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More than 100 people meet to plan the future of Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- City leaders are looking ahead to the future and the long-term growth of Wilmington.

Earlier this year, City Council appointed 15 community members to a steering committee. Tuesday they shared their vision for the city, along with almost 100 citizens that attended the kickoff meeting.

"Tonight's meeting was to gather feedback from the community for their desired future for the city, and also their unwanted future for the city," Christine Hughes of City Planning said.

Many topics were discussed at the meeting, but discussion centered around a few key topics.

"More traffic congestion, we heard about environmental concerns, some specific industries that were called out. General safe keeping of the city," Hughes said.

Steering Committee members say they are optimistic about the future of Wilmington having seen the public’s input at Tuesday night’s meeting.

"The best thing about the future is how we are going to be working to give the people of Wilmington what they say they want. They want the city to go greener, they want more green space in the city, and more bike trails, and those types of outside recreational activities," Steering Committee member Carlos Braxton said.

Committee members say there was much discussion centered around the transportation.

"I heard a lot about transportation, roads. I heard a lot about ecosystem, non-pollution, and transportation with grocery stores. What people like and what they don't from a road stand point," Randy Reeves of the Steering Committee said.

If you were not able to make it out to the meeting, you can still have your voice heard by those drafting the future of our community.

"Even if you couldn't make it tonight, we still want your feedback. We will be collecting feedback for about 18 months. If you want to jump online and check out our web site at CreateWilmington.com, or give us feedback through social media. We will be glad to get your feedback however you can give it to us," Hughes said.

The plan will serve as a to-do list for the Port City and will be in place for the next 15 to 20 years.

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What we want

What we want is simply honesty and integrity in government.

Let's see:

The Central Committee, er, city council, appoints 15 handpicked members of the community to tell them what the community wants. Would anyone be surprised if they appointed people who suggest what the city council wants to hear?

Does this sound familiar? Didn't this same city council SQUANDER HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of DOLLARS and attempt to shackle the taxpayers to millions of dollars of debt with a taxpayer funded baseball stadium because they said the people of Wilmington wanted it? And didn't the people of Wilmington overwhelmingly and resoundingly say NO! That is not what we want.

Sure they want to hear what the citizens have to say. That is why the createwilmington.com website simply says "Coming Soon". BTW, did anyone at WWAY actually bother to try the link or did you once again just print the press release?

Kabuki is alive and well in Hollywood East. Maybe the taxpayers can pay themselves an incentive.

Hey Besty

Did you go to the meeting? If you had bothered to go, you would see that the "hand picked members of the community" were regular citizens who volunteered to serve on the committee. And no one was telling us how it's going to be. But I'm sure you would rather not participate in this opportunity and instead sit at home behind your computer and complain no matter what. I actually enjoyed this opportunity to contribute in a constructive way.

Guester

Good for you, however Betsy is correct.
The city is very good at soliciting opinions then going their own way on many items. The ballpark was just the most recent and biggest one.
King Poofy-Do, and his Royal Jester O'Grady the 'aggrandizer are the ringleaders.
What ever happened to the entrance to Wilmington's committee recommendations?

Vog

Vog

I appreciate and understand your feelings but don't you ever get tired of sitting around complaining about the government and not doing anything? Maybe I am just an eternal optimist, but I'm holding out hope that this is a legitimate process. It went very well and there were a lot of other regular citizens there sharing ideas. This wasn't run by a 7-person council, it was being led by regular citizens. Plus this will take a year and a half to do - past the elections this year. I just didn't want to take the chance that if this plan is being shaped by the citizens of Wilmington, I want to be one of them. Sure, council has done a lot of things I may not agree with, but they have done some good things too. Hopefully this process will be one of them!