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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, October 28, 1993, Page PAGE 11-A, Image 11

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Mayor, 3 Council Members Challenged At Sunset Beach At Sunset Beach, wastewater and stormwater management and the fate of the island's one-lane pontoon bridge are priority issues for both in cumbents and their challengers. Mayor Mason Barber is being challenged by Minnie K Hunt, a Sunset Beach Taxpayeis Association officer and former council member Incumbents F.d Gore, Bud Scran tom and Julia Thomas stand for re election, challenged by I?d Hughes, Herb Klinker and Therese Regan. All the candidates responded to the Beacon's questionnaire. MAYOR Barber Mason Barber, retired from Exxon USA, has been mayor for six years. Having earned degrees from the University of Georgia, Univer sity of Houston and New York Uni versity, he has volunteered with his church, the Boy Scouts, Junior Achieve ment and United Way. He is seeking reelection "to implement the sewer and stormwater run off program that will be completed in the near future, the bridge re placement, and upgrading roads with bike paths." Barber's priority issues include implementing the sewer and storm water plan "as soon as possible;" re placing the Sunset Beach bridge, which he calls "a real safety prob lem;" and upgrading N.C. 179 to three lanes, "extending Georgetown Road to Ocean Isle with an adequate bike path." Barber lists as his primary qualifi cation having served as mayor for six years. Hunt Minnie K. Hunt is a computer systems director who worked for Duke University Medical Center. She served on the Sunset Beach Town Council from 1985-89 and was finance officer. She is a board member of the Bird Island Preservation Society, the Sun set Beach Taxpayers Association. N.C. Land Trust, and the Board of Visitors and Alumni Council of St. Andrews College. She has been a Sunset Beach pro perty owner and permanent resident since 1982. ?W BARBER "Our community is at a cross way of many coastal communities that have bowed to the pressures of intensive development, or we can act together to preserve the quality of life that brought us to Sunset Beach." Hunt lists as priority issues devel opment ? "growth is inevitable, but it must be managed to preserve (and improve) both our quality of life and the environmental balance" ? and participation in government, saying "town government must be respon sive by providing multiple means for citizens to participate in planning and decision processes." Her primary qualifications are "my management and planning skills, coupled with deep commitment." TOWN COUNCIL Edward M. Gore Sr.. is the sec ond-generation developer of Sunset Beach and a first-generation devel oper of Sea Trail. He has served on the Sunset Beach Town Council since the town's charter in 1963 and was mayor pro tem for most of those years, a position he continues to hold. He was a member and chair man of the Brunswick County Plan ning Board from 1974-90. He holds a degree in business ad ministration from East Carolina Uni versity. He was director and secre tary of Sunset Beach and Twin Lakes, Inc. from 1963-72, was presi dent and chairman of the board of Sunset Beach and Twin Lakes, Inc., from 1972 to the present; and was secretary of Sea Trail Corporation from 1976 to the present. He has been a member and chairman of the local board of directors of Nations Bank for the past 20 years. "I have a lifetime of planning and work invested in our community," Gore said. "I have dedication to serve it and the experience needed for our community achieve its goals and protect the environment while permitting orderly growth and main taining our quality of life. 1 am a roads," she said. "In the coming year, our town government and ?r" all of us who vote here will be asked to make uccimdiis that will shape the future of Sunset Beach. We could go the Gore part of our town's history, and I want to he a part of its future." As priority issues, he lists "waste water collection and treatment, which is vital to our health and to the environment. I support the plan in progress." He rA said he will sup port storrnwater management, "which is also crucial for the protection of the environment," "as (the plans) evolve;" "a safe bridge and roads to serve our community;" and "getting a cable TV carrier that will not rob us of the technology we pay for when we pur chase a TV set." As his qualifications. Gore lists, "my desire to serve the people, my ability to work with those who are elected, and my innate character trait to be fair and objective, my willing ness to listen and act when issues