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Page 12-A?THE BRUNSWICK BEACOI*
BY SUSAN USHER r
Brunswick County plans to save
iiiuiic/ ily aciuug ucn uuiiua <>i uui- "
rent interest rates, using the pro- ii
ceeds to pay off old bonds soid in 1982 c
at a higher cost.
Commissioners approved the proMonday
night at the suggestion of tl
Finance Director Wallace Harding.
Hardened likened the method to w
refinancing of a home mortgage C
when the interest rate drops. g
Citing a decline in interest rates of P
about four percent since 1982, he add- E
ed, "It's an opportunity that doesn't t<
happen very often." d
At an interest cost of 8 percent or h
less, Harding said, the county can ex- a
pect to realize a savings in interest "
cost of about $700,000 over the life of d
the issue, plus recovery of the ex- k
pense of the sale.
The county will pay Alex Brown & tl
Son of Baltimore, Md., $18,500 to han- if
die the refunding. Plans are to keep v
costs to a minimum by scheduling
the issuance of the new bonds in con- tl
junction with the Sept. 10 sale of the w
last $10 million of the $37 general u
obligation bond issue for construction
of the water system. r<
Alex Brown & Sons was one of ri
three firms that submitted proposals n
lor nanonng me saie. 1 ney projeciea ni
net interest costs of 7.3 percent to 8.67
percent, with rates the date of the
sale the only ones that count. Fees c<
ranged from Kvans & Dodge's $32,000 n
to Brown & Son's low of $18,500. hi
Quick action on the sale is impor- n
tant, Harding said, while interest
rates are on the decline and because rc
President Reagan's tax reform a<
package proposes elimination of the f0
With an early sale the county can hi
avoid an anticipate glut of fe
issues?and therefore higher interest Si
costs--toward the end of the year. If
sold before October 1, instead of pay- in
ing the bond interest due then, the th
county can instead put the cush into tn
the escrow account along with pro- tin
coeds of the sale. Hr
The escrowed funds would be used trii
to pay off the old bonds and to "call"
them in 1992. With the escrow ae- I
count in place, the old bonds will the
automatically attain an AAA bond Uq
i s Caw Ca>
BY SUSAN USHER
An extensive agricultural drainage s'
members begin to research a thick a
file on the subject housed in the clerk a
of court's office.
"I'm in the district." he said. "We s
need it resolved. At the same time. I ^
can see millions of tax dollars Involv- c
cd If we go Into we area, we will c
have to go into others.'' He suggested
all properties that drain Into the &
system share Its maintenance. Including
Carolina Shores develop- I
1* particular concern to the coun- 1
tv. ho noted. are new restrictions on
how mosquito control funds are 1
spent Where once a majority could 1
uv u>?-vi iui uiMiiuiKf aliening. me
percentage is now (united to 35 percent
of the budget.
District Conservationist Maynard
Owens of the U.S. Soil Conservation
Service told the board that on August
13. 197$. a Brunswick County Board
of Commissioners agreed to assume
maintenance of the project at the request
of the watershed district's conv
4, Thursday, July 25, 1985
I Save Inte
The $3.9 million in outstanding
onds are from the sale of $5 million
i water bonds in 1982 at an 11.3 perent
net interest cost.
Commissioners adopted a new
njmoi control ordinance rs*w***!in"
fie old one.
Use of the specific word "slain"
ras deleted from the ordinance at
Commissioner Grace Beasley's sugestion
and in spite of concerns exressed
by the Brunswick County
ioard of Health. But County Atirney
David Clegg said the orinance
provides a "broader meanig"
in interpreting the options
vailable to an animal control officer
i "immobilizing" a vicious or
angerous animal. It could mean to
ill or shoot, he said.
Ms. Beasley said her concern was
lat an officer might choose to shoot
i a situation in wnicn a large, nut nut
icious, animal evaded capture.
Health Director Thomas Blum said
ic department has a clear policy on
-hen hand guns may or may not be
The animal control ordinance was
jvLsed and strengthened partly in
jsponse to concerns expressed by
?sidents of Sea Trail community
ear Sunset Beach.
