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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, June 24, 1993, Image 1

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Former Regional Planner Yelton Hired As Brunswick Manager BY ERIC CARLSON on the board of commissioners. session so the board could discuss new information they As administrator for the Region L office of the N.C. William Wyman Yelton, a former manager of Wayne Yelton will be paid a starting salary of $50,000 with a had received about the manager candidates before re- Council of Government in Rocky Mount. Yelton headed and Sampson counties, was selected to become Bruns- $3,000 moving allowance. Clegg's salary at the time of turning to the public meeting for a vote. the agency's planning activities in Wilson. Nash, J; wick's new county manager in a split vote by the board his departure was $68,078, for which "I felt we had two outstanding candidates in Mr. Northampton, Edgecombe and Halifax counties. He re ? ?t commissioners Monday night. ",, he also served as county attorney. Sharp and Mr. Yelton," Warren said. "The board re- signed from the position last February. The former regional administrator for the N.C. f The 1993-94 budget adopted ceived more negative comments and references regard- In explaining his no vote, Jones said he supported Council of Governments will begin work "Monday ' Monday appropriates $175,000 to ing Mr. Sharp than we did for Mr. Yelton. He had a pret- Varner "because of his good management skills." He morning at 9 o'clock." said Commissioners Chairman fV operate the county attorney's office, ty clean record wherever he'd been and he was well rec- called Varner "a more down to earth person who could Don Warren, who voted with fellow Democrats Tom County Attorney Michael Ramos ommended by both commissioners and private citizens." talk to everyone on the same level." Jones said Sharp Rabon and Wayland Vereen in favor of Yelton's hiring. a. will be paid to do the county's legal In his May 17 interview. Yelton told the board he be- was his second choice. Republican Commissioner Jerry Jones voted against work out of his Shallotte law office, gan working in county government in 1973 as a finance Yelton and Varner were among the four county man the motion to hire Yelton, saying he would have pre- including clerical and administrative officer for Burke County. After two years there he took a ager applicants interviewed in January, 1991, when the ;v ferred Yadkin County Manager Jimmy Varner or former support. similar position with Catawba County, where he worked board of commissioners agreed to hire Clegg. Jones said | Lincoln County manager A1 Sharp who interviewed for N-LroN year's budget earmarked until he was hired as Sampson County manager in 1979. Varner was his second choice during the previous selec the job along with Wilmington city finance officer $185,000 for the county attorney's office, which includ- He served in that position until 1985. when he was hired tion process. Michael Hargett. ed half of Clegg's salary and the salaries of administra- as county manager for Wayne County. This time around, the county received 37 applications Commissioner Donald Shaw did not attend the tive assistant Kelly Barefoot and secretary Andrea Yelton said he had worked for 10 years as a produc- for the manager post, of whom seven were determined Monday meeting. Merklinger. tion manager and plant manager in the textile industry, to meet the advertised job qualifications. The commis Yelton, 56, will replace former county manager David Yelton accepted the position by phone during a 40- He said his private sector experience made him "appre- sioners agreed to invite five finalist for public inter Clegg, who resigned March 15 amidst charges that he minute closed session during Monday's regular commis- ciate government more by having learned to make a views. One applicant withdrew before the scheduled in , was forced out by the newly seated Democrat majority sioners meeting. Warren said he asked for the executive payroll." terview. T| ^fiohi2Bo?K iWICK^ SF'ftINGF'OR I MI 43284 * ml fm j | % jjThirty-First Year, Number 31 ?IT93 7MC MUN5WKLK tOCON Shallotte, North Carolina, Thursday, June 24, 1993 50* Per Copy 34 Pages, 3 Sections, 2 Inserts WATER FEES TO RISE 10 PERCENT a h -wssss?.. STAFF PHOTO BY LYNN CARLSON Last-Minute Rehearsal Larniece Ijaneer McKoy of Winnabow, Miss Brunswick County 1993, Jits in a last-minute re hearsal before leaving for the Miss North Carolina pageant. The pageant finale will be televised Saturday night at 9 a.m. on WECT Channel 6. More about McKoy, Page 3-A. Filing Begins Next Friday For 66 Seats On 19 Boards BY SUSAN USHER a.m. to 5 p.m.. or with their local town hall if forms are Filing opens at noon next Friday, July 2, for 66 seats available. Forms filled out at a town hall must be nota on 16 municipal and three special governing boards rized. across Brunswick