Posted on September 18, 2013 10:00
City Council meeting, Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall
Items of interest included:
- A Resolution to extend the contract of American Traffic Solutions to continue operating the city’s Red Light cameras for another year at a cost of $480,000. The city and New Hanover County jointly fund the program and proceeds go to the New Hanover County Schools. Red Light cameras are significantly reducing crashes at two key intersections, according to findings from a three-year review done by the city. The city has cameras installed at 13 key intersections and an analysis of two of the busiest intersections that have the Red Light cameras found that there has been a significant reduction in the number of accidents caused by red light runners since 2010. More detailed information is available here.
- A resolution supporting the NC Department of Transportation’s efforts to pursue state funding to construct a median on Market Street between Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway and Station Road and between Middle Sound Loop Road and Mendenhall Drive/Marsh Oaks Drive. A study done by the WMPO found that this stretch of Market Street has twice the crash rate of similar roads in the state. The median would help improve mobility and safety along this heavily traveled stretch of road.
- Resolution authorizing an investment grant to Live Oak Bancshares, Inc. if they build a $16 million expansion to their Wilmington offices and add 120 employees that would have an average annual salary of $80,000. The grant would be $50,000 per year for five years for a total of $250,000. The expansion is expected to be completed within the next two years and the employee base would grow over the next five years.
- Ordinance to appropriate $40,000 to cover the cost needed to demolish the Adrian B. Rhodes Armed Forces Reserve Center at 2144 West Lake Shore Drive. The federal government is requiring that military facilities such as the Rhodes Center that are no longer utilized to be redeveloped to help the homeless. The city is required to demolish the building to make way for Lakeside Partners' future development of 24 transitional housing units for the homeless. The city previously set aside $70,000 for the demolition, but recent bids came in at almost $104,900, leaving a shortfall that this appropriation would cover.
The next Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 1. The agenda for the next meeting will be posted on the city's website on Friday, September 27.
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.