discussion and Possible Action on Proposed Ordinance for Maximum House Size Construction – Planning Director Evans

Agenda Packet –
The Planning Board has approved a proposed ordinance change for consideration by the Board of Commissioners. As you are aware, Commissioners have voiced some concerns over possible future and present issues related to homes that are so large that they pose an impact to the quality environment that the Holden Beach wishes to portray.

This ordinance has been vetted by the planning Department and is similar to other beach town regulation pertaining to the same issues.

Proposed Zoning Ordinances Changes

    • Maximum House Size of 6,000 square feet
    • Progressive Setbacks
    • Protection of Storm Water Discharge Through Reduction
    • Traffic Reduction
    • Reduced Parking Density
    • Reduction of Trash Refuse
    • Improve Quality of Life
    • Increase Lot Open Space
    • Decrease Potential Secondary Storm Debris

Clear, concise, easily understood presentation by Timbo. This has been a major issue for years. He said that he attempted to be fair and equitable for everyone. Well thought out, benchmarked other beach town regulations and the Planning Board has already signed off on the proposal. Proposal would not be changing the dynamics of what has been done before; but homes will fit better on the lots now. Next step is for staff to put this into an Ordinance format.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously


10.  Community Rating System Update – Planning Director Evans

Agenda Packet –
The CRS evaluation will be June 13, we will be providing a brief report on the evaluation and any feedback we get from The CRS representative.

Auditor informed them that we had one of the lowest scores that he had ever seen. That’s a good thing! Kudos to Tim and his staff. Timbo said that he has worked very hard to get our rating lower. As a result, flood insurance premium rates are discounted to reflect the reduced flood risk. Unfortunately, they have changed the rules. It will require us to get very tough if we want to even retain our current score.

Community Rating System (CRS)
The National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP requirements.

As a result, flood insurance premium rates are discounted to reflect the reduced flood risk resulting from the community actions meeting the three goals of the CRS:
    1)
Reduce flood damage to insurable property;
    2) Strengthen and support the insurance aspects of the NFIP, and
.     3)
Encourage a comprehensive approach to floodplain management.

For CRS participating communities, flood insurance premium rates are discounted in increments of 5% (i.e., a Class 1 community would receive a 45% premium discount, while a Class 9 community would receive a 5% discount (a Class 10 is not participating in the CRS and receives no discount)). The CRS classes for local communities are based on 18 creditable activities, organized under four categories:
    1)
Public Information,
.     2)
Mapping and Regulations,
.     3) Flood Damage Reduction, and
    4)
Flood Preparedness.

National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System
For more information » click here

National Flood Insurance Program CRS Coordinator’s Manual   
OMB No. 1660-0022 / Expires: March 31, 2020
For more information » click here


11. North Carolina Coastal Federation Seminar Related to GenX and Emerging Industrial Contaminants, Discussion – Commissioner Sullivan

Agenda Packet –

While studying the Cape Fear River in 2013, NC State University professor, Dr. Detlef Knappe, and his colleagues discovered high levels of industrial chemicals, including one called ‘GenX’. Working with scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Dr. Knappe’s team reported their findings to a scientific journal. Subsequent media reports brought the issue to the attention of North Carolina state officials. As part of the 2018-2019 fiscal year budget, the NC General Assembly awarded the NC Policy Collaboratory at UNC about $5 million to work with scientific experts to conduct baseline water- and air-quality testing for PFAS compounds, including GenX. The funds are shared among a network of more than 20 researchers at universities across North Carolina. This research model is the first of its kind for any state in the United States to begin studying the occurrence, impacts and removal of PFAS in our environment.
For more information » click here

 

For more information » click here

 


12. Discussion and Possible Nomination of Member to Fill Vacancy on the Inlet and Beach Protection Board– Town Clerk Finnell

Agenda Packet –
Timothy Gibble and Phillip Caldwell are interested in filling the vacancy on the Inlet & Beach Protection Board. They are both scheduled to be interviewed at the June 18th Special Meeting and their information is in the meeting packet.  Irvin Woods has also expressed interest in the position. He has already been interviewed by the Board.

The Board voted by ballot and selected Dr. Timothy Gibble to fill the vacancy.


13. Discussion and Possible Scheduling of a Date to Interview People Interested in Filling Vacancies on the Planning & Zoning Board, Board of Adjustment and Parks & Recreation Advisory Board

Agenda Packet –
There are terms expiring on the Planning & Zoning Board, Board of Adjustment and Parks & Recreation Advisory Board. I have contacted the members eligible to serve again and they are all interested in serving another term. Stephen Veenker has served his maximum amount of terms on the Board of Adjustment. I recommend the Board hold interviews on July 16th at 6:45p.m. for people interested in serving on these boards.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously

Volunteers needed to fill vacancies on the two boards. The Town is always looking for people to volunteer for their various boards and committees. If you are interested, submit a resume form to heather@hbtownhall.com.


14. Discussion and Possible Approval of Updated Records Retention and Disposition Schedule: General Records Schedule for Local Government Agencies – Town Clerk Finnell 

Agenda Packet –
At the March meeting of the Board of Commissioners, the Board voted to have staff develop the new Records Retention and Disposition Schedule, including the discretionary time periods and to inform the Board of what those discretionary periods, are once they were decided.         ·                               

The proposed schedule, with minimum retention period guidelines for items requiring definition of when reference value ends, is included in the Board’s packets for review. Staff recommends the Board approve the schedule and allow the staff to make any adjustments to the time periods defining when the reference value ends as they find necessary during daily operations.

The suggested motion is to approve the schedule and allow the staff to enforce internal policies setting minimum retention periods for the records that DNCR has scheduled with the disposition instruction ‘”destroy when reference value ends.”

Retention Schedule » click here

A decision was made – Approved unanimously


15. Town Manager’s Report

Roadway Work
Previously reported April 2019
Highland Paving was awarded the $96,000 contract for roadway work for the maintenance of three streets on the island, they are Sand Spur, Sand Piper, and Sand Dune.

Update –
Highland Paving has completed the maintenance of existing streets on the island.
This is the fourth year in a ten-year program to repair the island streets.

External Employee Review
Previously reported – April 2019
Town Manager Hewett said that they had already engaged the MAPS Group. The process has been started but he anticipated that it would take the better part of three to four months before they had the completed report.

The Management and Personnel Services Group – MAPS – is a team of consultants specializing in human resource management and development.
For more information » click here

Update –
Evaluation of compensation package and job descriptions should be completed shortly. After Town Manager reviews report it will be presented to the BOC’s.   

 FEMA / Storm Events
Two FEMA hurricane damage reimbursement programs being worked simultaneously
Cat G Project Worksheets completed and in queue
Florence 990k cubic yards; 560k cubic yds from CRP
Michael 533k cubic yards; 303k cubic yds from CRP
We are talking about an amount in the $20 million-dollar range
We are in the process to identify locations where we can get more sand from
Also working to get permit updates

RSM
Previously reported – June 2018
The Audit Committee selected the firm RSM from Morehead City for the Internal Control Review.

Update –
Status of final report still unknown
Initiated activities to address deficiencies
LGC memo provides guidance for next year’s audit
* Specifically addresses issues raised by RSM
*
Will follow LGC guidance

Canal Dredging Project
Previously reported December 2017
Adoption
Resolution 17-10, Water Resources Development Grant ($1,439,922)
The grant is good for two years and will accelerate our current dredging schedule. Each canal will be responsible for paying for their dredging project costs upfront. It is a reimbursement grant which means we do not receive the funds from the state until after satisfactory completion of the project.

