City Council meeting, Oct. 1, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall
Items of interest included:
- APPROVED: A resolution to update the current Legion Stadium agreement with New Hanover County and NHC Schools that more accurately reflects usage and associated costs. NHC Schools and the county have already approved this agreement, which has also been endorsed by the Legion Stadium Commission. The City of Wilmington does not charge the schools to use the facility. The new agreement clarifies specifics and outlines updated maintenance practices and needs.
- APPROVED: Resolution to partner with NCDOT for the construction of crosswalks at the Carolina Beach Road and Shipyard Boulevard intersection, with $38,246 in city funding. To reduce costs and save construction time, the crosswalks will be installed by DOT when they repave Carolina Beach Road from Wooster Street to Independence Boulevard, which is expected to occur next year.
- CONTINUED: The ordinance amending city code to prohibit members or associates of criminal gangs from trespassing on city parks was continued to Wed., Nov. 6. (Note, the first meeting in November will be held on a Wednesday due to Election Day on Nov. 5)
- APPROVED: Resolution to accept $1,762 in donations from the NC Coastal Land Trust to help replace and restore Venus Flytraps at the Stanley Rehder Garden in the Piney Ridge Nature Preserve (formerly Alderman Park). Earlier this year, approximately 1,000 Venus Flytraps were stolen from the site and the Land Trust subsequently established a fund to assist with the replacement and restoration of the stolen plants.
Note: The proposed purchase/development and parking agreements for the convention center hotel was not finalized in time for consideration at the Oct. 1 Wilmington City Council meeting, as had been expected.
Most of the key provisions for both the land sale and development agreement for the privately owned construction of a convention center hotel and the agreement for the use of the adjacent public parking deck have been finalized, but a few legal details are still being worked out between the city and developer Harmony Hospitality, Inc. The city had expected to hold a public hearing on both items, along with a vote by City Council, at the Oct. 1 City Council meeting.
The next Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 15. The agenda for the next meeting will be posted on the city's website on Friday, October 11.
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.