staff photo by dori c gurganus
Beauty And Soiitude
A lone runner makes his way down the deserted strand at Ocean Isle Reach last Friday evening,
amidst a glowing sunset and cool breezes. Residents of Brunswick County enjoyed blue skies and sun
shine over the weekend, but temperatures were just short of springlike. It is, after all, still F ebruary.
DOT Denies Calabash Bid
For Barrier Along U.S. 1 7
BY DORI C. GURGANUS
Residents of Northwest Dnve in Calabash won't be
seeing a noise barrier go up along U.S. 17, courtesy of
the suite Department of Transportation.
Calabash Commissioner George Anderson told the
town board Tuesday night that he had received a letter
from Tommy Hairelson. secretary of the N.C.
Department of Transportation (DOT) stating that DOT
tests several years ago had not determined that excessive
noise filtered through from U.S. 17 to the Northwest
The town board agreed at its Jan. 28 meeting to re
quest that the DOT install an earthen berm along the
side of the highway to reduce noise disturbance and visi
bility blockage from oncoming automobile headlights
on U.S. 17.
Residents of the neighborhood voiced dissatisfaction
at the last town meeting about noise coming from U.S.
17 since the recent onset of construction to add two
more lanes to the highway.
'The need is not justified," Anderson quoted from
Commissioner Robert Noe also contacted, speaking
over the telephone with Doug Bowers, Division 3 engi
neer with the state DOT
Bowers told Noe that he would get back to him.
Instead, his assistant, Joe Blair, called Noe to say that
the need was still not justified, the commissioner said.
Noe told the board that it should now seek political
routes and ask local congressmen and representatives to
help make requests to the DOT.
'The next move will be a political one," Noe said.
Anderson said Harrelson told him the DOT "will in
vestigate" replacing the flashing light at Country Club
Parkway and U.S. 17 with a full traffic signal.
New Improved Town Hall
Commissioner Jon Sanborn submitted more sketches
of his proposal to enlarge the town hall, which would in
clude larger meeting space, more offices and handi
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The board agreed to look into obtaining permits for
the project as well as costs and availability of labor.
Sanborn estimated the cost of the projcct at about
530,000 for the additions, heating and air conditioning
and new furniture.
As one benefit, he said the proposed design can be
easily added onto.
"It'll be the easiest building in the world to build,"
In other business:
?Commissioner Stu Thorn reported that the Planning
and Zoning Board is working on a new ordinance to
specify the functions and duties of that group. Pali
Lcwellyn has been elected chairperson, and A1 Smith
has been elected co-chairperson.
?Fire Chief Jerry Prince requested that the board con
sider incorporating burning permits into town policy, as
well as regulations on clear space around fire hydrants
and markers on streets designating fire hydrants, since
no such restrictions exist now. His requests will be re
ferred to the planning board for consideration.
?Prince also requested that the board make arrange
ments with Carolina-Blythe Utilities, the company serv
ing Carolina Shores with sewer lines, for inspecting fire
hydrants. He asked that the town be allowed to inspect
and flush hydrants in all areas of the town. The request
comes on the heels of a house fire at which firefighters
could not readily open the valve on a hydrant.
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