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Rules Would Allow
Sunset To Control Junk Cars, Nuisance In ETA
BY SUSAN USHER
A cat left on a public street, or on private property
without the owner's permission. Truck skeletons rusting
in a backyard. An empty trailer with broken windows,
heavy weeds or harboring mosquitoes or rats.
Any of those vehicles would come under Sunset Beach
authority whether inside the town limits or within its ex
traterritorial area (ETA) if the town council adopts a new
ordinance on junked, abandoned and nuisance vehicles.
A public hearing will be held Monday. April 4. at
7:30 p.m. at town hall The hearing isn't required but
was suggested by the planning board.
The proposed rules were drafted because of problems
with junked automobiles in the I'TA. said Planning
Board Chairman Richard Good. I he current ordinance
can't be enforced outside the town limits. The police de
partment would enforce the new ordinance within town
and the building inspector in the F.TA
The ordinance would cover automobiles, trailers and
boats within the strict legalities of "abandoned," "junk"
and nuisance." For a vehicle to be "junked." it must lack
a current license plate, be partially dismantled or
wrecked, cannot move in the manner originally intend
ed. be at least five years old and appear to be worth less
than $100. One such vehicle would Ik allowed in a rear
yard if entirely concealed from public view by a cover
ing or enclosure kept in good repair.
The ordinance closely follows state law and spells nut
requirements for notification of owners and for towing
or otherwise removing a vehicle.
"It's a rather cumbersome process." said Good.
Swap Details Pondered
It u ill be up to Building Committee members Julia
lliomas and Oierri Cheek to negotiate for the town de
tails of a proposed swap of lands between Sunset Reach
and Sea I rail Corp
Council memlH.'rs agreed to the swap Monday night,
contingent upon reaching a mutually satisfactory plan
for the Use and disposal of the existing town hall. The
town is interested in building a new town hall on a larger
Sea Trail-ow ned lot .it the corner of N.C I 79 and River.
Sea Trail would receive the land on which the existing
town hall stands. It doesn't want the building, but the
town wants use of it until the new facility is ready.
After that, "if it can be sold, I think wc should made
every effort to sell it," said Councilman Herb Klinkcr.
Appraisers value the existing town hall at between
Cheek asked that terms relating to the building be
agreed upon before the swap becomes final, while
'lliomas urged the council to move quickly or face an
other year in cramped quarters with limited parking.
Mayor Pro-tem lid Gore, w ho is also a principal in Sea
Trail Corp.. said he thought an agreement could be
leached, i he amount ot time should tie understood and
it needs to be reasonable. 1 believe it can be worked out."
Still Sonie Questions
Council members didn't rule out holding a second
public meeting before the April 5 sewer bond referen
dum to explain again the proposed rate structure for the
South Brunswick Water & Sewer Authority. Mayor
Mason Barber said some people don't understand how
the rates were determined and how the cost of the sys
tem will be recovered.
Meanwhile, individuals with questions are being re
ferred to town hall staff and the consulting engineers on
For a vehicle to be "junked, " it
must lack a current license plate,
be partially dismantled or wrecked,
cannot move in the manner
originally intended, be at least five
years old and appear to be worth
less than $100.
If the April 5 sewer hond referendum passes, council
agreed with Barber to hold a workshop to explore op
tions for property owners io hav e separate meters lor ir
rigation water. Sewer rates are based on water usage.
I"he council also named Gore anil klinker to work
with the town's appointees to the South Brunswick
Water & Sewer Authority
Convert It To Cash
Changes in the town's vacation leave ordinance
adopted Monday will mainly benefit department heads
and the town administrator?employees who haven't
been taking all of their vacation each \ear and may have
"lost" some of it as a result. They Can now convert some
of those unused hours to cash
Starting this year Sunset Beach town employees must
take at least 40 hours of vacation consecutively unless
they have not accumulated that mueli as a result of
working less than a full year. An employee may accu
nuilate no more than 160 hours of vacation leave as of
June 30 each year. An employee can opt to be paid at his
or her existing hourly salary rate lor any vacation ac
crued during the past year and not taken if that employee
has taken the required 40 hours of vacation and would
still have a balance of at least 40 hours accrued after the
In a related motion made by Councilman Cherri
Cheek, council agreed to pay Town Administrator I inda
Fluegcl $1,931.66 (before deductions) for IIS hours of
vacation not taken before 1987. At the time she was the
only employee in the office. "It was pay due and well
deserved and we need to not let this happen anymore."
Accrued employee vacation is considered long-term
debt. The town's auditor recommended either making
restitution to employees for the hours accumulated or
taking the value to date ($1H.l>42) off the books.
Council also amended the short-term disability leave
policy to provide that employees can use a combination
of accumulated sick leave or vacation leave to subsidize
their disability benefits, not to exceed their basic rate ol
Along with other minor actions, the board made sev
eral other ordinance changes at the recommendation of
?Authorized the town administrator to collect de
posits. late payments and reconnection fees for water
service, and to disconnect customers overdue by 45
?Kstablishcd cash management and deposit proce
dures. The proposed resolution designating United
Carolina Bank in Calabash as the town's depository was
changed to NationsBank in Sunset Beach on Gore's rec
ommendation. Gore is a director of NationsBank, which
happens to be the only bank with a branch located in
Sunset Beach. The town had been using the Calabash tains no lettering or graphics.
UC'B branch for years out of "habit." said l-'luegel. MBv consensus accepted DOT's offer to extend
?< hanged the utility maintenance easement in the Sunset Beach Bridge openings at the top of the hour
public works ordinance from 20 feet to 10 feet for uni- from April through November this year instead of
formitv with the town's subdivision ordinance. October. In IW3 bridge openings dropped from 512 in
?Authorized l-'luegel to begin applying to the N.C. November to 24S in December The town had wanted
Office of Coastal Management for a stormwater system hourly openings year-round or half-hour openings dur
planning grant. At point effort would begin costing the ing winter
town money, she will seek additional guidance from HSet aside for now disposal of the town's elevated
council. water tank. If the town did away with the tank, a study
?Set .i joint public hearing for 7:30 p.m. April 4 on a by Andrew & Kuskc engineers showed, it would need to
sign ordinance change recommended by the planning either upgrade the island water distribution lines or add
and zoning board. Under the change, when calculating a booster station to maintain the water flow needed for
the square footage of a monument sign, up to the first firefighting capability at either end of the island, Either
two feet ol the base could be excluded if that area con- would cost more than maintaining the tank.
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