The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, March 21, 1985, Image 1
J IW TMi MlUfiWKK MACON HOP?G & SPR INGPC ^ Volume 'zj, Numbe SEEN HERE from a distance, a dc day afternoon burned 558 acres bel Comm f I VUUI Ul BY SUSAN USHER Brunswick County Commissionei will ask Rep. David Rcdwine f< legislation that would allow the coin ty to guarantee a party that Instal water iines In existing developmer.l to collect JfW percent of his costs. When a number of questions aros. the board tabled consideration of related proposal which would pn vide for a $100 rebate per tap-on I developers of new subdivisions wt install water lines later dedicated I tho rnnnlv Chappell, chairman of the waU extension policy committee and th only board member on the commi tee at this time, made the motioi saying the board could call ah Info mational hearing to discuss the pr< posal. He defended both propose policies. "If we don't find a mechanism I provide water to these areas," 1 warned, future commissioners "wi have to float general obligatic bonds" to pay off the county's i] debtedness on its water system. "Vi need all the users we can get." iown ir BY SUSAN USHER The Town of Shady Forest ms soon he no more. A local bill filed by Rep Davi Redwine last Friday in the N.< House of Representatives woul revoke the long inactive town charter and dissolve its incorpon r\ ucrnupmcm locaifO ne? Bonaparte's landing between SunsBeach and Calabash. Shady Fore came into being as a town in Stan 1974 after Sunset Beach included tl development in an extratemtori zoning pian enacted thai Feb. 4 ov< the written protests of 35 Shac Forest residents Spokesmen for tl residents said they thought the ia uig plan would restrict their ability I use their property as they saw fi The zone essentially surrounds tl inactive town. "The reason we got this in here, recalled charter cocncihnan Pert McLamfc. "was 4e keep Sunset Bea< out We didn't hare any trouble ge tin* it " Sen Arthur Williamson of Cotur bus County willingly introduced SJ 1 JSk. which was ratified on March 2 i ,QMS BOOK B1N1?/31/" L ?i <.3?BA 1 r 19 Shallotte -mmamm a .u.- ^-' bris fire started near Grissettown Tburs!ore firefighters brought it under control issioners ntee Thirc Commissioners said Ihey thought "s the cost of installing water lines was >r an expense developers typically v passed along to buyers of property in Is a development, as with other imts provements. "It sounds like developers may get e, paid for it twice," suggested Coma missioner Jim Poole. ?- Commissioner Herman Ix)ve add:o ed, "Why should we be the collecting 10 agent for a developer?" to And all agreed with Commissioner Grace Beasley's "I think I need ir somebody to sit down and explain te this to me in detail." t- In conjunction with the "new subi, division" policy. Commissioner r- Chris Chappeli explained, the county 0 would increase its water service tapon fee from $260 to MOO. The difd fere nee in the county's cost and the $100 could be applied to extending to county water lines, Chappell said. ie According to the proposed policy, 11 the county would hold the $100 por?n tions of the connection fees for three a- years after payment. The first reim e bursemenis to a developer would come three years after installation iat Never 1974. iy It set the town's boundaries as: "Located in Colkins Neck, Shallotte Township, Brunswick County, beginid ning at a point in the western proper2. ty line of the International Paper Id Company, approximately 2,000 feet 's from the Calabasis River, and runna ing thence with said property line south 20 degrees, 30 minutes east 350 ir feet to a point; thence south 75 R degrees. 43 minutes west 4.885 feet to st the property line of the W M h Stanaland Estate; thence north 23 se degrees. 45 minutes west 560 feet: si thence north 78 degrees east 4,938 s feet to the fv-ni of beginning." if /*i*j u appouuea Mrs. Jorei L. w Foster as mayor and Perry rv Mclamfc, Harnp Leonard and Arthur to W Hundley as members of the town I council until the 197* elections could * beheld. Residents had no trouble getting their town, but keeping it going was y another story It never was much ti a 4> town except on paper, one former <- councilman recalled We started it off." said McLwmb o- We wanted everybody to work 3 together to hold taxes as low as pa&si9. Me." | 1NSWI . North Carolina, Thursda I Ithat evening. It was the largest fire J aisinci iasi weex ana possiniy the larj Ask For 4 D^>ar4t # T a"i ui iy i' and continue for no more than eight years and