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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, May 05, 1994, Page PAGE 8-A, Image 8

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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 ing. 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 Community Assistance. "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 ?? uuvw. 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 them. Shaiioite board members plan to talk with Town Attorney Mark Lewis about a local ordinance at the May 17 meeting. "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. Other Business 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 Shailotte. ? 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 ning and a lot of hard work from mim ifts for Mom ft NEW SHIPMENT OF... Many are low mainte nance, disease resis tant Seme are salt tolerant varieties and, of course, we have Hybrid Tea Roses. Bird baths, statuary and a large variety of hanging baskets CLAYTON'S umn m wniMMl many cooperating agencies," said state Agriculture Commissioner Jim Graham. "It's good io see it swxess fully complete. We're doing every thing we can to keep this pest in check." "Everything ran smoothly," said Bill Dickerson, the plant pest admin istrator with the N.C Department of Agriculture who is overseeing the eradication effort. 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 1,600-square-mile area. Most of the infested aerated area, about 124,000 acres at the 130,000 acre treatment area, was sprayed with Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt, a bio 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. cj?l ?s ?.b?zra. US *S lerty of ... r?uocf Go/f Lin> over 20 years experie..^ f a restaurant owner, menu, vVwf^-, buffet and breakfast cook. 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