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New Hanover Co. Commission appoints interim ABC Board

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The New Hanover County Commission had planned to use their meeting Monday to ask the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board questions about how the salaries for its top two administrators had gotten so high. Instead, commissioners appointed interim board members after the three current ABC Board members resigned. In a letter to the County Commission Monday, board members Charles Wells, Richard Hanson and Stephen Culbreth wrote, "The divisiveness of the continuing dispute becomes more insidious and disruptive of the functioning of the ABC system. We hope our resignations will remove the pall of misunderstanding and enable you to appoint a new Board." At Monday night's meeting commissioners pick county manager Bruce Shell tpo serve as the ABC Board interim chair. County Attorney Wanda Copley and Finance Manager Avril Pinder will fill the other two seats until a new Board is appointed.

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ABC Brew-haha

WOW! Sounds like real pillars of society (NOT) directly involved with the ABC debacle in New Hanover County. Let's hope the "just retired administrator" and his son are held accountable for their unethical actions and that they're losing sleep at night in fear that their longevity pay is at risk and it may have to be used to pay attorney's fees to defend their pathetic actions. What a disgrace. For them and anyone associated with them - professionally or personally - just remember....you lay down with dogs - you get up with fleas...

County Commissioners should be investigated

Where were the County Commissioners when all these shenanigans were going on?? They are supposed to be overseeing the ABC Board. Did they not ever review their budget? A: Of course they did, the question is what slice of the Williams' salaries did they get as part of this racket? What business deals did they work out between companies they are involved with? The County Commissioners should resign and be investigated. Negligence is one thing, gross negligence is another. I'm sure the interim ABC Board was chosen by county commissioners based on who was not going to uncover anything more.

And you want.......

...government to run healthcare, the auto indusrty, the banking, and insurance industries?! Madness.

Privatize liquor sales????

Man-oh-man, are you guys dreaming. Between greedy politicians and blue-nosed Bapt....um....people who want to tell you how to live your lives, it will never happen in this state.

Are we stupid

Billy williams states he is so smart and uses the example of how his new carolina beach store he built, "that sells are up" !! right, sounds good huh, what he didnt tell you was the store now stays open till 9, it didnt before, and that sells at the carolina beach rd store and the pine valley store are down, I wonder why ?? billy and bradley are bullies and treat the employess like poop, I say let em roll, would love to see their attitudes at wal-mart....

New Carolina Beach Store? How much was that?

A new liquor store in CB. I have yet to comprehend this. They built a band new store in the parking lot of the old liquor store, then tore down a prefectly good store to make a new parking lot. Oh, the new store is fabulous with it's mirror like marble floors, showcases of high end scotch and the like and yes a bigger inventory with longer hours. So what was the taxpayers cost of this new store and demolition of the old one??? How do you show record profits from increased sales after spending millions to build a new facility? Does anyone know how this "new math" works? Did the taxpayers get a choice as to whether or not to build this store or use marble for flooring. This was done during the time of recession. Funny thing is, I never saw them run out of liquor on the shelves of the old store, so why was a "bigger one" needed? Here is another intersting tid-bit. Living at CB, I pay attention to what goes up, out and over. Every worker that was used to construct that new store from the basic site work to the final window polishing was done by hispanics. I would bet that under 5% of them are legal immigrants. The only white guy on site was the superintendent. So does the New Hanover County tax department advocate the use of illegal immigrants that don't pay taxes or health care to build our tax funded fcilities? Do they have ANY checks and balances in place to monitor the employment credentials of tax funded construction? Another fatal integrity breach at the cost of us taxpayers. Billy Williams is a legend in his own mind. Just another little stinky spot or ten that will never get an answer, but I throw the questions out there anyway...go figure...

Re: ABC Board

The chairman of the ABC Board is a person I have known for years. It is a crying shame that his salary of over $200,000 is more than that of the some of the biggest corporations in the United States. I would love to be appointed to this board. I also have several friends that work in ABC's stores in Wilmington and Carolina Beach area. I am not complaining about them working just wondering how so many of them got these jobs. All of these people were high school classmates of mine. The whole ABC systems needs to be changed or put into private ownership now. Thank You.

