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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, April 07, 1994, Image 1

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Sewer Bond Passes Easily With Heavy Voter Turnout BY SUSAN USHER "People really looked hard at it and I'm glad they did. Brunswick County that includes 12.5 golf courses. The and Brunswick County, .ind a charter .ind bylaws Now the work will really begin. There won't be any surprises." authority's first project is a $35 million central sewer adopted. Sunset Beach voters endorsed a central sewer system "Wow!" was Sunset Beach Town Administrator collection and treatment system With more than 51 percent of the 504 registered oy oeiter man a two-thirds majority I uesday, approving Linda Muegeis first rcaciion u> a walloping vote for Barber said he anticipates a special meeting of the Sunset Beach voters either uoini; to the polls or casting a $5 million sewer bond issue the town never expects sewer and the high turnout of voters. town council will be called within .i week to 10 days, absentee ballots, Britt said the turnout for the bond is to issue. ^ Barber said voting was heaviest in the afternoon, when all members are available, to begin the next steps sue vote was very high. "A bond issue can usually pass I think this vote really speaks for itself," said Mayor when Sea Trail residents went to the polls after a morn- of the project. The town plans to establish a program with a 25 percent turnout." she said. Mason Barber. "I don t think there's any doubt where ing of association golf. for property owners to install separate meters for irriga- With several low-interest loans anticipated and plans this community stands. Tuesday's vote will allow Sunset Beach Town tion and other non-household uses. Sewer rates will be for the authority to issue $27 million in revenue bonds, Ot the 260 ballots cast. 1S4 were for the sewer sys- Council to activate its appointees to the South based on peak household water usage; the lower the Sunset Beach has said it has no plans of issuing the $5 (em and Hi against, said Brunswick County Board of Brunswick Water & Sewer Authority, triggering a flur- water flow through the house, the lower the bills. million in sewer bonds approved by voters, but wanted Elections Supervisor Lynda Untt. ry of work on the part of ine authority in uidui to meet "We're probably going to provide the meters at a *"???* of commitment for or against sewer. Barber said the endorsement was a "total community state deadlines for several loan award deadlines. cost," the mayor said. "We're going to try to assist resi- Saying it would fuel rapid, dense development with projcct that involved town council members, authority The authority was created by Sunset Beach and dents as much as we can." out adequate controls, opponents of the referendum had directors, town and engineering staff. And hours of Calabash, with Brunswick County soon to join its Once the authority begins work, interlocal agree- questioned the town's wisdom in proceeding with just onc-on-one consultations on projected water bills. membership. It plans to provide sewer and related ser- mcnts and transfers of authority must be reached with the sewer system rather than a combined "We had many, many onc-on-one's," said Barber, vices to a 45-square-milc section of southwestern each member government?Sunset Beach, Calabash (See SUNSET, Page 2-A) '31/99 **P< ..^0 J, ge.ms BO>' BIND! ) BOX 162 ~'RINGPORT M i 49 'S Thirty-Second Year, Number 23 < i 994 THf WUNtwiCK MACON Shallotte, North Carolina, Thursday, April 7, 1994 50c Per Copy 40 Pages, 4 Sections, Plus Inserts Report: Holden Rental Firms Complying With Occupancy Law by douc RUTTER All seven Holden Beach compa nies that manage vacation rental units are complying with a state law that limits occupancy to two people per bedroom, according to a report released this week. "I think they've made an awful lot of progress," Commissioner Sid Swarts said in a phone interview Tuesday. "I think most of them will conscientiously make sure they're not overloaded." Swarts wasn't saying that a year ago, when he spearheaded an effort to get the island's real estate firms to change brochure advertisements as a means of discouraging overcrowd ing of homes. A study of 1993 rental brochures found thai nearly 68 percent of the units advertised claimed to have a greater sleeping capacity than their septic tank systems were designed to accommodate. rha! stu'lv * ^ iho fown'v w water management committee led to a meeting with state and county health officials, who vowed to crack down on rental firms and homeown ers who allow overloading of