TEASER Pinehurst, Village Hall

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Pinehurst Village Council member Lydia Boesch says she is glad to see the resort redeveloping its Beach Club on Lake Pinehurst to “make that area sparkle a little more.”

The resort amenity, previously called the Pinehurst Marina, was closed three years ago and the structures torn down. The resort has begun redeveloping the property, starting with paving and making other improvements to the parking area.

But before the resort can proceed with construction of a new pavillion and snack bar, picnic shelters and other recreational structures amenities, the village must approve a measure required by state law since the amount of impervious surface exceeds the maximum allowed under watershed regulations, according to Planning Director Darryn Burich.

The property is in a Watershed II protection district, which allows a maximum of 12 percent of the site to be covered with impervious surfaces such as buildings and parking lots. The proposed improvements by the resort will result in 19.6 percent impervious coverage, Burich said.

Local governments can approve what is called a special intensity allocation to allow a property owner to exceed the limit. The council gave its unanimous approval during its business meeting Tuesday night.

Burich said the village development ordinance permits up to 10 percent of the balance of the watershed district to be developed for nonresidential and multi-family uses, with up to 70 percent built-upon area on a project by project basis. He said the village still has more than 753 acres available for the allocation. The project amounted to 1.74 acres of impervious surface, he said.

Burich said the site plan for the project can be approved by staff after going through the Technical Review Committee, but the council has to grant the intensity allocation.

Council member Kevin Drum said he was glad to see the resort proceeding with the project.

“I know you are going to be successful,” he said to a representative of the resort and its engineering firm who were on hand to answer questions. “I think people are wanting this to happen. I am excited for you.”

At the start of the meeting, the council presented framed resolutions honoring the “dedicated” service of former Mayor Nancy Fiorillo and former council members John Bouldry and Jack Farrell. The resolutions were approved by the new council at its Dec. 10 meeting.

The resolutions say all three of them devoted their “time, energy and talents to the village and provided experience and sound judgment on its behalf with unfailing integrity, dignity and thoughtful reflection … reviewed and deliberated on all matters, facts and proposals presented before the council, and at all times kept the public’s interest as the first priority “

The resolutions conclude by expressing, on behalf of the residents, “deep appreciation and gratitude for the gifts of time, ability, and commitment in carrying out the duties” as mayor and council members. It says each continues “to be, a strong supporter for promoting the village of Pinehurst brand to ensure it remains an attractive residential community.”

Fiorillo served for 10 years — eight as mayor and two as a council member. The resolution says she was “instrumental” in a number of initiatives during her tenure, including the construction of the $4.9 million community center, improvements to the Village Green that included the creation of Tufts Park, and splash pad in Rassie Wicker Park.

The resolution also notes her efforts in the village hosting the historic back-to-back U.S Open and Women’s Open in 2014 and her involvement in a major rewrite of the village’s development ordinance in 2014.

She was first elected to council in 2009 and was elected mayor two years later. She defeated John Strickland — who is now the new mayor — to win re-election in 2015. He read the resolution honoring Fiorillo and presented it to her.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the community the past 10 years,” Fiorillo said. “I think we can all agree these past 10 years have been very important to the village. … We have come so far. It is not any one person’s credit. I have learned something from every single council member that I have worked with.”

Fiorillo said she would also add the hiring of Village Manager Jeff Sanborn to the list of “significant” accomplishments she is proud of during her tenure.

“He is so awesome,” she said.

She also expressed a “great deal of appreciation” to the village staff, saying many residents do not realize how hard they work, the hours they put in and how much they know.

“They are so dedicated,” she said. “They are the bedrock. We are here for a short time. They are here for a long, long time. I just appreciate every one of you.”

She looked to Strickland and said she wished him and the new council “all the best.”

“You’ve got a great start, and I know you will do a great job,” she said.

Bouldry served one term on council and was mayor pro-term in his final year after John Cashion resigned for health reasons in November 2018 and has also served two years as treasurer. The resolution specifically pointed to Bouldry working closely with the N.C. Department of Transportation and with the county as the council’s liaison “to conduct long-range transportation planning for the area and that he was integral in adopting the Moore County Transportation Plan.”

It also noted his involvement on the internal study to improve the village’s emergency response times and the Library Working Group that recommended proceeding with a professional needs assessment.

Bouldry said it was “an honor and pleasure” to serve the village. He congratulated Strickland and new council members Lydia Boesch and Jane Hogeman, who won election last November, as well as Drum and Judy Davis. who were on the previous council with him.

“You have certainly hit the ground running, lots of things you have identified to tackle,” he said. “If I said it was change, it’s change for the good.”

Bouldry echoed Fiorillo’s comments about the village staff. He thanked the senior staff members for the “mentorship” they provided him.

“I am indebted to the professionalism of all the staff, particularly the senior staff,” he sad

Bouldry, a retired Marine colonel, closed jokingly with an “cryptic” message intended for Sanborn, a retired Army colonel: “Navy sang last.”

Farrell was appointed in December 2018 to fill the remaining year of Cashion’s term. The resolution noted that he was “instrumental” in revising the Village of Pinehurst Historic District Guidelines, adopted in 2019 and was “integral in developing and adopting the 2019 comprehensive plan.

Farrell previously served on the Historic Preservation Commission.

He joked that his contributions to the village “pale in comparison” to those of Fiorillo and Bouldry. He said he was grateful for the “fantastic opportunity” to fill the remainder of Cashion’s term. Both live in Pinewild Country Club.

“I hope I did the right thing for John and the community,” Farrell said. “It really was a pleasure.”

He also congratulated the new council and said was is “looking forward to great things.” He added his voice in thanking the village staff.

“They are the people that keep this place alive,” he said. “They do a great job.”

Farrell concluded that he has been coming to Village Hall for 10 years in various capacities — as a resident, council member and HPC member.

“It’s been a pleasure watching the community evolve,” he said. “I think it is much better and has really grown over the last 10 years and all for the better. I am looking forward to the next 10 years.”

Contact David Sinclair at (910) 693-2462 or by email at dsinclair@thepilot.com

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