USE OF FEDERAL MONEY RESTRICTED
Sunset Beach Will Study Possible Area-Wide Sewer Project ; Funding
BY SUSAN USHER
Because much of the community lies within the 100
ycar storm fkxxlplain, liule if any federal money may be
available to Sunset Beach to build a town sewer system,
council members learned at a sewer workshop Monday
night at (own hall.
But the council plans to explore all options for fund
ing and for cooperative efforts in obtaining sewer ser
vice for the Seaside to Calabash section of the county.
Town Administrator Linda Fluegel and Councilman Bud
Scran torn arc to explore various alternatives for devel
oping a town sewer system and report back to the board
at its May 6 meeting.
Some of those other alternatives include one or
more of these ideas:
?Seeking cooperation from other municipalities in
forming a sanitary district or sewer authority;
?Seeking county leadership for the area's efforts to ob
?Attempting to purchase the area's only private sewer
utility, Carolina-Blythe, which serves Carolina Shores
and has land available to expand its plant to serve addi
tional taps, though not enough for the entire area;
?Entering into a cooperative venture with one or more
area golf courses to accept limited quantities of treated
wastewater for greens irrigation, with the town(s) to
provide any required effluent storage facilities, should
such a system gain state approval.
In any case,' Councilman Ed Gore said it would be
to municipalities' advantage to invest now in the pre
liminaries required in sewer system development, even
if they had no immediate need for it.
However, the town may have to rely on primarily its
own financial resources to finance a proposed town
sewer project or its portion of an area-wide system.
"It will require cooperation
with neighboring towns and
strong leadership from a
? Councilman Ed Gore
On addressing sewerage needs
Coupled with Monday's news regarding federal funds,
last month council members learned that little state
money, in the form of grants or loans, is available.
Meeting Monday with council members, Ronnie
Pope, assistant district director for the Farmers Home
Administration, said that federal money ? from his
agency or any other ? isn't to be used to encourage de
velopment in the 100-year storm floodplain, as in
coastal barrier islands, or in areas designated as wet
The policy is aimed in part at protecting environ
mentally sensitive areas and also reducing the future
potential of flood damage and expenses to the Federal
Flood Insurance Program.
Should a community meet other agency require
ments, low-interest loans could be used to build a sys
tem designed to serve, within the floodplain, only exist
ing town customers, structures that are in existence or
under construction, he said. In non-floodplain areas it
can be used to build a system that allows for moderate
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Session Will Train Senior 'Counselors'
A training session for Senior
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gram (S.H.I. IP.) volunteer coun
selors begins June 5 at the Bruns
wick County Agricultural Extension
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In Bladen and Columbus counties, where Fanners
Home Administration loans are being used to build coun
tywide water systems, towns have been required to adopt
ordinances that prohibit growth and development in the
floodplain, he said.
Ail of the island portion of Sunset Beach &nd the
first row of houses on the mainland side of the Atlantic
Intracoastal Waterway generally lie within the 100-year
floodplain, indicated Town Administrator Linda
A 100-year storm is a storm that has a 1 percent
chance of occurring in any given year. The floodplain
refers to the area that would likely be inundated should
such a storm happen.
Only if the floodplain area of the town was found to
be "substantially" developed would the rule not serious
ly affect the town. Pope indicated. Then taps would
simply not be placed on lines along undeveloped prop
Mrs. Fluegel said that 60 percent of the island is de
veloped at present.
While Pope said existing structures were "grandfa
thered" at the time the orders were issued. Councilman
Ed Gore differed, saying he thought subdivided proper
ties were also.
Gore said he thought the floodplain definition "too
broad," not taking into account the environmental bene
fits of switching from septic tanks to a community sew
er system. He questioned the current interpretation of
the Congressional executive orders that set the rules.
"To put the ones that are in existence on sewer and
the others on septic tanks ? That's ridiculous," he said.
In response. Pope suggested the town let its congress
men known "the Catch 22" situation it finds itself in.
