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IX)CAI. MAYORS and consultants speak with Rep. Dewey Hill following Monday's "town meeting" in Shallotte. Pictured (from left) are
Calabash Mayor Douglas Simmons, Holden Beach Mayor Wally Ausley, Rep. Hill, Sunset Beach Mayor Mason Barber, and Joseph
Tombro and James Billups, consulting engineers. Rep. David Redwine, Hill and Sen. R.C. Soles discussed a variety of topics with about 25
FIRST 'TOWN MEETING' IN SHALLOTTE
Citizens, Legislators Discuss The Issues
BY LYNN CARLSON
Health carc and penal system re
form, gun control, the proposed
statewide lottery and the need for a
regional stormwatcr management
system wer^ -n the minds of citizens
attending Monday morning's "town
meeting" forum hosted by state
Reps. David Redwine and Dewey
Hill and Sen. R.C. Soles in the
Shallottc Town Hall.
About 25 people attended the first
in a series of Brunswick County
meetings which fulfill a campaign
promise to "let us hear your con
cerns and suggestions, and bring
government from Raleigh closer to
the people," according to Redwine.
Three such meetings have been
held in Columbus County, and one
in Robeson County. Two more arc
planned this month in Brunswick
County?June 18 at the courthouse
in Southport and June 25 at the
Lcland Town Hall, both at 7 p.m.
Local governments were heavily
represented, with the mayors of
Shallottc, Holdcn Beach, Sunset
Beach and Calabash attending, and
the chairman and one member of the
Brunswick County Board of
Commissioners. Several Brunswick
County school system representa
tives were on hand, along with a
physician and other health carc pro
In response to a question from Dr.
Charles Locke, representing the
Brunswick County Medical Society,
Redwine said the most serious prob
lems of the state's medical system
arc access to care, cost containment
and how governments would fund a
program of universal health carc
coverage. He predicted that the leg
islature will make no major health
carc system changes during this ses
sion, but will be working toward a
long-range prevention-based reform
plan to be implemented "over 20
years, with no immediate cost sav
ings but (savings) over a period of
Any changes the state were to
make this year would likely be sup
planted by federal health care re
forms yet to be unveiled, he added.
Help For Towns
The mayors of Calabash, Sunset
Beach and Holdcn Beach, along
with their sewer system consultants,
asked for financial help in designing
a unique regional wastewater/
stormwater management syf'cm to
serve Brunswick County from the
state line to the Cape Fear River.
Redwine has introduced legisla
tion into the House capital budget
bill to allocate S500.000 for plan
ning the proposed system, but added
that he is not optimistic about its
"That's a tremendous amount of
money for just one part of the state,"
Redwine said. The consultants say
they hope the state will fund the re
quest because such a system would
serve as a demonstration project for
controlling water pollution all along
the North Carolina coast.
Redwine agreed to arrange a
meeting between members of Gov.
Jim Hunt's staff and representatives
The Brunswick County Shrine
Club will hold its annual fish fry on
Friday, June 11, from 11 a.m. until
Plates will cost $4 each, and pro
ceeds will benefit Shrincrs' hospitals
for crippled and burned children.
Fish will be served from seven
sites throughout the county?in
Bolivia, Long Beach, Shallottc,
Holdcn Beach, Seaside, Southport
of Brunswick County government
and the eight towns which have
asked the governor's help in funding
Peggy Jaynes of Supply spoke in
favor of a referendum on establish
ing a statewide lottery. Redwine is a
major supporter and sponsor of the
lottery proposal, which passed a sec
ond reading in the state Senate
Tuesday but is languishing in the
Morris Hall, a Shallottc alderman,
added that he believes lottery pro
ceeds should go only toward educa
tion, and not into the state's general
Crime And Punishment
Jayncs also said she believes the
state should limit citizens' access to
guns and asked why a bill recently
failed which would have mandated a
waiting period for handgun purchas
"Because it would only get to the
good guys," Redwine replied. "It
only hurts the good people who arc
not going to abuse the privilege of
gun ownership, not the bad guys
who arc going to go out and buy
guns on the black market no matter
what the law is."
Robert Thorscn of Southport said
he is "mad as hell about this drug
business," saying law enforcement
officers arc often disgusted to find
that "before the ink is dry on the in
dictments (against drug dealers),
they're out on the street doing it
Thorscn, a former teacher, said he
favors "boot camps and hard work,
not TV and tennis courts. By golly,
get mean with them."
Soles said prisons must conform
to federal standards "or the feds will
take over the system and run it and
make you pay for iL"
Soles said the state's prison con
struction program is going forward,
and that a bill has been introduced
which would allow new prisons to
be built by inmates.
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