Update –
Received final reimbursement
A few punch list items remain to be completed


16. Executive Session Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 143-318.11(A)(516. Executive Session Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 143-318.11(A)(5) To Establish or Instruct the Staff or Agent Concerning the Negotiation of the Price or Terms of a Contract Concerning the Acquisition of Real Property

No decision was made – No action taken


17. Executive Session Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 143-318.11(A)(3) To Consult with the Attorney

Town Attorney Noel Fox tendered her resignation
A search will begin to hire a new attorney as soon as possible

Previously reported February 2016
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


General Comments –

There were eighteen (18) members of the community in attendance

The next BOC’s Regular Meeting has been rescheduled to the third Tuesday of the month, July 16th

Meeting Agenda
Yet another marathon session, the meeting ran for almost three (3) hours

Loose Ends:
Chapter 50: Solid Waste
Rental properties have specific number of trash cans based on number of bedrooms.
Enforcement fines to those not following the yard waste requirements
Enforcement fines for those placing trash on the ground or on top of trash containers
Enforcement and communication reside with the town staff to determine
Examine the possibility of providing a rollout program in addition to rollback.

We were told protocols would be established, communication to the public would be made, followed by enforcement. It’s June already, when were they planning to do these tasks?

Budget

Local governments must balance their budget by a combination of the following:
. 1)
Raising taxes
. 2)
Cutting spending
. 3)
Operating more efficiently

Ensuring that government commitments are in line with available resources is an essential element of good governance.

The Town Manager’s proposed budget is due by June 1st
Commissioners must adopt budget no later than July 1st for the next fiscal year
Adopting the annual budget is a primary responsibility of the Board

Budget Meeting Schedule / 2019

  • 16 January BOC’s Workshop Goals & Objectives
  • 05 February BOC’s Workshop Goals & Objectives / Capital Programs
  • 15 February Canal Dredging Working Group / PRAB / IBPB
    . * PRAB – Parks & Recreation Advisory Board
    . * IBPB – Inlet & Beach Protection Board
  • 22 February Departments Input to Manager
  • 7 March BOC’s Workshop Revenues & Expenses
  • 21 March BOC’s Workshop Revenues & Expenses
  • 28 March BOC’s Workshop Revenues & Expenses
  • 12 April BOC’s Workshop Revenues & Expenses
  • 19 April BOC’s Workshop Revenues & Expenses
  • 6-10 May Budget Message
  • 18 June Public Hearing
  • 18 June Regular BOC’s Meeting – Ordinance Consideration
  • 1 July Budget adopted (No Later Than)

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Hurricane Season
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Be prepared – have a plan!

 

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No matter what a storm outlook is for a given year,

vigilance and preparedness is urged.


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News & Views / June Edition

Calendar of Events –


Riverfest Celebration Conway Riverfest - CR
June 29th
Conway, SC


Held along the Waccamaw River in downtown Conway the festival
celebrates Independence Day with music and events for the entire family.
For more information » click here


4th of July Southport - CR 190
N.C. 4th of July Festival
,
July 4th
Southport


The patriotic spirit of America is alive and well in the City of Southport. For over 200 years this small maritime community has celebrated our nation’s independence in a big way. Incorporated as the N.C. 4th of July Festival in 1972 the festival committee strives to keep the focus of the festival on honoring our nation’s birthday with a little fun thrown in.

For more information » click here



Battleship Blast 4th of July Celebration
July 4th
Wilmington

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Annual 4th of July celebration at Riverfront Park in downtown Wilmington. Featured entertainment will perform from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, followed by fireworks at 9:05 PM launched from a barge in the Cape Fear River adjacent to the USS North Carolina Battleship. The only place you need to be this holiday is downtown Wilmington for the best view of fireworks.
For more information » click here


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 / 2019
The Town’s summer concert series calendar has been released! 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.
For more information » click here


 

Summer Day Camp Program

 

Day Camp is on Thursday during the summer beginning June 13th and is open to children ages 6 – 12. Kids can join us this summer for a variety of fun activities. Click here to view our Camp Schedule with each week’s activity and cost. Space is limited, you must pre-register. Completed registration forms must be mailed in with payment or dropped off with payment to Town Hall. Payment is non-refundable.



Tide Dyed Program
This event is located at the Holden Beach Pavilion. Tie dye your own shirts; the cost is just $5 per shirt. It takes place at 2:00 p.m. every Tuesday during the summer.


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
For more information » click here


Reminders –


 


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.
. a) 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).


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.



A Second Helping

Program to collect food Saturday mornings (7:00am to 12:00pm) during the summer at the Beach Mart on the Causeway.

 

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. 1) Fifteenth year of the program
. 2) Food collections have now exceeded 229,000 pounds
. 3)
Collections will begin on June 8th
. 4) Food is distributed to the needy in Brunswick County
For more information » click here

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/



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



Mosquito Control
Current EPA protocol is that spraying is complaint driven
The Town is unable to just spray as they had in the past
. 1)
Complaint based
. 2)
Citizen request
. 3)
Proactively monitor hot spots

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!


Dog Park Closed
The dog park will remain closed for the foreseeable future. The Town needed to use the land at the dog park to place material from the canal dredging project as the dredge spoils area. It is unknown when it will be returned to a useable state as a dog park again. They are currently looking at other options for a dog park.

The dredge spoils area has turned the dog park into a pond for the time being.



BOC’s Meeting
The Board of Commissioners’ July Regular Meeting is scheduled on the third Tuesday of the month, July 16th

 



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.
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Volunteers needed
The Town is always looking for people to volunteer for their various boards and committees. If you are interested in serving, please fill out a resume form and submit it to heather@hbtownhall.com.


Recycling-Bin
Curbside Recycling

Waste Industries is now offering curbside recycling for Town properties that desire to participate in the service. The service cost is $82.48 annually paid in advance to the Town of Holden Beach and consists of a ninety-six (96) gallon cart that is emptied every other week.
Curbside Recycling Application » click here
Curbside Recycling Calendar » click here


Elevator - CRElevators
Most states mandate that elevator systems be tested and inspected annually. Currently the state of North Carolina does not require annual inspections to be performed on all elevator systems. The use of unsafe and defective lifting devices imposes a substantial probability of serious and preventable injury to your family and guests. It is in the owner’s best interest to minimize injuries and liability by scheduling an annual safety inspection to ensure the safe operation of their elevator system.

Safety Notice –
Waupaca Elevator Company has issued an important safety notice. The potential hazard is associated with normal wear in your elevator. If your elevator develops the problem and it is not repaired, the elevator may drop unexpectedly with you in it and you may be injured. They recommend you contact your elevator service company.

Waupaca Elevator Recalls to Inspect Elevators Due to Injury Hazard

Hazard:
The elevator cab can fall unexpectedly to the bottom of the elevator shaft and abruptly stop, posing an injury hazard to consumers in the elevator cab.

Consumer Contact:
Waupaca Elevator toll-free at 833-850-7981 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, e-mail at info@WaupacaElevator.com or online at www.WaupacaElevator.com and click on Recall Information for more information.

Recall Details

Description:
This recall involves residential elevator models Custom Lift 450# and Custom Lift 500#, shipped and installed between 1979 and 2008. The recalled elevators are used in consumers’ homes.

Remedy:
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled elevators and contact Waupaca Elevator to schedule a free gearbox inspection and the installation of a free overspeed braking device. Waupaca Elevator also will provide the installation of a free gearbox if the gearbox inspection reveals that the gears in the gearbox have worn down.

For more information » click here


Library
If you need something to keep you busy in this colder weather, make sure to visit the island library. The library is in the upstairs of Holden Beach Town Hall. All the books were donated. Patrons of the library don’t have to check out a book; they are on the honor system to return it.



