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    County Works Tight Schedule To Meet January 911 Deadline
BY TERRY POPE
County officials have rfiapped out a
schedule for the 911 program set to begin
next Jan. 1, a deadline that has some people
worried.
It will take eight months to build the emer
gency medical services and 911 communica
tions building, yet the county is still wailing
on the state to approve the architect's de
signs.
"It's going to be a tight schedule," said
Doug Ledgett, supervisor of Brunswick
County's Emergency Medical Services.
"You can find December on the map and
count back eight months and realize that."
Ledgett said Southern Bell, the installer
of the 911 telecommunications equipment,
is hoping to have it operational by Jan. 1.
Tests will then be conducted on telephone
lines until a switchover date of Jan. 16,
when the system will be placed fully into
the hands of county personnel.
Peirson and Whitman Inc. of Raleigh was
hired to design the new building. Plans are
to finish the 911 portion of the building first
before completing interior work on the
training center and emergency vehicle
garage. It will be built at the front of the
government complex in Bolivia.
Last Wednesday, the Brunswick County
Planning Board set the ball rolling toward
meeting that deadline by adopting a list of
road and street names for every passable
corridor in the county. County commission
ers will have a first reading of the street
naming ordinance at their March 4 meeting.
Commissioners are expcctcd to hold a
public hearing on the ordinance March 18,
at which time they may vote to adopt the
project that the planning department has
worked steadily on since last January. The
N.C. Department of Transportation will
likely approve the came changes > rrid
April.
"Since we have about 60 Pine Streets,
part of this project was to narrow that down
to only one per postal zone," said Planning
Director John Harvey. "If there are at least
three housing units served by one corridor,
we've given it a n?me."
Having duplicate street names in he
same postal zone would disrupt what the
911 system is designed to do, send emer
gency help to a specific location as quickly
as possible. Help will be sent based on the
address that appears on the dispatcher's
screen, information that will automatically
appear when a 91 1 call is made.
Harvey said a good example of why
some street names needed changing can be
found in the Leland area where three roads,
all within an eight-mile radius, had the
name Old Mill Road. Two of those streets
had to be renamed.
Harvey told the planning board last week
that because of the tight schedule, action
was needed immediately on the street
changes. He said a contract the county
signed Jan. 22, 1990, mandated that the
county hase .street names, house numbers
and road signs in place within two years.
Residents will start to notice the changes
in June, when the first street signs arrive
from DOT and are put in place.
Commissioners must adopt two ordinances
along the way, one requiring all home own
ers to place numbers on their houses. The
largest address any home is likely to have
will be a number in the 10,000 range,
Harvey said.
By July 15, the county will notify all resi
dents of their new addresses, staling that
they will have 60 days to make address
changes on their mail. The post office will
follow up with a letter by Sept. IS, stating
that no more mail bearing the old addresses
wili be delivered.
A pan of the program to provide full-time
emergency services to respond to 911 calls,
the county will hire six emergency medical
technicians next month from a pool of more
than 100 applications received, said Ledgett
The county stopped taking applications
last Wednesday for the positions.
"We've had a lot of interest and a lot of
qualified pcupic apply," Lcdgctt said.
The six EMTs will be hired to work in
pairs while stationed on a rotating schedule
at rescue squad buildings in the county.
More EMTs will be hired later.
The goal is to provide qualified rescue
personnel at each area of the county to re
spond quickly to emergency calls when
most volunteers arc on their jobs dui ing the
day.
Developer Drops Plan To Sell Lots
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to provide acccss to an additional 13 lots there.
When the plat appeared before the board, the 13
lots lying over the dumpsite were said to be "for
purposes other than residences."
When Stocks appeared before the board last
month, he slated that the Wilmington West Land
Co. had been reconsidering its plans for the pro
posed project Stocks told board members that
the company did not wish to subdivide the 13
lots over the landfill site at that time, but that it
did want to leave a roadway open to the landfill
area in case they decided to do something with
the land at a future date.
Nancy Scott, with the state attorney general's
office, told Harvey prior to that January planning
board meeting that the state was strongly op
posed to the developer's application to subdivide
the landfill site. Her office, surprised by the pro
ject, began work on a report as a result of the
proposed developing of lots over a hazardous
landfill, in case a similar incident should arise in
other areas of the state.
'To the slate's knowledge," Harvey said, "it is
the first that has ever been proposed."
Extensive Lanahuidings
Wilmington West Land Co., headed by J.B.
Gerald of Wilmington, is also the developer of
Jackey's Creek Plantation along N.C. 133 and
U.S. 17 near Belville.
The company acquired the Lcland landfill as
part of its purchase of 1,688 acres from
International Paper Co. on Nov. 15, 1988, ac
cording to a special warranty deed on file at the
Brunswick County Register of Deeds office.