Oak Island will someday have a se)nd
bridge to the mainland, if the
.C. Department of Transportation
eeds the suggestion of county comiLssioners.
At Commissioner Frankie Itabon's
iquest, the board unanimously
lopted a resolution Monday calling
>r priority status in the next
ansportation improvement plan for
ghway access?a bridge or
rry?from Island's west end to
Island residents have complained
termittently for a number of years
at their only access bridge routes
jfflc through the warning area for
pi ujixi 111 mic suuiii cihi ui uw county
luis steadily deteriorated over the u:
post 10 years because it has not been
maintained. Brunswick County com- c'
missioncrs learned Monday night. u
At question is who Is responsible a
(or maintainenanco of 16v* miles of
eluinnel in the Caw Caw Watershed,
formerly known us Brunswick Coun- ^
tv Drainage District No. 1: the counly
or the abutting property owners? ^
County commissioners will meet v
with soil conservation officiaLs, the
county engineer, and masquito con- P
trol employees Monday, Auk. 26. i" s
the commissioners' chambers at 1 *
p.m. to take up the issue for the first 11
time since 1983.
In an August 8. 1983, letter and at a
subsequent meeting, the Carolina M
Shores Property Owners Association a
asked the county to authorize
maintenance of the ditch system ^
from Shinglctrce Road to U.S. 17. No 13
board action was taken.
Before tin- August meeting, Chatrman
ChrLs Chopped suggested board d
l* Carolina rower & ugni L.O. S
uaswick Plant and concentrates
iffic on the island's east end.
jston Hawes, chief civil deputy of
Brunswick County Sheriff's I
partinent told commissioners the 1
"Whether It Is the county's responbility
now I wouldn't say, but the
>mmissioners at that time assured
* it was," he said.
After agreeing to maintain the
hannels, board minutes also show
iat on Nov. 15, 1976, conunissioners
iirmol In not1 r.ff ?:ru\ -.J
io district in overdue assessments.
Then in Brunswick County District
ourt proceedings on Dec. 1. 1976,
wens said, Clerk of Court Jack
Irown purportedly abolislied the
-atershed district "as if it never existed."
The action was taken upon
etition of the district's cominisioners
and upon tlie assumption that
he county would assume
Attorney David Clegg questioned
rhether it was within Brown's
uthority to dissolve the district.
"I don't think it Is legal. I don't
link lie ever had authority to illsand
it. He didn't have the authority
j create it."
In Clegg's opinion, the water
Istricl was a subdivision of the state
nd could not be dissolved without
ction of Uie legislature.
Former drainage district conunisloner
James Bellamy said he felt
Irown was in error when he dlxsolvd
tlx* district. But Bellamy insisted
lerks of court can create, if not
lissolve, drainage districts because
K?'s ?vn it ilnnit
To confuse the issue further, in
977. then county attorney John
lushes affirmed in writing the couny's
intention to maintain the project
The ditching was begun in 1959 in
he Hickman's tYussronds-<'alahash
irea and was completed in 1967. It
*as constructed with predominant!)
e*ieral funds with the understanding
he project would be maintained.
?im v uuiu> s?anager roil}
A district was established so that
individuals whose property drained
into the channels could share in the
rost ol maintenance by paying
regular assessments. Owens said
Some never paid their initial
issessments, but paid annual
rest Costs B1
county needs to build a parking area c
so that confiscated material can be c
stored in a central location. t
As it is, Hawes said he had r
Vehicles, equipment oTiu fumitUTe
stored from one end of the county to s
another at costs ranging from $3.50 to 1
$5 per day, including one bulldozer in '
the county's possession since April
1984. Storage of 150 to 200 days is not
unusual, county attorney David s
Commissioners agreed to consider *
the idea, saying any lot built on the
complex grounds should be coor- r
rlinatpd with thp nvprall hnilHine 0
plan, which currently calls for jail ^
expansion, a new courtroom facility 11
and emergency management com- f1
mand center. Estimates will be obtained
before the Aug. 5 meeting for
fencing and lighting a specific site on a
the grounds. Storage costs can be n
recouped by the county.
