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Beach council adopts Capital Improvement Plan

For the first time in at least six years the town council, on Sept. 9, adopted a Capital Improvement Plan, or CIP.  The CIP is a compilation of items and projects requested by each department in town along with projected costs and a timeline.  Working hand-in-hand with the CIP, the council also adopted a proffer policy, which is the amount of money or in-kind improvement requested by the town in order to mitigate negative impacts from development on public facilities.  Also working hand-in-hand with the CIP, the council adopted Level of Service or LOS standards, which measure the quantity and quality of services provided by the town.

Capital Improvement Plan
The adopted CIP includes, among other items, plans for a new town government building at a projected cost of $6 million; implementation of a GIS system at a cost of $175,000; replacement of water and sewer lines at a cost of $2 million; installation of water meters at a cost of $500,000; road maintenance/construction at a cost of $250,000; breakwaters at a cost of $1 million; beach replenishment at a cost of $200,000; new fire truck at a cost of $1 million; vehicle replacement for the police department at a cost of $160,000; upgraded police communication system at a cost of $500,000; a new middle school at a cost of $350,000; and repairs and renovations to school buildings at a cost of $300,000.  The total of all listed items on the CIP is $15,275,000, which includes $14,000,000 for town administration, which includes fire and rescue and the police department; and $1,275,000 for the schools.
The CIP breaks out funding for the listed items over four years through 2014 and is a blueprint for funding needed capital projects.  Projected funding sources include loans, grants and proffers.  The CIP is reviewed each year by the Planning Commission and Town Council.

Level of Service Standards
The Level of Service Standards policy provides a blueprint of town services.
Service standards are comprehensive goals set for town roads, police department, fire and rescue, emergency medical services, community facilities such as libraries and parks, public works including water and sewer, town administration and schools. For example, according to the LOSS the number of police officers required to provide an acceptable level of service is 12.4. Currently the town has 11 police officers.  
Each town department will file an annual report elaborating on the progress made toward attaining level of standard goals.


Proffer Policy
Cash proffers apply to new applications to rezone property. The policy takes into account the impact of new rezoning and/or development on town services and works hand-in-hand to fund capital projects.
According to the adopted proffer policy guidelines, $14,346 is the suggested proffer per dwelling unit with a certified LEED certificate.  Without the LEED certificate, the suggested proffer amount rises to $19,346.  Out of that cash proffer amount, which funds are kept in a separate capital account, $8,241 would go toward schools; $266 would go toward police department; $808 would go toward parks and recreation; $1,339 would go toward fire and rescue; $4,742 would go toward public works; and $3,948 would go toward administrative facilities.  


Citizen Comment
Residents Lynn Ring, Caroline Bartmuss, Diane Pearson, Luke Sydnor, Peter Fahrney, Jay Jarvis, Tommy Edwards, Marty Long, Gloria Palentonio, Wayne Rose, Rebecca Taylor, Walter Kerns and Cayman Eby all spoke during public comment.
Several speakers requested more access to committee reports and treasurer reports; several spoke to alleged misuse of town equipment, citing a newly purchased Gator seen being driven around town; and one citizen spoke of a sinkhole on 11th Street, which is getting worse. Tommy Edwards reported that the Tourism Building served 399 people in August and needs volunteers. Wayne Rose proposed the town develop a dog park.


Other Business
Boy Scout Troop 258 held a Court of Honor and presented awards. The council passed Ordinance 589 creating Technology and Tourism zones. The council also passed Resolution 42-10 providing $1,400 to the Historical Society for roof repair; Resolution 43-10 setting for a town procurement policy; and Resolution 45-10 authorizing a requested budget amendment for the schools in the amount of $95,000.

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