Holden Planning Board
Recommends Town Hire Waste
BY DOUG RUTTER
Holdcn Beach Planning and Zoning
Board has recommended the town hire
someone to inspect wastewater systems
and notify county health officials if they
The proposed wastewater management
division would set up an inspection, testing
and maintenance program; monitor new
types of systems; educate homeowners and
coordinate its activities with county and
Planning board members and town com
missioners discussed recommendations at a
joint meeting Monday night. They plan to
meet several more times before starting the
If it's implemented. Planning Board Vice
Chairman Sid Swarts said Holden Beach
would be the first community in the coun
try that he knows of with ihis type of
wastewater management program.
Interim Town Manager Diane Clark said
at least one town has an ordinance requir
ing the periodic pumping of septic tanks,
but there aren't any towns with comprehen
"It sounds to me like it may be one of
the significant things that has happened in
this town," Mayor John Tandy said
Town officials want to meet with
Brunswick County Health Department offi
cials and wastewater experts before they
decide whether or not to move forward
with the program.
"I think the start that you've made looks
good," Mayor pro tem Gloria Barrett told
the planning board Monday. "I believe we
could do it and it would solve our problems
for years to come, although it wouldn't be
a permanent solution."
Town commissioners voted last year to
work toward a management program and
A proposed wastewater
at Holden Beach would
be the first of its kind if
mention it in the update of the Holden
Bcach Land Use Plan, a guide for develop
ment over the next 10 years.
A survey done in conjunction with the
land use plan showed that most residents
arc pleased with septic tanks but think the
town should ensure they aren't overloaded.
Although in support of the program.
Commissioner Bob Buck said Monday that
there are a several questions still unan
Among ether th-ngs, <e said officials
have to decide who woul . pay for i'ie p.*o
gram and who would enforce it
S warts said whoeves vnc town hire? to
perform inspections wouldn't be able to
condemn buildings will) faulty wastewarer
systems. Problems would be reported to
county health officials for action.
"If we depend on the county health de
partment to enforce it, we've got a problem,"
Buck said. "That's been proven over and
Commissioners aren't sure how much
the program would cost They talked about
paying for it with a tax increase or an addi
tion to the quarterly water bills.
Town officials agreed that the program
would work best if was preventive rather
than enforcement-oriented. "Rather than a
black hat, we need a white hat out there,"
If the town implements a program,
Tandy said it would have to be evaluated in
about a year to chcck results.
"It would appear to mc that this is a step
that could fill a void between now and a
sewer system, whenever that may be," he
S warts said starting a management pro
gram might help people who own lots that
haven't qualified for septic tank permits in
Planning board member Roger Williams
said several mainland residents told him re
cently that it's about time the town did
something to control its wastewater and re
State officials have closed more and
more shellfish waters near Hol'Jcn Beach
in recent years due to bacterial pollution.
However, two recent studies haven't
concluded that septic tanks on the island
are malfunctioning and causing pollution.
Pavilion To Be Blocked Off
(Continued From Page 1-A)
Alan Holdcn, who owns a real es
tate and construction company at
Holden Beach, said he's willing to
use his equipment to remove the de
bris. The town board agreed to pay
up to 52 ,000 for the work.
If the owners agree following a
closer look at the site, commission
ers also voted to pay for removal of
all or pan of the wooden "wings" on
both sides of the bulkhead. That
work would be included in the
Town officials and the owners
discussed the possibility of tearing
down the wooden sections of the
bulkhead and using sandbags to pro
tect the streets. They agreed that
piles of sand would wash away in a
Building Inspector Dwight Car
roll said the state probably would al
low the town to use sandbags to pro
tect the streets. A permit would be
needed to put sandbags on the
Commissioner Kenncr Amos said
the town should get an engineer's
opinion before it puts any money in
to a sandbag project
Alan Holden said officials with
the N.C. Division of Coastal Man
agement have refused to say that the
pavilion is threatened by erosion be
cause it isn't within 20 feet of the
Without documentation stating
that the structure is in danger,
Holden said the owners can't get re
imbursement from the federal flood
insurance program for its relocation
Town officials and the Holdens
agreed that the public parking areas
and beach walkways at Holden
Street and Ferry Road arc used more
than any others on the island.
Since the pavilion was built in the
1930s, Alan Holden estimated that
twice as many people have used its
accesses than any others on Holden
Tandy said the 'own and business
owners probably can get through
this tourist season without a major
project, but they need a long-term
plan for the pavilion and public
Holden said he's willing to do
whatever he can to ensure the con
tinued use of the parking area.
Keeping the parking spaces there
would be good for the town and the
But if the pavilion is moved or
torn down, he said the land would be
used for some other purpose. The
owners would not allow parking to
block access to the property.
Holden said the erosion problem
is nothing new at the pavilion ? his
grandfather had to deal with it when
he owned the property. "We have
fought this battle for three genera
tions in that location," he said.
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Checkpoint Results In Arrests
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possession with intent to sell and
deliver marijuana and possession of
Marcos Augustus C'easar, a drug
dog handled by State Trooper Jerry
Dove, allegedly found the (bugs in a
1989 Ford Bronco II driven by
Blackwood, Crocker said.
The arrests were made around
7:50 p.m. at a roadblock on N.C. 130
just inside the Brunswick County
line near Free land.
Officers confiscated more than a
half-pound of marijuana, 3.5 grams
of cocaine and 1.6 grams of hash
ish, said Crocker. The truck was im
pounded by sheriff's deputies.
