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Sunset Moves To Improve Looks Of New Mainland Business Districts
BY SUSAN USHER
Sunset Beach property owners now have
the option of developing a more attractive
type of mainland business area for profes
sional offices under an ordinance adopted by
town council Mondav night.
The new district is one of two zoning
changes made Monday that are aimed at im
proving both the appearance and function of
mainland business areas. Both measures
were adopted by unanimous vote.
"It's possible no one will choose it," said
Richard Good, chairman of the town plan
ning and zoning board. "They can do it
(open a professional office) anywhere now,
but they can't control what is around them."
The new mainland business-professional
(MB-P) district is intended to accommodate
businesses that require fewer signs, lower il
lumination, shorter operating hours and less
in-and-out traffic and less off-street parking.
It would be allowed only adjacent to access
from a major thoroughfare, such as N.C. 179
out toward N.C. 904, and would Jiave to
comply with landscape and buffer require
ments. Good said the new district is intend
ed to discourage random location of such
businesses in other business districts.
An area zoned MB-P would be exclu
sively for professional services such as ar
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chitects, accountants doctors, lawyers, travel
agents, real estate brokers and the like.
Businesses that require boarding of animals,
laboratories with chemical wastes or outside
storage areas would not be allowed.
Council also adopted iew landscape and
buffer re'juifw.i.viiu. thai will apply to all
mainia.id business (MB-1) establishments.
Planning Board irember Mary Nell
Eaddy said the ordinance is intended to im
prove the appearance of the town's mainland
business district, protect property values,
minimize adverse effects of new businesses
on existing businesses and public infrastruc
ture and minimize traffic problems.
New businesses will have to have a
landscape plan approved by Town Admini
strator Linda Fluegel before a building per
mit will be issued, and will be required to
maintain the plantings oncc installed.
A minimum of 15 trees at least two inch
es in diameter will be required for each acre
of development. A planted border consisting
of at least one tree and six shrubs for every
50 feet of road frontage will be required,
along with planting islands in the interior of
Buffer strips will also be required to
screen a business establishment or church
parking lot from any dwelling in an abutting
residential district and to screen outside stor
age areas and trash storage areas. The
buffers can he planted strips, earthen berms
with planted vegetation or a six-foot high
fence or wall.
The buffer may be waived if the proper
ty owner can demonstrate the protection is
January Sewer Referendum?
It will probably be January before
Sunset Beach residents go to the polls for a
sewer system financing referendum, consult
ing engineers Jim Billups and Joe Tombro
told council members Monday.
Billups said the referendum cannot be
held until 90 days after a draft 201 facilities
plan is completed and a financial feasibility
plan is approved The feasibility plan most
likely won't be approved by the State
Treasurer's Office until the draft 201 plan is
done and user and income projections can be
substantiated more thoroughly, Billups said.
Original new user projections were con
servatively based on 50 percent of the fig
ures compiled from developers. Now those
developers are being asked to provide letters
of commitment regarding anticipated new
units and to indicate their willingness to pro
vide letters of credit for that number of users
to be applied to overall system costs. "It's
going to lake some time," said Billups.
In other business council:
?heard from VISTA volunteer Rick
Kern of the work of the Brunswick County
Literacy Council, which the town con
tributes to annually;
?heard a request from Kevin Smith a.id
Alex W. Kinlaw of Greensboro to operate a
business renting jet-powered, family-size in
flatable boats. They propose booking rentals
from a business location, parking the boats
in the ocean and supervising their use from
the public trust beachfront. Existing town
ordinances do not allow any type of business
operation along the beach. Mayor Mason
Barber warned the two men, 'it's up to
council, but you will have a very, very diffi
?ipproved the preliminary assessment
roll for paving of Waterway Drive
?ipproved investment of $175,000 in
U.S. Treasury Notes at 4.75 percent interest
until "we need the money or until local
banks decide they do want our money," said
Town Administrator Linda Fluegel, after
one local savings and loan rejected an op
portunity to bid on the package and others
offered certificate of deposits with a lower
?returned $140.35 to the state rather
than allow its use by Cape Fear Council of
?reappointed Nivan Milligan to a three
year term on the town ABC board;
?adopted an N.C. League of Munic
ipalities resolution supporting the state
Clean Water Bond issue that will be voted
on Nov. 2.
?directed Fluegel to seek bids from oth
er firms and to renegotiate with Johnson &
Renaud Architects for design of a town hall
expansion project. The local firm offered
$25,000 construction liability insurance cov
erage, with the town asked to pay for addi
?voiced strong displeasure with the
county commissioners' decision not to take
over the town's elevated water tank. Fluegel
said the town is looking for any alternatives
its water contract with the county may al
low, such as relocating the tank or taking it
out of service, and then may seek a meeting
Board member Ed Gore said seasonal
low water pressure on the island needs to be
addressed and complained of the decision by
a previous county board to not build a 1.5
million gallon water storage facility near
Georgetown Road and N.C. 904 last year.
