Tuesday, May 7, City Council meeting, City Hall, 6:30 p.m.
Items of interest on the agenda included:
- A presentation on the city’s recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2013-14, which begins July 1; no vote will be taken, but Council set a public hearing for May 21
Watch a video of the FY 2013-14 Recommended Budget
View the presentation of the FY 2013-14 Recommended Budget
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- An update on the region’s MSA designation from Wilmington Chamber of Commerce President Connie Major-Rhett and Wilmington Business Development Director CEO Scott Satterfield (No action expected)
- Cost-sharing agreement with the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority to combine work on sewer repairs and street repaving in an effort avoid duplication of work and unnecessary costs; the city will provide $582,500 for street repaving to be done as CFPUA completes installation of a sewer force main
- Request to rezone 7 acres on Surry Street, formerly known as the Gateway Project; the parcels were rezoned in 2008 to riverfront mixed used, but the new property owner is requesting the parcels be reverted back to their pre-2008 industrial zoning designation. The request was denied by the Planning Commission and appealed to City Council.
- Proposal to increase penalties for violations of unlicensed taxi and limousine operators in an effort to respond to what the Wilmington Police Department says is a growing number of violators; the fee would increase from $50 for the first offense to $250
- Approval of $86,209 to provide a local match for a state grant to build a kayak launch on Smith Creek; the city has received a $175,000 grant to develop a site on Smith Creek’s Lower Reach near the intersection of McCrae Street and Cornelius Harnett Drive that will include a boardwalk and parking facilities
- Three items related to land acquisition and construction of new fire stations that would appropriate almost $2 million in total, largely from savings from other city construction projects completed under budget; the new stations would replace the current Fire Station #5 on Wellington Avenue and Fire Station #6 on Carolina Beach Road. This includes approval of $615,000 to purchase land located at 680 Shipyard Boulevard to replace Station #5; land to replace Station #6 has already been purchased on Cinema Drive. The stations are being relocated to help improve response times to emergencies in more updated facilities.
- Request to extend the city’s current agreement with Harmony Hospitality, Inc., the city’s convention center hotel developer. The current agreement ends on April 30, but Harmony is expected to request another 90 days, through July 31, so that final details can be worked out on the hotel’s design and Harmony’s land purchase agreement with the city, as well as financing for the hotel. In addition to obtaining a franchise agreement for an Embassy Suites Hotel, Harmony has begun a site survey so they can finish up the design of the hotel. Harmony has already submitted preliminary plans to build a $33.6 million, 186-room Embassy Suites as the convention center hotel. The proposed 163,000-square-foot, all-suite hotel will be about the same height as the nearby Hilton Hotel.
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The next Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 21. The agenda for the next meeting will be posted on the city's website on Friday, May 17.
Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, which is located on the second floor of City Hall at 102 North 3rd Street. Parking is available in the Thalian Hall parking lot or in the city parking deck located directly across from City Hall. Meetings are also broadcast on GTV8 (Time Warner Cable channel 8) or simulcast by visiting the GTV8 web page. Following the meeting, videos are available on demand on the city's video archive web page.