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BY DOUG R UTTER
New impact fees and old penalty claus
es are among the issues Holden Beach
Commissioners are expected to discuss
when they meet next Ttiesday at 7 p.m. in
Town officials held public hearings on
both items at their meeting last Wednesday
but took no action.
Board decisions could come as soon as
Tuesday ? a special meeting night for the
town board necessitated by the Labor Day
Commissioners are considering charg
ing owners of new homes and businesses
hefty impact fees so the town will have
enough money in the future to design and
build sewer and stormwater runoff systems.
As proposed, minimum fees would be
$1,000 per residence and $2,000 per busi
"Some stay the
same and some go
up. Nothing is
lowered . "
? Wally Ausley, Mayor
ness. Fees also would be charged for drive
ways, paved parking lots and building addi
At last week's public hearing, island de
veloper Mark Saunders said he thinks the
proposal to charge $1 per square foot for
driveways is too high.
ses On Holden Beach Age
Building a concrete driveway costs
about $1 per square foot, he said, and a $1
impact fee would double the cost. He said
However, Holden Beach resident
Crawford Hart said he likes the proposal of
$1 per square foot for paved areas.
Hart said he thinks stormwater runoff
causes more pollution than septic systems,
and the town should discourage people
Jim Lowell, a member of the town's
sewer committee, said impact fees are a
good way to raise money, but the town
board needs to decide when it will stop col
lecting the fees.
"I would say when the system's paid for
the impact fees go out," Commissioner
David Sandifer replied.
During recent discussions of the fees.
commissioners have informally agreed they
should have a grace period of 30 days be
fore the rules take effect so builders can
pass the added costs on to property owners.
Saunders, owner of Coastal
Development Company, said last week he
would like to see at least a six-month period
between the time the fee structure is adopt
ed and when it takes effect.
While immediate action on the impact
fees is uncertain, commissioners next week
are likely to approve several changes in the
penalty clauses included in various town or
Town Attorney Ken Campbell has been
working on the changes for several months
in an effort to standardize the code.
"They're just pretty inconsistent, and
it's hard to understand what they mean in
some cases," he said.
Under Campbell's proposal, most civil
fines would be set at $25 and criminal
penalties at $50.
"Some of them have been increased and
some have not," Mayor Wally Ausley saul
of the fines. "Some stay the same and some
go up. Nothing is lowered."
Among the proposed changes, parking
tickets would jump from $10 to $25 and
building permit violations would cost $2<Ki
instead of $50.
Campbell had recommended the town
increase its penalty for illegally crossing
dune from $50 to $100. However, no
change is expected partly because of the
number of signs the town has erected in
forming people of the amount of the fine
Commissioners hope to have the pro
posed changes drafted in the form of an or
dinance when they meet Tuesday.
LONG BEACH WANTS BAN
Holden Beach Commissioners Decide To Join Menhaden Battle
BY DOUG RUTTER
Holden Beach officials plan to join forces with neigh
boring Long Beach, which wants state legislation to
keep menhaden boats from fishing close to shore.
Holden Beach Commissioners agreed last week to
support their neighbors to the east in response to an inci
dent one month ago when a menhaden boat was seen
dumping a brown liquid that later washed up on the
At Long Beach, Town Manager Tim Johnson said
menhaden boats out of Beaufort have spilled Fish twice
in the past month. Following the most recent spill three
weeks ago, 45,000 menhaden washed up on the beach.
"You couldn't take a step without hitting a fish," said
Johnson, adding that the 45,000 menhaden formed a 5
foot-wide path that covered approximately two miles of
Long Beach officials buried the fish, and Johnson said
he has billed the company allegedly responsible for the
spill, Beaufort Fisheries.
Johnson said the company has claimed it wasn't re
sponsible, and the owner has tried to blame local
shrimpers. Johnson said there were too many menhaden
on the beach for a shrimp boat to be involved.
Long Beach officials will seek state legislation next
year that would prohibit menhaden boats from operating
within three miles of the beach.
The town manager said the two menhaden spills this
summer aren't unusual. "This isn't something new," he
said. "This has been going on for years."
Currently, the state has no rules limiting how close
menhaden boats may come to the local beaches. "I've
seen them hit the sand," Johnson said.
He said the town wants state legislation because men
haden boats have been "irresponsible with their spills."
Ivong Beach plans to solicit support for a local bill from
other local beach towns.
Holden Beach Commissioners plan to give their sup
port after hearing reports about a menhaden boat that
was spotted dumping an oily, brown liquid into the
ocean while working off the beach the last week in July.
Barbara Tomlinson, who said she was an eyewitness,
said fish washed up on shore the first day she saw the
boat operating off the 800 block of Ocean Boulevard
West. The next day, she said the boat dumped brown liq
uid into the water.
Eight Injured In Head-On
Collision On Highway 1 7
Eight persons were injured last
Saturday when one vehicle trying to
pass another on U.S. 17 south of
Shallotte struck a third vehicle head
The two-vehicle accident occur
red at 12:20 p.m. 4.1 miles north of
Charles Merrcll Sikes III, 19, of
Camp Lejeune, was southbound on
U.S. 17 when he pulled into the left
lane in his 1991 Chevrolet truck to
pass and overtake another vehicle,
reported Trooper T.W. Calder. The
truck collided head-on with a recre
ational vehicle operated by John
Wesley Phillips, 58, of Charlotte.
Sikes and his three passengers ?
Bruce Dodd, 19, David Lex, 19, and
Matthew Saber, 20, all of Camp
Lejeune, were taken to The Bruns
wick Hospital in Supply with seri
ous but non-incapacitating injuries.
Phillips received minor injuries,
as did his passengers, Robin Thom
as, 50, Epoyer Phillips, 61, and Carl
Brewer, 47, all of Charlotte. They
were also taken to The Brunswick
Damage to Sikes' track was esti
mated at $8,000 and to Phillips' RV,
Sikes was charged with improper
passing and exceeding a safe speed.
A young bicyclist was injured
Saturday in a 5:20 p.m. accident on
James V. Muiholland M.D.
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Palmers Branch Road.
Stephen Skipper, 16, of Leland,
was driving a 1989 Volkswagen
north on Palmbers Branch Road
when a child riding a bicycle in the
same direction turned across the
road in front of his car, reported
Trooper B.C Jones.
Thomas Brandon Jamerson, 7, of
Winnabow, was transported to New
Hanover Regional Medical Center,
Wilmington, with serious, but non
No charges were filed.
Damage to the car was estimated
"Wc sat there and watched it wash in. It was just an just gunky, oily, brown stuff."
oily, brown liquid that stayed together," she said. "It was Johnson said the area needs to stop fish spills or risk
about the size of two football fields and smelled just aw- injury to its leading industry ? tourism.
Ful." He also said that if commercial boats are allowed to
Tomlinson said the slick wasn't visible the next day. catch all of the menhaden, nothing will be left for sport
"Whatever it was, was really nasty," said Tomlinson, fishermen, who use the fish for bait.
i Virginia school teacher and Holden Beach homeowner. Menhaden are caught commercially for oil and f ish
'It didn't appear to have any remnants of fish. It was meal.
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