Calabash Board Joins Protest
Against Salt In
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Calabash commissioners plan 10 launch a complaint
campaign with the aim of persuading Carolina Blyihe
Uliluics u> improve the quality of drinking water in the
Carolina Shores area.
Jim Declian. president ol the Carolina Shores
I'roperty Owners Association, proposed U? the hoard at
its regular meeting Tuesday night that Calabash either
luxik into the county drinking water system, or that
Carolina -Blyihe, the company that provides Carolina
Shores with water service, build a third well in ihe area
to cover the demand presented when the other two wells
run into low. saltier levels.
Dechau said he wrote a letter last spring to Roger
McDaniel. Ph.D., chiel of ihe Environmental Sciences
Section, Lab Services, of die Department ol
Environment, Health, and Natural Resources in Raleigh,
to complain about the high sodium content and brackish,
unpleasant taste of water coming from Carolina Shores
He said that his response from McDaniel last July
said lhat the stale is not responsible lor ihe smell, lasie
or color ol water as long as it does not present a health
risk to ihe community. Hie aesthetics of a sally taste do
not play into health risk factors concerning water.
Dcchan said of McDanicl's reply.
Commissioner Jon Sanborn concurred with Dechan's
findings, citing his own research. The suite docs not
have standards ol allowable limits of sodium content in
drinking water, he said.
Sanborn suggested a third solution to ihe brackish wa
ter problem: installation of a reverse osmosis purifying
system. This is a "viable alternative" which works, he
said, bul may tost ihe customer as much as 40 to 50
cents per gallon 10 use.
Dcchan said that he had recently had a test performed
on three different samples of water. One sample came
from bottled water purchased at a grocery store, the sec
ond was a tap specimen from Little River Water and
Sewer Association, and the third was Carolina Shores
uip water provided by Carolina-Blythe.
"Why shouldn't this municipality do something to look after its
residents, including looking after the quality of the drinking
water/" ? Jim Deehan, President, Carolina Shores POA
The Carolina Shores sample had ihe highest sodium
content, Dee han said, showing nearly 2(X) mg ol sodi
um, where llie others showed minimal salt content.
I le urged the hoard ol commissioners to "do some
thing" to improve his community's drinking water.
"Why shouldn't this municipality do something to
look alter its residents, including looking alter the quali
ty of the drinking water?" Deehan asked.
Commissioner Ray Card said that he. too, had con
tacted stale environmental officials about the quality ol
Carolina Shores drinking water and had not received sat
He did learn, however, thai die suite was required to
respond to every complaint about water quality, and that
he believed thai a letter- writing or phone call "com
plaint" campaign would greatly inllucnce die suite's po
The outcome. Card said, might be that the county
could extend water service into ihe Carolina Shores
area or lhai Carol ina-Blylhc could be influenced to dig
another well lo supply the community.
Deehan agreed to ask POA members to follow a sug
gestion from Card. The commissioner suggested that
IX) A members write letters of concern to the state agen
cy in Raleigh, while commissioners contact the agency
as a town.
Deehan also proposed that town commissioners en
courage the state Department of Transportation to install
a blinking traffic signal at the intersection of Country
Club Drive, Carolina Shores Parkway and Carolina
His proposal came in response to a weekend accident
at the intersection that resulted in two deaths and left
other three persons injured.
Ihc commissioners took no action on die request at
I uesday's meeting.
/.on ing Ordinances
hd Schaak, town building insjiccior, had presented
three amciidmenis to the town zoning ordinance at die
last Planning and Zoning Board meeting, hut the propos
als were returned to the commissioners unapproved.
Section '?) limits to one week the amount ol time al
lowable to spend inhabiting a recreational vehicle (RV)
as a guest ol a properly owner. Also die pro|>erty owner
must be 111 residence at the tune the RV is inhabited on
Section I ^ limits the changes a person can make in
their signage without obtaining a permit lor such
Section 31 regulates die installation and si/e ol
drainage pipes in the town boundaries.
Alter discussion, commissioners decided die pro
posed amendments were satisfactory lor reconsideration
by the Planning Board and agreed to re submit them.
