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BY SARAH SHEW WILSON
SHALLOTTE—Town residents can let the aldermen know their opinions about the county’s comprehensive transportation plan and how it affects Shallotte at next week’s board meeting.
The board decided at Tuesday’s pre-agenda meeting to vote on whether to endorse the plan at next week’s meeting after the board hears from the public.
A representative from the Brunswick County Planning Department presented the plan at the last regular board meeting, sparking comments from the aldermen.
Alderman John Kinlaw said more property owners who would be affected by the changes should have been involved in the planning process.
“The people who we’re working for [constituents] have no idea it’s coming,” Kinlaw said.
In Shallotte, the plan recommends widening Main Street to a “multi-lane facility” from one end to the other.
In other business Tuesday, aldermen agreed that the town should allocate some money toward the renovations of Sunnyside School, the historic school building next to Shallotte Middle School planned to be a town museum.
The outside was completed first, and now the building is still in need of electrical wiring, plumbing, bathrooms and insulation.
Town public works director Albert Hughes said he would bring back some estimates for those jobs, so the board could choose which one to fund in the current year’s budget.
“I’m in favor of putting money in a little at a time,” Mayor Pro Tem Buddy Kelly said.
The board also learned that Holden Beach and Ocean Isle Beach have approved an annexation agreement allowing Shallotte to annex property in Shallotte Point belonging to McKee Pigott, who is seeking to be annexed into town.
Pigott’s request was placed on next week’s meeting agenda.
Town administrator Paul Sabiston informed the aldermen that he had met with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials, who gave him paperwork in case the town used more than $1,000 to respond to emergencies related to Tropical Storm Hanna.
Sabiston said he was unsure of the number but, if $1,000 was used in staff time or vehicle usage, he would submit the forms to FEMA.