Holden Beach Property Owners Association

Representing the property owners of Holden Beach, NC

November 30, 2021
by HBPOA
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Potential Land Purchase Falls Through

We have been contacted by numerous members asking about the $850,000 purchase of land approved after the Executive Session at the last Commissioners’ Meeting.  The parcels were never publicly disclosed, however, it was rumored to be parcels near the bridge to be used for public paid parking.  Apparently, the purchase fell through.  They approved Budget Amendment 21-33 to take $850,000 from the BPART Fund to pay for it, then later approved Budget Amendment 21-34 to replace the funds – essentially reversing the first Budget Amendment.

Please note: this is NOT the Pier purchase.  The Due Diligence period concluded on November 19 without the Town withdrawing the offer.  It is scheduled to close in February.

November 20, 2021
by HBPOA
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November Board of Commissioners’ Meeting Follow Up

TOWN OF HOLDEN BEACH

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS’ REGULAR MEETING HOLDEN BEACH TOWN HALL – PUBLIC ASSEMBLY

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2021 – 5:00 P.M.

Please note that the results of the Executive Session at the end of the meeting were to spend $850,000 for additional property and to RECESS the meeting until Friday, November 19 at 2:00PM. See item #24.

1.    Invocation

2.    Call to Order/ Welcome

3.    Pledge of Allegiance

4.    Agenda Approval Approved

5.    Approval of Minutes Approved

a.         Minutes of the Regular Meeting of October 19, 2021
6.    Public Comments on Agenda Items  Five people spoke at the meeting and additional comments are on the website.

7.    Presentation of Fiscal Year 2020 – 2021 Audit Results – Elsa Watts, Martin Starnes and Associates (Town Manager Hewett) Town received a clean audit. 

8.    Discussion/Question and Answer on the Audit Committee Message on the External Audit Report to the Board of Commissioners – Commissioner Kwiatkowski Audit Committee reviewed the audit. 

9.    Annual Monitoring Report – Fran Way, ATM (Assistant Town Manager Ferguson) Beach gained sand overall.  Great year with no storms.  Renourishment of Central Reach area and Eastern Reach to happen this winter.

10. Discussion and Possible Action on Audit Committee Proposed Revised Ordinance 30.26, Audit Committee (Ordinance 21-32) – Commissioner Kwiatkowski Changed ordinance establishing Audit Committee.  Approved 3-2 with Commissioners Brown and Smith voting No.

11. Discussion and Possible Action on Request for Beer Garden and Signage for Run HB – Johnna Terragna (Assistant Town Manager Ferguson). Approved unanimously.

12. Police Report – Chief Dixon Not a lot of crime discussed.  Hunting season underway which is usually an issue on Western part of island (hunting not allowed on Island).  Scams such as gift cards and grandchildren bail are proliferating – Be aware!

13. Parking  Committee’s  Summary  in  Response  to  the  Board  of  Commissioners’  Tasker  – Commissioners Murdock & Smith. Otto Connect, the selected parking vendor/consultant, gave a presentation at the Parking Committee Meeting.  Read it here.  Town owns 221 spots and is actively looking at purchasing more property.  Proposed rate is $4/Hr, $20/day and would run March through October.  Golf carts would pay same, vehicles with trailers would pay $30/day.  Annual permits would be available.  Commissioner Murdock would like to eliminate Right of Way parking after the Town has enough spots and eliminate Post and Rope for some areas.  They do not envision having the 1092 parking spots outlined in the report.

14. Update on Revision of Oceanfront Lighting Ordinance – Attorney Madon (Commissioner Smith). Turtle Patrol supports further lighting restrictions.  Information was forwarded to Town Attorney to revise the ordinance.

15. Discussion and Possible Action on Updated Water Fee Schedule – Public Works Director Clemmons. Beginning January 1, 2022 rates will increase (82%) to cover increase from County.    Approved unanimously.

