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CAROLINA SHORES—The town is pursuing having its own celebration.
Town commissioner Joyce Dunn, speaking at the town board of commissioners’ monthly meeting March 7, said the idea is for the town to have a 15th-anniversary party next September.
With efforts already under way for a community “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” program, Dunn said it would bring people together.
Town resident Dave Pflaster, who oversees the town’s communications committee, is in the process of putting together a Neighbors Helping Neighbors community networking program.
“The idea is to communicate more and [have] a big, splashy event of our own,” Dunn said.
Event highlights would include entertainment, refreshments and speeches.
If the town is no longer collaborating with the neighboring town of Calabash for a Fourth of July festival as it did last year, it frees up funding, Dunn said.
“We can focus on producing an event in our own town,” she said, adding they need to “recruit new, fresh faces” to help work on planning the event.
The board agreed to schedule the event for Sept. 21. Dunn said she is willing to be coordinator. Anyone interested in assisting can call town hall from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays at 575-4877.
Over Dunn’s objection, Carolina Shores Mayor Walter Goodenough read a statement voicing his concern about the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association.
The POA recently notified the town it would no longer use POA money to maintain gates and medians and that the town should absorb the cost.
Goodenough said he has no problem with the town taking over the responsibility from the POA.
“The problem I have is that the CSPOA is looking for a higher level of service than is provided to any other community within the town,” he read.
He said it’s not an acceptable option for the town to reimburse the POA for the service, because other communities or property owners in the town could then request the same treatment.
“In my opinion, the CSPOA has opened up a can of worms that has no known bottom, and they should be looking for a way to put that lid back on,” Goodenough concluded in his statement.
Dunn said this was a matter discussed at the board workshop.
“It’s inappropriate for the mayor to make a speech that’s in direct conflict to what commissioners already discussed and agreed on,” she said. “Your personal input should be discussed at a workshop.”
The town has outlined options on the POA maintenance issues.
One is to convey gate rights-of-way to the POA. The POA is concerned about its ability to enforce regulations such as parking in these areas.
A second option is to formalize the current arrangement between the town and POA, with the town maintaining shoulder sections of Country Club Road and the POA maintaining gate areas.
A third option is to discontinue the current arrangement. The town would add these areas to its maintenance schedule for its 2013-14 budget preparation.
At the board’s March 4 workshop, Dunn said they need to be clear with the POA before they move forward.
“It’s my personal view we clarify who owns what and who’s willing to do what,” she said. “What are we legally able to do?”
She said they are prepared to choose an option on April 1.
Laura Lewis is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or email email@example.com.