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Smoking In Public Areas
Of Count/ Buildings
BY ERIC CARLSON
The Brunswick County Board of
Commissioners agreed in a split vote
Monday to ban smoking in all wait
ing areas, hallways, rcstrooms, em
ployee lounges and other public ar
eas within county-owned buildings.
In a vote taken without discussion.
Commissioners Don Warren, Tom
Rabon and Jerry Jones approved the
second reading of a smoking policy
for all government buildings. For the
sccond time. Commissioner Donald
Shaw voted against the smoking ban.
International "no smoking" signs
will be posted in every public build
ing regulated by the ordinance.
County employees who violate the
ordinance will be subject to discipli
nary proceedings, with repeated vio
lation leading to dismissal. Visitors
to county buildings may be issued a
citation and fined up to $50 for vio
lating the smoking ban.
The policy leaves it up to county
department heads to establish their
own rules regarding smoking in pri
vate offices. Regulation of smoking
within county vehicles was deleted
from the policy before adoption.
The law cites "reliable studies"
that have determined that tobacco
smoke "is a major contributor to in
door air pollution and have shown
that breathing sides trcam or second
hand smoke is a significant health
hazard to nonsmokers."
It states that the county commis
sioners also recognize the increasing
evidence that smoke "is a cause of
annoyance and physical discomfort
to those who are in confined spaces
where smoke is present."
As adopted, the policy is a modi
fied version of one recenUy ap
proved by the Brunswick County
Board of Health. Ihat ordinance
would have banned smoking in
every enclosed space within county
buildings and vehicles.
The health board also approved
and passed on to the commissioners
a proposal to regulate smoking with
in all businesses and restaurants in
the county. That ordinance was re
turned to the board of health without
Asked about his opposition to the
non-smoking policy, Shaw said it
was a "personal" decision. He said
neither he nor anyone in his family is
a cigarette smoker.
"I just didn't feel right about forc
ing this on people. 1 think smokers
should have some rights, too," Shaw
said in an interview Tuesday.
"It's not against the law to
smoke," he said. "I believe they
Board Agenda Includes Only
Routine County Road Items
Several routine funding actions
relating to Brunswick County road
ways are on the agenda when the
North Carolina Board of Trans
portation meets Friday in Raleigh at
the Transportation Building.
Items on the agenda for funding
approval or increased funding are as
?Widen and regrade Northwest
Road (S.R. 1419), $40,000;
?Grade, drain, base and pave Green
Bay Road (S.R. 1317), increase
funds by 536,083;
?Widen Ocean Drive (S.R. 1104) in
Long Beach from Yaupon Beach
town limits 1.2S miles west, an addi
?Grade, drain, base and pave Green
Hill Road (S.R. 1410), increase
funds by 527,755;
?Under the old subdivision rules,
add National Avenue, Paddington
Avenue and Lexington Avenue in
Parkwood Estates, and Pam Street to
the state road system for mainte
Also of note, an 8-page list of
proposed revisions to the 1993-199
Transportation Improvement Pro
gram ( I IP) on the agenda includes
no additions or deletions of Bruns
wick County projects, including a
planned interchange at the intersec
tion of N.C. 130 West and the U.S.
17 bypass of Shallotte.
Couple Injured In May 1 Wreck
Two persons were injured Satur
day, May 1, in a one-vehicle acci
dent on N.C. 133.
Transported to Dosher Memorial
Hospital in Southport with serious,
but not incapacitating, injuries were
Francis Lee Killian, 63, of Long
Beach, and passenger Jackie Killian,
60, also of Long Beach.
At approximately 3:30 p.m. Kil
ian was traveling north on N.C. 133
about 7.8 miles south of Leland in a
1988 Ford truck.
According to the report filed by
Trooper B.L. Wilkes, the right
wheels of the trailer dropped off the
shoulder causing the driver to lose
control of the vehicle. The truck
went off the left side of the road and
No charges were filed.
Damage to the truck was an esti
mated $ 1,000.
Details of another one-vehicle ac
cident that occurred Sunday in Sup
ply were not available, according to
the N.C. Highway Patrol office in
HOW'S THE LOCKWOOD FOLLY RIVER?
Report Tuesday On Efforts
To Improve Water Quality
BY SUSAN USHER
How is the river and what's being
done for it?
Those arc the questions stale, fed
eral and local agcncics will attempt
to answer next week at a status meet
ing on water quality in the
Lockwood's Folly River Basin.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 11, in the Lockwood
Folly Community Building on
Stanbury Road in Supply.
