Brunswick, Regional Leaders Examine Solid
BY TKRRY POPK
Mapping out plans lor a regional. four county solul
waste authority may lake years, hut the ellort is under
Leaders from New Hanover. Brunswick. I'eiuler and
Columbus counties want to join forces to help reduce
the cost of garbage disposal and to tackle the growing
problem of shrinking landfill space in southeastern
"One of the things I'm truly convinced ol is that there
is no recipe for solving your solid waste problems." said
Durwood Curling, director ol the Southeastern Public
Service Authority ol Virginia.
Curling spoke to area officials at a steering committee*
meeting last week to explain how his eight-member au
thority relies on incineration, landfilling of ash and recy
cling to get rid ol its one million tons of trash jvr year.
SPSA is composed of eight cities and counties, in
cluding Chesapeake. Franklin. Isle ol Wight.
Portsmouth. Southampton, Suffolk and Virginia Beach.
George Sawyer. Craven County 's assistant county
manager and member of the recently-formed Coastal
Regional Solid Waste Management Authority, also
spoke at the meeting in Wilmington hosted by the Cape
Fear Council of Governments.
In August, area leaders agreed to meet to discuss pos
sibly forming a regional solid waste authority in the
Cape Fear region. The meetings are open to the public,
and about 50 people attended last week's session.
Brunswick County Manager David Clegg. Bill Dunn
of Boiling Spring Lakes and Jane Gilbert of Leland. a
member of the Brunswick County Keep America
Beautiful hoard, attended.
Curling explained how the Virginia authority operates
seven garbage transfer stations, a regional landfill in
Suffolk, a yard waste recycling facility and a waste ener
Indian Summer Temperatures
Remain In Weather Forecast
The area should experience a
"very nice period ol Indian summer"
for the next few days, according to
meteorologist Jackson Canady.
The temperatures should stay
mild and near normal and precipita
tion should be normal for this time
of year, said Canady.
He said that he expected no
Arctic blasts of air to reach the
South Brunswick Islands arc.i lor at
least a few da> s.
The outlook. Canady predicted,
calls for evening low temperatures
in the low 40s and daytime highs in
the mid 60s.
He said he expects less than a
hall-inch of ram to fall in the next
week, which is slightly less than
normal for this ume of year.
For the period of Nov. 12-18, the
maximum high temperature for the
area was 77 degrees, which Canady
recorded on Nov. 16. He recorded
the minimum low temperature of 36
degrees on Nov. 14.
The average daytime high was 67
degrees, and the average evening
low was 42 degrees, making for a
daily average temperature of 54 de
grees. he said, which is one degree
Canady said he measured no rain
tall during the period at his home in
Horse Killed By Vehicles
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A horse was killed last Thursday
when ii was struck by two different
vehicles on Lanvale Road two miles
west of Leland.
Ham Dale Benton. 40. of Leland
was traveling south on Lanvale
Road (S.R. 1438) when the 1989
Mazda he was driving struck a horse
that was in his lane, according to
Trooper D.A. Lewis' report.
The Mazda then ran off onto the
left shoulder of the road. The horse
was knocked into the northbound
lane, where it was struck by a 1990
Dodge van, said Ms. Oakley.
The northbound van was operated
by Nelson Edward Norwood, 39, of
The horse was owned by Danny
Bollinger of Wilmington, reported
Benton was taken to New
Hanover Regional Medical Center
in Wilmington, where he was treat
ed for serious injuries, Ms. Oakley
said. No other persons were injured.
Trooper Lewis estimated the
damage to the Ma/da at S8,(XX), and
the damage to the Dodge van at
No tickets were issued in the ac
cident, Ms. Oakley said.
A Yaupon Bciich man was
charged last T-riday morning with .1
sale movement violation when he
attempted to make a U-iurn on N.C.
211 less ihan two miles west ol
Southport. the suite Highway Patrol
Robert Chapman Sellers. 75, of
Yaupon Beach was traveling east on
N.C. 211 in a 1982 Cadillac Friday
at 1 1 :4() a.m. when he pulled the car
onto the right shoulder in prepara
tion to make a U-tum. according to
a report filed by Trooper L).B.
As Sellers made the turn, Ms.
Oakley said, the Cadillac struck the
back of a motorcycle which was
traveling east also.
