January 24, 2019
From an email to our members:
Holden Beach Trash and Solid Waste
There is a new Holden Beach town ordinance for trash pick-up that went into effect December 19, 2018!
Holden Beach Property Owners Association (HBPOA) strongly recommends that you read the ordinance and consider how it will impact your situation. A summary of the changes is listed below.
Click to read the ordinance
It isn’t often that a new ordinance will touch every property owner, but this one does and brings many changes and questions. HBPOA has heard a lot of concerns about the new ordinance and we have shared these concerns with the Commissioners in writing, at the Board of Commissioners meeting and in person.
HBPOA recognizes that trash containers should not be on the edge of the road for long periods of time. It is unsightly for owners and visitors and blocks the line of sight for drivers.
We also recognize the vast majority of property owners may not be able to meet the timing requirements of the new ordinance (i.e., 89% of property owners don’t live on the island).
Trash Ordinance Highlights
- All trash containers should be secured in such a manner either next to non-elevated or underneath elevated houses, except on collection days when they are to be placed at street side, so that the town street right-of-way remains clear of empty containers, and so that containers are not damaged or overturned by high winds or other occurrences.
Containers will be located at street side no earlier than 6:00 p.m. the evening before designated collection days during the summer rental season.
- For the rest of the year, containers will be located at street side no more than 48 hours before the designated collection.
- All containers should be returned to the normal house-side storage location by 6:00 p.m. the day after collection.
- Any property found in violation shall be subject to a civil fine of $50 per offense. Fines will start May 1, 2019.
Commissioners have decided that a trash container roll-back service will be provided to all homes, not just Ocean Blvd. Though the cost for the service has not been determined, it would come from property taxes and BPART taxes.
Commissioners are giving consideration to a trash container roll-out service. No decision has yet been made.
Commissioners are now looking at forcing property owners to remove their existing trash container racks or corrals.
As always, you can send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like for us to ask a question or follow up on an issue.
We also suggest you share any concerns or support with your Holden Beach Board of Commissioners.
** J. Alan Holden, Mayor email@example.com 910-842-6061
John Fletcher, Mayor Pro Tem firstname.lastname@example.org 910-508-6849
Joe Butler, Commissioner email@example.com 910-846-2185
Peter Freer, Commissioner firstname.lastname@example.org 704-905-4429
Pat Kwiatkowski, Commissioner email@example.com 910-846-4040
Mike Sullivan, Commissioner firstname.lastname@example.org 614-961-7056
** Mayor Holden does not vote on matters before the Board of Commissioners unless there is a tie vote due to the absence of a Commissioner at a meeting.
Where Your Trash Bin Can Be Kept
The “intent” is for trash containers to be under the house or alongside houses that have the ground floor enclosed. This is the reason the Board of Commissioners is now looking at forcing property owners to remove their corrals. The stated reasons for this are that the garbage smells and walkers/bikers can smell it in the corrals and that the cans are more secure from wind under/beside the house.
- Trash does smell, which is why some owners want the containers in a corral away from their house.
- The containers in the corrals are more secure from storms than when unsecured under a house. This is especially true for oceanfront homes.
- Many owners do not want the trash near their house because renters/guests occasionally dump hot ashes from grills or live cigarette butts in the trash. They are concerned about the fire hazard with the containers under the house and feel it is safer away from the structure.
- Trash near the home can attract pests such as insects and wildlife.
- Some homes use all the space under the homes for parking, taking a spot for trash containers violates the parking plan submitted when the home was built.
- Some owners feel the racks or corrals work for them and their guests, they have used them for a long time and are happy with the arrangement.
- It is unclear that the Town can tell an owner where to keep their cans unless it in the right-of-way, it is unclear that the Town can insist you remove your trash corral because it is not a structure, no permit was required to build it. Ironically, in the late 1990’s the Town encouraged owners to build corrals as a solution to the trash problems at that time.
Violators will be fined $50 per day and each day constitutes a separate offense. Fines will be the responsibility of the property owner. Fines will not start until May 1, 2019.
- Owners with rental properties cannot control when cans are rolled out.
- Non-resident owners typically roll their trash to the curb before returning home to their primary residence. The suggestion that they take their garbage home with them is not sanitary or practical.
- Service providers and contractors often roll trash containers out if they have filled them while working.
- Owners have returned from being away and found that their trash containers were used by others and were rolled out.
- The ordinance was approved without a solution in place. The Commissioners are addressing roll-back, but not roll-out. They are placing the burden on the property owners to find a way to comply with the ordinance, or be fined. They believe strong enforcement and penalties will make the property owners come up with a solution.
- Rolling back full trash containers: the Town is planning to change the roll-back service to roll back full trash containers that were not placed at the curb in time for pickup. As a result, the full trash container might sit under the house for an extended period of time (i.e., until the next time someone occupies the house).
- Lack of notification and lack of communication: the Town has not let people know about the ordinance change. Property owners need time to address these changes.
- Expense to the Town and impact on taxes: Besides covering the expense of roll-back, additional funds will need to be spent on enforcement prior to and after each trash pick-up.
- Lack of other attempts to correct: A better method might have been education first instead of an ordinance that some cannot follow and will incur fines.