Items of interest on the agenda included:
- APPROVED. Resolutions to continue agreements and cost-sharing arrangements to provide WPD officers at Wilmington Housing Authority facilities and New Hanover County Schools for the new fiscal year that began July 1.
- APPROVED. Ordinance to remove a $100 cap from the city’s fee schedule that towing companies can charge for involuntary towing of automobiles from private lots. The NC Supreme Court recently ruled that while cities have the authority to regulate towing within their borders, they can’t put a cap on private towing fees.
- APPROVED. Ordinance to use $162,100 in funds left from the 2006 park bond to purchase more sod for the ongoing renovation of the Municipal Golf Course. The course was designed by Donald Ross in 1926 and is currently undergoing the first full repair and restoration of its greens since the course was built. Recent heavy rains have washed out many areas where grass has been “sprigged,” or hand-planted 3-6 inch grass stems.
According to city staff, re-sprigging, which costs less than sod, is no longer viable at this point if the grass is to have adequate time to grow and fill in sufficiently for the course to re-open on schedule in October.
- APPROVED. An ordinance and resolution for the South Branch of Bradley Creek/Michelle Drive Drainage Improvement Project with a $3.8 million construction contract awarded to Trader Construction of New Bern, NC. This project involves replacing major stormwater drainage systems in the area and stream restoration for part of the south branch of Bradley Creek.
- APPROVED. An ordinance and resolution for the new Cinema Drive Fire Station with a $3.4 million construction contract awarded to Monteith Construction Corp of Wilmington. In 2006, funding was set aside to build a smaller station at this location (about 9,000 square feet). Since that time, a plan was established to reduce the number of city fire stations from 11 to nine and redistribute the location of fire stations based upon the WFD reorganizing its fleet of apparatus and moving toward tactical company operations that will improve efficiencies and safety on the fire scene. The new plans involve increasing the size of the station to 14,500-square feet, doubling the number of sleeping quarters, adding a meeting room and an extra bay for fire apparatus. This station will replace Station No. 3 (Princess Place Drive) and Station No. 4 (Wallace Drive).
See Fire Chief Martinette explain the replacement plan here.
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