HI Board makes major changes to Island's Amenities regulations

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

HOLIDAY ISLAND -- The Holiday Island Board of Commissioners made some major changes to its Amenities regulation following intensive discussion at its work session and business meetings last week.

The district will now offer a limited access activity card for individuals for $85 per year. That non-golf card will allow holders to use the Rec Center facilities on an unlimited basis.

Other cards will remain in place, but the full access (with golf) cards for family and individuals will increase $20 to $450 and $300 respectively.

The family card expands the definition of "family" to include "children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and their spouses."

Another change is one the commission approved previously: that of allowing non-property owners limited play. An 18-hole, five-round golf card is available for property owners to purchase for their guests. They must accompany the guest to the Pro Shop to sign in even if they themselves are not playing golf.

Other changes offer golf packages to Holiday Island-based businesses and area motel businesses for their guests.

Day-use fees will increase to $5 for adults and $4 for children in-season, and $3 and $2 respectively for off-season use.

The district will also start charging a fee to groups that use its facilities and charge admission, sell products or charge a class fee if they are not non-profit organizations or do not benefit Holiday Island. Fees are based on number in attendance.

The board approved Amendment #11 as amended, with an emergency clause to suspend a second reading, with Commissioner Ken Mills voting "nay" because he does not agree with opening the golf course to the public, he said.

Other changes will be forthcoming in the Amenities brochure mailed out with the February billing.

District Manager Kevin Crosson presented his 2008 Goals and Objectives for Board approval.

New this year is a plan to bring all of Public Works, which currently is divided by Roads and Water/Wastewater, under one department by the end of the first quarter.

The district will also look at an energy conservation program for district operations and a sidewalk construction program.

One objective removed from the document this year is animal control services.

Carroll County Sheriff's Department Sergeant Sam Dunham gave an overview of deputy activities in Holiday Island at the business meeting.

Dunham said increased patrols by himself and Deputy Robert Johnson, especially in remote areas, have helped to reduce both theft and speeding on district roads.

Although he is not an animal control officer per se, he and Johnson do enforce the county's vicious animal ordinance and urged residents to file a complaint with him so that he can have it documented when he talks to an animal's owner.

"If it's really a mean dog, I have ways of convincing people to contain their dog," he said. " The dog doesn't have to bite you for it to be a violation."

Crosson said, to general audience applause, that Dunham had made "a tremendous difference" in the district.

In other business, the board:

* Approved the 2006 audit report from Beall & Barclay.

* Approved a sole bid award to Hooten Equipment Company of Springdale, Ark., to replace the Public Works compound fuel storage and distribution system at a cost of $55,000.

* Approved a new plat of Unit 219, Block 1, Unit 1 in The Park for the developer, who will construct another new commercial building with storage units behind it next to the post office.

The board's regular February meetings are scheduled as follows: a work session on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 9 a.m. and a business meeting on Monday, Feb. 25, at 9 a.m. The board will also hold its annual orientation sessions on Feb. 19 and 20 at 1:30 p.m. and Feb. 21 at 1 p.m.

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