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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, June 11, 1987, Image 1

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i I Award Winners Among other aeiiievements, Michael Norton (left) and Whitney King are valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of their senior class. Coverage of Awards Day at West Brunswick High is on page 10-A. Residents G&'Vnderground With Area Wiring Prdjects A trend has developed in the South Brunswidi Island to place power lines underground. Sunset, Oceiui Islh: and Holden beaches all have streets how that have . gone wireless to the eye. The story is oh page 14-B of this issue. ; Sings At Pageant Amanda Causey, who will reign for another year as Little Miss N.C. Fourth of July, sang at Saturday pageant where Jennifer Wescott Bolivia was crowned the 1987 Miss N.C. Fourth of July. The story and photo are on page 7-A. THF DDI IMCl HOAG & SONS BOOK BINDERY 12731/9S SPRINGPORT MI 492S4 VICKtRACON Twenty-fifth Year, Number 31 Carolina, Thursday, June 11, 1987 25c Per Copy 28 Pages Water Issue May Force Calabash s Tax Rate Up SIAFF PHOIOBY SUSAN USIIIR AS BOARD MEMBERS Paul Wayne Reeves, Bobby Ray Russ, Sarah Tripp and David Cause look on. Mayor Jerry Jonea paints out one of the areas. Brier- wood Eistates, where the planning board would like to see annexations occur. Shallotte To Considdr Annexation f IV- jgrvsusAN usheui --- iKopetSstenl urging the town's- planning zoning board, Shallotte aldermen are considering recommendations for squaring qff^ the town boundaries by annexing areas on three sides. Over the past year, the planning board has asked, the aldermen in three memoranda to consider the an- nexaUons. I.ast Wednesday, with those recommendations in hand, aldermen asked attorney Mark Lewis whai came next. “What you need to do is nothing now,” he advised, while he bones up on annexation procedures for small towns and the scope of an annexaUon study. Under current law, annexa tions typically take at least a year to complete and can take longer if pro perty owners appeal. “We’ve been at a standsUll for a 3-ear,” said May«w,J(^tem Paul Wayne Rcov^'wBirMirteSTh~a non- - voting capacity on the planning' board. “AnnexaUon is the only way >for the town to grow.” “It’s time to do more than look at it,” he noted earlier in the meeting. The planning board outlined a three-phase annexaUon program, recommending the board take acUon immediately on two prioriUes, areas where residents or businesses now get most town services without being in town. The first includes 17 lots in the already-annexed area of Brierwood Estates that were not Included in that annexaUon process and lots along U.S. 17 north of town where the boun dary line zig-zags along property lines. While not in town, wrote the plann ing board, “It is oiir understanding Uiat all town services npw run by -v.thealfrOBBrtiBV*>tirr?----A -’ The second priority includes an area the planning board understands is not targeted for immediate development and would not require extensive services now, before the sewer system can be expanded. It would involve running the town limits to include an area across from Shallotte Manor on N.C. 130 west toward WhitevUle and Bridges Road running back to the town limits and also to south of the Shallotte River and to U.S. 17. As proposed, the Sha'Jiotte River would serve as part of the wesu„ a boundary. BY TERRY POPE Calabash town council members are exploring a third opUon to help raise funds for a water system—in creasing the property tax rate. Board members will hold a budget workshop Tuesday, June 16, at 4 p.m., to discuss a possible increase in Uie 1987-88 tax rate. A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for June 22 at 4:30 p.m. AddiUonal 1987-88 revenues would be used to cover future annexation costs and to set aside a special water fund. At Monday's meeting, the council criticized Rep. David Redwine and Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. for introducing a House bill that would require Calabash residents to vote on a pro posed assessment plan to pay for a water system. The board had asked for a bill that would allow the town to assess property owners, but without a referendum, so the town would have the up-front funds needed for the project At the urging of several assess ment opponents, Sen.