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BCC Budget Proposal More Than $1 Million (Continued From Page 1-A) saw the budget figures, but remind ed trustees that the college had hired a professional auditorium manager to provide this kind of information. "I don't think anyone can expect to get all of this at one time, but this is what he thinks is needed to deliv er the type of facility and programs the college and community have said they want." Replied Kelly, "1 hope in this day of shrinking revenues the commis sioners understand that." Finance Chairman Donna Baxter added, "What we're asking for is a first-rate auditorium. You can't put just anything in there." Other BCC requests to the county include a S30,000 dust collection system for the woodworking shop and two new positions, a mechanic and a receiving and clerical person, in addition to continuing items. These include the president's $9,348 local supplement, salaries for a part time switchboard operator and part time evening coordinator and securi ty person, insurance, and plant maintenance and operation funds. The 1,500-scat auditorium is be ing paid for through part of $8 mil lion in general obligation bonds ap proved by voters in 1985 for campus construction projects that also in cluded a classroom building and the administration building. Trustees named the facility after Williamson when he established an endowment to support its manage ment Auditorium Project Turned Over To Bondin g Company (Continued From Page 1-A) renovations at the Southport annex which arc 95 percent complete. This will allow participation by those who cannot sponsor the entire cost of redoing a room or hallway. Also, staff was asked to check the cost of some exterior improvements to the Southport building and to see what improvements might be needed for better visibility at the entrance to the main campus near Supply. ?Adopted an exposure classifica tion policy as required by OSHA, relating to exposure to blood, body fluids or tissues while on the job. Appropriate protective equipment and training must be provided to those at risk of exposure to body flu ids, blood or tissues. ?Learned tliat a proposed new policy governing the number of umes students can repeat continuing education classes will be sent to the N.C. Department of Community Colleges for review before adoption. "We want to sec if we're in fact in line with what their thinking is," said Chairman David Kelly. ?Heard from President Michael Reaves about a luncheon given by BCC and CP&L for the four slate legislators who represent Brunswick County. "I really do think we have their support in Raleigh," he said. College representatives met with the legislators to express concerns re garding community college funding and a proposed capital bond referen dum. ?Hired Sabra Barfield of Yaupon Beach as the college's new Com prehensive Adult Student Assess ment Coordinator in the literacy pro gram, with her $19,800 salary to be paid by a grant ?Learned that the Student Gov ernment Association has bought a machine that will be used to create BCC library cards. ?Learned that fall 1994 is the ear liest an aquaculturc program would begin at the college. BCC plans to seek program approval this fall, after obtaining more survey data for its application. Hewett Re-Hiring In New Job May Violate Policy, N.C. Law (Continued From Page 1-A) a non-supervisory position." Harvey said the additional posi tion would allow the two officers to divide the county into two patrol zones, providing better enforcement of the solid waste ordinance. When Commissioner Jerry Jones asked him if the position was includ ed in the current budget, Harvey said it was not. In an interview Monday, Harvey said he would give "no reason" for failing to advertise the new position. He said that none of the commis sioners had asked him to create the position. He said the position was not created specifically for Hewett "I was told by the county attorney that I had full authority to do it," Harvey said. County Attorney Mike Ramos Tuesday denied that Harvey had asked him about the hiring. Ramos said he did not give Harvey an opin ion as to whether or not the hiring was legal. Ramos said he saw no problem with Harvey's action and "assumed" that the same thing had been done before by other managers. He said ii was "no big deal" that the hiring had not been authorized. "If he's content with it and the county commissioners are content with it, what's the problem?" Ramos said. Commissioners Chairman Don Warren said Tuesday he was "not troubled" by Harvey's action. He said the second solid waste officer position had been discussed previ ously and "did not come from out of the blue." He said the job had been proposed for the upcoming budget "We needed another control offi cer to monitor all those (solid waste) sites," Warren said. It's a big job for one person." Warren said he did not ask Harvey to have the position filled during the current budget year. He said the interim manager made the decision on his own. Harvey said that as a result of Hewea's re-hiring, the former direc tor had withdrawn his request for a grievance hearing to protest his ter mination. A 44-year-old resident of Cedar Grove community, Hewctt has been employed by the county since August 1978. He held several posi