Holden Beach Property Owners Association

Representing the property owners of Holden Beach, NC

February 10, 2021
by HBPOA
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New Parking Lots Proposed

The Town is considering the creation of free public parking lots in the 300, 700, and 800 blocks of Ocean Blvd West, and along Avenue A.  The Commissioners could vote to approve some or all of these lots at their meeting this coming Tuesday, February 16.

There will be no public hearing regarding these plans, and the only opportunity for public comment will be at the beginning of the Commissioners’ meeting related to agenda topics.

Public parking is a significant problem due to the high growth of housing and RV park developments on the mainland combined with increasingly more people who want to visit the beach.  Since land on the island is limited, so is our ability to accommodate parking for all these visitors, especially during peak season holidays.

Since no parking is truly free, it is a question of who pays and who benefits, and the balance between property owner rights and accommodating day visitors.  Creating a public parking lot between or across from homes in a residential area burdens the property owners and guests who have to deal with the traffic, noise, trash, porta-potties and possible trespassing if a public beach accessway is not convenient.  It will also burden all taxpayers with the cost of creating and maintaining the lots going forward.

For more information, click here for a copy of the Parking Committee Meeting Packet showing the locations and costs for the planned lots.  Maps begin on page 5 of the packet. 

The Commissioners would like to receive your input, and we encourage you to provide it.  Click here for information about how to contact the Commissioners prior to their decision. If you want your comments to be included in the official record for the meeting, you need to send them to the Town Clerk, Heather Finnell. 

The HBPOA will continue to monitor and report on this important issue, recognizing how difficult it is to keep up with what is going on while the Town is closed due to the COVID emergency.  As usual, we will be emailing information about the BOC meeting agenda prior to the meeting on February 16th.  

 

December 13, 2020
by HBPOA
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December BOC Meeting and Land Use Plan Public Hearing

The Town of Holden Beach Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday, December 15 for the Public Hearing on the Land Use Plan and for their regular monthly meeting.  Meeting highlights include possible approval of a new contract for the Town’s lobbyist, changes to the Frontal Dune rules, and a change to the measurement of building height for some structures.  The agenda is below.  Click here for the meeting packet.

 

November 16, 2020
by HBPOA
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Inlet Hazard Area Update

Check the photos below – do you own property in these areas?

The Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) will be meeting Wednesday, November 18 for their regular November meeting.  On the agenda is the response from the Science Panel to the comments received at the public hearings and via email.  You can read the Science Panel’s response here.  There were 141 pages of comments, none were noted to be in favor of the boundary changes, and the majority were regarding the massive increase in the IHA on the west end of Holden Beach.  If you wish to listen in to the meeting or make comments prior to the meeting, the link is on the agenda here.

Proposed Inlet Hazard Area on West End.

Proposed Inlet Hazard Area on East End.

November 16, 2020
by HBPOA
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November Commissioners’ Meeting

The Town of Holden Beach Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday, November 17 for their regular monthly meeting.  Highlights include the ’19-’20 Audit, possibly hiring a new Town Attorney, revisiting compliance of the required number of trash cans at rentals, and forming a parking working group to address the parking issues.  The agenda is below.  Click here for the meeting packet.

November 14, 2020
by HBPOA
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Thanksgiving Meeting Canceled

Thanksgiving Meeting Canceled

Due to Covid-19 the Thanksgiving Membership Meeting has been CANCELED.  Members whose dues are current should watch their USPS mail for a ballot to approve the 2021 Budget and Director elections.  To check the status of your membership dues and or pay, update your mailing address, or add/change email addresses go to our Wild Apricot Membership Site.

We wish you and yours a safe and joyful holiday season!

October 24, 2020
by HBPOA
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Blueprint Brunswick 2040

If you own property on Holden Beach you also pay Brunswick County taxes.  The Town’s boundary is the middle of the bridge, the County is responsible for areas that are not incorporated into a municipality such as the Causeway.  The County has kicked off a project to create a new Comprehensive Plan and a new Parks and Recreation Master Plan.  Please take their brief survey about what you want for recreational opportunities and future development in the County.  The survey asks your thoughts on commercial and residential development, such as retail vs. industrial and single-family homes vs. apartments.  It also asks about which recreation or park needs do you foresee such as more pickleball courts or more ballfields.  What is your vision for Brunswick County?  What is on your wish list for the area?

