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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, December 01, 1994, Page PAGE 6-A, Image 6

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PHOTO CONTRIBUTED Volunteer Efforts Honored Charlie Thomas Arnold (left) is congratulated by Governor and Mrs. James B. Hunt during a recep tion Nov. 22 in Sanford honoring outstanding volunteers in the state's central region. Arnold h as cho sen for recognition from Brunswick County for his efforts in promoting public safety. Arnold volun teers as a Shallotte Police Department auxiliary officer, as a Sunset Beach volunteer firefighter und as an ambulance attendant for the Calabash Volunteer Emergency Medical Service. In addition , he vol unteers at Waccamaw Elementary School, teaching students about law enforcement and promoting safety belt usage and fire safety. He is employed by Wilson 's Supermarkets. Ocean Isle Property Owners Mark Association's 1 Oth Year BY SUSAN USHER More 'h:?n 120 people crowded into the Museum of Coastal Caro lina at Ocean Isle Beach Saturday for the annual meeting of the Ocean Isle Beach Property Owners Asso ciation. The 941 -member association is celebrating its 10th anniversary this fall. "It's highly unlikely a group such as this would stay together this long. It's even more unlikely that it would stay together and everyone still like each other," President Robert Jewell said, referring to the group's work ing relationships with the town and other local organizations. The association was organized in September 1984 by property owners who wanted to have a positive influ ence on the community, benefitting the town and its resident and non resident property owners. During 1994 OIBPOA continued to support emergency services, pub lic access, beautification and other community efforts. Projects com pleted or continuing include: ? purchase of three cellular tele phones, with one-year service con tract, for use by town officials for communications during emergency situations; ? donation of a rescue boat and equipment to the town, audiovisual equipment to the museum, and mon ey to the Friends of the Library for keeping the branch library in Shal lotte open during renovations. ? purchase of a defibrillator (now on order) that will be owned by the association and housed at the town owned site used as a substation by Shallotte Volunteer Rescue Squad. ? completion of a second handi cap ramp and gazebo, at Raeford Street. The first was built on Beau foit Street. ? sale of 1 99 town flags, with an other 100 still available for $36 each. ? completion a new sign at en trance to the town. ? sponsorship of three annual events, the Trash Bash litter pick-up, Christmas tree lighting program and town employee appreciation dinner. The POA continues to offer to re imburse training expenses for any Ocean Isle Beach Volunteer Fire Department first responder who be comes an emergency medical tech nician. Three members are taking the training through Brunswick Community College at no cost, said departmental spokesman At Kane, "saving the POA some money." Kane reminded property owners of the fire department's ongoing efforts to improve service and lower insur ance premiums for fire coverage. If the department gets the better rating it plans to seek in the near fu ture, the average homeowner's pre mium will decrease by an estimated $50 a year, he said. To maintain a new rating, he said, "there's a lot of equipment we're go ing to need to buy." For example, because of the town's size and a population that soars from 600 in the off-season to a peak of about 20,000 on the Fourth of July, the Insurance Service Organization says the town needs three pumpers. It has two. Through Sept. 30 the department had received 255 calls, mainly for first respondcrs. Kane reminded property own ers,"If you don't have a house num ber visible from the road, put one up. We may be trying to find your house someday." While public accessways are now marked by street signs, he said the department is still encouraging oceanfront property owners to mount house numbers on the ocean ? - Now Serving TAMERS Sunday Brunch BulTct 10:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. Join Master Chef Mark Coster For Unique Cuisine All His Own! Also Book Your Festive Christmas Parties With Us Today Located at Lions Paw Golf Links 351 Ocean Ridge Parkway SW. Ocean Isle Beach. NC (910)287-1709 Mary Manchee Barber ? Cosmetologist announces the opening of The Hair Shop located at Little River Swim & Fitness Club, across from flea market (803) 280-1815 Nexxus & Paul Mitchell i Walk-ins Wclcome ?PTe AUTO Xtl S ELECTRIC ALTERNATORS STARTERS VOLTAGE REGULATORS GENERATORS REPAIR? REBUILT? EXCHANGED AUTOMOTIVE WIRING 754-7656 Royal Oak Road & Hwy. 17 N.. Shallotte side of their houses also, lo aid in re porting incidents that happen on the beach. Police Chief Curt Pritchard en couraged property owners to report any suspicious activity immediately. He reminded them that, as a theft deterrent and aid to recovery of stolen items, television sets and oth er items can be engraved at no charge at the police department. Mayor Betty Williamson updated members on the town's activities during the past year. She and Com missioner Debbie Sloanc Smith also fielded questions from property ow ners regarding the proposed dune and berm beach renourishment pro ject. The town has appealed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to re consider its initial proposal, which does not include the east end The Corps' Final recommendation is due in December, after which a public workshop will be held before the town decides in January on its pre ferred option. Following an option other than that chosen by the corps could increase the town's share of the cost by millions of dollars. Elected to the POA board of di rectors Saturday on a single vole were Joyce Gillon. Gladys Gold smith. liayden O'Neil, Betty Wil liamson and Phil Holcombc. A sixth seat on the board was not filled. The museum opened its doors Sunday afternoon to POA members and their guests at no charge, in ap preciation of the group's continuing support. The museum is planning its second expansion, an auditorium with separate entrance and re strooms. Calabash Plans ' Straw Vote ' On 4.5 Million Sewer Purchase BY ERIC CARLSON