R5J! DUl HOAG & SONS BOOK BINOERY 12/31 /99 PO BOX 162 SF'R I NGF'ORT MI 49284 Twenty-ninth Year, Number 1 8 nnmiwwwncmfco*, Shallotte, North Carolina, Thursday, March 7, 1991 25* Per Copy i 32 Pages, 3 Sections, 1 Insert Bring On The Beach! ttm staff photo rr susan ushm Ambassadors representing the South Brunswick and Southport-Oak Island Chambers of Commerce are "blitzing" communities along 1-40 from Asheville to Mount Olive this week, en couraging visits to the area and leaving behind a bit of the beach, along with free vacations and other gifts donatfd by local businesses. Above, Al Laughinghouse joins other bu^ness sponsors and " blitz* rs" in filling a tub with sand from local beaches. Also shown (from left) at e Zckrina Hodges, Susanne Sartelle, Libby Bostic, Terry Barbee and Vicki Spencer. Holden Beach To Seek State Law Leaving Annexation Up To Voters BY DOUG RUTTER Holden Beach Commissioners will ask state legisla tors to pass a law that would prevent the town board from taking steps toward annexation without first hold ing a referendum of the town's registered voters and property owners. On a 3-1 vote Monday night, commissioners adopted a resolution endorsing the annexation referendum and requesting that the N.C. General Assembly enact legis lation requiring a vote on any proposed changes to the town boundaries. Mayor Pro tem Gloria Barrett and Commissioners Bob Buck and Judy Bryan voted to pass the resolution. They have each voted against mainland annexation in the past. Commissioner Gay Atkins, a proponent of annexa tion, voted against the resolution, saying she disagreed with the wording: "It's not the annexation problem it self, it's the way this was written." Mainland annexation has been a controversial issue at Holden Beach for a number of years and proved to be the deciding factor in the 1989 town election, when four candidates opposed to annexation were elected. Those four town commissioners made good on their campaign promises early last year when they voted to overturn an annexation ordinance that had been adopted by a previous board in the summer of 1989. The ordinance would have brought into the town limits about 67 acres of property bordering the mainland cause way. The annexation was scheduled to take effect in June 1990. The Holden Beach resolution adopted Monday night asks Brunswick County's representatives in the General Assembly to introduce a local bill that would modify annexation provisions set forth in the state's general statutes. The resolution states: "Before the commissioners of tne Town of Holden Beach can initiate any steps toward extension of the town's boundaries, either upon petition by land owners outside the town boundaries or upon the commission's own initiative, the question of whether to annex the designated area must be put to a referendum to be voted upon by all registered voters residing within the town limits and all owners of property within the town limits not otherwise registered to vote in the town. The town board shall take no action toward annexation '7 am in full support of the resolution. Annexation is a major factor affecting all property owners ? Commissioner Bob Buck Holden Beach without approval by referendum." The question of whether to extend town boundaries should be decided by all property owners who would be affected, the resolution says. Under current state law, as few as three town commissioners could change the town limits. Holden Beach is described in the resolution as a re sort community less than one-fourth mile wide and less than eight miles long, surrounded by water with a great portion of its land mass being marshland that needs pro tection. It points out that at least three-fourths of Holden Beach's properly owners are non-residents, who pay more than 75 percent of the town taxes but are not eligi ble to vote for elected officials of the town. The resolution says extending town boundaries to in clude mainland areas could upset priorities regarding environmental concerns, because the island's potential to gain registered voters is limited due to geographic boundaries and other growth restrictions. Prior to adoption of the resolution Monday, Commissioner Atkins had asked that the vote be post poned. An issue relating to town board appointments was tabled earlier in the meeting due to its controversial nature and the absence of Mayor John Tandy and Commissioner Kenner Amos. However, other board members refused to delay ac tion on the resolution. Mrs. Bryan, who initiated the pro posed referendum last month, said local bills must be in troduced in the legislature by April 1 to be considered this year. Although the board denied Ms. Atkins' request to (See ANNEXATION, Page 2-A) TOWN CREEK COMMUNITY ANGRY County Asks State To Listen To Residents On Crematorium BY TERRY POPE Brunswick County Commission ers have requested a public hearing from the state regarding a proposed animal crematorium that has been targeted for the Town Creek com munity. Angry residents packed the com missioners' chambers at Monday night's meeting to ask that the coun ty do what it can to stop construc tion of the project. A cement foun dation for the building has already been poured. Ron Currie, owner of the pro posed crematorium, has filed for a permit from the air qiiality section of the N.C. Divisio .. of Environ mental Management The business would be built off of Town Creek Road (State Road 1413), about two miles west of U.S. 17. It would be called Southeastern Pet Cremation. Currie is New Hanover County's animal control supervisor. Commissioners voted unani mously Monday to ask the state to conduct a public hearing on the per mit to give residents a chance to voice their concerns about possih!*. damage to air and water quality 111 their neighborhood. The 320 square-foot building would sit on a nine-acre tract and house an inciner ator that's 32 square feet. The public has until Saturday, March 9, to file written complaints with the Division of Environmental Management to comment on whe ther the incinerator would be envi ronmentally unsound Commissioner Frankie Rabon told the group of residents that fil led the meeting room Monday that I he is equaiiy concerned about the crematorium. "I live less than a quarter mile of the site," Rabon said. "There are wetlands surrounding there. I think "Our homes were here first. I just think something like this can be placed some other place." ? Pamela Wall Town Creek Resident thai hopefully we can have this pub lic hearing so that people in our community can voice their con cerns. It's up to the people in Ra leigh to make that decision." Chairman Kelly Holden told the group that county zoning could haw prevented someone from building a crematorium in a residen tial area. Countywide zoning is something the commissioners are working toward, he said. "I don't think you're going to get any disagreement from anyone on this board," Holden told Pamela Wall, a resident who was the first to