16. Discussion and Possible Action on Staff Compensation (Resolution 21-16, Providing COVID-19 Performance Bonuses to Town Staff) – Board of Commissioners.  $750 per employee Covid Bonus for staff.  Passed unanimously.

17. Discussion and Possible Action on a Request for Parks & Recreation Committee Suggestions for the Town-Owned 796 Ocean Boulevard West Property – Commissioner Kwiatkowski. Sent tasker to Parks And Rec. Committee to suggest what to do with town-owned house at 796 OBW.  Passed unanimously.

18. Property Purchase Update  &  Request  for  Public  Opinion  –  Commissioners  Sullivan  & Kwiatkowski. No response from seller regarding $500K price reduction for repairs, another month needed.  The requested deliverables have not been received.  Motion to extend the Due Diligence period until December 17 to allow response from seller with a response needed by this Friday or the Town would withdraw offer.  Failed 3-2 with Commissioners Sullivan and Kwiatkowski voting in favor. New motion to not include the withdrawal of offer passed. 

19. Public Comments on General Items  Five people spoke regarding parking and the Pier purchase.

20. Town Manager’s Report Paving of Seagull St. is moving ahead for this spring.  The sand source for this winter’s renourishment has been accepted by DCM as compatible.  The plan at the completion of the beach nourishment this winter would be one continuous project from 262 OBE to 871 OBW, to cover an area 5.1 miles long, 8’ tall and 100’ wide.  He doesn’t know exactly when the work will begin but be prepared for loud work 24-7.  The Turkey Trot will be Thanksgiving Day and the Tree Lighting will be December 3. 

21. Mayor’s Comments. The Mayor met with our state representative.  The state is participating in removal of the abandoned shrimp boats across the waterway.  The Veteran’s Appreciation Luncheon was successful. 

22. Board of Commissioners’ Comments. Commissioner Brown said he would not raise taxes to cover the pier purchase.  Commissioner Smith thanked the Police for their work on the successful Festival.  Commissioner Murdock discussed the Parking Report and feels like 500-600 spots are needed.  He also said he would not raise taxes for the Pier.  Commissioner Sullivan noted that this was his last meeting as he did not run again.  He thanked his colleagues, the staff and the residents for the opportunity to serve.  Commissioner Kwiatkowski emphasized that the BOC needs to get more information in writing and into the meeting packet.  The County is having an open house on the Land Use Plan/Parks and Rec Plan and invited all to attend.

23. 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 Contracts Concerning the Acquisition of Real Properties – Commissioners Murdock & Smith. Voted to spend $850K for additional property.  The location has not been disclosed. 

24.Adjournment.   The meeting was NOT adjourned, but recessed until 2:00pm Friday, November 19, 2021

November 13, 2021
by HBPOA
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Commissioners November Meeting

The Town of Holden Beach Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday, November 16, at 5:00PM for their regular monthly meeting.  Highlights include:

  • Annual Beach Monitoring Report
  • Annual Audit
  • More information on paid parking
  • Covid bonuses for Town staff
  • 82% increase in water rates to match the wholesale rate from the County

The agenda is below.  Click here for the meeting packet.

In addition, Commissioners Sullivan and Kwiatkowski have asked all property owners to share their opinions on the Pier purchase with the Commissioners.  Their update to citizens on the Pier begins on page 38 of the meeting packet.  Please send your opinion to heather@hbtownhall.com to be forwarded to all the Commissioners.


October 20, 2021
by HBPOA
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Pier Structure Report Released

The report on the Pier structure from the Town’s Beach Engineer, ATM, was released.  You can read it here.  Here is a summary of the report findings:

Applied Technology & Management (ATM) completed the due diligence assessment of the pier structure. The underwater inspection was very limited due to the sea state at the time of inspection (-3 to 5ft breaking waves) making it not feasible or safe to perform diving operations.  The assessment was also limited by the fact there were no plans or structural details, design criteria, technical and performance specifications, shop drawings, as-builts, geotechnical information, or wind/wave studies that could be located.

