Council meeting, Nov. 7
On Wednesday, the Wilmington City Council met at City Hall at 6:30 p.m. Items of interest on the agenda included:
- APPROVED. Purchase of an M-Vac System for the Wilmington Police Department. This system is a vacuum-based DNA collection device to obtain samples from crime scenes. The device can collect 200 times more than a conventional swab method and can obtain DNA on surfaces where traditional methods have been unsuccessful. It would be used to help solve cold cases as well as current cases. The equipment, which costs $38,711, would be purchased with NC drug tax revenues.
- APPROVED. Request for an additional $4.5 million from the city’s savings account to assist with the Hurricane Florence costs for debris removal and repairs to buildings and contents. This request is in addition to the $9 million approved by Council at their Oct. 2 meeting and the $8.5 million approved at their Oct. 16 meeting. Much of this is expected to be reimbursed by the federal government within the next two years.
- CONTINUED TO JAN. 22, 2019. A resolution that will allow the the old WAVE maintenance facility at 1110 Castle Street to be competitively bid and sold. The 1.5 acre property was abandoned by WAVE in 2015 and is in need of redevelopment.
- APPROVED. An ordinance to pass the tax proceeds of the Galleria ABC store on Wrightsville Avenue to the Town of Wrightsville Beach. An agreement is in place between the City of Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach that allows for Wrightsville Beach to receive these proceeds from the existing store (located in Wilmington city limits) until the new store on an adjacent property (within a satellite portion of the Town of Wrightsville Beach) can be constructed and opened. This is part of the plan to redevelop the Galleria site into a mixed-use project.
The next Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The agenda for this meeting will be posted on the city's website on Friday, Nov. 16.
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 are generally held at 8:30 a.m. on Mondays prior to council meetings. Until further notice, the agenda briefings will be held in City Council Chambers at City Hall located at 102 N. 3rd Street due to damage to the Harrelson Building received during Hurricane Florence.
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.