Commissionrs heard no public comment, but dis
cussed woposcd corrections u> zoning and building ordi
nances related to manufactured homes at a public hear
ing Tuesday night prior to the regular meeting
Schaak said that die corrections were simply to
amend mistakes made in the original versions ol the or
During the regular meeting, die commissioners ap
proved the corrections.
In other business, commissioners:
?Witnessed die swearing in of re-elected commis
sioners Jon Sanborn and Keith Hardee. Robert N'oe, the
only newly elected member, was unable to attend or be
sworn in due to illness. He replaces Phyllis Manning,
who did not seek re -election
? llcatd liotn Card that the recycling station is "work
mg well" and that the town's agreement lor recyclable
waste pick-up by M J Plastics hi Bolivia seems to Iv
serving the town well
? Heard Iroin Commissioner Stuart 1 horn regarding a
Governor's Coastal Initiative meeting this weekend in
Southport. The organization was "pleased with the way
we've progressed," Thorn said, but urged Calabash 10 go
ahead and request additional assistance ol the state while
He said that since 1992 is an election year, he was
told that the limn might get more binding Irom the gov
ernor's program lor town improvements.
lite burial ol utility lines underground, whkh had
been planned lor 1994, could be accomplished as soon
as next year, because the project would not interfere
with the pro|*?sed installation ol a sewer system. Schaak
? Heard Irom Mayor pro teni George Anderson read a
letter stating that the community ol Marsh Harbor wa
withdrawing its previous request lor voluntary annex a
lion. No explanation lor the action was given in the let
ter except lor the town's slow response in ihe matter.
?Discussed ways to enforce compliance with permit
regulations concerning yard sales, town Attorney Mike
Ramos recommended that the town simply take out war
rants on the offenders and let the police serve the papers,
which would hopefully deter future infractions.
?I earned from Thorn that the county-w ide 91 1 emer
gency rescue system should be in service bv April I.
Also, he said that six Calabash Hinergency Medical
Technicians are certified as EMT-ls.
?Went into executive session to receive legal advice
before signing two documents. The lirst was the contract
between the town and M & J Plastics lor recyclable
waste pick-up, and the second involved successor's
rights of Kenneth Earnest ol Hunter's Trace subdivision
to use town drainage ditches
PEOPLE IN THE NEWS
Seniors Pamela Detrie of West
Brunswick High School and Jim
Simon of South Brunswick High
School will advance to regional
competition this mouth for the John
Motley Morchcad Scholarship.
The southeast regional competi
tion will be held Dec. 17 in Ken
Selection is based on scholarship,
leadership, character and vigor.
Through regional committees, 70
finalists will be selected from 220
county winners across North Caro
lina to appear for interviews with the
Morehead Foundation's central se
lection committee at the University
of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in
February. They will join 50 others
from across the country to compete
for the awards.
A Morehead award provides an
all-cxpensc-paid undergraduate edu
cation at UNC, worth more than
S39,(XX). Between 40 and 50 awards
arc expected to be given this year.
Eight students with Brunswick
County ties were among the approx
imately 1,900 graduates to receive
degrees and certificates of advanced
study at fall commencement Dec. 7
at East Carolina University in
Two students received master of
science degrees. Sharon Diane Fleu
gel of Shallotte earned her degree in
speech, specializing in language and
auditory pathology. Kathi P. Fog
leman of Long Beach earned her
master's in nursing.
Receiving bachelor of science de
grees were Rachel Christine Boling
of Bolivia, professional degree in so
cial work; Cary Wayne Clemmons
of Southport, professional degree in
industrial technology; Tshya James
of Greenville, psychology; John
Richard Kopp Jr. Route 2, Bolivia,
Michael Dwight McDowell of
Lcland, professional in communica
uon, broadcasting; and Mary Elis
abeth Russ of Shallotte, elementary
Third Class Petty Officcr Richard
~ Crabtree was re
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by the U.S.
The son of
Mr. and Mrs.
tree of Route 1,
Supply, he is a
cRAtriKKK stationed aboard
the U.S.S. Sustain, a floating dry
dock homeported in Norfolk, Va.
A 1985 graduate of West Bruns
wick High School, Crabtree joined
the U.S. Navy in March 1990 alter
having been employed widi the
Carolina Power & Light laboratory.
