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A trio of boats hauls a long section of pipe on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. The caravan passed under the Holden Bench Bridge
one recent evening around sunset.
Holden Beach Seeking New Bids On Trash Pickup
BY DOUG R UTTER
On a 3-2 vote. Holdcn Beach Commissioners
decided last week to advertise again for bids for
trash pickup and recycling servicc.
Most commissioners said it was unfair that
one of the two bidders had submitted an alternate
bid that board members liked but hadn't request
ed from either company.
In addition to bidding on what the town asked
for. Waste Industries of Wilmington turned in an
alternate bid that cut SI 2,300 from its two-year
contract price and made it the low bidder.
The town asked for bids that included twicc
a-weck trash pickup during the summer. Waste
Industries submitted an alternate proposal to re
vise the summer schedule and pick up each half
of the island twice a week.
Chambers of Conway, S.C., the town's cur
rent hauler, didn't submit an alternate bid. The
company did submit the low bid based on town
specifications for a two-year contract.
The specifications didn't ask for alternate
bids, but officials said there's no law prohibiting
companies from submitting alternates for towns
Alternate bids may be legal, but a majority of
the town board members agreed last Wednesday
that accepting the Waste Industries bid wouldn't
be cthicai or fair to Chambers.
"In my own heart 1 feci that it's morally not
quite right," said board member Sid S warts, who
later made the motion to re-advertise.
Commissioners Gil Bass and David Sandifer
supported Swans' motion. The town will accept
bids through April 1, and alternate bids will be
welcomed this time around.
Board members Jim Fournier and Gay Atkins
voted against Swarts' motion. Foumier said he
was glad Waste Industries submitted an alternate
bid that could save the town money. He was pre
pared to award the contract last week.
"1 take offense that we're being unfair by tak
ing a low bid," Fournier said. "The unfair thing is
that we don't give the contract to tiie person who
Town Manager Gary Parker said Town Attor
ney Ken Campbell had recommended the town
re-advertise for bids because of the question of
Holden Beach's contract with Chambers ex
pires March 31, but the company agreed last
week to extend its service one month with no
change in costs.
Parker said there haven't been many com
plaints about Chambers, which has served the is
land the last four years.
But at least one resident thinks the town
should change haulers. Randy Edge of Swordfish
Drive said he's made 23 complaints about the
company in the last year
"They have mutilated the stand that I've built,
and I'm on my third trash can in the last year," he
said. "They are very sloppy."
Commissioners plan to award the new con
tract at their April 6 meeting. They are leaning to
ward a two-year contract for trash pickup.
Based on discussion last week, most residents
and commissioners favor a central recycling sta
tion over curbside service.
Both companies could provide a central sta
tion for less than S10,(X)0 a year, while curbside
would cost at least S60,(XX) a year.
Holden Beach police officers will be required
to take four training classes from now on.
Commissioners voted 4-1 last week to make
use of force, drug awareness, radar and cardio
pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes mandatory
for full-time officers.
Policc officers will be paid their regular hour
ly rate for mandatory classes if they take the
classes while they're off duty. The four classes
combined take 72 hours to complete.
Officers who voluntarily complete the 160
hour emergency medical technician (EMT)
course will be paid S5 per hour during training.
Commissioner David Sandifcr voted against
the motion. He said the town should only require
the classes for senior officers.
But Mayor Pro tem Gil Bass said the town has
neglected officer training in the past. He said
spending the money could help save a life.
In other business last week, commissioners:
?Approved the 1990 land use plan update, after
making four revisions. "These are technical
changes that do not change the gist of our land
use plan," Mayor Wally Auslcy said. The plan
should receive final approval when the N.C.
Coastal Resources Commission meets this week
in Wnghtsvillc Beach.
?Adopted an ordinance requiring landowners
who remove structures from the ocean front to al
so remove concrete, pilings, septic tanks, walk
ways, decks and crosion-control devices includ
ing sandbags and bulkheads. Disturbed areas will
have to be grassed or seeded to prevent loss of
soil or sand.
?Voted to increase the fee for applying for relo
cation of a house from S50 to S150. Town offi
cials estimate the average cost to the town for
handling each application is SI 73.