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 –


 

Turtle Watch Program – 2019

. 1) Current nest count – 57 as of 06/22/19
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Average annual number of nests is 39.5
. 2)
First nest of the season was on May 9th

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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


Turtle Talk will be held in Holden Beach
The Holden Beach Turtle Patrol announces the first Turtle Talk of the summer will be June 5. Turtle Talk will begin at 7 p.m. at the Holden Beach Town Hall, 110 Rothschild Street on Holden Beach. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and seating is limited. This free weekly educational program will conduct each Wednesday evening in June, July and August. The program shares information about the Turtle Patrol, the sea turtles and how vacationers and residents can help the sea turtles that nest on Holden Beach. Several turtle artifacts will be on display and educational materials available. The 45 minutes presentation includes a short video about the life cycle of the sea turtle. Members of the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol will be available to answer questions about the turtles and the program. Turtle Talk is open to all family members and enjoyed by people of all ages with no admission charge. The Holden Beach Turtle Patrol also offers an additional program for younger turtle enthusiasts. This program is called “Children’s Turtle Time” and will be held Wednesdays June 26, July 3, July 10, 17, 24 and August 1 from 4-5 p.m. at the Holden Beach Town Hall. This class will feature crafts, stories and activities for children ages 3-6. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Holden Beach is a Turtle Sanctuary and every year sea turtles are welcomed and protected on the beach. Founded in 1989, the HBTP protects sea turtles through education, nest protection and sea turtle rescue. The Turtle Patrol operates under the authority of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. In its 31st year this all-volunteer program is supported by sale of an annual T-shirt and donations. This year’s shirt is blue with the theme “The Ocean is Calling.” It features a turtle hatchling coming out of an egg on the back and the HBPT logo on the front. The shirts are $15 for the youth sizes and $17 for the adults, 2X & 3X are $20. Long sleeve shirts are $22 for S-XL and $25 for @ XL and 3XL. T-shirts will be available for sale at Turtle Talk programs and at the Lighthouse Gifts on the causeway in Holden Beach. Shirts are also available by mail, see the website for details.

For more information on Turtle Talk, the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol or how to volunteer or support visit the website at http://www.hbturtlewatch.org/.
Read more » click here

Turtle puts on a show, digging a nest and laying eggs for tourists on NC beach
Tourists on Holden Beach, North Carolina got to watch as a sea turtle dug a nest and laid her eggs.  So far this season there are 41 sea turtle nests on Holden Beach, which is already more than last year, according to the Town of Holden Beach. With six weeks left in laying season, this year is turning out to be a record-breaking season for sea turtles laying their eggs on Holden Beach and around North Carolina, the town said. And one sea turtle apparently didn’t mind laying hers in front of an audience. At around 6 a.m. Tuesday, visitors and someone from the Turtle Patrol saw a turtle on the beach, according to the Holden Beach Turtle Watch Program.

The turtle proceeded to dig a nest and lay her eggs in front of the group, which included tourists from Virginia. She then crawled down the beach and back into the ocean, the program said. Turtle Patrol then used a grate to cover the nest and marked it, the program said. It’s very rare to see turtles dig a nest and lay eggs in the daylight, according to the program. The nest is expected to hatch in early August, the town said. “If you see a mother turtle on the beach please do not disturb her. Please call the Turtle Patrol’s emergency phone number. If it is dark, please DO NOT take flash photos or shine a light on her,” the Turtle Watch Program said. Their emergency number is 910-754-0766.
Read more » click here
 


Corrections & Amplifications –


Visitor Map/ Mobile App
 Click here to view a printable version of the Town’s Visitor Map. Click here to check out the Google Map version.  The map features public accessways, parking, handicap parking, restrooms/port-a-johns, showers, handicap accesses and parks.

Also, don’t miss out on our Town mobile app. This social media tool is a mobile friendly version of our website. Push notifications can be sent to assist in communications during an emergency situation. Check out the new “Around Me” feature on our app that includes information on accesses, parking and other amenities. This is a FREE app. Visit the Apple Store or Google Play and search “Holden Beach” to download the app.


Brunswick County discontinues funding to 2 EMS providers
Areas will be served by Brunswick County EMS
Some citizens expressed concerns about how discontinuing the franchise agreement would affect call response times. County Manager Ann Hardy responded that the 2019-2020 fiscal year budget contains “substantial efforts” to improve emergency medical services throughout the county. “So, folks throughout Brunswick County will have newer, better equipment, as well as more EMS paramedics,” she said. “Because when we can pool our resources, we can be more effective, we can operate more efficiently, and we can provide better services.” Hardy added that those in the affected service would not experience a change in their service because more financial and personnel efforts would be going into those areas of the county. The board unanimously approved the 2019-2020 budget, which does not include funding for Coastline VRS or Leland Fire/Rescue’s EMS division. Coastline VRS and Leland Fire Rescue’s EMS franchise agreements will terminate, and Brunswick County EMS will take over those operations July 1 — the start of the 2019-20 fiscal year.
Read more » click here


Odds & Ends


HOLDEN BEACH LAND USE PLAN / PUBLIC INPUT MEETING
A public input meeting will be held on Thursday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Public Assembly. This meeting is held as part of the land use planning process for the Town of Holden Beach. Holden Beach’s Land Use Plan provides guidance to local decision-makers to achieve the long-term vision for the community. This allows local decision makers to be proactive rather than reactive and helps maintain Holden Beach as one of the finest family-oriented beaches on the East Coast of the United States. The meeting is structured to be engaging and informative.

Town’s Land Use Plan

Holden Beach residents give input for updated land use plan
Holden Beach residents at a Feb. 7 meeting with the Cape Fear Council of Governments (CFCOG) were able to give input on the town’s developing land use plan. Town commissioners voted in July to approve an agreement between the town and the CFCOG for a Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) land use plan update. A land use plan is an official document containing goals, policies, analyses and maps that serves as a community’s blueprint for growth, Wes MacLeod, senior regional planner with CFCOG, told attendees at the special meeting, providing them with some of the data about the town already collected for the land use plan.

MacLeod provided history on the town’s population growth, which shows a decrease of more than 200 residents from the year 2000, with 787 permanent town residents, to 575 permanent residents in 2010. As of 2016 the number of permanent Holden Beach residents was 633. It’s estimated that the population will grow to 708 in 2020, 783 in 2025, 859 in 2030, 935 in 2035, 1,016 in 2040 and 1,095 by 2046. The median age for the town is 61.4, compared to the county’s median age of 50.9, and the state’s median age of 38.3. The majority of those living in Holden Beach are considered Baby Boomers (ages 55 to 74), making up 56.35 percent of the town. For the seasonal population, the most recent data from 2016 showed the peak seasonal overnight population estimate for Holden Beach at 16,811 people. The median value of owner-occupied housing in Holden Beach as of 2016 was $406,000.

MacLeod also showed information from the community survey update. He said CFCOG received 891 responses, including 810 property owner responses and 81 non-resident responses, including visitors and off-island residents. The survey showed Holden Beach residents when it comes to new private development desires, would most like to see more entertainment on the island like restaurants and theaters, low-density single-family residences and small businesses that serve the needs of residents. Survey takers said they consider the most important roles for the town to play in influencing the character of development on Holden Beach to be managing the density and intensity of new development by regulating the size and layout of buildings, protecting the beach and encouraging continued coastal storm damage reduction and beach protection and retaining and enhancing the community’s appearance through landscaping, signs, lighting and architectural standards. They also said coastal storm damage reduction, density development and environmental protections are the most important growth and development issues facing Holden Beach. When it comes to transportation issues, survey takers said the most important ones are maintenance of the town’s existing roadways, parking availability/public access congestion and roadway drainage. When asked to share their favorite things about Holden Beach, the most common responses from survey takers were its lack of commercial development, its uncrowded and clean beaches, its family-friendly atmosphere, its natural resources including the beaches and marshes, it’s quiet, off-season “solitude’ and the fact that the town is mostly made up of single-family houses.

