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Shailotte Board Postpones
Vote On Street Ped
BY DOUG RUTTER
The folks who set up roadside ta
bles to sell crafts, yard sale items
and clothes or sell seafood and veg
etables out of the back of their pick
up trucks are still legal in Shallotte.
At least for a couple more weeks.
Shallotte Aldermen agreed
Tuesday to hold off on approval of
an ordinance thai would ban most
types of street peddling in town and
the extraterritorial area, which ex
tends one mile outside the city lim
Board members voted to table
discussion of the proposal until their
Oct. 4 meeting.
"We want to sec if there's a better
way to do it, a more fair way for
everyone concerned," Alderman
Carson Durham said at Tuesday's
"What we'd like to sec happen is
get people off the street and get
them in a farmers' market or ven
dors' market," Durham said. "It
hurts our business people in town
who pay the taxes and provide jobs
and live in Shallotte."
The ordinance as proposed would
prohibit the selling of "any tangible
property" along the streets and other
public places. It also would ban ped
dling on private property, even with
the landowner's permission, from
any wagon, truck, pushcart, conces
sion stand or tent.
The only exemptions from the
proposed rule would be Brunswick
County fishermen selling their local
catch, farmers selling their produce
and sales conducted by political, re
ligious, civic or charitable organiza
Room For Improvement
Following a recommendation of
the planning board, aldermen agreed
Tuesday night to establish a
"Committee for the Improvement of
The committee, which will be
made up of residents and business
o'vners, will be asked to recommend
to the board of aldermen ways to
improve the town and its extraterri
Among other things, the commit
tee will consider beautification, the
Shallottc River area and the avail
ability of grants. The group also will
PYaminp u/ayc tn jnCOUfSgS
nesses to locate in Shallotte and how
to make the town a place people
want to visit.
"We would like to see the down
town area of Shallotte and the sur
rounding area cleaned up and look
ing better than it does," said plan
ning board member Shirley
Town officials are asking anyone
interested in serving on the commit
tee to contact town hall by Oct. 25.
Town board members me( briefly
with Brunswick County Emergency
Medical Services Director Doug
Ledgett Tuesday to discuss the pos
sibility of a county substation being
established in the Shallottc area.
Aldermen are interested in a sub
station because of the uncertain fu
ture of Shallotte Volunteer Rescue
The squad's lease with the
landowners has expired, and squad
members aren't sure how long they
will be allowed to continue using the
building on N.C. 179 near Shallotte
Middle School as a headquarters.
"What we want to do is make sure
Shallotte has a terminal here,"
Durham said. "We are concerned
that we're going to lose the Shallotte
Rescue Squad. I want a terminal
here. We've got one now and I don't
wnr?t to loss it "
Ledgett said Tuesday he would
like to see a Brunswick County
EMS substation near the intersection
of N.C. 130 and U.S. 17 bypass.
That would improve response time
to the west end of the county.
"The sooner we can establish a
facility in this area the better we can
serve the population in this area," he
Ledgett and town officials also
discussed the possibility of having
one building for both the county
substation and headquarters for
Durham said the Town of
Shallotte owns 5 acres of land on
N.C. 130 near the bypass that may
be suitable for a substation. Ijcdgett
said a substation would require less
than one acre of property.
Because the county is so large.
Ledgett said it takes up to 25 min
utes for an ambulance to respond
from the 91 1 Center in Bolivia to the
far comers of the county.
He said he eventually would like
to have substations in the Shallotte,
Leland and Southport areas to better
serve the growing populations in
Brunswick County EMS responds
to an average of 6,000 medical
emergency calls per year, Ledgett
said, and about 60 percent of them
arc in the Lclsnd htcs.
In other business Tuesday, alder
? Approved a Planned Unit
Development (PUD) ordinance,
which sets forth regulations for large
developments that include residen
tial, commercial and other land uses.
