STAFF PHOTO BY ERIC CARLSON
REPRESENTATIVES of the South Brunswick Islands Board of Realtors meet with members of the Brunswick County Board of Health to
discuss the problem of septic system overloading in rental cottages. Shown (clockwise from lower right) are Health Board Chairman
Maliston Stanley and members Dr. Harry Johnson and Patricia Nutter; Peggy Stanley, Linda Bethune, Alan Holden, David Sandifer,
Andy Dusenburg, Al Odom, Annette Odom and Health Director Michael Rhodes.
Of Talks On
Ith Officials To
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loaded whenever a home is occupied by more
than two persons per bedroom.
The septic system for a typical four-bedroom
house is designed to accommodate 480 gallons of
outflow per day, Robinson said. The permitted
occupancy is based on an estimated use of 60 gal
lons per person.
"That means it's not a violation if 12 people
use less than 480 gallons per day. right?" Sandifer
asked Robinson, who agreed. "For you to assume
that nine people are overloading that system when
eight people are not is a little far reached."
Sandifer said rental agencies were being sin
gled out for enforcement of the regulations be
cause their advertised occupancy levels make
them easy targets. He said the problem is more
"1 can assure you that if there is overcrowding
going on in rental housing, you certainly have
overcrowding in year-round homes too. But these
letters are not going out to those residents. You're
treating one neighbor differently than another.
And that bothers me." Sandifer said.
Russ Morrison of Long Beach warned that a
sudden crackdown on occupancy levels would
have a serious "domino effect" throughout the
county's economy. He noted that mortgage loans
are typically structured around potential rental in
come. A reduction in allowable home occupancy
" We hear you. We have a
problem. And we have a
golden opportunity to do
something different... If
it's a sewer system we
need, then how do we do
would cause a corresponding drop in property
value, he said.
"That means less property tax, which means
less revenue. It will also cut tourism, which will
cause us to lose sales tax," Morrison said. This is
not just going to effect the real estate agent. It's
going to have a ripple effect all the way to your
dining room table."
Annette Odom of Ocean Isle Beach said health
officials have "changed the rules in the middle of
the game" by enforcing occupancy levels that
were not required when septic permits were is
sued. She said that nothing in the application
process informs ar> owner that their home's occu
pancy is limited to two persons per bedroom.
Acknowledging that septic overloading is a
universal problem that needs to be addressed im
mediately. Holden urged the group to begin press
ing government officials for a central sewage sys
tem. He said rental agencies need to know what
the health board intends to do about occupancy
requirements before next year's rental brochures
are printed this fall.
"We hear you," said health board Chairman
Maliston Stanley. "We have a problem. And we
have a golden opportunity to do something differ
ent. We can't sit here and mandate without your
input. We want this to be a team effort. If it's a
sewer system we need, then how do we do it?"
The group agreed to schedule a series of week
ly meetings to discuss the matter. Patricia Nutter,
Dr. Harry Johnson and Stanley will represent the
health board along with Rhodes and Robinson.
Real estate representatives will include Holden,
Sandifer, Russ Morrison. Randall Morrison.
Buddy Rudd, Al and Annette Odom and Linda
Bethune. Other representatives may be enlisted
from the Oak Island area.
The first meeting was scheduled for Wed
nesday (June 23) at 6:30 p.m. in at the health
board's conference room.
"I'd let you all come to my house, but my sew
er capacity wouldn't handle it." said Al Odom.
Budget Approved Until
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is $2.5 million, including $700,(XX) in technolo
gy equipment, $216,000 in instructional equip
ment and one new school bus.
It also includes $385,00 for renovations to a
1951 building at Union Elementary, and
$205,000 for roof repairs at Lincoln Primary,
Leland Middle and Southport Elementary. Bol
ivia Elementary's sewer plant will be updated,
some fences and carpeting will be bought, and
professional and surveying fees are included for
the construction projects.
Day-to-day school system expenses will be
covered by an interim budget until the board of
education learns how much money it will re
ceive from the state and the county commission
ers and how much teachers' pay raises will be.
On recommendation from Finance Officer
Rudi Fallon, the board approved an interim op
erations budget to pay salaries and cover "usual
aifd ordinary expenses" until state and local
school appropriations are finalized.
The school board had asked for $9.4 million
in operating funds and another $7.8 million in
capital outlay, including a $6 million installment
on construction of a new elementary school in
the Leland area.
The budget proposed by acting County
Manager John Harvey provided no money for
growth or construction, but did include an addi
tional $401,(XX)?5 percent?for continuation of
Two weeks ago, the county commissioners
scrapped plans for a new warehouse and agreed
to spend the money on a fledgling $1 million
program to offer computer training in class
rooms throughout the school system.
In the meantime, the school board has nar
rowed the gap between its original budget re
quest and the county's proposed allocation from
$602,000 to $364,000. Superintendent Ralph
Johnston said he met with principals and came
up with $100,000 in cuts, including eliminating
a planned staff retreat and the Superintendent's
Academic Excellence Banquet. "I hope the busi
ness community will help us out with this,"
Johnston said. "I'd hate to lose this opportunity
to recognize students for their achievements."
Another $150,000 will come from the sys
tem's fund balance. Johnston said he and the
principals found places to make small cuts?
"not big items, just two or three or five thousand
here and there."
Fallon told the board the budget is "very defi
nitely fat-free. We've done everything we can do
short of reducing staff or freezing salaries."
The school board adjourned until July 12.
when it will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the central of
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The board voted uninimously
Monday to use the next five year's
loan reimbursements from the
Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer
Authority to fund the capitol im
provements project. i
An additional allocation of
$ 118,000 also was approved to pay
operating expenses for the Odell
Williamson Auditorium at Bruns
wick Community College.
