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Page 2-A?THE BRUNSWICK BEACC
BY SUSAN USHER
Commissioners plan to visit the
Moore County Courthouse in
Southern Pines before selecting an
architect to design a new courthouse
for Bruaswick County.
A new judicial building is proposed
as part of an overall expansion of the
county complex for which $1.8
million?about $400,000 per year over
the past four to five years?has been
set aside, County Manager Billy
Tentative ideas include a
warehouse-type storage faculty to
accommodate bulk purchasing, expansion
of the jail and renovation of
the existing courthouse facility to
provide space for other agencies that
are outgrowing existing space.
Hoard members delayed their
selection last Thursday after interviewing
four architectural firms with
prior experience in courthouse
design, including the Southern Pines
firm of Austin-Stuart Architects.
Carl Stuart and associate John
Hawthorne invited commissioners to
tour uie ivioore County facility.
Also interviewed Thursday at
45-minute intervals were representatives
of Ballard, McKim and
Sawyer of Wilmington, the firm that
designed the New Hanover County
Couthouse and law .'enforcement
Center; John Sawyer of Wilmington,
who said he did "90 percent" of the
n'ork ;;n the New Hunovcr
thouse for his father's firm before
opening iiLs own office several years
ago; and MncMillan and MacMillan
of Kayetteville, which designed the
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Hidden Beach commissioners |
heard public comment on the 1985 i
lutiil use plan u|xlate Monday nlftht ut
the town hall They meet at 9 a.m. f
Monday, Nov. 25 (or a (Inal vote on 1
the document which will then go i
Ix-foic the Coastal Resources Com- I
mission for consideration. i
The Coastal Management Act re- |
quires coastal municipalities to I
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Although her inquiry was not
answered at the time, Commissioner
Stanley was heard later remarking
that Mrs Iniiuin should have no problem
getting im-rmission to make the i
move to save her house
The third case discussed, relocation
of a house at 121 Ocean
Boulevard West to another lot down
the street, did not lead to a vote. The
house was moved I wick on tlie lot a
few weeks ago and now sits on eye
beams awniling permission to
relocate it on the Island or for the newbridge
to lie opened so it can be moved
off the island
Developer Alan llolden discussed
the matter on Ik-IuiII of the property
owner, Melva Price When he asked
commissioners at their Nov. 7
meeting to make an exception In tills
case since the house is threatened by
erosion, they declined.
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representing the 7th District, which
Includes Brunswick, New turnover.
Columbus, Hobeson and Cumberland
counties lie is ctuilrnvan o( the
Tobacco ami lYanut* Subcommittee
ol the House Agriculture conuiUttee
and has been Involved Ik compromise
plans to salvage llie tobacco support
program As a senior legislator, he
lias his eye on the chairmanship ol
the House Agriculture Committee t(
Harrelson. tt. was recruited by the
COP, but Is not the only part,
member Interested In the seat
Handy Sullivan, a political
newcomer from Supply, announced
earlier this nvinth that lie, too, would
enter the Republican primary, with
th; expectation ol backing from
various church-related Interests In
Cumberland County. Mitchell U
Matrons has also declared his Interest
in representing the district
Harrelson Is chairman of ih?
lUtt's KimrcwncnUl Manasement
Commission. which Jfts cimn air
ml clean water standards (or the
?Ulr and srrvid two terms in thr
N t' House c4 KepreaentaUvrts tea
irx? to !?;* He has been the Jth
lttotrvt Republican ilwMM twice
and has held the umr position at thr
Harrelson wild on the Cardinal
Health S\ itents Agency Board (
regional health planning group i ap
IN, Thursday, November 21, 1985
separate law enforcement anc
The four were screened from a poo
of 10 firms to make presentations b)
a planning committee composed ol
County Manager Billy Carter, Attorney
David Clegg, County
Engineer Dan Shields and Commissioners
James Poole and Grace
Any new county courthouse?even
if a two-story structure?would blend
with existing buildings on the complex
but would be more dignified
than the existing facility. It would
also feature more "directory" information
to guide the public. Public
and "staff" areas would be readily
distinquishable. Within the cour
irounts memseives, oeuer separation
among audience, jurors, defense
and prosecution would be provided.
The county can also expect the
firms to interview prospective users
of the facility?from judges and
lawyers to probation officers and
clerk of court employees?before
coming up with the final design.
