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Shall oite Discusses Annexation
Options With State Official
BY DOUG R UTTER
The way Carson D-arfess: sees h, the only ?y the
Town of Shallotte will prosper is if it continues to ex
pand its boundaries.
"We've got to increase our tax base. The only way
we're going to do that is through annexation," the fresh
man town board member said at Tuesday night's meet
Aldermen discussed the need to grow and their de
sire to annex property as a means of building revenues
Tuesday with Melba Laney of the N.C. Division of
"For a town to have continued economic develop
ment it needs to grow. It needs to add to its tax base,"
Laney told town officials.
It was about six years ago that Laney conducted an
annexation study for Shallotte. She looked at three areas
around town to determine if they qualified under state
statute for "involuntary" annexation.
Few lots qualified at the time, and town officials said
Tuesday nothing has changed in the last six years that
would change the study.
Even so, Laney offered Tuesday to conduct another
study or provide other assistance to the town board as it
considers expanding th? corporate limits.
She gave town officials information on the four
ways annexation can be done in North Carolina as well
as the list of qualifications that must be met before a
town can annex without a landowners' permission.
ShaHotte officials said they are particularly interest
ed in annexing the back nine section of the Bricrwood
Estates golf community. The area includes about 200
lots, and approximately 40 have been developed.
"I think we need to work with these people and see
if we can get them in somehow," Durham said.
He said between 60 percent and 70 percent of the
lots in that area do not qualify for septic tank permits
and need public sewer service that Shallotte can provide.
Alderman Bill Allen said the front nine at Brierwood
is developing much faster than the back nine because of
the availability of town sewer service.
Town officials said they don't want to make the
same mistake a previous board made more than 10 years
ago when it annexed part of Brierwood's front nine.
Several lots were left out and still haven't been annexed.
"I think there's been a great lesson learned with
that," Mayor Sarah Tripp said. "It never should have
been done the way it was. It all should have come in at
Junk Can Trashed
Junky o'd cars that have been parked on private
property for years may not be there much longer if
Shailotte officials have their way.
Aldermen Rave started looking at ordinances enacted
in Sunset Beach and Yaupon Beach that prohibit junk
cars and give town officials the authority to dispose of
Shaiioite board members plan to talk with Town
Attorney Mark Lewis about a local ordinance at the May
"We want to clean up Shailotte, and I'm sure most
people do too," said Durham, who said he would like to
have regulations in effect by July 1.
Mayor Tripp said Tuesday that she has already start
ed receiving comments about the town's interest in get
ting rid of abandoned vehicles.
"I've had people say, 'The first person that comes in
my yard to haul something off is going to sec me in
court'," Tripp said.
In other business Tuesday, aldermen:
? Scheduled a budget workshop Wednesday, May
11. from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. The need for recy
cling, possible expansion of the building inspections de
partment and possible changcs in water and sewer fees
were among the items discussed briefly Tuesday night.
? Postponed a vote on a proposed change in the
town's taxi cab franchise ordinance. The board is con
sidering increasing the annual privilege license fee from
$5 per driver to $15 per vehicle. Aldermen may make
other amendments dealing with insurance requirements.
? Heard a report from Joe Stanley, president of the
South Brunswick Islands Chamber of Commerce.
Stanley said 126 of the chamber's 354 members are in
the Shailotte area. He urged town officials to let the
board of directors know what it should do to help
? Adopted a proclamation declaring Thursday, May
5, as National Day Of Prayer in Shailotte. A public
prayer meeting will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. at the Shailotte Township Park athletic field. "I
think prayer's been taken out of enough things," Mayor
Tripp said in introducing the proclamation.
Gypsy Moth Aerial Project Ends;
Experts Hope For Good Outcome
State and federal agriculture ex
perts last week finished treating
more than 130,000 acres of land in
their effort to eradicate pesky Asian
gypsy moths from Brunswick and
New Hanover counties.
The eradication project, launed
April 8, cnucu shortly after noon
April 27 when the final aircraft
touched down in Brunswick County.
"This program took loads of plan
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state Agriculture Commissioner Jim
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fully complete. We're doing every
thing we can to keep this pest in
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Bill Dickerson, the plant pest admin
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Agriculture who is overseeing the
Officials will now have to gauge
how the spray !r?!r;r.w worked by
setting out 40,000 moth traps, which
lure male moths with female sex
hormones. The traps encompass a
Most of the infested aerated area,
about 124,000 acres at the 130,000
acre treatment area, was sprayed with
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logical inscctkidc. Experts sprayed
Gypchek, another bioJogk*! insecti
cide, on the remaining 6,000 acres.
The three-year project, funded by
the federal government, will com
about S9.4 million.
The gypsy moth is a destructive
insect pest which feeds on the leaves
of trees and shrubbery. The infesta
tion in Brunswick and New Hanover
counties is the only known infesta
tion of Asian gypsy moins io ihc
country. Experts were particularly
concerned with an infestation of
Asian svpsv moths because the fe
male moth can fly, which could lead
to a broader dispersal of eggs. The
European strain of the gypsy moth,
whose females are flightless, is al
ready established in sections of
northeastern North Carolina.
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FORMER CALABASH MAYOR DOUGLAS SIMMONS, shown with his wife, accepts a congratu
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