for no sum greater than the actual cost of installation. While commissioners had their doubts about that policy, they clearly supported helping residents of "sold out" subdivisions?where the developer no longer has u responsibility?obtain water service. Chappell said he didn't think it was fair for lines to be run into such subdivisions "and the county be the only one to benefit" In order for a subdivision to obtain county water, the distribution lines must be dedicated to the county water system or else the community must operate its own distribution system. The policy, with the help of local legislation, would allow whoever in sums sucn unes 10 obtain lull rebates from collections made by the county. It would apply not only to existing subdivisions, but to existing shopping centers, multi-family developments and mobile home parks that want to connect to the county water line. Current laws would allow the county to advance the residents money to install the lines, and then assess Really V\ But '"everybody started changing," he recalled. "Soon we nan mnr? 1**3 man u* City of WilroV j VV^! CAiAAASM V A V""' \ ro? ix> ' 1 ? ???**> r\ \ A ft) /' W4r /7< A SHADED vertical tcfnvat tad acta tnxmg the lew rezeJaden at Shady Ft to esUbUatawsit in IT4. iCK# y, March 21, 1985 fSjr! ; reported in the five-county forestry est in the state. n?ll np Dlll IO v0iDGt0 them to collect Its money. But, said County Attorney David Clegg, it doesn't allow the county to enter a contractual agreement to guarantee 100 percent reimbursement to a third party. How It Works UIIUCI urc auuiuviii x*j UK Traici extension policy, the party that has installed the Jine and 75 percent of the property owners in the area could petition the county for total cost reclamation payments or "rebates." The line must iiave been built to county standards and dedicated to the county water system. The county would assess all property owners in the development their pro-rated share of the installation costs plus a 10 percent administrative fee. Payment would be due in 60 days, monthly interest levied on the balance. Assessment liens can be placed against the property and can be foreclosed. Rebates from the collections would be disbursed at six-month intervals until the installer is repaid his costs. (See HURRICANE, Page t-A) fas May 5 He and several other municipal supporters dropped out, quit \ 60 0 aw \ elio ^ ? """ V ' *???? K?y \ ?? ? \ ,?!? t?7? \ Boo OB dm county-prodacrd map are are*t. toactJTt as a tawa atmort ttoce raci 25c Per Copy Wildfire Ban On1 Burning BY SUSAN USHER Wildfires scurcned hundreds uT acres of Brunswick County woodlands last week, with one Thursday afternoon blaze destroying ooa acres, four cars and two tobacco barns in the Grissettown area before it was brought under control. As the spring fire season began in earnest, a general ban on burning was still in effect statewide Tuesday and was expected to remain in effect as long as conditions remained unchanged. That means open burning of any kind Is prohibited, whether or not a permit would normally be required. The ban was imposed Friday in response to fires that swept the region and state on Thursday. Numerous brush and forest fires reported across the region last week have forest resources officials comparing this fire season with the "hottest" in recent history?1981. At one point Thursday, three major fires were burning across the district at one time, two in Columbus County and one in Brunswick County. "The way this one's shaping ud. unless we get some rain, it looks like it could be like that," said Wiliard Lane of Whiicviiie, District Ranger. "i? Muij n:t exciting." In 1981, said Ranger Miller Calson, Forest Service personnel in Brunswick County responded to 199 fires. Records weren't readily available of the acreage involved. In 1982, they handled 102 calls. Since January 1 Calaon's crews have already handled 68 firp*. comnared to 111 total fires throughout 1984. Five calls were reported both Thursday and Friday, compared to two or Uinrc a ilay eariier in ihe week. Calson said the wildfires were caused by primarily out-of-control debris fires and woods arson, or incendiary fires. "It's a whole lot hotter and busier than last year," he said. Lane said 1984 and 1983 were relatively mild seasons, with higher than average rainfall and fewer than normal fires in the district. A combination of rising temperatures, low humidity and rainfall, and gusting winds contributed to the fires, Lane said, along with a heavier than usual layer