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CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners are hopeful greater police protection is just up the road and around the bend.
Town administrator Linda Herncane said at Tuesday’s monthly workshop and meeting that she, Mayor Stephen Selby and commissioner Jack Csernecky met recently with Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram to discuss having greater police coverage in the Carolina Shores area.
Ingram said he is going to put in for two substations—one at Grissettown and the other on the north end of the county.
“He feels very positive that this would get pushed through at the county level at budget time,” Herncane said. “This way, they would have their own building down here around Grissettown.”
Selby said the town would contribute a dollar amount “if we were to have a designated deputy just for the Carolina Shores/Calabash area. First, [Ingram] has to get the commissioners to agree to two satellite stations.”
Town commissioners also approved buying a new speed-monitoring device for a $3,315 that comes with its own software.
At the commission workshop Tuesday morning, town commissioner Tom Puls described the device as a “sign that mounts on a pole” that can be moved around.
The software that’s included allows the sign to collect speeding data on more than 500,00 vehicles. It can be removed from the unit and downloaded as a “Smart Street” program that provides graphs and tables to show the amount of traffic, the number of speeders, their rate of speed and how often it occurs.
“The nice thing about this unit is you can turn it off, but you don’t turn off the software,” Puls said. “So it’s something that I think this town can use.”
He said if the town doesn’t use any money from its hurricane fund, “we can easily afford this. The most important thing about it is you can put it any place.”
Commissioner Gere Dale said Brunswick County has taken the ball and is hiring a consultant who will come in and make an evaluation about the Calabash Fire Department and other non-municipal fire departments in the county.
“There are seven pages of questions he’s going to have answered and evaluated in that study,” Dale said, including the financial end. “The verdict is in and he’s working on his review for the last fiscal year ended June 30.”
A recommendation is expected in another two to three weeks, Dale said.
Sunset at Sunset
Puls also said plans are firming up for the town’s 10th anniversary celebration set for 2-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, for residents at town hall on Persimmon Road. He said there are going to be lots of door prizes and onstage entertainment, including a bluegrass band.
Residents are being asked to bring their own chairs and to carpool if possible because of parking limitations at town hall.
As tropical storm Hanna was expected to reach the Carolinas coast later this week, commissioner John Russo said he has discussed the idea of installing a warning siren with residents.
“Everybody I talked to thinks a warning siren is a very good idea,” he said. “The only thing is nobody wants it near their house,” he added, drawing laughter.
Puls said there have been no firm commitments on it, adding he has discussed the matter with Herncane.
“There may be problems as far as lawyers go with space in the Village at Calabash,” he said. “We’re looking at a secondary unit, which will cover about 4 to 5 square miles, either across the street or across town property here. It will be able to cover all of the subdivisions, so this is the second thing that we’re looking at. The first is merely being held up by the lawyers.”