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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, October 28, 1993, Page PAGE 7-A, Image 7

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Eleven Holden Beach Candidates Seek Town Board Seats Holder, Beach voters will have plenty of candidates to choose from when they head to the polls Tuesday Eleven .sland residents are running for the five available seats on the hoard of commissioners. Among the candidates are four in cumbents Gay Atkins, Jim Fourn icr, David Sandifer and Sid Swarts Also running are Dwight Carroll Crawford Hart, Jeff Lee. Don Pol' ' J'"1 Shafor- Lany v.,gt and Ro ger Williams. The entire board of commission ers is elected every two years, as is the mayor. Wally Ausley faces no opposition in his bid for a second consecutive term as mayor. The Brunswick Beacon mailed questionnaires to each of the candi dates Williams was the only one who did not respond. Ausley Wally Ausley, a retired broadcast executive and sports broadcaster, said he is seeking his second term as mayor because "the folks here seem ?o want me to do it again." A 1949 grad uate of the Uni versity of North Carolina at Cha pel Hill, Ausley did not list any issues in his questionnaire that he feels the town must ad dress in the next two years. The mayor s job is chairman of the board, public relations, etc., and thus should have no public position on issues that the commission ad dresses," he said. Atkins CJay Atkins, who has served on the town commission for the past eight years, said she is seeking re election to another term because of her interest in the community. "I would like to have the opportu nity to participate in the growth and development of our environment. To maintain that environment is of up permost impor tance to me," she said. Atkins said Holden Beach residents need to work together by sharing ideas and solutions to problems. "An orderly growth is controlled by Atkins regulations made by man. In order to do that, one must remain unbiased to ideas and situations until full studies are completed," she added. Atkins said the town board needs to continue building sidewalks, es tablish better beach and water access for residents and create more park ing for the handicapped. She said she would like to turn town-owned property along the At lantic Intracoastal Waterway into an area for nature walks and refuge for wildlife. "I have tried to be involved in the community and county since 1981, and be knowledgeable of the regula tions and laws of coastal living," said Atkins, a real estate and proper ty management agent. "I think the desire to protect our surroundings and be aware of the people that lived in Brunswick County and made a living prior to sharing this with us, the newcomer, is very important." "We all want to have this area for our future citizens to respect and nurture. This takes a commitment and I am willing to give my time Holden Beach Voters ELECT Dwight Carroll and energy to that ultimate goal." Carroll Dwight Carroll, former building inspector at Holden Beach, says he is running for town board "to see that all taxpay ers are treated the same." He says working at town hall for more than nine years makes him the most qualified candidate for commissioner. CARROLL Carroll said one of the most important issues fac ing the town board is enforcing the 35-foot building height limit as it is currently written in the code books. He said he would be willing to consider a sewer system, although it has not been proven that Holden Beach needs one. Carroll believes the town should enforce the current town codes or get rid of them. Carroll was building inspector, code enforcement officer, federal flood representative and local CA MA permit officer from 1983 to 1993. A former planning and zoning board member, he was treasurer of the Holden Beach Property Asso ciation for eight years. CaiToll graduated from High Point High School and attended the University of Illinois, the Emer gency Management Institute and Wake Technical College. He also has had training in build ing, mechanical, plumbing, electri cal, fire and flood codes and code enforcement. Fournier A one-term incumbent, Jim Four nier said he is seeking re-election "to help continue the gains made in the last two years." He said minimizing stormwater runoff to avoid continued pollution of the estuarine waters is one of the most important issues the town board will have to address in the next two years. Fournier also said the overloading of septic systems must be controlled before the town can determine if it needs a sewer system. The town commission also needs rational deliberation concerning the level of development that can be sustained by Holden Beach, he said. Fournier said the fact that he has no lies to special interest groups and has an aware ness of the con sequences of over-develop ment makes him the most quali fied candidate for commission er. He has served as vice chair man of the plan- FOURNIER ning and zoning board, vice presi dent of the Holden Beach Property Owners Association and co-chair man of the Heritage Harbor Property Owners Association. Fournier has worked as director of production services with Martin Marietta Corp., president of Ingram Aggregates, general manager of Carolina Sunrock and owner of Snelling Personnel. He attended Louisburg College for two years and East Carolina