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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, November 11, 1993, Page PAGE 2-A, Image 2

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53 LONG BEACH VOTERS CHALLENGED State Elections Board To Decide Leland Sanitary District Vote BY SUSAN USHER The State Board of Elections will decide whether a new Letand Sanitary District election is necessary, after 65 non-district residents cast ballots in a close Nov. 2 election. After canvassing returns last Thursday the Brunswick County Board of Elections did not certify the district election because poll workers at the Leland precinct "gave everybody who voted theie a sanitary district bal lot." said Lynda Britt. supervisor of elections. "Sixty five people voted who should not have." A recount by the board confirmed the re-election of Sandy Creek Mayor Ernest Grainger, while the toss of a quarter settled a tie for a seat on the Bolivia Board of Aldermen. The board will hold hearings later this month on challenges filed against 53 voters in the l>ong Beach elections. The sanitary district, which offers water service to its residents, covers portions of three precincts ? Leland. Belville and Woodburn. Only residents of the district can vote in district elections. Only four votes separate candidates for the last seat on the five-member board. Brunswick County Planning Director John Harvey received 398 votes while incum bent Julius Adams received 394. Thinking it would eliminate the need for a new elec tion. last Thursday Harvey offered to withdraw from the race, Britt said, but state election law doesn't provide for that. it does allow a candidate to withdraw after the elec tion and before being sworn in. In that instance, it would be up to the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners to fill the vacancy. The commissioners could appoint anyone of their choosing. They would not be bound to appoint the next-highest vote-getter or to follow the rec ommendation of the Leland Sanitary District Board of Directors. But in this case the election itself is in question. Britt has forwarded both the county board's refusal to certify the election and Harvey's offer of withdrawal to the state board. "This is not a situation that is common." said Britt. "Mr. Harvey's offer made it unique, that put a little twist in it." Should the State Board of Elections order a new elec lion, said Britt. that could raise new questions, such as whether Harvey still wants to resign. State law allows for candidates to withdraw their names from the ballot if the ballot has not been printed. If so. that would leave five candidates on the ballot for five seats. A ruling from the state board is expected after it meets later this month. Britt said February is probably the earliest a new election could be held. Polls in all three precincts, Leland. Woodburn and Belville, would be opened. In Sandy Creek, write-in candidate Brenda Mitchell won't be replacing incumbent Ernest Grainger as mayor. Unofficial results had indicated Grainger beat town councilman Mitchell 35-33 last Tuesday, but Mitchell questioned the reading of two ballots by the computer. In a recount Thursday. Mitchell lost a vote and Grainger's election was affirmed. By the toss of a coin, longtime Bolivia Aldeiman Klla Jane Willetts Wescott is getting another two-year term on the board. Willetts tied in the Nov. 2 election with challenger Lloyd Wayne Cox at 23 votes apiece. Last Thursday, the Brunswick County Board of Elections followed state rules and broke the tie with a game of chance. With Willetts assigned "tails" and Cox "heads," Board Chairman Orie Gore tossed a quarter. It landed tail side up. This is the second consecutive town election in which an alderman's race has been settled in Bolivia by a game of chance, Britt noted. Two years ago the tie for the fourth seat on the board was between Sherry Willetts and Thurston "Tut" Clemmons. Willetts won that toss. Bolivia's mayor and all four aldermen are elected every two years. In Long Beach, eligibility of 53 voters has been chal lenged on the basis of residency. Challengers contend the individuals either do not reside in Long Beach or do not reside in the precinct in which they vote. The county elections board will conduct hearings on the challenges Nov. 18 and 19, starting at 6 p.m. each day in the county commissioners' chambers at the Brunswick County Government Center in Bolivia. FINANCIAL BOOKS IN GOOD ORDER Auditor: Schools' Budget Cushion Gone BY SUSAN USHER After drawing on reserve funds to meet its budget two years in a row, the Brunswick County Board of Education won't have that option next year. Auditor Charles Flowers told school board members Monday night, "You won't have that cushion. You had $892,000 two years ago and you've spent down to $236,000 in two years time." During the last fiscal year, the