County. The county board conducts all local elections named All five commissioners' seats are up for election on except those in Holden Beach and Ocean Isle Beach, the Leland Sanitary District Board for four-year terms, which have their own election boards. while seats will open up on the South Brunswick Here's a rundown of the municipal seats voters will Sanitary District, also for four-year terms. Two trustees get to fill in November: will be elected to the Dosher Hospital Board to serve Calabash six-year terms. With a proposed referendum on division of the town Candidates have until noon Friday, Aug. 6, to pay the on Ijold, Calabash voters there will be electing a mayor $5 filing fee and get their name on the appropriate bal- and four commissioners. Those seats are now occupied lot. by Mayor Doug Simmons, District 1 Commissioner Ed Most candidates can file with the Brunswick County Rice and District II Commissioners George Anderson, Board of Elections at the Brunswick County Ray Card and Stuart Thorn. The mayor and commjs Government Center Monday through Friday from 8:30 (See AGENTS, Page 2-A) New County Budget Has No Tax Increase BY ERIC CARLSON The Brunswick County Com missioners Monday adopted a 1993 94 budget that will maintain proper ty tax rates at their current level while increasing water bills by near ly 10 percent. Under the approved budget, prop erty owners will continue to pay 68 cents in taxes for every $100 in val uation. But beginning July 1. a typi cal water customer who currently pays about $10.47 per month will see his bill increase to about $ 11.90. Copies of the approved budget have not been made available for public inspection. Commissioner's Chairman Don Warren said Monday he does not know the amount of ex penditures contained in the approved package. He directed all budget in quiries to county Finance Officer Lithia Hahn, who did not return the Beacon's calls on Tuesday. While details of the approved spending package were not provid ed, the commissioners have indicat ed a complete rejection of the con troversial spending plan proposed by Interim County Manager John Harvey. His budget called for a 7 cent tax hike, the elimination of five county departments, the firing of seven employees and the demotion of several others. Harvey's budget was called "un acceptable" by Warren and loudly opposed at a public hearing. In a se ries of workshops, the commission ers informally agreed on new spend ing levels based on last years actual expenditures. Only two positions are believed to have been eliminated in the final budget package. One cafeteria work er and one employee of the sign shop reportedly will lose their jobs. According to Clerk to the Board Kelly Barefoot, her dual county po- Citing what he called the board's sition of administrative/public infor- "conservative Fiscal management, mation officer was returned to the Warren said it was "the first budget with no change in salary. No (Brunswick County) board in histo other salary increases were pro- ry to base a budget on actual expen posed. ditures." Acknowledging that the new Warren also said the new budget board of commissioners "came in "continues the promised expansion with certain commitments," Warren of the water system" by allocating said the adopted budget includes a $2.5 million to extend water mains 17.5-percent increase in the educa- to Shell Point, around the Brick tion budget, which he said was more Landing Loop, to Sunset Harbor and than any board had increased educa- to the east and west ends of Mt. tion spending "in the history of the ? _ .? county" (S<* BUDGET, Page 2-A) Schools' Capital Budget Includes New Classrooms At West, North Brunswick BY LYNN CARLSON West and North Brunswick high schools will get $1.19 million in new classrooms, the first additions since they opened in 1972, under a capital budget approved Monday by the Brunswick County Board of Education. Plans presented by Bill Ttimer, assistant superintendent for auxiliary services, would add eight classrooms at West and six at North, plus re strooms and storage rooms in both buildings. While the new space won't eliminate "roving teachers" who have no classrooms, it may allow the schools to stop using trailers as classrooms. "We're trying to work it out that way," Turner told the school board. "It's the first thing (the principals) would like to get rid of." Turner said West's enrollment is expected to increase from 914 to 1,019 next year. The school uses six trailers for classrooms and has five teachers with no classroom. The board budgeted $650,000 for a 10.000 square-foot addition. North is expected to take on 59 additional students this fall. The school uses four trailers for classrooms and has three teachers without classrooms. The board budgeted $447,675 for a 6,887-square-foot addi tion. Turner said invitations to bid on the two projects should include alter nate plans for 10 and eight classrooms, respectively, "since they could be cheaper than we anticipate." The total capital budget for the new fiscal year, which begins July 1, (See INTERIM, Page 2-A) DIRE PREDICTIONS Real Estate Reps Warn Health Board Over Occupancy Rules BY ERIC CARLSON Some of the area's most promi nent real estate brokers could lose their licenses and be run out of busi ness. Families who have rented the same Brunswick Islands beach cot tages for 20 years could be forced to vacation elsewhere, taking millions of tourist dollars with them. The local real estate industry could collapse as rental homes no longer bring in enough income to Inside... Birthdays ? 