Commissioners agreed to add
another service to those available on
request from the building inspections
At $17 per trip, an inspector can be
asked to inspect a structure in advance
of relocation within the county
and advise whether it is structurally
sound and can be fixed up to meet
state building code requirements. n
For structures moved in from out- P
side the county, Harvey would re- *(
quire a similar written assurance or s'
certification of the building's
Other Business *r
In other business, commissioners: s<
Learned that Commissioners ,r
Chris Chappell, Jim Poole and
Frankie Rabon attended the National e:
Association of Counties annual conference
in Orlando, Fla., July 13-16,
along with County Manager Billy
Carter, Clerk Regina White and
Register of Deeds Robert Robinson.
The commissioners accepted
achievement awards presented to the
emergency management and recreation
Accepted from Branch wood Bay
near Ocean Isle Beach the first petitions
submitted under a new state tc
law that allows the county to reim- fii
burse a third party for advancing n?
Funds to cover installation of water N
maintenance assessments, Bellamy ^
Drainage district commissioners
were appointed by the clerk of court
rather than elected, he said. When
district issues became "kind of
politically sensitive." he added, the
county commissioners agreed to take
over maintenance and pay off the
In 1966 the watershed district com- 1
missicners signed a mainetance
agreement with the U.S. Soil Conservation
Service agreeing to a program
of regular maintenance and inspections.
But 1974 was the last year the channels
received regular maintenance.
In a May 3 inspection of three project
channels, Owens said, team
members found channel obstructions
from beaver activity, as well as
silting, sand bars and small hardwood
trees that restrict water flow in
a number of areas.
Right now. he said. Oh? bottom
nevus m- iicaivu 01 uosirucuons.
'It's at the stage where it is going to i
get progressively worse unless
something Is done. (
"I wanted to see if we could come <
up with something collectively." I
In his August 1983 letter. Carolina
Shores POA President Wesley
Reynolds said that during periods of
heavy rainfall the ditches from S.R.
1167 to U.S. 17 couldn't handle the
"Water has backed up and
overflowed onto Carolina Shores properties
and properties below, with
both streets and properties under
water." he advised.
Owens said Monday that as
development in the area continues, .
the rate of runoff will increase
beyond the channel's capacity
Any attempts to clean out just j
those ditches at the upper end of
Carolina Shores, he said, would help
the immediate area while hurting
those downstream- The idea behind j
the district was to provide for
maintenance erf all the waterways so I
as to avoid needing problems
listribution lines in an existing, sold ut
subdivision. A public hearing will
>e held Aug. 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the comnissioners'
'Accepted petitions requesting the
tate to upgrade maintenance on S.R.
192 and Georgetown Road from N.C.
79 tnN.C. 904
Heard from Dorene Vereen,
pecial populations coordinator with
he Brunswick County Parks and
tecreation Department, and William
'Hobe" Millard of Oak Island, chairnan
of the Region O Senior Games,
n the fun Brunswick County seniors
lad competing in the games. Chairnan
Chris Chappell had certificates
or medalists and other participants.
Approved a single bid of $17,500
rom Bennett's Inc. of Lumberton for
used roll-off truck to back up the
ew truck used to empty 40-yard garOcean
Last Of Lc
Ocean Isle Beach commissioners
let briefly Friday morning to comlete
property acquisition for the
>wn's sewer system so that contraction
can begin in early August.
The board authorized Mayor
aDane Bullington to enter into conact
with developer Odell Williamin.
In lieu of a cash purchase,
lembers agreed to provide him 75
iturc connections to the system in
(change for two tracts of land.
A Leland woman sentenced in May
i three years in prison for setting
re to a dwelling house has decided
3t to appeal her conviction to the
.C. Court of Appeals.
Rebecca Sneeden Gaylord was
und guilty by a Brunswick County
iry in May of setting fire to a mobile
r>me in Inland in 1984. She was
entenced by Judge B. Craig Ellis to
iree years in prison after the Jury
)und her guilty following 90 minutes
Following her trial in May, Ms.
laylord's attorney, Michael Ramos
f Shallotte, filed immediate notice of
ppeal, but that appeal was
Some badly-needed rain is in the
orecast for the South Brunswick
Islands Over the next few uays.
