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Council meeting Jan. 7

City Council Meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 6:30 pm, City Hall
Highlights include:
 

  • Approved: Award of a $160,000 design contract for a multi-use path along Park Avenue that will run from Empie Park to Kerr Avenue. Construction is slated to begin in early 2015 on the one-mile path.
     
  • Approved: Resolution to accept $222,000 in federal funding for completion of the multi-use path that runs along on Military Cutoff Road. If approved, the city will provide an additional $75,000 to the project. The Military Cutoff Trail already runs from Gordon Road to Drysdale Drive and this project will close a 1,500-foot gap on Military Cutoff Road from Drysdale Drive to Eastwood Road so that the path connects with the existing Gary Shell Cross-City Trail on Eastwood Road. 
     
    Note: this project is an example of the impact of the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization's (WMPO) recent federal designation as a “Transportation Management Area,” which is applied to urbanized areas with populations over 200,000. The designation provides additional oversight, planning and funding for transportation improvements including walking and biking.
     
  • Approved: Resolution for new guidelines for civic development agencies funded by the city. These guidelines clarify the process to apply for funds, as well as the process the city would use to determine which agencies receive funds. The process will apply to agencies involved in economic development, cultural and recreational activities, and city boards/commissions. It will not affect non-profit agencies who receive federal and local funding through a competitive application process.
     
  • Approved: Resolution awarding a three-year contract to Lanier Parking Meter Services, LLC. Lanier currently manages the city’s downtown parking program, including on-street parking, parking lots and parking decks. The contract is for just over $1 million each year, if Lanier meets their performance measures, and will include the parking deck at the Wilmington Convention Center. Payment for the contract will be paid for through the city’s fee-based parking fund.
     
  • Approved: Resolution to spend $14,750 to pay for technology upgrades in the conference room at City Hall where City Council holds their agenda briefings. The upgrades will allow the city to begin webcasting and archiving agenda briefings on the city’s website. While there will be no cameras, the webcast will record audio of the meetings and make visuals such as agenda materials, maps, presentations, etc., available to the public. If approved, this service will begin in this spring.
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The next Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The agenda for the next meeting will be posted on the city's website on Friday, Jan. 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.

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