STAFF PHOTO BY DOUG RUTTEK
One Block At A Time
Shallotte town employee Andy Crocker builds a cinder block re
taining wall around the town gasoline tank last week. The wall will
contain any accidental gas spills, and a valve will allow town em
ployees to drain rain water.
Brunswick Extension Homemakers
Clubs Not Just For Cooking, Sewing
The Brunswick County Extension
Homemakers will join with mem
bers all over the United States in
marking the week of Oct. 10-17 as
National Extension Homemakers
"Although many people believe
that the Homemakers spend their
time cooking and sewing, that it a
misconception," said spokesman Iso
bel Beebe. "Members of Extension
Homemakers are involved in many
community activities such as volun
teer fire departments and rescue
squads, as well as helping thrift shops
which support these organizations.
"There are Homemakers who
help with Turtle Watch and Adopt-a
Highway. Recycling is a serious
concern of the members. Working
with youth through 4-H programs
also is an important emphasis."
Literacy continues to be one of
the main interests of Extension
Homemakers, she added. "Some
members help tutor in the one-on
one program, some work with siu
dents in the primary whools, some
help by providing books to new
Brunswick Extension Home
makers fielded a team in the recent
Adult Spelling Bee to raise money
and awareness for the Brunswick
County Literacy Program.
In 1994, Extension Homemakers
will mark the International Year of
the Family with emphasis on pro
moting family values. In 1993 a
study was undertaken of the televi
sion viewing habits of children; its
aim was to encourage parents to be
more aware of what their children
Membership in Extension Home
makers is not limited to women.
There is a club called "Guys and
Dolls" to which men belong. There
are clubs in Boiling Spring Lakes,
Shallotte, Calabash, Town Creek
and Supply. The Guys and Dolls
club is made up mostly of members
from the Boiling Spring Lakes and
Winnabow area and meets at the ex
tension office in Bolivia.
The clubs welcome new mem
bers. For information about joining,
call Julia Bailey, county extension
president, at 845-2972.
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Questions Of Quality Put Food Service Contract In Jeopardy
BY ERIC CARLSON
A Brunswick County commis
sioner said Monday he is ready to
fire the company that provides
lunch at the county's senior citizen
centers, and other board members
say they will vote along with him if
things don't improve.
"I've heard four months of com
plaining and I for one am ready to
break the contract," said Com
missioner Donald Shaw. "Our se
nior citizens deserve better than
And just what is "that?"
That's a question frequently
asked nowadays by elderly visitors
at the county's three senior centers,
j where a hot noon meal is the focal
I point of the day's activities.
The county's department of so
[ cial services recently awarded its
[\ food service contract to a new sup
^ plier. Service America. The compa
ny provides about 150 hot meals a
day for the senior centers at
Shallotte, Southport and Leland and
for the department's in-home meal
Service America got the con
tract because it offered to provide
the service for 50 cents less per
meal than the previous supplier, the
Brunswick County cafeteria at the
government complex in Bolivia
Within days after Service
America took over, county officials
began getting complaints about the
quality of the food. There were re
ports of sour milk, overcooked veg
etables and meats that center pa
trons claimed they were unable to
"We don't like it. That's all
there is to it," Vernice Stanley toid
the commissioners at their regular
meeting Monday night. She said a
woman at one of the centers took
her lunch home and tried to feed it
to her pets.
"They wouldn't eat it. You
wouldn't eat it," Stanley said. "The
senior citizens depend on that one
little special lunch. We don't want
sirloin or porterhouse steaks, but we
deserve one decent meal a day. Our
taxes helped build this county."
Commissioners Chairman Don
Warren said he had heard numerous
complaints about food quality since
Service America took over.
"I've been to the nutrition sites
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on two of the last three days,"
Warren said. "One day I heard a
complaint about the meat. They
didn't know what they were eating.
Today they had baked chicken and
rice and snap beans, and it looked
OK. Then last week they said the
milk was delivered frozen."
Warren asked County Attorney
Mike Ramos about how much no
tice the county was required to give
before terminating its contract with
Service America. Ramos said the
agreement called for a 60-day no
"That's something we'll have to
talk about if it doesn't improve,"
Shaw insisted he had already
heard enough complaints and was
ready to terminate the contract im
"The food is just not prepared
well," he said.
County Manager Wyman Yelton
said he had also heard complaints
since Service America got the coun
"People told me they did not
want to eat the food because they
could not identify it," Yelton said.
"If they can't provide food that's
good, then we're wasting our mon
ey to buy it. I can't recommend can
celling the contract tonight. But it'<>
been a bad experience so far."
Yelton said he has asked the
county's auditors to compare the
Service America contract with the
previous in-house arrangement to
determine how much savings the
county is realizing from the change.
He said he also plans to make fre
quent unannnounced visits to the
nutrition sites to monitor food quali
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