Posted on November 15, 2013 12:57
City Council Meeting, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall
Items of interest included:
- Approved: A resolution proclaimed the Live Oak as the official tree of the City of Wilmington, NC.
- Approved: A resolution made any future across-the-board employee pay increases also be effective to the pay of City Council and the Mayor. The present annual compensation is $14,040 for the Mayor and $10,670 for each City Council Member.
- Approved: A public hearing to consider the purchase of 6.63 acres of property along the northern downtown riverfront for $3.7 million for a possible riverfront park. The property, owned by Riverfront Holdings II, LLC, is part of a larger piece of property that previously housed the Almont Shipping Company. Riverfront Holdings II, LLC is the developer of the marina and riverfront development that is taking place between the Wilmington Convention Center (to the south) and the proposed riverfront park (to the north).
The placement of a public park along the riverfront is consistent with the Vision 2020 Downtown Plan, which states “The lack of downtown parks and open space has a critical impact on the urban environment. Without inviting recreation opportunities or public gathering places, the reasons for visiting or staying downtown are reduced for both local residents and tourists.”
- Approved: A resolution awarding a $2.37 million construction contract for the next phase of the Gary Shell Cross-City Trail between John D. Barry Dr. and Wade Park to Barnhill Contracting Company of Kinston, NC. In addition to construction of the Cross-City Trail, this contract also includes street paving and drainage improvements on South 17th Street, Waltmoor Road, and Bethel Road. The project will begin next month and is expected to be complete in the summer of 2014. It is funded through a collaborative effort involving state and federal departments of transportation, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of NC, the 2006 voter-approved parks bond and the city's 5-year plan to improve infrastructure.
Approximately 12 miles of the trail are now complete and this 1.3 mile section is one of the last remaining sections of the trail to be constructed. Two other connections that are outstanding are both in the design phase- a section that will go underneath US 74/76 at the Heidi Trask Drawbridge at Wrightsville Beach, and a section along Randall Parkway that will be built as part of the 2015 NCDOT Kerr Avenue widening project. When finished, the trail will be 15 miles long and will stretch from Wade Park in the southern part of the city to the Heide Trask Drawbridge in Wrightsville Beach.
- Approved: A code amendment that would bring the city into conformity with N.C. General Statute 14-415.23, which became effective October 1, 2013. The amendment clarifies the places where a unit of local government may prohibit the carrying of a concealed handgun by posting appropriate notice. The city of Wilmington, like other municipalities, is changing the language in its ordinance in order to conform with the new language in the state law.
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||The next Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The agenda for the next meeting will be posted on the city's website on Friday, Nov. 29.
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