septic systems. Swarts released an updated ver sion of the study Monday night based on 1W4 brochures. Me point ed out thai all seven firms note in their new brochures that state law limits occupancy to two people per bedroom. "What it boils down to is all the (real estate companies) fall within the state law," Swarts said at Monday night's town meeting. "I want to stress that what they've ad vertised is perfectly legal." (See HOI.OKN, Page 2-A) STAFF PHOIO BY MIC CARLSON Sleepy Eyes At Sunrise Six-year-old Ashley Wheelock dutches a stuffed bunny rabbit on the shoulders of her father Doug Wheelock as a bright morning sun casts its first rays on an Easter sunrise service at llolden licach. The Wheelocks are frequent visitors to the area from their htiini' in Enterprise-. Ala. New Dune Constructed STAFF PHOTO BY DOUG RUT7ER Workers build an oceanfront sand dune at Holden Beach last week. The dune was completed on Good Friday and covers the south side of Hillside Drive. The approximately 11,420 cubic yards of sand came from a nearby dredge spoil urea. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will pay for the project. Mo.\ about the proji on I'age 61). Rates Could Double If Authority Buys Blythe BY ERIC CARLSON The 1 xiwcr Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority de cided Tuesday to delay studying the purchase of Carolina Blythe Utility Co. in Calabash until the town decides whether it wants to buy the sewage system. "We basically decided that the authority would put its plans on hold, to give local governments the opportunity to go through their due process," said Kurt Taube. the authority's executive director. "This authority is not in business to compete with local governments for water and sewer service. We will support their efforts and share the findings of our feasibility study. "And we'll be here as an alternative if nothing else seems to work." The authority, which provides untreated water to Brunswick County, asked its consulting engineer C.A. Willis of Wilmington to study the condition of Carolina Blythe's treatment plant and distribution lines and to ad vise the authority on the feasibility of buying it. He gave his report to the authority board at its regular meeting Tuesday morning. The Calabash Board of Commissioners recently agreed to send Carolina Blythe owner Billy Burnett a letter of intent to purchase the utility in an effort to gain access to financial records and contracts the town feels it needs to analyze the feasibility of Burnett's "non-nego tiable" asking price of $4.5 million. Carolina Blythe already provides water and sewer ser vice to the Carolina Shores golf and retirement commu (See AUTHORITY, Page 2-A) WANTS STORMWATER MANAGEMENT INCLUDED SBTA Eyes Lawsuit To Delay Sewer BY SUSAN USHER Sunset Beach Taxpayers Association directors are ex ploring the possibility of a lawsuit to block construction of a regional sewer project. On a voice vote, SBTA directors were told to explore a lawsuit aimed at blocking Sunset Beach participation in the planning or building of any sewer system that does not also include a stormwater management system Sunset Beach is a member of the South Brunswick Water & Sewer Authority, which is planning 10 builu a system that will eventually serve a 45-square mile area from the South Carolina state line east toward Ocean Isle Beach and (irissettown. Town voters went to the polls Tuesday to vole on continued participation. "A suit might delay the sewer system until regulations catch up with reality and a stormwater management plan is required." said one unidentified SBTA member during the 2-hour meeting at the Sunset Beach fire station. The vote came after a lengthy discussion of the ad vantages and disadvantages of a central sewer system, especially monthly user fees based on peak demand and growth. SBTA Vice President Sue Weddle told members the sewer system would "open the door for rapid, dense de velopment," with no guarantee of a stormwater manage ment system later. She and other proponents argued that stormwater management rely heavily on density controls and buffer zones, which should be established before growth occurs. After-the-fact engineered solutions are (See TAXPAYKRS', Page 2-A) SET TO BEGIN FRIDAY Weather Del ays Start Of Gypsy Moth Spraying BY ERIC CARLSON Cool temperatures and a forecast of rain from an approaching cold Iront has delayed the first round of aerial insecticide spraying lor Asian gypsy moths until Friday, state agri culture officials said Tuesday. "We plan to begin spraying in ihe long Beach area at daybreak on Friday," said (ireg Cook at the N.C. Department of Agriculture in Raleigh. latest plans call