Overall,  the pier has likely surpassed its remaining service life considering it was constructed in 1957, which is ~64 years old. Most fixed timber pier structures are constructed for a 50-year life span with regular maintenance. Without maintenance records it is difficult to ascertain when key components such as the pilings were replaced.

  • Five pilings are in critical condition and require immediate action.
  • Handrails are in poor condition are a severe safety risk. There is one critical section of handrail on the east side nearshore that exhibited excessive movement when pushed upon.
  • The plumbing and electrical may be out of compliance and would likely require replacement in order to comply with current codes. Some electrical connections are exposed and are considered a recognized safety hazard.
  • In absence of the piling as-built elevations and installation records, ATM could not ascertain the top elevation, overall length, or pile embedment. Pile embedment information is critical in determining the structural capacity of the piles.
  • Most of the pile bents (cross beams) are in good condition, but some are exhibiting wood rot at the ends and are in poor condition.
  • The stringers appear to be in fair condition. In several locations there was no apparent connection between the stringers and the pile bents. Therefore, their condition is unknown. The connection hardware was inconsistent overall, and in many cases, they exhibited moderate to extreme corrosion.
  • The decking is in fair condition and appears to be maintained with no tripping hazards observed.  The structure has a few notable areas where deflection and rotation are apparent on the decking surface. The variation in the surface is consistent with locations where piles were leaning significantly or broken.

Immediate repairs to the pier to extend the service life to a reasonable period of time (10-15 years) is estimated to be on the order of $500,000 to $750,000. This would include replacement or significant repair of the three damaged piles, replacement of the damaged pile caps, installation of new cross bracing and total replacement of corroded fasteners and connections. This estimate assumes that significant material such as decking and stringers can be salvaged, and the construction can be completed by land-based equipment (i.e., no mobilization of barges or water-based equipment).

One of the key concerns observed during the inspection was the heavily corroded and missing/damaged connection hardware throughout the pier structure. Nearly all visible connections are in critical condition and will require replacement.  A majority of the horizontal and vertical cross-braces are either missing, detached, or broken which is a critical condition for the structure.

October 19, 2021
by HBPOA
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New Hot Topic Page and Pier Update

Dear Property Owners:

We want to keep you informed regarding the status of the Town’s plans to purchase a portion of the pier property.  Since this is a complicated issue, the HBPOA has created a new Hot Topic page on our website to share important documents and detailed information.  This email summarizes some of the key points.

At our Labor Day meeting, the HBPOA adopted a position to withhold support for the pier purchase until the plans and associated costs for the property are known.  We followed up with an online survey sent to property owners and over 80% of the responses supported our position.  We shared this information with the Board of Commissioners and sent a letter summarizing the key questions and issues.

The town has still not identified the intended use of the property or provided specific information on how it will be paid for other than the debt financing of the purchase.  

On September 29th the Commissioners discussed the Engineering Report – Building Assessmentthe Systems Evaluation report, and the Appraisal Report for the pier building.  The reports basically confirm that the building is a tear-down.  At the end of the meeting, Commissioner Brian Murdock stated that based on the inspection results the Town may end up tearing down both the pier and the building but should still purchase the property for investment purposes; listen to his comments here at the 2:32:00 mark.

The Commissioners then voted to offer the pier owner a revised contract which would move the Due Diligence period back until November 19th – after the inspection report on the pier structure is expected – and push the closing date back until February 28th.  This delay is what was requested by HBPOA.  

On October 1st the Commissioners voted to offer a new contract including an additional $50,000 due diligence payment to the pier owner.

Many property owners have expressed concerns about the Town borrowing money and potentially raising taxes to speculate on real estate.  A worst-case scenario would be for the Town to buy the pier and allow it to become an abandoned, derelict structure while taxpayers foot the bill.  

We will keep you informed as this topic evolves.  Please don’t hesitate to communicate your position to the Commissioners and the HBPOA.

