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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, May 06, 1993, Page PAGE 2-A, Image 2

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Controversy Brewing Over Plan To Close Shallotte Library BY ERIC CARLSON The storm may be far away, but rumbles already can be heard over the Brunswick County Library Board's plan to close the Shallotte library branch during seven months of construction scheduled to begin next January. A major 5218,600 addition and renovation project is planned for the Shallotte library as part of a SI.5 million plan to create a modern four-branch county library sys tem. Also scheduled are new branch library buildings at Lcland and Yaupon Beach and a $242,400 renovation and addition for the library at Southport. Plans have been approved for all four branches, and the library board hopes to begin construction of the new libraries sometime in June, with completion expected by late December. After that, work will begin on the renovations and ad ditions. And so will the problems, say patrons of the West Brunswick Library Branch in Shallotte. Both older branches are scheduled to be closed during construction. Regular users of the Southport library will only have to make a short drive to the new one on Oak Island. But for Shallotte users?some who live as far away as Calabash?the nearest county library will be in Leland, an hour's drive away. In Shallotte, the Friends of the Library have prepared cards protesting the closure that can be mailed to library board members. In Calabash, the town's board of commissioners last week voted to recommend that the library board "find another location or remain open on a partial basis" dur ing construction. In Sunset Beach Monday night, the town council vot ed unanimously to ask their town attorney to draft a res olution asking that some form of access to the Shallotte library be maintained. Members were particularly con cemcd that children would be unable to use encyclope dias and other reference materials during the proposed closure. All of which may be a bit premature, said Don Eggert, chairman of the library board's building commit tee. He acknowledged that the commiitcc had agreed with Architect John Sawyer's recommendation to close the Shallottc library during construction. But he said no one has ruled out the possibility of opening temporarily somewhere else. "I'm afraid there may be a perception that this is just a cosmctic renovation and that things could go on as usual while the addition is being built," said Eggert. "This is going to be a major project?reorienting the en tire interior and relocating the main desk and the office and changing the location of the front entrance. "It's going to be such a mess that the public wouldn't want to be in there anyway," he said. "And they'd be in the way of the work." Eggert said the county would probably incur addition al insurance expenses and might encounter a "liability problem" by allowing the public into a building under construction. But Library Board Vice Chairman Marie Harrison said she is "very adamant" about what she sees as the ncccssity of keeping the Shallottc branch open during construction. "We've got to consider what this means to the citizens whose lax money pays for these libraries and these books. And especially what it means to the children," Harrison said. "Other libraries have enlarged and not closed down. I think folks would rather put up with con struction than to have the library closed. "Or we can look into finding a place to move. I have no preference," she said. "As long as we don't close. We just can't do that." Eggert and Harrison agreed that it is probably too ear ly to arrange the rental of a temporary site for the li brary. Both said they would welcome citizen input on how best to keep the Shallottc branch open. The Brunswick County Library Board meets on the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Emergency Services (911) Center at the county complex in Bolivia. Storm Aid Requires Documentation (Continued From Page 1-A) recover any storm-related costs. Qualified debris removal covers debris that had to be removed to eliminate an immediate threat to life, health and safety; an immediate threat to improved public or private property; or to ensure the economic recovery of the community by pro viding a benefit for the community at large. For example, the grant won't cov er removal of debris from private property, but will cover the costs of removing debris private property owners have placed in the town's right-of-way for pick up. It will cover the repair of town owned vehicles damaged by the storm, overtime paid to police offi cers or others called out to work during the storm to protect lives or property, the cost of extra trash col lections to remove debris, and some administrative costs. A; Ocean Isle Beach, where a road washed out that served several minimum degree of work." "The goal is not long-term im provement, just emergency services. The minimum amount of work re quired to protect improved proper ty," he reiterated. "However, long term improvements might be the re sult, as in the case of a building hav ing to be replaced." Cunie Batchelor and Robert "Chip" Lcavitl of Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. said last Thursday that damage from the March 13 storm was much more widespread than from Hurricane Hugo, with the cooperative's losses estimated at S1.5 million across the service area. After receiving notices of interest or applications, FEMA is sending' teams into the field to inspect docu mentation and write damage survey reports. Free said the turn-around time for