University for one year. He served as volunteer coach of the Brunswick Community College tennis team last spring and is help ing coach the coed volleyball team this fall. Hart "I want to make every effort to keep Holden Beach a quiet family beach," said Crawford Hart, a re tired manufacturers representative. "That means controlled growth, thus regulating density and keeping the beach the way the residents and visitors wish for it to remain." Hart says long-range planning is the most important issue the town board will have to address in the up coming term. He said the town board needs to set goals for Holden Beach Tor the next 25 years. "Other than a compulsory five -year plan we have no long - range goals or plans." Hart also said Holden Beach needs to estab lish a stormwa tcr runoff sys- hart tem before a sewer system. Other areas have done waste water treatment first and then, lucki ly for some and unluckily for others, found there were no funds left for the stormwater runoff system," he said My feelings are that a stormwa ter runoff system should be in place and working prior to allowing a wastewater system to be installed, otherwise we shall not cure our problem." Hart, an advisory committee member with the N.C. Coastal Fede ration, says his work with various agencies dealing with the environ ment make him the most qualified candidate for commissioner. Hart is president of the Holden Beach Property Owners Association and has been a member of the town board of adjustment since 1991. He previously served as a district commissioner for Boy Scouts of America, trustee for the Elks and ad jutant professor of sales manage ment at the University of Hartford. Hart received a degree in sociolo gy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Hartford. Lee Jelf Lee, a self-employed building contractor, says a sewer system is the biggest issue the town board must addres-' in the upcoming term. "We are polluting our canals dai ly, he said. "We can make our own plans for a sewer-stormwater runoff system or we can wait and let the EPA dictate our system in the near future." Other key issues are continuation of the underground utilities project being done by Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. and continuation of the town's sidewalk project. Lee said he is running for election because he thinks the sewer situa tion must be addressed immediately. "Zoning will take care of elimi nating multi-family or high-rises, which seems to be the excuse some candidates want to use against sew er. Conventional septic systems simply will not handle the sew age presently existing." Asked what makes him a qualified candi date, Lee said, "I feel that I am the type of can didate that has the guts to stand up and get the ball rolling on issues, not side step around them like many of the previous boards have done." "I've been a permanent resident of Holden Beach longer than any Other candidate seeking office and 'i-"- been coming to Holden Beach all of my life," he added. 'I believe in hiring the right peo ple for management positions and allowing them to do their job. I can't imagine why there is such a turnover in town managers." Lee. treasurer of the South Brunswick Islands Home Builders Association and a member of the Holden Beach damage assessment f > * ' mm Jim Fournier is committed to ? Legal and orderly development \ ? Preservation of the environment ^ \%/ Fiscal responsibility i o t VOTE JIM FOURNIER NOV. 2 HOLDEN BEACH TOWN COMMISSIONER team, graduated from St Pauls High School. He received an associate degree in marine technology from Cape Fear Community College. Pollard Don Pollard said maintaining the dunes and continuing the under ground wiring project are two of the top issues commissioners will have to address in the upcoming term. He said upkeep of the oceanfront dunes should he an annual project with the addition of sand and beach grass and that the county should be asked to assist with funding. Pollard said the town must continue to co operate with both the volun teer rescue squad and fire department a. id help them up grade their POLLARD equipment and recognize volunteers. Pollard said he is running for of fice because he wants to see the town progress in a wise manner. "1 don't have any special inter ests. I will try to be fair is all is sues," he said. A member of the Holden Beach Property Owners Association board of directors. Pollard served four years as a town commissioner in Erwin. He previously served on a credit union board of directors and was president of the Erwin Jaycees. A retired director of building management for the Veterans Ad ministration, Pollard graduated from Erwin High School in 1948 and at tended Campbell University. Sandifer David Sandifer lists environment, erosion control and fiscal restraint as the three most important issues town commissioners must address over the next two years. "Factual information without bias must be provided to the residents of Holden Beach so that they may choose how we treat our waste and stormwater runoff," he said. He also thinks a long-range plan is needed for beach renourishment instead of using a "Band Aid" ap proach of temporary dune building. "We cannot afford to do nothing." Sandifer, a one-term incumbent, says progress has been made over the past two years in the area of fiscal con straint, but the town must con tinue to budget wisely