The U.S. Corps of Engineers will
report on recent dredging activity in
the river and inlet, and various state
agencies will report on the status of
water quality in the 138-square-mile
basin that includes Bolivia, Supply
John Harvey, interim Brunswick
County manager, has been asked to
discuss the possible impact of the
county's new zoning ordinance, and
the status of current efforts by sever
al towns to develop a regional waste
water treatment system and regional
storm water management plan.
The county's zoning ordinance,
which was to go into effect July 1,
includes a special "overlay" district
in the basin area that allows greater
control of land use in the area below
Genoe's Point. These include a onc
acre minimum lot size for land that is
not already subdivided, and a provi
sion that not no more than 30 percent
of the lot can be covered by "imper
vious surfaces" including structures
However, Harvey said Tuesday he
has advised county commissioners
that the earliest the zoning ordinance
can be implemented will be Ocl 1,
since a zoning officer has not been
hired and a board of adjustments has
not been appointed or trained.
Studies of the Lockwood Folly
River began in earnest in 1988 when
area residents, organizing themselves
as the now defunct Save Our
Shellfish (SOS), became concerned
about the permanent closing of more
local waters to shellfishing, evidence
of a continuing decline in water
quality in the river. At stake is an
area of extremely productive shell
fish beds made unmarketable be
cause of high fecal coliform bacteria
levels caused by human and animal
Initial study of the river resulted in
a report issued in June 1989 that
failed to pinpoint a single cause of
pollution, but made a series of rec
ommendations for managing the riv
er basin to improve water quality and
restoring shcllfishing levels.
"In order to reverse the closure
trend of these shellfish beds, county
and state agencies and citizens of the
basin must make a firm commitment
to share in the responsibilities of de
veloping, financing and implement
ing remedial actions and future
plans," the study noted. "Only with
this magnitude of cooperation and
coordination can this problem be al
The study recommended, among
other things, establishment of a com
mittee to develop an overall manage
ment plan for the basin in order to
reduce pollution from sources such
as stormwater runoff, failing septic
tanks and other discharges into the
river and its tributaries.
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"It's not against the law to smoke. /
believe they should have set aside some
areas where smoking is allowed. I hate to
think of people having to go outside in
the cold to smoke a cigarette."
?Commissioner Donald Shaw
should have set aside some areas
where smoking is allowed. 1 hate to
think of people having to go outside
in the cold to smoke a cigarette."
The no-smoking ban was sched
uled to become effective May 3.
Signs notifying the public of the new
restrictions will be installed immedi
In other business at Monday's
meeting, the board:
?Voted unanimously in support of a
motion prohibiting the county man
ager from creating any new job posi
tions without formal authorization
from the commissioners. Asked if
his vote indicated disapproval of
Interim Manager John Harvey's re
cent move to create a position and
hire a recently fired employee to fill
it. Chairman Warren replied, "I
would think it would. It was his deci
sion to do that, not mine."
?Heard a request for "guidance"
from Resources Development
Commission Director Tom Monks
regarding a proposal to locate a state
correctional facility in Brunswick
Monks estimated that a prison
could create 100 to 350 new jobs
with a capitol investment of S5 mil
lion to $30 million. Due to the
amount of suitable land and public
services required for such a facility,
there would be only a "limited num
ber of appropriate sites," such as the
Leland and Navassa areas, he said.
?Scheduled a June 7 public hearing
on a proposed amendment to the
county subdivision ordinance. The
new regulation would allow develop
ers to begin selling lots in a subdivi
sion before all roads, curbing,
drainage and other required improve
ments arc in place. To assure that all
improvements are eventually com
pleted, the amendment requires a de
veloper either to post a bond or to
complete all improvements in one
phase of a subdivision before selling
lots in the next one.
?Heard a report from Harvey stating
that if all requests for county funding
are approved, the 1993-94 budget
would require a property tax increase
of 31 cents per SI00 valuation. The
interim manager said he plans to cut
the proposed budget significantly be
fore passing it on the commissioners
at their May 17 meeting. Warren said
he wants to "target the budget at 68
cents," which is the current tax rate.
?Approved the selection of the engi
neering firm McKim and Creed for
design and construction of watcrlinc
improvements within Special
Assessment District (SAD) 19. This
latest SAD will provide water ser
vice to residents in areas around
Calabash and Leland and in the Sea
?Adopted a resolution requesting
that the state "cease creating any ad
ditional mandated administrative or
fiscal burdens for county govern
ments unless these legislatures ap
propriate funds sufficient to pay the
direct costs for these mandated ex
penditures. "In other words," said
Warren, "If you're going to mandate
a program, you need to send a check
?Agreed to hold public interviews of
the five candidates for county man
ager Monday, May 17, from 3 p.m.
to 6 p.m. (See related story. Page 1
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