Attendees were then given a brainstorming exercise. MacLeod wrote down on large pieces of paper what those at the meeting thought were the town’s most important assets, important issues and their desires for the future in Holden Beach. Attendees were then given dots to place next to the two of those they considered the most important. Preliminary results showed attendees saw the most important assets as the beach, the lack of commercial development, Lockwood Folly and the marshes and wetlands. The most important issues appeared to be rising sea levels, offshore drilling and stormwater. As for desires for the town, the most popular answers were sustainable growth, improving the causeway’s appearance and a fully maintained and marked inlet. MacLeod said the answers would be tallied by CFCOG to be used in the land use plan.
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Update –
Land Use Plan Steering Committee’s meeting is scheduled for June 25th.
You can view the agenda online at http://hbtownhall.com/files/131887037.pdf.


This & That

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With no mandatory restrictions, Brunswick water system pushed near full capacity

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Brunswick County Utilities issued a warning notice before confirming an official Stage 1 Conservation Alert, which remains voluntary. Since announcing it, demand has dropped, alongside recent rain relief. For six consecutive days late last month, Brunswick County’s water system was consistently pushed to serve demands above 90 percent of its capacity. Demand peaked the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, just 4.3% shy of hitting the system’s full production capacity. Before then, demand jumped by 15% between Thursday and Friday heading into the three-day weekend.

Record-breaking demand
The recent demand boosts broke the county’s previous water demand record at least nine times, according to data provided by Brunswick County Utilities. Triggered by ongoing regional drought conditions, utility leaders in the area attribute peaking water demands with widespread irrigation. That, partnered with tourist season, means the region’s infrastructure is being pushed to its maximum capacity. Demand over Memorial Day Weekend was, on average, 56% higher this year, compared to the same eight-day period in 2018. On average, that meant 10 million gallons per day (MGD) more demand — a massive increase compared to the county’s 30 MGD total system production capacity. In 2017, Brunswick County’s population nearly doubled during tourist season, according to CDM Smith, the county’s water consultant. Next year, a projected yearlong population of 96,374 is estimated to increase by 2.5 times, reaching 240,935 in the summer. Plans to increase production capacity at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant by 50% are still in the design phase. Construction to give the plant a $179.4 million overhaul — including expansion and treatment upgrades –is expected to reach completion by December 2022.

Why only voluntary?
Unlike Pender and New Hanover County, Brunswick County Utilities has not issued mandatory water restrictions. Brunswick County’s Water Shortage Response Plan includes three tiers of water alerts; since the Stage 1 Alert was announced May 28, it has not been lifted. On June 6, Brunswick County Utilities announced the alert would “remain in force.” The county has exceeded criteria to reach a Stage 2 Alert, according to the county’s Water Shortage Response Plan, renewed in January. Including mandatory restrictions, a Stage 2 Alert can be announced after two consecutive days when demand exceeds 90% of production capacity. However, the county has discretion in issuing each alert. John Nichols, Brunswick County Public Utilities director, may declare each alert pending consultation with his staff and the county’s administration. “We did not want to enter directly into a Stage 2 Water Conservation Alert with enforceable restrictions without giving the Stage 1 Water Alert with voluntary measures a chance to reduce water usage,” Nichols wrote in an email Thursday. “It appears that this has had an impact on water usage along with the change in weather and the rainfall.” Indeed, after issuing the Stage 1 Alert, and after modest but much-needed rainfall trickled in, demand tapered off. After Memorial Day, when one might assume visitors had packed their bags and headed inland, demand was still breaking records. On Friday, May 31 — four days after Memorial Day — demand in the county still exceeded its previous record, set on July 10, 2015, but tapered off shortly after. When asked why demand persisted after the holiday, Nichols said several factors are at play. “From Memorial Day through Labor Day there are a significant number of visitors to Brunswick County.  Even under normal conditions there is not a tremendous drop in flow after Memorial Day.  The unusually high demand is a result of the record-breaking heat and drought conditions combined with the additional visitors in the area.  The current temperatures are more typical of the July and August time-frames rather than May and June.”

About the system
Brunswick County’s Stage 1 Conservation Alert impacts all of the 10 smaller utilities it serves. Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO, The Town of Oak Island, and the Town of Navassa are Brunswick County Utilities’ biggest water customers. Between 1,047 miles of distribution lines, Brunswick County’s water system is comprised of a complex network of pump stations, water towers, and two treatment plants. Nichols said the system relies on booster pump stations to pump water across the large county. Also, water towers help offset peak demands by providing storage capacity. Brunswick County’s largest plant, Northwest Water Treatment Plant, has a production capacity of 24 MGD. NWWTP treats raw water sourced from the Cape Fear River, purchased from the Lower Cape Fear Water Sewer Authority. The 211 Water Treatment Plant sources raw water from the Castle Hayne Aquifer, with a production capacity of 6 MGD. With both plants combined, Brunswick County Utilities is capable of producing 30MGD of treated water. Demand in Brunswick County historically peaks around the Fourth of July, according to Nichols. Last year, demand peaked on July 4, at about 84% of production capacity.
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People Are Taking Emotional Support Animals Everywhere.
States Are Cracking Down.
In 2011, the National Service Animal Registry, a for-profit company that sells official-looking vests and certificates for owners, had 2,400 service and emotional support animals in its registry. Now the number is nearly 200,000.
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Factoid That May Interest Only Me –


Staying safe at the beach: Rip currents, jellyfish, sharks, and other hazards
A trip to the beach can turn deadly (or painful) due to natural hazards but being aware of risks and mitigating hazards is a good way to prevent problems.
Picture this: warm weather, blue skies, and your toes in the sand — it sounds like a perfect lazy summer day at the beach. Maybe you decide to cool down in the ocean and find yourself bobbing around when suddenly you realize you are a little too far out. As panic sinks in and you start to swim towards dry land you realize your efforts are in vain and your whole body is getting tired, all the while you are drifting further into the Atlantic — you have gotten stuck in a rip current. It’s not the only potential danger in the ocean, though. There are also sharks. And, of course, there are some things on shore that ruin your day at the beach, too, including stepping on jellyfish and, of course, good old-fashioned sunburn.

Rip currents
According to the U.S. Lifesaving Association (USLA), 80 percent of all ocean rescues are related to rip currents and annually more than 100 fatalities across the country are due to rip currents. While it is obvious that swimming at a beach with lifeguards is one of the safer options, there are plenty of area beaches that lack lifeguards or maybe ocean rescue season has not started just yet. So, what is the best course of action for surviving a rip current? According to the National Weather Service, there are several things swimmers should keep in mind when dealing with these often-unseen dangers.

  • Relax. Rip currents don’t pull you under.
  • A rip current is a natural treadmill that travels an average speed of 1-2 feet per second but has been measured as fast as 8 feet per second — faster than an Olympic swimmer. Trying to swim against a rip current will only use up your energy; energy you need to survive and escape the rip current.
  • Do NOT try to swim directly into to shore. Swim along the shoreline until you escape the current’s pull. When free from the pull of the current, swim at an angle away from the current toward shore.
  • If you feel you can’t reach shore, relax, face the shore, and call or wave for help. Remember: If in doubt, don’t go out!
  • If at all possible, only swim at beaches with lifeguards.
  • If you choose to swim on beaches without a lifeguard, never swim alone. Take a friend and have that person take a cell phone so he or she can call 911 for help.

Sharks
Sharks are a fear on most every swimmer’s mind, regardless of the actual dangers posed by the large predatory fish. “NOAA states that while shark attacks are rare, they are most likely to occur near shore, typically inshore of a sandbar or between sandbars where sharks can be trapped by low tide, and near steep drop-offs where sharks’ prey gather. While the risks are small, it’s important to be aware of how to avoid an attack,” according to previous reporting.

Suggestions from NOAA for reducing the risk of a shark attack include:

  • Don’t swim too far from shore.
  • Stay in groups – sharks are more likely to attack a solitary individual.
  • Avoid being in the water during darkness or twilight when sharks are most active.
  • Don’t go in the water if bleeding from a wound – sharks have a very acute sense of smell.
  • Leave the shiny jewelry at home – the reflected light resembles fish scales.
  • Avoid brightly-colored swimwear – sharks see contrast particularly well.Sunburns
    Most everyone has experienced a sunburn at one point in their life and while not often thought as a major concern for many, overexposure to UV light can cause serious long-term problems including skin cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends using at least S.P.F. 15 sunscreen at least 15 minutes prior to sun exposure. Wearing a hat, long sleeves, and other protective clothing is also recommended to keep skin protected.