Space for puDuc and coun sian use
will be clearly defined; casual
visitors might even have trouble finding
the areas they're not expected to
Any of the four firms will mast likely
encourage construction of a facility
designed to meet the county's longrange
If replaced by 1955, tbe c*Lst!n^
courthouse will have been in use for
only 10 years.
Before the courthouse was completed,
its future users already had
warned that Die two 76-seat coureach
prepare land use plan updates
periodically to Kuide growth and use
>f water and land resources.
Town Administrator H.W. Buck
(aid the uuijor problems addressed
n the 1980 plan (erosion,
jverdevelopment, need (or sewer
acilities and additioiuil beach across)
were also addressed in the 1985
dan. An addition problem, the need
or visitor parking, was discussed in
They assured Holden, however,
tluit Mrs. Price could move her house
back on the lot to ensure its safety
Kim uicii iuivi" uu uhjs uj ciuiur Iiiuvc
It off the Island or bring It up to standard
building codes. A 90 days extension
was promised If the bridge Is not
completed on schedule.
But, location to another lot down
the street Is not an option, commissioners
agreed Stanley said Mrs
Price could fix It as It Is, move it off
the island or move it to an adjacent
lot and brinit it up to standards.
After the meeting, Commissioner
l.yn llolden said "It's very confusing
now He said he doesn't think the lnnuin
house can be moved the way UKordinances
"I've given up try ing to understand
it tonight I'll read it again in the
mornlng." remarked Building Inspector
proximately four years and was Its
He owns Harrvlson's IC.A Kood
Store and Harrelson's Appliance ami
TV Center In Southport and is a partner
in the Island Chandler, a general
store on Bald Head Island
Tn f on tint ID
? -w v VTemperatures
were 11 degrees
above normal (or IV prrkxl Not 15
through 1*. Mid Jackson Qsnady
Shallottr IVint meteorologist
High readuig (or the pencd ?*.< 7!
degrees w Nov 11 TV lowesl
iewperature, 16 degrees. was record
ed on Nov 11
TV* dally avenge irmperaUirx
was 71 degrees. and thr average mor
rung low was 19 iVpw, (or ai
average temperature o< 66 degrees
TV anew received 11 d an inch a
TV outlook calls (or above norma
temperatures, from (V low to tna
Ids and night and from IV lew to ma
TMa during the day
Caned) said thr warn
temperatures are caused by uppei
level winds over thr United States
blowing wmrrr. air (rom the southwes
over the eastern section cV the coon
I trooms would be too small in which t
hold court, though they registered n
I complaints about other space in th
f Attorneys Ray Walton. Richar
Owens and Bud Allen and th
r district's chief judge urged expar
sion of at least one of the courtroom
to the size of the old courtroom i
Southport, which had a seatin
i capacity of 125.
But no funds were available. "Th
only thing we can do is use them lik
| they are and increase later i
necessary," then Commissione
Pearly Vereen said.
At that time, the state's Ac!
ministrative Office of the Courts ha
1) recommended the move to smalle
courtrooms; and 2) estimated th
county would need a third courtroon
by the year 2000.
At that time. Assistant District Al
torney Michael Easley wrote that h
couia "see no possible way to holi
court, district or superior, in thosi
In addition to at least one large:
Ciiui u wiii, ugciicica iiututcu in i.n<
judicial building need more space
Tliese include the district attorney
clerk of court, register of deeds
adult and juvenile probation
magistrate and related offices.
Hich little, statistical and quality
control manager for the Administrative
Office of the Courts, has
statistics that tell at least part of the
"You will not find tremendous
growth in the criminal caseload, but
you will in the civil, especially
se Plan Descr
the new plan.
"The 1985 plan is a refinement,"
said Buck. "That speaks well for the
Haskell S. Khctt, a coastal land use
planner from the N.C. Department of
Natural Besourccs and Conununily
Development, said it was good that
town policies had been listed in the
plan. "That helps you see where you
are now," remarked Rhett.
Male Bull Do*
A one year old cream and blacl
male buli don leads the list of pets o
the week at the Brunswick Count;
Animal Control Supervisor Zelnu
Babson also lists mixed Germai
Shoperd pups and a fenuilc brigh
orange calico cat among pets tha
may be adopted.
