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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Former Wilmington City Councilman Ron Sparks is calling out the City of Wilmington for not helping fund a second access to the Love Grove Community.

The city has turned down a request for funding the new access, saying it doesn’t have the money. But Sparks says the city has had absolutely no problem this past week finding $4 million to buy new downtown property, giving themselves raises, and lighting the Kenan Fountain for $50,000.

Earlier this summer, a CSX train derailed while passing through Love Grove, cutting off it’s only road in and out.

Sparks says the community has been fighting for a second access for years and he has decided to be the point person for the project.

He plans on addressing the council tonight at it’s bi-weekly meeting which starts at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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9 Comments on "Former Councilman Sparks calls out city for finding money for projects but not Love Grove"

2015 years 10 months ago

I would have to agree with you 100%, Brother Ron. It certainly looks
like Wilmington’s Priorities are in the High Visibility areas…

NHHS Wildcat
2015 years 10 months ago

You sat on council for four years, and the woefully underpaid firemen had to hear how the city had no money to get them up to a living wage. How does it feel now that you are on the other side as you watch tax dollars being spent on wasteful projects that the public or it’s employees do not support ?

2015 years 10 months ago

If I hear about the underpaid firemen again Im going to get sick. Why not check out the salaries for all the fire personnel with some rank and you will see where all the money is going. Same with the PD same with central office in the school system.

2015 years 10 months ago

These so called underpaid firemen you speak of knew what the pay scale was before they took the job, if they didn’t they should have done their homework and then if they didn’t think the pay would be enough to support their families then they should not have taken the job or maybe consider that they might have to get second job on their off days like other people do!!

wilmington TruthTeller
2015 years 10 months ago

Maybe we can take some out, from the millions we put into Creekwood each year.

Zane Emanuel
2015 years 10 months ago

Didn’t Sparks make money off the sale of condo’s to the city that were deemed unfit to live in, while still in office? What happened to that lawsuit? I guess his buddies on the board took care of that! Glad it’s so easy to make money off the city and it’s taxpayers. I think they should give themselves another raise. Oh wait…

2015 years 10 months ago

I wonder how much Sparks Engineering cost the city by recommending the purchase of a housing development that was soon closed down because it was in such poor condition? Ron’s credibility has been derailed

If a similar situation occurs to the Love Grove community again, why not park the Sable helicopter over there? It’s close to the airport and if an emergency arises, response would be pretty quick.

2015 years 10 months ago

Love Grove is very small. That $4 million bridge, will serve less then 400 people. And that’s providing they’re even going to the far north end.

Lisa's Two Cents
2015 years 10 months ago

That makes sense. We are going to put $50,000, into a fountain, that has served us, for 50 years, and will serve us for another 50 years. A landmark, and tourist attraction.

Why it would just be downright unfair, and racial discrimination, not to put $4 million (80 times that amount) into a bridge to nowhere, in a small community, with less then 400 people.

So I guess our elected officials will probably cave in. All you have to do nowadays, is holler those words. But I want to see exactly who will be getting the money, if this ridiculous bridge is built.

By the way, we already put over $2,000,000 into a basketball court, boat ramp, and boat dock, there. Less then six years ago. It is almost always empty


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