Residents of Calabash this month will he asked to vote in a "straw poll" on the question of whether the town should spend $4.5 million to buy the sewer system that serves ine Carolina Shores development and other areas of the town. In a vote of 4-to-l along district lines, the town board of commis sioners last week voted to conduct the non-binding referendum in an effort to gauge public support for the proposed purchase of Carolina Blythe Utility Co. Commissioner Keith Hardee, who represents the District 1 area of the town that is not served by the sys tem, voted against holding the vote. The town plans to mail ballots to each of Calabash's 1.465 registered voters. The ballots are expected to be mailed this week. Included will be a letter dcscribirtg plans for the proposed purchase. The letter contains information taken from the town's engineering and accountants reports and the findings of a committee of CBU customers appointed to study the feasibility of buying the system Calabash has considered buying Carolina Blythe for several years, liarly plans called for expanding the existing v;w<*r system to serve the downtown business district Then the purchase of CBU was consid ered as the cornerstone for a region al sewer system to serve both the Calabash and Sunset Beach areas. Purchase negotiations between CBU owner Billy Burnett and the town's hired engineers for were eventually discontinued. Calabash has since joined Sunset Beach in forming the South Brunswick Water and Sewer Authority, which is going ahead with the regional system to serve both areas. Recently, residents of Carolina Shores have voiccd support for the idea of Calabash purchasing Car olina Bis the in hopes keeping down sewer rates. The commissioners have agreed in principal to work to ward buNing the system at Burnett's asking price of $4 5 million, fi nanced by him at 5 percent interest for 30 years. The informational letter that will accompany the straw poll ballot csti BLOW-OUT SALE Fri. and Sat., Dec 9-10 Up to 50% -60% off vinyl and in-stock carpet good selection SEASIDE CARPETS Discount on all Dee She Dolls 579-7592 Watch next wee*s Beacon tor details " Regardless of what you do about buying Carolina Blythe, it doesn 't have anything to do with the South Brunswick Water and Sewer Authority, " ? Keith Hardee, Commissioner Representing Dist. 1 mates thai a town purchase of CBU will result in an increase in com bined water and sewer rates from $21 per month to "a range of $34 to $41." Asserting that "the South Bruns wick Water and Sewer Authority is a likely purchaser of CBU if the town docs not buy it," the letter estimates the authority will charge a combined rate of about $35.68 per month. At the town meeting last week. Hardee criticized the use of such price comparisons in describing the proposed purchase. "Regardless of what you do about buying Carolina Blvthe. it doesn't have anything to do with the South Brunswick Water and Sewer Auth ority." Hardee said Calabash commissioners have voted to prohibit the authority from purchasing Carolina Blythc But as the letter points out, "this position may not be legaiiy binding." The CBU system is 20 years old. the letter notes, but engineers have "found no significant problems" with the treatment plant and determined it to be "in excellent condition." How ever, the letter admits that "the phys ical integrity and status of the pipe in the ground is not known." Opponents of the purchase have voiced concerns about unforeseen maintenance costs that could drive up rates or force the town to use tax money for improvements. Before agreeing to hold the straw vote. Commissioner Jon Sanborn suggested that the town might want to wait until the N.C. Local Govern ment Commission rules on whether it will allow Calabash to make the purchase. Town officials are waiting to hear if the state will require a complete appraisal of the purchase. Sanborn estimated that such a study would cost the town an additional $10,000 to SI5,(MX) The arrangement also must be approved by the Public Utilities Commission. "To my way of thinking, we have nothing to go to the people with yet," Sanborn said. Commissioner Theodora Altreu tcr. an outspoken supporter of buy ing Carolina Blythc, opposed any move that might further delay the purchase saying. "We've done a ton of work that may go do^n the tubes." She also suggested that the vote be made an official referendum that would require the board to go ahead with the deal if endorsed by the public. Her suggestion was withdrawn af ter Town Attorney Michael Ramos advised that a binding referendum must be an official vote conducted by the Brunswick County Board of Elections and would first require a public hearing I.R.S. PROBLEMS ?Delinquent Filing 'Delinquent Taxes ?Audits 'Offer In Compromise CALL FOR FEES AND OTHER SERVICES PERFORMED ARMOUR ASSOCIATES Accounting & Tax Service 5152 New Britton Loop Rd., Ash, NC 28420 (910)287-4156 or 1-800-955-5128 THt BRUNSWIG* BCACQM WAat\ Njm CU Qhmey'b Qift SIUp 5Jiis WjM (910)579-8984 Picture Frames ? Flags, Poles & Brackets Warm Throws ? Charleston Wooden Houses & Prints Sunset Beach & Ocean Isle Prints ? Suncatchers and our wonderful Christmas corner! Dept. 56 Lighted Houses-Many Lighthouses! Open Mon-Sat. 10-5:30, SUNDAYS 12-5 Hwy. 904 between Ocean Isle and Sunset (next to Food Lioni Seaside William Temple Allen, CPA, P.A. 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For a $25 donation you may sponsor a light on the star atop the tree All donations go to Hospice, and a card will be sent to notify the honored of your gift A candle lighting ceremony will be held Dec. 13 at 6 30 p m To make your contribution, com \ / plete the form below ana mail with your check. . Hospice <54-5356 or Century 21 Sunset Realty 579-1000. r details, contact VOL' K NAME YOL'K ADDRESS. CITY. STATE. ZIP nam? ok person to be remembered ok honokedTc 'Cirrle Onn NAME OK PERSON TO BE NOTIKIED ? 1 THEIR ADDRESS. CITY. STATE. ZIP " $5 per tree light $25 per star light Make check payable to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Inc ATTN u 502 N Sunset fclvd , Sunset Beach, NC 2846ft ' \anesaa Hewett, ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARK TAX DEDUCTIBLE m ? Mi Mi bJ 10136-3 Beach Dr. SW Golf Plaza, Calabash i

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