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    Commissioners Still
Mulling Proposed
Planning Board Ordinance
BY l)OKI COSCiROVK (Jt RGANUS
Calabash commissioners aren't
satisfied with a new ordinance that
would redefine responsibilities of
the planning board, and w ill wait for
woid froiTi the town attorney before
approving any changes in the pro
posed document.
Planning Board member Al Smith
drafted the ordinance, dubbed an
"excellent job" by Commissioner
George Anderson.
Problems arose Tuesday night,
however, when the full board of
commissioners had a chance to look
over the proposed ordinance.
Most of the problems come from
clauses that give the planning board
powers that the commissioners don't
even have, pointed out Commis
sioner Jon Sanborn.
He argued that parts of the pro
posed outline allow the planning
txiard to hire consultants and advi
sors, and to distribute information
and publications that the commis
sioners know nothing about.
"The board of commissioners
doesn't even have that kind of lau
tude," Sanborn said, calling the poli
cy a "blank check" from the town
hank account.
Another part of the ordinance
calls for representatives of the extra
territorial area (ETA) to have full,
equal voting power along with rep
resentatives of District 1 and District
2 of the town.
Such a move. Commissioner Stu
Thorn said, is "weighted towards the
ETA," and gives that part of the ju
risdiction more voice than District 1.
Sanborn asked that phrases call
ing for inpul or permission from the
commissioners be added lo many
sections of the documcnl.
The ordinance, which "passed
1(H) percent" with the planning
board, said Anderson, wiii be re
viewed by town attorney Mike
Ramos for comments and sugges
tions.
A public hearing would have to
be scheduled before the board could
enact the ordinance, Ramos said
Meetings With DOT
Commissioner Robert Noe said
he'd had a meeting with a represen
tative of the N.C. Department of
Transportation recently, during
which he pointed out damage to
trees caused by the four-laning pro
ject on U.S. 17.
John Pope, a representative of
Doug Bowers, Division 3 DOT en
gineer in Wilmington, walked along
the entire length of Northwest Drive
with the commissioner and looked at
trees in the right of way that have
been ilamagcd by DOT contracted
workers, Noe said.
Pope said he'd get back to the
commissioner to report what might
be done to remedy the situation.
Anderson also announced that
several commissioners arc to meet
March 13 at town hall with a repre
sentative of Tommy Harrclson, sec
retary of the state Department of
Transportation.
Frank Rouse, of Harrelson's of
fice, asked for the meeting as a re
sult of the town's Jan. 31 letter to
the secretary, Anderson said.
AT LELAND
Injuries Slight In Accident
Involving Two School Buses
Both the N.C. Highway Patrol
and the Brunswick County Schools
arc investigating an accidcnt at
Lcland last Thursday afternoon that
involved two Lcland Middle School
buses.
Approximately a dozen tv^le,
most of them students, .cccivid
slight injuries in the 3:15 p.m. acci
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utiu uuu uttuiiNAi v;i lauivoic iwhivi
near its intersection with Old Fay
cUevillo Road short! j after school
dismissed.
One bus, operated by Connie
Gainey Kennedy, had stopped to let
a student off. A van was stopped be
hind that bus. The second school
bus, operated by Kennedy Lee
Morrison, ran into the rear of the
van, pushing it into the rear of the
first bus.
Morrison was charged with failure
to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
Trooper D.A. Lewis of the N.C.
Highway Patrol was working on his
report Tuesday, trying to reconstruct
where students were seated on the
buses, snid Highway Putro! spokes
woman Ruby Oakley, and the report
was not available.
Bill Turner, assistant superinten
dent for auxiliary services, said he
had investigated the accident also.
Turner declined to discuss his
findings until he has an opportunity
to talk with the driver.
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In other business:
?Noc reported that the town had
contracted with a private waste ser
vice to pick up brush and lawn rub
bish on a curbside basis within the
town limits on April 13.
?Commissioner Ray Card reported
that commissioners should soon
hear a decision from the planning
board as a result of its March 2
meeting to discuss re/oning Cala
bash Acres.
Audicncc members were "split
r
50-50," he said, on the issue of us
ing Meares Avenue or N.C. 179 as a
dividing line for the subdivision, and
no real arguments were presented.
?Commissioners voted unanimous
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?Card announced that the Calabash
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"It's nothing serious," he said.
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