Town of Ocean Isle to purchase extra storage for ABC store

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

After discussing the need for additional storage at last month’s meeting, Ocean Isle Beach Commissioners voted Tuesday to purchase a storage building for the ABC store.

Commissioner Dean Walters said during summer, the store receives 800-900 cases of liquor at any given time. If on sale, purchasing the brands that sell well in bulk can save the store about $7,000, he said.

Last month, Walters presented the board with a quote for a permanent storage building, which could later be moved to a different location, at $23,000. A temporary storage/office building for the rest would cost $225 for 28 days.

Walters came back Tuesday with an alternative solution. He said a local company was selling a 12X24 storage building for $5,800.

The cost to insulate, install wiring and electricity and build a foundation for it was estimated at $12,398, according to Larry Sellers, public utilities director.

Walters recommended the board purchase the building, as it would serve as additional storage and be able to be moved once the ABC Store is relocated to the mainland.

“It’s pretty well first class,” Walters said of the building.

The board agreed to purchase the building, contingent on CAMA approval.

The board also learned $115,000 would be deposited back into the general fund after the roundabout’s completion. Mayor Debbie Smith requested $30,000 of that to be used for landscaping the area. Smith received three bids and designs from local contractors that ranged in price from $33,500-$70,000.

After reviewing the bids with a committee from the Ocean Isle Beach Property Owners Association, Smith met with the contractor who bid the most and reworked the design to the tune of $40,000. Many commissioners thought the cost was too high. Smith agreed, but said it is a much larger area than residential landscaping.

“This is a larger commercial project,” Smith said.

Smith said she hopes the property owners association will donate $10,000 to the project. Board members voted to allow Smith to use up to $30,000 of the leftover roundabout fund for landscaping.

In other business, board members:

•Voted not to annex a 1.74-acre parcel of land in Shallotte Township;

•Adopted a resolution to make April 8 The First Tee Day in Ocean Isle Beach;

•Reappointed Don Wadsworth to the Airport Advisory Board;

•Learned the fire department responded to 12 fire calls and 23 first responder medical calls during March;

•Learned the police department made five arrests during March and the state mandated training is 80 percent completed;

• Recognized Ray Glowniak as the March employee of the month;

• Recognized Brett Heintz for five years of service; and

• Recognized Jeff Gaskins for 10 years of service.

Kathryn Jacewicz is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or at kjacewicz@brunswickbeacon.com