City Council Meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 6:30 pm, City Hall
Items of interest on the agenda included:
- Presentation of the greens restoration design for the Wilmington Municipal Golf Course. Almost 60,000 rounds of golf on average are played on the course each year, causing it to be worn. This will be the first restoration since the course was built in 1925. In November 2013, City Council awarded a $121,000 design contract to John Fought Design Golf Course Architecture. The project, which is expected to cost between $700,000 and $1 million, will include restoration of all greens, approaches, bunkers, irrigation improvements and improved drainage. It would be paid for with user fees.
- Approved: Resolution to apply for a $71,720 grant for gang prevention initiatives. The funding from the NC Governor’s Crime Commission will be used to hire one full-time and one part-time gang prevention specialist to work with area youth identified as high-risk to join a gang.
This is part of the city’s ongoing efforts to combat gang/gun violence, and crime rate statistics show they are having an effect as the numbers for violent crime have declined considerably within the city’s last quarter of 2013. From October to December of 2013, preliminary numbers show that violent crime has gone down 12%, even though this is a period of time that usually has more crime because of the holidays.
- Approved: Resolution opposing proposed increases to homeowners’ insurance rates, which would result in an increase of 35 percent in insurance costs – that does not include wind and hail damage that in most cases must be purchased separately in coastal areas. The resolution also encourages citizens to attend a public comment session in Raleigh on Jan. 24, or send comments in writing by the Jan. 31 deadline. According to the City Council resolution, homeowners in coastal communities already pay premiums at two to three times the rate charged for inland properties, in addition to having separate wind and hail policies. The resolution states this disparity is not justified and "will once again place an undue and excessive burden on homeowners in coastal counties."
On Jan. 24, the NC Department of Insurance will hold a public comment session on proposed increases to homeowner insurance rates. The hearing will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Jim Long Hearing Room of the Dobbs Building, located at 430 N. Salisbury St. in Raleigh.
Written comments can be mailed to the N.C. Department of Insurance, Attn: Bob Mack, Property & Casualty Division, 1201 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1201 or emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch the meeting
The next Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 4. The agenda for the next meeting will be posted on the city's website on Friday, Jan. 31.
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.