Jellyfish
Jellyfish and Portuguese Man of War have been spotted along the beaches of New Hanover County and surrounding area beaches already this season and the little floating creatures can pack a punch. Often times beachgoers will spot them washed up on shore and other times they can be spotted in the water, but it is best to avoid them when you can. “While all jellyfish sting, not all contain poison that hurts humans. Be careful of jellies that wash up on shore, as some can still sting if tentacles are wet. NOAA recommends that if you are stung by a jellyfish to first seek a lifeguard to give first aid. If no lifeguards are present, wash the wound with vinegar or rubbing alcohol,” NOAA suggests. And what about that … other method of treating stings? Turns out, it’s a myth. In fact, urine can actually aggravate the stinging cells of jellyfish, making things worse. These cells, which detach and stick into the skin of prey, can continue to inject venom. Urine, as well as fresh water, can cause an imbalance to the salt solution surrounding the stinging cells, causing them to continue to fire. According to Scientific American, if you don’t have vinegar or rubbing alcohol, rinsing with salt water may be your best bet.
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No lifeguards on duty in Brunswick
Beach towns say policy remains ‘Swim at your own risk’

North Carolina’s tourist season is off to a tragic start. So far, at least eight people have drowned along the state’s coast, which ties the number of surf zone drowning deaths reported statewide in 2018.

According to the National Weather Service, at least six of the deaths this year were caused by rip currents, while another one was attributed to high surf. With the official start of summer still weeks away, many more visitors will make their way to the ocean in search of fun. But many aren’t aware of the danger and end up in distress. On Memorial Day weekend, lifeguards pulled 31 swimmers from rip currents along New Hanover County’s beaches. But what happens when there’s no lifeguard on duty? At Brunswick County’s beaches, that’s the case every day. None of the county’s six beach towns employ lifeguards. Pender County’s beaches also don’t have lifeguards, while all of New Hanover County’s beach towns employ them. According to Caswell Beach Town Administrator Chad Hicks, several of the Brunswick beach towns came together four years ago and considered employing lifeguards. He noted the move came at the urging of Rich Cerrato, who at the time served as Sunset Beach’s mayor. Hicks recalled that as the towns examined the figures, all deemed it would be too costly. “We’ve got such a tiny budget,” he said of Caswell Beach. “I don’t remember the exact figures, but it was more than we took in for accommodations tax.” One reason for the high cost is the amount of ground to cover. Brunswick County has more than 50 miles of coastline. While that land is divided between the six beach towns — Bald Head Island, Caswell Beach, Oak Island, Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach — some would be responsible for stationing lifeguards along 10 miles of beaches.

 Some safety steps
Though they don’t have lifeguards, beach town officials say they do have some water safety programs in place. Sunset Beach Town Administrator Hiram Marziano said the town has a beach patrol offered through the fire department. “We do have a beach patrol that monitors safety, but they aren’t responsible for life safety,” Marziano said. “They help out if they can and if they are trained.” He said the town’s fire chief had recently developed a program to station life rings at all the town’s beach accesses. “That way, if someone’s in trouble, they can throw that out to assist them until help arrives,” Marziano said. In Caswell Beach, the police department patrols the beach several times throughout the day. Hicks said all police officers and some public works employees carry flotation boards that can be thrown to assist distressed swimmers. The town also posts rip current warnings on an electronic message board near the police station. “That sign has come in handy, and it has helped a lot,” Hicks said. In addition, Caswell Beach is served by the Southport Fire Department, which has a water rescue division. Hicks recalled that recently the department used its boat to assist kayakers trapped in the marsh.

 ‘Swim at your own risk’
Oak Island, Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach also have water rescue programs. In Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach, the programs are coordinated through the fire department, and in Oak Island it is a nonprofit, volunteer organization with about 20 members. According to Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett, the town doesn’t have a formal beach patrol or water rescue program, but it does post signs warning beachgoers about rip currents at the beach accesses. Aside from these efforts, officials at all beach towns say when it comes to safety, it’s the responsibility of the swimmer. “Our formal policy is swim at your risk,” Hewett said.
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Hot Button Issues
Subjects that are important to people and about which they have strong opinions


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Climate
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Development Fees
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Flood Insurance Program
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Inlet Hazard Areas
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Lockwood Folly Inlet
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Solid Waste Program

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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.
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Name:              Savorez
Cuisine:           Latin American
Location:        402 Chestnut St, Wilmington, NC 28401
Contact:          910.833.8894 / www.savorez.com

Food:               Average / Very Good / Excellent / Exceptional
Service:           Efficient / Proficient / Professional / Expert
Ambience:     Drab / Plain / Distinct / Elegant
Cost:                Inexpensive <=17 / Moderate <=22 / Expensive <=27 / Exorbitant <=40
Rating:           Two Stars
After years in area kitchens like K-38 and Ceviche’s, local chef Sam Cahoon opened Savorez, his first restaurant. The name says it all, Savorez is flavors in Spanish. Savorez spices up homegrown southern style with Latin flavors with a focus on fresh sustainable local ingredients. They are located just off the beaten path, nothing fancy, the place is really small with seating for only thirty (30) people. There is very limited seating, except for one table they can only accommodate groups of four people or less. The venue is just too small for how popular they are, and they do not accept reservations. The menu is the same for lunch and dinner, so it is a better lunch than dinner venue. Surprisingly, according to a Yelp report, Savorez is the Best New Restaurant to try in North Carolina in 2018, frankly it did not live up to that kind of rating.


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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RUN AWAY
by Harlan Coben
In this domestic suspense thriller, a family is torn apart when the daughter becomes addicted to drugs and goes missing. Aside from the storyline to find their daughter, another plot thread follows a private investigator who is searching for another missing person. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that both cases are connected. Coben takes his time revealing how the pieces all fit together. 


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BOC’s Special Meeting 05/21/19

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1. Poyner Spruill Update

Agenda Packet – background information not provided

Previously reported – October 2018
It has been the Mayor’s position that we need to hire a professional consulting firm because we need representation on multiple topics at the local, state and national levels of government. McIntyre did a brief recap of presentation that was made at the Special Meeting earlier in the day on what they can do for us. The consensus appeared to be that we need someone to speak on our behalf and they can make it happen.

Previously reported – December 2018
Poyner Spruill Proposal Concerning Consulting Services
Scope of Engagement
We have agreed to advise and assist you with governmental matters and legal issues that arise and the Client hereby engages Poyner Spruill LLP to perform the following services in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement: working with the Client to secure federal assistance and project management regarding: (1) federal issues related to beach nourishment at Holden Beach, North Carolina, and (2) federal issues related to Lockwood Folly Inlet maintenance.

Board selected Poyner Proposal Option C – The level of proposed services (2) requires funding of $6,975 per month or a minimum of $83,700 annually.

Update –
They have been working with us since the beginning of the year and they send monthly updates to the Board. McIntyre did a brief overview, covering the two services they were hired for Lockwood Folly Inlet and beach nourishment. Lockwood Folly dredging they have already secured some sand to be placed on Holden Beach and are working to convince USACE with data that it makes more sense to put the sand from dredging on the east end of Holden Beach then on the west end of Oak Island. Beach nourishment is being addressed with request for a new General Reevaluation Report. Mike was fairly optimistic that we will be able to finally move forward on our own with implementation. Next step is for us to send a letter of intent to USACE.

Frankly I had serious reservations about spending that kind of money without knowing what exactly we are getting and how much it will ultimately cost us. They significantly increased my comfort zone with spending the money based on their efforts thus far. Time will tell what kind of return on investment we get based on their efforts.


