Sunset Chief Requests More Staff
BY DOKI C. (JURCiANL'S
Sunset Roach Council heard a re
quest from Police Chief J.B. Bucll
last Thursday to add a lull-tune offi
cer and three reserves to the town
During the afternoon workshop,
Bucll presented arguments to sup
port what he said was a need for in
creased protection for the waterway
Council members plan to consider
the request at their l\*c. 2 meeting.
It takes one officer close to an
hour, he said, to make a complete
patml of the low n.
Proposed annexations would en
large the town boundaries. Bucll said,
and a second officer on patrol during
the evening would give the commu
nity better protection, make it easier
for the officers to supervise the police
station and give each officer hack up
in an emergency situation.
"The public will feel a whole lot
better," he said.
Right now Sunset Beach has two
officers on duty during the day and
one at night.
Bucll saul he feels that during the
winter months when property own
ers are not in residence, another offi
cer would help look alter their prop
erty better than just one.
Mayor Mason Barber and Coun
cilman "Bud" Scrantom questioned
Buell and Town Administrator
Linda Fluegel about the ability of
the town budget to handle the added
Fluegel reported that salary, bene
fits package and uniform lor an ad
ditional officer for the remaining
seven months of the fiscal year
would cost the town SI 5,625.82 and
that the budget would possibly need
Scavenger Hunt Had
A Scientific Twist
Brunswick Community College
held a math-biology scavenger hunt
Nov. 17 lor in general education
Specimens of chlorophoph> ta, cy
anobactcna and one-year-old female
pine cones were some of the items
collected by more than 40 BCC stu
dents and faculty during the day
long event, reported Suvan Greene, a
BCC biology instructor who lead the
outing with her husband. John
Some of the students brought
their spouses and children along for
a family teaming experience. Mrs.
Greene said. Also attending was Dr.
J.D. Boyette of Eastern Carolina
University m Greenville and some
of the BCC faculty.
Mrs. Green such field trips of this
type help students identify biologi
cal items they have explored in ihcir
Classroom lectures and labs, or in
After the scavenger hunt and
Green Swamp excursion, partici
pants took part in a pig picking and
The course, Concepts of Modem
Biology (BIO G105), will be offered
this winter in day and afternoon ses
sions at the BCC main campus in
to be amended to make thai amount
available in the police department
"We hail better amend it now,
rather than do it in desperation at a
later date." saul Mayor Barber.
Reserve officers only cost the
town the price ol the police uniform,
anil work salary -tree tor a total of 16
hours a month. If they work more
than 16 hours, they are paid $5.50
for each hour of overtime.
Buell also reported to the group
the annual pay increases and promo
tions ho had bestowed upon his pre
sent officers effective Dec. 1. which
came to S3, 3 1 8.
Mayor Barber asked how the
town could afford an additional offi
cer il they had just spent their salary
budget on pay raises.
Flucgcl supported the expense,
suiting that $4,730 had been avail
able for promotions. She added that
$107,176 hail been in the budget for
police salaries, and that only
$102,446 had been spent.
"We planned for that money to he
spent on promotions,'* she said,
"The budget does allow for it."
The officers deserved the increas
es. Buell said, and he listed the spe
cial training courses and classes they
had attended to better their service
to the community.
Fluegcl added that the town had
hired Buell because they wanted a
police chief who would encourage
officers to take more training cours
es and belter themselves as officers,
and who would in return promote
them as needed.
"They're doing an excellent job."
Bucll said, "1 don't feel thai we've
wasted dollars anywhere."
In other business, the commis
?Heard Buell announce thai dona
tions are being accepted from area
businesses and individuals to sup
port an Adopt- A-Cop program,
w hich will fund the S33,(XX) needed
to purchase bullet-proof vests for of
ficers on duty.
?Learned from Fluegel that County
Manager David C'lcgg has recom
mended Robert Maltsby to Iv
Sunset Beach's nominee to the
Coastal Resources Advisory Com
mittee. Each municipality can nomi
nate a community member to be
considered to serve on the board.
?! I card from Fluegel ih.tt Powell
Associates of North Myrtle Beach,
SC.. would give a progress report at
the IX'c. 2 town meeting on the
town's sewer study.
?Agreed that Fluegel should draw
up a resolution from the town to the
N.C. Department of Transportation
that would ask the U.S. Coast Guard
to begin opening the bridge over the
Atlantic lntracoastal Waterway on
an hourly basis.
The bridge opens hourly to boat
traffic during warm weather months,
but the town must make a request if
they w ant the Coast Guard to contin
ue that schedule year-round.
?Thanked out-going Commissioner
A1 Odom for his time spent serving
on the board. Commissioner-elect
Cherri Cheek is to be swom in be
fore the next meeting.
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