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Volume 33, No. 16
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Two regional groups met
Thursday night with the
North Carolina League of
Municipalities (NCLM) to
hear of their available ser
vices, positions on proposed
legislation, and the pro
posed construction of a per
manent home for the group
in Raleigh.
Prior to the joint meeting,
the two groups, the
Albemarle Regional Plan
ning and Development Com
mission (ARPDC) and the
Albemarle Area Develop
ment Association (AADA)
held brief meetings to han
dle business. ARPDC Chair
man R.S. Monds and AADA
Chariman R.L. Stevenson,
both of Perquimans County,
were present and presided.
In action taken, AADA
went on record supporting
the Shallowbag Bay Project
in Manteo and the Oregon
. Inlet Deep Water Project.
supported a resolution in
itiated by Commissioner
Macon Johnson of Camden
opposing the reclassifica
tion of the Pasquotank River
if that action would no
longer allow area farmers to
drain .their fields in the
river. - -. .
In introducing the guest
group,' NCLM, Bill Gardner
of Edenton described them
as "a great benefit to all
, m0rWtf sM. without
. whose efforts; some' town
and cities in this area would
be lost." -
Leigh Wilson, director of
the NCLM, first discussed
proposed legislation in the :
General Assembly and the '
organization's views on
them. He prefaced his com-.'
ments by saying. -"In the
General Assembly lies all
the authority and power we ,
in the local communities '
have." The list of proposed
bills given to those present .
included items in the
categories of alcoholic
beverage control,
employer-employe rela
tions, finance and taxation, .
general government, law
Alliance To
Receive Grant
Governor James B. Hunt
has announced a $30,000,
Coastal Plains Regional
Commission grant to
Alliance for Progress, Inc.,
for a feasibility study of the
outdoor education en
vironmental center site on
3,800 acres of land in Gates
Alliance Chairman Riley
. Monds Jr. of Hertford states
that "we are real pleased to
receive this grant as we feel .
. it will ultimately provide air
educational and. economic
impact . on northeastern
North Carolina." ;
Gates 'County Commis
sioner, Frank Rice, who is 1
also Vice Chairman of
. Alliance for Progress, says.
."There is every reason to,
believe this grant will ;
enable us to start the long
range planning process for
. this giant cuti;r classroom
and l-t ;::y center that
should p't r r area on the
map by t all the
educational r ?t.s of
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enforcement and planning
and zoning.
Wilson specifically refer
red to HB 349, opposed by
NCLM, which would
authorise collective
bargaining contracts for all
public employes. In connec
tion with that, he mentioned
HB 872, also opposed, which
would call for a minimum
wage for all public employes
of $2.30 per hour. Wilson
said, "When the state man
dates what you pay and
what your tax rate will be,
this is where we have to
stand up and be counted."
He also described this pro
posal as "unwarranted in
tervention in local affairs."
Another newly introduced
bill, HB 909 would require
that prior to the time a
North Carolinian could get
his automobile license, he
would have to first present
' evidence that property
taxes on motor vehicles had
been paid. NCLM supports
this legislation and Wilson
said it would result in a local
revenue increase of about
$25 million. Also discussed
; was a proposed bill to ex
pand the open meetings law
in North Carolina, HB 522.
The NCLM is continuing
study of this proposal
Wilson encouraged the
' government officials to con
sider these legislative pro
posals and to voice their opi
nions to their represen
tatives in Raleigh. He said,
"Membersrol the General.
Assembly are people - and
they're good people and they
listen to you."
This discussion was
followed by a film on the ser
vices available from the
NCLM and on the proposed
Albert Coates Local Govern
ment Center to be built in
Raleigh as a permanent
home for the NCLM at a cost
of fl.5 million.
Municipalities would con
tribute financially to this
construction based on their
population. The contribution
for Hertford would be in the
sum of $1,270 and could be
paid by one of three plans
which - are open to all
municipalities in the state.