? Discussed the need for a meet
ing with U.S. Postal Service offi
cials. Aldermen want the postal ser
vice to find a different location for
Shallotte Post Office. They say traf
fic flowing in and out of the present
post office is unsafe.
? Recessed the meeting until
Wednesday at 5 p.m. Officials were
expected to pass a resolution accept
ing the facilities plan for sewer sys
tem expansion. Aldermen propose
enlarging the sewer plant's capacity
from 206,000 to 750,000 gallons per
day to accommodate projected
growth for the next 20 years. The
projcct will cost about $1.9 million.
STAff PHOTO BY SUSAN USHCt
Chief Cook And Chicken Flipper
Chief cook Fred Watts (center), assistant Bill Benton and Martha Benton dish up barbecued chicken
Saturday for the 150-plus volunteers who participated in the Ocean Isle Beach Property Owners
Association annual "Trash Bash " held in connection with the statewide Big Sweep program.
To Be Meeting Topic
Varnamtown residents are being
invited to a meeting this week to
discuss forming a community watch
Representatives of the town will
meet with Brunswick County She
riff's Department Crime Prevention
Officer Don Gates on Thursday,
Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the town
Judge Was To Hear DOE
Accept Fuel Rods Here
BY SUSAN USHER
A federal appeals court judge in
Charlotte was to hear at 1 p.m.
Wednesday (Sept. 21) a request by
the U.S. Department of Energy to
stay a South Carolina judge's order
blocking entry of foreign research
spent reactor fuel into the United
The first four casks of rods are
aboard two commercial vessels en
route to Sunny Point Military Ocean
Terminal near Southport. The
"spent" or used fuel rods are being
shipped fTom European research re
actors that make items such as ra
dioactive isotopes for medical pur
poses. They are very similar to fuel
assemblies used by United States re
actors and routinely shipped to the
U.S. Department of? Energy's
Savannah River Site near Aiken,
S.C., for storage after use.
Due to arrive here in mid
September, the two ships will not be
allowed to enter territorial waters
under an injunction issued by South
Carolina U.S. District Court Judge
DOE spokesman Jayne Brady
confirmed Tuesday that the ships arc
still under way, but for security tea
sons DOE will not release their loca
tion or estimated time of arrival at
the 12-mile offshore limit.
Perry's injunction resulted from a
lawsuit filed against the DOE by the
State of South Carolina on Sept. 9.
The state argues in its suit that a full
environmental impact statement,
rather than an environmental assess
ment, should have been prepared
under the National Environmental
DOE contends a full-fledged
statement is not necessary. An EIS is
being developed to address the
United States' long-term policy for
receiving similar spent fuel ship
ments in the future, which it con
tends is a separate issue.
Thr Council on Envircr.rr.cr.tu!
Quality, which oversees federal
agencies' compliance with NEPA,
advised last year that an EIS was not
required for interim shipments de
signed to offer "urgent relief' to the
reactors, which are running short of
on-site storage for rods while await
ing action on the long-term plan.
The shipments come under efforts
to revive a shelved United States
non-proliferation agreement to ac
cept return of used fuel rods in ex
change for helping the reactors
switch to a fuel that uses a less en
riched uranium, fuel that cannot be
reprocessed and used by others to
make nuclear weapons.
Accepting the immediate ship
ments is considered vital to the
United States' diplomatic efforts to
reduce the availability of nuclear
weapons materia! on the world mar
ket, and to maintain U.S options as
it addresses the long-standing policy
of encouraging use of low enriched
uranium fuel by European research
reactors rather than highly enriched
uranium fuel that can be reprocessed
and used in nuclear weapons manu
DOE has asked the 4th Circuit
Court to expedite review of Perry's
decision and to stay the injunction.
If the issue is settled in the
Energy Department's favor, the two
ships are scheduled to arrive at
Sunny Point's U.S. Army docks on
the same day, and to stay at the ter
minal no more than 24 hours before
shipment by rail to DOE's Savannah
River Site near Aiken, S.C., for un
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