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, NC (NEWSOBSERVER.COM) — The Raleigh City Council will head to Wilmington next month for a three-day planning retreat expected to cost more than $11,000 – the council’s first out-of-town meeting in more than 20 years.

The council scheduled the Jan. 29-31 coastal trip on Tuesday after a recommendation from new City Manager Ruffin Hall. Hall wants the council to develop a new strategic plan, and he said the meeting will be more productive if council members leave Raleigh behind.

Councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin said she’s against the plan. “It’s an optic issue for me,” she said, referring to how the expense might be perceived by taxpayers.

Baldwin said she’s not against out-of-town travel but thinks it should be an educational trip. She suggested Charlotte as a possible alternative because the council could check out the Queen City’s light rail and other transit resources – the envy of many in Raleigh.

“I would like to go someplace where I could learn something as opposed to going someplace where I won’t learn something,” she said.

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2016 years 2 months ago

What a bogus claim. None of those people you mentioned are on the Wilmington city council. That group is ruled by Spendocrats.

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2016 years 2 months ago

And you are exactly correct in your statement WeekendWarrior . It’s all about half statements on WWAY in BIG BOLD headlines, because WWAY knows their readers will react before reason and their numbers go up.
This station has planted seeds in readers minds way too many times about a story…only to return later in the day with the proper (Full) information that should have been printed to start with.
Award Winning News Team. I really find that hard to believe.
Someone has to critique your work WWAY.

2016 years 2 months ago

She’s not wanting to waste her city’s money. What forward-thinking, innovative programs has Wilmington put forth in the last few years that Raleigh could learn from?


(and in Brunswick Co., they’re trying to ban books…not exactly enlightened thinking)

Scott Betz
2016 years 2 months ago

I agree with Ms. Baldwin about her not being able to learn anything in Wilmington. With her head up her arse, I would doubt she could learn anything in Charlotte either. Ms. Baldwin proves again that You can’t fix stupid. The only reason anyone gives a hoot about what her opinion is, is because we all enjoy laughing at STUPID.

2016 years 2 months ago

“she said, referring to how the expense might be perceived by taxpayers.”

In no way is she meaning that Wilmington as a city has nothing education to offer, rather she is saying they are spending money just to go somewhere, anywhere that isn’t Raleigh. It is a criticism of what she considers a waste of money by the new City Manager. This was not meant as a dig on Wilmington, and the author of the article knows that. They just want to get people riled up.

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