BOC’s Regular Meeting 05/21/19

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1. Public Comments on Agenda Items

There were no comments


2. Recognition of PAR Course Eagle Scout Project, Todd Robbins – Christy Ferguson

Agenda Packet –
At the May 13, 2019 meeting of Troop 262, Todd Robbins was awarded his Eagle Scout award.  After meeting with staff to discuss options for Town projects, Todd chose to make improvements to the PAR Course along Ocean Boulevard.   The process involved several months of planning, establishment of a project budget, and the implementation of project management and leadership skills.

The Town would like to recognize Todd Robbins for his hard work and improvements in our community.

Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Scouts BSA program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Since its inception in 1911, only four percent of Scouts have earned this rank after a lengthy review process.

Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges. The Eagle Scout must demonstrate Scout Spirit, an ideal attitude based upon the Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a badge that visibly recognizes the accomplishments of the Scout.

Christy presented the award to Todd followed by a photo-op.

I would like to give a special shout-out to Todd, congratulations on earning the highest honor in scouting the rank of Eagle Scout. I salute your achievement and wish you every success in the future.


3. Recognition of International City/ County Management Association (ICMA) Award of Credentialed Manager Status to Town Manager Hewett – Tommy Combs, ICMA Senior Advisor

Agenda Packet – background information not provided

International City/County Management Association vision is to be the leading organization of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 11,000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices in order to improve the lives of residents.  ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world.
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ICMA Credentialed Managers are professional local government managers qualified by a combination of education and experience, adherence to high standards of integrity, and an assessed commitment to lifelong learning and professional development. 

Town Manager Hewett met all the requirements with distinction and achieved Credentialed Manager designation.


4. Lockwood Folly Inlet Sedimentation Analysis Presentation – Fran Way, Applied Technology & Management
Agenda Packet –
background information not provided

There have been 41 projects in the last 48 years (since 1971) where the sand was put on Holden Beach. THB initiated this study because USACE put sand from the dredging project on the west end of Oak Island this year. Frankly it made no sense since Oak Island’s west end is accretional where the east end of Holden Beach is erosional.

The sand nourishment project (140,000cy) is a critical element to keep the east end of Holden Beach healthy and stable. USACE even states that Holden Beach is the “base” or “standard” disposable plan because it is the least costly alternative. Modeling was done and we now have imperial data to make the case to justify putting the sand on the east end of Holden Beach in the future.


5. Fire Department Update – Fire Chief Doug Todd
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Letter of Support for West End Access
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Letter of Support for Second Water Tower

Agenda Packet –

TRI-BEACH VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
I am writing to let you know that the Fire Department would support the town in trying to get an area at the west end of the island for emergency vehicles to be able to access the beach strand. The closest access that we have currently is at the 800 block of the island. It takes a lot longer to drive on the strand from that location than it would if we could drive down the highway and get on the strand closer to the west end of the island. The higher number of calls for water rescue that we have are at the two ends of the island. We have a great access at the east end of the island, and it would be a great help to have one closer to the west end. Any help that the town could give us with this matter would be greatly appreciated.

TRI-BEACH VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
I am writing to let you know that the Fire Department is in support of a second water tank on the island. We have had several times in the last few years when there have been problems with the county water system that could have infected the amount of water that was available to the island. I have been told several times that the demand on the water system in the summertime is just about to the maximum. I think that the Town would be making a great proactive move for the future of the island to move forward with building a second water tank on the island. This could help with drinking water as well as water for the protection of the island in case of a fire.

MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department is to protect the life and property of our citizens and visitors from fire and other emergencies through incident response, public education, and first response. As a customer driven organization, it is our mission and number one priority to deliver the best possible service to our customers.
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Assistant Fire Chief David Ward made the presentation. David briefly reviewed the Tri-Beach Fire Department call statistics. He also informed us the island station #2 will have full-time staffing beginning May 24th from 7:00am to 7:00pm, during which time roughly 61% of the island calls happen.


6. Police Report – Chief Jeremy Dixon

Police Patch
It’s the beginning of the busy season on Holden Beach
Memorial Day is the official kickoff for the 100 fun days of summer

 

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


Pets on the beach strand
Pets – Chapter 90 / Animals / §90.20
From May 20th through September 10th
It is unlawful to have any pet on the beach strand
* During the hours of 9:00am through 5:00pm

Unattended Gear
Ordinance §94.06 was passed on September 14, 2010. 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.

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

Parking
§72.02 PARKING REGULATED ON PUBLIC STREETS AND RIGHTS-OF-WAY.
(1)   All vehicles must be as far off the public street rights-of-way as possible; and
(2)   No vehicle may be left parked on any portion of any roadway; and
(3)   No vehicle may be parked on portion of the sidewalk. 


Modern technology meets old school: How law enforcement investigated the suspected Holden Beach murderer

The tiny beach town of Holden was rocked when 71-year-old Judy Brock was murdered, allegedly by her husband. Find out how authorities made their case using data stored by cell phone and internet companies.

Modern communications technology paired with old-fashioned interview tactics are helping at least nine agencies build a strong case against Phillip Brock, a 71-year-old indicted last week for the first-degree murder of his wife. From the day Brock first reported his wife missing until the first week of April, 15 search warrants have been issued. Some search warrants are what one might expect in a murder investigation: a property search, DNA and cheek swab collection, or bank transaction tracking. But others, like those with a 48-hour return directive — effectively a legal rush-order — to out-of-state companies including Yahoo!, Google, Inc. and Verizon Wireless, show how law enforcement agencies are taking advantage of ubiquitous data collection practices that are more often used to sell targeted advertising. Traditional investigative techniques, like noticing inconsistencies in an interview, opened up suspicion against Phillip Brock. Brock called 911 to report his wife missing at 3:16 p.m. on March 15. Fine-tuned location data — sourced from a cell phone — could further reveal Brock’s precise movement that day — information that could remove any doubt about his involvement in Judy Brock’s murder. And communication records, which were examined alongside cellphone use, could help the prosecution clear up any suspicion about Rhen Wise, Brock’s alleged mistress, and the extent — if any — of her involvement in the murder; initial communication records show Wise continued to communicate with Brock after his wife’s murder for five days, until his arrest on March 20. Warrants cite the pervasive nature of cell phone use as part of their usefulness in tracking behavior. Cell phones “generally geographically mirror their user’s pattern of movement over time,” multiple warrants in the Brock case state.

Suspicion
The investigation began as a missing person case. After Brock reported his wife missing, officers conducted an initial search of his waterfront Holden Beach home. No signs of forced entry were present. Initial forensics conducted on Judy Brock’s cell phone — which was left at the residence — showed her husband texted her at 8:02 and 8:03 a.m., with no response. He told investigators he left home that morning at 5:45 a.m. and that his wife was still sleeping. Forensics conducted on Brock’s phone showed data before and during March 15 had been deleted. According to the search warrant to Google Inc., issued on March 18, deleting communication records to conceal them from law enforcement can show “consciousness of guilt,” information that can help prosecutors frame motive and intent to commit a crime. Information Google Inc. provides — which according to the warrant is likely to be stored both inside and outside the U.S. — “may tend to identify potential witnesses and/or suspects” in a “chronological and geographic context.” These initial forensics also showed Google searches from two weeks prior for escort services near South Carolina. This information served as probable cause to serve the first two search warrants on March 18: the first to Verizon Wireless and the second to Google Inc. At this point in the case, Judy Brock’s disappearance was being investigated as an “endangered missing person suspected by foul play.” Investigators believed Judy Brock could still be alive. After issuing the first search warrant to Verizon Wireless on the afternoon of March 18, Major Laurie Watson with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office re-faxed it twice the next morning, at 7:03 a.m. and at 8:51 a.m. with the urgent message: “I am requesting [range to tower records] as soon as possible in hopes of finding her alive.” According to the law firm Yavitch & Palmer, Verizon Wireless stores range-to-tower records, or RTT data. RTT data helps narrow down the distance from a device to a cell tower (or multiple cell towers) at the time of receiving or placing a call or text message. This type of data can track a device’s precise measurement to about one-tenth of a mile. But it’s only maintained by carriers for less than two weeks. Major Watson also requested the location of each of Verizon’s cell sites (equipment including antennas that transmit signals) and towers (the structures sites are attached to), including the horizontal beam widths and orientations of the cell sites.

