BCC Budget Proposal
More Than $1 Million
(Continued From Page 1-A)
saw the budget figures, but remind
ed trustees that the college had hired
a professional auditorium manager
to provide this kind of information.
"I don't think anyone can expect
to get all of this at one time, but this
is what he thinks is needed to deliv
er the type of facility and programs
the college and community have
said they want."
Replied Kelly, "1 hope in this day
of shrinking revenues the commis
sioners understand that."
Finance Chairman Donna Baxter
added, "What we're asking for is a
first-rate auditorium. You can't put
just anything in there."
Other BCC requests to the county
include a S30,000 dust collection
system for the woodworking shop
and two new positions, a mechanic
and a receiving and clerical person,
in addition to continuing items.
These include the president's $9,348
local supplement, salaries for a part
time switchboard operator and part
time evening coordinator and securi
ty person, insurance, and plant
maintenance and operation funds.
The 1,500-scat auditorium is be
ing paid for through part of $8 mil
lion in general obligation bonds ap
proved by voters in 1985 for campus
construction projects that also in
cluded a classroom building and the
Trustees named the facility after
Williamson when he established an
endowment to support its manage
Auditorium Project Turned
Over To Bondin
(Continued From Page 1-A)
renovations at the Southport annex
which arc 95 percent complete. This
will allow participation by those
who cannot sponsor the entire cost
of redoing a room or hallway. Also,
staff was asked to check the cost of
some exterior improvements to the
Southport building and to see what
improvements might be needed for
better visibility at the entrance to the
main campus near Supply.
?Adopted an exposure classifica
tion policy as required by OSHA,
relating to exposure to blood, body
fluids or tissues while on the job.
Appropriate protective equipment
and training must be provided to
those at risk of exposure to body flu
ids, blood or tissues.
?Learned tliat a proposed new
policy governing the number of
umes students can repeat continuing
education classes will be sent to the
N.C. Department of Community
Colleges for review before adoption.
"We want to sec if we're in fact in
line with what their thinking is,"
said Chairman David Kelly.
?Heard from President Michael
Reaves about a luncheon given by
BCC and CP&L for the four slate
legislators who represent Brunswick
County. "I really do think we have
their support in Raleigh," he said.
College representatives met with the
legislators to express concerns re
garding community college funding
and a proposed capital bond referen
?Hired Sabra Barfield of Yaupon
Beach as the college's new Com
prehensive Adult Student Assess
ment Coordinator in the literacy pro
gram, with her $19,800 salary to be
paid by a grant
?Learned that the Student Gov
ernment Association has bought a
machine that will be used to create
BCC library cards.
?Learned that fall 1994 is the ear
liest an aquaculturc program would
begin at the college. BCC plans to
seek program approval this fall, after
obtaining more survey data for its
Hewett Re-Hiring In New Job
May Violate Policy, N.C. Law
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a non-supervisory position."
Harvey said the additional posi
tion would allow the two officers to
divide the county into two patrol
zones, providing better enforcement
of the solid waste ordinance.
When Commissioner Jerry Jones
asked him if the position was includ
ed in the current budget, Harvey
said it was not.
In an interview Monday, Harvey
said he would give "no reason" for
failing to advertise the new position.
He said that none of the commis
sioners had asked him to create the
position. He said the position was
not created specifically for Hewett
"I was told by the county attorney
that I had full authority to do it,"
County Attorney Mike Ramos
Tuesday denied that Harvey had
asked him about the hiring. Ramos
said he did not give Harvey an opin
ion as to whether or not the hiring
Ramos said he saw no problem
with Harvey's action and "assumed"
that the same thing had been done
before by other managers. He said ii
was "no big deal" that the hiring had
not been authorized.
"If he's content with it and the
county commissioners are content
with it, what's the problem?" Ramos
Commissioners Chairman Don
Warren said Tuesday he was "not
troubled" by Harvey's action. He
said the second solid waste officer
position had been discussed previ
ously and "did not come from out of
the blue." He said the job had been
proposed for the upcoming budget
"We needed another control offi
cer to monitor all those (solid waste)
sites," Warren said. It's a big job for
Warren said he did not ask
Harvey to have the position filled
during the current budget year. He
said the interim manager made the
decision on his own.