September 1, 2021
by HBPOA
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HBPOA Meeting THIS SATURDAY

We will be holding our Labor Day Meeting 

Saturday, September 4th 10:00AM

at the Holden Beach Chapel (NOT at Town Hall)

We will comply with all COVID restrictions, so please bring a mask and prepare to social distance. 

The meeting will include:

  • Updates from the Mayor and Town Manager,
  • HBPOA Board member elections, and
  • Discussions about current issues and upcoming events.

We will also be broadcasting the meeting via Zoom for members who will not be able to attend in person.  Please join the meeting several minutes before it begins with your video turned off and microphone muted.

Here is the link to the Zoom meeting:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2513296660

We look forward to seeing you – either in person or virtually.

August 22, 2021
by HBPOA
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August Commissioners’ Meeting Update

Board of Commissioners’ Meeting Follow Up August 2021

TOWN OF HOLDEN BEACH

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS’ PUBLIC HEARING/REGULAR MEETING HOLDEN BEACH TOWN HALL – PUBLIC ASSEMBLY

TUESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2021 – 5:00 P.M.

PUBLIC HEARING: Ordinance 21-24, An Ordinance Amending Holden Beach Code of Ordinances, Chapter 157: Zoning Code (Pools) No Comments.

REGULAR MEETING:

1.    Invocation

2.   Call to Order/ Welcome

3.   Pledge of Allegiance

4.    Agenda Approval  Town Manager requested that in #19 Exec Session wording to be added to consult with the attorney.  Passed as amended.

5.    Approval of Minutes

a.     Minutes of the Special Meeting of July 8, 2021
b.     Minutes of the Special Meeting of July 20, 2021
c.     Minutes of the Regular Meeting of June 20, 2021 Changed to July 20. Corrections made to minutes regarding the selection of Parks and Rec members.  Approved as corrected.

6.   Public Comments on Agenda Items  No comments.

7.     Police Report – Chief Dixon  Some stolen bikes and tools this month.  There were 83 parking calls which generated 70 tickets.  Five fireworks tickets.  94 traffic stops yielded 49 state citations, with 62 charges.  Considering a Bicycle Patrol. Two bikes donated by City of Charlotte.  Would be used for races and festivals.  Labor Day is coming, expect no left turn off the bridge.  Also will be participating in Booze it and Lose it campaign.  Working with Highway Patrol on golf carts on the Causeway.  September 20-26 they will be participating in Child Safety Week.  It is peak hurricane season, be prepared!

8.   Discussion and Possible Action on Ordinance 21-24, An Ordinance Amending Holden Beach Code of Ordinances, Chapter 157: Zoning Code (Pools) – Inspections Director Evans  Staff supports the amendment to 157.060 (D)(7) and 157.061(D)(6) to prohibit pools in the front yard setback and the P&Z Board supported it unanimously.  Safety, parking and aesthetics were the main reasons.  Passed 4-1 with Sullivan voting NO, to be effective March 1, 2022.

9.    Discussion and Possible Approval of Ordinance 21-25, An Ordinance Amending Ordinance 20- 10, The Revenues and Appropriations Ordinance for Fiscal Year 2020 – 2021 (Amendment No. 21) – Town Manager Hewett  Change requested by auditor.  Passed unanimously.

10. Discussion and Possible Approval of Ordinance 21-26, An Ordinance Amending Ordinance 21- 13, The Revenues and Appropriations Ordinance for Fiscal Year 2021 – 2022 (Amendment No. 2) – Town Manager Hewett  Creates a sinking fund for the $27.7M loan for beach nourishment reimbursements. Passed unanimously.

11.  Discussion and Possible Approval of Martin Starnes Engagement Letter Addendum and Related Budget Adjustment – Town Manager Hewett Budget change to have the auditor brief the Audit Committee.  Passed unanimously.

12. Discussion and Possible Action on Revised System Development Fees – Town Manager Hewett No action taken.  The fees that were proposed are lower than the current fees.

