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TRUSTEES SEEKING S7<^ 41 ^
SCC Asks County To Double Allocation
v iting me uemanits ot growth,
Brunswick Community College
Trustees aiv asking county commis
sioners to double the county's sup
port of the school's operation next
Trustees adopted a$ 766,-1 1 5 pro
posal local budget last Wednesday
night, reflecting an increase of
5255,171. or 49.9 percent of the
55 11.000 received from the county
Commissioners will be asked to
allocate $88,575 for equipment and
buildings, up from $10,(XX) received
last year, and $677,415 for current
operations, up from $5 1 1 .244 lasi
A large portion of the increase
sought is due to growth, indicated
Ben DeBlois, vice president for ad
ministrative services, especially
maintenance and operation of addi
tional building space.
The budget includes a proposal
to contract with a custodial service
at an annual cost of $92,131. rather
than maintain its own staff; an in
crease in electricity costs of S50.000
in anticipation of the new auditori
um opening during the year;
$46,650 for salaries, supplies, travel
costs ami office equipment for the
Leland Industrial Training Center;
S20.000 to partition the student cen
ter to provide greater flexibility in
its use for dining and meetings;
S 1 5,(KX> to replace the car used by
the president; and $I4,(XX) for a
half-ton pickup truck for the mainte
nance department and S20,(XH) for a
new employee in that department.
However, several board members
expressed concern at the size of the
Trustee Malcolm Grissctt sug
gested at one point that the request
be tied to the percentage increase
seen in student enrollment this year,
about 18 percent to 20 percent.
DeBlois noted that the combina
tion of additional space and in
creased enrollment has resulted in
concurrent increases in the cost of
insurance, custodial services, elec
tricity and water. However, the state
is not providing additional funds to
cover this growth.
Another trustee, Jamie Milliken,
told fellow board members, "It's
April 15. I hate to ask the taxpayers
for this increase."
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
Beoch Towns Differ On Recycling Efforts
BY TERRY I'OPK
As ihc summer tourist season ar
rives, Brunswick County's beach
communities will take different ap
proaches to recycling.
Under a contract agreement with
Waste Industries Inc., lloldcn Beach
plans to open a central recycling sta
tion on the island May 1 .
But in Long Beach, officials
claim opening such centers will take
away from the county's "compre
hensive" recycling program.
"Basically, what wc thought we
would do is hold
off and help the
county get their
line," said Long
Joan Altman. "1
great merit in
Help is what ALTMAN
commissioners say they need from
towns to help reach the Jan. 1 goal
of reducing the amount of garbage
entering the county landfill in
Supply by 25 pcrcent through local
recycling efforts. If counties do not
meet the goal, they will be fined un
der Senate Bill 1 11 adopted in 1989.
In Brunswick County, the beach
vacation season generally extends
from mid-May to Labor Day with a
peak population of more than
1 60,000 persons.
Long Beach was criticized by
District i Brunswick County
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Milliken also questioned the jani
torial services contract, asking how
many local employees would be dis
placed anil if the contracting firm
would agree to hire them.
Of the three current full-time em
ployees, one would be transferred to
maintenance, another now on sick
leave would be retained by BCC and
a third would be hired by the con
Trustee Donna Baxter, who is
chairman of the Brunswick County
Board of Education, noted the need
for greater expenditures on educa
tion w ithin the county, including the
Tech Prep program BCC and the
public school system must imple
ment within the near future and
would like to begin this fall.
The proposed budget was adopted
by unanimous vote.
In a budget-related matter, that
the N.C. Department of Community
Colleges will ask legislators to set a
statewide bond referendum to fi
nance capital projects for the sys
tem's 58 campuses.
The local BCC budget does not
Gathered To Worship
A crowd estimated at more than 2,500 gathered Sunday morning near the pier at Ocean Isle lieach for
an interdenominational service sponsored by the Ocean Isle lieach Chapel, stretching for yards along
the strand. Other outdoor services at Ocean Isle, Sunset and Ilolden beaches and along the Atlantic
Intracoastal Waterway also drew good crowds on the first fair and warm Easier Sunday in several
Commissioner Gene Pinkerton at an
April 6 board meeting for not wanti
ng to operate its own recycling sta
tion on the island.
Pinkerton, who lives on Long
Beach, said he was surprised that the
town closed down a recycling sta
tion there "at the expense of $200 a
month" when the county opened its
first three recycling centers March 1.
