Holden Beach Police Chief
Can Now Reside Off Island
BY DOUG RUTTKR
Holden Bcach will no longer re
quire its chief of |x>l ice to live on
Town commissioners changed the
residency requirements Monday,
giving the chief the option of living
in town or within five "road miles"
of town hall.
Chief Robert Cook, who was
Dcc. 12, doesn't
live on the is- & f
land hut resides t ?.
just across the
two miles ol
Parker said he
didn't request a
rule change to suit the new chief,
but Cook's hiring brought to light
the need for a revision.
Parker said recruiting a police
chief will be easier in the future
with the new residency rules in
Mayor Wally Ausley noted that
even though the chief doesn't live
on the island, he lives closer to town
hall than several of the commission
Town board members discussed
setting the limit at six miles and
three miles before settling on five.
Officials said the new rule will
give prospective candidates for the
chief's post a larger area in which to
iiv<i- for affordable housing
The words "road miles" were in
eluded in the ordinance amendment
as a technical precaution.
Holden Beach businessman Alan
Holden warned that someone living
on a boat at Long Beach could be re
siding within five miles of town hall.
Commissioners did not change
the residency requirements for any
other town employees.
The manager is still required to
live on the island. The town code al
so "encourages" other town employ
ccs lo live in town, hut doesn't re
In other business Monday, com
?/Xpprovcd preliminary assessment
rolls for the paving of Shrimp,
Salisbury and Buriington streets.
People who own lots that have erod
ed at the end of Salisbury and
Burlington streets will be assessed
based on the actual width of their
lots instead of platted width.
?Accented the preliminary assess
mcr.t ro!i for work complctcc! on thic
underground utilities project from
High Point Street east. Parker said
the town paid approximately
S4S.IKX) for the work, and landown
ers will be billed about S39.CXK) in
?Voted to pay S1,7(X) to Henry Von
Ocscn and Associates of
Wilmington for extra work done on
the land use plan update since it was
first adopted by the town board last
August. Commissioners adopted a
revised plan last month.
?Deleted a section of the town code
which allowed the building inspec
tor to charge S10 for return trips anil
S5 for rcinspections. Parker said the
charges were included in the code
but had not been collected in the
?Mel in closed session for 1 1/2
hours to discuss a personnel-related
issue and attorney-client matters
with Town Attorney Ken Campbell.
Builder Jelf Lee met briefly with the
board let talk about two homes he's
hsd to raise to mrri flood code re
quiremer.Ls. They were each eight
inches too low.
Mayor Auslcy said no action was
?Postponed further discussion of
street lights until the town manager
finds out if Brunswick Electric
Membership Corp. will install sam
ple lights for town commissioners
and residents to observe.
?Authorized Parker to dispose of a
surplus 1988 police vehicle.
BY HOIK; Rl'TTKR
In an cffon to cul down on spccial
meetings. Holden Beach Commis
sioners arc adding a second regular
monthly meeting to their calendar.
The board will continue to meet
the first Monday of each month.
The second meeting, later in the
month, will be used primarily as a
work session. That meeting will be
held on the Wednesday 12 days pri
or to the next regularly scheduled
Monday night meeting.
This month, the workshop meet
ing will be held Wednesday, Jan. 22,
which is 12 days prior to the next
business meeting on Monday, Feb. 3.
Mayor Wally Ausley devised the
Board Adds Extra Meeting
schedule so ihc workshop isn't held
more than two weeks in advance of
ihc regular business meeting.
For those who forget the system,
commissioners have promised to an
nounce the date of each workshop
meeting at each regular business
All meetings will start at 7 p.m.,
but the Jan. 22 meeting will begin at
4 p.m. so commissioners can lour
the town hall complex.
Board members will consider at
their next meeting where to locate
un above-ground gas storage lank
and whether to proceed with plans to
convert the old public works garage
into a police station.