Locking down location
It wasn’t until officers searched the Brocks’ Holden Beach property on Greensboro Street that they discovered data tying Phillip Brock to the crime. The property was searched on March 20, the warrant shows, which included a search of vehicles at the scene. Forensics from showed Brock’s 2018 Ford 150 revealed recent GPS locations in Sampson County — a location Brock told investigators he had not been to in months. The locations tied Brock to Wright Bridge Road – a 3.5-mile road that cuts around several acres of woods off U.S. 701 in Sampson County. Later that day, multiple law enforcement agencies found Judy Brock’s body in the same location, after discovering tire tracks and freshly-disturbed ground off Wright Bridge Road. Phillip Brock was arrested at 5:30 p.m. following the discovery.

Ongoing investigation, expanded focus
New search warrants show the focus has expanded to Brock’s suspected mistress, who continued to communicate with him for at least five days after Judy Brock’s suspected time of death. Bank records revealed a financial relationship between Brock and Wise, in which Brock paid Wise’s phone bill, provided her with credit cards, and gave her funds and covered other expenses. The two also met in several hotels since 2018, according to an April 4 warrant for Wise’s Yahoo! records tied to her email account. Holden Beach Police Department, which still is handling the case according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, did not respond to multiple inquiries. It’s not clear whether Wise is a suspect — as of April 29, Wise has not been arrested by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. It appears that, from an investigative side, the state has more than what it needs; after a review of Brock’s court file Wednesday, no new search warrants have been issued since April 4. On April 15, a grand jury returned a bill of indictment after hearing evidence presented by Watson and Detective John Duncan of the Holden Beach Police Department. Brock’s murder marks the first for the small beach town, home to less than 1,000 residents.
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7. Discussion and Possible Action on Status of 2018 Audit – Mayor Pro Tem Fletcher

Agenda Packet – background information not provided

Previously reported – March 2019
Board authorized request to get an explanation for the delay in the annual audit report

Previously reported – April 2019
We still do not have the completed audit in hand although a rough draft has been provided.

Update –
We still do not have results of the completed audit some seven months after it was due.

Fiscal Year 2017 – 2018 Audit Results
Auditor’s report is due by November 1st and is normally is given at the November meeting. The report still has not been given yet. Town Manager reported at the October meeting that the storm events have delayed the annual audit process. We are still waiting for the report. The auditor Rives & Associates
has advised the Local Government Commission.

Nothing for nothing but it has been like eight months since the last storm event.

Really this is unacceptable.


8. Discussion and Possible Action – Review of Fiscal Year 2019 – 2020 Budget Message – Commissioner Freer

Budget Message
Notice is hereby given that the Budget proposed for the Fiscal Year, beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020, has been submitted to the Board of Commissioners. Click here to view the Budget Message online.

A public hearing on the proposed Budget will be held by the Board of Commissioners at 7:00 p.m. or shortly thereafter on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 in the Holden Beach Town Hall Public Assembly, 110 Rothschild Street. Oral and written comments will be received at the hearing from any interested person.

Key Takeaway

Tax Rate
The value of the Town’s real estate went up almost nine (9) percent in the Brunswick County property revaluation this year. The revenue-neutral rate, the rate necessary to generate the same amount of ad valorem tax revenue, would require the real estate tax rate to go down.
By leaving the tax rate at twenty-two cents per one hundred dollars of valuation essentially what you have is a hidden tax rate increase. The Board of Commissioners top two goals this year were to have no additional taxes and no tax increase.

Previous property valuation of $1.227 billion
Current property revaluation of $1.336 billion
Valuation increase 109,107,354 or @8.89%
2018 Tax rate = $.022 / Collection rate 98.64%
$1,227,304,318 X $.022 = $2,700,069
$1,336,411,672 X $.020 = $2,672,873 / Revenue neutral tax rate $.020 vs. $.022
$1,336,411,672 X $.022 = $2,940,106 / Difference of an additional $240,037 (windfall)

The Board instructed the Town Manager to modify the budget to make it revenue neutral. They have chosen to address the property revaluation and its impact on the Town tax rate and eliminate what would have been a hidden tax increase.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously

Commissioner Sullivan recommended taking it one step further.
Mike took the following position: “The FEMA REIMBURSEMENT was in excess of 3 million dollars. Last year we set aside 3 million dedicated for beach nourishment and transferred an additional 250,000 to the BPART FUND from the general revenue fund. In this year’s budget an additional 250,000 will be transferred into the BPART FUND.  I argued last year and continue to believe that the 250,000 should be used to lower the tax rate by 2 cents. Not doing so is the equivalent of a hidden tax increase resulting from a tax rate that would never have been approved if the BOC knew a FEMA reimbursement would happen.” (Tax rate $.018 vs. $.020)

No decision was made – No action taken


9. Receipt of Inlet and Beach Protection Board Report – Commissioner Freer

Agenda Packet –
April Meeting Update
The Inlet and Beach Protection Board (JBPB) met April 25 and the following issues and topics were addressed:

Status of the Beach and Inlets: Staff provided an overview of conditions and issues relative to the beach strand and inlets. The status of the Florence and Michael remediation project recently renamed the Central Reach Reimbursement Project, (CRR Project) including sand sourcing was discussed. The Wider-Deeper project has been canceled.  Work continues on obtaining easements from East End property owners to allow sand placement in the future.

Comprehensive Long-Term Plan: Work on the Long-Term Plan continues and was the major thrust of the meeting. Cathy Foerster, AIC Senior Planner and Facilitator with ATM is facilitating the effort.  Excellent progress has made on the plan and a first draft is expected at our next meeting.

Meetings: The IBPB was represented at the Brunswick County Shoreline Protection meeting April3. Members will attend the NC Beach Inlets and Waterways Association meeting April 29,30. The next IBPB meeting is May 23.

IBPB Member Richard Rice has submitted his resignation from the Board, effective April 30. Richard is moving to Florida for a new position. We wish him the best in his new endeavors and thank him for his efforts and insights on the IBPB.

Previously reported –
Ordinance 18-02 established the Inlet and Beach Protection Board
The Ordinance requires a written report from this Board

Update –
No issues, accepted report


10. Discussion and Possible Action – Construction Management Services of the Vacuum Sewer System #4 Upgrade Status Report – Public Works Director Clemmons

Agenda Packet – background information not provided

Previously reported – March 2019
New system is up and running without any issues. Met with engineers and prepared punch list items necessary for project completion. He now anticipates project will be completed within the next fourteen (14) days.

Previously reported – April 2019
Leo Green from Green Engineering, the firm used for construction management services, gave the report. They were able to meet the target date for beginning operations there. Punch list items necessary for project completion took longer than expected and pushed them past scheduled completion date. Project has been completed and they have received the final certificate of occupancy.

Update –
Wait, What? It was my understanding that this was put to bed last month. Chris is still talking about punch list items being completed.