Sullivan of the N.C. State
University School of Design, ,
and Dr. Eric Ellwood, Dean '',
of the N.C.S.U. School of,
Forest Resources. The land :
is currently held by the N.C.
Forestry Foundation- until
such time as the study '
reveals appropriate disposi- .
tion and. maximum use.
Plans for the. site include a
research ; component for
university student and'
faculty, environmental;
study areas for secondary -and
elementary students, a
natural area for land con
servation studies, research
into the natural process for
sustaining the swamp and
forest areas v a living
laboratory, forest manage-,
ment areas, low density
recreation, as well as an inn 1
formation center complex to
provide for interpretive ser
vices, classrooms, meetings
and lectures, and similar ac
tivities. The property was
donated by Union Camp
Corporation as part of their
"Land Legacy Program,"
and has historical as well as
ecological significance, be
Its a part of the Chowanoak
Liuiansite. .' ,
Howard Lee, Secretary of
t.' e r-rartment of Natural
irl L;:-rr.ic Resources,
I -:tiv' ttvesjiela jL-e -i
' . '.' s plans with
i .' r I.. ,.c-s board
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VANDALISM Pictured is some of the damage caused by
vandalism over, the weekend at the Wildlife Boating Access'
Area in New Hope.
Access Area
Is Damaged
Damage estimated bet
ween $600 and $700 has been
reported- at the Wildlife
Boating Access Area near
New Hope. The North
Carolina Wildlife Resources
Commission reported that
the activity, attributed to
vandalism, occurred bet
ween Friday and Sunday
nights and resulted in one
'.dock briojtbMed.,-a4
another damaged heavily.
Also found at the site was
several i demolished and
burned signs, litter and
evidence of numerous fires.
A spokesman for the com
Is Scheduled
Coastal area management
and specifically Areas of
Environmental Concern will
be discussed at an orienta
tion session for citizens to be
held April 28 at 8 p.m. at the
Perquimans County Court
house. The session is being spon
sored by the Hertford Town
Council, the Perquimans
County Commissioners, and
the Coastal Resources Com
mission in order to answer
questions and hear com
ments concerning the pro
posal prior to a public hear
ing scheduled for May 4.
Erie Haste Jr. of Hert
ford, CRC member, will be
heading the discussion and
answering questions. Also
featured will be a film en
titled, "An Act to Protect."
The film, produced by the
one blisi:r to his credit, Dave
-McKn'dht, Democratic candidate for the
U.S. Svte in IS. 3, arrived in Hertford
llosiay c"jht on foot. KcSnight has
p'-'-rted an Arril to October walk which
: 1 tke hl.n from I'antso to Murphy
ti::.:rg with North Carciiaiass all along .
Hertford, Perquimans County,
mission said that a general
clean-up will be conducted
at present but no replace
ment of damaged items is
planned until that group can
determine if the vandalism
will cease. If it continues,
plans are to totally discon
tinue the area. The incident
has been reported to the
local sherrif and Wildlife
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The Wildlife Commission
is asking for the communi
ty's support in an effort to
allow the access area to con
tinue in operation.
UNC-Sea Grant, will explain
the many complex issues
that have led to the develop
ment of the Commission's
fragile areas program.
Commission members
and local officials are en
couraging community input
and comments before the
proposal is finalized.
The Coastal Resources
Commission is presently
proposing 13 categories of
environmental concern in
cluding estuarine waters,
coastal wetlands, public
trust areas, estuarine
shorelines, ocean beaches,
frontal dunes, ocean erodi
ble areas, inlet lants, public
water supply well fields,
surface water supplies, and
three categories of fragile
natural resource areas.
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N.C, Thursday, Apr. 21, 1977
One Killed
One person was killed as
the result of a one car acci
dent occurring Monday at
7:50 p.m. about five and
one-half miles ' east of
Durants Neck on rural un
paved road 1321.
