Zoning, Land Use Plan
To Keep Board Busy
BY TKKKY I'OI'K
It's shaping up lo be a very busy
llW2 for the Brunswick County
The board will help droll a coun
tywidc zoning ordinance and the
1W2 Land I "so Plan u|xtalc. as man
dated by ihe N.C. Coastal Area
Management Act (CAMAt
Planning Director John Harvey
said he'd like to have a land use plan
approved by Dec. 3. The county has
hired consultants Glenn Harbeck
Associates i>t Wilmington to helj
draft the plan.
Brunswick County Commission
ers have also asked lor quick devel
opment of a zoning ordinance with
work to he done in-house by Plan
ning Department suit I. though no
deadline has been set.
In a non-binding e\u jh>II Nov 5.
residents favored zoning by a major
ity in 12 of 22 precincts and overall
by a three to one margin.
"What 1 will produce will not tear
this county apart. " said Planning
Director John Harvey. "It's going to
have flexibility for development in
this county "
The planning board's job will also
broaden w ith the passage of a zon
ing ordinance, said Harvey. The
hoard would be responsible for
keeping the ordinance current to re
fleet conditions, plans and policies
for county development and with
hearing and making recommenda
tions for amendments to the ordi
Board members will also rule on
"special exceptions" to the zoning
rules, he said. Those exceptions may
include plan approval lor large de
velopments. which may be unusual
in either the amount of land set aside
or in the size of buildings, he added.
The planning hoard wa^ charged
with creating the ordinance, with
holding public hearings on the draft
and with certifying a final copy to
the Board of Commissioners for
Planner began study ing zoning
most recently in February 1987, and
a series of forums were held to gath
er public input in ll'S9. The draft
that the planning board develops
must go to a public hearing before it
can be adopted by commissioners.
A zoning ordinance consists of
three parts a base text of defim
lions and requirements thai apply
across the board: a schedule ol dis
trict regulations (smh as residential,
agricultural. forestry, commercial.
uuliisin.il and ollice /ones): ami a
zoning map. to shim eaeh lot m
iccord and their classification into
the /tilling districts.
Brunswick County's ordinance*
will have a minimum ot districts, or
/ones. saul Harvey.
"Some county ordinances have Ml
or more AMies," he added. "It gets so
contusing. W hat I come up with will
:it >1 be ihat way."
I larvey said he will work iirst on
the levi ol the zoning ordinance and
present it to the planning board lor
public review followed by its land
application and the establishment ol
The planning hvird will hold a
scries ol public hearings on the CA
MA Land I se Plan m mid-January.
hour community meetings, hosted
loinily b> planning board members
and county commissioners, will be
held in different locations to hear
public concerns alxiut the growth
and development issues facing
Brunsw ick County.
Public comment will be used as a
foundation for preparing the plan. In
the spring and summer, the planning
lx\ird will hold a series of work ses
sions. all open to the public, to re
view the plan's policy statements
and to suggest changes as needed.
The plan will then:
?Go before a joint meeting of the
planning board and commissioners
for a work session, open to public
participation, in August:
?I ndergo a public hearing conduct
ed by the planning board to accept
comments for the record in
?I ndergo review and comment by
the Office of Coastal Management
staff in Oc tober;
? I ndergo a public hearing conduct
ed by commissioners before final
adoption in December;
?Be submitted to the Coastal
Resources Commission for ap
PEOPLE IN THE NEWS
Honored For Response
Donald Ray Moses, a hospital
corpsman 1st class in the L .S. Na\y
Reserve. has been awarded ihe Na\y
Achievement Medal for "profession
al achievement in the superior per
formance" of his duues.
He was recognized for his re
sponse to victims of a fire while he
was serving at the Naval Hospital at
On Sept. 17 Moses saw two
civilian maintenance workers whose
clothing was on fire as a result of an
electrical transformer explosion.
Recognizing the seriousness of the
situation, he ran to their aid, or
ganzied life saving efforts, extin
guishing the burning clothes, iniuat
ing emergency medical treatment
and directing the actions of others
"His decisive, prompt and profes
sional actions in the face of personal
risks inspired those v. ho observed
him and contributed significantly to
the emergency treaurient adminis
tered to both victims." reads the ci
tation lrom Brig. Gen. D.A.
Richwinc. U.S. Marine Corps com
"By his courage, initiative and
soilless devotion to duty. Hospital
Corpsman First Class Moses upheld
the highesi traditions of the United
States Naval Service."