11. Discussion and Possible Action on Proposed Ordinance for Maximum House Size Construction – Planning Director Evans

Agenda Packet –

Proposed Zoning Ordinances Changes

  • Maximum House Size Of 6000 Square feet
  • Progressive Setbacks
  • Protection of Storm water Discharge through Reduction
  • Traffic Reduction
  • Reduced Parking Densi1y
  • Reduction of Trash refuse
  • Improve Quali1y Of Life
  • Increase Lot Open Space
  • Decrease Potential Secondary Storm Debris

Item was removed from the agenda
Planning & Inspections Director Tim Evans was not in attendance


12. Discussion and Possible Scheduling of a Date for Interviews for Inlet & Beach Protection Board Vacancy – Town Clerk Finnell

Agenda Packet –
Richard Rice has resigned from the Inlet & Beach Protection Board. Staff recommends the Board schedule a Special Meeting to hold interviews for the vacancy on June 18, 2019 at 6:45p.m., prior to the next Board meeting.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously


13. Discussion and Possible Action on Ordinance 19-08, An Ordinance Enacting and Adopting a Supplement to the Code of Ordinances of the Town of Holden Beach – Town Clerk Finnell

Agenda Packet –
The latest supplement to the Holden Beach Code of Ordinances In listed on the agenda as item 18. The supplement codifies the ordinances the Board approved since the last supplement.

ORDINANCE 19·08
AN ORDINANCE ENACTING AND ADOPTING A SUPPLEMENT TO THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE TOWN OF HOLDEN BEACH, NORTH CAROLINA (Supplement 16)

WHEREAS, American Legal Publishing Corporation of Cincinnati, OH, has completed the 16th supplement to the Code of Ordinances of the Town of Holden Beach, which supplement contains all ordinances of a general and permanent nature enacted since the prior supplement to the Code of Ordinances of the Town of Holden Beach;
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Housekeeping issue
The supplement codifies the ordinances the Board approved since the last supplement.

A decision was made – Approved unanimously


14. Town Manager’s Report

Concert Series
First concert of the season is scheduled for this weekend

Splash Pad
Will be operational for Memorial Day weekend

Beach Strand
They have put garbage pails back out there


15. Executive Session Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 143-318.11(a)(3), To Consult with the Town Attorney

No decision was made – No action taken


General Comments –

Commissioner Patricia Kwiatkowski – was not in attendance

There were fifteen (15) members of the community in attendance

The BOC’s June Regular Meeting has been rescheduled to the third Tuesday of the month, June 18th

Agenda Packet
A number of agenda items do not have any supporting information in the agenda packet. Previously the Board agreed to only add agenda items with significant supporting documentation. Although I feel everyone should be able to submit something both ATM and Poyner-Spruill are the most egregious agenda items where background information was not provided this month.

RESOLUTION 18-07
RESOLUTION ADOPTING RULES OF PROCEDURE FOR THE BOC’s
The purpose of the proposed agenda is to expedite the conduct and business and enable the Board and members of the public to know in advance the potential subjects that are to be discussed. An agenda package shall be prepared that includes, for each item of business placed on the proposed agenda, as much background information on the subject as is available and feasible to reproduce.

Budget

Local governments must balance their budget by a combination of the following:
. 1)
Raising taxes
. 2)
Cutting spending
. 3)
Operating more efficientl

Ensuring that government commitments are in line with available resources is an essential element of good governance.

The Town Manager’s proposed budget is due by June 1st
Commissioners must adopt budget no later than July 1st for the next fiscal year
Adopting the annual budget is a primary responsibility of the Board

Budget Meeting Schedule / 2019

  • 16 January BOC’s Workshop Goals & Objectives
  • 05 February BOC’s Workshop Goals & Objectives / Capital Programs
  • 15 February Canal Dredging Working Group / PRAB / IBPB
    . * PRAB – Parks & Recreation Advisory Board
    . * IBPB – Inlet & Beach Protection Board
  • 22 February Departments Input to Manager
  • 7 March BOC’s Workshop Revenues & Expenses
  • 21 March BOC’s Workshop Revenues & Expenses
  • 28 March BOC’s Workshop Revenues & Expenses
  • 12 April BOC’s Workshop Revenues & Expenses
  • 19 April BOC’s Workshop Revenues & Expenses
  • 6-10 May Budget Message
  • 18 June Public Hearing
  • 18 June Regular BOC’s Meeting – Ordinance Consideration
  • 1 July Budget adopted (No Later Than)

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Hurricane Season –

Hurricane #1 - CR

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

Be prepared – have a plan!

For assistance with making an emergency plan read more here »
. 1) FEMA Ready
. 2) American Red Cross Disaster and Safety Library
. 3) ReadyNC
. 4) Town Emergency Information
. 5) HBPOIN Hurricane Emergency Plan

THB – EVACUATION, CURFEW & VEHICLE DECALS
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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.

No matter what a storm outlook is for a given year,

vigilance and preparedness is urged.


 

NOAA: $24 billion in damage from Florence, 9th most destructive in U.S. history
The National Hurricane Center has released its final report on Hurricane Florence. The report states Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach as a high category 1 hurricane with winds of 80 knots (about 92 mph). The storm resulted in 52 deaths in the Carolinas and Virginia. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) estimates the damage caused by Florence cost around $24 billion. This makes Florence the ninth-most-destructive hurricane to hit the United States. In North Carolina alone, damaged flooding totaled $22 billion, leaving 30 dead from direct, flooding or wind impacts. All of the freshwater deaths involved motor vehicles. The wind-related deaths were caused by falling trees. In New Hanover County, a tree fell on a home and killed a mother and her son during the storm. North Carolina’s agriculture industry lost about $20 million, consisting of forestry, fishery, damage to farm buildings, equipment, and infrastructure. Field crops, especially tobacco, soybeans, sweet potatoes, corn, and cotton, accounted for most of the state’s agricultural losses. Hurricane Florence caused the worst flooding in local history in Pender County. In just two days during the storm, there were 350 rescues due to closed roads and inundated neighborhoods. Overall, over 1,000 people were rescued and there were 3,882 flood-damaged structures across the county. Approximately 1.1 million people lost power due to Florence’s effects in both North and South Carolina. To view the final Hurricane Florence report, click here.
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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.
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Hurricane preparedness week: 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season 2019 is almost here, prepare before the storm
Hurricane Florence’s effects can still be seen around the region but the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season is right around the corner — now is the time to prepare.

The impact of Hurricane Florence will be felt in the Cape Fear region for months to come and it might even take years before the region is restored to pre-Florence conditions, but that doesn’t stop the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season from bearing down upon us. That’s why the National Weather Service is promoting this week as National Hurricane Preparedness Week. According to initial hurricane predictions from The Weather Company, the 2019 season is expected to be slightly above average with a total of 14 named storms predicted, seven of which are expected to be hurricanes. According to the National Weather Service, “Hurricanes are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena. On average, 12 tropical storms, six of which become hurricanes form over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, or Gulf of Mexico during the hurricane season which runs from June 1 to November 30 each year.” Recently, the National Weather Service in Wilmington’s Steve Pfaff spoke to residents in Carolina Beach. He encouraged residents to be prepared and not let their guards down simply because Florence made landfall — every year people should be prepared for a storm, regardless of past experiences.

Prepare

The NWS offers several tips to prepare ahead of hurricane season including:

  • Know your zone: Do you live near the Gulf or Atlantic Coasts? Find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation area by contacting your local government/emergency management office or by checking the evacuation site website.
  • Put together an emergency kit: Put together a basic emergency. Check emergency equipment, such as flashlights, generators and storm shutters.
  • Write or review your family emergency plan: Before an emergency happens, sit down with your family or close friends and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go, and what you will do in an emergency. Keep a copy of this plan in your emergency supplies kit or another safe place where you can access it in the event of a disaster. Start at the ready.gov emergency plan webpage.
  • Review your insurance policies: Review your insurance policies to ensure that you have adequate coverage for your home and personal property.
  • Understand NWS forecast products, especially the meaning of NWS watches and warnings.
  • Preparation tips for your home from the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes
  • Preparation tips for those with Chronic Illnesses
    Read more
    » click here

So why do we have a hurricane season?
About 97% of the tropical activity in the Atlantic happens between June 1 and November 30, the National Hurricane Center said. This includes the majority of tropical storms and minor and major hurricanes that have taken place from August through October — the season’s peak.


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