Shnllotte Point meteorologist
Jackson Canady said Tuesday that
he outlook calls for above-average
ainfall and near-normal
emperatures. The area should
eceive about one inch of rain, with
emperatures ranging from nightime
lows around 70 degrees to
iaytime highs of around 90 degrees.
During the period July 16-22, both
emperatures and rainfall zoomed
lpward. Canady measured 1.4 inches
rf rain in his backyard gauge, while
he mercury registered a maximum
ugh of 101 degrees on the 16th.
A minimum low of 61 degrees was
ecorded on the 19th.
An average daily high of 91 degrees
combined with an average daily low
)f 69 degrees, for an average weekly
emperature of 80 degrees.
Phone (919) 754 6000
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bage containers. They decided
against readvertising when Landfill
Director Major White said the trucks
are hard to find.
Approved a contract with the
Lower Cape Fear Water & Sewer
Authority for return of unspent county
bond revenues designated for the
regional water line construction project.
The county, the authority's only
customer, will use the funds to pay
Approved a contract with the
IiCland Sanitary District for purchase
of treated water from the county.
Final approval had been contingent
upon approval by the
Farmers Home Administration.
Approved an agreement with the
Town of Bolivia governing 1
easements for installation of water
lines through the town. I
Approved a second water line
a Ronrk PiU
a 1 WU
ind For Syst
For one 8-acre tract of land in the :
vicinity of the proposed sewer treatment
plant, Williamson agreed on a i
value of $1,250 per acre. That's the of- I
fered price an adjoining property I
owner, International Paper Co., has
rejected in condemnation proceedings
to obtain land for the treatment
The other tract, valued at $50,000,
is located near Laurinburg Street
and will be the site of the main pump |
Dman To Se
withdrawn Monday morning in
Ramos said Ms. Gaylord has decided
to accept the judgement of the
court and asked that the court accept
a niuuon 10 wimaraw uie appeal.
Judge Preston Cornelius approved
the motion Monday.
Ms. Gaylord was charged last year
with setting fire to a dwelling house
by Brunswick County Sheriffs
Detective Douglas "Sonny" Padgett
Brunswick County sheriffs
deputies recovered property valued
at $11,500 in June, according to the
nqmnmn mommy report.
Officers also made 16 arrests as
prosecuting witnesses, answered 729
calls, handled 221 investigations, and
attended 15 crime prevention
They summoned 65 witnesses and
three Jurors to court, served 364 civil
easement and right-of-way agreement
with Seaboard Systems
Designated Chairman Chris Chappell
delegate and Vice Chairman Jim
Poole alternate to the N.C. Association
of County Commissioners annual
Approved construction change
orders of $11,254 for the water treatment
plant and reduced retainage for
Triplex Construction Inc. from 10
percent to 5 percent ($4,506) since fl
more than 50 percent of the work is
Agreed to invite parties involved
in Southeastern Mental Health's drug
and alcohol rehabilitation program B
to the board's Aug. 5 meeting to
discuss available services.
neara an activity report from Office
On Aging Director Ronnie Robinson.
station for the collection system.
Mayor Bullington said the special
meeting was called because the land
transactions had to be completed
before the town could apply for Clean
Water Bond funds from the state.
Half of the grant, or about $208,000,
will be paid immediately after the
application is submitted, the mayor
said. The remaining half will be paid
out once half of the work is completed.
in a fire that destroyed an unoccupied
Setting fire to a dwelling house carries
a maximum sentence of ten
years in prison and a minimum
sentence of three years. In sentenc- g
ing Ms. Gaylord, Judge Ellis also
ordered that she be made immediately
eligible for work release .and that
she receive psychiatric evaluation f
and substance abuse evaluation and
treatment as necessary. k
papers, one juvenile petition, 207
local warrants and 41 foreign warrants,
and four mental and inebriate
papers. They made 10 trips out of the
They logged 320 court hours as duty
officer, 54 hours in court on duty and
11 while off duty.
Their vehicles logged 645,960 miles,
consuming 4.(HO gallons of gas and
nine quarts of oil.