In January 1990, the planning board approved
the construction of a connector road for the ex
pansion of residential and industrial development
from Lincoln Industrial Park on U.S. 17 near
Belville to Lanvalc Road.
According to information filed with the plan
ning department, the development along this ex
tended Lincoln Road is to be primarily residen
tial. Ehere have been engineering plans made for
a sewer system which would serve this large tract
along with Jackey's Creek and the town of
Belvillc. The company has filed for permits with
the state for such a sewer system, according to
minutes of that January 199U planning board
meeting.
The deed which records the company's land
deal with International Paper does not indicate
that part of the land purchased was a former haz
ardous waste landfill. Register of Deeds Robert J.
Robinson said he had a member of his staff
search the indexes at the office and could not
find wheie the landfill had ever been closed.
The file was said to have been turned over to
former Brunswick County Solid Waste Director
Major White in Janua>y 1985, but Leo Hewett,
who heads that department now, reported that he
never inherited the file.
According to the state, the county's permit to
operate the Lcland landfill site was officially
closed out in July 1984. Terry Dover, with the
N.C. Division of Health Services, said the site
stopped receiving solid waste in January 1980.
The county had to apply additional earthen cover,
control the surface water runoff and vegetate the
site for a final inspection by a representative of
the N.C. Solid and Hazardous Waste
Management Branch on July 18, 1984, according
to a state report forwarded to Harvey last month.
Land Use Limited
According to O.W. Strickland, head of the
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management office,
when a solid waste disposal site has been closed
the owner of the land is responsible for future
necessary maintenance and water quality moni
toring.
County Engineeer Robert Tucker said the final
ground cover over an existing closed landfill can
not be disturbed, thus prohibiting the installation
of public or private water and sewer to service
any proposed lots over the landfill site.
Tucker outlined what he thought the planning
board should do. He recommended that the board
approve plans for lots 1-13 along Lanvale Road
since a public water supply is available along
that highway, serviced by the Leland Sanitary
District lines. Tucker also suggested that the
board allow the plat for the additional 13 lots on
the landfill be allowed with a statement recorded
to inuicatc that it had once been a sanitary land
fiii.
"This would serve to make the potential pur
chaser aware," Tucker said.
Current state requirements for closing out
landfill sites now mandate that a statement be
recorded in the county registry indicating the past
use of land as a landfill site, Tucker said.
"The purpose of this is to make the prospec
tive future purchaser aware of his potential liabil
ity," staled Tucker.
County Soil Scientist Walter Marley conduct
ed soil tests on the proposed Between the Creeks
subdivision and issued a report on his findings to
the planning department Jan. 9.
Of the lots fronting Lanvale Road, three ap
pear unsuitable for septic systems without some
modification or filling of the lots, Marley report
ed. As for the lots located on the closed Lcland
landfill site, "These lots are unsuitable for devel
opment or any land-disturbing activity since the
topsoil material serves as a cap for the landfill
cells," Marley reported.
State code does regulate how lands over for
mer landfills should be protected. Ikie Guyton, of
the Solid Waste Management Section of the N.C.
Division of Environmental Management officc in
Fayetteville, iniormed the planning board that
state code mandates that the two feet of final
earthen coyer over a former landfill cannot be
disturbed in any way, thus prohibiting the build
ing of roadways and installation of drainage or
water lines on the site.
Septic tanks would be prohibited from such a
site, Guyton reported, because of likely leachatc
from drain lines.
It would be unlikely that an acceptable founda
tion plan would be approved under such restric
tions, Tucker told the planning board.
Foundations would have to penetrate the capping
surface over a landfill or its natural liner, he
added.
Said Stocks, "They (developers) were not
aware of the regulations. We found it out and we
withdrew that part of the project."
Holden Beach Policeman Resigns, Gets Back Pay
(Continued From Page 1-A)
was charged last August with sim
ple assault and second-degree tre
spassing following an incident in
volving Holdcn Beach Building
Inspector Dwight Carroll.
The men apparently confronted
each other on the morning of Aug.
2, 1990, in the garage at Carroll's
home on Holden Beach. Carroll bi
er testified in court that the officer
entered his garage without a search
warrant and hit him in the shoulder.
Dancy denied that he hit Carroll.
The policeman was suspended
without pay from the police force
after he was found guilty of assault
and trespassing Sept. 25, 1990, in
Brunswick County District Court.
Town commissioners voted to up
hold the suspension following a
closed-door grievance hearing Oct.
30, 1990. Blake Proctor, who was
town manager at the time, suspend
cd the policeman until the appeal
could be heard in Brunswick
County Superior Court.
Proctor said at the lime that
Dancy would be reinstated with full
seniority and back pay if he were
found innocent in superior court. He
said the police officer would be
fired if found guilty.
On Jan. 15, Dancy was found
guilty of trespassing, and acquitted
of assault. Proctor's guidelines
hadn't provided for a split verdict.