2B Business News - 8C Calendar .8 A Church News ???????????????? 6B| Classified 1-8C Crime Report............. 12C Entertainment ...MH.M....4B Fishing 9C Golf .mm......m....~....m.....10B Obituaries 6B Opinion .4-5A People In The News .....7A Plant Doctor ~3B Sports........? 9-12B Television 10-11C offset mortgage payments, scaring off buyers and causing banks to readjust their loan requirements. Homeowners throughout Bruns wick County could see their taxes skyrocket as the value of beach property plummets. Those were just some of the doomsday predictions posed by real tors who say the Brunswick County Health Department is moving too quickly in its crackdown on home occupancy levels that allegedly overload septic systems. The health board seems to be caught between a rock and a hard place, with state environmental reg ulators questioning the health de partment's enforcement of septic system regulations while Brunswick County's most powerful industry complains that local health officials are being unreasonably restrictive. Representatives of the South Brunswick Islands Board of Real tors agreed Thursday to schedule a series of joint meetings with health board members to discuss the possi ble phased enforcement of the regu lations and to push for construction of central sewage systems. The controversy arose after the health board recently voted to send a letter to all rental cottage owners in forming them that they must either stop adveitising occupancy levels STAfF PHOTO BY ERIC CARLSON REALTOR Alan Holden explains to members of the Brunswick County Board of Health the implications of the effort to crack down on alleged septic tank overloading in rental cottages. that exceed the treatment capacity of number of occupants. their unit's septic system, or upgrade When rental agents complained the system to handle the advertised that their brochures already had been distributed an<* most cottages els that exceed septic capacities. The had been booked for this vacation measure was defeated in a 3-2 vote, season, the health board agreed not A recent survey of local rental to send out the letters. A health brochures indicated that "at least 75 board committee met with realtors percent" of all Brunswick County Thursday night to discuss the matter, summer rental homes are advertised "We need to do something now to accommodate more occupants because this is the biggest thing to than their septic systems were de hit this area in years," said Holden signed to handle, according to Beach Realtor Alan Holden. 'This is Brunswick Environmental Health not just a Brunswick County prob- Supervisor Andrew Robinson, lem. Counties all over the state are Last month, Robinson asked the watching what's happening here, health board to authorize the letter to 1 he state Senate, the House of Rep- property owners after the N.C. Real resentatives and the state Board of Estate Commission notified Health Realtors are all very much aware. Director Michael Rhodes that it was My phone rings every day from investigating "whether advertise homeowners concerned about ments and other representations by what's going to happen." licensees of this agency...violate the Holden said he had been singled Real Estate License Law." out as "a test person" for strict en- The commission's letter to forcement of septic regulations that Rhodes concludes by asking what are routinely violated throughout the the county intends to do about the vacation rental industry. He accused alleged violations. Holden Beach Commissioner Sid "The licensing commission knows Schwartz of sending "unauthorized you have a problem. And they're go letters" to state regulators informing ing to cover their butt," Holden said, them that Holden had advertised an "So the bottom line is, I'm going to occupancy level for a rental cottage lose my license. But I'm not going to that exceeded the capacity of its sep- take this lying down. I'm going to tic system. take down anybody I've got to take Schwartz was one of two Holden down." Beach Commissioners who support- Holden Beach Commissioner Da ed a proposed town ordinance that vid Sandifer questioned the assump would have prohibited rental agen- tion that a septic system is over cies from advertising occupancy lev- (See AGENTS, Page 2-A)

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