Harvey said that as a result of
Hewea's re-hiring, the former direc
tor had withdrawn his request for a
grievance hearing to protest his ter
A 44-year-old resident of Cedar
Grove community, Hewctt has been
employed by the county since
August 1978. He held several posi
tions before being named solid
waste director in March 1988.
Former County Manager/ Att
orney David Clegg suspended Hew
ett as one of his last official actions
before resigning March 15. No rea
son was given for the action, but
there was speculation that Hcwett's
dismissal might have been related to
state fines levied against the county
for deficiencies at the landfill.
Harvey terminated Heweu three
days later. Under the county person
nel policy, all firings must be pre
ceded by a three-day suspension.
Heweu has refused to comment
publicly about his firing. In a March
24 letter to Warren, Heweu said he
had "met with many obstacles dur
ing my tenure" and encountered
"difficult" working conditions. He
said there were issues he wanted to
discuss with the chairman and re
quested a hearing date.
"1 feel the action taken against me
was not fair since I was not solely
responsible for all the citations
against the landfill," Heweu wrote.
A personnel hearing on Hcwett's
grievance was scheduled for the
April 5 commissioners meeting.
That night, Warren announced that
Heweu had withdrawn the request a
few days before the board met.
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NEWLY ElJiCTED OFFICERS of the Brunswick County Democratic Party are (from left) Nelson Best, Elizabeth Dameron, Bernest
Hewett, Chairman Roney Cheers, l-eo Hewett and Sue Franks.
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Ward of the Shallottc Point area.
Ward is Frying Pan precinct chair
man and a former county party offi
cer and last year had sought the par
ty's nomination for the school board
that went to Thurman Gause.
A third candidate, Billy Carter of
Southport, former county manager,
was nominated, then eliminated in
the first round of voting. He later
conducted the latter half of the meet
ing for Cheers, handling election of
delegates, state executive committee
members and consideration of reso
lutions. He and Ward both served on
the resolutions committee.
Also elected as officers were
Elizabeth Damcron, first vice-chair
man; Bcmcst Hcwcu, second vice
chairman; Leo Hewett, third vice
chairman; Nelson Best, secretary;
and Sue Franks, treasurer.
Damcron was challenged for the
No. 2 post by Franks, while Franks
won the treasurer's seat in a contest
with Edith Tillman. The other three
were elected by acclamation.
Tom Simmons of Boiling Spring
Lakes, Louis "Bobby" Brown of
Navassa and Ward were elected to
the slate party's executive commit
tee. Delegates and alternates were
also elected to the district and state
Chairman Roney Cheers said as
chairman he intends "to live and
bieathe the Democratic Party." His
top priority and challenge are the
same; to keep members unified and
interested in the party. "These ire
the things that will enhance the par
ty's chances of re-election."
He added, "1 want to do the thing
that will help the residents of this
county, whether they are Democrat
or Republican, and I want us to be
prudent in our actions."
A retired magistrate and retired
insurance agent. Cheers, 69, has a
long history in public service and
sales, both of which he sees as con
tributing to his current role. A cur
rent Shallottc aldermen, he previ
ously served as an alderman for 10
years and as mayor for 12 years,
during which he also conducted
mayor's court. He also served six
years as a justice of the peace.
"I know a lot of people and have
good contacts, and people know
where I stand," he said. "There is no
Cheers strongly supports resolu
tions adopted relating to county em
ployment practices and to loyalty
among party leaders.
Saying that the party "should cer
tainly cater to loyal Democrats," he
added, "I will not stand for people to
be around me who are not loyal to
the party. When I joined the party 1
took an oath. If someone is not go
ing to support that, then I believe
they should get out."
"People who say they vote for the
man, not the party, well to me
they're not a real Democrat or
A resolution adopted unanimous
ly by delegates, with only indirect
references to the conduct of the
'7 will not stand for
people to be around
me who are not
loyal to the party."
1992 general election, calls for res
ignation or formal removal from of
fice of any party officer or commit
tee member who helps an opposing
party or candidate, refuses or fails to
perform his or her duties, or is con
victed of a crime involving moral
turpitude, as provided by the plan of
organization of the state Democratic
It directs the party chairman to
"actively promote" the resolution
and "to continually inform and re
mind" officers and members when
The convention adopted three res
olutions related to county govern
ment hiring practices.
