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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, April 15, 1993, Page PAGE 2-A, Image 2

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Development Board Criticized By Member ? (Continued From Page 1-A) much," Myrie said. Monks also said he had contacted prison officials and learned that the state would not consider building a correctional facility in the county unless there was a significant show of support for the idea. He said he had asked the RDC members to dis cuss the idea with their county com missioners. After hearing their responses. Monks said he determined that the idea of building a prison "was not something the group felt it wanted to pursue." He said members indicated that a correctional facility would be "too controversial" and would hurt tourism. But Myrie insisted that the pro posal was not given a fair hearing. He said the RDC should have thor oughly researched the idea and pre scnted its findings to the county commissioners. He also dismissed claims that a prison would harm the tourist industry. "You would never know it was here," Myrie said Tuesday. "This is one of the biggest counties in the state. We could put it out in the Green Swamp and have the alliga tors guard it." At the urging of several board members. Monks said Monday night that he would include the prison pro posal in his quarterly report to the county commissioners next month. In other business, the commis sioners chose Don Hughes to serve as chairman; John Ramsey, vice chairman; Arthur Clawson, secre tary; and Elizabeth McLean, treasur er. Ralph King and Vernon Ward were welcomed as new members. Holden Beach Rental Agents Under Scrutiny (Continued From Page I-A) "Real estate agents, under state said the town would send a follow- law, are not allowed to misrepresent up letter informing the real estate a property for sale or rent," Brogden commission that Swans' letter was noted. 'The agent has a duty not to not intended as a complaint. misrepresent facts they can verify on Swarts said he was seeking infor- their own." mation from the real estate commis- Town officials say they're con sion on how to deal with the over- cemed about overcrowding because crowding of rental units, an issue it can lead to septic system failure that has been debated at Holden and pollution of ground and surface Beach for years. waters. Despite the lev... fecmp. "The consequence is if the system to distance itself from Swarts letter, ^ . . ? We ^ Brog<kn said the state is investigate & can k? anyone from ing. We have this information in ?ofl? , f .. ? 6 . . . , . . using that property and it becomes ZUSfcmZ- " 8?me "towi"-a The real estate commission re- The state investigation will proba ceived responses Monday from Alan bly be lengthy. "The typical time Holden Realty and Brunswickland frame on this kind of inquiry is four Realty. Brogden said Alan Holden to six months," Brogden said. wrote in his response that agents ad- Overcrowding is an issue across vertise the capacity requested by the state, not just along the coast or homeowners. in resort areas. "This is not the first "I don't know that's a sufficient kind of case we've had like this. It defense. We're still looking into will probably not be the last," that," Brogden said. Brogden said. STAFF PHOTO BY EtIC CARLSON Riding The Lip Brett Fulford of Holden Beach executes a perfect "floater," propelling his surfboard up the face of a wave and riding the lip as it crashes down. An overnight storm and strong south winds brought head-high surf to the Holden Beach Fishing Pier Saturday morning. SBTA Seeks Voting Districts For Town Council (Continued From Page 1-A) numbere mean as much as money" to the effort to purchase the property She criticized the engineers' most for conservation purposes. recent proposal to pump wastewater He expressed alarm at the recent from southwestern Brunswick announcement that owner Janie County to Horry County, S.C., for Pace Price wishes to develop the is treatment and disposal, claiming land with "a motel, marina, restau "they want to put the stuff into rant and at least 288 bedrooms." South Carolina so it can come run- The town council and planning ning back to us." board are currently studying options SBTA board members are expect- for zoning Bird Island but cannot ed to represent the organization's legally prohibit Price from the "fi position at a town-sponsored public nancially bcneficial" use of her hearing on the sewer system May 26 property. Although Price has said at 6 p.m. in the Maples Clubhouse she would consider an offer to pur of Sea Trail Plantation. chase the island, there have been no Bird Island negotiations yet. Efforts are under Bird Island Preservation Society way to seek public funding to aug (BIPS) Chairman Bill Ducker said ment money raised by BIPS. his organization now has nearly 800 Ducker criticized Price's plans to members and added, "at this point, construct more than a mile of bridg ing and causeway from her 40th dcr water," he said, adding that the Street property to Bird Island, high-rise bridges 21 both Ozzsr: !s!s "Those waters she intends to cross and Holden Beach were closed to belong to all of us," he said. "What private vehicles for shorter periods is proposed essentially converts pub- during the storm. lie lands to private use." A 1990 lawsuit filed by SBTA Price's access proposal is before halted plans to construct a high-rise both the U.S. Army Corps of bridge at Sunset Beach pending Engineers and the N.C. Division of completion of an environmental im Environmental Management. pact statement. The environmental Bridge study, according to Waldmiller, "is Waldmiller reported that the really not under way yet, and it's a Sunset Beach bridge was out