Holden Beach Property Owners Association

Representing the property owners of Holden Beach, NC

April 23, 2021
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April Commissioners’ Meeting Update

Board of Commissioners’ Meeting Follow Up – April 2021

TOWN OF HOLDEN BEACH

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS’ PUBLIC HEARING/REGULAR MEETING

HOLDEN BEACH TOWN HALL – PUBLIC ASSEMBLY

TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2021 – 5:00 P.M.

NOTE:  At the 4:00 P.M. Special Meeting Rick Smith was selected to fill the unexpired term of Woody Tyner.  He will serve until the November election.

PUBLIC HEARING: Resolution 21-04, Preliminary Assessment Resolution to Improve the Existing Soil Roadway of Seagull Drive  There are five comments posted online.

REGULAR MEETING:

1.    Invocation

2.    Call to Order/ Welcome

3.    Pledge of Allegiance

4.    Agenda Approval  Approved as amended.  Added to item #21 to consult with the Town Attorney.

5.    Approval of Minutes  All approved as written.

a.         Minutes of the Regular Meeting of March 16, 2021

b.         Minutes of the Special Meeting of April 2, 2021

c.          Minutes of the Special Meeting of April 5, 2021 (Recessed from April 2nd)

6.    Public Comments on Agenda/General Items  One comment posted online.

7.    Presentation and Possible Action on Holden Beach Coastal Storm Risk Management Study Federal Cost Share Agreement (FCSA) – Bob Keistler, Corps (Assistant Town Manager Ferguson)  Motion to approve the $1.5M CSRM study contract and funding certification carried unanimously.

a.         Ordinance  21-09,  An Ordinance  Amending  Ordinance  20-10,  The  Revenues  and Appropriations Ordinance for Fiscal Year 2020 – 2021 (Amendment No. 11)  Motion to take the funds for the study from BPART instead of Capital Reserve Fund, carried unanimously.

8.    Police Report – Lieutenant Dilworth Not a lot of crime or issues.  A saw was stolen from under a house.  It is time to start locking cars.

9.    Discussion and Possible Action on Emergency Restrictions Pertaining to Town Hall/Board of Commissioners’ Meetings – Commissioners Sullivan & Kwiatkowski Motion to open up Board Meetings to permissible number of public attendees that are allowable by the Governor. This would pertain to opening up the Town for business, yet make sure Town employees are protected.  Motion carried unanimously.  Mayor would need to amend the emergency motion.  This would be for business functions and Boards, not programs.  Effective May 1, 2021, as may be amended by Governor. Passed unanimously.

10. Report on Parking Committee Fines on Paid Parking – Commissioner Murdock  Gave a report on the Parking Committee’s findings.  Read the parking vendor presentations: Premium Parking Presentation and Otto Connect Presentation.

11. Discussion and Possible Action on Recruiting a Member to Fill Commissioner Tyner’s Position on the Parking Committee – Commissioner Murdock  Motion to put Rick Smith and two committee members from the Community on the Parking Committee.  Volunteers will be solicited.

12. Discussion and Possible Action on Resolution 21-06, Assessment Resolution to Improve the Existing Soil Roadway of Seagull Drive (Cannot Adopt until 24 hours after Public Hearing) – Town Clerk Finnell  Report is on the Town’s websiteThis will be voted on at the first budget meeting on May 7.

13. Final Agreement and Action on Proposed Ordinance 21-04, An Ordinance Amending the Holden Beach Code of Ordinances, Chapter 50: Solid Waste – Commissioner Kwiatkowski  Only changes would be that ALL trash containers (including full cans) will be rolled back and recycling containers will not count toward the required number of containers for rental homes.  Passed unanimously.

14. Discussion and Possible Approval of Budget Amendments – Town Manager Hewett

a.         Ordinance 21-05, An Ordinance Amending Ordinance 20-10, The Revenues and Appropriations Ordinance for Fiscal Year 2020 – 2021 (Amendment No. 7, Capital Projects)  Takes Florence, Michael, and Dorian funds and puts in a separate account.  Isaias will follow the same.  Approved unanimously.

b.         Ordinance 21-06, An Ordinance Amending Ordinance 20-10, The Revenues and Appropriations Ordinance for the Fiscal Year 2020 – 2021 (Amendment No. 8, Isaias)  Passed Unanimously

c.          Ordinance 21-07, An Ordinance Amending Ordinance 20-10, The Revenues and Appropriations Ordinance for Fiscal Year 2020 – 2021 (Amendment No. 9, Inspections Department) Due to the number of construction projects on the island extra unbudgeted income has been received.  Motion calls for purchasing a new truck for the Inspections department and reallocating the budget.  Passed unanimously.   

d.         Ordinance 21-08, An Ordinance Amending Ordinance 20-10, The Revenues and Appropriations Ordinance for Fiscal Year 2020 – 2021 (Amendment No. 10, Recycling)  Required to be in line with Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) requirements.  Passed unanimously.   

