Holden Beach Property Owners Association

Representing the property owners of Holden Beach, NC

June 19, 2017
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June Board of Commissioners’ Meeting Agenda

Here is the agenda for the June Board of Commissioners’ Meeting.  Highlights include 2017-2018 Budget approval, changing Commissioners’ terms of office to staggered four-year terms, and parking issues.  You can review the whole meeting packet here. The packet contains the agenda and background information on each agenda item.

HBPOA Members voted at the last HBPOA meeting to send a letter to the Commissioners asking that parking in the right-of-way of developed lots be restricted and that notices to property owners be communicated in writing.  This letter will be read at the meeting and emailed in advance to Commissioners. 

 

As always, you can drop us an email at hbpoa@hotmail.com if you would like for us to ask a question or speak on your behalf at the meeting.  

June 5, 2017
by HBPOA
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It’s Hurricane Season, Do You Know Where Your Stickers Are?

One of the major problems and lessons learned from Hurricane Matthew was that many property owners did not have their hurricane stickers, and were therefore not allowed onto the island to check on their property.  In response to this problem, the Town Manager decided to reduce the number of stickers mailed from four to two.  The reason stated was that this would force property owners to be more careful with the stickers they receive in the mail.

This year, the stickers were mailed with your March water bill, which you would have received in April.  If you do not receive the water bills for your property, or if you have automatic payment and threw your bill away without opening it, you might not currently have your stickers.  In this case, now is the time to request stickers from the Town so that you will be allowed back on the island following an evacuation. Please visit the Emergency Info tab on the Town’s website,  www.hbtownhall.com for more information.

If you need more than two stickers:  Currently, the first two stickers are free and the next two are $10 each.  The Commissioners voted at the May meeting to make all four stickers free.  They will have to vote at this month’s meeting (June 20th) to amend the Fee Schedule for that to take effect.  You will still need to request the second two this year.

May 19, 2017
by HBPOA
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May Commissioners’ Meeting Update

Click here for a short summary of the results of Tuesday night’s Board of Commissioners’ meeting.

You can now listen to an audio recording of the meeting.  Click here to listen.

Be sure to mark your calendar for the Memorial Day Weekend meeting, Saturday, May 27 at 10:00am at Town Hall.

As always, feel free to email us at hbpoa@hotmail.com with comments and questions and we will get back to you.

May 12, 2017
by HBPOA
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May Board of Commissioners’ Meeting Agenda

Here is the agenda for the May Board of Commissioners’ Meeting.  Highlights include changing Commissioners’ terms of office to staggered four-year terms and funding for dredging the inlet and fence/vegetation for the east end. 

You can review the whole meeting packet here. The packet contains the agenda and background information on each agenda item.
The contact information for the Commissioners is shown below.  As always, you can drop us an email at hbpoa@hotmail.com if you would like for us to ask a question or speak on your behalf at the meeting.  

April 22, 2017
by HBPOA
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April Commissioners’ Meeting Update

Click here for a short summary of the results of Tuesday night’s Board of Commissioners’ meeting.

You can now listen to an audio recording of the meeting.  Click here to listen.

As discussed at the Easter HBPOA meeting, we have posted draft letters about the pending flood maps.  Click here to read about it and download the drafts.

As always, feel free to email us at hbpoa@hotmail.com with comments and questions and we will get back to you.

April 20, 2017
by HBPOA
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Town Manager’s Raise

HBPOA has received many questions and comments about the Town Manager’s new employment contract.  The Board of Commissioners approved the contract after an executive session after the end of the March meeting.

To read the new contract, which is public record, click here.  Total compensation for this year is $136,500 including a 5% merit raise – a 38.6% increase over last year’s compensation of $98,472.

Key terms are as follows:

  • Five-year duration with automatic extension
  • Base salary of $130,000 (plus additional 5% merit raise approved by the Commissioners)
  • Paid health, vision, dental and short term disability insurance – including family members
  • Paid life insurance in the amount of three times base salary
  • Transfer in of 470.5 hours of sick leave from the previous place of employment
  • Has accrued 805.15 hours of sick leave, 112 personal hours, and 450 hours of vacation
  • Will receive 21 vacation days, 12 sick days and 2 personal days per year
  • Severance equal to one month’s salary per year of service from 2008 hire date, up to 12 months, plus one year’s insurance for manager and family members and life insurance.

For more information, click here for an article from the Wilmington Star News comparing the Town Manager’s contract with other area managers.

