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Holden Beach commissioners mull committees, talk about appointments and terms of service

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

HOLDEN BEACH—Terms of service, appointments and the purpose of non-mandated committees were tossed around Tuesday night by town commissioners.

Commissioners discussed a draft resolution defining four existing non-mandated town committees and one proposed committee.

Commissioners Don Glander and Ray Lehr were charged with mulling the various committees’ purpose, its members’ appointments and terms of service, and with drafting a resolution for the board’s discussion of these committees.

The existing town committees include the shoreline protection committee, the audit committee, the public area improvement committee and the emergency management committee.

The shoreline protection committee, now operating with three members, is proposed to have five members and proposed terms not to exceed two years. Mayor Alan Holden suggested appointing an alternate member to each committee.

The audit committee, started in October 2005, is slated to have five members, but commissioner Sandy Miller suggested the committee remain at three members.

The emergency management committee, which began in March 2006, is also proposed to include five members. The public area improvement committee, which also operates with five members, is proposed to remain at five members.

Commissioner Gary Staley said current committee members have suggested the public area improvement committee have more than five members on the committee.

A proposed committee presented to board members with mixed reviews was a law enforcement standards and training committee. Glander and Lehr agreed to meet further with police chief Wally Layne to discuss the scope of the committee.

Board members also discussed trashing the sewer committee and the CAMA land use plan committee. Town manager David Hewett told board members he spoke with Penny Tysinger, director of planning and development services with the Cape Fear Council of Governments, who said the CAMA land-use plan committee should remain intact until the town’s land-use plan is adopted.

Also included in the draft ordinance are the following stipulations for the committees: establish a quorum of three members per committee; operate in compliance with the North Carolina open meetings and public records laws; establish a town residency requirement for committee members, excluding the requirement for municipal employees; and all committees must elect a chair, vice-chair and secretary.

Town hall project

Hewett told board members the town closed with BB&T for its loan for the town hall and police department project Tuesday.

The terms of the $4 million loan are for 20 years at 3.81 percent interest, with no pre-pay penalty.

After meeting with the architect, Hewett said work on the town hall project was about to gear up.

“We’re on schedule to start seeing things really go up now,” Hewett said to applause.