15. Discussion and Possible Action on Resolution 21-07, A Resolution for Brunswick County to Mitigate Proposed Water Rate Increases – Commissioner Kwiatkowski  Motion to adopt the resolution 21-07.  Passed unanimously.

16. Discussion and Possible Scheduling of a Date to Hold a Public Hearing on the Draft System Development Fees Report – Town Clerk Finnell  Motion to set date for Public Hearing May 18.  Passed unanimously.

17. Discussion and Possible Action on Approving Mayor’s Issuance of a Proclamation in Opposition to the Proposed Zoning Bill (SB 349/HB 401) – Commissioner Sullivan  Motion to prepare a resolution in opposition to NC Senate and House bills carried unanimously.  Bills would allow up to a four-plex in single-family residential zones and allow “accessory dwellings” on single-family lots.  Motion carried unanimously.

18. Town Manager’s Report  Budget workshops are scheduled for May 7 and 21, with a Public Hearing tentatively set for June 4.  FEMA approved almost $4M for Isaias.  Now planning on one major sand project for Michael, Florence, Dorian, and Isaias.  Total awarded so far ~$45M.  The Town has confirmed to the Corps that we are interested in sand placement from the dredging of the Lockwood Folly Inlet and crossing next winter.  The sand volume and cost are still unknown.  The County will participate, but at a lower rate since there will be sand placement.  The annual beach monitoring survey is underway.  Survey crew will be on the strand and in the water.  The sand fencing project has been completed and ended up at around 955 OBW.  They have received a good response from the Parks and Rec Master Plan survey.  The generator replacement at Town Hall is complete.  Renovations to the Jordan Ave. public restrooms are paused in consideration of ADA compliance, Rights-of-Way, and other complications.  Sewer Lift Station #3 is complete and an RFQ for Lift Station #2 is underway.  Paving on Brunswick Ave. West has been completed.  Ocean Blvd. resurfacing and the addition of bike lanes are moving ahead.  The Town is applying for grants for the bike lanes and will hear in October if selected.  He thinks there is a good chance of success for a grant.  Paving and Bike Lane construction would begin in October 2022.

19. Mayor’s Comments  Mayor Holden asked about the work being done on the Sewer Station under the bridge; corroded pipe is being replaced.  He also received a letter from a fellow mayor asking for the Board’s support in signing a letter regarding Asian hate crimes. (The BOC did not act on this).  The Tri-Beach Fire Department needs to replace its building and buy more equipment.  They are asking for a 15% increase in Fire Fees.  They would like to house their equipment in the EOC building during construction but there is no room.  There is a potential lawsuit from Pointe West regarding water issues.  He noted that there has never been this little property for sale on the island.  Construction is also booming.  Prices are high.

20. Board of Commissioners’ Comments The Commissioners welcomed new member Rick Smith and thanked the staff for their work.  Commissioner Brown is glad parking is being addressed.  It was always the intent to make new lots paid parking.  Commissioner Smith thanked the rest of the Board for selecting him, and feels it is an honor to serve.  One issue he would like to address is golf carts.  He gave the stats on injuries, accidents, and deaths from golf carts and noted that Holden Beach is getting carts by the truckload and they need to follow the laws regarding lights, restraints, etc.  He is concerned we will have a tragedy here on the island.  Commissioner Murdock encouraged people to apply for the spots on the Parking Committee.  Commissioner Sullivan thanked Commissioner Murdock for taking on the parking issue.  Commissioner Kwiatkowski encouraged everyone to email the County regarding water rates.

21. Executive Session Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 143-318.11(A)(5), To Instruct the Staff or Agent Concerning the Negotiation of the Price and Terms of a Contract Concerning the Acquisition of Real Property  Amended to include consult with Town Attorney.  No action was taken.

