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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, January 15, 1987, Image 1

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SHALLOTTE BYPASS PLANS PROGRESS Board Endorses Connector, Seeks Business Route LD. BY SUSAN USIIRR Shollottc altlei'inen vuted unanimous support lust Wednesday nit{iu Cof uil but one point in a state Department of Traasporbitioii (iro> pcsal tor linking a town bypass with the business distript. Before reaching an agency deci sion, DOT had asked for the ♦own’s reaction. At Aldemuin Paul Wayne Reeves' suggestion, aldertncn agreed to seek an omtorscinent from Uie planning boi»ni also, at its Mon day night meeting. There was u general concensus among aldermen that SmiUi Avenue is the “natural’’ connector for Uie bypass. .Alderman Sarah Tripp was ateent. Board members also agreed with Alderman Paul Wayne Reeves’ sug* gestion to name the new route the N.C. 130 Bypass, while designating the existing route through town from Bridgers Road to N.C. 130 East ns N.C. 130 Business. That is in contrast to DOT’S initial proposal to rename the seg^Lont of N.C. 130 from Bridgers Road west ic the south end U.K. 17 stopligiU as N.C. 179. “We don’t need tractors and trailers (in Slmilolte), but we nceii some of that traffic," .said Reeves. He said busine.ssmon on the south end of town luid concerns about lasing traffic in the business district. DOT saw no major problem with Reeves' propoanl, he .said. “It’s Just n matter of erecting signs and dircc'- tlng traffic.” Wcdnesdflv’s vote cumo on the heels of a four-hour, wnlk-ln hearing held by IX)T .fan. 0 at the town hall. Atanit 30 to 40 arco residents attend ed. nutny of them property owners along tite roulc.s in question. While .some op]>aslliun was expressed to in dividual points of the plan, Sen timents generally appeared favorable. DOT had first suggested (hat hypa.ss traffic exit into downtown at MullH!ri7 Street, but later agreed with Mayor Jerry Jones and other iuwii lenders that the exit should be relocated to Smith Avenue. DOT has recommended that MuU>erry Street then dead-end on l>oth tlu! south and north sides of where it would other wise intersect Uic bypass. A secon dary road connector would link the ttten north of the bypas.® to s Smith Avenue extension. At Ute Jan. 6 tu:arlng, a IX)T representative fielded Alderman Reeves' concerns that the plan might not lead to opening up aroa.s west of town for orderly development by say ing that coruiectlag roads between Mulberry Street and Smith Avenue couid be develi^>ed In the future either by the state or by the town as development occurs. Reeves is an ex- officio memlwf of the towM planrJng board, which has been stud>ing possible traffic grids for that area. Tl>e Mulberry Street intersection is considered inadequate as a bypass exit. As Alderman Wilton pul It, “It’s ridiculous to make an access from the bypas.H through two btiek wails 20 feet ni>art and no place to get out on (See BOAIID, Page ^A) hOPVi i, GINOI.-.RV 1 S--1 / 3PR [NwPOPT M [ 4*5:;y4 IBIL LFI%UI lfl/» Dcnwiv Twenty-fifth Yeor. Number 10 tHI MUmwCK MACON Shoilotte. North Corolina, Thursdoy, January 15, 1987 25c Per Copy 26 Pages Annexation Renews Interest In Incorporating I— I II I fl IWIWI^I I D k I 6bT. LINDSEV WALTON ihVentorteT^toWn gor^ poles, 7' microwave oven ^*J other Itmii.' recovered snndoy ny ibe cunsty snerlfrs' uOpartiBciit Three uivu from a car. Their search yielded several (lereoa, • larceny. Three Arrested For Larceny After One Flees BY ETTA SMITH Tlirce men were arrested and thousands of dollars in .stolen goods were recovered Sunday after a man jiiniped fro”' ** car and fled into die wou^ when he discovered sheriff’s deputies were following him. Pete Hunt of Fairmont. 16, Jolin Dial. 16. and Roland K. Hunt, 17. both of Lumberton, were arrested and charged with fclonioas breaking, enteiing and larceny by Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies. According to Det. Lindsey Walton, Officers Greg Wood, Doug Todd and Billy Hughes were on routine patrol when they spotted a car matching the description of me that had been seen in an area at Ocean Isle Beach wnere about ten break-ins had recently oc curred. Officers followed the 1960 Qidsmobile (^lUass, and when it entered the driveway of a residence one of the men Jumped out of the car and fled into the woods, said Walton. He was apprehended and arrested with the other two. Walton and Det. Nancy Simpson were called to the scene wltere they searched tlie car and discovered Uie siuleii pi'uperiy, said Wuuun. BY SUSAN USHER Steps !>cgun by Holden Beach to an nex the rauseway area to its north Ims rcvivetl efforts to create a new town in tiie area. Many of the approximately 35 residents of Uie area who met last Friday night at The Seafood Barn Restaurant have begun circulating petiUons that call for local legi.slators to help get the new town incor porated. “They’re clrcidating them door to dour,” said Robert Robinson, who witli Seafoori Barn owner Cletis (Heitunons was among the six per sons ivho first sought Incorporation of Nortii Hold^ Beach lasC June. A STCond meeting piumicd today (Thur.sdey) at 7 p.m. at the restaurant is open to all interested citizeas. Rep. David Rcdwlne was invited to attend Friday’.s meeting, but did not return from Raleigh until Saturday, lie .said Monday. Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. of Tabor City has been invited to tonigiit’s meeUng. Redwine told The Brunswick oL'UCim Him ouien, as a meiVu/cr Of The stolen items included a microwave oven, television, fishing poles, several stereos, jewelry and Atari video games. Bond information was unavaiiabie at press time. Calabash Citizens the Municipal IncorporaUons Com mittee, would be a logical ciioice for introducing any incorporution legislation. “Before incorporating, communities arc supposed to bring their proposal and supporting infor mation to this committee for a recommendation to the General AR.sembly,” lie said. However, he ad ded, the Assembly is not bound by law to follow that recommendauc.'.. At the request of Clemmons, Robinson and four others, on June 13, Rep. Redwine introduced H.B. 1689 to incorporate North Holden Beach. Hut after the bill sparked opposiUon from other residents of the proposed com munity, Holden Beach officials and others, he withdrew it. “The problem before was that it was a hurry up and rush thing,” Robinson recalled, with several peti tioners^ unaware of the deadline tor introducing local bills. As a result, a nuiuber of residents of U»e pro posed for incorporation were unaware of the bill until after it had t>;een introduced. ^jledwine has since said he would not introduce any future incorpora tion legislation without a vote of residents of the area proposed for the town. In June, a letter from officials of tlie island-locked town of Holden Beach advis^ Redwine the town had no plans at tliat time to annex the causeway area. At a special town board meeting caUed to draft the let ter, M^yor Jolui Tandy .summed up the town’s position as that any role taken by Holden Beach should be by request only. “As 1 understand it,” he said, “if they ever want to be taken in, our arms would be open over here.” Board members also .suggested that at some future time, both the town and cau.seway area would view annexation as mutually beneficial. But Seafood Bam owner Cletis Clemmons said the Holden Beach board liad always intended annexing. “They just wrote that to Redwine to stop our incorporation,” he said. “Notice they’re annexing only the portion of the causeway where people already have ser\*ices and roads are maintained. “Their lines are drawn in and around to exclude roads that need work and people needing water,” he continued. “They Just want our taxes and won’t have to spend a dime.” (Jlenunons estimated the causeway area would generate additlDnal taxes to the town of about $200,(XX) a year. Aiiother participant in the petition drive Is Jesse Chavis, n resident of the causeway for 35 years. Chavis said he Uvss on a fixed income and cannot afford to pay taxes. “I think they just want extra tax money,” he said. “We dwi’t want the town to take us In. We wouldn't benefit from it at all.” Clemmons said he'd much rather keep things just like they are, but ad ded there’s no chance of that. “If they would take in the entire area and put in roads for people who can’t get out and water, Uien you won't hear a word from Cletis Clem mons. "But the way they’re doing it, with no services to offer us. I’ll fight it to the bitter end.” CHemmoas also said he’d accept the annexation effort If it required a vote of causeway residents, which is no longer a requirement under state law. “We just want a voice in this,” she said. Demand Water Actian BY MARJORIE MEGIVERN Eight Calabash residents showed up for Monday’s meeting of the Calabash Town Council to make a forceful bid for action on a town water system. Half of them live on Ivey High Road where many of the town’s restaurants are located, the other four on Riverview Drive, parallel to Elneda Bottomley, who owns an apartment building under corwtruc- Uon on Riverview, opened the discus sion by asking, “Wliat are your plans for water?” Mayor Doug Simmons explained, “We're in the process of borrowing money from Farmers Home Ad ministration.” He added that an engineering report estimated a town water system would cost $IG0,0(X). “Is there any money in the kitty for Uiat now?” she persisted. ’’We earmarked one penny of the tax rate for It, and we have $1,620,” be replied. She wanted to know how much it would cost to take water to the river, down Ivey High Road, and Town Clerk Janet Thoma.s said her estimate was about $21,000. “It costs about $13.21 per foot for a six-inch line,” she said. For water lines to include River view Drive, the cost would be a little over $31,000. “This includes hydrants, labor, engineering fee, everything except individual meters,” Thomas sold. Marie Brown, a fenrner council member, wanted to know exactly how much available money the town has. Thomas said there is about $41,000 in various savings funds that could be used for a water project. This includes part of a SMART ac- rminL twu certificate.