Tuesday, April 15, Wilmington City Council Meeting, 6:30 p.m., City Hall
Items of interest on the agenda included:
- Two presentations on Coal Ash Ponds – one from the Sierra Club and one from Duke Energy Progress
- A presentation by City Manager Sterling Cheatham on the report “Reducing Youth Gun Violence in Wilmington"
- Two items to help address the issue of youth gun violence:
- APPROVED: Resolution supporting a collaborative initiative to fund expanded programs at the city’s community centers. The city recently entered into an agreement with Community Enrichment Initiatives, Inc. (CEI) to providing additional programming at the centers, based upon available funding. CEI is collaborating with the Wilmington YMCA to apply for a grant from the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) to continue their efforts to enrich programs at the city’s community centers.
- APPROVED: Resolution to enter into a 5-year agreement with the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence (BRC) to develop a teen center and offer additional programming at the city’s Hemenway Community Center.
- APPROVED: Construction contract for repair and restoration of the Municipal Golf Course, including greens, bunkers and the practice putting green. Funding for the $1.2 million project will come from golf course and park bond funds. Construction is expected to begin later this month. Also to help offset costs, rate increases of 35 percent for FY 2015 and 10 percent for FY 2016 will be necessary. The 18-hole course was designed by Donald Ross in 1926 and the greens have never had a complete restoration since the course was built.
- APPROVED: An agreement with the NCDOT to accept $812,000 in grant funding, and provide $203,000 in matching funds to construct a multi-use path on Hooker Road. If approved, the project will install bicycle and pedestrian facilities along Hooker Road.
- APPROVED: An ordinance appropriating $375,000 to pay final costs for storm debris removal resulting from the Feb. 11 ice storm. Although costs for storm debris removal will be paid from the city’s funds set aside for such emergencies, state reimbursement is expected for 75 percent of those costs.
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The next Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 6. The agenda for the next meeting will be posted on the city's website on Friday, May 2.
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.