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Holden Beach Board Nenrs
Approval Of Impact Fees
BY DOUG RUTTER
Holden Beach officials are nearing approval of an
ordinance that would require owners of nt-w homes and
businesses to pay impact fees that would ultimately be
used to build stormwater and sewer systems.
Commissioners reviewed the proposed ordinance
last week and made a few changes before asking Town
Attorney Ken Campbell to come to the board's Sept. 22
meeting with a revised draft.
If approved, owners of new residences would have
to pay the town 50 cents per heated square foot, with a
minimum fee of $1,000, before a building permit would
be issued. Residential fees also would apply to existing
homes that are expanded and homes moved onto the is
land from outside the town limits.
The proposed impact fee for businesses is $1 per
square foot, with a $2,000 minimum.
Commissioners are pursuing the ordinance because
they want the people who create the need for stormwater
runoff and wastewater treatment systems to help pay for
For parking lots and driveways, the town proposes
charging 50 cents per square foot with no minimum fee.
Only areas paved with concrete, asphalt and similar im
pervious surfaces would he affected.
By charging impact fees for paved areas, town offi
cials say they hope to encourage people to build smaller
driveways and cut down on stormwater runoff pollution.
"This would be an incentive to put concrete ribbons
in rather than broad concrete driveways," Commis
sioners Jim Fournier said at last Tuesday's town meet
Commissioners decided that all fees collected would
be refunded if the town board had not made a commit
ment to construct a stormwater or sewer system within
"In all sincerity, if we haven't bitten the bullet in 10
years we probably never will," Commissioner David
New Fishing Rules
Commercial and recreational fishermen who use gill
nets off Holden Beach are under a new set of regulations
CANCER-CAUSING CHEMICAL FOUND
Holden Manager Says Water Safe To Drink
BY DOUG RlilTER
Holden Beach's manager says
residents should not be concerned
about high levels of a chemical in
their drinking water that has been
shown to cause cancer in laboratory
Recent tests have shown Moldcn
Beach's public water supply con
tains higher levels of tri-halome
thanes (TTHMs) than is allowed by
state and federal drinking water reg
Interim Town Manager Gus Ul
rich said the town is working to cor
rect the problem by flushing water
In the meantime, Ulrich said resi
dents should continue drinking the
water without worrying about health
problems. "My opinion is there is
not a major health risk involved
Holden Beach is mailing notices
to each permanent resident this
week notifying them that excessive
levels of TTHMs have been detected
in the water for the two most recent
quarterly reporting periods.
Notice is required by the EPA and
N.C. Division of Environmental
Health whenever the annual average
of TTHMs measured at the point of
the water system having the highest
concentration of TTHMs exceeds
.10 parts per million (ppm).
Tri-halomethanes are the byprod
ucts of the chlorination process used
to disinfect drinking water. High
levels of TTHMs in drinking water
"My opinion is there is not a major
health risk involved here . "
? Interim Town Manager Gus Ulrich
are caused by long periods of expo
sure to chlorine and high tempera
TTHMs have been shown to
cause cancer in laboratory rats and
mice when these animals are ex
posed to high doses for a lifetime.
In the two most recent tests at
Holden Beach, Ulrich said the annu
al average of TTHMs was .11 ppm
and .12 ppm.
The first of those tests covered the
last three quarters of 1992 and first
quarter of 1993. The next period in
cluded the last two quarters of 1992
and first two of 1993.
However, a state test conducted
July 8 revealed a TTHMs level of
.094 parts per million, which meets
the state and federal standard.
Ulrich said town officials are con
fident the level of TTHMs in the
water system will be at an accept
able level when the water is tested
again at the end of September.
"We fully expect that the running
average when the next test is includ
ed will be below the standard of
.10," Ulrich said.
Earlier this year, Ulrich said the
town initiated a program of flushing
water lines every three months at the
fire hydrants. Holden Beach did not
follow a schedule of flushing water
lines before this year.
"We stepped up flushing of the
system to keep that number
(TTHMs) down," Ulrich said.
"They've flushed them in the past
when we had problems, but it hasn't
been done as a routine operating
procedure until this year."
In laboratory tests, Ulrich said re
searchers have found "occasional"
cases of cancer in mice and rats that
drink water with heavy concentra
tions of TTHMs over a lifetime.
In human terms, Ulrich said a per
son who drank a half-gallon of water
with high levels of TTHMs every
day for 70 years would increase
their risk of cancer by 1 in 60,000.
"That tells me it's a very small
risk," he said.
Ulrich said residents at the west
end of the island have the highest
concentration of TTHMs in their
drinking water because water piped
to that area is in contact with chlo
rine the longest.
People interested in eliminating
all traces of TTHMs from their
drinking water can affix carbon fil
ters to their taps.
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adopted last week. Commissioners made a few changes
to the net fishing rules passed in 19X2 and 1983.
From now on, fishing nets set along the strand may
not be left unattended for more than 12 hours. 'Hie old
ordinance allowed fishermen to leave their nets up to 24
The new rules allow net fishing from the beach from
the day after Labor Day through Feb. 1, which is one
month longer than the old ordinance allowed.
The new ordinance prohibits setting gill nets from a
boat within 30<) yards of the beach between New Year's
Day and Labor Day.
liolden Beach officials decided to change the local
net fishing ordinance after rejecting a set of regulations
that was enacted last month by the N.C. Division of
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ermen to remove gear such as ropes, anchors and buoys
from the bcach whenever nets were not in use. Several
local net fishermen objected to that provision.
N.C. Fisheries Director William Mogarlh said last
week he planned to issue a proclamation soon that
would exempt Holden Beach from the state regulations.
The town ordinance requires fishermen to register at
town hall before fishing with gill nets. Fishermen also
must get written permission from the property owner if
his lot is used for beach access or anchoring ropes.
Marlin Drive, Lumberton Street. Sandspur Lane,
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Commissioners approved a street paving contract
with F&R Development last week after the local firm
submitted the low hid of $58,422 for the project.
There were no comments during public hearings on
the paving. Property owners along the streets will pay 60
percent of the total cost, and the town will pay 40 per
Interim Town Manager Gus Ulrich said landowners
will pay approximately S275 per 50-foot lot. F&R
Development will add four inches of base material to
each street and cover it with I!* inches of asphalt.
The work on Martin Drive and Lumberton Street
will include bulkheads at the end of the roads, adjacent
to the canal. Ulrich said that work will be done as part of
a separate contract.
Commissioners will hold a public hearing Sept. 22
on the proposed paving of the dirt section of Brunswick
Avenue East. The owners along that stretch have agreed
to pay 60 percent of the cost.
In other business last week, commissioners:
?Adopted an ordinance that simplifies penalty clauses
in the town code and increases fines for some activities
such as illegal parking and tampering with a water me
?Voted to file a request with the Federal Communi
cations Commission for certification as a cable franchise
authority. Certification would give the town the power
to regulate basic cable television rates.
?Passed a resolution agreeing to close the unnamed and
unopened streets in the R.H. Holden subdivision and
delete them from the town street plan.
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