City Council, County Commission agree to work together

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Submitted: Wed, 02/20/2013 - 3:17am
Updated: Wed, 02/20/2013 - 7:08pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — They’re two of the most influential governing bodies in our area and after some bad blood in the past it appears that the New Hanover County Commissioners and the Wilmington City Council are finally seeing things eye to eye.

New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chairman Woody White spoke at Tuesday nights Wilmington City Council meeting and his message was clear. If the two sides can work together they can achieve great things.

“This is an exciting time where the city and counties relationship is blossoming and going to continue to grow,” said Woody White, New Hanover County Commission Chairman.

“Local government is where the rubber meets the road,” said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo. “We have to make a lot of decisions down here locally that effect a lot of peoples lives so we have to work together.”

Since Woody White has taken over as chairman of the county commission he has publicly stated his desire to work with the City of Wilmington to reduce redundancies in services to become more efficient, and also bring more economic development to the area.

“Obviously we’re working on a large economic development project with Castle Branch that is 400 additional jobs and they had to pass it yesterday,” said Saffo. “We will now have 400 additional jobs here in the community and it’s something we’ve been talking about from economic development for awhile.”

“To recruit businesses to help our existing businesses grow and thrive if we work together we can accomplish a lot more than if we are working separate,” said White.

In a show of good faith the city council agreed to review their voluntary annexation policy, which had been a sore spot between the two groups in the past.

“We’ve decided that we need to have a unified policy that we the city as well as the county could get around and support,” said Saffo.

“There are going to be areas where we disagree that’s just the way it happens but there are so many other areas where we agree,” said White.

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14 Comments on "City Council, County Commission agree to work together"

2015 years 8 months ago

You first have to be human to have a soul and saffo lacks that requirement.

2015 years 8 months ago

I’m NOT holding my breath let me put it to you that way.


2015 years 8 months ago

Sorry, but you’ll never convince me incentives are wrong. There are stipulations on them. The company will only get the incentives if they bring a certain number of NEW jobs/money to the area. Try telling all the people at Verizon that you don’t support incentives — I’m sure you’ll make lots of friends.

2015 years 8 months ago

First, the city & county did work together with the combined CFPUA. All city & county positions were maintained and new upper administrative positions were added. Now they have banded together to give a big tax incentive to a thriving, expanding business that has been here 10+ years, and that would have, MOST likely, headquartered here without the $1/2 million tax dollar incentive. What I see is the county & city working together to spend MORE tax money. Prove me wrong…

2015 years 8 months ago

you aren’t supposed to notice or remember that! If our elected leadership would have been DOING THEIR JOBS to begin with…we wouldn’t have needed CFPUA…CFPUA was nothing more than a way to shrug off their responsibilities and not be held accountable!

2015 years 8 months ago

when the City & County decided to merge water & sewer and form the CFPUA…not a single job was eliminated although “they” said it was needed. Duplication of services would equate into cost savings. No savings have been realized.

When the City & County talk cooperation…be scared…very scared.

2015 years 8 months ago

Here yah go Gov McCrory….

DAK Americas is considering shutting down its plant in Navassa, the company said Wednesday.

A decision will be made “in the very near future,” said Ricky Lane, corporate communications manager in Charlotte for the company.

The Brunswick County plant employs 350 full-time employees as well as another 250 contract workers, Lane said.

The plant was built in the late 1960s and DAK bought it from DuPont in 2001, Lane said.

“We have had some growth of that facility, but the facility does have an aging infrastructure, which is a factor,” he said.

DAK Americas has informed its employees that closing the plant is an option, Lane said.

DAK’s parent company is Alfa S.A.B. de C.V., based in Mexico.

DAK makes three products here, Lane said: PET resin, polyester staple fiber and monomers, which are the raw material for the other two.

Check back at 4 p.m. for an updated version of this story

Bill Rabon must have had heart failure upon hearing this right after the Gov signed the unemployment bill.
600 jobs between Dak and Mundy maintenance – all high paying.

These poor folks will get less than 20 weeks of unemployment at $350/week.

The city, in conjunction with Brunswick county should “incentivise” them to stay.
Timing, as they say, is everything….


2015 years 8 months ago

When will the media find out that the county uses Castle Branch and is getting a kick back.

2015 years 8 months ago

Eliminate city HR department and go County which uses Castle Branch as a HR screener anyway.
Saves some job functions
And the savings can be used for more incentives for Castle Branch…

Yes, I’m being facetious…..


2015 years 8 months ago

…commenting on CFPUA – when CFPUA formed there were about 320 employees. Today, there are about 275 plus or minus a few.

Operational expenses have steadily gone down each year. Yes, rates have gone up, to pay for debt service which was inherited.

Considering what they were left with, and what they are doing to remedy the problem, the are doing the best with what they have…all the while living with the same anonymous idiots talking smack about that which they know nothing about.

2015 years 8 months ago

OK lets gauge the seriousness of this “co-operation”.
Which one will voluntarily give up their positions in the newly formed city/county government?
Mayor Bill Saffo?
County Chair Woody White?
or at the next level:
City Manager Sterling Cheatham
Or County Manager Corderet(sp?)
Which government body goes away?
City Council or
County Commission?
When those questions are answered we will have an idea of how badly they REALLY want this.


2015 years 8 months ago

Sooo … You really expect them to answer questions? … By answers, I mean real answers?

If Woody White agrees to work with Saffo does he still get to keep his soul or does he have to sign the standard sell-your-soul-to-the-devil contract that Saffo signed?

2015 years 8 months ago

………here it comes.

2015 years 8 months ago

…Wilmingtons leadership are a bunch of tax loving leftist nut jobs…YOU better not see THAT eye to eye