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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Among the crowded agenda for tonight’s Wilmington City Council meeting is a resolution to ask the Department of Transportation to name part of a busy road in honor of a former Board of Transportation member who quit amidst controversy.

The proposal would ask the DOT to “Dedicate the Interchange and Associated Bridge Structure at North 23rd Street and Martin Luther King Jr., Parkway in Honor of Lanny T. Wilson.”

Introduced by City Manager Sterling Cheatham, the resolution recognizes Wilson as being instrumental in securing funding for several major transportation projects in the area, including MLK Parkway.

Wilson, a developer and longtime Democratic Party fundraiser, resigned his post as Southeastern North Carolina’s representative to the Transportation Board in 2010 as federal prosecutors were set to release a 51-count indictment against Ruffin Poole, a former aide to Gov. Mike Easley. Poole wound up serving prison time for his crimes.

While Wilson was not charged with any crimes, the Poole indictment identified Wilson as a “Wilmington financier” who was a major player in the “pay-to-play” culture of the Easley administration.

In the fall of 2009, Wilson testified before the state Board of Elections about large checks he wrote to the Democratic Party for Easley’s campaign. Wilson also loaned money to a company to finance the sale of a Carteret County development that was part of a federal probe into Easley’s activities.

If City Council approves the resolution asking to honor Wilson, it would not be the first such request from a local government body. The StarNews reported back in June that the region’s Transportation Advisory Committee narrowly passed a resolution on a similar request.

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6 Comments on "Wilmington Council to consider asking DOT to name interchange for Lanny Wilson"

2015 years 10 months ago


I, for one, am sick of highways and bridges and public buildings named after people–some with unsavory reputations.

2015 years 10 months ago

stick together. What a wonderful idea to name an interchange for a crooked businessman. Next up…Saffo circle, Cheatham corner, and Rivenbark Lane.

2015 years 10 months ago

… around here there’s this. Apparently, not only is there no longer any honor whatsoever in Wilmington’s city government, they’re now actually considering memorializing a discredited politician. If that doesn’t specifically define the lack of morality in Wilmington’s city government, what does?

How many more reasons do the citizens of Wilmington need before they finally decide to clean house?

Robert Green
2015 years 10 months ago

Would certainly deserve to be considered to remember Lanny Wilson for his time working for the dysfunctional DOT and his association and his LARGE role involving our convicted felon and ex-governor….the sewage treatment plant. Every time we catch a whiff in the air , it will remind us of this corrupt time period.

Peyton Garrett
2015 years 10 months ago

Name something for an Easley crony and crook in his own right. Ole Lanny sure has disappeared from the limelight since his brush with a jail cell. To name a road for him? For what? If not for his family and his last name he would be peeping now. Of coarse the DOT will succumb. Our lame duck governor will see to that. With everything else on council’s plate they need to steer clear of this one. But, they won’t.

2015 years 10 months ago

Apparently there is no real business to discuss.


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