In other business the board:
?Approved ihe N.C. Department
of Transportation's proposed sec
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ondary road construction plan that
will spend $1.2 million in Bruns
wick County for road improvements
and about 10.8 miles of paving.
Among the roads to be paved are the
two miles included in Pine Burr
Acres subdivision, 2.2 miles of Ellis
Benton Road, 1.6 miles of McKay
Road and 1.2 miles of Albright
?Heard a request from Rose Hall
of Sunset Beach that the board con
sider adopting a county noise ordi
nance. She presented a petition
signed by 65 supporters of the pro
posal. Warren said Harvey already
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had been asked to "do some back- BHeard a request from Leland
ground" on the idea. Mayor Pro-Tern Jane Gilbert for
?Was asked by Ernest Bellamy of temporary use of the county's
Supply to consider passing an ordi- sewage treatment plant at the Leland
nance to keep deer hunters away Industrial Park while the town
from residential areas. He said he builds its own facility. She said an
had been awakened "at all hours of effort is underway to create a re
the night" by gunshots and had seen gional sewage system to serve the
hunters within 200 yards of his north end of the county, including
home. the towns of Navassa, Leland and
He said two deer had been killed Belville.
on his property and a neighbor's BAppointed Patrick Newton of
home had been hit by gunfire from Southport to the health board and
hunters. Warren asked Harvey to Willie Fullwood of Shallotte to the
contact wildlife officials to discuss Brunswick Community College
the problem. Board of Trustees.
buying or selling.
THE BRUNSWICK ^BEACON
Filing To Open For
Town Board Posts;
Elections Nov. 3
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sioners serve staggered four-year
At Sunset Beach, the seats of
longtime Mayor Mason Barber and
Council members D.G. "Bud"
Scrantom. Edward M. Gore and
Julia Thomas are up for grabs. The
mayor is elected to a two-year term;
council members serve four years.
Ocean Isle Beach
Ocean Isle Beach voters will elect
a mayor and two commissioners.
Incumbents whose seats are to be
filled are Mayor Betty Williamson
and Commissioners William D.
Benton and Terry Barbee.
In Shallotte the mayor's seat held
by Sarah Tripp and the seats of
Aldermen Wilton Harrelson and
Paul Wayne Reeves are available.
All seats are for four years.
All seats on the Holden Beach
governing board will be filled. They
are currently held by first-term
Mayor Wally Ausley and Com
missioners Gay Atkins. Gil Bass.
Sid Swarts. David Sandifer and Jim
Foumier. All terms are for two
A mayor and two aldermen will
be elected by Varnamtown voters.
The seats up for the taking are those
of Mayor Judy Galloway and Al
dermen George Ennis Swain and
Ada McDonald. The mayor is elect
ed to a two-year term and board
members to staggered four-year
All town officials' seats come up
for election every two years in the
Town of Bolivia. Incumbents are
Mayor Ina Mae Mintz and Ald
ermen Ella Jane Wescott, Sarah E.
Knox, Alice Lesh and Guy H. Wes
Boiling Spring Lakes
Boiling Spring Lakes voters will
elect a mayor and two town com
missioners. Incumbents are Mayor
Steven Mark Stewart and Commis
sioners Tom Simmons and Billy E.
Privette. Privette was appointed to
serve the remainder of die term of
Typical summer weather is ex
pected over the next few days with
low temperatures around 70 and
highs in the upper 80s, according to
Shallotte Point meteorologist Jack
Canady expects about three
fourths of an inch of rain over the
next week. He measured no rainfall
between June 15 and 21.
The maximum high temperature
during the period was 90 degrees on
June 21. and the minimum nightly
low was 63 degrees on the 20th.
The daily average high was 88
degrees, and the average nightly low
was 67 degrees for an average daily
temperature of 77 degrees, which is
about normal for this time of year.
Samuel T. Herring. The mayor
serves a two-year term and commis
sioners, staggered four-year terms.
In Southport. Mayor Norman
Holden's seat and the seats filled in
1989 by Hany W. Gore (Ward II)
and Janies Brown and William
Crowe (Ward I) are up for election.
Voters elect the mayor every two
years, while aldermen serve four
Two Caswell Beach commission
ers' seats, those held by W.A. Boyd
Jr. and Bob Terry, are up for election
in November. Terms are for four
Commissioners' seats held by
William S. Smith, Hugh Zachary
and Dorothy (Dot) Kelly will he
filled by Yaupon Beach voters for
four-year terms. The board chooses
a mayor among its members.
Long Beach voters will elect a
mayor and three commissioners,
seats presently held by Joan Altman,
mayor, and James B. Sloop. Jeffrie
D. Ensminger and Danny C. Leo
nard. The mayor is elected every
two years and. starting with this
election, commissioners will serve
The terms of Ernest "Buddy"
Grainger, who is currently mayor.
Carolyn Hamilton and Donald C.
Minnis end this year in Sandy
Creek. Their successors will serve
four-year terms; the mayor is ap
pointed by the council from its
Belville voters will elect a mayor
to serve a two-year term and two
commissioners who will serve four
year terms. Now in those seats are
Kenneth D. Messer Sr., mayor, and
Eunice I. Long and Bet'y Sutton.
A mayor and two council mem
bers will be chosen by Leland vot
ers. The mayor's seat, now held by
Mayor. S.L. Doty, is up for election
every two years, while council
members serve staggered four-year
Seats now held by Mayor Mayor
Louis "Bobby" Brown and Coun
cilmen Jimmy Lewis and Roosevelt
"Bebop" Toomer are up for election
this year. The mayor's term is for
two years, council members,' four
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