for the first ap plication of insecticide to begin in the southern coastal areas ot Bruns wick County and continue north across an area of about 130,000 acres. The target area for each day's spaying will not be determined until that morning, depending on weather and Ihe previous day's progress, said Bill Dickerson, NC'DA plant |>esl adrninislt.ilor and head of ihe slate's Gypsy Moth Task Force. Once the project gets underway, residents may find out exactly when a specific area will be sprayed by calling the (iypsy Moth Hotline dur ing the day at 1 -800-44t>-tXK)7. At night, a recorded message will pro vide a forecast of the target areas for I he next day's application. Because the goal of the program is to coat the leaves that provide food for the gypsy moth caterpillars, the spray is most effective when ap plied during periods of low wind when there is not an immediate threat of rain, Dickerson said. County Manager Stable After Wreck That Killed His Wife BY ERIC CARLSON The condition of Brunswick County Manager Wvman Yelton re mained in serious hut stable condi tion Tuesday after he was taken off a respirator and told for the first time that his wife had heen killed in a head-on collision that also claimed the life of a female college student Sunday afternoon. Yelton, 5ft, suffered a broken shoulder, a crushed knee, a com pound fracture of the lower arm and fractured ribs when the Mercedes Benz in which he was riding crashed into a car that left the eastbound lane of Interstate 40 in Durham, crossed the grass median and slid sideways into the westbound lane. Kathrvn Shirley Yelton, 52. was driving their Mercedes en route to the couple's home in Southport when the accident occurred at about 1 p.m. She was pinned in the car by its crumpled door and steering col umn for more than an hour before rescue workers were able to free her from the wreckage. Wyman Yelton was also trapped in the car for about 20 minutes. The car's roof had to be cut away to ex tricate the two. The Yeltons were taken by heli copter to Duke University Medical Center, where Mrs. Yelton died Sunday night. Wyman Yelton re mained in the hospital's intensive care unit Tuesday after surgery on his arm and shoulder. Also killed in the wreck was Olivia l-rigga Tjia, 21, ol C'ary. She was returning to classes at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill after spending Easter with her parents. Police say they don't know what caused Tjia to lose control of her 1986 Acura Integra and cross the 1-40 median. As emergency personnel worked to tree the Yeltons, Easter Sunday traffic was stopped for more than two hours along a two-mile stretch of the interstate near its intersection with N.C. 54. Yelton's seat was conspicuously empty as the Brunswick County Commissioners convened for their regular meeting Monday night. After calling the proceedings to or der, Chairman Don Warren asked for a moment of silence and said a prayer for the Yeltons. Warren suspended the meeting agenda and requested nominations for an acting county inaruu'c Warren was appointed by a utian! mous vote. The meeting was i cessed until April 11 at 6:30 p.m. After the meeting. Warren said he would immediately begin the search for a temporary county manager to serve until Yelton recovers. He said he hopes to find a "non-political" candidate for the job and may seek to ask "some retired people we know with experience in govern ment." Warren said he hopes to find a temporary replacement for Yelton "as soon as possible." However, he said it is unlikely that the position will be filled at the next meeting. County department heads are (See YELTON'S, Page 2-A) Inside... Birthdays... 2B Business News 9-10C Calendar 8B Classified I-9C Crime Report 12C Crossword 10A Court Docket 11C Fishing i 4D Golf 5D Obituaries 1IA XV ? ? 4 ? * People In The News 8D Plant Doctor ....i.JB Sports I-5D Television 6-7B Periods of high humidity- usually in (lie morning and afternoon are preferred because the spray sticks to the leaves better under those condi tions. "Under perfect conditions we could finish the first application in three days," Dickcrson said. "A more realistic estimate would be somewhere between seven and ten days." Bach treated area will receive a second application of insccticidc seven to 14 days after the first spraying. A squadron of six crop-duster type aircraft will do the spraying from a base of operations sol up at ilu. Mrunswick County Airport near l .ong Beach. According to (he most recent pro ject map released hy the task force lucsday, the area to he sprayed in eludes a strip extending inland about (See MOTH, I'agc 2-A)

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