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BY MARJORIK MK(ilVKHN
Andrew Robinson likes work that
lets you see how you can make a
In his now position as environ
mental supervisor in Brunswick
County's Environmental Health De
partment . he can gauge his effective
ness in many directions. "It's good
to see pollution abatement programs
and saler and cleaner water and air,"
he said, "and the means of prevent
ing communicable disease."
Robinson, who succceded John
April 4, supervis
es six environ
ists ami three
members, as well
as the animal
specifically, is to oversee what all
these jvopie do, plan programs and
do lots of paperwork," he said.
'Hie scojv of the department in
cludes soil evaluation for sewage
disposal systems, food and lodging
inspections, control of infectious
diseases and oversight of mobile
"I think Bnmswick County has
the second highest number of mo
bile home parks in the state,"
Robinson observed. "Cumberland
County, where 1 just came from, is
first. 1 think I was told Brunswick
has more than 2(X) parks."
The 49-year-old Cumberland
C ounly native had worked in that
county's health department for the
past six years and prior to that posi
tion was wnh the Chief Environ
mental Coordinator for Fort Bragg
and all sub-installations throughout
the state. His career began with a
one-year stint in South Vietnam in
WvS as a combat field medic with
the Mih In fanny Division.
His earned a bachelor's of science
degree at North Carolina A&T Uni
versity, and a master's degree in pub
lic health at 1'ie University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill. Special
training since then includes work
shops on public health pest manage
ment. environmental law, soil mor
phology and leaking underground
storage tanks management, on which
he wrote his master's thesis.
Alter less than a month on the
job, Robinson already has some idea
of die most pressing environmental
issues in Brunswick County.
"We need an ordinance on mobile
home parks," lie said. "Cumberland
County has one that identifies as a
park every tract with three or more
mobile homes on it. Mostly here you
have mobile subdivisions."
He pinpointed sewage disposal
systems for individual lots as the top
problem in the county.
"I his land lias such a high watei
table." he said, "and if the water is
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that's unsuitable for on-site sewage
Already he has encountered a
public relations problem in connec
tion with lot evaluations.
"People here arc often insistent on
a second opinion when the environ
mental health specialist does an
evaluation and finds a water table
that's too high," he said. "The owner
feels he can get a second opinion
AT HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Sees Staff Aid Prog ra m m i n q
and we've been providing that, hut
usually it's just a factual matter that
the table is t<xi hij?h."
Robinson said that Robert Ueb
ler, Ph.D., state soil scientist for the
N.C. Department of Environmental
Management is often called from
Washington, N.C., to render these
"There's no sense in wasting his
time on most of these evaluations,"
Besides a mobile home park ordi
nance, another of his goals is to sc
cure of n seafood ordinance
already being developed when he ar
rived. "This would help control the
vendors who sell seafood out of the
back of a truck," he said.
A specialist to administer this or
dinance has been included in the
new positions requested by the
health department in its recent bud
get. Robinson stressed the need for
every one of the five new positions
"U/n'm lomKlv HnHnrvlaffoM " h??
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said. "I've never seen such a hard
working group of people. The work
they put out is way beyond what
they did in Cumberland County."
In addition to the already exten
sive services demanded of this de
partment, Robinson said the state
has mandated two new responsibili
ties effective July 1, creation of a
management entity for on sue :t
nate sewage disposal systems
assuming fn-inngcfncn' ^ ) .
water treatment systems in the i ?
ty now under suite management,
new director is married ami
three children, one of whom is
at home. His wife is a public si I
principal in Robeson County
will join him this summer. Hi
presently living in Southpon but
ticipates a move to Bolivia.
Paid For By
Dewey Hill Campaign Fund,
Cheryl Ward. Treas.
Director and President of NC Food
Served as Director of National
Director of NC Retail Merchants
Served as Director of Whiteville
Chamber of Commerce.
Member First Baptist Church
Director and Past-President
Whiteville Rotary Club.
32 degree Mason/Snriner.
Past President Columbus County
Shrine Club. Honorary Member
Brunswick County Shrine Club.
Member American Legion.
"Responsive action to the needs of
people through responsible leadership'
Dewey Hill believes his business experience and work
with people qualifies him to represent
residents in the 14th House District.
He states that potential economic
growth and education
should be our
#1 priorities. - g
"Thanks for your willingness to hear our
concerns about retail and general
business issues. You have an enormous
responsibility to balance the various needs
and demands with the available
resources, and wealso want to say thanks
for the outstanding job you do," said
William Rustin of the merchants group.
Your Vote and Support on May 5
Will Be Greatly Appreciated