22.Adjournment

* Due to the Town of Holden Beach’s State of Emergency Restrictions and Governor Cooper’s Safer at Home Order, in person public attendance is prohibited. The meeting will be livestreamed on the Town’s Facebook page. Visit https://www.facebook.com/holdenbeachtownhall/ to listen to the livestream. Public comments can be submitted to heather@hbtownhall.com or deposited in the Town’s drop box at Town Hall prior to 3:00 p.m. on April 20, 2021. Comments for the public hearing will be accepted until April 21, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. If you would like the comments to be heard at the public hearing, they must be submitted by April 20, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

April 19, 2021
by HBPOA
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Commissioners’ Meeting for April

The Town of Holden Beach Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday, April 20 for their regular monthly meeting.  Highlights include a report from the Parking Committee on Paid Parking (click here and here to review information), changes to the trash ordinances, and approval of a $1,500,000 study with the Corps of Engineers.  Also on the agenda is a Public Hearing on the paving of Seagull Drive. The agenda is below.  During the Executive Session portion of the meeting (closed to the public) the properties to be discussed include the Pier parcels and parcels in Holden Beach West.  Click here for the meeting packetPrior to their Regular Meeting, there will be a Special Meeting at 4:00PM.  Candidates will be interviewed to fill the vacancy on the Board.  A candidate will be selected and sworn in.   You can review the agenda and candidate information here.

Trash Ordinances:  The proposed changes to the current ordinance include:

  • Full bins being rolled back to the home, and
  • Recycling containers do not count toward the required number of trash bins for rental homes.

There are no proposed changes to roll-out times for cans.

April 5, 2021
by HBPOA
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Parking On the Island

The Town’s Parking Committee meeting scheduled for April 2nd was canceled.  Parking Committee Chair, Commissioner Brian Murdock, has indicated that Parking will be on the Commissioner’s agenda for their regular meeting on April 20th. The Commissioners met on April 2nd and April 5th in Executive Session to discuss two of the eight parcels at the Pier.  The parcels under discussion are the farthest west parcel where the Emergency Access Road is located and the parcel farthest east where the old hotel was taken down.  No action was taken.  Based on the location of the parcels some have speculated that this would be for beach access for homeowners in the canals across OBW from the pier.  The parcels under discussion do not include the pier structure or the building.

In related news, another area town implemented paid parking this weekend.  Surf City will have paid parking from April through October from 9am – 5pm.  The cost will be $3/hr and $20/day, with an option to buy a seasonal pass for $250.  For more information about the parking issue visit our Hot Topics page on Parking.

March 11, 2021
by HBPOA
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New Development on Stone Chimney Rd.

The Holden Beach area continues to see explosive growth.  Brunswick County recently approved plans for a new residential development on Stone Chimney Road, just north of Stanley Road.  The site is 2.5 miles from the bridge.  The new neighborhood, to be called Marsh Walk, will be located next to Lakes of Lockwood.  Plans call for 439 single-family homes and 102 multi-family units.

There are other neighborhoods under development in the area as well, in addition to a large new RV campground and the expansions of existing mobile home parks.

The additional growth will exacerbate the beach parking issues currently under discussion.

 

March 2, 2021
by HBPOA
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Updated Hot Topic: Trash

Commissioners Pat Kwiatkowski and Mike Sullivan have noted that trash cans sitting on the sides of the road are unsightly, present a safety hazard by blocking drivers’ line of sight, and the cans/corrals near the roadways are smelly for bikers and walkers. The Commissioners are proposing to re-adopt the 2018 ordinance which was passed and then substantially modified after significant concerns were received about the implementation.

The concerns about the ordinance remain the same:

  • Removal/moving of trash corrals;
  • Timing (with $50/day penalties) for rolling your trash cans out and back;
  • Rolling back full trash cans that missed the pickup;
  • No viable solutions to help property owners comply.

We have updated our Hot Topic page to include these latest developments along with the background information from 2018 and 2019.  Click here: https://holdenbeachpoa.com/hot-topics/trash-and-solid-waste/

The proposed ordinance has been discussed at the last two monthly Commissioners meetings and is expected to be on the March 16 meeting agenda for discussion and possible approval.

 

March 2, 2021
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New Hot Topic: Parking

We have created a new Hot Topic page to provide additional background information about the parking situation on the island.  Click here: https://holdenbeachpoa.com/hot-topics/parking/.  One of the questions we address is “how many current public parking spots do we have?”  We counted the cars and vehicles with trailers shown on Google Maps (which appears to be from a typical peak season day) and came up with 460 cars plus 43 vehicles with trailers parked between the bridge and the east end of the island.    Click here to see the pictures.   There is also a large private parking lot at the pier with 77 spaces.

