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GREEN BOX SITES TO DWINDLE
Residents Question if Garbage
Contract Actually Saves Money
BY TKRRY POPF.
Brunswick County will rcducc ihc number of green
box trash disposal si'.cs across the county from around
50 tn iust 1 3 under a contract with a private hauler.
Some citizens attending Monday's Brunswick
County Commissioners' meeting questioned if the coun
ty's estimated S4(X),000 a year in savings is really a sav
ings alter all.
Commissioners voted last month to contract its
garbage collection and recycling service out to private
industry under a five-year agreement worth S56 1.082
per year to Waste Industries Inc. of Raleigh.
Using its own employees and equipment, the county
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did not have a permanent recycling program in place.
The number of green box sites would dwindle any
way. even under county control, said County Engineer
Robert Tucker, as the county moves toward larger and
fewer convenience stations that also serve as recycling
"We are paying for services, and we're not going to
get them," said Franklin Randolph of Bolivia.
He said there may be some garbage dumped on the
Brunswick County Government Center grounds when
residents discover that their local green boxes have been
removed and that the nearest trash dump is miles away.
"You're claiming you arc saving," said Randolph. "It
looks gixxl on the outside, but tear it apart and look on
the inside. It's a sham."
Tucker said the bid accepted from Waste Industries
was based on collecting garbage from the county's cur
rent 5()-plus green box sites.
"As other sites close down, we will save even more
money," said Tucker.
As leases for the current green box sites expire, the
county will choose not to renew them. Three conve
nience stations will be built this year ? tin N.C. 904 at
Seaside; on N.C. 211 near Supply and at Winnabow.
Waste Industries must also operate at least 10 recycling
Randolph said the county may be in trouble when
the five-year contract expires and the county must rene
gotiate or seek new bids.
Waste Industries submitted the lowest of three bids
in December, with an proposal of $497,482 for solid
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were S821.886 from Waste Management of Wilmington
and SI, 14 1,336 from Chambers of Conway, S.C.
District 3 Commissioner Gene Pinkcrton said he has
talked with towns that use Waste Industries and said that
"they are very happy with the service they arc getting."
Both Long Beach and Southport have contracts with
"Five years from now if we do have ;? problem we
could go back to competitive bids," said Pinkerton.
If the county is forced back into the trash collection
business it would have to buy new trucks and equip
ment. Randolph noted. The county will auction its exist
ing equipment before Waste Industries begins service,
perhaps within 60 days.
"We'd have to buy the equipment that we'd be buy
ing anyway," said Pinkcrton, who voted along with
Kelly Holden and Jerry Jones to accept the contract.
Commissioners Frankic Rabon and Donald Shaw voted
'Very Nice' Weather Ahead
Residents of the South Brunswick
Islands should experience mild,
"very nice" weather in the next
week, meteorologist Jackson C
anady said Tuesday.
He expects temperature readings
slightly above average and rainfall
remaining near normal for this time
Temperatures should rcach the
low 60s during the day and the low
40s al night, he said, and he estimat
ed only a half-inch of rainfall.
"We're in for a period of relative
ly normal weather, not really warm,
and not really cold," Canady said.
"For the time being, this should pro
tecl us from any major outbreaks of
cold, winter weather."
For the period of Dec. 31 through
Jan. 6, Canary lecoided a maximum
high temperature of 67 degrees on
Jan. 1, and a minimum evening low
temperature of 39 degrees, also on
The daytime average temperature
was 60 degrees, and the evening av
erage temperature was 44 degrees,
making for a daily average of 52 de
Canaday said this reading is six
degrees above average for this time
He recorded 1.2 inches of rainfall
at his Shallotte Point home.
DOT Board To Meet Here
(Continued From Paj*?? 1-A)
The two-day meeting in May will
includc tours, a dinner, business
meeting sessions, 2 fashion show
and the cockiaii party.
"We want them to see what we've
got to offer here," said Ms. Odom.
At the Sunset Beach meeting
Monday night, board members Ed
Gore, Julia Thomas and Chem
Cheek voted to grant the chamber's
request, while Bud Scrantom and
Mary Katherine Griffith opposed
Mrs. Cheek, who also is a mem
ber of the chambcr board, said she
feels it will help the community for
DOT officials to see what road im
provements are needed in
"I hate to feel bribed into making
this decision," Mrs. Check said,
adding that she thinks the party is "a
Gore saw the meeting as "an op
portunity to get them here and get
Scrantom and Mrs. Griffith ar
gued that such expenditures would
be better spent on education.
"1 have a world map that won't
stay roiled down in my classroom,"
said Mrs. Griffith, a social studies
teacher at Waccamaw Elementary
School. "I have to stand there and
hold it down."
She also said thai when education
personnel go on trips, they cat at
fast-food establishments and don't
have the privilege of cockuy! pur
Ms. Odom said the expense is
justified bccausc of the ways DOT
projects benefit the community.