Pope, who returned last Friday from a weeklong
workshop on administration of the orders, said Farmers
Home Administration was "probably skimming on thin
ice for a while" in implementing projects under the or
ders, but no more, as reflcctcd by the increased paper
work required when environmentally-sensitive areas arc
He suggested also that Sunset Beach may be
stymied by one other eligibility requirement for
Farmers Home Administration funding. The agency's
low-interest loans ? available presently at 5 3/4 percent
interest rate ? are available only when a municipality
has exhausted other sources of revenue generation, such
as its ability to sell bonds on the market through the
Local Government Commission. "If you can borrow on
the open market without us, then you don't need us," he
Sunset Beach has a property tax base of $134.3 mil
lion and collected property taxes of $253,000 this year,
with occupancy tax collections accounting for almost as
much of the town's annual budget.
Earlier this year the town's consulting engineer, Phil
Norris of Andrew & Kuske, gave the council a working
cost estimate of $7.5 million for building a system,
pending commission of a feasibility study that would
identify the various alternatives and their related costs.
Gore encouraged the council to do its homework
first, developing a feasible proposal, then seek the
county's help in bringing the project ofT, if not with fi
nancial assistance, then by serving as lead agency for an
area-wide project. If not, Sunset Beach could consider
taking on that role, he postulated.
"I don't think politics will solve it," he suggested to
Scrantom, who had said it might be good to make the
need for sewer service a campaign issue. "It will require
cooperation with neighboring towns and strong leader
ship from a knowledgeable party."
Proposal To Locate Waste Dump
Near Nuclear Plant Resurfaces
A move is afoot in the N.C. Gen
eral Assembly to renew the idea of
placing the state's low-level radia
tion waste disposal site in a county
that has a nuclear power plant
Rep. David Red wine says HLB.
643, introduced by Rep. Donald
Dawkins of Richmond County,
would limit the state's search com
mittee site selection process to three
counties: Brunswick, Mecklenburg
Dawkins represents one of the ex
isting areas identified by the commit
tee as a possible site for the dump.
Several years ago Redwine suc
cessfully helped Fight a similar mea
"I believe such a measure would
be devastating to Brunswick County
both economically and environmen
tally," the local representative said in
his weekly update. "It is my feeling
that site selection should be based on
scientific and environmental consid
erations, not on political wishes."
During the past week, Redwine
introduced a number of bills, in
cluding several that relate to opera
tion of the register of deeds office,
?H.B. 819 would amend the act
regulating the Brunswick Aiiport
Commission by changing the make
up of the authority, deleting the
town of Boiling Spring Lakes at its
request and adding the town of
cigarettes to people under age 1 8.
?H.B. 843, which would amend the
Safe Roads Act to reduce, from
0.10 to 0.08, the Blood Alcohol
concentration tliat triggers various
Red wine can be reached in Ra
leigh at 919-733-5787 or by writing
to him at the Legislative Office Buil
ding, Raleigh, N.C. 27603-5925.
Adults interested in driving a
school bus for the Brunswick
County Schools may sign up for a
training class to be held May 1-3 at
Bolivia Elementary School.
Vicki M. JenrcUe, driver education
specialist, said attendees must be on
time and present all three days.
For more information or to regis
ter, contact her at 754-5098 after
3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Drivers must be at least 18 years
AT SUNSET HARBOR
On Sale At
Yaupon Beach at its request. The
bill provides that four commission
members be appointed by the coun
ty commissioners and that one
member be appointed by each mem
ber town of the authority.
?H.B. 848 would change the re
quirements concerning the indexing
and filing of certain Uniform
Commercial Code statements, delet
ing the requirement that the register
of deeds note in the index the ad
dress of the debtor.
?H.B. 849 would require the regis
ter of deeds to record as separate in
struments all subsequent entries re
garding deeds of trust, mortgages
and other instruments.
?H.B. 850 would require the state
Land Records Management Pro
gram to adopt rules specifying mini
mum standards and procedures in
land records management. It would
also require the register of deeds of
fice to comply with those standards
?H.B. 851 would provide that to the
extent a county provides liability in
surance to county officers or em
ployees it shall also provide liability
insurance for the register of deeds.
In his weekly report Redwine
makes reference to other bills he
said might be of special interest to
?H.B. 852, introduced by Rep. Ka
ren Gotlovi of New Hanover County,
which would make it unlawful to sell
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