Holden Beach Property Owners Association

Representing the property owners of Holden Beach, NC

Commissioners’ Meeting Summary

Quick Summary:  The Paid Parking Plan was sent back to the drawing board for revision.  A special meeting will be held to re-work the plan.

The revised Pier Plan and associated Resolution were approved with no additional changes.   

Board of Commissioners’ Meeting Follow Up – January 2022



TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2022 – 5:00 P.M.

PUBLIC HEARING: Concerning the Approval of the Execution and Delivery of an Installment Financing Contract in a Principal Amount Not to Exceed $3,300,000 in Order to Pay the Costs of Purchasing Property Located at 441 Ocean Boulevard West, Including the Pier This was a legally required hearing for the Pier loan.  Tom Myers, HBPOA President, spoke on behalf of the organization.  Jim Bower criticized the plan as inadequate and risky.  Beverly Compton requested to ask questions which was denied.


1.    Invocation

2.    Call to Order/ Welcome

3.    Pledge of Allegiance

4.    Agenda Approval Agenda was unanimously amended to split public comment into two groups, with comments on the No Wake Zone remaining as item #6, other comments moving to #7B, adding #7A a question and answer opportunity about the Pier Plan, removing item #9, and changing #10A to Discussion of on island-wide parking spaces, with other items in #10 to follow.

5.    Approval of Minutes

 a.     Minutes of the Regular Meeting of December 21, 2021Approved unanimously.

6.    Public Comments on No Wake Zone  Agenda Items No comments.

7.    Discussion on No Wake Zone – Mayor Holden  Appears that coordination between Army Corps of Engineers and enforcement agencies needs to be ironed out.  They will follow up.

7.A. Question and Answer: Commissioner Kwiatkowski answered questions about the Pier Plan.  Plans will not be finalized until the complete inspection (including below water inspection) are completed after the pier has been purchased.

7.B Public Comments on other agenda items.  Public Comments lasted for over 1.5 hours.  Almost everyone was in opposition to the parking plan as presented.

8.    Police Report – Chief Dixon  House fire at 227 OBW; the missing dog has not been found. They are working on integration with the County’s 911 system.  There will be a run on January 29, expect delays.

9.    Discussion and Possible Action on Ordinance 22-01, An Ordinance Amending the Holden Beach Code of Ordinances, Chapter 92: Nuisances (Outside Lights) – Inspections Director Evans  Removed from agenda.

10. Discussion and Possible Action on Items Necessary to Proceed with Paid Parking – Chief Dixon & Lieutenant Dilworth Commissioner Kwiatkowski provided some suggestions to modify the proposed parking plan to remove parking on streets without public accesses and reduce the number of total spots.  It was decided that they will have a Special Meeting to discuss Parking.

a.     Ordinance 22-02, An Ordinance Amending the Holden Beach Code of Ordinances, Title VII: Traffic Code No action taken.
b.     Ordinance 22-03, An Ordinance Amending the Holden Beach Code of Ordinances, Chapter 95: Streets (Section 95.05 Public Rights of Way) Motion by Commissioner Kwiatkowski to reject Ordinance.  Passed unanimously.
c.     Resolution 22-01, Resolution Amending the Holden Beach Fee Schedule  Code No action taken.
d.     Services Agreement between the Town and Otto Connect  Code No action taken.

11. Discussion and Possible Action for the Town Manager to Proceed with Appropriate Steps to Convert the Town Owned Properties in the 800 Block of Ocean Boulevard West to a Lot to be Designated for Paid Parking ASAP – Commissioner Kwiatkowski Motion to delineate (the marsh on) all Town owned property bordering marshes on the island.  Passed unanimously.

12. Discussion and Possible Approval of Resolution 22-02, Personnel Policy Administration – Town Manager Hewett Passed unanimously.

13. Discussion and Possible Approval of Resolution 22-03, Resolution Regarding the 15th Anniversary of the GFWC of Holden Beach – Town Manager Hewett  Passed unanimously.

14. Discussion and Board Endorsement of a Revised Proposed Pier Plan Document and Associated Resolution (Resolution 22-04) – Commissioner Kwiatkowski Passed unanimously.

15. Discussion and Election of a Board Member to the Audit Committee – Town Clerk Finnell Commissioner Kwiatkowski will continue to be a member of the Audit Committee.

16. Discussion and Selection of Audit Committee Members – Town Clerk Finnell All current members will serve another term and Mike Felmly will serve as an alternate.

17. Discussion and Possible Action on Termination of Lease for 796 Ocean Boulevard West – Town Manager Hewett  Passed unanimously.

18. Public Comments on General Items More public comments on Parking were shared.

19. Town Manager’s Report The Town Manager presented his quarterly financial report.  He reported that Town Finances were where expected.  The Nourishment and dredging projects were discussed. Chief Dixon will be serving in a leadership capacity for Region 6.

20. Mayor’s Comments He is confident that the parking will be resolved. 

21. Board of Commissioners’ Comments Commissioner Smith thanked people for coming and promised taxes would not be raised due to the Pier. Commissioner Murdock was sorry he was not at the meeting.  He expressed concerns about the parking plan and the lack of boat trailer access. Commissioner Dyer discussed the Parking issues and the Pier.  She thanked the first responders regarding the house fire.  Commissioner Kwiatkowski thanked everyone for coming.  She discussed the County’s plans and her interactions with them for boat trailer parking.  Commissioner Brown thanked the staff.  He discussed parking and his dislike of Post and Rope.

22. 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 – Commissioner Murdock No action was taken.

23. Adjournment

* The remote meeting will be livestreamed on the Town’s Facebook page. Visithttps://www.facebook.com/holdenbeachtownhall/to watch the livestream. Public comments can be submitted to heather@hbtownhall.com prior to 1:00 p.m. on January 18, 2022. 


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