The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, January 13, 1994, Page PAGE 6-A, Image 6
EDL Courting Developers Of $100 Million Hunting, Fishing Museum BY ERIC CARLSON The county Economic Development Commission is trying to convince a committee of investors to build its proposed $100 million "National Hunting and Pishing Museum of the Americas" on a 3.000-to-10.000-acre site 'n Brunswick County. I:.DC Director Tom Monks announced Monday. I he unnamed group is scouring the East Coast for the right place to build a 500.000-square-foot educa tional facility that will house a fully-stocked indoor trout stream, aquariums, an aviary, hunting and fishing exhibits, a theater, art and photo galleries, a library and several indoor shooting ranges for rifles, pistols, shot guns. archery and black powder firearms. An estimated 800.000 visitors are expected to tour the museum and participate in its educational programs each year. Monks said. Planners estimate that the facili ty will bring its host county 3.500 jobs during construc tion. with a permanent payroll of 316 lull-time posi tions. "On an annualized basis, the permanent positions would generate a minimum additional disposable in come in the museum site area of $3.5 million for the first year of operation," according to a 12-page execu tive summary of the project sent to the EDC by the N.C. Department of Commerce. The proposal assumes that the museum will also at tract numerous sporting gnoHs outlets, restaurants and other spin-off businesses to the area. Although he admits that Brunswick County has only "a slim chance" of attracting the museum. Monks said the area meets a number of the site selection criteria listed in the group's proposal. He said the EDC is ac tively trying to recruit the facility and is preparing a formal report outlining Brunswick County's strong points as a site for the museum. "We expect to know if we're in the running by February." Monks said. The group wants to build the museum somewhere alone, th?> Fast Coast in a state "wherein there arc high interest levels and generous seasons in the sports ot hunting and fishing." A preferred site would be a natur al wooded selling "in close proximity lo an appropriate highway network and air and train travel facilities Of prime interest to the museum board is a location "featuring fresh water frontage as well as salt-water ac cess via established waterways." Monks noted that Brunswick County meets all those criieiia. wiili the adueu incentive of relatively reason able land prices. Still, he cautioned that there is proba bly no more than a "one in a hundred" chance ol at tracting the project. "They're peddling this idea all over the Kast Coast. You can be sure that there will be a lot of counties in terested." he said. In its "mission statement." the museum proposal sa\>> it is intended as a place to "celebrate, preserve, memo rialize and perpetuate the timeless American tradition of hunting and fishing through the enshrinement of that tradition, with all of its attendant history, in a stalc-of iitc-dii iiiuscuiVi facility dedicated to that tradition. iK educational dissemination and its future." Among the attractions planned for the facility are: ? An indoor Iron! stream flowing throughout the mu seum. featuring educational and participatory demon strations on fly lishing. ? Aquariums holding all the game lish and related species in the western hemisphere. ? Indoor and outdoor rifle, pistol, black powder and ireherv ranees and sporting clays sites staffed by certi fied instructors lor educational anil recreational purpos es. ? A world-class wildlife art and photographic gal lerv. ? More than 50 state and country rooms displaying each area's game and fish species within the western hemisphere. ? Manufacturers' rooms for display of new and his torical artifacts including antique and contemporary hunting and fishing equipment. ? An aviary, map room, theater, exhibit hall and a inirnjierjilirary ol all known data, books, nianu scripts, videos and other materials pertaining to the s|K>rtsof hunting and fishing. Sunset Okays More Engineering Funds, Is Criticized On Bond Ad BY LYNN CARLSON Sunset Beach and Calabash town governments have committed S50.000 each tor additional engi neering services to keep the two towns' proposed central sewer pro ject mov ing until a design contract is finalized with Piedmont-Olsen Eng ineering in mid- to late February. Calabash's appropriation came last week, along with a preliminary design budget of SI (MMMM) for engi neers to prepare construction draw ings and to obtain regulatory ap proval of a sewer collection system for downtown Calabash. The Sunset Beach Town Council unanimously approved its $5(1.000 funding request Monday night near the end ol a three-hour session in which council also was called upon to defend its upcoming sewer bond referendum and to strengthen its po sition tin stormw ater runoff control. New Councilman Herb Klinker criticized the town's newspaper ad vertisement announcing its intent to apply to the state Local Government Commission for approval of $5 mil lion in sanitary sewer bonds subject to an April 5 referendum. Klinker and Mayor pro tem Ed Ciore serve as an appointive commit tee representing council on sewer is sues. Klinker called the town's adver tisement. published in the Jan. ft is sue of The Brunswick Beacon, "mis leading" because it did not mention that the central sewer system is pro jected to cost $35 million. Hngineer Joseph Tombro said the $5 million figure was chosen be cause that is the amount of a Clean Water Kund grant the project is ex pected t<< receive. That grant, he said, would be used to pay off the general obligation bonds, if voters approve them. Tombro said representatives of the Bond Council of Brown and Wood. New York, dictated the word ing of the advertisement and said the town could not legally hold a refer endum ?