Also, Crablrcc recently received a
letter of commendation lor repair
and reconstruction of "mission es
Sandy Hewelt, lax collector for
the Town of Shallottc. attended a
conference on privilege license taxa
tion Nov. 25 and 26 at the N.C.
Institute of Government in Chapel
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DEED DISPUTED IN LELAND
Hazardous Landfill Buyer Defaults On Loan
BY TERRY POPE
A Wilmington company lhai
bought the old Leland landfill site
t idiii International Papa Realty
Corp. has apparently defaulted on its
SI. 9 million properly loan.
Wilmington West Land Co. pur
chased the landl ill in November
1988 from International as part of a
large, 1,688-acre tract .
The developers say they plan to
file a lawsuit of their own against
the paper company for alleged
"fraud and material misrepresenta
tion" and also ask lor damages and
that tlte deed be rescinded.
At dispute is whether Wilmington
West knew when it purchased die
tract that ii included a Conner county
landfill, which was listed in 1985 as
a potential hazardous waste site by
the U.S. Environmental Protection
The site was placed on the "Su
perlund List" of the suite's Solid
Waste Management Division of the
N.C. Deparuncnt of Environment,
Health and Natural Resources as a
likely hazardous toxic waste sue that
needed to be inspected and possibly
cleaned up because of potential
groundwater, surface water and soil
The Superfund program uses fed
eral funds to identify and to remove
contaminated materials from areas
where they pose a threat to persons
or the environment.
Part of the landfill was operated
as an open dump with unrestricted
access while asphalt and oil drums
were put into the landfill's unlincd
trenches, the EPA stated.
International filed a lawsuit
against Wilmington West in Bruns
wick County Superior Court Nov.
26, claiming the coni|>an> has de
faulted on a SI. 7 million payment.
Wilmington West is headed by J B
(ierald ol Wilmington, who is also
lite developer ol Jackcy's Creek
Plantation along N.C. 1 and U.S.
17 near Bclville.
According to the complaint, Wil
mington West bought the large tract
between Lanvale Road and U.S. 17
lor SI, ^29 ,*>54. Balance due on Nov.
15, 1991. was SI. 707 .002 plus
$444.15 in intetcsl for each day
Attorney David Nash ol Wilming
ton lilcd (lie complain) on behall ol
L.H. Ronnie Jr., president ol
International I'aper Realty Corp. of
Nash contends Wilmington West
was notified on Nov. 20 that it owed
SI. 7 million but that the defendant
has failed to pay. The complaint
asks that the court foreclose on the
property and charge Wilmington
West with attorney fees.
Willi a three year statute of limi
tations approaching last month, Wil
mington West filed a motion in
Brunswick County Superior Court
on Nov. 1 1 to commence civil action
against International, allowing the
developers more time to prepare a
Attorney John F. Carter 111, of
Wilmington, suited in his motion
that Wilmington West would be su
ing International "on the basis of
fraud and mateiial misrepresenta
tion." As ot last week, that com
plaint had not been liled in Biuiis
wick County Superior Court.
The deed that records the compa
ny's land deal widi International
Paper does not indicate dial part of
the land purchased was a former haz
ardous waste landfill, according to
documents on file at die Brunswick
County Register of Deeds office.
Hie county's permit to operate the
landfill was officially closed out in
July 14)S-J while the site stopped re
ceiving solid waste in January I l'S0.
Wilmington West has attempted
to sell at least part ol the l.68X-acre
tract. It filed a preliminary plai with
the Brunswick County Planning
iX'paruncnt in December P>9<)
showing plans lor a subdivision over
the former dumping ground.
Called Between the Creeks, the
plat map showed a cul-de-sac and
roadway leading to the old landfill
site widi 13 lots platted on top of the
Registered surveyor Jack G.
Stocks said the company had planned
to sell the lots as garden or recre
ational space for buyers in die
planned subdivision and not as build
ing space. But state and county olli
ciaLs convinced die developer to drop
that part of the proposed subdivision.
Saying it was the lirst time such
an issue has ever tome up in North
Carolina, the state attorney general's
office issued a reix>rt stemming
from the controversial development.
hi ca%e similar instances should arise
m other parts of the state.
A former landfill's surface cannot
he disturbed in any way. thus pro
hibiting the building of" roadways
and installation of drainage or water
lines on the site, said County
Engineer Robert Tucker.
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