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Sunset Beach Plans To Get Tough
On Junked. Abandoned Vehicles
BY SUSAN USHER
Those junked cars, trailers and
boats will have to go.
Sunset Beach Town Council gave
the town police department and
building inspector the power
Monday to begin enforcing a new
ordinance regulating junked, aban
doned and nuisancc motor vehicles.
"There's no other way to do it,"
town attorney Mike Isenberg ad
vised after council members ques
tioned the extensive, state-rcquiied
notification and waiting period
rules and detailed definitions. "The
question is whether the town wants
to get in the business."
"There's a need for it," said
Mayor pro tcm Ed Gore after asking
numerous questions about how the
ordinance would work, especially in
relation to illegally parked vehicles
on private property.
Rules governing junked, nuisance
or abandoned vehicles apply within
the town. Only those relating to
junked vehicles apply in the ex
traterritorial area, said Isenberg.
Complaints to the town about
junked vehicles in the extraterritorial
area prompted the planning board
and town attorney to draft the nine
The new rules will be adminis
tered inside the town by the police
department and in the extraterritorial
area by the building inspector.
One junked motor vehicle is al
lowed on someone's property, but it
must be concealed either under a
cover or in an enclosure such as a
in most cases a week's notice
must be provided the owner before a
vehicle is towed. A vehicle can be
removed without prior notice in an
emergency?if is blocking traffic,
blocking access to a home or busi
ness, damaging property, is illegally
parked on a public street or road
way. or poses an immediate hazard
to the public safety or welfare.
Someone can appeal to the coun
cil to overturn a declaration that a
vehicle on his or her private proper
ty is abandoned, junked or a nui
A motor vehicle is any machine
intended to travel over land or water
by self-propulsion, or while attached
to a self-propelled vehicle?includ
ing trailers and boats.
Only one person had questions for
council Monday regarding the pro
posed annexation of Seaside Plaza
and adjacent property at the inter
section of N.C. 179 and N.C. W4
Locke Bvrd. who owns property
on the south side of Beach Road op
posed proposed annexation of only a
portion of his land.
"1 have no objection to annexa
tion." he said. "I just wish you
would take all of it."
Council members suggested Byrd
petition for annexation of the bal
ance of the property once the other
becomes part of the town, rather
than the town starting the lengthy
annexation process over again wiih
a new map. Council must wait 10
days to vote on the annexation. If
adopted it will become effective 40
to 400 days later on a date set by the
"We need to make that corner a
little safer." said Mayor Mason
Barber in introducing the proposed
expansion of the town.
Two of the four comers are al
ready part of the town; the annexa
tion will bring in the remaining two.
The area includes a shopping center
and several other businesses, plus
six residential lots.
Toilets For Bcachgoers
Portable toilets will be sent to the
rescue of businesses near the beach
business district, whose owners have
been asking the town to provide re
lief for them by providing restrooms
for beach visitors.
It will cost the town $303.60 per
month for four portable units
pumped three times a week, the
number of units and/or frequency of
pump-out will be adjusted as need
ed, council agreed.
Budget Workshop Set
Council members will look at the
possibility of a more permanent so
lution to the lack of public restroom
facilities during a budget workshop
Tuesday, April 12, at 4 p.m. at the
town hall. Fluegel said Tuesday the
town will look into applying for
public access grants for public facil
ities and for helping maintain public
accessways. Other possible 1994-95
projects to be discussed arc expan
sion of the town's trial sidewalk
construction program and a request
from Twin l^ikcs property owners
for assistance in hiring professional
In other business council:
?adopted a resolution to the N.C.
Department of Transportation sup
porting a sidewalk/bike path in con
junction with any new bridge to the
island. The town would be expected
to extend its existing path to North
Shore Drive, with the state continu
ing it over the bridge to the main
? approved plans by the Sunset
Beach Beautificalion Committee to
host a concert by the Air Force Band
again this Fourth of July holiday.
Therese Regan said the concert will
be held July 3 from 7 p.m. to K p.m.
? set May 2 public hearings on
the proposed rezoning of lots 19
24A of the R.J. Somersett subdivi
sion from mainland residential 2
(MR-2) to mobile home (MH-I).
and the lot where the town hall is lo
cated from recreational and institu
tional (RI-1) to MR-2. Both changes
have been recommended by the
planning and zoning board.
?transferred $1,5(X) from refuse
collection to drainage, to fix a prob
lem on the west end of the island.
?amended the sign ordinance to
exempt two feet of the base of mon
ument signs when measuring sign
area, if the base contains no mes
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SUNSET BEACH TOWN COUNCIL surprised Town Admin
istrator Linda Fluegel Monday night, honoring her long-term ser
vice to the town. On April lf>, Fluegel will have been a town em
ployee for 20 years, having begun as a part-time clerk. "You've
been a right hand and anchor to every mayor you've worked with,"
.Mayor pro tem Ed Gore said as he presented a gold bracelet with a
tennis racket charm, a gift from the town council and planning
and zoning board. Former Councilman A l Odom sent flowers and
Mayor Mason Barber presented a plaque from the town.
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