schools took in $93,000 less than it had budgeted and drew from its re serves, or working capital, to make up the difference. This summer, as part of an agreement reached with the Brunswick County Commis sioners, $600,000 in reserve monies was budgeted to meet day-to-day operating expenses rather than fur ther cutting line items the board be lieved essential. Flowers said that lack of a fund balance would not affect the schools' audit opinion next year, but would require close monitoring of the budget to avoid cash flow prob lems during the year. The Local Government Commis sion recommends counties and towns set in reserve a sum equal to 8 percent to 20 percent of their budget for cash flow purposes. The com mission doesn't recommend a spe cific range for school systems since they do have income every month from the county finance office. However Flowers said those funds may not always arrive when needed to meet payroll or other expenses. "You should have a working bal ance for cash flow purposes so you can meet your obligations." The school system received an unqualified audit opinion of its fi nancial statements again this year, the highest form of opinion. Flowers Highs Should Range In 60s For Few Days Typical mid-November weather is in the local forecast for the next few days. Shallotte Point meteorologist Jackson Canady said he expects temperatures to average from the upper 40s at night into the upper 60s during the daytime, with about a half-inch of rainfall. For the period of Nov. 2-8, tem peratures ranged from a daytime high of 71 degrees on Nov. 4 and 6 to a nighttime low of 32 degrees Nov. 2. A daily average high of 64 de grees combined with a nightly aver age low of 45 degrees for a daily av erage temperature of 54 degrees. Canady said that is about 5 degrees below average. He recorded fifty nine-hundredths inch of rain. THE BRUNSWICK&EACON Established Nov. 1, 1962 Telephone 754-6890 Published Every Thursday At 4709 Main Street Shallotte, N.C. 28459 SUBSCRIPTION RATES IN BRUNSWICK COUNTY One Year $10.36 Six Months $5.55 ELSEWHERE IN NORTH CAROLINA One Year $14.86 Six Months $7.90 ELSEWHERE IN U.S.A. One Year $15.95 Six Months $8.35 Second class postage paid at Shallotte, N.C. 28459. USPS 777 780. Postmaster, send address changes to: P.O. Box 2558, Shallotte, N.C. 28459-2558 Chamber Wants To Know How Residents Perceive Their Schools BY SUSAN USHER Why do some people who work in Brunswick County choose not to live here? That's just one of the questions the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce hopes to answer through a countywide survey it will con duct in January. Aimed primarily at determining public perceptions of the Brunswick County Schools, the survey will be used by the chamber's education committee to decide how chamber members can best work with local schools. "Our education committee would like to forge a partnership between local businesses and schools that is mutually beneficial," committee member Jane Kulesza told the Brunswick County Board of Education Monday night. "But we have learned that we had a number of perceptions about the schools, some of which may be accurate and some that may be misper ceptions." The committee expects the survey to indicate several types of infor mation: how parents, students, employers, and graduates of local high schools view the school system's priorities, performance and problems/needs; where they get information about the schools; and what factors they consider in judging the quality of a school system. The chamber had planned to limit the area surveyed, but instead will gather information from a sampling of residents across the county. "There was interest elsewhere and it appeared the statistical data would be more valid if collected countywide," she said. The survey will also go to a sampling of individuals who work in Brunswick County but live elsewhere. To increase the response rate, committee members plan to distribute surveys and pick them back up, working with area businesses and the South Brunswick Islands and North Brunswick chambers. Results of the 24-question survey will be tabulated and analyzed in depth with the help of software provided by Carolina Power & Light Co. said finance department operations show continued improvement, indi vidual school accounts are now maintained on the computer and are more uniform and reliable, and that documentation of payroll records "has improved dramatically." Flowers recommended that fixed assets documentation be the next area the finance office addresses. The school system has $70.2 million in fixed assets, excluding food ser vice, and needs to improve its ac countability for that property. Once an item is received and its purchase price logged, the finance office needs to track where it is and who is responsible for it until it is disposed of by authorized means, he indicat ed. Money continued