of two-year project." commission for more than nine Town council recently voted hours during the severe winter storm unanimously to try to speed up the of March 13. He criticized the re- study and replace the bridge. newed charge by town and emer- Waldmiller thanked Shallottc gency officials that the bridge en- Police Officer Joe Chie, also a vol dangers lives and property. ? untcer firefighter and emergency "It couldn't have been used any- medical technician, who stayed on way, because the causeway was un- the island throughout the storm. Attorney Soys Soles Bill Contradicts Itself BY ERIC CARLSON Slate Sen. R.C. Soles' bill to di vide the town of Calabash into two municipalities contains contradicto ry sections describing two different ways in which district voting would be weighed in a referendum, the town's attorney said Tuesday night. "There's definately a problem in the bill," Cnlabash Attorney Mike Ramos told the town's board of commissioners. Section 4 of the proposed legisla tion states that the division of what is now Calabash would become ef fective "only if approved separately by the qualified voters of District #1 of the Town of Calabash AND the qualified voters in District #2 of Calabash." (Emphasis added) But Section 6 says just the oppo site, Ramos said. It reads, "...if a majority of the votes in EITHER district are 'for' ihe question," then the split becomes effective. The bill's title further confuses the issue, calling it an act to remove Carolina Shores Village from the Town of Calabash "subject to the approval of the residents of EITHER Districts #1 AND #2 of the Town of Calabash..." However, statements made by Soles suggest that Section 6 proper ly states the intent of the legislation. In a telephone interview on the day the bill was filed. Soles told the Beacon his intent was for a majority vote by either district to bring about the split Ramos said he had discussed the Soles bill with officials at the N.C. League of Municipalities and was told that the organization is "100 percent opposed to it." suggested that the apparent contradictions in the bill be brought to the League's attention in hopes that the wording can be clarified before Senate con sideration. The Soles bill calls for a referen dum on the separation question and, on the same day, a vote in Carolina Shores on whether to incorporate the large golf and retirement community as a new town with its own mayor and five-member council. Soles said he introduced the bill because of what he sees as irrcocon cilable differences between the new comers in District 2 and natives of the old fishing and restaurant com munity that comprised the original town of Calabash (District 1). But Mayor Douglas Simmons, a lifelong District 1 resident, said he believes Soles was merely following through on a campaign promise made to wealthy downtown restau rant owners who oppose the town's strict enforcement of a long-standing sign ordinance. At an earlier meeting, the town board unanimously approved a reso lution opposing Soles effort to split Calabash. The commissoncrs Tuesday also directed Ramos to ask the League of Municipalities to press for more de tails in Soles bill. Among the ques tions the board wants answered are how the existing town's assets would be divided and how extrater ritorial jurisdictions would be estab lished between the two new towns. Sewer Issue Votes In another matter, the commis sioners cast three identical split votes on a new phase of ongoing ef forts to provide central sewage ser vice to downtown Calabash. As they have done frequently in the past, District 2 commissioners George Anderson and Robert Noe voted against moving forward with the project. District 2 member Jon Sanborn joined Keith Hardee and Edward Rice from District 1 in a majority vote to proceed. The board voted 3 to 2 to endorse a letter to Gov. Jim Hunt requesting funds for a regional sewer system to serve southwestern Brunswick County. The towns of Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach have also agreed to sign the letter. But Shallotte and Holden Beach have declined, saying they would not sup port the request until the county agrees to endorse the regional sys tem. By the same 3-to-2 margin, the Calabash board agreed lo allow sew er system planning engineers Joseph Tombro and Jim Billups to pursue a feasibility study and the necessary permits to allow the town to pump its sewage into the Little River, S.C., treatment plant. Officials there have indicated a willingness to let Calabash hook on to their system for up to four y6ars, beginning in 1994, while a permanent treatment facility is arranged. On the third sewage question, the board again voted 3 to 2 to put a cap on funding for the feasibility study and the aquisition of interstate per mits for the temporary disposal plan. The commissioners agreed to pay no more than $7,400, with Sunset Beach contributing a like amount. Inspector Criticized In other business, the board heard a lengthy complaint from attorney Benedict Del Re about alleged mis treatment by Calabash Building Inspector Edward Schaack. Del Re owns a small seven-unit business complex currently housing his law office, a restaurant, an art dealer ship, a barber shop, a post office and a dress shop. Del Re accused Schaack of threat ening him with a lawsuit, ordering workers off his property and misin terpreting town ordinances. He also accused Schaack of a conflict of in terest for allegedly offering his ser vices as an engineer to rectify defi ciencies in Del Re's buildings that Schaack discovered while acting as building inspector. Schaack denied several of the charges and asked to speak with the commissioners in a closed session. (Continued From Page 1-A) Davis, Warren and Johnson all cited enforcement