tions before being named solid waste director in March 1988. Former County Manager/ Att orney David Clegg suspended Hew ett as one of his last official actions before resigning March 15. No rea son was given for the action, but there was speculation that Hcwett's dismissal might have been related to state fines levied against the county for deficiencies at the landfill. Harvey terminated Heweu three days later. Under the county person nel policy, all firings must be pre ceded by a three-day suspension. Heweu has refused to comment publicly about his firing. In a March 24 letter to Warren, Heweu said he had "met with many obstacles dur ing my tenure" and encountered "difficult" working conditions. He said there were issues he wanted to discuss with the chairman and re quested a hearing date. "1 feel the action taken against me was not fair since I was not solely responsible for all the citations against the landfill," Heweu wrote. A personnel hearing on Hcwett's grievance was scheduled for the April 5 commissioners meeting. 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BOOKWORM ROBINSON S HARDWARE SKY MART EXXON SPAN MART b* ; ft STAfF FHOTOS BY SUSAN USHEI NEWLY ElJiCTED OFFICERS of the Brunswick County Democratic Party are (from left) Nelson Best, Elizabeth Dameron, Bernest Hewett, Chairman Roney Cheers, l-eo Hewett and Sue Franks. >>> A* DEIJZGATES TAIJi among themselves and Chairman WOt. Stanley (standing, right rear) looks on as counters tally votes and fractions of votes in one of three contested officer elections. In the foreground (from left) are Mary Stanley, Kenneth Hewett and Vernon Ward. Democrats Urge Hiring For Qualified Brunswick Preference Residents (Continued From Page 1-A) Ward of the Shallottc Point area. Ward is Frying Pan precinct chair man and a former county party offi cer and last year had sought the par ty's nomination for the school board that went to Thurman Gause. A third candidate, Billy Carter of Southport, former county manager, was nominated, then eliminated in the first round of voting. He later conducted the latter half of the meet ing for Cheers, handling election of delegates, state executive committee members and consideration of reso lutions. He and Ward both served on the resolutions committee. Also elected as officers were Elizabeth Damcron, first vice-chair man; Bcmcst Hcwcu, second vice chairman; Leo Hewett, third vice chairman; Nelson Best, secretary; and Sue Franks, treasurer. Damcron was challenged for the No. 2 post by Franks, while Franks won the treasurer's seat in a contest with Edith Tillman. The other three were elected by acclamation. Tom Simmons of Boiling Spring Lakes, Louis "Bobby" Brown of Navassa and Ward were elected to the slate party's executive commit tee. Delegates and alternates were also elected to the district and state conventions. Chairman Roney Cheers said as chairman he intends "to live and bieathe the Democratic Party." His top priority and challenge are the same; to keep members unified and interested in the party. "These ire the things that will enhance the par ty's chances of re-election." He added, "1 want to do the thing that will help the residents of this county, whether they are Democrat or Republican, and I want us to be prudent in our actions." A retired magistrate and retired insurance agent. Cheers, 69, has a long history in public service and sales, both of which he sees as con tributing to his current role. A cur rent Shallottc aldermen, he previ ously served as an alderman for 10 years and as mayor for 12 years, during which he also conducted mayor's court. He also served six years as a justice of the peace. "I know a lot of people and have good contacts, and people know where I stand," he said. "There is no guessing." Cheers strongly supports resolu tions adopted relating to county em ployment practices and to loyalty among party leaders. Saying that the party "should cer tainly cater to loyal Democrats," he added, "I will not stand for people to be around me who are not loyal to the party. When I joined the party 1 took an oath. If someone is not go ing to support that, then I believe they should get out." "People who say they vote for the man, not the party, well to me they're not a real Democrat or Republican." A resolution adopted unanimous ly by delegates, with only indirect references to the conduct of the '7 will not stand for people to be around me who are not loyal to the party." ?Roney Cheers 1992 general election, calls for res ignation or formal removal from of fice of any party officer or commit tee member who helps an opposing party or candidate, refuses or fails to perform his or her duties, or is con victed of a crime involving moral turpitude, as provided by the plan of organization of the state Democratic Party. It directs the party chairman to "actively promote" the resolution and "to continually inform and re mind" officers and members when necessary. The convention adopted three res olutions related to county govern ment hiring practices. Before it was amended by the res olutions committee to refer to "resi dents," one from Shallotte Precinct resolved that "the Commissioners, County Manager, and Personnel Officer consider "NATIVE Bruns wick County People that are quali fied for the job iu be filled first anu foremost." It