Centers are open at three transfer
stations ? on Male Swamp Road
near Shallotte, in Lcland and on
N.C. 133 at Southport. Other sites
arc planned this summer for Oxpcn
Road near Holden Beach, at the
Supply landfill and on N.C. 904 at
The comment infuriated some
Long Beach officials.
"The town decided to cooperate
with the county's program, not to go
out of the recycling business," said
Long Beach Town Manager David
Poston. "If we start doing our own
program, then we have to meet the
same goals. It wouldn't be a com
Helen Hollar, a Long Beach resi
dent, presented the county a petition
asking that a recycling station be
built on or near Oak Island. The
closest center to Long Beach is at
the Southport transfer station on
N.C. 133 seven miles away.
The board didn't respond to the
petition nor indicate that it has plans
to locate recycling stations closer to
Brunswick County's beach commu
Poston says one logical place
rolled county payments toward re
tirement of the college's construc
tion bond indebtedness.
In other business, trustees:
?Adopted a four-day, 10-hour work
week, starting June I and continuing
through the week of Aug. 3 1 .
? I lired. on a motion by Donna Bax
ter. Lena Fisher as administrative
secretary to the vice president for
administrative services. Ms. Fisher
has served four years as part-time
building coordinator at the South
port campus. She was one of 32 ap
plicants for the position, which had
been vacant more than a year. Six
candidates were interviewed.
? Heard from A1 Woolen, chairman
of the building and grounds commit
tee, that BCC employees have begun
work on a model classroom renova
tion at lite Southport campus. The re
vised estimate for lite redesigned
project is lower, down to S4.W2.
?Heard from President Michael
Reaves that The Marine Crescent is
expected to complete an aquaculture
program feasibility study by Sept. 1.
at a contract cost of S5,(XX).
?Met Glenn Barefoot of Wilmington,
new resource development officer.
? Adopted, on a motion by Jimmy
Hobbs, a policy governing use of
gasoline credit cards, which can on
ly lx' used to furnish gas for college
owned vehicles being used for col
lege business, not privately-owned
vehicles. BCC plans to do away
with on-site storage of gasoline.
?Beth McLean, dean of student ser
vices, re|xmed on a visit to the Tech
Prep program between Richmond
Community College and Richmond
High School. Both board members
Donna Baxter, who is chairman of
the Brunswick County Board of
Education, and Reaves commenting
on how the program challenges stu
dents to perform at their maximum
?Referred to the Building and
Grounds Committee a request from
the Brunswick Theatrical Society re
garding use of the woodworking
shop and additional building space
at BCC's Southport campus.
would be at the Brunswick County
Airport, a visible and accessible site
convenient to persons entering or
leaving the island.
Volunteers had operated a recy
cling station at Long Beach from the
summer of 1989 to March 2, 1992,
when the county's contract with
Waste Industries Inc. began. The
county had been paying up to $200
per month to George Bush Re
cyclers Inc. of Florence, S.C., to
haul away trailers filled with recy
The town closed that station be
cause it no longer hail a market for
recyclablcs, said Ms. Altman
Brunswick County had obtained a
market by way of its contract with
'The town did not decide to go
out of business for S200 a month,"
The town worked with a private
firm, M & J Plastics of Bolivia, for
about a month in the interim be
tween November 1991, when Bush
made drastic cutbacks in us county
services, and March 1992, said
Like Holden Beach, the town has
a garbage contract with Waste
Industries and have spoken to the
firm with no decision about a recy
cling program, said Ms. Altman.
Instead, the town has asked
County Manager David C'lcgg to see
if a ccmcr can be built closer lo the
It is the designated local govern
ment's responsibility to meet the 25
percent recycling goal by 1993. The
law indicates that counties can either
take full responsibility or work in
cooperation with municipalities to
reach that goal.
"If Long Reach or I loljlen Beach
start recycling programs, we will
each Ix: going our own way," said
Poston. "That's why the town chose
to help the county."
Waste Industries was hired by
Holdcn Beach earlier this month to
take ovci its garbage collection and
to begin a recycling program. The
closest proposed county recycling
station to Holdcn Beach w ill be sev
eral miles away on Oxpen Road.
Waste Industries, which also op
erates the county's recycling pro
gram, will provide a station where
residents and visitors can drop off
newspa|Krs, aluminum cans, plastics
and glass for 513,160 per year.