that affect the entire community are presented." Hughes Paul E. "Ed" Hughes, is a retired teacher. He previously served as Wilmington. Delaware, Republican city chairman from 1972-83; was on the Delaware Governor's School of Excellence Advisory Board, the board of the National Association for Gifted Children Research Com mittee and has held various offices in church and Scouting organi zations. He is running "to represent the large segment and fastest growing seg ment of Sunset Beach, which is Sea Trail, which has no represen tation and will not until the voting districts are set up in the future." He lists as priority issues a sewer and storrnwater management sys tem, "which has to be financially, ecologically and environmentally sound;" a new bridge, "which has to (handle) more summer traffic effi ciently, be environmentally non-in trusive, provide for continual access to and from the island for safety's sake;" and to make Bird Island a sanctuary ? "if state acquisition is the only way to achieve this, then the state should purchase." Hughes said he is qualified for the office because. "I have the experi ence in dealing with problems and people. I have no conflict of interest." klinker Herbert H. Klinker. a former AT&T systems director, is a first time office-seeker. He holds a degree in economics from the University of Michigan. Klinker is seeking office "to bring planning, organization and control skills to the managing of Sunset beach, to manage the growth of sun set Beach while preserving the nat ural beauty and environment." His past leadership experience in cludes having been president of the Homeowners Association of South field, Mich., 1963, and president of the Swim and Tennis Club of Murray Hill, N.J., ' 1978-79. He is a past Op timist Club member. His priority issues include planning and implementing sewers and KLINKER stormwater runoff management sys tems "together, when they are pro ven to be environmentally neces sary;" the upgrading of the Sunset Beach bridge, "depending on the re sults of the current environmental impact study and gaining citizen consensus as to which option to se lect;" and planning growth "through proper zoning and other town laws to preserve and improve the envi ronment, including Bird Island." Klinker said he is qualified for the office because of "my business ex perience in system planning, organi zation and control and financial sys tems experience." Regan Therese K. Regan is a senior pub lic health registered nurse, having been employed by the Florence (S.C.) County Health Department. A first-time office-seeker, she holds a degree in nursing from the Joseph Larence School of Nursing in New London. Conn. Regan is president of the Sunset Beach Beautification Committee for Holden Beach Voters ELECT Dwighl Carroll 1993-94, was on the state board of direction of the American Lung Association from 1979-89; and has served as supervisor of adult health for the Florence County Health Department. She lists as REGAN priority issues "a compromise to the existing pin toon bridge versus a high-rise bridge, a two-lane 15-foot bascule bridge;" and considering no sewer proposal "until a stormwater propos al is incorporated." "I have spent my professional ca reer as a public servant," she said, "and understand the importance of listening and reacting to concerns. I've been trained to research and evaluate data and have the ability to get things done in an organized and legal manner." Scranlom D.G. "Bud" Scrantom is an in cumbent coun cilman and re tired chemical engineer. He holds an engi neering degree from the Uni versity of Roch ester. He is current president of the Brunswick SCRANTOM County Master Gardeners, past ves tryman and junior warden of St. James the Fisherman Episcopal church and current member of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service Advisory Leadership Council. Scrantom said he is running "to help the community." His priority issues include a two lane bridge for Sunset Beach, a cen tral sewer system, and a more com prehensive recycling system for Sunset Beach, "including plastics." Me lists as his primary qualifica tion being "open-minded, with no direct business interest locally." Thomas Julia J. Thomas, has been a coun cil member and the town finance of ficer since 1989. She was the Sunset Beach Volunteer Fire Department dispatcher and fundraising chairman from 1986-90 and has been an elder and chairman of Christian Education for Calabash Presbyterian Church since 1989. A former YMCA-YWCA gym nastics and coach and judge, she is a member and past president of the Sunset Sands Garden Club and a current Bible Class teacher al her church. As top issues, she