You can find out more about the project including in-person and virtual meeting dates by going to the Blueprint Brunswick page.

October 23, 2020
by HBPOA
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October Board of Commissioners Meeting

Note: The meeting packet is available by clicking here.

TOWN OF HOLDEN BEACH

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS’ REGULAR MEETING 

HOLDEN BEACH TOWN HALL – PUBLIC ASSEMBLY 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2020 – 5:00 P.M.

1.    Invocation

2.    Call to Order/ Welcome

3.    Pledge of Allegiance

4.    Agenda Approval Approved

5.    Approval of Minutes  All Approved

a.         Minutes of the Special Meeting of September 3, 2020

b.         Minutes of the Public Hearing/Regular Meeting of September 15, 2020

c.          Minutes of the Public Hearing/Regular Meeting of September 18, 2020 (Recessed from September 15, 2020)

6.    Public Comments on Agenda/General Items None

7.    Annual Beach Monitoring Report – Fran Way, Applied Technology and Management (Assistant Town Manager Ferguson)  Mr. Way presented the annual beach monitoring report.

8.    Discussion and Possible Action on Employee Health Benefits – Commissioner Sullivan  Town currently pays 80% of benefits costs for employees’ spouse and families, which is higher than most other communities.  Agreed item will be added to next month’s agenda.

9.    Discussion and Possible Action on Resolution 20-10, Resolution Authorizing the Town Manager to Communicate the Town’s Opposition to FEMA’s Current Policies for Disaster Debris in Gated Communities – Town Manager Hewett   Approved as amended.  Added “economic recovery” to resolution.

10. Discussion and Possible Action on Resolution 20-11, Resolution Amending the Town of Holden Beach Capital Improvement Plan by Establishing a Fire Hydrant Replacement Policy – Town Manager Hewett/Public Works Director Clemmons  Approved unanimously.

11. Discussion and Possible Approval of Resolution 20-12, Resolution of the Town of Holden Beach Declaring the Intent to Reimburse Itself for Capital Expenditures from the Proceeds of Certain Tax- Exempt Obligations – Town Manager Hewett Allows the Town to finance part of the expenses for sewer lift stations and a second water tower.  These would also be used in the development fee analysis.  Approved unanimously.

12. Discussion and Possible Scheduling of a Date to Hold a Public Hearing to Hear Proposed Comments on the Land Use Plan – Inspections Director Evans  Meeting set December 15, 2020 at 5pm.

13. Discussion and Possible Action on Proposed Lease of 796 Ocean Boulevard West – Assistant Town Manager Ferguson Voted unanimously to approve the lease of 796 OBW to a Town employee for $700 per month contingent upon a favorable inspection from the building inspector that the property was safe to rent.

14. Request to Change Deliverable Date for Police Committee – Commissioner Sullivan  Voted unanimously to extend report delivery date until March 2021.

15. Discussion and Possible Action on the Criteria, Qualifications and Service Arrangement for a Legal Services Provider for the Board of Commissioners – Commissioner Tyner  Discussed that they want an attorney with municipal experience.  Commissioners Sullivan and Kwiatkowski appreciate having the attorney at meetings. Cost is an issue.

16. Discussion and Possible Action on the Board of Commissioners’ Relationship with the Law Office of G. Grady Richardson Jr. – Commissioner Tyner  Voted to terminate the relationship with current firm.  Asked Town Manager to create an RFP for legal service and distribute.

