The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, April 28, 1994, Page PAGE 9-A, Image 9
New Approach Undertaken For Twin Lakes Management BY SUSAN USHER Twin Lakes residents' battle to keep their community lakes in Sun set Beach healthy and looking good escalated a notch recently with the hiring of a professional management company. Since 1991 the TWin Lakes Resi dents Conservation Association has taken a biological approach to man agement, stocking the 60 acres of lakes with sterile, grass-eating carp to help control vegetative growth. A portion of the Eastern Lake lies along N.C. 179 toward Calabash. The association had hoped that in troduction of grass-eating carp and an end to irrigation pumping would alleviate most of the problems. Results have been mixed, said President Eddie Walters, prompting the association to reconsider a broader range of actions, a package first recommended to it in 1991 by Tom Rial of North Carolina Lake Management, Inc. of Elizabethtown. "It's going to take human inter vention to correct the problems that have developed over the years," Walters told Sunset Beach Town Council members last week. "Every step will help?a sewer system, bet ter control of fertilizer application, everything we do." At one time lakefront property owners thought use of lake water for irrigation by Oyster Bay Golf Links was the major cause of the lakes' problems, which sometimes resulted in runaway growth of algae and weeds, low oxygen levels and occa sional fish kills. Oyster Bay no longer uses the lakes for irrigation and is committed to sharing the cost of lakes manage ment, Walters said, and the lakes' overall condition has improved, just not as much as property owners would like. "It will never be under control; it will always require management," said association member Walter Hoff. "The lakes are not stream-fed. Everything that goes in the lake set tles to the bottom." Without human intervention, said Hoff, eutrophication will continue, with the increase in nutrients gradu ally reducing the dissolved oxygen and creating an environment that fa BEACON Fi IE PHOTO BIRDWATCHING is a popular pastime for visitors to Eastern Lake, one of the Twin Lakes on the mainland in Sunset Beach. vors plant over animal life. The lakes are shallow, with an ir regular shoreline and no known source of replenishment other than rainwater. Septic tank leachate and runoff from the surrounding residen tial community are sources of bacte ria, sediment and high levels of nu trients such as phosphate and nitro gen that encourage weed growth and algae blooms. For a S345 monthly maintenance fee, North Carolina Lake Manage ment, Inc. has agreed to take over treatment and control of algae and aquatic weeds, shoreline grasses and brush, using EPA-approved chemi cals. The company will also provide annual water chemistry testing and reporting as part of its aquatic man agement program. Its goal is to work toward a growth pattern of natural balance, allowing beneficial aquatic plants to propagate while controlling the spread of algae and other fast-giow ing noxious weeds. Previous management efforts have been a cooperative venture of the five-year-old association, the town of Sunset Beach, Oyster Bay Golf Links and Sea Trail Plantation. This time around the $4,140 cost will be split three ways among the town, property owners and Oyster Bay. After two years of co-sponsor ship Sea Trail has elected not to par ticipate in the new management ef fort. citing the costs of managing its own 100 acres of lakes. Town council members commit ted to one-year participation only and will reassess the town's role at the end of the contract period. Left open for discussion was the vague possibility of the town someday as suming ownership of the lakes. The town reached an agreement with the conservation association in 1991 to assist with management of the Twin l^akes "from time to time," since the privately-owned lakes are h BILL SISK for Sheriff of Brunswick County Democratic Candidate A QUALITY CANDIDATE FOR QUALITY CHANGE IN BRUNSWICK COUNTY I cannot promise you that I will stop all crime or that I will get rid of all drugs in our county, but as your sheriff, with the help of our sheriffs department personnel, I will promise you that you will have the best in law enforcement protection and service. Qualifications ?32 years of law enforcement experience ? Served in the United States Air Force ?Two years of college, with a major in Criminal Justice ?Graduate of Fruitland Baptist College - ordained as a minister in 1973 ?Experienced business owner ?Began a career as a patrol officer walking a city beat in 1961 ?Worked as a city patrol officer ?Promoted to the position of: Line Sergeant, supervised a squad of patrol officer; Detective Sergeant, supervised a squad