>n the sewer system question without calling for issuance of bonds in a meeting Dec. 2X. the engi neers warned council that if prelimi nary design and other work doesn't begin soon, the project could fall be hind schedule and endanger eligibil ity for state funds to be awarded next July. The two towns' combined $1(XMXK) will go toward site selec tion and preliminary treatment plant design, application for a major CAMA permit and eval uation of the suitability of golf courses to receive treated effluent. The engineers say the granting of state revolving loan and Clean Water Bond funds is contingent on the sewer project being "readv-to-go." with plans and specifications com pleted this July. Sunset Beach and Calabash are ranked among the state's top priority communities to receive those funds as long as the towns are in a position to accept and use the funds when offered. Klinker. reading from a prepared statement, raised several concerns about the proposed system, includ ing the fact that the advertisement fails to address council's earlier commitment to include stormwater runolt controls as a component of its sewer referendum. Town Administrator Linda Flue gel said the Bond Council had re jected the town's attempt to include stormwater runoff funds in the bond rt'icrcndi'm hccMUst' no dc*-!tln or funding plans exist for a stormwater system. Tomhro said he anticipates an an nouncement soon that Brunswick County will serve as lead agency to ward a regional stormwater manage ment system endorsed by eight local governments. In the meantime, council agreed to pursue Gore's suggestion that the town prove its seriousness about stormwater management by initiat ing a study of how to manage stormwater runoff on the island of Sunset Beach. "If we only did the island, it wouldn't have too much of an im pact on our waters, because we all know it's a regional problem." Gore said. But we can commit to a study ?U.? ~n -vmn ! ?? in. th. ? IV'I 11IV. I.HilllU. till V. AjMIIVI u to till. mainland if the county doesn't get involved." Klinker said, "My position on the sewer system is that I want to see it move ahead, for the right reasons and in the right areas." but later added. "Certain citizens will not vote for this referendum if we do not address stormwater runoff. I'm just concerned whether we'll get the vote or not." One of those citizens is C'ete Waldmiller. president of the Sunset Beach Taxpayers Association, who argued that council has not done enough toward implementing a stormwater project as it has pursued wastewater funds over the past two years. "One without the other is insuffi cient," he said. "As soon as the wastewater system is in place, de velopment is going to go crazy, and asphalt contributes to stormwater runoff. If we don't do something to stop it. we're not going to help any thing." Waldmiller and other SBTA members referred to a recent Wilm WHY PAY RETAIL? km iTii k\ LIa AL TWIN SO Q EA. PC. o9 FULL. EA. PC $49 QUEEN, SET $149 KING, SET $199 MEDIUM FIRM TWIN s-~ ea pc. ~4y FULL, EA. PC $69 QUEEN, SET $179 KING, SET $279 EXTRA FIRM TW!N $C-Q ea pc. 59 FULL, EA. PC $89 QUEEN, SET $229 KING, GET $339 SEALY FIRM TW!N tcn EA. PC. 69 FULL, EA. PC $109 QUEEN, SET $249 KING, SET $359 SUPER FIRM twin 5w, EA. PC. 79 FULL, EA. 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"We know where every sewer that money is more readily avail- monies will be made available at tht line is. but we still have no able. With the recent reauthorization federal and state levels, he said. Underwood Appointed To OIB Plan Board; Expansion Proposed BY LYNN CARLSON Norflcct Underwood was appointed to ihe Ocean Isle Beach Planning Board on Tuesday lo replace Ken Proctor. w hu says tie u iike to see the board expanded. uiiuciwuiiu > appoint rnent was urutiiiiiiousiv ?ip proved after he was nominated by Commissioner Janet Sanders. Both Proctor and Commissioner Kendall Suh said they had planned to nominate Underwood also. Proctor resigned from the planning hoard when he was sworn in to the Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners this past December. He told the com missioners I"uesda\ he thinks the planning hoard would he "not as complacent" it it had five representatives from the town limits insteadot three. I'he planning hoard currently is comprised of Chair man IJeCarol Williamson. Bill Bullington and Under wood. all from the town limits. Judy McHenrs and John David Frink represent the extraterritorial zoning and planning area (ETA) and may vote only on issues pertaining to it. Proctor read an opinion from a N.C". League of Municipalities attorney who endorsed the idea ot a larg er planning hoard and added. "With only three members >ou tend to go ilitnugh things too quickly, and one per son tends to have a |>osiiion ot |xw,er. with the others lollowing. I think u s essential we 1 \pand to get some ideas we're not now getting." He also said the planning board "has a problem with attendance" and asked that participation requirements lx implemented. Mayor Pro Tem Kill Benton said Mayor Bett\ Wiiiiamson lavored the commissioners holding a work shop on Proctor's proposal before taking action Benton was presiding in the absence of the mayor, who was on vacation. Commissioner Debbie l-'ox said the workshop should be held jointl) by the commissioners and the planning board. The commissioners agreed that such a workshop would be held before the next regular meeting March S if possible. "I just don't want this to take lour or five months." Proctor said. Any change in (he si/e or rules governing the plan ning board would require a public hearing prior to im plementation. Public hearings were scheduled for Feb. 8 at 8:30 a.m. on the town's proposed new subdivision ordinance; a rec ommended relaxation of the residential height limit; and a rezoning petition by WRP Properties for more restrictive /.oiling in a subdn ision proposed for Asheville Street. In other business. Building Inspector Druied Ruber son reported that Ocean Isle is experiencing "the busiest winter we've ever had in terms of (building) permits' for single-family homes. THE HOME HEALTH STORE | MEDICAL EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES FOR THE HOME THE HOME HEALTH STORE Featuring: ? Lab Coats ? 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