to be the focus of discussion later as well, as board members discussed ways to cover the $87.50 cost per person of pro viding high-risk employees shots to prevent the spread of blood-borne pathogens such as hepatitis B and HIV, the virus which causes AIDS. The board budgeted $10,00(), which will be enough for 105 per sons since the cost was higher than expected. Between 140 and 200 per sons should have the shots. Staff is checking to see if the schools' insur ance program will cover any portion of the cost. The board also took steps to re cover money it says is due the school, directing attorney Glen Peterson to investigate the sale of materials out of the warehouse with out authorization, and attempt to re cover either the property or its fair market value. While Assistant Superintendent Bill Turner was out of town in early August, Peterson said later, someone stopped by the warehouse and made an offer on some used cafeteria equipment and an employee sold it to him. The person later resold the items for a substantially greater price. Meanwhile, the unauthorized sale was noticed when the check went to the finance office and there was no documentation. Under state law the school board must first declare property surplus and of no educational use, then ad vertise it for sale or auction to the highest bidder. Peterson said the em ployee involved apparently didn't know the procedure, a violation that is being handled internally. In other business the board: ? approved the contract for Assistant Superintendent for Sup port Services Oscar Blanks. The contract ends June 30, 1996, the same time as Superintendent Ralph Johnston 's.and provides a $6,500 lo cal supplement in addition to Blank's state salary. ? renewed its audit contract with Turlington & Flowers for 1993-94; ? in executive session, discussed efforts to acquire land for Leland Elementary School; ? heard that the North Brunswick High School wastewater treatment plant was seriously damaged by vandals at about 3 p.m. Friday, with staff working until 7 p.m. to com plete repairs. Asst. Superintendent Bill Turner estimated damages at more than $2,500 and speculated that students might be responsible. ? heard, also from Turner, that renovation of six more classrooms at Union Elementary has begun, with classes returned to the first six. ? appointed members to local school advisory councils, including Cherri Cheek and PTO President Russell Brown, Shallotte Middle School; James Fort, West Brunswick High School; PTA President Lara Milligan, Waccamaw Elementary; PTO President Robin Gaskins, Union Elementary; and PTA President Jean Gillette, Supply Elementary. Mine Gets Blasted In Letter From Rose To Permit Agency (Continued From Page 1-A) "They say they are opposed to Martin Marietta, but they are not playing their part when they give them a septic permit overnight." Quinn's letter to the N.C. Division of Environmental alleges that on Oct. 28, the county health department acted "erroneously, un iawfuiiy and without proper proce dure" when it issued a septic tank permit for Martin Marietta's office and scale house at the mine site. "The septic permit was issued al most immediately upon receipt of the engineering plans," the letter says. "Evidently, no field verifica tion of the plans was done and inad equate review of the plans, calcula tions and specifications were done. Again, Martin Marietta appears to have received preferential treat ment." The letter claims that portions of the septic system are to be "installed in jurisdictional wetlands," in viola tion of the federal Clean Water Act. It asserts that main septic lines are proposed "less than three feet from the ground surface in the plant and stockpile area," where "thousands of tons of stockpiled rock" will be piled and heavy equipment will op erate. Quinn has asked the state to noti fy the Brunswick County building inspections department that the sep tic permit is under appeal and re quests that the building permits based on the permit be revoked or suspended. The Beacon received Quinn's let ter late Tuesday, after the Brunswick County offices closed and was con sequently unable to reach county health officials for comment. Supply Site Of Dental Sealant Project Supply Elementary School is scheduled to conduct a dental seal ant promotion project during the week of Nov. 15-19. The project is being coordinated through the Brunswick County Health Department, the Brunswick County Schools and the N.C. Department of Environment, Health and Natural Resources Division of Dental Health. The project's goal is to increase the use of dental sealants on chil dren's teeth. According to the 1986 87 N.C. School Oral Health Survey, 47 percent of schoolchildren in North Carolina have tooth decay. Dental sealants and the proper use of fluoride protect teeth from decay. A public health dental team from the Division of Dental Health