fit AC On Hit molO
DKidlXd l.\ May 21 to break ground fur Supply Elementary School arc ( from left ) Hrittany Sellers,
Josh Sellers, Sltatin l.ennon, Bryant Price, II lake Stone ami Kristen I'riee. The $5.2 million model
school is to he ready for occupancy Aug. I, IM2.
BtACON Hl( PHOTO
VY AI.I.-Rl-J'L'HI.ICAX Brunswick (Hunt) Hoard of Commissioners was divided on key issues.
Voting J-2 to adopt the county budget are. from left, I'rankie Kabtm. Donald Shaw, Kelly ! I olden.
Jerry Jones and dene Pinkerton.
Commissioners Approve Controversial Subdivision Ordinance
(Continued From Page 10-A)
led both solid waslc concerns, voting
\-2 to hire a private contractor.
Waste Management, to handle trash
disposal and to operate 10 recycling
stations, at an expected cost savings.
The move, however, left uncertain
the jobs of 10 to 1? county employ
ees that the contractor hired provi
sionally lor three months.
Growth continued to bring with it
major changes lor Brunswick Coun
Construction of a S1.6 million l)l 1
center in Bolivia began while a ma
jor road naming and house number
ing system replaced the county's an
cient rural postal routes ? all de
signed to get emergency vehicles to
homes and accidents quicker.
"It's a major change." noted Doug
Ledgctt, Emergency Medical Serv
ices director, "but it happens just
To regulate growth and to keep
labs on developers, commissioners
approved a new and controversial
subdivision ordinance that set mini
mum lot si/es and pa\ing require
ments for new projects.
"1 read it. and I don't understand
what I'm reading." said Shallotte
surveyor Bobby Long.
A lot of reading went into the final
draft that replaced an August 1980
"It's people like myself that come
here to retire that's getting ripped
off," saiil resident Ed Hardin.
Debate lingered for months fol
lowing that April public hearing,
with the Planning Board and com
missioners finally reaching a "happy
meeting ground," as Planning Board
member Michael Schaub phrased it.
A progressive Board of Health
adopted rules to regulate low pres
sure pipe sewer systems blamed lor
eoasial and groundwater pollution.
The suite had postponed its own
rules until 1992. Developers say
I. Pi's, plaeed on lots where conven
tional septic tanks won't work, do
not have a history of malfunctioning.
"This is a national problem." not
ed Long Beach's Rosetta Short, a
member ol the Coastal Resources
Advisory Council who lobbied the
board for the LPP rules.
Meanwhile, fallout from Novem
ber's election and optional exit poll
renewed an interest in county /oil
ing. Placement of a pel crematory in
a Winnabow residential neighbor
luxxl also emphasized the need for
"I'm going to push for it as hard
as I can," noted Holdcn, alter the
vote was three to one vote in favor.
Residents also voted for lire and
rescue service districts to fund vol
unteer units and a non-controversial
electoral rcdisuicling plan.
But perhaps the most important
vote was in favor of two-year terms
for commissioners and school board
The vote left both residents and
politicians alike uncertain that two
year terms would make an impact lo
cally in 1992.
Kducation In Transition
The year was one of transition for
education 111 Brunswick County, with
both Brunswick Community College
and the Brunswick County Schools
relying more heavily on local fund
ing in the face ol suite cutbacks
while looking for new ways to ac
complish their missions.
Faced with increased enrollment,
both educational systems found
themselves trying to do "more with
less" while making plans lo .kohii
modate continued grow th.
Alter two years of delays. con
struction began at BC'C on a l,5(X>
seat auditorium authori/ed in an ear
lier county IxithI referendum. The
building, however, will be named the
Odcll Williamson Auditorium, alter
the man who endowed a fund lor its
In May. the county hoard ol edu
cation broke ground lot Supply
Elementary School, a S.\2 million
facility that will relieve overcrowd
ing at three existing schools when it
opens in fall 1992 while serving as a
pacesetter for the entire schixil sys
tem. The school board got the go
ahead from county commissioners 10
begin laying plans for a new central
oll'icc to be built at the government
center in Bolivia ? more than 10
years after most other county offices
relocated there from Southport. the
former county seat.
The school board and the school
system administration set out to be
come a goal-oriented "team" focused
on the education ol children, reorga
nizing the central office and its stall
under Su|X'rintendent I'K llankius
to that end. embracing a three-year
schtx>l improvement effort and I Hid
ing new ways to work with county
commissioners on the olicn-lought
over schools budget.
Helping spur the effort: a suite
"report card" that ranked the Uxal
school system below par when com
pared to comparable sch*x>l systems
in terms of size and socio-economic
student body profiles. Ii was one of
12 out ol I. >4 systems statewide lo
rank in the bottom group as a system
and in terms ol student performance.
Board Chairman Donna Baxter set
the pace, calling for better communi
cation and cooperation within the
system and more public involvement
in the schools.
The year was noi without its prob
lems. many ol them leftovers Irom
the previous term. A candidate not
chosen lor the superintendent's post.
Barbara Rogers, filed a discrimina
tion complaint with the EE(JC.
Hoard member Robert Slixkett was
at the center ol that dispute, and also
in other infighting among board
members that carried over into IWI.
Slockett pushed lor a local or region
al math/scicnce technology center,
fellow members agreed the center
was a gixxl idea, but chose to pursue
the goal at a slower, more methodi
Towns Moving On
The state budget crisis also had
area towns pinching pennies during
budget season, but that didn't pre
vent some of them from accomplish
ing several glials set for the year
? from building sidewalks to estab
lishing extraterritorial areas.
Despite the suite's completion ol
the bypass. Shallotte officials spent
much of the year quarreling among
The infighting came to a head 111
the heal of summer, when two town
police officers we e suspended and
Throughout the yea: May or Tripp
supported positions ol hoard mem
bers Wilton Harrelson and David
(iause, while Paul Wayne Reeves,
Jody Simmons and Jiv Hewett
seemingly formed their own alliance.
The board's biggest accomplish
ment of the year was establishment
dI an extraterritorial area where the
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