?Granted permission for use of an all-terrain ve
hicle on the strand for the Holdcn Beach TurUe
Watch program, part of a county-organized pro
jeet. Approval was given contingent on the coun
ty agreeing to hold the town harmless in the event
of an accident.
Ten Successfully Complete
JOBS Life Skills Program
I "he mother of three had been
caught in dead-end jobs with no
hope of being able to solely support
her family. While she has always
wanted to go back to school, funds
were not available.
She is one of the first 10 partici
pants in Brunswick County's Job
Opportunities and Basic Skills
Program (JOBS) who have success
fully completed their first course.
The life skills class is pan of the
Brunswick County Department of
Social Services' JOBS program de
signed to teach nccessary skills,
such as budgeting or career plan
ning, to persons to help them reach
their educational or employment
Because of the aid she received
through the JOBS program, the
woman with three children is now a
student enrolled in the spring quarter
at Brunswick Community College.
Thai's just one of the success sto
rics noted by JOBS Coordinator
JOBS is a federally-funded pro
gram aimed at helping to get welfare
recipients off of Aid to Families
with Dependent Children (AFDC),
the major state and federal assis
Successful completion of this
course represents a milestone for
DSS, said Ms. DcBerry.
"If the overall enthusiasm exuber
ated by these first participants can
be used to forecast the success of
this program," Ms. DeBerry said,
"JOBS will be a winner."
Persons are provided day care and
transportation so they can participate
in JOBS. DSS held a graduation
program for the 10 participants.
Life skills classes were taught by
Pearl Stanley and Mary Russ of the
Cooperative Extension Program;
Susan Gibblc and Gloria Yount of
the Prescription for Excellence pro
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Town Promises Cash Support
To Coastline For Equipment
Holden Beach officials have promised to help Coastline Volunteer
Rescue Squad pay for a new ambulance and other equipment it needs as
a result of a recent switch to Advanced Life Support (ALS).
Coastline Chief Kathleen Jacobs asked the town board last
Wednesday for a donation to help pay for an ambulance and defibrilla
tor and the cost of switching to a different frequency.
Mrs. Jacobs said the squad has $52,000, but needs another 531,000
for the improvements. They're needed as a result of the county-wide
switch from Basic Life Support to ALS on March 6.
Coastline needs to raise the money within 90 days. Town officials
promised to donate to the rescue squad after they study their budget.
"We want to help you all we can," Commissioner Jim Fournicr said.
"We will help you to the maximum if at all possible."
Town Manager Gary Parker said a quick review of the budget indi
cated that the town can afford to give some money.
"I have no doubt we'll be able to satisfy Coastline's request," he
said. "The only question is the amount."
Mrs. Jacobs said a new modular ambulance will cost S67.000 and
the switch in frequencies will cost 56,000. A defibrillator, which is used
to shock cardiac patients, costs about 510,000.
Coastline has S32.000 of its own to pay for the equipment, and re
ceived S 20, 000 from the county's contingency fund for fire and rescue
Mrs. Jacobs said the recent move to ALS will allow' rescue workers
to use more advanced treatment in the field than they have in the past.
Among other things, certified workers will be able to start intra
venous fluids and use defibrillators on the way to the hospital.
Mrs. Jacobs said Coastline is the only all-volunteer rescue squad left
in the county. All of the other squads have signed contracts with the
county to have paid personnel on duty during the day.
"We didn't sign a contract with the county because we're real
blessed with volunteers," the chief said. "We're real proud of our rescue
While other squads are begging for help, Mrs. Jacobs said Coastline
has 32 emergency medical technicians (EMTs), six trained as EMT
Intermcdiate and one paramedic.
items Needed l~or L.oasfiine s Saie
Coastline Volunteer Rcscuc
Squad wants your household items,
furniture or appliances that might
otherwise end up in the trash after
The rescue squad is getting ready
for its annual Trash and Treasure
Sale planned for the Fourth of July
weekend and needs donations.
Coastline is in the process of buy
ing a new ambulance and other
equipment to better serve the com
munity with Advanced Life Support.
Anyone with items to donate can
contact Kathleen Jacobs or Wanda
McLeod, co-chairpersons of the
sale, at 842-2222.
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