Southern Shores approves beach nourishment reimbursement resolution

Published 8:32 am Saturday, November 7, 2020

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November 4 actions by Southern Shores commissioners included passing a beach nourishment reimbursement resolution, updating an Unassigned Fund Balance policy and filling two different board vacancies.

Meeting one day later than normal to avoid Tuesday’s election day activities, council members passed a resolution declaring the town’s intent to reimburse itself for any capital expenditures incurred in connection with a beach nourishment project.

“This is just a step in the process to ensure that we position ourselves to be able to reimburse the general fund for any funds we spend on beach nourishment,” said town manager Cliff Ogburn.

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According to Ogburn, federal tax code allows Southern Shores to reimburse its general fund for fees and other costs associated with the beach nourishment project from the funds borrowed to pay for construction.

“So when we finally borrow the money,” he continued, “the project is paying for itself. The general fund isn’t paying for any portion of it.”

So far the permitting, design and monitoring costs, along with legal and financial planning fees, are estimated to have run $537,000.

In an unrelated money matter, council approved two changes to the town’s 2012 Unreserved Fund Policy.

As discussed at an October workshop, language was inserted to make it clear that the primary is for emergency purposes and the minimum unassigned fund balance was increased from $1.75 million to $3 million.

Three million dollars is generally 50 percent of the town’s annual operating budget and an amount expected to help ensure there is enough money to handle an emergency circumstance.

Other actions for the night included approving $8,000 for cemetery maintenance and minor repairs and naming Janis Lynn Collins as an alternate member on the town’s Planning Board with a term ending June 30, 2021. At the request of Dare County commissioners, Leo Holland, Elizabeth Morey and Jim Conners were selected to represent Southern Shores on the Dare County Tourism Board. County commissioners will make a selection from among those three.

Council also established Capital Reserve Beach Fund account of $250,000, approved $5,800 for Outer Banks Internet, Inc. to redesign and modernize the town’s existing website to be faster, more secure and include the latest search engine software, authorized $43,521 for police officer expenses and approved the October 6 council meeting minutes.

With no public comments, the meeting was adjourned.



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