13. Discussion and Possible Action on Staff’s Ranking of Parking Firms – Town Manager Hewett Otto Connect and Premium Parking were rated the highest of the bids. The Commissioners asked the Town Staff to come back with a recommendation.

14.  Parking Committee Status & Possible Action – Commissioner Kwiatkowski Town staff will determine what areas the Town currently owns, with number of spaces as well as other areas that could be converted to parking, including the Pier and Block Q (owned by Holden Beach Enterprises).  Passed unanimously.

15.  Discussion and Possible Action on Proposed Directive to Have the Police Chief Provide a Monthly Report on the Amount of Golf Cart Tickets Issued – Commissioner Smith After discussion, Chief Dixon will prepare the information monthly.

16.  Legal Opinion on School of Government Blog Related to Remote Meeting Participation Post- Covid Emergency and Discussion and Action on Streaming Meetings until the State of Emergency is Officially Closed – Commissioner Kwiatkowski Commissioner Kwiatkowski made a motion to go back to broadcasting the meeting audio during the state of emergency.  That would also allow the Commissioners to participate remotely.  Passed unanimously.

17. Discussion and Possible Approval of Resolution 21-12, Resolution Authoring the Negotiation of One or More Installment Financing Contracts and Providing for Certain Other Related Matters Thereto – Assistant Town Manager Ferguson  This is for the loan of $8.5M.  It would cover $5.2M for sewer lift stations #3 and #4 and $3.3M to purchase the pier.  Passed unanimously.  Commissioner Kwiatkowski pointed out that the resolution says no tax increase is anticipated, but if needed would not be excessive, and she is not sure that is correct.  However, the Town Manager confirmed that an assessment could be charged to all property owners – which would not be a tax since an assessment is a one-time fee charged to all property owners not based on the property’s value. A public hearing on the loan will be held September 21.

18. Holden Beach Promotional Video – Assistant Town Manager Ferguson The video was previewed for the Commissioners.  The video and the still images are to be used for promotional purposes.

19. 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 Contracts Concerning the Acquisition of Real Property – Commissioners Murdock, Sullivan, Kwiatkowski and Smith Moved this item to end of meeting.  Voted to add Ordinance 21-27 to the agenda. The ordinance allocates $25,000 for the inspection of the pier structure and the pier building using the American Society of Civil Engineer, ASCE guidelines.

20. Public Comments on General Items No comments.

21.  Town Manager’s Report There is a new tide gauge on the Transient Dock.  The Merritt is working in the inlet; it should be to the 8’ depth by the end of August.  There will be a signing ceremony with the Corps for the Federal Project Partnership in the coming weeks.  The East End Project to put sand on the East End beach this winter is being bid for 100K cubic yards but there may be a way to up that to 200K cubic yards.  Seagull Street paving is progressing; the survey has been completed.  The Town’s population has increased to 675 from 575 per the Census.  The wholesale water contract with the County has been signed.  Summer is winding down, there are three more concerts and Tide Dye has completed for the year.  Next up is Hurricane Season.  Be prepared, get your decals.

22. Mayor’s Comments Complimented the staff.  It is hurricane season, be ready.  The cost for the inlet dredging for all parties is $1M/year (not just the Town).  Boats in the ICW are not following the No Wake Zone which runs approximately from Yacht Watch to LouLou’s Restaurant; the Mayor is concerned that someone will be injured.  The sunken shrimp boat near the bridge has been removed. Several parcels of property near the bridge are for sale.  Captain Pete’s/Dock House is for sale as well as the large tracts owned by Holden Beach Enterprises.

23. Board of Commissioners’ Comments  Commissioner Brown had no comments. Commissioner Smith thanked the staff for their work on the parking proposals, the summer programs, the PD’s right-turn-only on Saturdays, and the enforcement of golf cart rules.  Commissioner Murdock is also glad to have the shrimp boat removed; he noted that the property there was also under contract.  Commissioner Sullivan would like input from citizens.  Commissioner Kwiatkowski thanked Chris in Public Works for attending to potholes; she reminded everyone that there are big issues being decided and they need to hear from the public; silence is consent.

