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Refunding $3 Million In
OIB Sewer Bonds To
Save $300,000 In Interest
BY LYNN CARLSON
Ocean Isle Beach commissioners
ucsday unanimously issued an or
der to refund, or refinance, $3 mil
lion in sewer bonds, a move a con
sultant estimates will save the town
more than $21,000 a year in interest
payments until the year 2007.
The action followed a public
hearing in which no objection was
heard to the proposal.
The town will refinance $1.7 mil
1'?" in 1985 bonds and $560,000 in
1987 bonds, both issued at an inter
est rate of 9.3 percent, said John
Phelps, financial advisor with the J
Lee Peeler company. While the ear
liest the bonds can be sold is 1995
and 1997, respectively, the refund
ing will allow the town to "lock in"
on a current low interest rate and put
the bonds in an escrow account,
from which their debt service and
refunding expenses can be paid. The
final bond payment is due in 2007.
The refunding process requires
several levels of government ap
proval. Permission has been granted
by the Local Government Commis
sion, and the bond sale has been ten
tatively set for Oct. 12, Phelps said.
The process will cost the town
about $55,000, he estimated.
Water, Sewer Fees
Despite some citizen complaints,
the commissioners approved fees for
connection to the newly expanded
water and sewer system on the is
land's east end.
Mtx'r.ium assessments approved
may not exceed $2.50 per fror.t foot
for water service; and, for sewer, the
greater of the following:
?$7 per front foot;
?$350 per single-famii> .esidence,
condominium or apartment;
?$116.67 per room (including effi
ciencies) in a motel or hotel,
?$583 for a duplex;
?$1.17 per square foot of enclosed
space of commercial property.
Water tap-on fees will be:
?for a 3/4 inch meter, $300 plus $50
meter deposit fee;
? 1-inch meter, $400 plus $50 de
?2-inch meter, cost by basis plus
Sewer tap-ons will cost:
?$900 for single-family residences;
?$1,200 for a duplex with single
sewer tap for both units;
?51,800 for duplex with two sewer
?$2,000 per lap for motels, hotels,
condominiums or apartment build
ings, or $100 per unit, whichever is
Businesses will pay $900 to tap
on if they are categorized as "nomi
nal water users" with six-inch taps;
those in the "intense water use cate
gory" with eight-inch taps wil pay
$ 1 ,800.
All homes, offices and businesses
will have 60 days to connect after
they are notified to do so, if water
and serwer lines are within 150 fccct
of their property line. Sewer and wa
ter user charges will begin 60 within
60 days of the official notice to con
nect or from the date of connection,
whichever comes first.
The commissioners agreed to no
tify the affected property owners in
writing of the rates, requirements
Flag Or No Flag?
The board postponed acceptance
of a proposed town flag design, the
result of a contest sponsored by the
Ocean Isle Beach Property Owners
Association board of directors.
"The town will refinance
$1.7 million in 1985 bonds
and $560,000 in 1987 bonds,
both issued at an interest
rate of 93 percent. "
? John Phelps, financial advisor
for J. Lee Peeler Co.
OIBPOA President Ken Proctor,
also a candidate for commissioner,
presented a design created by Donna
Goodman, daughter of Elva Good
man of Ocean Isle Beach. He asked
the board to adopt the design as its
official flag, adding that the POA
hoped to have flags made for sale at
its Thanksgiving weekend general
However, the board declined to
adopt the design on Tuesday, and
Proctor learned after the meeting
that flying a town flag would run
contrary to current town ordinances,
which only permit the public display
of United States and state flags, plus
flags of any government.
Mayor Betty Williamson appoint
ed Commissioners Janet Sanders
and Debbie Fox to work with Proc
tor on a recommendation regarding
the proposed design, a shell and sea
oats inside a white aura against a
Building Inspector Druied Rober
son reported that construction activi
ty in the town limits and zoning ju
risdiction increased 39 percent over
last year's figures for the year-to
date as of Aug. 31 .
In August, eight building permits
were issued in the extraterritorial ju
risdiction on construction valued at
$22,583; in the town limits, 23 per
mits were issued on construction
valued at $948,278.
Wilmington Woman Named Assistant Principal
BY SUSAN USHER
A new assistant principal was to
begin work Tuesday at West Bruns
wick High School, while the search
will begin for a new assistant princi
pal at North Brunswick High
Black educator Sylvia Ezelonwu
of Wilmington, an English teacher at
Hoggard High School, was named
to the post at the Shallotte school
Monday night by the Brunswick
County Board of Education.
