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Potpourri Of Fine Arts
Guests at S halloa e Middle School's Fine Arts Fair Saturday morning enjoyed a potpourri of the arts,
including an eighth grade handbell choir performance directed by music teacher Atheda Lusk-Watson
(above) and print-making by eighth grader Robin White (right), h 'ha mh selling the prints to raise
money for art department supplies. Performing with the handbell choir were (from left) Adam
Edwards, James Noriey Woods, James Wemyss, David Batten, Brett Henly and (not pictured) Joe Bell,
Joey Ward, Brett Danford, Jeremy Hewett, Matthew Darby, Shane Stanley and Robert Stanley. Also
performing were the school choruses and hands, the seventh grade handbell choir and the SMS
Recorder C onscrt. French students sold crepes at u "sidewalk cafe. "
Density Control Plan Fizzles At Holden Beach
BY DOUG R UTTER
Ihe Holden Beach Planning and
Zoning Board's recommended den
sity control regulations were not ex
actly met with rave reviews by town
residents and commissioners.
"I think planning and zoning
needs to work on this from my point
of view," Commissioner David San
difer said of the proposal to limit the
number of people who live and va
cation on the island.
"I've had no one call me that was
in favor of this," added Com
missioner Marlaine Thomas, adding
that several people have called to
say the plan is too restrictive.
The proposal to further limit the
size of houses built on Holden
Beach was presented to town com
missioners after about IX years of
off-and-on work by the planning
"I think all we've given you is
someplace to start," Planning Board
Vice Chairman Jim Shafor ex
plained at the May 25 town meeting.
"We looked at 1,000 different things
from putting a gate up to eliminating
Commissioners took no action on
the live-page proposal, and indicat
ed that planners still have a lot of
work to <Jc before the board will ac
CurreaDy cvb code says the
"footprar' of the boese may not
cover more Thar, 30 peroral of the
planed lot area. A SO-by- 100-foot
lot can accommodate a home as
large as 3,000 square feet.
The planning board's proposal is
to limit the roofed portion of the
house io 36 percent of me iot s actu
al square footage, as measured from
setback lines established by state
and federal agencies.
An 1 ,800-square-foot house
would be the largest house allow
able on a 5, 000- square -foot lot.
On canal and marsh lots where
20-foot setbacks are required, hous
es could be no larger than 1,440
"A lot of people bought lots
thinking they could build a certain
size house. Changing it now is seen
as unfair by some." Town Manager
Gus Ulrich said Friday.
Commissioner Jim Foumier sug
gested last Wednesday the planning
board consider how much density
the island can support ? an idea sug
gested earlier in the meeting by resi
dent Crawford Hart.
Even though some real estate de
velopers and builders may not ac
cept it, Foumier said there's a limit
to how many people an eight-mile
long island can accommodate.
"It's something we have to look at
whether they like ii or noi," he said.
Several residents commented on
the density control proposal at last
week's meeting, and none were fa
Conrad West said changing the lot
coverage allowance "smacks of
overkill" and there "needs to be a
fairness applied when changing a set
West suggested the town use the
number of bedrooms, not the size of
the home, to control population.
Further limiting the size of homes
will prevent permanent residents
from building dens or family rooms,
"I think we have enough restric
tions for now," West said. "All these
things are tumoffs for our island for
renters, developers and permanent
Said Andy Watson, "What you're
running into is they don't want an
other building on this island and
they're doing everything thry can to
stop it. The only time you have a vi
able community is when you're
Mayor Gay Atkins also read a let
ter from a homeowner who favors
controls on growth, but is opposed
to the planning board's proposal.
New Recycling Site
Holden Beach's recycling station
13. Items for discussion
19. Prison (British)
22. Affect strongly
4. Carry too far
7. Wanton damage
12. Close by
18. General dislike
20. Musical composition
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"A lot of people bought lots thinking they
could build a certain size house.
Changing it now is seen as unfair by
some. " ? Town Manager Gus Ulricfa
will be moving about 120 feet, fron
its present site on Rothschild Street
to the east side of the water tower.
Commissioners have approved a
lease agreement with Holden Beach
Enterprises to use a 60-by- 100-foot
tract on the north side of Brunswick
Avenue across from the town's pub
lic works garage.