ABC Board Lesson

Perhaps this time around the commissioners might actually pay attention to what the boards are up to that they appoint. I think it was extremely cowardly to "cut and run" before having to answer some hard questions from the taxpayers.

ABC Board Lesson

Perhaps this time around the commissioners might actually pay attention to what the boards are up to that they appoint. I think it was extremely cowardly to "cut and run" before having to answer some hard questions from the taxpayers.

Quitters when the HEAT is on!

Well now, the fat cats are running when the heat gets turned on, huh? Rather that stay seated to answer questions, they quit and run, hire a lawyer to write some assinine, overcomplicated sentence directed at blaming the public for their "quitting". "Divisiveness"? It's been there the whole time. Their own little group of good ol' boys padding each others pockets with taxpayer money. "....insidious and disruptive of the functioning of the ABC system." What is that supposed to mean? Does it infer that the normal course of the ABC commission operations has been halted? Duhhh...yeah...it has! Insidious...WoW..more like, BUSTED and you will be held accountable! "We hope our resignations will remove the pall of misunderstanding and enable you to appoint a new Board." For the taxpayers sake, lets hope their resignations will further clarify any "misunderstandings" as they term them, not "remove" them. I've never heard such a crock of crap in my life...at least not since Bill Clinton was seeking new definitions of the words, "is" and "sex".

ABC Board

Please still hold them accountable even though they have resigned, especially as they never kept minutes of their meetings. More grist to the mill that it is time to privatize the ABC.

I hope they don't get off

I hope they don't get off the hook and are still liable for their skullduggery, especially never keeping minutes of the meetings. Political rot seems to occur at all levels. Take a look at Mecklenburg's ABC board (run by Parks Helms) and supervisors who had a wonderful Christmas party sponsored by a supplier. Time to go private.

Questions as to why salaries

Questions as to why salaries were so high for the board still need to be answered. An investigation should follow, but probably will not.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR LETTER OF RESIGNATION!

Funny how board members Charles Wells, Richard Hanson and Stephen Culbreth wrote, "The divisiveness of the continuing disputed becomes more insidious and disruptive of the functioning of the ABC system, yet stayed until the last minute. Did they not feel that way until today? Sure makes it look like there is more to this story than meets the eye when they resign just hours before they answer questions from the PUBLIC/TAXPAYERS. Good riddance!

GOOD!

Now tell me where I can get a job making $210k a year selling booze.... A HUGE thanks for County Comms J Barfield and Jason Thompson for putting the hammer down and not letting up.. At lease WE THE PEOPLE have a slate of directors ... Our CC.. WHo won't let up and who do what is right for New Hanover County.. Maybe if the salaries weren't so sky high, we could all afford a little hoch for a night cap... Example It costs roughly $2.50 to make a fifth of good 5-7 year whiskey.. Add about $3 for licenses, taxes, another $2 for transport and fees another $4 for mark ups for the middle men.. So roughly you have a fifth of good whiskey in your door for $11.50 (max) and that is for a low volume store.. Yet the shelf price is $27 for one brand in particular... Now there are perks and purchase rebates, etc.. So someone is making (on a good name brand whiskey) Up to $15.50 a fifth.... Why is it so much? There is standard overhead, contract work for deputies, and uhm... raises, raises, bonuses, and absued salaries... That's why the poison costs so much.. Is to pay people friggin $210k per year to sell it... Mr. Administrator.. your expertise didn't make new hanover county #2 sales in the state.. the fact that Wilmington loves to drink did... So take about a hundred and twenty grand off your absurd salary and come back to reality with the rest of us...

Easy job considering it's a government monopoly!!!!!!!!

Managing the county ABC system seems to be an easy job considering it has no competition and no marketing is needed. They don't sell the product, they just make it available and the venders do that. So why the high salaries and bonuses?????? We need to look into this further and not let up!!! SOME HEADS SHOULD ROLL!!!!!!!!!!

Look at the

price for any alcoholic beverage in Maryland, DC, or even Virginia. State taxes make a big difference. The private sector, as in MD & DC must compete or they do not sell their goods. How can a good bottle of bourbon or scotch be $10 in either locale and $25 in NC? More than just transportation costs. Turn the sales process over to private sector operators who will still generate revenue for the counties and offer the same product for less to the consumer.