Elisha Thomas White, 39,
Recreation Is Discussed
A group of 20 concerned
citizens attended the Mon
day night meeting of the
Perquimans County Board
of Commissioners to discuss
the recreation needs in the
county. Represented were
the Town Council, The Per
quimans County Planning
Board, and the Perquimans
County Recreation Commis
sion. Discussion first turned
to the need for public tennis
courts in the county but soon
turned to other needs as
well. Mayor Bill Cox sug
gested the group look into "a
complete recreation pro
gram for the town and coun
ty jointly." He added that a
recent questionnaire
answered by town residents
showed 149 out of the 249
participating saw tennis as
a prime concern for improv
ing recreation and 167 of
those 249 saw the need for a
public swimming area. He
later added that 222 answer
ing the questionnaire
thought the current offering
Of recreation for the coun
ty's young people was
Members of the existing
Perquimans County Recrea
tion Commission expressed
the limitations of the
volunteer body. It was
pointed out that a total
recreation program would
need a full-time director
who could also compile
grant, applications. County
WASHINGTON, D.C. Perquimans County has been
honored by the National Association of Counties (NACo) for
its participating in Alliance for Progress, Inc.
Perquimans County was named a 1977 achievement
award winner by NACo President Dan Lynch. Achievement
awards are presented to counties who have developed new
programs which enhance or expand county services to
citizens. .
In making the announcement, Lynch congratulated the
1977 achievement award counties for their "special sen
sitivity to citizen needs and their efforts to strengthen coun
ty government." r,
Lynch explained that achievement award case studies
"are distributed by NACo to other counties to serve as ex
amples of innovative programs." '
The National Association of Counties is the spokesman for
county government in the Unived States. The nation's coun
ties represent approximate 98 per cent of the United States
Possible School Reorganization:
Community Meetings Planned
Two community meetings will be held next week to
discuss the possible reorganization of Perquimans County
Schools. The meetings are set for April 25 at 8 p.m. at Per
quimans Union School and April 26 at 8 p.m. at Hertford
Grammar School.
Members of the Board of Education, the Superintendent,
and local principals will be present at both meetings to
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the way. The candidate was welcomed to
Hertford by Mayor Bin Cox and later sat
in on part of the County Commissioners'
meeting. His Tuesday morning schedule
included visits to several businesses and
then walking tours through Winfall and
Belvidere. From Perquimans,
McKnight beaded to Edenton.
of Rt. 3, Hertford was pro
nounced dead on arrival at
Albemarle Hospital after
the late model car he was
driving. overturned, on the
dirt road. White was travel
ing north between 50 and 60
mph trying out the car when
the applied the brake too
T Commissioner Chairman
? Lester Simpson praised the
efforts of the group saying
they had done an "outstand
ing job" with what they've
had to work with. Simpson
also said, "I think ARPDC
will give us a lot of help on
seeking funds."
John Coston was present
representating the Per
quimans County Planning
Board and explained that
recreation has also been
considered by that body but
at the time they were
unaware of the existing
Recreation Commission. It
was later added that coor
dination is badly needed to
reduce this duplication of ef
forts. Mayor Cox added that
the school facilities can be
better utilized in this area
if this coordination can be
Following the discussion,
it was decided to appoint a
five-member committee to
consider the questions
brought up at the meeting.
Serving on that committee
will be Ed Nixon represent
ing the planning board, Joe
Nowell representing the
Commissioners, Billy
Winslow represented the
Town Council, Sid Eley
representing the recreation
commission, and one
member of the Perquimans
County Board of Education.
Board of Education
members could not be at the
Monday night meeting since
m ti
l o neceive
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GRAND OPENING - Sunday marked
the grand opening of Hertford's newest
business, . J-Dees Gifts & Ceramics,
located on Church Street. The day's ac
tivities included a ribbon cutting
.ceremony (shown above) with (1. to r.)