lists, a regional sewer and stormwater con trol system "with finalized study and se cured funding. followed by a passing referen dum;" "replace ment of the cur rent one-lane Sunset Beach THOMAS bridge "to ensure the safety and of all property owners and tourists in the event of fire, illness, storms and other emergencies;" continued study and upgrading of town ordinances, and maintaining a low tax base. "During the past four years as the town-appointed finance officer. I have had opportunity to meet and work with our town employees, au ditors and weekly with our town ad ministrator," she said. "This has en abled me to have the opportunity to study and work with our budget and to learn much about total financial work involved in the operation of a municipality, under quite complicat ed government regulations. I am ea ger to learn more and feel that my experience thus far is a real asset." jT IN-HOME Therapeutic, professional massage given in the privacy of your own home or mine, for your convenience. Please call and make your appointment today. (919) 754-7705 l CI 993 TH? BRUNSWICK BEACON | Sunset Beach Residents Know Your Candidates-Phase II Having sorted through the campaign literature, we may now devote our time to reality. The first view of reality focuses on Mrs. Therese Regan, whose brochure suggests a straightforward, independent can didate. Subsequent verbal communication from Mrs. Regan casts seri ous doubt on her ability to make independent, objective decisions for our community. It would appear that Mrs. Regan has copied the deci sion making techniques of Minnie Hunt, a process in which you choose your position based upon what best suits your purpose, then create facts to Justify it. A case in point is Mrs. Regan's adamant oppo sition to the project for sewer /stormwater management, ostensibly because it will be too expensive for the residents. This would be an acceptable position, if it were true. "Reality"-No one knows what the cost of this project will be to the residents, certainly not Mrs. Regan. These costs are incalculable until the government grants and loans, the developer contributions and the user base are finalized. We will now look at the candidacy of Mr. Ed Hughes, which as near as one can determine, is predicated solely on his belief that a resident of Sea Trail belongs on the council. Most members of this committee are Sea Trail residents who share this opinion, but not at the expense of replacing experienced, capable incumbents, such as Julia Thomas and Bud Scrantom. If protecting our interests at Sea Trail are an issue, then Ed Gore, one of the principles, has greater capability and incentive to do so than does Ed Hughes. Mr. Gore, an island resident and property owner with extensive mainland holdings, has every rea son to protect all Sunset Beach resources and, in turn, serve all of our interests. Mr. Klinker requires careful scrutiny; he apparently possesses many of the skills and attributes desirable in a member of the Council. We are left to assess the risk he poses as an unknown. Can he be depended upon to proceed with the bridge and sewer /stormwater pro jects that are critical to, and favored by, most residents, or will he take his lead from the disruptive minority, with whom he has chosen to align for the purpose of this campaign. We have an experienced mayor and town council who, over recent years, have identified and effectively addressed the needs of this com munity, ultimately creating the Town of Sunset Beach that we know. Many of those who oppose them in this election also opposed those endeavors. Mayor Barber and the council persons aire prepared to stay on to help us move forward. It will be to our benefit to support them. Vote for Barber, Thomas , Gore and Scrantom Committee for Re-election of the Sunset Beach Incumbents Albert L. Consalvi, Chairman m & v. c HERB KLINKER TOWN COUNCIL OF SUNSET BEACH GOALS ? Manage growth while protecting the environment and preserving our community's quiet, residential, fam ily atmosphere. ? Support zoning and other town government initiatives that will keep Sunset Beach free of high-rise, high-density development. ? Support a financially sound, com bined sewer and storm runoff man agement system, properly planned and implemented. ?Support an improved two-lane bridge, high enough to allow most boat traffic to pass without opening. Meanwhile, we must address and resolve existing bridge traffic prob lems. " TAKING A SYSTEMS APPROACH TO MEET SUNSET BEACH GOALS" VOTE ON NOVEMBER 2ND PAID FOR BY THE COMMITTEE FOR REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT JOSEPH BRANDEL, TREASURER

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