Town Manager Gary Parker said
the two bills the town received for
the renovation project were about
double the S3(),(XX) bids he antici
Commissioners made no decision
Monday on a proposal to pay off the
S175,(XX) the town borrowed from
Southern National Bank last year to
buy the Davis Street house anil pay
Parker said the town still owes
SI 30, (XX) and can save S5,1(X) by
paying off the loan three years early.
The manager said the money to
pay off the loan could be taken from
the town's general fund balance, or
savings, which totals about
"It may sound silly, but it makes a
hcck of a lot of financial sense,"
Commissioner Jim Foumicr said
he supports paying the loan off ear
ly. "The loan should probably have
not been taken out to start with. This
is an opportunity to correct that mis
take and save S5,(XX)."
However, Commissioner Gay At
kins said she wants to make sure the
town has enough money in its fund
balance before paying off the loan.
She said the town has other areas
where the money can be used, and
needs to save as much as it can for
ememencies such :is hiirrir:ine?
North Brunswick Band
North Brunswick High School's
marching band has a betting chancc
of being selected to appear in the
1992 National Independence Day
Festival and Parade this July 4th in
The band is one of five from
across the Seventh Congressional
District nominated by Rep. Charlie
Rose for the honor, one will be cho
sen to represent North Carolina in
Rose nominated one high school
band from each county in his dis
trict, said Brian Benton, North's
band director. Others nominated are
Hoggard, New Hanover, Whitcvillc,
Columbus; Lumberton, Robeson;
and South View, Cumberland.
'The competition is very stiff,"
said Benton. "We are extremely
honored by the recognition of the
congressman and by the nomination
Even if not selected, he said, the
nomination is an honor to the band
program at North Brunswick High.
Said Lancc Kooncc of Rose's
Washington staff, "They're all
strong bands. They were culled from
the district offices and their contacts
with people who arc familiar with
the band scene.
"1 think North Brunswick has a
good chance of being selected."
Annually attended by about
300, (XX) people and televised nation
ally, the parade along Constitution
Avenue is u highlight of the two-dtiy
celebration, which typically has an
"Americana" theme, according to
Gene Quirk, marketing director for
the non-profit organization that
sponsors all of the festivities except
the national fireworks that evening,
which the federal government pays
for. Other major events include a
pop music concert and a perfor
mance by die National Symphony
Quirk said that a band from one
congressional district in each of the
50 states is selected to participate in
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Speed Limit Stays , For Now
The speed limit along the westernmost portii-s; r,f Holder. Beach's
Occan Boulevard is 35 mph, period.
But it might not survive the new year by the looks of things.
The speed limit on Ocean Boulevard west of Greensboro Street was
35 mph during the tourist season and 45 mph the test of the year until last
That's when the previous town board decidcd to change the policy
and set the limit at 35 mph year-round.
But Commissioner Gil Bass, one of four ncwcomcrs to the board,
raised the issue again at Monday's town board meeting.
He said several residents told him they want the off-season limit back
to 45 mph. Four people in the audicncc Monday also said they support a
They said there's not enough traffic or people on the island during the
winter to warrant the 35 mph limit
Commissioner Sid Swarts, who lives at the far west end of the beach,
carnc to the meeting armed with facts and Figures to support the 35 mph
Among other things, he pointed out that motorists save only 1 minute,
16 seconds if they drive the 3.3 miles at 45 mph instead of 35 mph.
"We've spent more lime here tonight than we'd save all winter if we
changed it," Swarts said.
Meanwhile, word of last year's policy changc at Holden Beach appar
ently hasn't gone through the N.C. Department of Transportation chain of
Building Inspector Dwight Carroll said an N.C. DOT worker showed
up at town hall Monday to put up 45 mph speed limit signs.
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JOHN H. TANDY
The Town of Holden Beach will honor former Mayor
John H. Tandy with a party at Town Hall on Friday,
January 17, at 4:00 P.M.
The Tandys will be relocating to Chapel Hill, NC.
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