-Soles of Tabor (jity pieced to add the referendum requirement Last week, Redwine agreed to the referendum, but he also provided a second option. Both Redwine and Soles will also introduce a pair of local funding bills to obtain $50,000 each for the Calabash water system. Redwine said last week that if the two funding bills pass “the issue will be settled.” The town hopes to begin installbig Phase I of the water system with at least $80,000 to $90,000 in the bank. Pluise I would route water lines to restaurants along the Calabash River and down Oak Street Several council members liave predicted that a referendum will not pass because many of the people af fected, such as restaurant owners, live outside the town and cannot vote. Town Clerk Janet Thomas said there are about 90 registered voters in Calabash. “The really frustrating thing is we have come so close,” said councU member Pati Lewellyn, “and whUe they’re up there yanking us around the price keeps going up.” Town Attorney Michael Ramos told the board Monday that a special fund can be established by the to\vn tp save money for a water system. He ■' said the town’s current 17 cents per $100 valuation tax rate was,'in his opinion, “ridiculously low. It straps you in what you can do.” He said the board cannot obligate future councils to keep an increased tax rate for a water fund. “But I think you can set a policy in that regards,” Ramos said. Thomas said the 1987-88 tax rate must be raised to at least 19 cents per $100 valuation. The board discussed a much larger increase which would help establish the water fund. “I think we should say something in the 30s and see wliat the feedback is,” said council member Suzy Moore. A 30 cents per $100 tax rate would generate $48,900 In revenues. At the 17 cent tax rate, the town’s property tax revenues would be around $22,000. “Most businesses cannot run on $22,000 a year,” Ms. Lewellyn .said. “It*s ridiculcus to think thst s town A tax rate of 25 cents per $100 would represent a 33 percent in- crea.se. Board member Bob Weber recommended that the council hold a budget work session to reach a pro posed tax rate before the public hear ing on June 22. "I don’t want to be talking this way in front of ten to 15 people,” Weber said. Weber .said tlie council should drop the water issue if the town votes the (See CALABASH, Page 2-A) Ocean Isle Police Chief Will Also Manage Streets And Sanitation The third and fourth priorities in clude areas along N.C. 130 towards Holden Beach and back to U.S. 17 just north of town, and farther along U.S. 17 north of town. Redwine's Golf Course Bill Passes Senate The North Clarolina senate voted 33-7 Monday to enact legislation in troduced by Rep. E. David Redwine that would allow Brunswick County golf courses to serve beer, wine and mixed drinks. The bill, according to Redwine, was designed to enable several coun ty golf courses not located In "wet” areas of the county to provide alcholic beverages to golfers. This was seen as an amenity many golfing tourists are accustomed to. Those who supported his legislation believe the lack of alcohol as an cation put county golf courses at a disadvan tage in comparison with those in South Carolina. “1 think this (passage of the bill) will benefit the whole county’s tourist economy,” Redwine said Tuesday. Although there are six municipalities in Brunswick County that have voted to sell alcohol, most permanent residents live in unincor porated areas of the county, which remain dry. A referendum several years ago to allow alcohol sales coun tywide failed to pass. Ibe bill, entitled “Sports Club ABC Licenses,” originally applied to facilities open either to the public or (See REDWINE’S, Page 2-A) A Greensboro police lieutenant with 20 years’ ex perience in law enforcement begins work June 16 as Ocean Isle Beach chief of police and superintendent of streets and sanitation. The new police chief, William Dallas Ozment, fills the position vacated by the resigna tion of Jerry Gurganus last month, effective June 1. As a non-resident Ocean Isle Beach homeowner, he and his wife, Sandra, are familiar with the community where he will be working. They plan to live in their home on the island, ac cording to Commissioner Terry Barbee. In his dual capacity, said Barbee, the 43-year-old Ozment will be paid $30,000 a year. A Greensboro native and high school graduate, Ozment returned to the city following a four-year stint in the U.S. Air Force. After joining the Greensboro Police Department in October 1967, he worked his way up from patrolman in the field operations bureau to lieutenant and district coordinator, with experience as a vice unit detective and budgeting and planning officer. In 1975 he was named “Outstan ding Young Law Enforcement Of ficer of the Year” by the Greensboro Jaycees. Ozment earned an associate degree in police science from Guilford Technical Institute and a B.A. in administrative science with high honors from Guilford College, where he was a Dana Scholar and SGA vice president He also graduated from the police administration course at Nor thwestern University, receiving the Otto Bray Memorial Award for outstanding leadership abilities and academic excellence. Ozment is also active In the com munity. He is a past president and excliange teem member of Rotary, past vice president and current director