Board of Commissioners’ Meeting Follow Up – February 2023
TOWN OF HOLDEN BEACH
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS’ REGULAR MEETING
HOLDEN BEACH TOWN HALL – PUBLIC ASSEMBLY TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2023 – 5:00 P.M.
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2. Call to Order/ Welcome
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Agenda Approval Approved as amended to remove item #11.
5. Approval of Minutes Approved.
a. Minutes of the Regular Meeting of January 17, 2023
6. Public Comments on Agenda Items Jim Bauer encouraged the BOC to reserve the right to tear down the pier. He also encouraged them to sell 796 OBW.
7. Police Report – Chief Dixon Not much activity. The recording equipment has been purchased and installed. The Meeting Packet (Page 16) contains a summary report for 2022.
8. Inspections Department Report – Inspections Director Evans Construction continues on the island. He has issued 326 total permits representing $2M in improved property values. The Inlet Hazard Area rules are changing, some of which could benefit the island.
9. Eagle Scout Recognition – Assistant Town Manager Ferguson Two Scouts have earned their Eagle Scout Award.
10. Discussion and Possible Action on Proposal for Services from Green Engineering – Leo Green, Green Engineering (Public Works Director Chris Clemmons) Contract for $172K to study water system (second water tower) approved unanimously.
a. Ordinance 23-02, An Ordinance Amending Ordinance 22-14, The Revenues and Appropriations Ordinance for Fiscal Year 2022 – 2023 (Amendment No. 10) Approved unanimously.
11. American Flood Coalition – Tony McEwen, Carolinas Director (Mayor Holden) Removed from agenda.
a. Resolution 23-02, A Resolution of the Board of Commissioners of the Town of Holden Beach Providing for the Town of Holden Beach to Become a Member of the American Flood Coalition
12. Fire Department Update – Tri-Beach Fire Department (Town Manager Hewett) Tri-Beach Fire Department would like a new/renovated station that would allow 24/7/365 staffing. A new station could be placed between Fayetteville St. and 800 OBW based on a five-mile maximum service area.
13. Discussion and Possible Action on Final Site Plan for Block Q – Randy Baker, Pinnacle Architecture (Town Manager Hewett) Decided to break the project into two phases. The first phase would be for boat parking and perimeter car parking. The second phase would include new restrooms. Approved unanimously, moving forward contingent on budget approval.
a. Block Q Development Grant Application Would submit for a grant for Phase 2 (restrooms). Phase 1 would be covered by the Town. Approved unanimously.
14. Discussion and Possible Action on Final Site Plan for Pier Property – Chip Hemingway, Bowman, Murray Hemingway Architects (Town Manager Hewett) Voted unanimously to get a proposal for design and permitting, to be discussed at March 13 meeting. Click here for the latest design.
15. Discussion and Possible Action on Paid Parking Program Items – Town Clerk Finnell Both were approved unanimously.
a. Resolution 23-03, Resolution Amending the Holden Beach Fee Schedule
b. Contract between Town and Otto Connect
16. Discussion and Possible Action on Staff Collected Information for 796 Ocean Boulevard West – Assistant Town Manager Ferguson Agreed to get with the most responsive bidder to complete the work that needs to be done. Issues with property “belonging” to HB Water System and expenses coming from BPART.
17. Discussion and Possible Action on Proposals Received for Sailfish Park Site-Specific Master Plan – Assistant Town Manager Ferguson Voted unanimously to have McGill and Associates bring a contract.
18. Discussion and Possible Action on Proposals for Stormwater Management & Consulting Services – Public Works Director Clemmons Selected McGill and Associates with Kwiatkowski voting NO.
19. Discussion and Possible Action on Proposals for Audit Services – Commissioner Kwiatkowski The Audit Chair and the Audit Committee recommended the Town switch auditors to Sharpe and Patel. However, the Commissioners voted 4-1 (Kwiatkowski voting NO) to stay with current auditor Martin Starnes for the next three years.
20. Discussion and Possible Action on Ordinance 23-03, Ordinance Amending Holden Beach Code of Ordinances, Section 130.01 Discharge of Firearms Prohibited; Exceptions – Chief Dixon Approved unanimously as amended to include air guns.
21. Discussion and Possible Approval of Ordinance 23-04, An Ordinance Amending Ordinance 2214, The Revenues and Appropriations Ordinance for Fiscal Year 2022 – 2023 (Amendment No. 11) Approved unanimously.
22. Public Comments on General Items No comments.
23. Town Manager’s Report The Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) will meet on Thursday at Ocean Isle. The Inlet Hazard Areas (IHA), Beach Mats, determining the vegetation line and other topics are on the agenda. There was a lot of discussion at the County Commissioners Meeting about the IHAs. Inspections Director Evans will give an update report at the March 14 meeting. The Town Manager has issued a request for wetlands delineation of the area near the par course for possible future bulkheading.
24. Mayor’s Comments It is a late evening, thanks for listening or attending.
25. Board of Commissioners’ Comments Commissioner Smith thanked people for giving input and thanked the staff. Commissioner Murdock thanked people for listening in and is ready for spring. Commissioner Dyer thanked the staff and Commissioner Arnold dittoed previous comments.
26. Closed Session Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 143-318.11(a)(3), Consult with the Attorney