will set up a portable "dental office" at Supply Elementary School. Team members include David McDaniel, public health dentist; Patsy Bey and Donna Forsythe, project coordina tors and Brunswick County public health dental hygienist; Annah Kay Royal and Susie Bullard, public health dental hygienists; and Norma Davis, dental assistant. Dental sealants are a plastic mate rial placed on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. These surfaces contain pits and grooves that accu mulate bacterial plaque which caus es tooth decay. Eighty -one percent of all tooth decay in children is on the chewing surfaces of their teeth. The procedure for placing a den tal sealant is simple and painless. The teeth to be sealed are cleaned and the sealant material placed on them. The sealants last four or five years or longer. It is not necessary for the teeth to be numb. Before the sealant project takes place, educational presentations will be given to the Supply Elementary School PTA, teachers and students. While the "dental office" is operat ing, classrooms will be encouraged to visit and become familiar with the workings of a dental office. / STAFF PHOTO BY ERIC CARLSON BENNY LUDLUM, a former Brunswick County Commissioner, is sworn in as the newest member of the county board of health Monday night. Administering the oath of office is health board Clerk Kay Moore. Health Board Votes Against Manager Certification Plan (Continued From Page 1-A) with Clorox. It's the employees that do that. "I don't know what the answer is," Quaintance said. "But I don't think this is." As health board chairman, Mal iston Stanley did not cast a vote, but indicated support for the proposed rules. "It's my personal belief that someone, somewhere has got to take a stand and set a standard, and the health board members are the ones who have to do that," Stanley said. "The whole idea is to raise the knowledge base about the latest techniques in restaurant operations. You can't just put out a book and ex pect them to read it." Newton suggested that the pro posed regulations might violate state statutes, which he said prohibit local governments from imposing rules on health grading that are more stringent than those established by the state. Health Director Michael Rhodes said the N.C. Attorney General has ruled that counties can require food service manager certification. Only about six counties in the state have done so, Robinson said. In supporting Newton's motion to return the regulations to committee, Warren suggested that it be made mandatory only for food handlers who fail to achieve an acceptable health ratings in two consecutive in spections. Only one board member, veteri narian Dr. Brad Kerr, voted in favor of enacting the food service regula tions. In an interview Tuesday, Ken said he was disappointed with the board's action. "I am concerned that decisions on health issues are not being made by health professionals," Kerr said. "Economics are being considered as the primary reason for altering these regulations. Where are the doctors, the pharmacists and the dentists who are supposed to be represented on this board?" Only one other health profession al, Nurse Patricia Nutter, attended the meeting and voted with the ma jority. Physician Harry Johnson, Pharmacist Joey Galloway and Dentist Jeff Mintz were absent. Seven of the health board's 1 1 mem bers are not employed in the health industry. In other business, members of the health department nursing staff thanked Warren for the county com missioners' recent vote to raise nurs ing salaries and to create three new nursing positions. In requesting the staff changes, Rhodes told the com missioner that the county's low nursing salaries make it difficulty to hire and maintain a high-quality nursing staff. The personnel changes will not require any additional funds this year, but will add $43,057 to the 1993-94 budget, Rhodes said. HOW TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE BRUNSWICK$BEACON : POST OFFICE BOX 2558 | SHALLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA 28459 l ft/DT/rp- aplithla nr rnnfiistMt fiannnt-hfr ? guaranteed since this newspaper must rely on the U.S. ' Postal Service for delivery. We can only guarantee that . you/, newspaper will be suboutled to the post office in Shallotte on Wednesday of the week of publication, in time for dispatch to out-of-town addresses that day. ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION RATES BY MAIL: Sr. Citizen In Brunswick County 06.30 ?S.SO N.C. Sales Tax .38 .32 Postage Charge 3.68 3.68 TOTAL 10.36 9.30 Elsewhere in North Carolina 06.30 ?5.30 N.C. Sales Tax .38 .32 Postage Charge 8.18 8.18 TOTAL 14.86 13.80 Outside North Carolina Q6.30 :_|5 30 Postage Charge 9 fis Q fis TOTAL 15.95 14.95 Complete And Return To Above Address Name Address City, State

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