The suspects were released from
the Brunswick County Jail Monday
morning under $10,000 bond each,
"These are narcotic checkpoints
that will also be established in the
future, with cooperation of the State
Highway Patrol," Crocker said. "It's
a combination of the Highway Pa
trol and narcotics unit knowing
what to stop and what to look for."
Another roadblock on U.S. 17 in
Leland resulted in the arrest of tbree
people on drug charges March 29
Lynne Powell, 35, of Holden
Beach, was arrested March 29 on
charges of possession with intent to
sell and deliver marijuana, posses
sion of drug paraphernalia and main
taining a vehicle to keep a controlled
substance, Crocker said. The arrest
was made by Brunswick County
Sheriff's Detective Doug Todd.
Ms. Powell's 1984 Toyota was al
so confiscated by the sheriff's de
partment She was released from the
Brunswick County Jail under 55,000
Three men, two from Pennsyl
vania and one from Camp Lejeune,
were arrested at the same check
point in Leland on f.iarch 30.
James Patrick Dolan and Keith P.
Lanigan, both of Pennsylvania, and
John E. Dixon II, of Camp Lejeune,
were each charged with misdemean
or possession of marijuana and pos
session of drug paraphernalia.
All of the defendants are awaiting
trial in Brunswick County District
Crocker said the checkpoint pro
gram will continue at random, un
announced locations in the county.
"We've had three so far and
we've made arrests at all three, so
it's been successful," he added.
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Historic Site Shuts Down
Brunswick Town State Historic Site has been closed indefinitely due
to safety concerns relating to the unloading of ammunition at the neigh
boring Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point.
The historic site on the Cape Fear River shut down earlier this month
and will stay closcd until further notice, upon orders of officers at the
adjacent military terminal.
Workers at Sunny Point, the largest ammunitions terminal in the free
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School Board To 'Retreat'
To Chapel Hill Institute
Brunswick County Board of Edu
cation members leave Friday for a 1
1/2-day "retreat" at the Institute of
Government at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Superintendent P.R. Hankins and
District 5 school board member
Yvonne Bright were charged with
putting together the program.
Staff of the Institute of Govern
ment will lead sessions on the roles
and functions of the board. "That is
why we chose that location," said
School board members have
completed in advancc psychological
profiles that facilitators will use
during the workshop.
In addition, school system admin
istrators will brief the board on
some of the programs that draw the
most calls and questions from resi
dents: special education, child nutri
tion and reading and language arts.
Items that aren't discussed fully at
the retreat will be followed up on at
a later date, said Hankins.
Board members also hope to look
at some of the long-range planning
committee's work over the past sev
"We are feeling good about it,"
said Hankins, noting that staff mem
bers planned to take one day this
week to finish their preparations. "It
will take some work on our (staff's)
part and sacrifice by our board
members as well."
Board member and staff plan a
half day's work Friday and an all
day session Saturday at Chapel Hill.
The Institute of Government was
founded to help train local public
officials in the powers and responsi
bilities of their jobs and to serve as
an information clearinghouse.
Chairman Donna Baxter, before
taking the office, had tried to set up
a board retreat last year. She ran in
to problems, however, when she
tentatively scheduled it on Bald
Head Island, limiting public access
to the site.
The retreat is an official work
shop meeting of the board and is
open to the public.
Ask State To Torch
Pet Crematory Permit
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"Anything else, and he would be in
jeopardy of losing his license."
Laura Butler, assistant in charge
of the DEM air quality permit
branch, said the proposed incinera
tor should comply with all air emis
sion standards set by the state. The
state has determined the permit can
be issued, she added.
"There are no toxic emissions
from this facility," said Ms. Butler.
Currie's attorney agreed.
"We think that is a correct deci
sion," said Shell, who added that an
identical permit has been issued for
a crematorium in Carteret County.
"It's the type of facility that is in
operation all over North Carolina
and the United States," Shell said.
"There's no reason why this permit
should not be granted."
District 4 County Commissioner
Frankie Rabon countered with com
ments that brought a large applause
from the audience. He said the in
cinerator would cause "undo de
struction" and urged DEM to "rid it
self of a hazard before it becomes a
"If the remains are to be disposed
of on site, then the water quality is
sue must be addressed," Rabon said.
"If the remains are to be disposed of
by vehicle, then the traffic issue
must be addressed."
Diana Holland said her husband
provides the only maintenance on
the road where the crematorium is
"This operation is going to
change the quality of our lives dras
tically," Ms. Holland said. "Th<;re
are more appropriate areas to put a
crematorium like this."
She asked that D) M oflicials
monitor the unit for to> ?C emissions
every three months, inspe t the site
for proper storage of animal car
casses and approve of areas where
the ashes are to be deposited.
Resident Jane Moore, a licensed
r^ai estate broker, said property val
ues of area homes will drop.
"We're not opposed to businesses
and industry locating in Brunswick
County," Ms. Moore said. "We just
say that there's a more appropriate
place to put it"
Winnabow Volunteer Fireman
Richard Love said his department is
concerned about the propane stor
age tanks that would be used at the
site. The fire department is not
equipped to fight a large propane
"Should all of our dreams be
shattered because of one man's
greed?" asked resident Michael
Moores, who also lives on the road
of the proposed site.
Steve Wall says he owns property
about 800 feet from the incinerator
and would be afraid to cook out on
a grill if the crematorium is al
"We don't want this thing in our
neighborhood," Wall said. "We're
upset about it."
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he measured 2.75 inches of rainfall
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