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Barfield hopes for commission harmony


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- With all of the drama and controversy surrounding the New Hanover County Commission, you might wonder if they will ever just get along. Tonight will be the first full County Commission meeting since all of last week's drama.

Commissioner Brian Berger's e-mails last week caused some uproar among fellow commissioners and staff. During an interview with WWAY last week, Berger accused Commissioner Rick Catlin of stealing his notes during a commission meeting.

In response, Catlin has said he is worried about Berger's mental health and even talked about censuring Berger.

Commission Chair Jonathan Barfield says commissioners have reached out to Berger and everything has been settled. He says he hopes everything will be back to normal at tonight's meeting.

"If my prayers are answered, we will have a very uneventful meeting," Barfield said. "We'll all be on one accord. Reality is we will not agree on every issue, and we shouldn't agree on every issue. The great thing about county commissioners is that we all bring different personalities and our views and our experiences to the table."

The County Commission meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Historic New Hanover County Courthouse on 3rd Street.

Among the items on tonight's agenda is the future of the county's WASTEC facility. Commissioners are looking changes since the R-3 plan to deal with waste fell apart.

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