24. Adjournment

July 26, 2021
by HBPOA
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Board of Commissioners’ Meeting

Below is a summary of the July Commissioners’ Meeting.

 

TOWN OF HOLDEN BEACH

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS’ REGULAR MEETING

HOLDEN BEACH TOWN HALL – PUBLIC ASSEMBLY

TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2021 – 5:00 P.M.

  1. Invocation
  2. Call to Order/ Welcome
  3. Pledge of Allegiance
  4. Agenda Approval Moved item #21 to #7A and Item #22 was deleted.  Approved as amended.
  5. Approval of Minutes All approved.
    • Minutes of the Public Hearing/Special Meeting of June 4, 2021
    • Minutes of the Public Hearing/Regular Meeting of June 15, 2021
    • Minutes of the Special Meeting of June 28, 2021
    • Minutes of the Special Meeting of June 30, 2021
  6. Public Comments on Agenda Items No comments.
  7. Presentation of Municipal Administration Certificate to Assistant Town Manager Ferguson – Town Manager Hewett
    • 7A. See Item #21.
  1. Police Report – Chief Dixon  From May 1 – June 30 they conducted 77 traffic stops and issued 41 citations, and 59 parking tickets.  Over the July 4th weekend they conducted 22 stops and 12 citations with 18 charges.  They also wrote 35 ordinance tickets – 30 parking and 5 fireworks.  They also participated in Booze it or Lose it.  Lots of positive feedback on closing the left turn lane on Saturdays.  The longest traffic bottleneck is at the stoplight.
  2. Discussion and Possible Approval of Ordinance 21-18, An Ordinance Amending Ordinance 20- 10, The Revenues and Appropriations Ordinance for Fiscal Year 2020 – 2021 (Amendment No. 18, Isaias Cat Z) – Assistant Town Manager Ferguson Approved unanimously.
  3. Discussion and Possible Approval of Ordinance 21-19, An Ordinance Amending Ordinance 20- 10, The Revenues and Appropriations Ordinance for Fiscal Year 2020 – 2021 (Amendment No. 19) – Town Manager Hewett Housekeeping Budget amendment.  Approved unanimously.
  4. Discussion and Possible Approval of Ordinance 21-20, An Ordinance Amending Ordinance 20- 10, The Revenues and Appropriations Ordinance for Fiscal Year 2020 – 2021 (Amendment No. 20) – Town Manager Hewett  Approved unanimously.
  5. Discussion and Possible Approval of Ordinance 21-21, An Ordinance Amending Ordinance 21- 13, The Revenues and Appropriations Ordinance for Fiscal Year 2021 – 2022 (Amendment No. 1) – Town Manager Hewett  Funds the pier purchase. Approved 3-2 with Commissioners Sullivan and Kwiatkowski voting NO.
  6. Discussion and Possible Action to Select the Priority Board of Commissioners’ Objectives for the Upcoming Fiscal Year – Commissioner Kwiatkowski  Approved unanimously.
  7. Discussion and Possible Approval of Ordinance 21-22, An Ordinance Amending Holden Beach Code of Ordinances, Chapter 35: Inlet & Beach Protection Board – Town Clerk Finnell  Approved unanimously.
  8. Discussion and Possible Approval of Ordinance 21-23, An Ordinance Amending Holden Beach Code of Ordinances, Chapter 34: Parks & Recreation Advisory Board – Town Clerk Finnell  Approved unanimously.
  9. Discussion and Possible Selection of Members to Serve on Town Boards – Town Clerk Finnell  The following people were selected to serve. Parks and Rec Board: Grace Bannerman, Melanie Champion, Mike Pearson, Susannah Tucker.  Planning and Zoning:  Wade Cole, Sylvia Pate, Pete Pallas, and Mark Francis, and John Cain as alternates.  Board of Adjustment:  Jack Lohman, and Richard Roberts.
  10. Audit Committee Debrief to Board – Commissioner Kwiatkowski  Reported that the Audit Committee is meeting again and addressing outstanding issues.
  11. Discussion and Possible Action on Parking Management Services Proposals – Town Clerk Finnell Directed Staff to come back with a recommendation. Anticipated to report back at next meeting.
  12. Discussion and Possible Action on Golf Cart Violation Reporting Tasker – Commissioners Kwiatkowski and Smith Commissioners want a break down by week of Golf Cart Infraction details to determine if progress is being made on safety issues or whether a new approach should be tried.  Police do not break info down by Golf Carts – only track by vehicles.  They can break it down but Police Chief thinks it is a bad idea. No action taken.