A native of Cedar Grove commu
nity, he is the son of Lcurevia
Arrives For Duty
U.S. Army Pvt. 1st Class Daniel
L. Corbett has arrived for duly at
Fori Stewart, Ga.
The missile crewmember is the
son of James C. and Eva B. Corbett
of Route 1, Winnabow. He is a 1987
graduate of South Brunswick High
School at Boiling Spring Lakes.
Norman Melton of Wilmington, a
marketing teacher and coordinator at
North Brunswick High School in
Lcland, is among graduates of the
fourth class of the Wilmington
The seminar series acquainted 36
enrollees with various aspects of the
Wilmington-New Hanover commu
nity transportation, economic and
education, and its leadership oppor
tunities in the volunteer sector.
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Past Meets The Present
Postal Clerk I'atti Shannon (left) sells stamps to former postmasters l.ottie Tripp ( middle ) and Ethelyn
I ! awes (right) at the Xov. IV opening of the new Supply post office at the intersection of N.C. 211 and
lilanton Road. Mrs. Tripp was postmaster in Supply from 1940 to 1942 and again from 1972 to 19X4.
Mrs. 11 awes served as Supply's postmaster from 194.1 to 1972. The postal retirees were among the first
to purchase stamps at the new facility.
New Council May Ax Leland Planning
BY TKKKY I'OI'K
Leland's new town council is ex
pected to rescind action that quickly
established a controversial planning
board last week
The lame duck council voted 3-2
to adopt an ordinance that sets up a
town planning and zoning board and
named six members to it. But the
three members voting for the plan
will leave the council Dec. 5.
Mayor Russell Baldwin, along
with Councilmcn Lynette Carlisle
and William Benton, voted to estab
lish the board, but they will soon
step down. Baldwin and Ms.
Carlisle were defeated in the Nov. 5
election while Benton has said he
will resign from the board next
"I don't know why this board is
wasting its time," said S.L. Doty,
who will replace Baldw in as mayor.
Named to the planning board on a
3-2 vote last week were Lucille
Blake. James Croft, lvey Duncan,
William Murrill, David Smith and
Shelby Bryant. They have been
serving as ad hoc members of die
A new council can legally rescind
the action, said Town Attorney Glen
Councilmcn George Yates and
Jane Gilbert voted no.
"The pioblein 1 have is not with
the members," said Yates. "The
problem I have is the establishment
of the board itself with this ordi
nance. I cannot put people on a
board, in good conscious, when the
board was established wrong."
Yates objected to parts of the or
dinance that allow the board to ac
cept donations from private agen
cies, organizations and individuals.
Also, he doesn't think planning
board members should also serve as
members of the zoning board of ad
"1 understand it's legal, but I
don't think it's right," said Yates.
Resident Rothwcll Simmons
questioned the board at length about
pans of the ordinance, stating that
members should be given staggered
"Sounds to mc like bribes arc
okay," said Simmons, in reference to
allowing board members to accept
"If this group of people is chosen
tonight, I don't think the right people
arc going to be put there," he added.
Members arc appointed to three
year terms and serve at the pleasure
of the council. They can be removed
"for just cause," said Peterson.
The ordinance is based on a mod
el front the Institute of Government,
"These people are people of the
highest integrity," added Baldwin.
"This argument has no validity
Allowing members to accept do
nations "is perfectly permissible,"
"Whether that's wise or not is
questionable," he added. "That's a
policy decision for die council to
make. Any type of attempt to influ
ence the board is clearly illegal."
Contributions would not be al
lowed to any individual member of
the board, but accepted by the board
itself, said Peterson.
State statutes do not spell out how
appointments to town planning
boards should be made, leaving that
up to a policy decision by the coun
cil, he added.
Yates emphasized that he was not
against die members appointed to
"When we gel die ordinance
straightened out, 1 hope they're still
willing to serve," he added.
Councilman Benton said die ordi
nance was "legal, lawful, up and
above board and it should be there."
He asked Simmons, "Do you think
this board is ttxi ignorant and stupid
to appoint anyone to this board?"
Ms. Carlisle asked for a unani
mous vote, saying it would send a
message out to town volunteers.
"We've already lost some good
people because ol negative publici
ty," she added.
In other business, the council:
?Received a classification and pay
plan draft from the Cape Fear
Council of Governments that the
council may adopt next month.
?Accepted a history of the Lcland
community from resident Lucille
?Congratulated David Smith, coach
of Lcland area youth soccer teams,
whose midget team (ages 5-10) won
first place in the county.
