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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, July 21, 1994, Page PAGE 10-A, Image 10

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. r H ? a A ? ?? ? . y? ?? .'AUUU (f num following last August s "tnal run" of the facility ? the community college's commencement exer cises. Governor Hunt To Be Keynote Speaker At Williamson Auditorium Dedication BY SUSAN USHER Nearly nine years after Brunswick County residents voted their support for a community auditorium to be built at Brunswick Community College, the governor is coming to help dedicate the long-delayed Odell Will iamson Auditorium Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. will give the keynote address at the official dedication of the auditorium Wednesday. Aug. 10, at 6 p.m. The 1.500-scat facility was built using approximately half the pro ceeds of an $8 million bond issue approved by voters in 1985 for cam pus construction. The college later named the structure in honor of Ocean Isle Beach developer and state Board of Transportation mem ber Odell Williamson Interest from a half-million dollar endowment by Williamson is used for management of the auditorium. Both the dedication ceremony and a reception after ward are open to the public. In addition to Hunt's remarks, the tentative program includes musical selections by the Brunswick County Band, a welcome from BCC President W. Michael Reaves and remarks by Williamson. Ground was broken in September 1989 for the audi torium but because of a series of design-related set backs. bids were not awarded until August 1991. Completion was delayed by additional setbacks during the construction phase. Construction was expected to take 13 to 14 months, with the auditorium to be dedicated in fall 1992. How ever, work fell far behind schedule. Last summer the general contractor. Hatcher Construction Co. of Fayetteville, was removed from the job. HUNT Various questions of legal and financial responsibili ty for the project arc still to be resolved by BCC, Hartford Insurance, which held Hatcher's performance bond, and the State Office of Construction. BCC's August 1993 graduation and Brunswick Electric Membership Corp's 1993 annual meeting last October became the first events held in the auditorium, which has since hosted concerts, dance recitals, confer ences and musicals under the management of Mike Sapp. Several last bits of work ? landscaping and a new water line ? must be finished before the auditorium pro ject is completed. Additional water pressure is needed to operate the auditorium's revamped stage sprinkler system. Until it becomes available, as a safety precaution. Supply volun teer firefighters and a fire truck remain on site every time the auditorium is used. Last Wednesday BCC trustees approved a $54,772 bid from Carmichael Construction Co. of Long Beach to install the water line from U.S. 17 Business to the audi torium and an additional water hydrant. The line will be oversized to also serve future construction. Trustees didn't act on a request to amend Boney & Associates Architects 'contract and pay the company an additional $10,000 to oversee the new subcontractor's work. Vicki Spencer, coordinator of CP&L's Brunswick Plant Visitors Center, is head of the dedication commit tee. Other members are Lynda Stanley, Steve Skillman, Mike Sapp, Gerry Shaver, Adrea Womble, Gaye Fulford, Dianne Ledbetter and Anne Marie Bellamy. The Williamson Auditorium is roughly modeled af ter Kenan Auditorium on the University of North Carolina at Wilmington campus. It seats 1.500 people and has a single balcony, excellent acoustics, a fly loft for scenery storage and accommodates the physically handicapped. Auditorium Funding Added To County Budget Brunswick Community College didn't get all the county money it asked for, but Brunswick County Commissioners did come through with the extra money need to keep the Odell Williamson Auditorium in business. BCC had requested S 1 .04 million from the county, including more than S160.000 for operation of the auditorium While located on the college campus and managed by BCC, the auditorium is a public fa cility built with county money. BCC ' eventually received $893,595. an increase of S139.932 over 1993-1994 and Si 10,000 more than commissioners first allocated. The increase is reflected in the re vised operating budget of $1 36.283 for the auditorium. This past year, according to Ben DeBlois, vice president for adminis tration, BCC absorbed the cost of operation within its own budget, to the detriment of regular college pro grams. Estimates of auditorium op erating costs for the coming year ranged from SI 60,000 to S190.000. In trimming the overall BCC local budget to match the county's alloca tion, DeBlois said the distance learn ing coordinator's post was eliminat ed along with S50.000 in distance learning equipment; a mini-van; re quested first -time S500 local supple ments for all employees; and an in crease in the president's supplement. BCC will be eligible to compete with other possible sites along the N.C. Information Highway for grants from a $7 million fund estab lished by the General Assembly. Prior to the short legislative session. Gov. Jim Hunt had announced a list of 107 to 110 sites that would be brought on line and would have their initial telephone line charges paid by the state. If that plan had held up. both Brunswick Community College and West Brunswick High School would have been prepared to begin receiving and telecasting instruc tional programs sometime this fall over the high-speed data transmis sion network. In addition to reviewing the col lege's local budget last Wednesday, trustees: ? welcomed new trustees Kim Butler and Dennis Crocker, and guests attending their swearing-in ceremony: ? eventually met behind closed doors to discuss pendmg litigation, after briefly debating when it would be most appropriate to do so, given the number of guests present. The closed-door session was delayed un til the end of the meeting. No action was taken or announced after the re turn to open session. ? hired BCC business computer programming graduate Kathy A. Grissett as the new faculty secretary. Before relocating to Durham, she was employed by the South Bruns wick Islands Chamber of Commerce for approximately five years in vari aiic raparitigc Shi 15 pfCSCIltly gf. admiistrative secretary with the Duke University Medical Center Health Network. ? approved a new student atten dance policy. 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