She fills the position previously
held by Sandra Robinson, who was
promoted to principal of Shallotte
Middle School, becoming one of
two black principals in the 12
school county system.
Ezelonwu has taught at her high
school alma mater since 1988. She
has earned all her educational de
grees and certification at the Univer
sity of North Carolina at Wilming
ton, and gained all her career experi
ence in Wilmington. She holds
bachelor of arts degree in English
education, a master of arts degree in
education and the educational ad
ministration coursework required for
certification as a principal and as an
Prior to joining the staff of
Hoggard in 1988, she taught English
at New Hanover High School from
1974-76 and language arts and so
cial studies at Sunset Park Junior
High School from 1978 to 1988.
Ronnie Jenkins, who had been
serving as interim assistant principal
at North Brunswick High School in
Leland for more than a year, was
iTansferred back to his previous
teaching position Monday night, ef
He was to begin teaching social
studies at South Brunswick High
Personnel Director Ralph Ward
said the system would be advertising
to fill the vacancy.
Neither Ezelonwu nor Jenkins
could be reached for comment Tues
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Sunset VFD Elects New Officers
Eileen Potter was elected chief of the Sunset Beach Volunteer tire Department during the organiza
tion 's annual election dinner Sept. 12 a: the fire station. Gregory Cain h as chosen assistant chief; TJ.
Lykes, first captain; Lonzo Hayes, second captain; and Ann Christy, lieutenant, ec e o/oiir P?SI~
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Third Assistant Superintendent's
Post Created By Education Board
BY SUSAN USHER
Brunswick County Board of
Education members Monday night
created a third assistant superinten
dent's position for the school sys
tem's administrative staff.
Advertising will begin immedi
ately for someone to serve as assis
tant superintendent for pupil person
nel and support programs, with a
starting state annual salary of
$34,656 to $50,328, depending upon
years of experience, for someone
with a master's degree, and up to
$253 more a month for a candidate
with advanced certification or a doc
torate, said Ralph Ward, personnel
The new assistant, a position cre
ated on the recommendation of Sup
erintendent Ralph Johnston, will
oversee support personnel such as
social workers, guidance counselors
and psychologists; exceptional chil
dren's services; wellness/substance
abuse prevention program; Job
Training Partnership Act (JTPA)
programs; and dropout prevention.
Funds for the position will come
from two positions that have been
eliminated. The position is basically
an upgrade, said Johnston, of ths di
rector of pupil personnel and sup
port services position that had been
held by Judith Babcock. Babcock
has resigned and accepted an assis
tant superintendent's post of out
state. Her last day on the job was
The second source of funds is the
testing position held by Jean Parker,
who recently retired.
At one point this summer, two
persons were assigned concurrently
to testing positions on the central of
fice staff, Parker and Waccamaw
School Principal Bill Shoemaker.
However, Shoemaker never really
left his principalship.
A new approach to testing will be
taken as reorganization of the central
office staff continues, Johnson said.
"Under instructional services and
curriculum I expect some partial re
organization and possibly consolida
tion of (Assistant Superintendent)
Jan Calhoun's staff," said Johnston.
An organizational study of the
central office structure by the N.C.
Division of Public Instruction in
1991-92 had recommended three as
sistant superintendents ? for instruc
tional services, personnel and stu
dent services and auxiliary services,
as well as a business manager/fi
nance officer and coordinator of
public information and community
The study noted that the existing
structure had too many individuals
reporting directly to the superinten
dent, and that related services and
positions were spread across several
persons' areas of responsibility.
Under the plan proposed in that
study, the exceptional children's
program and curriculum develop
ment would have come under the in
structional services area, while stu
dent services, staff development and
personnel would have fallen in the
personnel and student services area.
Presently the administrative staff
i.icludes Jan E. Calhoun, assistant su
perintendent for instructional ser
vices; William R. Turner, assistant
superintendent for auxiliary services;
Ralph A. Ward, director of personnel
and student services; and Rudena
(Rudi) Connor, finance officer, and
Gloria Talley, staff development and
public information director.
Program Supports Artist
Developing professional artists
who live in Brunswick County are
among those eligible to apply for fi
nancial support from the Arts
Council of the Lower Cape Fear for
a project pivotal to advancement of
The grants arc offered through the
1993-94 Emerging Artists Program,
which is open to artists in all forms
who live in Brunswick, New Han
over, Columbus and Pender coun
The deadline to apply is Oct. 15.
Artists may make an appointment
to meet with Arts Council staff for
assistant in preparing an application
by calling the Council office at 763
2787, or stopping by the office at 20
Market Street, Wilmington.
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