?Voted to add street lights at the
west end of Live Oak Drive and ai
the end of Orleans Street and to in
stall one on Royal Street.
? Voted to accept road names for
Victory Lane, Hill Lane, Woodburn
Avenue, King Moore Road and
Townscnd Road, but tabled a deci
sion on Wilmington Street after
property owneis complained.
Beach Property Owners'
Groups Meet Saturday
Property owner groups at Sunset
Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and
Holdcn Beach will hold their
Thanksgiving weekend meetings
Saturday, Nov. 30.
The Occan Isle Beach Property
Owners Association will elect sever
al directors and hear committee re
ports at its annual meeting Saturday.
Director Stuart Ingram said the
meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. in the
town hall. "Routine is all I would
know it would be," he said.
Sunset Bcach Taxpayers Associa
tion members will clcct lour direc
tors and hear the latest news on the
group's fight against a proposed
high-rise bridge to the island at its
annual meeting Saturday.
President Cletus Waldmillcr said
directors Minnie Hunt, Warren
"Bud" Knapp and Alan Russ have
been nominated for re-clcction to
the board. Sue Wcddle was nominat
ed to replace Al Wells, who is rctir
ing from ihe board.
SBTA members also will hear
about several recent town council
actions, including those involving
annexation and a sewer study.
Colfce and doughnuts will be
served at 10 a.m. at the fire station
and the meeting starts at 10:30 a.m.,
The Holden Beach Property Own
ers Association meets at 10 a.m. in
the town hall Saturday, following
the board of directors meeting at 9
Homeowners will meet the town's
new mayor and four new board
members, who are scheduled to take
office Dec. 2.
They also will discuss a proposed
survey to gather input on issues such
as street lighting, said the group's
executive secretary. Bob Buck.
Town Manager Gary Parker will
inform property owners about vari
ous projects the town is undertaking.
Myrie Case Goes
To Trial Dec. 1 7
A |m>iniiK*nl Southport resident
amMcd on drug- related charges at a
road narcotics checkpoint in June
will lace trial in Brunswick County
District Court I Xx. 17.
I eslte Koke Myrie Sr.. 45, ol 556
JaHvitown Ko.nl. was charged by
the Brunswick County Sheriffs
I Vp.itmient wiili misdemeanor pos
session ol mariiiiaiia and possession
ol tli in; piraphertuilia.
I K- li.ul Iven scheduled lor trial in
Disinii i "? >ni i lasi Wednesday, Nov.
.'0. bin lwlge Jerry A. Jolly post
|H>netl the case until next month.
Sh.illoiic attorney James Payne will
Myrie is past president of the
South|<oit Brunswick County
Branch of the NAACP, was a gover
nor's ap|H>intee to the Seafood In
dustrial Park Authonty at Wanchese
and served on the Brunswick
County Resources Development
lie was charged following a vehi
cle search in June at a road narcotics
checkpoint manned by the sheriff's
department and the N.C. Highway
Damages Day Care
An electrical fire damaged a
Shallottc day care center last week
end. leaving about 50 local children
Shallottc Police Chief Rodney
Cause said the fire at Tiny Friend
Day Care on Mulberry Street started
around 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17.
Police Dct. Tom Hunter and Fire
Chief Tim Carter determined that
the fire was caused by a short circuit
in the time clock, Gausc said.
Owner Dolores Mason was the
last person to leave the building pri
or to the fire. Cause said she left
Friday, Nov. 1 5, around 5:30 p.m.
The police chief said the fire
damaged about 65 percent of the
building. He estimated the damage
Police Ask People
To Light Candles
Brunswick County Lodge No. 53
of the Fraternal Order of Police is
asking area residents to bum a blue
candle in a window of their home or
business during the holickiy season.
Project Bluclight is held to recog
nize sacrifices made by law enforce
ment officers who have given their
lives while serving their communi
ties. said loin Vernon, secretary ol
the local lixlgc.
"It means a lot to an officer on pa
trol to lm)k out and see a blue light
shining through the darkness, and
know that someone appreciates their
work," Vernon said.
Beach property owners can obtain
sprigs of American Beachgrass from
the Brunswick County Cooperative
Extension office at Bolivia.
"There is a heavy demand for
sprigs this year due to several storms
which have caused extensive ero
sion," said Milton Coleman, county
extension director, said.
Those interested in obtaining
sprigs are asked to contact the exten
sion office at 2534425 as soon as
possible, he said.
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