Council meeting, Nov. 8
Items of interest include:
- APPROVED. A resolution authorizing a $6.75 million, seven-year contract to convert the city’s antiquated financial systems to a new system. Much of the city’s existing financial, Human Resources and payroll systems are more than 20 years old and not well integrated, causing inefficiencies. The new system will be phased in over several years and is already funded in the city’s budget. Several companion resolutions will also be considered.
- APPROVED. A resolution to support the installation of color-changing lights on the North 3rd Street bridge. If approved, the city will proceed with a bidding process for a contractor to perform the light installation, which is already funded in the city’s budget.
- APPROVED. A resolution to authorize the city to take action to help eliminate the local opioid crisis, including retaining a national law firm and pursuing legal action that could result in filing a lawsuit on the city’s behalf “against parties that have caused or contributed to this ongoing health and safety epidemic.” At a press conference on Nov. 1, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and New Hanover County Board Chairman Woody White announced that both local governments will pursue legal action. More than 80 local governments in nine states have pursued similar legal action.
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The next Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 21. The agenda for this meeting will be posted on the city's website on Friday, November 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.
City Council agenda briefings, generally held at 8:30 a.m. the Monday before a Council meeting, are held on the 5th floor of 115 North 3rd Street (CresCom Bank building). Those wishing to live stream the agenda briefings can listen in at www.wilmingtonnc.gov/meetings.
Council meetings are also broadcast on GTV8 (Spectrum Cable channel 8) or simulcast by visiting the GTV8 web page. Following the meeting, videos and audio from agenda briefings are available on demand on the city's video archive web page.