Mayor Tandy said the town board
agreed to give the officer his back
pay as a compromise. "He wasn't
found guilty on the whole thing," he
said. 'The verdict came down as
sort of half and half."
Holdcn Beach Commissioners
iinaramcusly approved the terms of
Dancy's resignation last Wednesday
following a half-hour executive ses
sion called to discuss a personnel
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Town Attorney Kenneth Camp
bell met with the town board during
the closed session. He refused to
discuss the personnel matter follow
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Tandy said Dancy was not forced
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In his letter of resignation, Dancy
wrote that he would release any
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Program Covers Groundwater
Quality With Five Lectures
Five lectures on groundwater
quality will be presented on consec
utive Tuesday nights beginning
March 12, at 7 p.m., in the public
assembly building at the Brunswick
County government complex in
Bolivia.
Groundwater is an important
source of drinking water for more
than half of the nation's population
and nearly all of its rural popula
tion, said Milton Coleman, Bruns
wick County Agricultural Extension
director.
"In recent years, widespread re
ports of bacteria, nitrate, synthetic
organic chemicals and other pollu
tants in groundwater have increased
public concern about the quality of
groundwater," Coleman said.
To answer questions Brunswick
County residents might have about
groundwater quality, the lecture se
ries is co-sponsored by the Agricul
tural Extension Service, the Bruns
wick County Health Department
Environmental Health Section,
Brunswick County Soil Conserva
tion Service and the College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences at
North. Carolina State University.
The March 12 program. "Where
Our Drinking Water Comes From,"
will be presented by Dr. Ron
Huffman, assistant professor of the
Department of Biological and
Agricultural Engineering at N.C.
State.
On March 19, "Groundwater
Quality ? Legal Implications", will
be presented by Milton Heath Jr., of
the Institute of Government at
Chapel Hill.
March 26, the topic "Pollutants in
Groundwater" will be covered by
Dr. Joe Zublena, professor in the
Department of Soil Science at N.C.
Suite.
The April 2 lecture, "Who Pro
tects Our Environment?", will be
given by Dr. Leon Danielson, pro
fessor in the Department of Agricul
ture and Resource Economics at
N.C. State.
The final lecture, "Health Effects
of Groundwater Pollutants," will be
presented on April 9 by Dr. Mary
Beth St. Clair, assistant professor in
the Department of Toxicology at
N.C. State.
The 7 p.m. lectures arc free and
open to the public. For more infor
mation, contact the Agricultural Ex
tension Service.
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Brush Those Teeth Daily
luteal dental assistant Joanna H olden ( center ) and helpers Andrew
Hollins and Tina Hughes use an extra-large toothbrush and teeth
to demonstrate proper brushing techniques. Ms. Holden stressed
the importance of brushing daily to prevent cavities in a recent
Dental Health Month talk to Bolivia Elementary School first grad
ers, who are studying dental health practices.
Normal Weather In Forecast
Shalloue area residents can ex
pect temperatures over the next few
days to range from the upper 30s at
night to the upper 50s during the
daytime, Shalloue Point meteorolo
gist Jackson Canady said Tuesday.
Along with near-normal tempera
tures, the forecast calls for near-nor
mal rainfall, about a half-inch, he
said.
For the period Feb. 19-25, daily
temperatures averaged 8 degrees
above normal, he said.
Canady recorded a maximum
high of 76 degrees on the 22nd and
a low of 37 degrees on the 24th.
An average daily high of 64 de
grees combined with an average
nightly low of 50 degrees for an av
erage daily temperature of 57 de
grees, 8 degrees above normal for
this time of year.
He recorded .98 inch of rainfall at
his home at Shalloue Point.
Third Straight Meeting
Cancelled In Shallotte
(Continued From Page 1-A)
The board hasn't been able to au
thorize repairs to the police depart
ment roof, a project that was first
discussed in December.
Police Chief Rodney Gause said
at the lime that the roof leaks in
four different rooms, even though it
has been patched five or six times in
the last two or three years.
Aldermen also haven't been able
to respond to a request from the fire
department, which has asked the
town to pay insurance on an old ve
hicle used for training and running
errands.
A pair of tax releases and tax re
funds have been on the agenda for
the last three meetings, along with a
discussion of the Martin Luther
King Jr. holiday.
Aldermen first talked about giv
ing their employees the extra vaca
tion day in December, but post
poned a decision until their Jan. 16
meeting, which was never held.
Shallotte employees worked
when the holiday was celebrated
Jan. 21, while county, state and fed
eral employees had the day off.
Other area municipalities do not
give employees off for the King
holiday.
A group that included Marcus
Williams and Bunny Lauzon was
scheduled to address the town board
last week regarding a proposal for
the town to help purchase the old
Shallotte Presbyterian Church and
turn it into a community center.
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