  13. Discussion and Possible Action on Golf Cart Request to Town Attorney – Commissioner Smith Town Attorney reported that it was legal to put restrictions by ordinance on Golf Carts to address the continuing and worsening problems with safety compliance. No Action taken.
  14. Discussion and Possible Action on Water Agreement with Brunswick County – Town Manager Hewett   Brunswick County representatives were at the meeting and discussed their efforts on the water system including the Wholesale Water Agreement which was approved unanimously.
  15. FEMA Gated Community Debris Pickup Update – Town Manager Hewett Item deleted.
  16. Discussion and  Possible  Action on  Text  Amendment for Swimming  Pool  Locations  –Inspections Director Evans Public Hearing was set for the August meeting.  Passed with Commissioner Smith voting NO.
  17. Public Comments on General Items No comments.
  18. Town Manager’s Report  The Local Government Commission approved $27.7M in loans for the FEMA reimbursement sand project.  The loan closed on Friday.  Weeks Dredging has been selected as the contractor and work is expected to begin around November 15. Seagull St. paving is moving ahead with Right Angle Engineering beginning the surveying.  Green Engineering has almost completed the next phase of the #2 Sewer Lift Station project (at Greensboro).
  19. Mayor’s Comments  Was disappointed that the weather canceled the Tams concert.  He has never seen so many people on the beach.  Staff is working hard.  Feels we are experiencing better compliance with beach regulations.
  20. Board of Commissioners’ Comments:  Commissioner Brown congratulated new members of Town Boards.  He feels that a lot of current issues are because we are in the heat of summer.  Commissioner Smith thanked the staff and citizens and encouraged everyone to keep golf carts safe.  Commissioner Murdock wants to preserve the pier as is and purchase other open properties.  Commissioner Sullivan pointed out that the renourishment this winter will only cost $27.7M and saves approximately $20M by combining four storms requiring only one mobilization.  He also urged the use of common sense on the pier purchase.  Commissioner Kwiatkowski wants to hear from people about the pier.  Most she have heard from are supportive, but with reservations, such as supporting it if it is revenue-neutral.  It may not be.  She pointed out that we can’t cover even the loan payments from BPART (occupancy taxes) because we already spend it all.  In addition, there are several more items that the Board is moving ahead on such as bike lanes and the Corps Study which will cost large sums.  She is concerned we are taking on a lot of debt and emphasized she wants to hear from people.
  21. Adjournment

July 19, 2021
by HBPOA
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July Board of Commissioners and Pier Update

The Town of Holden Beach Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday, July 20 at 4:45 pm for a Special Meeting to interview candidates for advisory board vacancies and at 5:00 pm for their regular monthly meeting.  Highlights include possible action on paid parking proposals, further discussion and possible action on golf carts, and more information on the Pier purchase.  Click here for the agenda and meeting packet.

Pier Purchase

After the July 8 Public Hearing, the Commissioners unanimously voted to submit a written offer of $3,250,000 for the parcel containing the Pier and the Pier Building as well as the parcel immediately to the west.  The purchase does not include the campground or the area where the motel was.  Commissioner Sullivan emphasized that this will start the due diligence period.  The meeting agenda below includes Budget Amendment 21-21 to take a $3,000,000 loan and pay $259,000 from the BPART Fund, which includes $9000 for a commercial appraisal.

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