"They've been really good to us,"
she said of the DOT. "You can't
grow the way we've been growing
without increased transportation
At the Shallottc meeting Tuesday
night. Alderman Wilton Harrelson
couldn't resist commenting on what
he sees as a changing attitude to
ward the area.
"It's no longer a reaction of
'Where's that?* he said. "Now it's
Ms. Odom cited improvements
such as the four-laning of U.S. 17
and both the Shallolte and Bolivia
bypasses as projects that help the
"We need to let them know that
we appreciate and recognize what
they're doing for us," said Mrs.
She said she would know within
the next few weeks how much the
DOT will be adding to their funding
of the event, and would lower the
amount she was asking of :o>vns at
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STAFF PHOTO EV TERRY POPF
BOLIVIA RESIDENT Franklin Randolph makes a point about the county's trash disposal contract
before Commissioners Jerry Jones (left) and Gene Pinkerton Monday.
Pinkerton said he was concerned aboul ihe estimated
15 employees affected by the move but felt reassured
the company was willing to give those people an oppor
tunity to work for Waste Industries. The company must
hire the county's employees affected by the move for a
9()-day probationary period.
"I've always supported the employment of our
Brunswick County people," said Pinkerton. "Even the
employees that arc affected should be glad that we made
a decision that's going to help the county."
The yearly savings represents about 1 1/3 cents per
SI(X) in valuation on residents' property tax bills, said
Shaiiotte Wants hypermarket Owner To Fix Trash Problem I
BY DOR I COSGROVE GURGANUS
Shaliottc town officials will oncc again lei
Wilson's Supermarket know their dissatisfaction
with the litter around its store.
In their regular meeting Tuesday night, alder
men voted to send a letter to Alan Wilson of
Wilson's Supermarket, notifying him that the
management of the Shaliottc store in Coastal
Plaza on Main Street should clean up the debris
left around the dumpster on its property.
This latest letter will be the second such com
munication within the past year.
The dumpster, said Mayor Sarah Tripp, be
longs to Maxway, a department store which
rents space on Wilson's property. She said that
Wilson's is still responsible for the condition of
the property regardless of ownership of the
Mayor Tripp said that she had received "nu
merous complaints" about the excessive
amounts of garbage sitting on the back lot of the
property. She added that she believed that the
garbage was "not necessarily from Maxway,"
and that it seemed to her that passersby were
dropping off their garbage at the site.
Mayor Tripp had asked the managers of the
store to clean up the debris a few weeks ago, she
said, but reported thiil the denning job wns not
to her satisfaction.
"I won't say they're not working at cleaning it
up, but when I was there the other day, it sure
made me wonder," she said of the condition of
In addition to the letter, the aldermen agreed
to ask Public Works Director Albert Hughes to
assign two workers to clean up any scattered
garbage that may lie in the public right-of-way.
If the town made the effort to clean up to the
property limits of the Wilson's store, the mayor
said, perhaps their request would have stronger
Aldermen elected David Gause to succeed
Paul Wayne Reeves as mayor pro tem and also
State Board Eyes
Several odds and ends of business
relating to Brunswick County arc on
the agenda when the North Carolina
Board of Transportation meets Fri
day in Raleigh, including funding
requests to meet cost overruns on
road construction projects here.
The board will meet at 9 a.m. in
the Highway Building.
The board is expected to approve:
?An additional S3(X),000 in state
Trust Fund money to cover overruns
on construction of the U.S. 17 by
pass of Shaliotlc, from just west of
Old Shaliotlc Road (S R. 1316) lo
jusl cast of Red Bug Road (S.R.
1136). Previously $4.5 million had
been approved for the project, which
has been completed.
?An additional S175,(XX) to slate
Tnist Fund money lo cover overruns
on construction of U.S. 17 from U.S.
17 at Bolivia to just northeast of
N.C. 87 at Bell Swamp Creek, a dis
tance of 4.23 miles. Previously S4.5
million was approved for the pro
?An additional S2(),(XX), of which
three-quarters would be federal, for
preliminary engineering and utilities
on U.S. 17 from N.C. 211 north of
Supply to N.C. 87 at Bell Swamp, a
distance of 13.5 miles. Previously
$655,(XX) had been approved for the
?Awarding of a bid for improve
ments to 49.23 miles of primary and
secondary roads in Brunswick and
New Hanover counties. Dickerson
Carolina Inc. of Castle Haync is the
apparent low bidder for the work, at
$2.34 million. Work is lo begin after
Feb. 3 and should be completed by
?Approval of final righi of way
plans along U.S. 17 south of Shal
lotte to the South Carolina line, for
the four-laning project there.
"/ won't say they're not
working at cleaning it up,
but when I was there the
other day, it sure made
me wonder . "
? Mayor Sarah Tripp
made appointments to several boards.
Reeves was reappointed to represent the town
on the Cape Fear Council of Governments, w ith
Alderman Roncy Cheers ;is alternate.
Reeves said he desired to continue working
with the COG. citing that more funding and pro
grams have become available to Shallotie since
the town has had a COG representative.