Bmnswick County will expand its
recycling program to 10 sites under
the firm, with a goal of every home
located no more than seven miles
from a manned dropoff site lor both
garbage and recyclables, said
County Engineer Robert Tucker.
At present the county sites do not
BCC Expects To Offer Two New
Health-Care Courses in 92-93
If funding can be secured, Brunswick Community College expects to
offer two new programs next school year, medical records technology
The courses arc part of an allied health curriculum package approved
by the state Board of Community Colleges cailiCf this month. The pack
age was submitted by a consortium Uuit includes BCC and Cape Fear,
James Sprunt and Southeastern community colleges.
Medical records technology is a two-year curriculum program that
trains students hew to keep patient records and prepare reports for %ari
ous health organizations. Trustees were told Wednesday that the pro
gram "fits well" into BCC's existing business program curriculum. It will
be offered at James Sprunt and Cape Fear as well as at BCC, with the
campuses sharing a program director.
An 1 1-week certificate course in phlebotomy, or blood-drawing, will
be offered on a rotating basis with Cape Fear and Southeastern, with
Cape Fear leading off this fall.
The schools have applied for grant funds in an effort to get the phle
botomy and medical records courses started in September.
Cape Fear is also seeking funds for a newly approved dental assisting
The consortium sought the new courses to meet a documented need
for personnel in these health-care related fields.
Holden POA Donates
To Coastline Volunteer;
BY DOUG R UTTER
Coastline Volunteer Rcscuc
Squad and the Holdcn Bcach
Bcautilication Committee will get
S2,(XX) each from the Holdcn Bcach
Property Owners Association.
The homeowners group approved
the donations at its Easter weekend
meeting Saturday on the recommen
dation of the organization's board of
Coastline VRS plans to use the
money to help purchase a new am
bulance and other equipment it
needs because of a recent change
from Basic Life Support to Ad
vanced Life Support (ALS).
Among other things, the rcscuc
squad's move to ALS will allow
trained volunteers to start intrave
nous fluids and use defibrillators in
The town's bcautificaiion com
mittee also will be given S2,(XX) to
use at its discretion. POA directors
recommended the donation with a
stipulation that the money not be
spent on projects the town would
Diane Ciark, wiiu was cluicu iasl
Wednesday to succeed Margaret
Vasco as bcautificaiion committee
chairperson, requested the funds.
She said the money is needed for
improvements at the foot of the
bridge, town hall and fire depart
The town gave the bcautificaiion
commiltcc S5,(XM) this fiscal year,
and Mrs. Clark said the group has
spent all but S300 of it.
The new chairperson said the
bcautification committee will ask the
town board for S10,(XX) in next fiscal
year's budget. The group hopes to
landscape around the police depart
ment and new public works garage.
Mrs. Vasco, who served six years
as chairperson, recently resigned the
bcautificaiion commiltcc post. The
HBPOA voted Saturday to send her
a letter of appreciation.
HBPOA Excculivc Secretary Bob
Buck said the organization had
SI 3.073 in the bank and 836 paid
members as of the Easter weekend
Buck, who is paid SI 50 per
month as secretary, told directors
that the POA will have to start tak
ing taxes and Social Security out of
For the years 1988 through 1991,
Buck and the HBPOA will have to
pay about S500 each to Social
"This has turned into quite a de
bacle over SI ,800 a year," Buck said
at the board of directors' meeting
Directors voted to reimburse the
secretary for the back taxes he will
be required to pay to the IRS. Buck
said he's not sure how much money
he'll be required to pay.
Holdcn Beach Mayor Wally
Ausley told the 85 people in atten
dance Saturday about the latest hap
penings at the beach.
Brunswick Electric Membership
Corp. will start pulling up street
lights and continue its underground
wiring projeel within the next week,
After voting last fall to join
Coasiwatch, the HBPOA voted Sat
urday to become a member of the
N.C. Coastal Federation.
Director Crawford Hart said the
organization is active in southeast
ern North Carolina and helps protect
the coastal environment. Mem
bership will cost S25 per year.
HBPOA directors also voted to
provide the police department with a
list of full-time residents.
To get more input from POA
members, the group also plans to
provide space for written comments
on its meeting notices from now on.
HBPOA directors want to invite
comments and suggestions from
people who can't attend meetings,
which usually draw less than 10 per
cent of the membership.
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