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Shallotte Appoints Committee
To Baffle For
Better Post Office
BY DC)U(i RUTTER
Shallottc Aldermen, still hitler about the
post office's move to Seaside a year ago,
have formed a committee intent on restoring
local mail scrvicc to the level residents and
Town officials hope a retired postmaster
from Michigan will add punch to the four
member committee formed Tuesday night to
fight for better scrvicc at the Shallottc Post
Aldermen say the level of service at the
downtown branch has steadily declined
since most mail-handling operations and
employees were moved from Shallottc to the
new South Brunswick branch at Seaside last
Mayor Sarah Tripp, Alderman Roney
Cheers and Planning Board Chairman
Carson Durham will serve on the commit
tee. Town officials also liavc enlisted the
support of Ray DcVrics, a former postmaster
who recently moved to Shallottc.
"1 think if you stand up and shout long
enough you can get it manned sufficiently
and get the scrvicc you need," said DcVrics,
who brings to the group 37 years experience
as a postal employee.
DcVrics, who spent 18 years as postmas
ter in Traverse City, Mich., rccommcndcd
Tuesday that the town contact two national
postmasters associations, which oppose post
office closings and loss of service. He also
suggested postal patrons upset with the ser
vice fill out "consumer service cards."
"We're just befuddled about the whole
situation," said Cheers, who has been in
contact with Congressman Charlie Rose
about the situation. "Leave Shallottc Post of
fice alone, where it is needed by the busi
Mayor Tripp dcscribcd the post office's
move to Seaside as "a situation that's been
hard to swallow." She said Shallottc
Postmaster Frank Bringoli has never asked
for the town's input on anything affecting
the Main Street office.
Aldermen also said Tuesday that the
postal service has lied to them repeatedly.
One postal official last year said former
mayor Jerry Jones asked that the post office
be moved out of town.
Town officials say they have documenta
tion proving otherwise, including an April
1987 letter from Jones to the postal service
in which Jones requests improvements at the
"I can't live with somebody who will
stand there, regardless of his background
and ability, and tell lies and expect me to be
"Our fight is not
with the employees.
It's with the
licvc them," Alderman Wilton Harrelson
Durham, who runs a business in Shallottc,
said the community doesn't have any prob
lems with the people working at the officc.
"Our fight is not with the employees. It's
with the hierarchy."
Prior to Tuesday night's meeting of the
board of aldermen, the Shallottc Board of
Adjustment met at town hall and granted
three variances from the town zoning code.
In two cases, the board agreed to waive
the side yard setback. Officials also granted
a variance from the sign ordinance and al
low Bed Land Mattress Discounters to erect
a 60-squarc-foot sign beside its Main Street
Building Inspector Albert Hughes said the
ordinance limits signs in the Central
Business district to 32 square feet. Town of
ficials agreed to allow the larger sign if oth
ers arc removed from the building.
Board members said the business is set
back off the street and is hard to locate with
out a sign. 'To me a nice sign wouldn't take
away from the property, it would add to the
property," Cheers said.
Setback variances were granted to Gene
Smith to allow construction of a garage at
his Cheers Street residence and to Hubert
Bellamy for a commercial tract at East Gate
Plaza on Holdcn Beach Road.
In other business Tuesday, aldermen:
?Granted a one-year franchise to Johnnie
Moody allowing him to provide taxi cab ser
vice to Shallottc. There were no public com
ments during a public hearing on the fran
?Set a public hearing on a proposal to
amend the zoning code and allow farmers
markets as conditional uses in the Central
Business district The hearing will be
Tuesday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m.
?Voted to provide water service outside
the town limits to Sherri H. Hughes of
Lightwood Lane. Under town policy.
Hughes will be required to extend the water
line and pay S648 for the water meter. She
also will be charged twice as much for water
as users inside the town.
?Postponed adoption of a proposed adult
entertainment ordinance. It would prohibit
topless bars and similar businesses. Town
officials want to review the ordinance with
Town Attorney Mark Lewis before adopting
?Appointed Anthony Maglione of
Brienvood Estates to a vacancy on the plan
ning board, as rccommcndcd by the plan
?Voted to apply for a recycling assistance
grant offered through the N.C. Office of
Waste Reduction. The money could be used
to hire a recycling coordinator, purchase
equipment or t>> cover other related expens
es. The grant would require a 30 percent
match by the town.
?Declared S57.58 in unpaid town taxes as
uncollcctable. Town officials don't know
how to contact the person who owes the tax
es, according to Town Clerk Mary Etta
?Referred to the planning board a request
for a conditional use permit from David
Jones, who wants to operate a business in a
is Thursday, May 6,
for the Memorial Day
issue, May 27.
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