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Calabash Board Passes Anti-Authority Petitions
BY KRIC CARLSON
Petitions signed by f>f>2 Calabash residents who op
pose the town's plan to help build a $35 million sewer
system were presented to the Calabash board of
Commissioners Tuesday night.
Alter a sometimes heated discussion among commis
sioners and members of the audience, the board voted 4
to-2. with Teddy Altreuter and Robert Noe dissenting, to
refer the petitions to the board's sewer committee lor re
view and recommendations.
The petitions, circulated in Carolina Shores for about
a week by its property owners association, asked the
board to "explore thoroughly the feasibility of purchas
ing the Carolina Blythe Sewer and Water Utility and the
cancellation of any connection with the proposed South
Brunswick Water and Sewer Authority."
Residents of Carolina Shores, who get sewer service
from the private Carolina Blythe utility, fear their rates
will increase if the company is bought by the joint au
thority Calabash has formed with Sunset Beach to build
a regional sewer system. They want the town to scrap
the plan and buy Carolina Blythe instead.
The tow n studied the idea of purchasing the system as
part of its original plan for sewering the downtown
restaurant district. But negotiations with company owner
Billy Burnett soured after he refused to allow the town
access to records the board saitl it needed to decide
whether Carolina Hlythe was worth his "non-nego
tiable" asking price of $4.5 million.
Three Carolina Shores I'OA members attended (he
Tuesday night meeting to present the petitions. 'They
asked the board to re-open talks with Burnett and to
withdraw from the sewer authority.
"These are the people who put you in office," said
I'OA vice president John Mannaway, referring to the
names on the petitions. "What you do with them is up to
the board of commissioners, not me. You have to satisfy
652 citizens of the town of Calabash. You're talking
about spending S34.1) million and a lot of citizens arc
Hannaway also said Carolina Shores residents are
afraid an authority might gain too much power and take
on two much debt. 'They are also upset by the town's de
cision to cancel a previously planned referendum on the
formation of an authority, he said.
The bo.ird decided last year that such a vote was no
longer needed after plans to purchase Carolina Blythe
were dropped, leaving Carolina Shores residents out of
the authority's service area and jurisdiction.
Commissioner lid Schaack Tuesday suggested that
Carolina Hlythe customers form a "co-op" to purchase
and operate the system for themselves. He criticized his
fellow Carolina Shores residents lor "going around in
circles" and "re-hashing the same old things" by rcsur
reeling the idea of buying the sewer system.
"There is a brick wall l>viwecn Hilly Burnett and the
town of Calabash. It's like the Palestinians anil the
Israelis," Schaack said. "We can't get funding without
approval from Hob High at the state treasurer's office If
we went up there with the information Harnett gave us
(about the company's value), he would have had a good
laugh, but it would have been dead in the water.
"He (Burnett) gave us an ultimatum." said Schaack
"lie told us he would give us no more information with
out an offer for $4.5 million."
"Me never said that." said Allreuter. a new board
member who was elected after the negotiations with
Burnett broke down.
"He did so!" snapped Commissioner Keith Hardee.
"Are you calling us liars?"
Mayor George Anderson said Burnett wanted the
town to make a formal statement of intent to purchase
the company before he would agree to open his books.
Commissioner Jon Sanborn said he too was troubled
by Burnett's refusal to give the town more information
about Carolina Blythe. He said the commissioners had
no evidence?except figures supplied by Burnett that
the company was worth the asking price.
"I have never bought anything from anyone who met
me at the door and said I could not come in and look
around without paying S4.5 million," Sanborn said.
Saying he is not opposed to the idea of re examining
the Carolina HIvthe purchase. Sanborn suggested that
the hoard consider asking outside engineers to "take .1!!
the myriads ot information out there, analyze it anil
bring us a legitimate price and an indication of what the
rates would be" if the town were to buy the sewer com
"We need lo tind a way to break this impasse," he
Anderson said he was concerned about spending more
money on additional studies while engineers for the
South Brunswick Water and Sewer Authority are press
ing ahead with designs and funding applications for the
Finally. Schaaek made the motion to have the town's
sewer committee study the petitions and report its rec
ommendations to the board, lie suggested that the sewer
committee hold olt on its decision until the lx>wer Cape
l;ear Water and Sewer Authority decides whether it
wants lo purchase Carolina Blylhe.
Ute I.CI WSA has asked its engineer to take a prelim
inary look .it the feasibility of purchasing the sewer utili
ty. I he group will hear his report at its next meeting and
may decide then whether to begin negotiations with
After casting her dissenting vote. Altreuter criticized
the board's action, saying "I don't think that's an ade
quate response to those 652 people."
PUBLIC HEARING TUESDAY
Shallotfe Land Use Plan Covers Economic Growth
bv doug r utter
Expansion of the sewer plant and
the need for economic growth
downtown and riverfront bcautifica
tion are among the key issues ad
dressed in Shallotte's latest land use
Town aldermen will conduct a
public hearing Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
in town hall to hear comments on
the 90-page document that took two
years to prepare.
The plan includes statistics, cur
rent land use trends and policies de
signed to help officials maintain or
derly growth in Shallottc through
the year 2,002
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work was done by the town's plan
ling hoard and representatives of
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look at things that will help the town
grow and that's what this is sup
posed to be is a road map."
At public meetings two years ago,
residents indicated that the number
one thing they would like to see in
the next five to 10 years is expan
sion of Ihc wastewater treatment
Shallotte's population grew from
680 in 1980 to 1,073 in 1990, ac
cording to the U.S Census Bureau.
I"he 58-percent growth rate was at
tributed mainly to the sewer piant.
which was completed in IM82.
Shallottc officials are in the pro
cess of selecting an engineering firm
to design expansion of the facility,
which currently treats about 140.1KM)
gallons of wastewater per day and
has the capacity for 206.000 gallons.
Residents also indicated in March
1992 they would like to see the town
go after more business and industry
and landscape the downtown area,
particularly near Shallottc River.
To meet those goals, officials plan
to continue fostering Shallotte's
trade center image and supporting e
f'.brts of the Committee of i00 to at
tract new industry and expand exist
The town also plans to work to
obtain funds through state and feder
al programs to purchase and develop
coastal and estuarine water access
areas along Shallotte River.
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statements town officials drafted on
resource protection and management
and economic and community de
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River. Town officials say they will ity and quantity that is as close to
discouragc development in the natural conditions as possible,
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important to local commerce, there eating in the town or its extraterrito
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where it spills into the ocean. coastal areas are required to develop
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community, and there is consider- passed in 1974 to establish programs
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of life in the eyes of many residents of the coastal area.
would decline measurably." Once the Shallotte town board ap
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