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  • State port project moves forward

    The North Carolina State Ports Authority and CenterPoint Properties of Oak Brook, Ill., have made a key step toward the eventual development of the proposed North Carolina International Terminal in Brunswick County.

    The two organizations have come to terms on a predevelopment agreement for the project.

    The agreement indicates CenterPoint is the leading candidate to become the private development partner for the container terminal.

  • Existing home sales up again in Brunswick

    The number of homes sold in Brunswick County has again increased over last year.

    According to the most recent numbers from the N.C. Association of Realtors, Brunswick County Realtors sold 128 units in May 2007, compared to 172 units in May 2008, a 34 percent increase.

    The average price dropped from $383,304 to $282,725, according to the report.

    Grady Watkins, president of the Brunswick County Association of Realtors, said this week he attributes the increase in sales to good prices and inventory.

  • Ingram 'streamlines' positions at sheriff's office

    BOLIVIA—Even before being appointed sheriff in May, John Ingram had plans to streamline the sheriff’s office and its staff.

    Last week, Ingram and chief deputy Charlie Miller put their plan into action, restructuring the sheriff’s office through promotions and transfers.

    “The one thing we wanted to accomplish was to have a defined chain of command,” Ingram said.

    Miller added the restructuring of staff “clearly defined” that chain of command.

  • Affordable housing a multi-pronged issue in Brunswick County

    SUPPLY—Affordable housing is a multi-faceted issue that brought out various speakers at last week’s third annual Brunswick Workforce Housing Summit.

    It’s an issue that affects the county’s workforce and its senior population as well, four agency speakers noted at the morning meeting.

    “We have affordable housing—people just can’t afford the upkeep,” said Kathy Doyle of St. Brendan Social Ministries at the June 20 summit at Brunswick Community College.

    Jim Russell, director of Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., agreed.

  • Calabash commissioner suggests combining EMS, fire as budgetary line item

    CALABASH—Commissioner Forrest King has suggested deleting the Calabash EMS and the Calabash Fire Department as separate budgetary line items.

    Instead, he said the two could be combined as a general “donations” item under the public safety section of expenditures in the town’s 2008-2009 fiscal budget.

    King’s suggestion came at a workshop Tuesday as commissioners discussed a draft of the proposed $1,022,950 budget. Commissioners are expected to vote on adopting the budget at 4 p.m. Thursday (June 26) at town hall.

  • Calabash names new administrator; terminates part-time employee

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have hired a new town administrator.

    Vincent Long III of Pinehurst accepted the commissioners’ offer and signed a contract Monday afternoon.

    His first day as town administrator will be next Tuesday, July 1, interim town clerk Kelley Southward said.

    Long previously has worked as an administrator at several “fairly large” towns and small cities out-of-state, including California, Mayor Pro Tem Forrest King said Tuesday.

  • Planning and zoning board seeks better input for consultant

    CAROLINA SHORES—Planning and zoning board members say they need better details from applicants who want to guide improvements of the town’s land use ordinance.

    While the town has received four applications for the consulting position, board chairman Jim Hartnett said the board does not have enough information from most of them.

    At the board’s June 18 workshop, “we all came to the conclusion there is not enough information to make an affirmative recommendation to the board of commissioners,” Hartnett said Monday.

  • Town to act on measures against dumping Powell Bill, annexations

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners are to vote on resolutions opposing pending legislative bills that eliminate Powell Bill paving funds and place a moratorium on involuntary annexations.

    Commissioners will consider the proposed resolutions at their monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

    Carolina Shores deputy town clerk Lisa Anglin said last week the tentative agenda for commissioners’ monthly meeting includes a measure opposing state House Bill 2751, “Highway Fund Name Changes.”

  • Holden Beach Commissioners pass $13 million budget without tax increase

    Holden Beach Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve a $13,001,205 budget for the next fiscal year at their meeting Tuesday night in the Holden Beach Chapel Fellowship Hall.

    The budget has no tax increase, but the water rate goes up 20 cents per 1,000 gallons.

    Commissioner Gary Staley cast the lone dissenting vote, saying he was glad residents won’t face a tax increase but he still thought things could have been cut from the budget.

  • Budget increased; takes over fire department

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Town commissioners approved the budget for the 2008-2009 fiscal year Tuesday.

    The $11,932,798 budget includes a 1-cent increase to 9 cents per $100 of valuation.

    Earlier this month, Mayor Debbie Smith said the town did not want to propose a tax increase, but with increased costs and budget shortfalls facing the town, there was no other option.

    One of the new costs facing the town is the takeover of the Ocean Isle Beach Fire Protection Association, effective July 1. The town will assume a $198,000 deficit when it takes over the department.