Francis Stone was named, at Reeves' recom
mendation, to replace fomte r Alderman Jixly
Simmons on the Sunnyside School Committee.
That membership also includes Aldermen
Wilton Harrelson and Reeves, Randy Sullivan,
Lena Mac Causey, Mark Lewis, Kelly Holdcn,
DaviH R:inen and Rohby l.ewis.
The group will work in the luture. Reeves
said, to look into obtaining historical landmark
status for the building. The town would then re
ceive government funding for us upkeep, he
said, as well as tax exempt status for tax de
ductible donations from the public.
If the former Shallotte one-room school house
can attain historical landmark status, "it's there
forever and a day," said Reeves.
The privilege license committee was dis
solved by the aldermen, due to it no longer being
needed, said Mayor Tripp. The committee had
formerly included the mayor. Reeves, and Town
Clerk Mary Etta Hcwctt.
Aldermen voted to change the insurance carri
cr for a municipal employee for the remainder of
Roland Vamam, a town employee, recently
turned 65 years old, Ms. Hcwett said, and was
not allowed to continue his current insurance
coverage if he should retire because he also col
lects Medicare payments.
The Town of Shalloltc currently pays
Varnam's premium of S168.39 per month to
Principal Mutual. Ms. Hewcu said she had
found identical coverage with Blue Cross/Blue
Shield for only SI 11.30 per month. Blue Cross
would allow Vaniam to assume continued cover
age after retirement while receiving Medicare
Ms. Hewetl said that Vamam has estimated lie
will retire in another year or so. Alderman Gausc
said that if the action would save the town mon
ey and help Varnam, that he fully supported the
In other business, aldermen:
?Postponed appointment of new Planning Board
members until the aldermen's Feb. 4 meeting.
Planning Board members H.A. Stanaland Jr.,
Conrad Pigott and Davis Milligan will continue
their terms until action is taken at that meeting.
?Referred an extraterritorial jurisdiction zoning
request from Uwighl Flanagan to the Planning
?Tabled proposed amendment of the town ordi
nance concerning dry' cleaning and laundry es
tablishments until discussing the matter again
with town attorney Mark Lewis.
?Granted permanent employee status to Sterling
Singletary of the Maintenance Department and
Keith Croom of the Police Department.
?Directed Hughes to check on availability of
grants to fund recycling projects in Shallotte
from the Office of Waste Reduction in the N.C.
Department of Environment, Health and Natural
Resources in Raleigh.
Zoning Is Top Concern
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4-1 margin, Holdcn said.
Saying he has listened to the argu
ments for the past eight years.
Sunset Beach Mayor Mason Barber
agreed it's time for a countywide
Another concern to the county is
solid waste control, said Richard
Good of Sunset Beach.
"We need to be able to reduce it
ami dispose of it," said Good, "and
to keep the county clean."
Cultural development is also
needed in Brunswick County, sug
gested Jack Harrison of Shallotte.
Such a program needs to iransccnd
the couniy library sysicm, he added.
Joe and Ann Polanski said they
just moved to Sunset Beach from
Ohio last week. They found them
selves Tuesday taking part in a pub
lic workshop to discuss the future of
their new community.
Limiting high-rise developments
is a main concern, Ms. Polanski told
Coastal growth issues dominated
"As more and more land is gob
bled up along the shoreline for dc
vclopmeni," added Holdcn, "wc
need to make sure there are accesses
Since Brunswick County is coast
al, a key concern for Milton Cole
man, director of the Brunswick
County Cooperative Extension Pro
gram, is maintaining groundwater
"It's still the major source for wa
ter," he said. "With our increase in
growth, it is a concern."
The last land use plan update was
drafted by the county in 1987. The
N.C. Coastal Area Management Act
requires an update every five years.
Vote Angers Register Of Deeds
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In per diem and travel, the board
paid $132.50 for the July 8 meeting;
S218.18 for the August 12 meeting;
$84.03 for the Oct. 14 meeting; and
SI! 9.58 for the Nov. 12 meeting
Also, the sheet listed S382.13 in
reimbursements for hotel and meals
for Carter to attend the N.C. Reg
ister of Deeds Assocation Con
vention in Pinchursl in the fall
There was no record of registra
tion for Carter specifically, but reg
istration at SI 25 per person was paid
for "Register of Deeds and three un
named Deputy Register of Deeds" at
the convention, the commissioners'
data sheet indicated.
At $35 per meeting plus travel,
the advisory board is among the top
paying appointed boards in
Other county boards rccciving
$35 per diem include the Depart
ment of Social Services Board,
Board of Health, Planning Board
and Utility Operations Board. The
Brunswick County Board of Elec
tions receives S50 per diem while
the Keep America Beautiful Board
and Parks and Recreation Board
each nay S?0 per diem. Several
county boards arc provided no per
Four of the five members on the
advisory board were appointed by
commissioners, with one from the
Board of Realtors, one from the
Board of Surveyors and one from
the Brunswick County Bar Asso
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