The next Parking Committee Meeting is this Friday, March 5th, at 10:00 AM.  It will be live-streamed on the Town’s Facebook page.  Vendors who provide paid parking services have been invited to describe the new technology available.  The meeting agenda and packet are available here.

 

 

February 28, 2021
by HBPOA
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HBPOA Responds to Parking Issues

HBPOA received many of the over 200 letters that the Commissioners received (links on the Hot Topic Parking Page).  We found these to be well thought out, well-written responses from the citizens and taxpayers to the Town government and Staff about what the community envisions for parking in the future.  HBPOA read the feedback and summarized the most common points.  The following was sent to the Parking Committee and the Commissioners.  If you have comments as always please contact us!  Our email is HBPOA@hotmail.com.

After the HBPOA notified property owners about the Town’s plans to build new public parking lots, over 200 letters and emails were submitted.  These comments provide a very comprehensive view of what property owners want and don’t want with regards to public parking.  After reviewing this feedback, here is our summary:

Overall:

  1. Protect the unique character and beauty of the island (don’t ruin paradise to create parking).
  2. Don’t overly burden property owners in an effort to accommodate day-visitors.
  3. Recognize we won’t always be able to provide a sufficient number of parking spaces to meet future demand.

Specifically:

  1. No new small “pocket” parking lots in residential neighborhoods next to or across from homes and spread out such that visitors have to drive all over the island looking for a spot.
  2. No right-of-way parking in property owner yards or adjacent to residential property.
  3. Any new public parking should be:
    –   Close to public beach accessways
    –   Close to permanent public restrooms (not porta-potties)
    –   On land zoned for commercial businesses who could benefit from the visitors (and vice versa)
    –   Centralized as much as possible to minimize traffic congestion and improve safety.
  4. Public parking should pay for itself and not be a financial burden on the property owners:
    –   Paid parking should be implemented to help cover the cost of the additional services needed as the result of day-visitors (e.g., police, garbage collection, bathroom cleaning, etc.)
    –   Any land purchased for new parking lots should be cost neutral (i.e., the parking revenues should pay for the purchase cost within a reasonable period of time).
  5. Start planning now for what we will do when the public parking spaces on the island are all full:
    –   Determine how many spaces we plan to have on the island for public parking (i.e., what is our total capacity goal)
    –   Determine how we will know when all these spaces are full so we can notify day-visitors before they come on the island that there is no place for them to park
    –   Engage the County regarding off-island parking/shuttle service solutions, since it is predominantly County residents who are the day-visitors coming to the island.
     

The HBPOA, as a representative of the property owners, will support plans that achieve these objectives.

 

February 16, 2021
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BOC Meeting Update: Parking Lots Removed From Agenda

The Town Commissioners removed the proposed parking lots (agenda item #22) from their February 16th meeting.  They also modified agenda item #20, which would have appropriated funds enabling the immediate construction of the lots.

We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of property owner sentiments regarding the parking lots.  Over 200 letters and emails were received by the Town.  They can be viewed here.

The HPBOA truly appreciates the time, effort, and emotions spent in communicating and sharing your opinions.   Hopefully, this information will help the Town develop long-term parking plans that property owners can support with the same passion as has been shown this past week.

Stay tuned for additional updates as we continue our work to help address the Town’s parking challenges.

February 12, 2021
by HBPOA
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February Commissioners’ Meeting

The Town of Holden Beach Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday, February 16th for their regular monthly meeting.

The agenda includes possible action to create the new parking lots that were described in our email to members.  The public hearing prior to the meeting is for changes to the building height measurement point and not the parking lots.  Regular meeting highlights also include possible change of speed limits during the off-season on OBW, changes to the trash can rules, and increases in the water rates.  Click here for the meeting packet, the parking lot information starts on page 140.

We encourage you to send your comments to the Town Clerk and/or the Commissioners prior to the meeting.  The HBPOA has heard the following complaints regarding the new parking lots:

  1. The parking lots provide no benefit to taxpayers/property owners
  2. The impacts to property owners have not been considered
  3. There have been no opportunities for public input or notice
  4. There has been no analysis of the ongoing costs
  5. The plans should, at a minimum, follow a re-zoning process since they are changing the purpose of the property

If you have comments to submit but want to remain anonymous, please send them to HBPOA@hotmail.com and we will represent you.  The HBPOA as an organization has not yet taken an official position, but we have also not heard from any property owner who is in favor of these new free public parking lots.