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Gun Control Laws
BY ERIC CARLSON
The tov/n of Calabash will con
sider asking state legislators to enact
new laws against shooting guns "in
an unsafe manner," but has shied
away from placing new restrictions
on an annual turkey shoot in the
nicoission n f nrnnnvi< fir?;aims
restrictions at Tuesday's town board
meeting came in response to a recent
complaint from a citizen about an
incident at the Carolina Shores
Gere Dale, president of the re
sort's homeowners association, told
the board Sept. 13 about a tenant
who "fired a sidearm in the vicinity
of a lady" who knocked at his door
last month. Dale said the incident
occurred near the pool area, "where
11 children were playing."
A sheriff's deputy was called and
responded "very promptly" to the
scene. Dale said. But when he called
the sheriff's department to find out
what had been done about the mat
ter, Dale said he was told that the
woman did not wish to press
charges. Nor was there any violation
for which the deputy could charge
Calabash has an ordinance pro
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But the condo complex, also known
locally as the "Stack Shacks" is out
side the town limits.
The report prompted Com
missioner Theodora Altreuter to
suggest that the town contact county
and state officials and ask them to
consider drafting laws to make such
At Tuesday's commissioners
meeting, the board was asked to
consider authorizing the mayor to
send letters to State Sen. R.C. Soles
and State Representative David
Redwine addressing the town's con
cems and asking them to request
legislation to address them.
Another letter was drafted to in
form Brunswick County Sheriff
John Carr Davis of the incidents and
the town's intentions. That letter de
scribes two such occurrences at the
"In the first incident, an apparent
ly intoxicated man tired a gm, uiio
the air," the draft letter reports. "In
the second incident, another appar
ently intoxicated man, this time us
ing a bee bee gun, was shooting at
cans and bottles on the ground
which he had thrown dow? from his
second floor balcony."
The letter praises the sheriff's de
partment for responding to a securi
ty guard's call "in a very timely, ef
ficient manner." But it criticizes the
department for not furnishing the
homeowners' association with the
incident reports it requested con
cerning the matter.
Besides describing these "horrify
ing" events, the draft letter to Soles
notes that "no arrests could be made
because there are no North Carolina
laws against firing a weapon in an
unsafe manner or being drunk and
The letter concludes, "We think
such mn<fiict should be a crime. We
hope you will work to get legislation
passed which will make such con
duct a crime. ..and soon, for we
might not be so fortunate next time."
No action was taken on the letters
Tuesday. Altreuter was asked to
modify the text and return them to
the board for consideration at its
In an unrelated matter, the board
agreed to allow the local Veterans of
Foreign Wars chapter to hold its an
nual turkey shoots on Friday and
Saturday nights during October and
November. The competitions have
been held in Calabash for the past
14 years to fund community service
projects in the town.
Mayor George Anderson said the
board received a letter from a resi
dent who complained about noise
from the shooting. It asked the com
missioners to consider halting the
I neie was a uim.umiuu Oi pGSSi
bly requiring the organization to
stop the events at 10 p.m. instead of
the traditional 11 p.m. That proposal
was withdrawn when one commis
sioner noted that the town's noise
ordinance already prohibits loud
noises, but only after 11 p.m. The
board voted unanimously to allow
the turkey shoots to continue as
scheduled in the past.
Altreuter suggested to VFW
members present that they attempt
to contact the resident who voiced
the complaint to explain the nature
of the event and the organization's
community service efforts.
?ii otuci business, iiic board set a
public hearing for Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.
for the purpose of explaining the sta
tus of the town's discussions with
Carolina Blythe Utility Co. owner
Billy Burnett regarding a proposed
purchase of the sewage treatment fa
Redwine Named To East Coast Fisheries Board
Gov. Jim Hunt Tuesday announced the ap
pointment of state Rep. David Redwine of
Shallotte to the Atlantic
States Marine Fisheries
The 45-member commis
sion was established in 1942
when 15 Last Coast states
entered into an agreement to
address the concerns of the
East Coast fishing industry
and protect and promote ma
Other states on the com
mission include Maine. New Hampshire. Massa
chusctts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York,
New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland,
Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
One-third of its members are appointed by state
legislatures, one-third arc appointed by the gover
nors of each state and the remaining third are
state marine fisheries directors.