 

April 12, 2017
by HBPOA
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April Commissioners’ Meeting

Here is the agenda for the April Board of Commissioners’ Meeting.  Highlights include the engineering report on the sewer system, changes to trash pickup, and a report on inlet dredging.

You can now review the whole meeting packet online here. The packet contains the agenda and background information on each agenda item.

As always, you can drop us an email at hbpoa@hotmail.com if you would like for us to ask a question or speak on your behalf at the meeting.

April 4, 2017
by HBPOA
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Pending Flood Maps and the Impact on Insurance

In August 2014 new preliminary flood maps were released for our area.  They showed 92% of property owners would benefit from the maps.  The new flood zone designations would result in savings of thousands of dollars annually for many property owners. Building Inspector Tim Evans did a presentation on the new maps at the October 2014 Commissioners’ Meeting and we posted about it here.  (Note: The Town walked back the idea that the maps were effective immediately.)

To date, the maps have been delayed and there has been no clear expectation of when they will be effective.  At the February 2017 Commissioners’ Meeting, HBPOA Board Member Mike Sullivan spoke about the importance of getting the maps in place and urged the Commissioners to act.  The Commissioners passed Resolution 17-01.  The Resolution has been distributed to all of our representatives.

In addition, several HBPOA Board Members attended Representative Rouzers’ Town Hall meeting at BCCC to communicate the importance and urgency of the issue.

We have heard back from Congressman Rouzer’s staff:

At long last, I have some information for you about the flood maps for Holden Beach.  It looks like they pushed the date back by one year due to ongoing appeals to the proposed maps.  I’m sorry I don’t have better news, but the complicated nature of the flood map drafting and implementation process leaves lots of opportunity for delays.  You can find the email I received from our contact at FEMA about it below.

The good news is, just yesterday Congressman Rouzer signed on as a cosponsor for a bill that would require the Government Accountability Office to review flood insurance rates and flood insurance rate maps under the national flood insurance program within the year of the bill’s enactment and every subsequent four years thereafter.  This would help ensure maps stay up to date and prevent people from paying more than necessary for their insurance premiums.  The bill is HR 879, the Flood Insurance Integrity Act.

FEMA’s Region 4 staff have provided the following information. They are the subject matter experts on specific maps.

  • Brunswick County is part of the Lumber Basin, and it has a projected Letter of Final Determination Date of 7/19/17, which makes the Effective Date: 1/19/18.
  • It is also part of REG-NC Cape Fear (C) & Lumber (W) Basins Missing Panels: PMR8 which dealt with missing panels from Brunswick and a few other counties.
  • The Village of Bald Head was left off the original Flood Hazard Determination Notice (FHD) Notice, so it ran through an Appeal Period by itself.
  • NC’s Floodplain Management Program was waiting for the missing panels to go through the Appeal Period and then have them go Effective with the Brunswick county panels in the Lumber basin.
  • Supply, NC is an unincorporated community in Brunswick County.

 HBPOA encourages everyone to contact their Federal, State and County elected officials. We have drafted sample letters which you can use, but individual calls and letters are sometimes more effective than form letters.  The letters are for the Congressmen representing Holden Beach.  If you are not a full-time resident you can find your elected representatives here.

Click below for the letters:

Congressman David Rouzer

Senator Thom Tillis

Senator Richard Burr

Check Your Property’s Flood Map Changes

You can check to see what the new flood maps for your property will be by clicking here.  Zoom in to your property and you can determine what your current designation is.  Click on your home and get all the details on the right side of your screen.  Use the drop-down menu in the top right corner to change from Effective to Preliminary.  This is what your new flood rating will be.  Again, click your home to see the changes.  Many properties go from a VE designation to AE – which will significantly lower insurance premiums.  Most properties also have a lower Base Flood Elevation (BFE) which will also lower premiums.

March 25, 2017
by HBPOA
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March Board of Commissioners’ Update

March meeting highlights included a new beach walkway ordinance, inlet concerns and a new contract for the Town Manager with a 39% raise and a severance package.

Click here for a short summary of the results of the meeting.  You can now listen to an audio recording of the meeting. Click here to listen.

If you have not yet paid your 2017 Membership Dues you may do so by:

  • Clicking here to pay with PayPal undefined
  • By going to our website here
  • By mailing a check to PO Box 376, Supply, NC 28462.

Dues are $15 per year and you are welcome to pay more than one year at a time.
As always, feel free to email us at hbpoa@hotmail.com with your comments and questions and we will get back to you.