Christopher George Lee. 21, ol
Supply was driving the 1984 Honda
motorcycle. Lee slid w ith the motor
cycle across N.C. 211 and hit the
front bumper of a westbound 1989
Chevrolet driven by James Wcldon
Jackson, 70, of Long Beach, Harvell
Lcc was taken to Dos her
Memorial Hospital in Southport by
ambulance and was treated for seri
ous injuries. No other injuries were
Trooper Harvell estimated dam
ages to the Cadillac at S2(X), dam
ages to the motorcycle at SI. (XX),
and damages to the Chevrolet at
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"I'm not wild about incineration, unless there's a great
attention to separation and a tremendous attention to
particulate control." ? David Clcgg,
Brunswick County Manager
ey me i iteration plant in Portsmouth. Hncrgy Imnt the in
cmcrator is sold ti> the I S. Navy shipyard there.
"I'm not wild about incineration." said Brunswick
County Manager David Clcgg. "unless there's a great at
tention to separation and a tremendous attention to par
New Hanover Counts recently built and bewail opcrat
ing an incinerator, hut metals and recyclable materials
there arc not separated before burning. Joe Hoycr, an
employee of the plant, tolil the committee that mass
burning of metal and glass also presents maintenance
Tipping Kits Charged
The Virginia communities involved in SPSA joined
forces in 11>7S but did not begin operating until IW5. It
now serves an estimated 1 .02 million residents and must
make at least S45.CXX) jvr day in tipping Iccs. sale ol re
cyclable materials and heat-generated energy to pay for
the SI5.VN million in bonds borrowed to build the sys
tem. said Curling.
Garbage taken to the incinerator is handpickcd lor
aluminum u hile other metals are mechanically removed.
Tipping lees, charges for dumping garbage, are S35
per ton for private haulers and S2l>.50 per ton for munic
The system also maintains more than 50 drop-oil sites
to collect seven recyclable or hazardous materials, such
as household batteries or chemicals. A curbside recy
cling program is underway with a goal of adding 2 .< K X t
homes ;vr year.
Curling said the transfer stations were not built to ac
commodate recycling. "That's one of the things we
would do differently it we were building now," he
When planning an authority. Curling said citizens
should be invited to serve on the committee. 'lite SPSA
board of directors is composed of one voting member
from each of the eight communities, regardless of their
si/e or population.
' No matter how good a program you put together,"
said Curling, "you're going to develop some enemies.
Also, prepare to lace capital costs beyond your wildest
The cost to prepare one acre of landfill space for re
ceiving ash from the incinerator, with a lined cell and
treatment of runoff, is S250,(XX), he said.
"Look for costs to be out of sight, and it's getting
worse." said Curling.
Some Pros and Cons
Curling outlined some pros and cons of a regional au
?Elected officials of die landfill's host community will
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New Supply Post Office Open
A new and larger U.S. Post Office opened in Supply Tuesday afternoon at the northeast corner of the
intersection of \.C. 211 and /ilanton Road. The postal senice closed at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in its old
location on U.S. 17, and reopened for business in the new facility at 2 p.m. Postmaster Normal Rachels
said an open house will he held in early 1992. Meanwhile, two former postmasters, Evelyn Hawes and
Lottie Tripp, were invited to he among the first to buy stamps at the new facility Tuesday.
Main Line Water Customers To Pay
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Phase 111 will route a new trans
mission line along U.S. 17 south of
Shallouc to N.C. 904. The line will
travel N.C. 9()4 to Seaside and tie in
with an existing line there on N.C.
179. Phase Ul-A will route a line
down Village Road to Shallouc
Bids will he opened Friday for the
N.C. 904, Ihomasboro Road and
U.S. 17 project, said Tucker. Bids
for the elevated water lower, pump
ing station and line to Shallotte
Point will be opened the first week
in December, he added.
Commissioners voted unanimous
ly to ask the UOB for a new policy.
Commenting Tuesday, Holdcn
said die policy will help the county
move toward equity. "But there is no
way to make it equal for everyone
and it be legal," he added. The coun
ty lias no suite authority to make
those who live along the trunk lines
tap on to receive county water, w hile
it can compel those in SADs to do
Holdcn, who discussed the need
for more parity with UOB members
more than a year ago, suggested the
new policy would also take some of
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the pressure off iliai board.
"I'm ured of UOB members gel
ling heal lo deaih ai every public
hearing," he said. "I see ihis as one
way of slopping ihe criticism."
Robert Nubel of Boiling Spring
Lakes, vice chairman of the UOB
and a longtime member of thai
board, said Tuesday lhat it has gen
erally been the UOB's position thai
a policy of this type was needed.
"It's something we hear at most
of the public hearings," he said.
"We've always lold them ii was
something that was done a long time
ago, at a lime when the county
didn't know what the future would
"The county never envisioned be
ing in the retail water business and
now it is in ihe retail water business
with thousands of customers."
Those early decision-makers can'i
be faulted because decisions were
made on that supposition, he said.
"However," he continued, "we
should correct ihe mistakes of the
past and I think this was one."