speak. Commissioner Donald Shaw said he had been contacted by angry residents and advised them to attend the commissioners' meeting to voice their concerns. Ms. Wall told the boa>d that be cause the area is unzoned doesn't mean someone should have the right to endan ger the safety of people in a community. "No one can guarantee me 100 percent that some type of contamination will not be involved," she said. "Our homes were here first I just think something like this can be placed some other place." WALL The crematorium would be used to cremate cats and dogs and to burn carcasses from research laboratories, slaughterhouses, animal pounds and similar sources. Residents auending the meeting Monday had obtained copies of the state permit which list ed the uses of an animal crematori um. Veterinarians and pet owners who want to have a pel cremated would also use the facility. The permit would allow a maxi mum of 75 pounds of waste per hour or 78 tons yearly to be burned by natural gas. A concrete founda tion has already been poured for the project, one resident said Monday. The county has issued a building permit, but it is not listed as a com mercial buildirg project since it would not produce commercial traf fic. Jane Moore lives about two miles from the proposed site on State Road 1412. She said she moved to Brunswick County to escape the pollution in Maryland. She ques tioned if it was right for a business to produce heavy traffic in a resi dential neighborhood and if the county would have to pay to im prove the road to the site. "A pet crematorium is not appro priate in a residential area, zoning be damned," Ms. Moore said. A petition has gathered about 546 names in the area that oppose the crematorium. Resident Michael (See CREMATORIUM, Pg. 2-A) Redwine Seeks Parties7 Ideas About County Governing Boards Rep. David Redwine has an issue he would like both the Democratic and Republican parties to discuss during their upcoming county con ventions. He wants to know members' views on how long a term commis sioners and school board members should serve, whetner school board elections should be non-partisan and related questions ? "the whole gov ernance issue in Brunswick Coun ty," said Redwine. Redwine said Tuesday he was writing letters to the chairmen of the parties requesting the item be placed on convention agendas. Republicans gather 2 p.m. Satur day at GOP headquarters north of Supply, while Democrats will con vene April 6 at their headquarters, also on U.S. 17 northe of Supply. "Most of the people actively in volved in the parties attend the con Republicans Meet Saturday Brunswick County Republican Party members will elect a new county chairman and other officers at its county convention, Saturday, March 9, at 2 pjn. at the Republi can headquarters building on U.S. 17 a mile north of Supply. Featured speaker will be Joe Dean, secretary of the N.C. Department of Crime Control and Public Safety. Republicans will also elect town ship chairpersons and delegates to auend the GOP state convention to be held in Wilmington May 31-June 1 , said Chairman Malcolm Grissett. Resolutions will also be voted on at the county convention to decide if they should be taken to the state convention. Gnsseu has announced that he will not be a candidate for the chairman's position this year. "We have some important issues to discuss and decisions to make for the coming year," Grissett said. "We urge all precinct delegates and offi cers to turn out for (his event. We also are in urgent need to raise monies for our building fund. This will be an important agenda item." The convention is open to all Brunswick County Republicans or interested persons. vention and I hope this will spark even more inierest in attending the conventions," said Redwine. "I want as much input on this as I can get." County Democrats have addres sed part of the issue once before. Redwine's attention to (he issue began last year when the Brunswick County Democratic Convention passed by a narrow margin a resolu tion requesting that he introduce legislation to set the terms of county commissioners at two years. Since then he has received "mix ed" responses to the idea, while also hearing at the same time sugges tions for other types of changes. "It's more complex than just this one issue. There are a lot of differ ent constituencies interested in ihe overall governance question. That resolution sort of opened the door for all these other questions. I'd like to tackle them all at once and re solve them." The deadline for introducing lo cal legislation is April 4, Red wine said, but he plans to Introduce a dummy bill to leave the option open for a local government bill. In other activity this past week, Redwine co-sponsored H.B. 98, which would permit a member of the Teachers and State Employees Retirement System to retire after 28 years with the system instead of 30 without a reduction of benefits. Redwine plans to support a bill that would allow people who own their own homes to obtain so-called "reverse" mortgages, whereby lend (See REDWINE, Page 2-A) North-End Detour Starts March 1 5 On Highway 1 7 BY SUSAN USHER Starting next Friday, March IS, traffic on U.S. 17 north of Shallotie will be rerouted while the connector to the Shalloue bypass is built, a project that is scheduled for completion by the busy Memorial Day weekend. Citing potential bad weather, last December the contractor on the bypass project, Propst Construction Co. of Concord, delayed comple tion of the job until the arrival of warmer weather. North- and south-bound vehicles will be de toured along Redbug Road and Hoi den Beach Road for a period of two to three months. An initial notice from the N.C. Department of Traasportation noted the closing as for 90 days. However, a time requirement in the slate's contract with Propst calls for traffic to be rerouted onto the Shallotie bypass by the Memorial Day holiday or else the company could face stiff penalties. "It may go into the record as 90 days, but it won't be for 90 days," said Dave W. Boy lesion, resident engineer for the project with the N.C. Department of Transportation. "The contractor said he didn't anticipate problems unless the weather really gets bad." Propst was awarded a $3.86 million contract in late 1989 to grade and pave the 4.8-mile bypass. The final completion date for the entire project is August 1991. That time frame includes landscaping and ad justment of highway markings. When work resumes next week, Propst will continue building the roadway embankment to grade level, then stoning and paving it to con nect with U.S. 17. Where the bypass and highway connect, new roadway paved last fall will become part of U.S. 17, while the previously existing roadway will become part of the bypass. The completed bypass will have two traffic lights, one at the intei section of the bypass and the service road at the north end of town and the other at N.C. 130 west and the bypass, near West Brunswick High School.