was prefaced by the statement that "most all department heads and numerous employees" in county government are hired from outside the county. Cheers said later that the resolu tion wasn't intended to be divisive, "but might have been considered a little selfish." "What I'm interested in is letting Brunswick County people know what is going on in terms of job availability." said Cheers, "and let ting them have a chance at the jobs they arc qualified for." Additional resolutions asked 1) that employers consider "our quali fied Brunswick County residents who have applied for these posi tions" whenever a job opening be comes available, and 2) that county commissioners amend its personnel policy to again allow for a residency preference (as was provided for in the past) and to make it possible again for current qualified employ ees to apply for and be considered for a job opening, within the same department or another department, before the position is opened to the public. On a motion by Wally Slack, the sole delegate from Shingletree Precinct, the residency motion was amended to also request that the county give veterans preference in hiring. All but two precincts. Town Creek and Supply, were represented, with 76 delegates carrying 106 votes reported by the credentials commit tee. Two resolutions were tabled at the recommendation of the resolutions committee. One called for the State Democratic Party to inform the pres ident he should stop forcing the mil itary to accept homosexuals and the other for the slate to enact legisla tion allowing counties to offer in dustry tax deductions for having em ployees which live in the county. Forecast Says Cool, Rainy Days Ahead South Brunswick Islands resi dents can expect more of the same over the coming week: rain and cooler than average temperatures. Shallolte Point meteorologist Jackson Canady said he expects temperatures to average from the lower 50s at night into the lower 70s during the day, with at least three quarters of an inch of rainfall. For the period April 14-19, he recorded a high of 81 degrees on April 14 and a low of 39 degrees on the 19th. A daily average high of 73 de grees combined with a nighUy aver age low of 49 degrees for a daily av erage temperature of 61 degrees. That is about 2 degrees above the long-term average for this time of year, said Canady. He also measured 1.93 inches of rainfall, bringing the total for the month to a "substantially above av erage" 4.25 inches, with more to come. The long-term average for the month of April is 2.5 inches. Resolutions Cover Shallotfe River Dredging, Postal Service Resolutions calling for dredging Shallotte River and restoring full service at Shallolte Post Office were just two of the resolutions adopted by the Brunswick County Demo cratic Convention with no debate Saturday. The resolutions are as follows: ?Shallotte River Dredging: To ask state and federal governments to dredge the river to a depth of 8 feet to 10 feet from the inlet to the town during 1993-94, to improve the quality of marine life and the fishery and clear the river for more water traffic. ?Shallotte Post Office: To ask that full hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon day through Friday and 8 a.m. until noon or 1 p.m. Saturday) and service be reinstated at the Shallotte Post Office, as the relocation of services to the Seaside station "has created a hardship on all Shallotte and sur rounding businesses and residents" with hours cut drastically and mail slower. The resolution was amended as recommended by the resolutions committee, with a reference to "un professional employees'" removed. ?Freeland Precinct: To support Frccland Precinct remaining intact. A recommended realignment of pre cincts approved by the Brunswick County Board of Elections and now before the state consolidates the Frecland precinct, the county's smallest, with Ash precinct. ?Notch Babies: To ask congress men to support restoration of full so cial Security benefits to those bom from 1917 through 1926. ?Economics: To support Pres ident Bill Clinton's economic policy to help recovery from the economic slump. ?Health Care Reform: To sup port health care reform at the nation al level that is affordable and avail able to all citizens. ?Judicial Selection: To ask the state legislature to investigate a bet ter method of electing judges, so that people will be better informed about the persons for whom they are voting. ?Budget: To balance the national budget as soon as possible. ?Fiscal Responsibility: To retire existing debt on the party's property in a timely fashion and to limit and strictly regulate the party's ability to encumber, mortgage or pledge party property for indebtedness. The Brunswick County Democratic Par ty owes approximately $30,000 on its headquarters building, plus about S500 for land. HOW TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE BRUNSWKIffRACON 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: Sf. Citizen In Brunswick County 06.30 05.30 N.C. Sales Tax .38 .32 Postage Charge 3.68 3.68 TOTAL 10.36 9.30 Elsewhere in North Carolina 06.30 05.30 N.C. Sales Tax .38 .32 Postage Charge 8.18 8.18 TOTAL 14.86 13.80 Outside North Carolina 06.30 Postage Charge 9.65 TOTAL 15.95 Complete And Return To Above Address Name Address City. State Zip L.