of the Greensboro Municipal Credit Union, a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner, past president of the Youth Services Bureau and a member and deacon of Utwndale Baptist Church. He enjoys jogging, tennis, fishing and coin collecting. HCA's Listing Of Brunswick Hospital Causes Confusi i/^n IWI I BY TERRY POPE County and hospital officials are still puzzled as to why the Brunswick Hospital in Supply has been listed for “sale” by its lessee. Brunswick Hospital authority members were to hold a special mceUng Wednesday night (June 10) to discuss recent reports that Hospital Corporation of America, the firm leasing the facility, h^ it listed among 104 hospitals it hopes to sell before October. The authority normally meets twice a year. Authority attorney Mark Lewis of Shallotte said he believes the listing of the Brunswick Hospital as an owned facility is a mistake that HCA officials will want to correct He expects HCA offlcials to “come forward at some point and to drop” the Brunswick Hospital from the list. HCA officials did not brief Brunswick Hospital authority members on the proposed changes before the company listed the hospital for sale last week, he said. According to David McFadden, HCA spokesman, the ,)ale of 104 of HCA’s hospitals is part of a f estmetur- ing plan that would transfer the hospitals to a new com pany owned by employees through their stock purchase plan. Although both county and hoapital aulhoriiy members disagree, McFadden said Monday the Brunswick Hospital is listed as an “owned facility.” *Tve checked with two different sources,” McFad den said, “that agree it is not a leased facility.” Lewis said HCA has been operating the hospital under the assiunptlon it Itas a 40-year lease on the ' building. According to the lease agreement signed in May 1984, the hospital’s 10-year lease of assets to HCA was to be extendi to 40 years at the “earliest oppor tunity allowed by law.” , “My understanding is that with HCA, in their com puter and books,” Lewis said, ”if they liave a long-term lease they consider it an owned facility.” I,ewis said that in talks with the county and hospital authority in 1985, HCA agreed not to pursue a declaratory judgment in court over whether the lease was automatically extended to 40 years during an ap parent 24-hour ateence of legislation during the 1984 session of the N.C. General Assembly. Hospital Authority Chairman Donald Noe said the authority has a 49-year lease agreement with HCA. Such a leaM ta norvtransfemble imder Ailicle IS of the agreement, he said. ■ “TTicy Own tiic Brunswick iluspital from an opera tional standpoint,” Noe said. "The county owns the building and the property.” Noe said Tuesday ttot he did not know if HCA’s restructuring plan would allow the transfer (rf the lease to the other company. “That’s a .very thin point,” Noe said. “Regardless of any changes, it should not affect, in any ^ay, the operations of the hospital.” Lewis said the lease agreement allows for "no assignment, period.” Even with the consent of the hospital authority, Lewis said, a transfer of the lease to the other company might not be allowed under the terms. , ,;V J*' '' ^ Ixwis and his associate, Michael rWo^, tt()ped to write the lease agrpement with HfrA. *i County attorney David Clegg said Monday the agreentent is a lease, but that the length of the lease is “a whole other issue.” Clegg said the listing (tf the hospital as an owned facility “is an inqx»sibility.” “We’re in contact with HCA,” CHegg said. “They have always been very up front with us in the past I don't have any reason for the communication to cease.” The Brunswick Hospital is one of four in North Carolina that HCA hopes to sell In its restructuring plan. Others listed for sale include the Orthopaedic Hospital of Charlotte (166 beds), the Davis Community Hospital In Statesville (167 beds) and the Heritage Hospital in Tarboro (127 beds). The average size of the hospitals IbRedfTor sale Is 140 beds, McFadden said, wliile the largest is a 467-bed facility in California. , i.'l' ' “We hope the deal will close sometime in the third quarter, in Segteniber or October,” McFadden said. McFaddei) said the hospitals which are sold would “operate as usual. They would just have a different o^wjuer.” . Brunswick Hospital Administrator Rodney Pulley said Tuesday that he wanted to delay statements to the press until be could get more information from HCA of ficials. As far as the hospital authority is concerned, Noe said, "nothing has been released from HCA tljat has af fect^ the lease of the Brunswick Hospital.” Nne said the hospital will continue to expand ser vices and to recruit specialists. “This Is the best-equipped 60-bed hospital in the eastern United States,” Noe said. "That is where the empnasis liecua lu ue puiuca. li t

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