of detectives and performed the duties of an investigator; Narcotics Investigator, assigned to detect, apprehend, and prosecute drug relat ed offenses; Internal Affairs Investigator, assigned to investigate complaints on police offi cers, and to report the findings of the investigations to the agency head; Jailer, Gaston County Sheriffs Department - assigned to the care and custody of inmates confined to the county jail; Courtroom Bailiff, assigned to Magistrate's Court, District and Superior Criminal Court; Deputy Sheriff, Gaston County - assigned to the criminal and civil divisions as a criminal and civil process server; Patrol Officer, Long Beach Police Department -1986 to 1990; line Sergeant, Long Beach Police Department -1990 to present. Maintains an active membership in the Masonic Lodge, Shriner's Club, Elk's Lodge, Moose Lodge, and the Fraternal Order of Police, in Brunswick County A man for change with an open door, open mind policy FOR THE PEOPLE OF BRUNSWICK COUNTY!!!! BILL SISK FOR BRUNSWICK COUNTY SHERIFF PAID FOR BY THE CANDIDATE ClfHM THE BHOWSWtCK BEACON an asset to the entire town and arc used by the public for recreational activities ranging from birdwatching to fishing. "We need to look at this from year-to-year," suggested Council Herb Klinker. "There's a question of the precedent we're setting. What if Sea Trail came before us with a sim ilar request?" While fish restocking isn't includ ed in this year's Twin Lakes man agement contract, future plans call for the triploid carp to continue playing a large role in aquatic weed control in the lakes. HAPPY BIRTHDAY KEITH/ Love you bunches... Mama & Dada Elect Tom Simmons Brunswick County Commissioner ?LEADERSHIP FOR TODAY ?VISION FOR TOMORROW Paid for by the candidate TO: BRUNSWICK COUNTY CITIZENS FROM: MICHAEL BALLARD / am writing to ask for your support and help in electing me to the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners (District 5). If you are tired of seeing the surrounding counties receive funding for programs and our county continue to lose ground, then join me in my efforts to help you by helping Brunswick County grow. / am pro jobs: I will work hard to recruit and retain high wage jobs. The time has come for you to have a commissioner who will work hard for the citizens of Brunswick County, as they do for their fami lies. It is not enough for us to just recruit industry, but we must keep and help the current companies in our county. It is time you had a commissioner who will use federal and state funding to create and recruit jobs. We must expand on the job training for our workers to ensure that they are able to find new employment if the need occurs. We can build our families if we can build more jobs. I believe in good education, and I will work hard to end the current gridlock between the Board of Commissioners and the Board of Education. Our children deserve a good education, and we must all work together and stop putting our personal/political agenda before our children's education. Our schools have some of the best students and educators, and we must encourage success and build on it. We must encourage more people to volunteer to work with our schools and students. It's time for a change. / am concerned about and for our environment, and I will contin ue to work hard to protect it. The time has come for Brunswick County to move forward with an enterprising recycling program. We must continue to keep our county clean and free from more landfills. / am asking you to vote for me because 1 am compassionate, com petent and committed to improving the lives of all our citizens. As I have worked to get to know the great citizens of our county, many have asked me, when I get elected, to please do something about their spouse, child or themselves losing their jobs because of layoffs or other reasons; well my fellow citizens, I will work hard to bring good jobs to our county. I am going to ask our legisla+ive delegation to help us recruit more good jobs. The time has come for you to expect more from your county commissioners, other than an election year visit. As your county commissioner, I will devote my time and energy to help ing reform our county government, so you can have better access. / am proud to call Brunswick County home and hope you will join me in making our county better for all of us. It's time for a change. It's time to renew our economy and lower our unemployment rate. It's time to elect Mike Ballard as County Commissioner for the 5th District. It is time for leaders who will lead, who will listen, and who care. TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE BRUNSWICK COUNTY. I am counting on you May 3. Make your voice heard. Sincerely, \ lilllllKkl \ I) <> I 1 Michael A. Ballard PAID FOR BV THE CANDIDATE.