receiving assistance should be "much faster" than after Hur ricane Hugo, when some settlements were as long as 18 months in com ing. families on the occanfront ai the cast end of the beach, restoration of emergency access to the property with a earthen or gravel base street would qualify, Free told Building Inspector Druicd Roberson. Repairs needed to restore electri cal, water or sewer service qualify for reimbursement, as would re moval of hazardous sections of bro ken or damaged beach accessways. However, Free said he would have "a hard time justifying" the repair of accessways as an emergency protec tive measure. Dune repairs arc also marginal when it comes to reimbursement Local beaches arc "natural," not "designed" beaches engineered to certain specifications. However where improved facili ties such as a private home, business or a street have depended on a natur al bermed or beach area for protec tion, said Free, "if damage is threat ened to the facility by a 1- to 5-year storm, we can pay for providing a Board Clerk Remains On Job (Continued From Pace 1-A) no1 consider re-hiring Alexander, "/ WOllld VOtC who 1138 filcd a lawsuit !" federal what the problem is cxcept that the . ; ? ? nurt alleging that her firing was other three don't want to accept Q^QlHSt fC~tilting politically and racially motivated. her."' /A1t>Ynnf]t>r\ Hcr suit *** 1,131 shc ** rc hircd Republican Commissioner Jerry [niCAtl lUL ). with back pay. Jones said he had "heard rumors HsPCCiCllly with "' would volc against re-hiring that they want to relieve hcr of her ' . ? her," Warren said. "Especially with duties of clerk to the board" but litigation gOltlg Ofl litigation going on. knew of "no official discussion" 1 Barefoot was hired in April 1979 among board members. He said he ?Don Warren as a temporary secretary in the "saw no reason" why shc should be landfill department. Hcr position reprimanded or removed. missioncrs and can be removed at was made permanent in September "I understand some of the com- any time by a majority vote. 1980. missioncrs had some complaints However, Barefoot has also been Three years later. Barefoot ap pertaining to things they would a county employee for 14 years. So plied and was hired for the position prefer that shc do, but I've never under the county personnel policy, of legal secretary to then County had a problem with her," Jones shc can not be indiscriminately Attorney Avery Bordeaux. Shc was said. "I'm always willing to listen, fired from hcr current positions of subsequently promoted in 1989 to but someone would have to tell me administrative officer and public the position of administrative assis morc than I know now before I information officer. However, those tant to the county attorney. In 1991, would ever vote to relieve hcr of positions could be deleted from the shc was appointed to a second po ller duties." coming budget, as Alexander's was sition of public information officer. As Warren pointed out, state law when the 1991-92 budget was Barefoot's current salary is provides that the clcrk to the board adopted. S26.418. Alexander's salary at the serves at the pleasure of the com- Warren said Tuesday he would time of hcr separation was 526,440. Seventh River View Fire Raises Calobosh Arson Total To Eight BY ERIC CARLSON For the fourth time in three weeks, an arsonist struck in a Calabash neighborhood last Wed nesday (April 28), setting fire to a mobile home on River View Drive within a stone's throw of six others he is believed to have started since February. Like the past three fires?two on April 14 and one on April 21?the latest blaze started on the outside of an unoccupied vacation trailer in the middle of the week between mid night and dawn. And, like all but one of the others, this most recent fine left a lot of charred wreckage, but very little evidence. "Naturally we feel this fire is con nected with the others," said Brunswick County Sheriff's Detec tive Tom Hunter. Jerry Prince, chief of the Calabash Volunteer Fire Depart ment, was the first person to reach the burning home after a neighbor called 911 to report the fire at about 3:40 a.m. "1 went straight to the scene and it was fully engulfed," Prince said. "It started at the center of the home and spread to the ends. It looked to mc like it started underneath." Firefighters could do little more than prevent the blaze from spread ing. They managed to save a combi nation apartment and tool shed lo cated about 20 feet away, Prince said. Otherwise, the trailer was a to tal loss he estimated to be worth about S20.000. The owner. Bill Justice, was at his home in Hudson, near Hickory, at the time of the fire, Prince said. The power had been left on, but no one was slaying at the mobile home, he "Vm afraid we've got a pathological maniac on our hands. Whoever is doing it, enjoys doing it. I'm just worried he's going to start lighting fires in homes with people in them." ?Jerry Prince Calabash Fire Chief said. destroy two others. He said the fire "There's no way this was acciden- had appeared suspicious at the time, tal," he said. But he also thought it might have Prince was on the scene of the been started by a faulty refrigerator, past four River View fires and also "When they bum up like those remembers the Feb. 11 blaze that did, it doesn't leave you much to go started in one trailer and spread to on," he said. Brunswick Unit 2 Slowly Increasing Power Level BY SUSAN USHER After a brief delay last week, stan-up of Unit 2 at Carolina Power & Light's Brunswick Nuclear Plant was continuing smoothly early this week. As of Tuesday afternoon, the unit's nuclear reactor was at the 5 percent power level, said CP&L spokesman