^ of deposit and a portion of revenue sluiring mortey. Brown asked, “Why can’t this ex tra money be put into water and get started? No Calabash resident would approve of dead money lying in the bank.” Simmons pointed out, “If we do it for you, we'd have to do it for everybody else.” Another former council member, Sam Blerworth, declared, “If you have that attitude, we'il never get any water.” Thomas pointed out, “Hie ccunci! would have to take a lot of Rak in June if it added to the taxes to r\m water lines. And if the town can’t complete a system, the lines would be turned over to the county, and the town wouldn’t get any revenue from it.” Blerworth said, “Get the restaurants first Thousands of peo ple come here in the summer, wan ting go»>d drinking water, and they don’t always get it” Council Member Pati Ixwcllyn noted, "We could get water if we're ready to assess people and enforce it With some, we'd have to go to foreclosure, because they’re that stubborn.” Responded Blerworth, "Well, let’s get off dead center and do it. “Arc we agreed there is money available to do this in phases?" and when Simmons enswere**. “Vm.” he went on. “Then could we get some figures together in the next couple weeks?” He added, “If we have to go a haif- mile to the river to get water to fight a fire, there’s a problem.” Council Member Suzy Moore said pointedly, “We should ha’*6 had water a long time ago; previous boards should have done sofnething about it, and some of those members are in this room.” Brown told the council, “If you wail for progres.s to haj^n and inok at the negative side of it. it will never happen.” and in a slightly veiled threat she went m, “If you look at the minutes of a Southport Town Council meeting back in the 1950s, you’ll see that a citizens' group .sued the council because they wanted water.” The discussion, principally involv ing Blerworth, Bottomley and Brown, took on an accusatory tone, particularly whpn Blerworth con- (See CAI.ABA.SH. Page ^A) State Dismisses Complaint After Erosion Control Steps Are Begun BY SUSAN USHER An erosion control enforcement ac- Lion liegun by the N.C. Department of Natural Resources and Community Development has been dropped again.st Uie developers of River Hills Subdivision. In early December, NRCD had fil ed a complaint and moUon for preliminary injunction against D.C.B. ii F Corp. to Ciiforce com pliance with the state’s Sedlmenta- Uon PolluUon Control Act at the sub division off Tar landing Road on the Shallotte River. On Jan. 6, a notice of voluntary dismissal was filed with the Brunswick Coiuity Clerk of Court. County Commissioner ChrLs Cha|>- pell, a principal In and ai*nt for the company, said parties In the case met before Cluistmas and worked out their differences, with .some cor rective action taken by the developers. “We went back and put up four runs of silt screening In front of our rip-rap," he .laid, as well as spreading grass seed and fertilizer under a temporary mulch-Uke cover ing of terry-jute. Dan Sams, regional engineer with NRCD’s land qualit>' section, said the development company Ls In provi sional compliance with the law unUI a permanent vegetative ground cover can be established. “We’re sUil going to be looking to see they get it vegetated by spring,” he said. “That wiU he end-all to that site for our agency.” The enforcement action was in itiated when silt began accumuiaUng along a half-dozen drainage areas River, he said. The high hiUs and steep slopes of the subdivision, he continued, are more typical of the Piedmont area than Um coast, and required slighUy different Ireiitmenl, .such as the terry-jute which is used on more severe slopes to hold the soil until a vegetaUve cover can be established. While Chappell has said several times D.C.B. & F. is the first local firm to be required to do .some of the steps required of it, Sams disagreed, saying It was simply Cnuppeil's fu-si education in the requirements of the .sedimentation cwtrol act In areas where develc^rs are generally older and have bMn doing (heir job in essentially what he called “a gCKxl old boy style,” the state has been slow in educating people to the system, which requires s^imenta- Uon and erosion control plans to be approved by tlie state. The act's goals are simple: to make sure a developer keeps silt and nuioff from his property from hur- Ung property owners downstream or wetlands. “That’s why we're here—to make sure everybody's doing what's right” he said. “It's mosUy just good conunon sense.” At present there are approximate ly six or «*vpn enforcement acUons in one stage or anollier in Brunswick County, Sams said. PenolUes will most likely be levied against some, while others will bring their projects into compliance quldcly. An injunction Is the state’s ultimate enforcement step, he said, used wlien nothing else woriis. “I still disagree with it" Chappell said Monday. “But they got our at tention.” According to the (»igina! com plaint D.C.B. & F. allegedly began land-dist’iu bing acUvRy on its pruject site before an erosion control plan was .submitted to and approved by the state; conUnued work after the plan and its first revision were re jected; and then did not bring the rite into comp'iiance after initial nnUfica- tlnn of Uie violaUoas and allowed ero sion to accelerate. In addition to Chappell, principals in the company are Bill Benton, Paul Floyd, Paul a^ Connie Dennis. i!

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