Holden POA Wants Town To Restudy Light Rules
BY DOUG R UTTER
Ihe Holdcn Beach Property
Owners Association (HBPOA) voted
by a narrow margin Saturday to sup
fxxi a re-evaluation of town rcgula
lions on the use of ouLside lights.
Members also elected lour direc
tors at their annual Labor Day week
end meeting ;uul approved plans for a
"Meet l"bo Candidates" Night to be
held prior to the November inimki
Discussion of the lighting ordi
nance dominated the meeting, with
members voting 38-30 in favor of a
town board restudy of the rules that
were approved in November 1089
and uxik effect a year later.
Among oilier things, the contro
versial ordinance prohibits yard lights
that arc more than 10 feet off the
Proponents of the rule say it is
necessary to keep yard and security
lights from shining in neighbors*
window's. Opponents say the rules
prevent iheni from adequately light
ing and protecting their property.
Since the rule took effect last fall,
the town has forced several home
owners to lower lights affixed to
Holdcn Beach Hied a lawsuit in
Jul> seeking a court order to have a
security light on Brunsw ick Avenue
lowered to 10 feet.
Georgia Langley, who was serving
as a town commissioner when the or
dinance was passed, said Saturday
that the people arc split on the out
side lighung issue.
"Half ci the islam! wants darkness,
the other half doesn't," she said.
Earl Willis, a Raleigh resident who
owns a home on Sunshine Lane,
made die motion calling for a rcstudy
of the ordinance. He also wants
HBFOA directors to notify members
when the light ordinance is to be dis
cussed at tow n n>cctings.
Willis, who had an attempted
break-in at his house recently, said
most homeowners on the island
aren't around to protect their proper
ly. "Darkness breeds mischief and
unlaw ful acts," he said.
Greensboro Street resident Alice
lew raised the issue of outside light
ing at Saturday morning's meeting at
Mrs. Tew said Mayor John Tandy
had promised seven months ago thai
the town would look into street
lighting. "If he was saying that just
to pacily us. ii hasn't." she said.
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Sealed in the audience. Com
missioner Gloria Barren said town
officials have discussed pulling
street lights at each intersection, hut
nothing has been decided yet.
Holdcn Beach Town Manager
Gary Parker said the lighting issue
will be discussed at the Sept. *) town
board meeting. A resident opposed
to outside lights has asked to ad
New directors elected to three- vear
"Half of the island
the other half
? Georgia Langley
terms Saturday wins Cniwlonl ll.ni
ol I loklcn Beach. llaioM Hcnilor ol
Charlotte. Betty Zuckcr of Raleigh
and Joe Reed of Lynchburg, Va.
Ibey were the only nominees for
tin* hoard of directors. They replace
Mrs. Susan dibble, Kenner Amos,
Ralph Fanes and Hob Buck, who will
slay (hi as executive secretary of the
Buck reported Saturday that the
IIBIUA has 850 members? the most
in lis history and SI 0,620 in the
hank. There are about 1,770 individu
al property owners at Holden Beach.
At the close of the regular meet
ing, directors rc-clccted Bob
Lincbcrgcr to a second one-year
term as president. Ted Rivenbark
was named vice president ami Buck
was re-elected secretary.
Meet The Candidates
The HBPOA will once again
sponsor a "Meet The Candidates"
Night two weeks before the town
election this tall.
The mayor's |x>st and all five
commissioners' scats will be up for
election Nov. 5. The public question
ami-answer lorum will he held
Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Former directors Amos ami Mrs.
Ciibhle anil association members
George McDaniel ami Mrs. Langley
will develop questions lor the can
didates and ask questions submitted
by HBPOA members who cannot
attend the forum.
In other business Saturday, the
town manager brought members up
to date on various projects including
underground utilities, water safety,
street paving, and canal dredging.
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