Wayne Ennis. Testing to make sure all systems were operat ing properly is continuing as the unit moves toward the next performance benchmark. At the 15 percent power level, which could be reached within the next several days, approval of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be needed before the advance toward full power con tinues, Ennis said. NRC approval to restart Unit 2 came last Tuesday, April 27, at 5:50 p.m. While testing continued Wed nesday morning workers found that one of the unit's four radiation de tection monitors was broken. That was repaired. Restart began Thursday morning, with the first control rod withdrawn at 9:40 a.m. and the nuclear fission chain reaction beginning at 1:42 Warm, Dry Weather On Tap Continued drier weather is in the and a low of 39 degrees that oc forceast for the next several days curred on April 28. across the South Brunswick Islands. A daily average high of 78 de Shallotte Point meteorologist grces and an average nightly low of Jackson Canady said Tuesday he ex- 48 degrees combined for a daily av pccts less than a half inch of rainfall, crage temperature of 63 degrees, coupled with above average temper- which Canady said is about 4 de atures ranging from the lower 60s at grces below average for this lime of night into the lower 80s during the year. day. For the past three weeks, Canady For the period April 27 through said the area has received only a May 3, he recorded a high of 81 dc- trace of rainfall, after unusually grees that occurred on May 1 and 2, heavy rains the previous month. B I N 0 0 Thursday Nights ? Doors Open 6:15 pm Calabash VFW Post 7288 Carter Rd., Trader's Village, Calabash, 579-3577 OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Games begin at 7:30 PM Minimum "Buy In" $5.00 Minimum Pay Out $650.00 Maximum $725 Snacks Available ? No Children under 12 NEW SMOKE-FREE AIR SYSTEM ?19M THE BRUNSWICK MACON p.m. The steam generation unit is fu eled by uranium dioxide in the form of ceramic pellets. The half-inch long pellets are slacked end-to-end in zirconium alloy tubing called fuel rods. These are arranged in 560 fuel assemblies, or bundles of 64 rods each in the core of the reactor. These are separated by cross-shaped con trol rods. The fission chain reaction is regu lated by moving the rods into and out of the reactor core. As rods are slowly raised, the fuel bundles make contact with each other and the chain reaction begins. The higher the rods are raised, and the more rods that are raised, the more fission increases and the more heat is pro duced. If all goes well, the restart of Unit 2 will take from 20 lo 40 days to full production. Last week Brunswick Plant Vice President Roy Anderson said the continuous testing during the slow return to service is deliber ate. It is intended to help CP&L iden tify needed repairs, such as leaks in gaskets that have been dry for a year, or adjustments, such as balanc ing of turbines that have been rebuilt during the year-long shutdown. With those kinds of needs in mind, the utility has scheduled two 11-day shutdowns during the start up process. Drive-Thru Service At... Jose's Taco Shop Main Street ? Shallotte ? 754-4100 Now You Can Enjoy Full , Restaurant Dining At... Jose's \ -v Authentic _L Mexican Restaurant _ Ocean Isle APPETIZERS ? SALADS ? BURGERS ? TACOS LUNCH & DINNER ENTREES For a change from the ordinary, try Jose's... NOW OPEN 1609 Hale Beach Rd. SW (Formerly Rhoda Kay's) (1 Block South of Causeway) Ocean isle ? 579-4470 Open M-F 11 am-2:30 and 5 pm-10 pm; Sat. 11 am-10 Dm Hunter agreed that his investiga tion has been made more difficult by the extreme damage caused at each of the fires. Still, he has collcctcd some physical evidence at several of the fire scenes. Investigators continue to specu late that the recent fires may be con nected to another trailer fire be lieved to have been set about a half mile away last September. Hunter has identified a juvenile male as a prime suspect in that case. Prince said the seven River View fires happened so close together, "a fellow with a good arm could stand at any one and hit the farthest one with a baseball." He no longer has any doubts that they were all set by an arson. "I'm afraid we've got a patholog ical maniac on our hands," Princc said. Whoever is doing it, enjoys do deep framed t<\ tell )\ Cut 6er tuuttc Cx Beacon staff could v? been *<*?? my debt i? paid) ing it. I'm just worried he's going to sunt lighting fires in homes with people in them." Army Halts Sale Of Scrap Lumber Effective Monday, May 10, Mili tary Ocean Terminal Sunny Point will stop holding its regularly sched uled scrap lumber sales. On May 10, the terminal will hold a special sale of hardwood from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., said Myrtle D. Meade, information officer. Prices will be posted at the sale site. THE BRUNSWICK^fEACON Established Nov. 1, 1962 Telephone 754-6890 Published Every Thursday At 4709 Main Street Shallotte, N.C. 28459 SUBSCRIITION RATES IN BRUNSWICK COUNTY One Year SI0.36 Six Months S5.55 ELSEWHERE IN NORTH CAROLINA One Year SI4.86 Six Months S7.90 ELSEWHERE IN U.S.A. One Year SI5.95 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 HOW TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE BRUNSWICK&ESEACON 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 U6.30 ?5.30 N.C. Sales Tax 38 Postage Charge 3 68 TOTAL 10.36 Elsewhere in North Carolina J6.30 U5.30 N.C. Sales Tax 38 .32 Postage Charge 8.18 8.18 TOTAL 14.86 13.80 Outside North Carolina J6.30 Postage Charge 9.65 TOTAL 15.95 Complete And Return To Above Address Name Address City, State Zip

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