Hunt said. "Rep. Redwine has been a strong
voice for North Carolina's fishing industry in the
state House, and will do the same as a member of
this commission. He shares my belief that we all
have a responsibility to protect our coastal re
sources and the people who earn their living in
the fishing industry."
Kedwine, vice president and partner of
Coastal Insurance and Real Estate, has represent
ed the 14th House district ? covering part of
Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and
Robeson counties ? since 1985. He serves as co
chair of the Joint Study Commission on Seafood
and Aquaculture, vicc-chair of the Welfare
Reform Study Commission and as a member of
the Mental Health Study Commission.
He is chairman of the Business and Labor
Committee, vice chairman of the Insurance
Committee and serves on the Appropriations sub
committee on Justice and Public Safety and the
Judiciary II and Public Employees committees.
He was appointed by House Speaker Dan
Biue to inc N.C. Economic Development Board.
Shallotte Board Okays Sewer Expansion Plan
Shallotte officials last week ap
proved a plan to more than triple the
town's sewer system capacity and
now must wait for the stale to give
At a special meeting Sept 21. al
dermen adopted the 201 Facilities
Plan prepared by MclCim & Creed
Engineers of Wilmington that out
lines a SI. 9 million expansion pro
Town officials plan to expand the
wastewater treatment capacity from
206.000 to 750.000 gallons per day
(gpd) to accommodate projected res
idential and commercial growth for
the next 20 years.
In adopting the plan last week, al
dermen authorized the engineers to
apply for state approval of the first
phase of construction and funding
for the project.
Shallotte officials are proposing
the expansion in two phases, with
the first phase increasing capacity to
400.000 gpd at a cost of S 1 . 11 3.200.
The cost estimate for the second
phase is $6K 1.200.
The 10-year-old sewer plant cur
rently treats about 140,000 gpd.
That figure is expected to more than
double over the next 10 years and
reach 750.000 gpd by the year 2014,
according to the facilities plan.
To pay for the project. Shallotte
will apply for a low-interest loan
through the State Revolving Fund.
Town officials will use impact
fees, capital reserve fees and acreage
tees to pay back the loan. Aldermen
also anticipate increasing the mini
mum monthly sewer charge from
$12.84 to $17.04.
The expansion will require con
struction of a 24-acre storage lagoon
and a 1.500-gallon-per-minute pump
station, an upgrade of the chlorine
feed system at the Forest Drive plant
and the addition of 170 acres of
Town officials received nothing
but support for the proposal at a
Sept. 6 public hearing on the facili
Once work begins, it should take
about 18 months to complete.
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$500,000 Grant For
BY ERIC CARLSON
Brunswick County has been
awarded a half-miilion-dollar state
grant to replace and restore dilapi
dated homes that do not meet North
Carolina building code standards.
Public Housing Director Thurman
Everett announced Tuesday.
The $500,000 in funding from the
N.C. Division of Community
Assistance will be used to replace
six homes and completely rehabili
tate six others, mostly in the
Shallotte area, Everett said.
Only 20 such Community
Development Block Grants were
awarded for low-income housing
improvements in North Carolina,
with Brunswick County placing
sixth out of 58 applicants for the
money, Everett said.
This is the second time
Brunswick has applied for the mon
ey and the first time the county has
been approved for funding. Everett
credited a "real strong application"
and support from the county com
missioners for landing the grant.
Several of the homes identified in
the application as needing repairs
are without plumbing or running
water, which fit well into the state's
criteria for grant approval, Everett
in approving the grant applica
tions, state regulators put a high pri
ority on upgrading housing that
lacks plumbing facilities, Everett
said. The governor has set a goal of
eliminating all privies and outhouses
in North Carolina by the year 2000.
Some of the target homes need
walls or ceilings replaced. Others
need extensive electrical refurbish
ing. Six of the homes are in such
bad shape that they will have to be
torn down and replaced, he said.
Any house that qualifies for re
pairs under the grant will be brought
up to state building codes.
Everett said the state has identi
fied more than a thousand substan
dard houses in Brunswick County.
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