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BY DOUG RUTTER
If you're catching some rays on the Holden
Beach strand this summer and spot an all-terrain
vehicle (ATV) busing down the beach, don't
bother running inside to call the cops.
Chances are it will be a police officer who is
operating the ATV, or at least an agent of the
Holden Retrh Police.
Town commissioners voted 3-2 Monday
night to spend up to $5,500 m huy an ATV for
the beach patrol, the group hired each summer to
enforce ordinances such as the leash law.
Sid Swarts, Dwight Carroll and Marlaine
Thomas voted in favor of the purchase, which
was opposed by David Sandifer and Jim Four
Most board members said the ATV will be
safer than the four-wheel-drive truck used in the
past. The ATV also can be used more hours than
the truck, which cannot drive on the beach at
Town Manager Gus Ulrich said Police Chief
Robert Cook requested the ATV because it will
allow for more patrolling of the strand.
Commissioner Swarts said police officers in
New Hanover County who use ATVs say they
are safer than full-size vehicles and are relatively
easy to maintain.
However, Sandifer said the all-terrain vehi
ck is e "toy for a part-dmc employee" and rec
ommended the board wait until an upcoming
budget workshop to talk about the purchase.
Swarts said the ATV is needed immediately
so the beach patrol can be trained before the
summer tourist season.
"It's basically a toy we're going to use five
montns out ot the year and wstch it rust for sev
en," said Sandifer, adding that an ATV is not big
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Foamier said be wasn't going to vote in fa
vor of the purchase unless the ATV was replac
ing another vehicle.
Commissioners decided to wait until their
May 25 meeting to Si! a vacant alternate scat on
the Holden Beach Board of Adjustment.
On Monday, Fournier nominated Lynn Car
lson to fill the vacancy created when Thomas
was appointed to the board of commissioners.
Final nominations will be accepted at the
May 25 meeting. The unexpired term runs
through July 1995.
Sandifer, who recently nominated Jeff Lee
for appointment to the planning and zoning
board and later the board of commissioners, did
not nominate Lee Monday night.
"I don't want to put the kiss of death on any
one," Sandifer said.
In other business Monday, commissioners:
? Adopted an ordinance setting a procedure
for the town manager to sell or otherwise dis
pose of surplus property that is valued at less
? Voted to hire temporary help in the public
works department for the summer. ITuku mm
the expense will be about $2,000 this fiscal year.
5 Agreed to set up the town recycling center
on the east side of the water tank on property
leased from Holden Beach Enterprises. Sand
fence will be erected around the area.
? Asked Ulrich to organize an all-day town
board retreat during the week of May IS. A pub
lic hearing on the 1994-95 budget also has been
tentatively planned for June 22.
? Granted permission for the Greater
Holden Beach Merchants Association to hold
the N.C. Festival By The Sea on the island the
weekend of Oct. 28-30.
? Took no action regarding a complaint
frooi four homeowners about motorists turning
around on their property when they get to the
guard house at the west end of Owan Boule
vard. During the summer tourist season, Swarts
said guards turn away about 150 people per day.
About 400 cars were turned awav last Fourth of
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Choice Takes Job With Carteret
BY ERIC CARLSON
Brunswick's top choice for a tem
porary County manager has taken a
permanent position elsewhere, forc
ing local commissioners to begin an
other round of applications for the
post, board Chairman Don Warren
But that shouldn't stop the com
missioners from coming up with a
1994-95 budget that will hold the
line on county taxes, he said.
Greg Page, who was interviewed
for the temporary manager's job in a
closed meeting of the commiation
ers last week, has been hired as
county manager in Carteret County,
Warren said. The Brunswick board
had planned to offer him the position
at its regular meeting Monday.
Instead, I he commissioners met in
another closed session to discuss
whether or not to hire their second
choice. They returned to the open
meeting to announce that no action
Still, Warren said he hopes the
board can find a suitable candidate
for temporary manager in time for
the board's next meeting May 16.
He plans to make a second round of
inquiries through the N.C. Asso
ciation of County Commissioners
and the Cape Fear Council of Gov
"It's the natore of that line of
work for things to change very sud
denly." Warren said. "We could nave
a whole new group to consider this
The board is likely to hold a spe
cial meeting to interview applicants
before the next regular commission
ers ' meeting, the chairman said.
County Manager Wyman Yelton
is recovering frorn injuries suffered
in an Easter Sunday automobile ac
cident. He is not expected to be back
at work until late summer at the ear
As acting county manager, War
ren said he has been meeting with
department hesds to discuss their
budget requests and plans to have a
budget message prepared by June 6.
He said current budget planning is
aimed at establishing a tax rate that
will give most citizens the same tax
bill they received last year.
That would require a lower tax
rate, since overall property tax val
ues were increased in the recent re
"It's certainly my goal to adopt a
budget with an equivalent tax rate,"
Warren said. "Of course, we haven't
seen the school board's budget re
In other business, the board heard
numerous public comments for and
against the county's proposed noise
Martha Jordan and Elnoxa Mills
from the Andover Road area of
Leiana returned to compiain about
loud music, noisy vehicles and other
disturbances they hear "at all hours
of the night."
"If you tell them to cut it down,
they just tel! you where to go,"
Preston Dail and Billy Ray Jordan
of the Lrisnd ?!?* s!*o spoke is fa
vor of the proposed law.
But James Stone, Brock Holmes,
TetTy Pace, Barry Leonard, Jennie
Pridgen, TerTy Pate, David Pndgen
and others ? many of whom own
hunting dogs ? opposed the noise or
"Some people have to work for a
living. We can't sit around at home
all morning," Stone said. "Somet
imes when it's hot, I get up at five or
six o'clock to cut grass. Don't cut
me back to 7 a.m."
The first draft of the proposed or
dinance prohibits the operation of
construction machinery and chain
saws before 7 a.m. The law would
make it unlawful to operate lawn
mowers outdoors before 6:30 a.m. It
also prohibits keeping a dog "which
by frequent or habitual howling,
yelping, barking or otherwise, caus
es loud noises and produces serious
ly annoying disturbance to any per
son or to the neighborhood."
Commissioners made no com
ment abok the noise ordinance
The board also heard from Helen
Cash well vf Loag Bcsch, who ssksd
the commissioners to consider pur
chasing a building and five commer
cial lots for $300,000 and leasing it
back the Senior Citizens Organiz
ation of Oak Island for use as a se
Cashwell said that in exchange for
ihf nv nf the building, the group
would deed four lots valued at
S44,500 to the county and would
agree to refurbish the building and
pay for its upkeep, taxes, insurance
HAS THE REAL DEALS
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Queen get $169
King Set . $249
SLEEPWORTHT EXTRA FIRM
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