These animals und others can 1*
seen at the animal Slielter Monda;
Scrap Lumber Sold
Twice A Week Nov*
The Military Ocean Terminal a
Sunny I'oint near Southport will hoh
two regular lumber sales weekly, 01
Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 3
a.m. until 1 p.m., according to Myrtli
I). Meade, public affairs officer.
Residue scrap lumber is $10 pe
cord and decorative wood chips an
13 per cubic yard.
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o domestic," he said. The figures
10 reflect cases filed and disposed of,
le not post-disposition activity or any
county pattern of continuances,
d From fiscal year 1978-79 to fiscal
e year 1984-85, the number of civil
l- cases heard doubled. General civil
is cases increased from 200 to 558;
n domestic relations (divorce, child
g support, etc.) from 206 to 400; and
estate cases from 176 to 403. Special
e proceedings have stayed fairly cone
stant?from 207 to 239, as have the
if number of civil superior cases, from
r 55 to 77.
The number of felony cases heard
1- in superior criminal court has ind
creased by 25 percent, from 204 to 257
r per year, while misdemeanors ine
creased slightly from 76 to 83.
n Motor vehicle cases, on the other
hand, have shown a steady decline
> from 4,600 in 1978-79 to 3,932 last year,
e In district court, the number of
J non-motor vehicle cases has increase
ed from 1,929 to 2,446.
"There's no question we have to exr
pand the jail," County Manager
: un'ici amu.
Chief Jailer Billy Gurganus
nurnoH * * It n rnmhinntinn nf rntinfv
growth and new laws."
In August of 1978, the jail housed 62
prisoners compared to 80 in August
1985. in September, 65 compared to 74
and in October, 52 and 102 respectively.
i Daily residence ranged from up to
12 per day in 1978 to 32 per day in
August 1985, he said. The jail accommodates
30 male and six female in- I
mates. The figures given don't 1
reflect the prisoners transferred to 1
ibed As A Ref
Beach resident John Clarke I
presented several suggestions to the <
commissioners in writing.
One suggestion was that the
average dwelling unit is occupied by
7.5 persons during vacation periods
rather than the 6.5 persons stated in
Clarke had backed up his finding
with figures, but Commissioner
(Iraham King pointed out that dif
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"We've had as much as 10 overcapacity,"
he said. "If not for that we
wouldn't be able to handle the
New regulations require the county
to house prisoners serving six months
or less, rather than sending them
away. However, Gurganus said the
recently-adopted Safe Roads Act has
placed the greatest demands on the
"That has caused us a whole lot of
trouble," he said. "Before we kept
drunk drivers two or three days. Now
they have to serve seven to 14 days.
They're trying hard to keep alcohol
off the roads."
In recent months, he added, the
courts have worked well with the jail
in sentencing those convicted of DWI.
Across The Comnlex
Elsewhere on the complex, County
Manager Carter said in a recent interview,
the planning, health, job service,
social services and adat!vi
offices sre cid of r~>rr>
One program, Offender Aid and
Restoration, is housed in a mobile office,
another, building inspections,
has been squeezed into the planning
building. Nearly every department
needs additional storage
space?much of it for files the county
must keep by law for designated
periods of time.
A warehouse with office space will
be needed if the county moves to centralized
purchasing and bulk purchasing
to save money. The county is
looking into the possibility of matinement
erent people have different methods
jf coming to the same place.
Buck said the statistic is not compromising.
and the 6.5 figure will reiiain
in the plan.
Clarke had also pointed out the
rlolden Beach Pier parking lot is not
mihlif* mirWino Riirk wiH thn nlnn
would be changed to reflect that.
New planning board member Sid
Swarts told commissioners he thinks I
the 1985 plan is an " outstanding document."
Commissioners discussed the parking
problem among themselves
Commissioner Hal Stanley interpreted
the plan as saying the town
needed to find parking places in
areas other than rights of ways.
"I may be quite unpopular for
this," said Stanley, "but I think our
first consideration is to provide
walkways for the citizens and taxpayers
of this town and, secondly, for
our visitors "
Mayor Kenner Amos suggested the
new board of commissioners approach
the state for permission to
develop parking areas under the new
bridge under construction. He
pointed out that area would be cleaned
out in mid-December, and the new
board "ought to gel right on it."
After the meeting, Rhett commended
the plan and remarked it
reflected good work on the part of the
town's planning board and town administrator.
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