Town Gives Squad $15,000
Holden Beach Commissioners voted last week to give 515,000 to
Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad to help pay for a new ambulance and
The donation increased the squad's capita) fund to 572,500, leaving
it between 57,500 and S 12,500 short of the projected cost of the new unit
Coa&line VRS Chief Kathleen Jacobs said the ambulancc will cost
S67.000 and a defibrillator will cost $10,000. The rcscuc squad also
needs other equipment and is changing over its radio system, she said.
To make up the difference, Mrs. Jacobs said she will ask the county
for more money, seek donations and borrow whatever else it needs from
Coastline has already received S20.000 from the county, S2,0(X) from
the Holden Beach Property Owners Association, 52,500 from
Vamanitown and raised 53.500 during its Easter weekend fund-raiser.
"We're going to stand in the middle of the road again if we have to,"
Mrs. Jacobs said, referring to a "bucket shake" last Saturday.
The squad needs to raise the rest of the money before the new ambu
lance arrives in early to mid-June.
Holden Beach's donation wasn't included in the budget. Town
Manager Gary Parker said the town has received more money than it ex
pected and speni less than expected this fiscal year.
In a related matter, town officials still haven't decided whether its
water rcscuc team should incorporate as an independent agency like the
rcscuc squad or fire department.
Commissioners discussed the proposal last week with Coastline offi
cials anu Keiiii Sawyer, a cajnaiu with Tri-Bcacn Volunteer Fire De
partment who helped form the water rescue program.
Sawyer said the major advantage of being incorporated is that it
would allow members of the water rescue team to get state insurance and
The town board plans to discuss the proposal at a future meeting
when Brunswick County Emergency Management Coordinator Cecil
Logan and Tri- Beach Fire Chief Doug Todd can attend.
Turtle Patrol Will Use ATV Aqair
Holdcn Beach Commissioners
voted last week to let volunteers
with the turtle watch program use an
all-terrain vchicic (ATV) on the
strand and agreed to seek turtle
sanctuary status for the town.
The ATV can be used to search for
sea turtle nests as long as drivers fol
low operation guidelines set last year
and sign waivers holding the town
harmless in the event of an accident.
The board had voted earlier this
year to allow use of the ATV as long
as the county signed an agreement
holding the town harmless. The
county parks and recreation depart
ment coordinates the turtle watch
Town Manager Gary Parker said
at last Thursday's board meeting
that the county can't sign an agree
ment because the vchicic used at
Holders Beach is privately owned.
The owner can't get insurance be
cause it isn't licensed.
Volunteers with the turtle patrol
will use the ATV early each morn
ing to ride the length of the strand
and look for signs of sea turtle nests.
Volunteers log the location of each
nest and then help the just-hatched
baby turtles get to the ocean.
Commissioner Sid Swarts, who is
one of the ATV drivers, said it
would be difficult to have the pro
gram without the four-wheel vehicle.
"Without it your turtle program is
probably dead because there's no
way you can cover the beach," he
Parker said the ATV is safe be
cause it is easy to see and hear.
Swarts said use of the vehicle is
needed right away because turtles
will start laying their nests any day.
Besides waivers from drivers,
commissioners voted to request a
letter from the town's insurance car
rier saying the town will be covered
for any liability.
Parker said he has received verbal
approval from the insurance compa
ny, but the town board wants it in
writing. Former town rnansgcr
Diane Clark said the company gave
the town a letter last year.
Responding to a request from the
county's turtle program coordinator,
commissioners voted last week to
ask State Rep. David Rcdwine to in
troduce a bill designating the island
as a turtle sanctuary.
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Holden Residents Want Relief From Mosauitoes
BY DOUG RUTTER
Some Holdcn Bcach residents
want the town to do something to
control mosquitoes that breed in an
old dredge spoil area north of
The town is building a ditch to
help drain the low-lying area and
plans to have one of its employees
licensed to spray for mosquitoes.