17. Town Manager’s Report Town Manager presented his quarterly financial report.  He encouraged all to vote.  The new generator is in and staff has been trained.  The Town applied for permits for the next beach nourishment and will have a scoping meeting with CAMA on Friday. The numbers from the Beach Engineer for Isaias came in at 67,000cy of sand lost at a cost of $5,000,000 for a stand-alone project.  Debris that was being stored at the Turkey Trap Road site has been removed.  Regarding the buoys in the Lockwood Folly, the Corps is developing a report on the costs to dredge quarterly.  The Town has budgeted for one dredging.  Lobbyist Mike McIntyre has changed firms and the Town Manager has made the changes required.  Virtual visits with legislators are scheduled for November.  NC Department of Water Resources has awarded a grant of $106,000 for dune repair.  Lift station #3 is on target to be completed ahead of schedule.  The Town received $40,000 for Covid supplies. The Town Manager says he will not be following the leave policy for employees.  Letters regarding paving of the three unpaved streets were sent to property owners and are due in December.  The water contract with the County has expired and a new contract is expected in January.  The Town met with the contractor regarding developing a revised development fee schedule.

In response to a question from Commissioner Sullivan, the Town Manager asked Building Inspector Evans to share news that the Community Rating System (CRS) rating for the Town has been lowered resulting in an additional 5% reduction in flood insurance rates for property owners.  There will now be a 15% reduction.   

18. Mayor’s Comments The Island is extremely busy, rentals are strong, and people are using the boat dock.

19. Board of Commissioners’ Comments  Commissioner Brown encouraged everyone to vote.  Commissioner Tyner thanked everyone for the calls during his health issues.  Commissioner Murdock thanked the Staff for their hard work.  Also, he wants to be of service to the citizens and hear their concerns and ideas.  Residents wanted their streets paved, they need to return the forms.  Commissioner Sullivan encouraged everyone to stay safe and noted the crowds still on the beach enjoying the weather.  Commissioner Kwiatkowski discussed the advocacy work she and the Town Manager were doing with the League of Municipalities.  She encouraged everyone to stay well.  

20.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 watch 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 October 20, 2020.

 

October 16, 2020
by HBPOA
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October Commissioners’ Meeting

The Town of Holden Beach Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday, October 20  for their regular monthly meeting.  Highlights include the annual Beach Monitoring Report, leasing out the house at 796 OBW, and discussions about the Town Attorney.  The agenda is below.  Click here for the meeting packet.

October 16, 2020
by HBPOA
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Brunswick County Receives Federal Disaster Declaration

FEMA has announced that Brunswick County has been declared a major disaster area and eligible for federal funding in the wake of Hurricane Isaias.  This allows our beach to apply for funding to cover the damage to the beach strand and other expenses.  The storm hit our beach on August 3 during a full-moon high tide causing massive flooding of the canals and marshes and beach erosion.  The Town is already working on replacing lost sand fencing, rope and poles, and vegetation. The preliminary estimate of sand loss to the beach strand for Isaias was 60,000 cubic yards (cy) at an estimated cost of $5,375,950.

The declaration was important because it means FEMA will reimburse the Town for 75% of the cost of repairs and the State has traditionally covered the remaining 25%.  While these are reimbursement programs and take time and effort to shepherd through the bureaucracy and paperwork, it does provide the Town with 100% of the cost of repairs.

The Isaias declaration adds another storm to the Town’s list of FEMA reimbursement projects.  The Town is currently working on a project to cover damages from Florence and Michael.  The “Flo-Mike” project will replace the 1,160,298cy of sand lost along the engineered portion of the beach.  The cost is estimated at $24,408,726.  The project has been approved by FEMA, the sand has been sourced, and depending on how the bids come in will occur in the winter of 2021-22 or 2022-23.  In addition, damages from Hurricane Dorian are pending approval and if approved in time will be added to the Flo-Mike project.  Sand loss from Dorian was 555,927cy at a cost of $14,914,698.

You can read more about the declaration here:

FEMA Disaster Declaration:  https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4568

From WECT: https://www.wect.com/2020/10/14/major-disaster-declaration-granted-nc-counties-hit-hard-by-hurricane-isaias/

Isaias-Hit Counties Eligible For Federal Aid

 

August 23, 2020
by HBPOA
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Labor Day Meeting Canceled

Meeting Canceled

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis the Labor Day HBPOA meeting, scheduled for Saturday, September 5 is canceled.

We hope you and your family are safe and well during these unusual times!