and plan for the future. He says his "love of Holden Beach and knowledge of SANDIFER issues" makes him the most quali fied candidate running for town board. "Having served these past two years, much has been accom plished," he said. "However. I be lieve continued strong leadership is r ^ J3b f. / V needed to plan and control our fu ture growth." A graduate of McClenaghan High School in Florence. SC.. Sandifer is a real estate broker atid owner of Holden Beach Properties. Shafor I have a sincere interest in the growth as well as the preserva tion of Holden Beach as a fam ily beach," Jim Shafor said of his reason for seeking office. Shafor says he would be in favor of a sewer system and shafor stormwater runoff system on Holden Beach if a study demonstrated that they are needed. He also says the town needs to address the overcrowding of houses and overuse of septic systems and determine if they are really prob lems. Shafor also said the town needs a long-range plan for dune re nourishment. Shafor currently serves as vice chairman of the planning and zoning board. He was first appointed as an alternate to the board and 1990 and 1991 mat'e *' re8u'ar member in A retired teacher with the Middletown (Ohio) Board of F.du cation, Shafor received a degree in business and economics from the University of Dayton in 1995 and his teaching certification from Mi ami University of Ohio in 1959. S warts Sid Swarts said he is seeking re election "to as f" \ sist Holden Beach to devel . . op a town that '^TTCl re,ains aM (he V ^ V ? elements of a desirable resi dential commu ,} . , nity and a first 1 m class, low-den -VK.S S." A retired Army colonel, Swarts has served on the town board since 1991. He served six years on the planning and zoning board and two years on the board of adjustment. He said density control is one of the top issues the town board will have to address in the next two years. "Our island can maintain its pre sent residential living standards and conditions only if we control growth and density, he said. "Without con trols we will become one more over developed beach community." Another top issue is stormwater runoff and wastewater disposal. Swarts, chairman of the town waste water management committee, said runoff is creating a pollution prob lem and the town must determine if septic systems can support the planned growth of the town. "I will support a full or partial sewage system for the town if it is necessary for the present population and the planned future population of low-density development," he said. "I will not support a sewer system that is to he installed for the primary purpose of increased density. Any decision concerning a sewage sys tem should be made by a referen dum of the voters." Swarts said the town needs to en force its laws fairly and impartially. "If an ordinance is not going to be enforced it should be changed or re pealed. Enforcement should be equal for all persons and at all times. The town has a good code and a good police force. We cannot ignore good law enforcement because it might discourage tourists." Swarts received a master's degree in business administration from Syracuse University and a bachelor of science degree from the Univer sity of Maryland. "I have no financial interests on the island other than the lot I live on," he said. "I have no financial obligations to anyone. I am dedicat ed to making Holden Beach the best residential area possible and recog nize that we are a resort community, which presents additional prob lems." Vogt Larry Vogt said he is seeking of fice "to restrict the conflict of inter est as much as possible" and "to keep this island as quiet, environ mentally-safe. clean and beautiful as possible." Among the top issues the town board must face in the next two years. Vogt lists maintaining the 35-foot building height limit. overcrowding during the tour ist season and lack of animal control on the strand. VOGT He also said the town needs to provide better public parking and beach access for handicapped peo ple. Vogt. a member of St. Luke Lut heran Church, works for Rampage Realty at Holden Beach. He graduated from Baltimore City College in 1954 and was vice president of Southern Equipment Company in Baltimore from 1981 to 1990. ALL STARl FLAGS s 1-800-868-FLAG ?Flags "Banners ?Flagpoles -Pennants A Variety Of Flags State & Foreign Flags Festive Flags & Banners FREE Catalog & Delivery 1 01 Aviators Lane Burgaw, NC 28425 VISA Catherine Moore. Owner SID SWARTS FOR HOLDEN REACH COMMISSION MY POSITION. ..WHAT IS BEST FOR THE RESIDENTS OF HOLDEN BEACH IS BEST FOR HOLDEN BEACH. ...livability is more important than tinancial gain ...the aunes and environment must be protected ...lots, houses, and septic systems should not be consistently overloaded. ...residents should be provided all the facts concerning sewage disposal, ana then be allowed to make their decision by a vote. ...enforcement of coaes and ordinances must be equitable and fair. ...good police protection is a necessity ...renters and buyers come to Holden Beach because they like our lifestyle. I can work with anyone who places the interests of the residents above their own personal or financial interests. VOTE IF WE RESIDENTS DO NOT PROTECT WHAT WE HAVE, NO ONE WILL! Paid Political Advertisement by Candidate Sid Swarts Q1993 THF BRUNSWICK E

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