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WHA, Sparks reach tentative settlement

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- After more than five years in the court system, the lawsuit between the Wilmington Housing Authority and former City Councilman Ronald Sparks has been settled.

According to the clerk's office the parties reached a tentative settlement. A final settlement is expected to be reached in about a month.

The suit filed by the Housing Authority claims sparks was negligent when inspecting and recommending the purchase of the Eastbook Apartments, which later had to be evacuated due to mold and mildew.

The parties involved in the suit are not able to comment on the details until the settlement is finalized and made public.

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Yet when the shoe is on the other foot

I am currently dealing with a situation wherein the home I had just moved in to using a section 8 voucher as a disabled person was entirely flooded by sewage. The WHA has threatened to terminate my voucher if I do not occupy the unit, has refused to send out a special inspector to see and test the unit, and actually moved forward with issuing the HAP certificate to the landlord, leaving me fully vulernable both financially and health wise. I am unable to afford an attorney in my situation and have been taken advantage of in every way by both the WHA and the landlord. Who helps those who can least afford it?

Try

Try "First Call For Help" at 397-0497 or 397-2945. It's an organization that will put you in touch with other organizations that can help you as a disabled person. If you're elderly, you have even more options to assist you. Good luck.

If you wonder why

he agreed to an out of court settlement? That's easy.

His professional liability insurance company likely gave him a choice. Life is full of choices.

Option 1. Accept the settlement we, the insurance company which will write the check, have agreed to.

OR

Option2. Don't accept the settlement offer. We the Insurance Company will walk from the case and you Mr. Sparks can write the checks to your attorney and the judgement checks if you lose the case.

There likely is no option 3.

Sparks vs. WHA

Sparks is an honest man. If he has agreed to a settlement perhaps he realizes how difficult it is to challenge profssional liars (WHA). He needs to get on with his life. They'll get theirs.

WHA

If only the public could see what is going on in Wilmington government they might get it too. Yes, it is difficult to challenge the establishment, the good ole boys network, the professional liars. I speak first hand as a citizen currently facing multiple negligent officials in the WHA, the City of Wilmington's Code Enforcement Office, at least 2 non-profit 501 agencies, a pass the buck Mayor's office, and even a local newspaper and TV station unwilling to look in to the situation all for different reasons, but what amounts to not ruffling feathers, losing funding, and my favorite not being accused of micomanaging those under them. Until it happens to you it is easy to move through life in ignorant bliss. Until someone is willing to step up to the plate and bring it to the public's attention nothing changes. Until someone puts a face to the story, no one cares, no one wants to talk about it. I am persistent and with any luck I just might find someone willing to listen and put a face to at least my problems which might in turn bring attention to others facing the same issues and most assuredly other glaring injustices going on under our noses right here in Wilmington, NC.

Hmmm

I thought chuckles wanted his day in court for the truth to come out. Why settle if you didn't do anything wrong?

Sparks vs. WHA

Goes to show how little you know about legal settlements. A decision to settle does not always express a declaration of guilt.

WHA vs. Sparks

Shows how little you know about politicians if you actually think he is innocent of the charges.