Before it was amended by the res
olutions committee to refer to "resi
dents," one from Shallotte Precinct
resolved that "the Commissioners,
County Manager, and Personnel
Officer consider "NATIVE Bruns
wick County People that are quali
fied for the job iu be filled first anu
foremost." It was prefaced by the
statement that "most all department
heads and numerous employees" in
county government are hired from
outside the county.
Cheers said later that the resolu
tion wasn't intended to be divisive,
"but might have been considered a
"What I'm interested in is letting
Brunswick County people know
what is going on in terms of job
availability." said Cheers, "and let
ting them have a chance at the jobs
they arc qualified for."
Additional resolutions asked 1)
that employers consider "our quali
fied Brunswick County residents
who have applied for these posi
tions" whenever a job opening be
comes available, and 2) that county
commissioners amend its personnel
policy to again allow for a residency
preference (as was provided for in
the past) and to make it possible
again for current qualified employ
ees to apply for and be considered
for a job opening, within the same
department or another department,
before the position is opened to the
On a motion by Wally Slack, the
sole delegate from Shingletree
Precinct, the residency motion was
amended to also request that the
county give veterans preference in
All but two precincts. Town
Creek and Supply, were represented,
with 76 delegates carrying 106 votes
reported by the credentials commit
Two resolutions were tabled at the
recommendation of the resolutions
committee. One called for the State
Democratic Party to inform the pres
ident he should stop forcing the mil
itary to accept homosexuals and the
other for the slate to enact legisla
tion allowing counties to offer in
dustry tax deductions for having em
ployees which live in the county.
South Brunswick Islands resi
dents can expect more of the same
over the coming week: rain and
cooler than average temperatures.
Shallolte Point meteorologist
Jackson Canady said he expects
temperatures to average from the
lower 50s at night into the lower 70s
during the day, with at least three
quarters of an inch of rainfall.
For the period April 14-19, he
recorded a high of 81 degrees on
April 14 and a low of 39 degrees on
A daily average high of 73 de
grees combined with a nighUy aver
age low of 49 degrees for a daily av
erage temperature of 61 degrees.
That is about 2 degrees above the
long-term average for this time of
year, said Canady.
He also measured 1.93 inches of
rainfall, bringing the total for the
month to a "substantially above av
erage" 4.25 inches, with more to
come. The long-term average for the
month of April is 2.5 inches.
Resolutions calling for dredging
Shallotte River and restoring full
service at Shallolte Post Office were
just two of the resolutions adopted
by the Brunswick County Demo
cratic Convention with no debate
The resolutions are as follows:
?Shallotte River Dredging: To
ask state and federal governments to
dredge the river to a depth of 8 feet
to 10 feet from the inlet to the town
during 1993-94, to improve the
quality of marine life and the fishery
and clear the river for more water
?Shallotte Post Office: To ask
that full hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon
day through Friday and 8 a.m. until
noon or 1 p.m. Saturday) and service
be reinstated at the Shallotte Post
Office, as the relocation of services
to the Seaside station "has created a
hardship on all Shallotte and sur
rounding businesses and residents"
with hours cut drastically and mail
slower. The resolution was amended
as recommended by the resolutions
committee, with a reference to "un
professional employees'" removed.
?Freeland Precinct: To support
Frccland Precinct remaining intact.
A recommended realignment of pre
cincts approved by the Brunswick
County Board of Elections and now
before the state consolidates the
Frecland precinct, the county's
smallest, with Ash precinct.
?Notch Babies: To ask congress
men to support restoration of full so
cial Security benefits to those bom
from 1917 through 1926.
?Economics: To support Pres
ident Bill Clinton's economic policy
to help recovery from the economic
?Health Care Reform: To sup
port health care reform at the nation
al level that is affordable and avail
able to all citizens.
?Judicial Selection: To ask the
state legislature to investigate a bet
ter method of electing judges, so
that people will be better informed
about the persons for whom they are
?Budget: To balance the national
budget as soon as possible.
?Fiscal Responsibility: To retire
existing debt on the party's property
in a timely fashion and to limit and
strictly regulate the party's ability to
encumber, mortgage or pledge party
property for indebtedness. The
Brunswick County Democratic Par
ty owes approximately $30,000 on
its headquarters building, plus about
S500 for land.
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