of fuel on the forest floor. "The cold has killed a lot," said Caison, "and Hurricane Diana put a lot of debris on the ground." Forest rangers and personnel from five volunteer fire departments battled the Grissettown fire, one of three blazes in the county last Thursday Soon Bel" And in 1975, in Shady Forest's first and only municipal election, Councilman Hundley and Mayor Foster were the only members of the original governing board to file for election. William Adams Jr. and Gerald Barney sought the other two council seats. All were unopposed. When the count was in. 29 votes had wwi ou??seven ror eacn council member and eight for the mayor. "The town never did nothing," said McLamb. "I think I'm the only one who ever paid any taxes. I know of ooe more man who sent in his check, but they sent it back." Any money remaining in the town s name would revert to the University - North Carotins rystexn under the bill introduced by Rsdeise. As far as street maintenance, a man worked with a wheelbarrow filiing in holes in the road, he said. And one road was paved in the development, but net by the loss's doing The owner ei several hundred acres at the end of road on Mc Lamb's side of the development paved their road to provide access to his property. The state later took over its maintenance ' I DN 26 Pages c O 1 VI Open Here that had the potential of becoming "project11 fires, Caison said. The other two occurred at Maco. A fourth fire that broke cut about mid-morning Thursday at Longwood was small, but threatened three residences and a field of LP gas tanks owned by Collier-Gwynn. Waccamaw and Shallotte firefighters contained the runaway trash fire with the aid of a forest resources plow crew. Thro** of tho four firoo moro riphris or trash fires that "got away," while the fourth, one of the Maco fires, was apparently started by a smoker. A "project" fire, explained I*ane, "is one that would be beyond our capability to control if it escaped. It would require help from outside the district." IiOcation, the type of fuel, the potential loss in terms of houses, timber plantations and other property and how many acres the fire could consume all figure into the designation. The district's largest fire of the year to date started Thursday about ufic utile suuiii of GrisacwOWTi OH thcnorth side of U.S. 17 when someone let a trash fire get out of their control. State personnel were cn the scene nearly nine hours, puiiing out ahoul 10 p.m. It burned parallel to the highway. Caison said, then Jumped across, running south and then north again as the winds finally .shifted about 8 p.m. with the arrival of a cold front. Tlie blaze was fueled by dense UiiucfDfuaii oTiu SCTuu pines in U thicket called Dog's Head Bey. Flames "treetopped"as high as 100 feet into the air when the blaze reached a stand of mature longleaf pines, Brunswick County Emergency Management Coordinator Cecil Ix>gan said. An air tanker leased for the spring fire season arrived at the Bear Ben airfield operated by the N.C. Division of Forest Resources In the Green Swamp late Thursday, in time for two runs to the Grissettown fire. On each trip it dropped 2,000 gallons of fire retardant. "We used the tanker to protect the houses," said Caison. Two or three were threatened, others would have been ii the fire hod crossed back to f n/irtK oM'- aI If C IT Five tractors or plows were brought In, two owned by the state, the others coming from International, Georgia Pacific and and Federal paper companies. ISee VOIJJNTEER8, Page J-A | ^Jo More As for the development road on the other side of N.C. 179. near Oyster Bay Golf links, Mclamb said he doesn't think it will ever be paved. The town's only mayor, Mrs. Foster, had contacted Red wine less than a year ago about unincorporating the town, but it was too late to do anything about it, he said. The legislature cleaned municipal house last summer, revoking the charters of approximately 40 inactive towns. When he tried to contact her again this spring to reaffirm her request, Mrs. Fcater had returned to her former home in the mountains. He then caned Mcl -amb, who said he advised Redwlne "to use his own judgment" In 1?7( the town had 14 or 15 regls^red vcrter* and approximately 40 residents. Today the number of residents has doubled or better, HcLamb estimates Most know ss&flg abo?t the tswn's hiitcry While one man lias suggested unincorporattcn might not be a good idea, Mclarnb doesn't know what sentiment will prevail "1 don't know what they'U think about it here," he said.