. Mayor Bill Cox and Chamber of Com
merce Executive Secretary Gary Ken-
nedy doing the honors. Looking on is
shop owner Jo Dixon and her son, Chris.
In Accident
hard and began to skid. He
let go of the steering wheel
and the car overturned in
the roadway.
One of the three
passengers received non
incapicitated injuries:
Henry R. Mallory Jr., 25, of
Rt. 3, Hertford, owner of the
they were also meetiri,; in
regular session, but had
earlier expressed an in
terest in working jointly on
the matter. The newly ap
pointed committee planned
a Wednesday night meeting.
In other business, the
Commissioners approved a
resolution for Perquimans
County Schools transferring
$7,000 from the maintenance
and repairs division of the
budget to the operations and
utilities section.
A letter was discussed
from the Emergency
Medical Services Council re
questing two appointments
to that board, one repre
senting the commissioners
and the other being a citizen
interested in emergency
services but a non rescue
squad member. Chairman
Simpson appointed Commis
sioner Waldo Winslow and
Marsha Massey, with her
approval, to serve in this
A letter was also received
from the Economic Im
provement Council, Inc. re
questing the board to submit
a letter of support for a
$123,008 request for the
Region R Rental Subsidy
Council. Simpson pointed
out that this figure
represented all areas served
and no county-by-county
breakdown was given. No
action was taken.
In budget matters, it was
announced that $51,035 of
a i
County achievement awards will be presented at Naco's
1977 annual conference in Wayne County, Detroit, Mich.,
July 24-27.
Each of the six counties in the Alliance for Progress, Int.
will receive the award for their participation in and support
of the alliance conceptAlliance for Progress, Inc. is a one-of-a-kind
organization combining efforts of the elected of
ficials of the Boards of County Commissioners and Boards
of Education in an effort to improve the quality of educa
tion, and thereby the quality of life, in northeastern North
Concerning this recognition from NACo, R.S.Monds,
local Commissioner and Chairman of Alliance for Progress,
Inc., said, "I think it's great that they've recognized that we
are attempting to do something down here especially by
enhancing education. I think they also appreciate the spirit
of cooperation between these counties."
answer questions and hear community comments and reac
tions. The question of reorganization is being considered to
determine if the local schools can be organized more effec
tively to serve students' developmental needs as well as
academic needs.
School officials are encouraging citizens to attend one or
both of these meetings to discuss the question.
car. Not injured were
passengers Elisha Thomas
White, age 9; and Rory
Shawn White, age 4.
Highway Patrolman C.H.
Mims investigated and
reported an estimated
damage of $5,000 to the car.
the Anti Recession Fiscal
Fund has been received and
put on investment. This
amount represents the pay
ment for the quarter begin
ning April 1. The Commis
sioners were informed that
$323,048 is currently on hand
in the Capial Outlay School
Building Fund, monies that
are to only be used for new
school construction. A mo
tion was passed to ammend
the revenue sharing budget
in the amount of $70,000 to
give that fund an additional
$100,000. It was also
discussed that the Per
quimans County Tax
Department has turned in a
figure of $87,836,506
representing the county
evaluation. That added to
the state assessment gives a
total figure of $93,561,312.
This represents an increase
over last year of almost $5
A request was discussed
from Albemarle Mental
Health asking for a 15 cents
per capita increase over last
year's local allocation in
this coming year's budget.
The increase would amount
to about $1200 in additional
funds from Perquimans
County. No action was
Before adjourning it was
announced that the National
Association of Counties
(NACo) will hold its annual
conference in Detroit, Mich.
July 23-27.
Following the ceremony, an open house
was held including refreshments, door
prizes,' and Ceramics demonstrations.
Also as part of the grand opening,.
several discounts were announced on
store items. Mrs. Dixon later presented
Mayor Cox with a ceramic gift to the '
Town of Hertford in appreciation for
their help and support of the new
business. (Newbern photo)

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