problems as their primary reason for opposing the county-wide smoking controls. Warren also expressed concern that the rules could hurt business. "I'm a reformed smoker myself and I detest it. But we also need to recognize the rights of businesses," Warren said. "1 don't want to go on record in support of something that could put someone out of business." The county ordinance asks em ployers to provide smoke-free areas for non-smoking workers and to separate smokers and non-smokers "to the maximum extent possible" without incurring any expense. Owners of restaurants, coffee shops, sandwich stands and other eating establishments would b^ required to set aside 25 percent 01 their indoor sealing capacity as a designated non-smoking area. "Are we going to ask a hot-dog stand with four seats to set aside one for non-smoking?" Warren asked. "I think that puts an undue hardship on a small restaurant." The county commissioners could consider the proposed smok ing regulations at their next meet ing, April 15. They can adopt or re ject one or both proposals, or they may suggest changes and return the ordinances to the health board, Rhodes said. In other business, the health board agreed to ask the county com missioners to approve a S2.5 budget request for fiscal year 1993-94. If approved, the budget would in crease health department spending by S315,087 or 12.6 percent. Rhodes noted that most of the "Are we going to ask a hot-dog stand with 4 seats to set aside one for non-smoking?" ?Don Warren requested increase?a total of $223,392?is needed to provide ad ditional salaries for new employees authorized when the commissioners implemented a personnel study per formed by the David M. Griffith consulting firm. If the recommended DMG salaries are subtracted from the pro posed budget, the requested in crease would be only 3.6 percent, Rhodes said. Interim County Manager John Harvey has asked all department heads to keep requested budget increases below 5 percent. The health board sdso voted unanimously "to endorse the pro posal of a regional waste water sys tem in southwest Brunswick Coun ty. Support for the idea was request ed by engineers for Powell Asso ciates of North Myrtie Beach, S.C., who have been hired by the towns of Calabash and Sunset Beach to help them develop a joint sewerage system. The firm has asked the towns of Shallottc, Holden Beach and Ocean Isle Beach to join in an effort to ask the state to help create a regional system that could serve all five towns. The health board was asked to support the proposal. Smoking Ban Plans Sent To County Commissioners HOW TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE BRUMSWICK&tEACON POST OFFICE BOX 2558 SHALLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA 28459 NOTICE: Reliable or consistent delivery cannot be guaranteed since this newspaper must rely on the U.S. Postal Service for delivery. We can only guarantee that your newspaper will be submitted to the post office in Shallotte on Wednesday of the week of publication, in time for dispatch to out-of-town addresses that day. ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION RATES BY MAIL: Sr. Citizen In Brunswick County CJ6.30 U5.30 N.C. Sales Tax .38 .32 Postage Charge 3.68 3.68 TOTAL 10?? 9.30 Elsewhere in North Carolina 06.30 J5.30 N.C. Sales Tax .38 .32 Postage Charge 8.18 8.18 TOTAL 14.86 13.80 Outside North Carolina CJ6.30 D5.30 Postage Charge 9.65 9.65 TOTAL 15.95 14.95 Complete And Return To Above Address Name Address City, State Z'P (Continued From Page 1-A) ( , . conlrol program alone would adc- *1 fC^lOHCll quatcly improve water quality. After studying information from "WClStCWQtCT SyStCTtl both sides, the health board issued a wnul/i hn\)P nn brief statement saying it "believes VvUUlCl rluvc tin large wastewater systems must be nvpmll tionifimnt designed in conjunction with storm- ttwu water management systems to be nncitivp imnnrt nrt successful in protecting the coastal l*U&Ulve im/JUCl Ufl environment." It adds, 'The Brunswick County Board of Health believes a regional flCCllth..." wastewater system would have an overall significant positive impact Board Statement on the public health of the citizens of Brunswick County." gional sewer and stormwater man On Tuesday, Ocean Isle Beach agement system in the South and Calabash became the second Brunswick Islands. and third local municipalities to ask At the same time, Ocean Isle will Governor Jim Hunt to fund a plan to encourage the county commission form the coast's first combined re- crs to lead the municipalities as the public Sewer Plan Gets Health Board, Towns' Nod "prime pcrmiucc" for the kind of system Powell Associates proposes. Ocean Isle Beach is the only one of the five municipalities currently served by a central sewer system. Both the Holder. Beach Board of Commissioners and Shallottc Alder men last week said they are interest ed in a regional approach to water quality control but declined to write a letter to the governor as suggested by Powell Associates. Both said the county should lead the effort. No Weather Report No weather forecast or weather summary for the South Brunswick Islands is available in the Beacon this week. Jackson Canady, our weather con sultant, is on vacation this week. THE BRUMSWICK&fEACON Established Nov. 1, 1962 Telephone 754-6890 Published Every Thursday At 4709 Main Street Shallotte, N.C. 28459 SUBSCRIPTION RATES IN BRUNSWICK COUNTY One Year $10.36 Si* Months $5.55 ELSEWHERE IN NORTH CAROLINA One Year $14.86 Six Months $7.90 ELSEWHERE IN U.S.A. One Year $15.95 Six Months $8.35 Second class postage paid at Shallotte, N.C. 28459. USPS 777 780. Postmaster, send address changes to: P.O. Box 2558, Shallotte, N.C. 28459-2558

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