"1 ihink a majority of the board
felt lhat ii would have been a diffi
cult position lo react to thai at a pub
lic hearing ? to have to tell them that
they were going 10 have to pay an
assessment while someone around
the corner didn't have to."
In other business Monday, the
?Approved a public participation
plan for the Brunswick County Land
Use Plan update, as presented by
Don Eggert, a county planner, and
Glenn Harbeck. consultant. It desig
nalcs the Brunswick County Plan
ning Board as the steering commit
tee for the plan mandated by the
N.C. Coastal Area Management Act.
Plans call for a series of community
meetings in January.
?Gave final approval for placing
llouridation equipment at the coun
ty's Malmo and N.C. 211 water
treatment plants. The county will be
gin adding llouride to the drinking
water within four weeks, said Clcgg.
?Accepted a S50.000 N.C. Indust
rial Renovation Grant, to be given to
Telecron, a manufacturer relocating
to the Leland Industrial Park.
?Set a public hearing for Dec. 2,
6:30 p.m., in the commissioners'
chambers to consider a list of road
names that Clcgg called "the latest
batch of discoveries" by county
workers who arc erecting road signs
for the 911 program.
?Approved a budget amendment re
luming S273 in unused funds to the
Cape Fear Substance Abuse Pro
gram youth services.
?Made the following appointments:
William Millard, Catherine Gales
and Marty Cooke, to the Aging
Advisory Board; Bob Miller, James
Mineite and Bill Fairlcy to the
Brunswick Airport Commission:
Don Hughes to the Industrial Facil
ity Board; Paul Austin to the Keep
America Beautiful Board; Billy
Kirby and Ben DeBlois to the Trans
portation Steering Committee: John
Ramsey as chairman of the Bruns
wick County ABC Board; and
Waller Hill and Patricia Helms as
extraterritorial members of the Long
Beach Planning Board and Board ol
We arc pleased to have provided paving services for
Mr. & Mrs. Don Evans Home
Hivy. 130, Ash
Helping Brunswick County Grow!
Asphalt Plant-2 miles north of Shallotte on Hwy. 17
ho blasted by the public:
?One opponent can create discord and doubt about the
? I he rate setters are also the rate payers on the board ol
?Such systems generally improve the appearance ol
trash collodion sues at a time when the garbage busi
ness has a "terrible reputation": and
? In addition to dealing with trash problems, elected ol
licials that form an authority will often work together on
New Hanover County Commissioner I -red Rctchin
said running an authority is "only an attempt to hold
those costs down, in whatever way we can."
He continued, "It is cheaper to operate one landfill
than it is four landfills. Although we have gtxul facilities
now, they w ill not last forever."
Brunswick County's Supply landl ill. purchased by the
county in 1989, is permitted to operate until it is lull,
which may he fewer than 10 years.
"A landfill isn't something you can assume is going
to be there and is going to work," said Clegg.
Even with new mandated federal and stale landfill
regulations, the Supply site is in good shape, he added.
Last week, Columbus County Commissioners asked
the Chambers Development Corp. to draw up a list ol
siics in Columbus County that may be suitable for a re
New regulations have cut die life of the Columbus
landfill to about three years. A new l(X)-acre landfill
would last an estimated 12 years to 15 years and cost ap
proximately S20 million. It would be in operation by
November 1994 and could serve 1 1 counties.
Kelly Holdcn, chairman of the Brunswick County
Board of Commissioners, said he believes a regional au
thority is "something we should take a look at ."
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The health board docs not have
the authority to hire an inspector to
enforce the ordinance. That lies in
the hands of county commissioners.
In Other Business
In other business Monday, the
?Met in executive session to discuss
personnel, but took no action after
?Accepted a S23,(K)() federal grant
for the Baby Love maternal health
program, which will be used to hire
an outreach worker. The position is
funded for five years.
?Accepted suite funds for an addi
tional 50 percent position in mater
nal care coordination, a program
aimed at reducing infant mortality.
?Revised a policy for iLs well moni
toring program, which had been idle
since June, said Rabon. It will allow
placement of ground water test wells
for homeowners who request them.
? Met new Animal Control Super
visor Charlie McClain, who re
placed Zclma Babson. who has ap
pealed her firing to the State Per
? Heard that Melissa Hill has been
hired. She is an authorized environ
mental health specialist with lour
years of experience, said Environ
mental Health Supervisor John
Crowder, and will be capable of do
ing soil tests for placement of septic
systems following a minimum of in
?Heard from board member Malis
ton "Mo" Stanley, who has recruited
a number of minority males as vol
unteers to participate in a high bkxxl
pressure screening program for the
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