The agreement requires the town
to erect a fence and keep the area
"clean and neat at all tuna."
Holden Beach will pay $10 per
year for use of the land, and com
missioners have agreed to hold the
landowner harmless for any actions
arising out of the town's use of the
The town or owner may terminate
the lease by giving the other party
60 days notice. Ulrich said Holden
Beach bnterprises wanted the termi
nation clause because the property is
on the market.
The term of the initial lease is one
year, and the agreement will auto
matically be renewed each year un
less the town or owner notifies the
other party of its intent not to renew.
Sid*W?lk f nnrtrnrfinn
Commissioners voted 3-2 to halt
east-end sidewalk construction at
Jordan Boulevard, instead of contin
uing toward the bridge. Sid Swarts
and Dwight Carroll dissented.
Ulrich is working on sidewalk
plans in the bridge area. In the
meantime, workers will start build
ing sidewalk from Sword fish Drive
to Shell Drive at the west end of the
Brings In $8,506
An auction of surplus equipment
by the Brunswick County Board of
Education Saturday yielded $8,506
"We had a wonderful day, a pros
perous day, with good weather and a
happy crowd," said Pam Dean, who
coordinated the event.
Used cafeteria equipment brought
in the most money per item, she
said, while several pedal -operated
sewing machines in wooden cabi
nets sold for less than anticipated.
After expenses which include a
10 percent fee to auctioneer Douglas
rate and Si, 000 building reiiuu, ihe
balance will go to the schools' gen
Dean said she thought having the
items well-displayed helped boost
sales. Several part-time employees
worked nights to get all items off the
floor and on tables or racks.
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9 Transfer Leland Site To
1 County For Collateral
BY SUSAN USHER
Paying for a public school on the
installment plan is more complicated
than it first seems.
That's why state Rep. David
Redwine is involved once again in
county efforts to finance and build a
new K-5 elementary school in
Brunswick County Commission
ers plan to pay for the new school by
issuing S5i million in certificates ot
participation that would be placed
with a commercial bank and repaid
on a five-year installment plan.
Only challenge is, while the com
missioners have the financing au
thority, the school board owns the
property needed as security for the
loan. It purchased a 32-acre site on
River Road from the N.C State
Ports Authority (with some behind
the-scenes help from Redwine and
others) this spring on which to build
the 83,000- square-foot facility.
Only cities and countir? ? ?o?
boards of education ? can finance
projects on the installment plan un
der North Carolina state law.
Commissioners don't have the le
gal authority to acquire the school
system's property.ln turn, the school
system can legally convey property
to the county only if it finds the
property to be surplus or unneces
sary for public educational purposes,
which isn't the case.
Redwine 's House Bill 1926,
which should be considered by the
House Finance Committee some
time this week, addresses both con
cerns, and once passed, should allow
the project to proceed.
It woak! add Brunswick to the list
of 13 counties that have statutory
authority to acquire property, by a
variety of means, for use by the lo
cal board of education.
It also would allow the board of
education (in Brunswick County on
? enter into a contract for erec
tion or repair of school buildings up
on sites owned by the county;
? lease or sell its property to the
board of county commissioners "for
any price negotiated between the
two boards," regardless of whether
that property has been declared sur
plus or found unnecessary for edu
cational purposes. The sale or lease
must be in connection with addi
tions, improvements, renovations or
repairs to the property or to some
part of the property.
Once construction or improve
ment loans have been paid off, the
county would be expected to return
the property to the schools, though
that isn't specified in the bill.
"There is no reason for them to
hold on to it once it's paid for," said
Redwine, who noted that a bill to
provide for that could be introduced
later if needed.
School board members approved
the commercial financing of the pro
ject after commissioners agreed to
reduce the loan period to five years.
While most of tiae money will be re
paid through state half-cent sales tax
revenues, the school board has asked
the county to begin committing local
property tax revenues to a separate
fund to help pay for future school
The new Leland Elementary
School is just the first item on a list
of capital projects the school board
says will be required to keep pace
with the county's population growth.
A new elementary school in south
western Brunswick County is ex
pected tO be CSC Of iuC next prOjCCta.
The school system had anticipat
ed opening Leland Elementary
School for the 199S-96 foil term,
easing overcrowded conditions at
both Lincoln Primary and Leland
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