Carolina Beach

Town Council MEETING

Minutes ● May 16, 2017

 

Final

             

              Council Chambers              Budget Workshop              9:00 AM

1121 N. Lake Park Blvd.
Carolina Beach, NC  28428

I.              Call to Order

 

Attendee Name

Title

Status

Arrived

Dan Wilcox

Mayor

Excused

 

LeAnn Pierce

Mayor Pro Tem

Excused

 

Steve Shuttleworth

Council Member

Present

 

Tom Bridges

Council Member

Present

 

Gary Doetsch

Council Member

Present

 

Michael Cramer

Town Manager

Present

 

Ed Parvin

Assistant Town Manager

Present

 

Debbie Hall

Finance Director

Present

 

Kim Ward

Town Clerk

Present

 

II.              Budget Discussion

a.              Rates and Fees Discussion

(Requested by Kim Ward, Town Clerk)

Mr. Cramer reviewed the rates fees proposal for the 2017/2018 budget. 

 

Council has requested that staff reduce the tax rate, increase fees to bring in revenue and put more funds into the fund balance to reach the 50% fund balance goal.  The following are the recommended changes to rates and fees:

 

Residential Parking Fees - Increase rate from $5 to $10 for an annual pass.  This could possibly increase revenue by $49,230.

 

Council Member Doetsch asked why we don't charge for parking all year.  Council Member Shuttleworth had the same concern.  Council Member Doetsch recommended either adding a month on each end of the season or making it year round. 

 

Mr. Cramer does not feel that it will cover the cost of paying the parking company to come in and manage the meters. 

 

Council Member Shuttleworth recommended giving it a try.

 

Council Member Doetsch feels that since the manager feels he has a balanced budget, they should wait and consider it next budget year.

 

Golf Cart Parking Permit - Increase state registered carts from $5.00 to $10.00 and non-registered carts from $10.00 to $15.00.  This could possibly increase revenue by $2,525.

 

Meter Rates - Increase hourly rate from $1.50 to $2.00.  This could increase revenue by $72,000.

 

Parking Lot Fees - Increase hourly rate from $1.50 to $2.00 and the day rate from $8.00 to $10.00.  Busses and limos would increase from $10.00 per day to $15.00 per day.  This could increase revenue by $155,200.

 

Parking Fines and Penalties - The current rates are a $10 fine, a penalty of $10.00 additional after 7 days, $25.00 additional after 15 days.  The recommended change includes increasing the fine to $15.00, $15.00 additional after 7 days and $30.00 additional after 15 days.  This could increase revenue by $20,000.

 

Camping Fees - Increase the daily camping rate from $10.00 to $20.00 per day.  This could increase revenue by $31,250.  Mr. Cramer mentioned that the State Park charges $30 per night depending on the amenities.  Council members expressed an interest in going automated by using a gate with a bar code system.

 

Marina Rates - Increase rates by 6.3% each year for the next 3 years. This could increase revenue by $10,436.  This will help offset some of the debt that will come with the west side project. We currently only have two categories of fees for boats which are charter boats and head boats. 

 

Council Member Shuttleworth asked for specifics on the costs for the marina project.  He would like to be able to explain to the boat captains why their rates will be increasing. 

 

Mr. Cramer gave the details on the project loans and will get Council a detailed report.

 

Residential Building Permit Fees - Recommending a reduction in fees.  These changes could save the developers approximately $5,365 per home.

 

Commercial Building Permit Fees - Recommending a reduction in fees. This could save developers approximately $7,556.50 per site.

 

Council Member Doetsch asked the disparity between Wilmington Beach and the rest of the community. 

 

Mr. Cramer said Wilmington Beach started at $10,000, then it dropped to $6,000 and there is very little documentation as to why.  Attorney Noel Fox is looking into this. 

 

Building Permit Fees - This is a new schedule of fees. This allows for owners to pay for only the services that they need.  This section was designed to make the schedule more logical.

 

Water/Sewer Fees - The original plan was to increase fees by 11.5% but that has changed to 10%.

 

Stormwater Fees - The original plan was to increase fees by 11.5% but that has changed to 10%.

 

Other Rates and Fines -

 

Solid waste fee would increase by 2.1%.

 

Planning:

Billboards                                                                       Increase $500.00 to $1,000.00

Road Closure Application                                           Increase $25.00 to $450.00

Naming Streets                                                         Increase $25.00 to $450.00

Major Rezoning Application                                           Increase $25.00 to $650.00

 

Business Registration:

Failure to Apply or Renew Fine                             Increase $0.00 to $50.00 per day

 

Police & Fire:

False Alarm Calls (3 annually)                            Increase $0.00 to $50.00

 

Parks and Recreation:

Non-Resident Senior Fee (60 +)                            Increase $80.00 to $100.00

Non-Resident Adult (18 to 59)                            Increase $120.00 to $140.00

Non-Resident Youth (9 to 17)                            Increase $80.00 to $100.00

Non-Resident Child (up to 8)                                          Increase $0.00 to $20.00

Non-Resident Family                                                        Increase $240.00 to $260.00

Increase Marketing of Facility Rental               ($3,000)

Increase fees for Field Rental                             ($3,000)

 

Council was not in favor of increasing fees for field rental.  It will ultimately be passed on to the families that are playing the sports.  There are kids now that do not participate due to the cost. 

 

Council Member Shuttleworth asked if these changes are adopted, how much would be needed out of the general fund.

 

Mr. Cramer said that if you adopt these changes and accept 1.5 cents of the increase for evaluation, which would be over revenue neutral by 1.5 cents, we would gain approximately $570,000 worth of revenue and we would need to pull out approximately $990,000 from fund balance.

 

Council Member Shuttleworth summarized that it is decrease in rate but the net effect would be a small increase in their payment. We have gone from an annual budget gap of $1.3 million to about $900,000. 

 

Changes to civil penalties:

 

Skating, roller blading and skate boarding in the Boardwalk District will increase from $10 to $50.00.

 

Increase fine for no glass or metal food or beverage containers from $50.00 to $150.00.

 

Increase human waste, animal, and vegetable waste penalty from $50.00 to $100.00.

 

Council Member Shuttleworth was not in favor of the ordinance saying no metal food or beverage containers. Many people take canned soda to the beach and this is technically a violation according to the code.

 

Council Member Doetsch recommended taking “metal food or beverage containers” out of the ordinance.  Council Member Shuttleworth and Bridges agreed that this should be corrected.

 

Council Member Shuttleworth suggested changing the fine for human, animal, and vegetable to $250.00 to be consistent with the other animal penalties.  Council Member Doetsch agreed.

 

Mr. Cramer mentioned that the next workshop is May 23rd at 9:00 a.m. 

 

Council Member Doetsch asked Mr. Cramer to contact the Jeep Go Topless liaison and remind them of the rules for Freeman Park, specifically dogs and glass bottles.

III.              Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 10:40 a.m.

                                         

Kimberlee Ward, Town Clerk                            Date Approved