But some residents say that's not
"We feel like we're lower than a
tadpole down on Brunswick," Don
Pollard said at last week's town
Residents say the mosquitoes
have been a problem for four years
and the town hasn't done anything
to correct it.
"This thing's been talked about
long enough and I think we ought to
do something about it," said
Crawford Hart, another resident of
Town Manager Gary Parker said
liic iowu is uuing something, li stall
ed digging a ditch to drain the small
ponds that form whenever it rains.
Parker is waiting for state ap
proval to run a drain line into the
marsh and plans to have a town
worker certified so he can spray for
mosquitoes when the county is
"There arc steps being taken to
solve the problem and we hope to
solve it." Parker told the group at
hist Thursday's meeting.
Several residents suggested the
town take bulldozers on the property
and knock down the earthen bcrms
thai seem to add to the problem.
They said spreading dirt on the
land would help reduce ponding.
Town officials said they might try
that if the drain line doesn't work.
Leon Buffkin said he even can't
go outside without being attacked by
mosquitoes. "I know you have them
in the summer but not like this. You
can't even go out. They eat you up."
Mayor Wally Ausley said the
town is trying to correct the situa
"We realize this is an immediate
problem," he said. "Not only is this
the season people come to our
bcach, it's the season mosquitoes
Commissioner Jim Foumier said
the old spoil area behind Brunswick
Avenue isn't the only one on the is
land and the town should look at all
of them and see if they arc serving
as breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
"I don't think the Corps of
STAFF PHOTO BY DOUG RUTTOR
PONDS like this one provide an ideal spot for mosquitoes to breed. The bugs bother residents on
Brunswick Avenue, seen in the background.
Engineers or the owner is going to
let you go in there with a bulldozer
and knock down those berms," he
said. "I think it's a larger problem
than we realize right now."
The mosquito problem was one of
many issues that went before the
board of commissioners last week
during a lengthy meeting than ended
after midnight and lasted more than
In other business, commissioners:
?Discussed a proposed ordinance
that would require bulkheads on all
canal lots and set a public hearing
for June 1. Parker also informed the
board of plans to dredge some of the
canals, with the town collecting as
sessments from property owners.
?Met in executive session for more
than an hour to discuss legal and
personnel matters. Parker said no ac
tion was taken following the session.
?Voted to readvertise for bids for
renovations to the town-owned
house on Davis Street used as the
police department headquarters.
Parker said the town only got one
bid on the work after the first adver
?Voted 4- 1 to allow local farmers to
Trash Pickup Days To Change In June
Trash day at Holdcn Beach will depend on where you live starting
The town's new hauler. Waste Industries, will pick up garbage at each
residence twice a week during June, July, August and September.
Homes from the east end through Greensboro Street will be serviced
every Monday and Thursday, while trash on the rest of the island will be
picked up 011 Tuesdays and Fridays.
Town Manager Gary Parker said the previous hauler. Chambers of
South Carolina, will remove rull-out cans from residences that use them.
Waste Industries, which takes over sanitation scrvicc this Friday, will
replace the Chambers carts with carts of its own.
Rent on the 90-gallon containers will continue to be SI. 50 per month,
which customers pay as part of the water bill.
set up a market under the Holden
Beach Bridge each Tuesday during
the summer from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Commissioner Gay Atkins proposed
the farmers market, which she hopes
will begin around Memorial Day.
Board member David Sandifer op
posed the idea.
?Agreed to review a town ordinance
prohibiting the growth of high grass
or weeds on private property and
other conditions that might create a
health or fire hazard. The rule will
be discussed at the May 4 meeting.
?Heard from Eva Pailthorp of
Baltimore, Md., about her plans to
develop the vacant commercial
property north of Surfside Pavilion.
She didn't say what type of business
she will establish, but assured the
board it wouldn't be a "beer joint"
or "dance hall."
?Agreed to review the town con
tract with Vision Cable in response
to the company's plans tor a rate in
crease. Starting June 1, the company
will charge S17.50 instead of Sift
for basic service. The cost of special
packages will also increase by 50
cents or SI.
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