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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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27 Comments on "Raleigh city councilwoman says Wilmington has nothing educational to offer"

2015 years 10 months ago

Wanting age appropriate books in schools is not banning books. It is using judgment. We already have enough waste of time in our schools without promoting drivel that has no educational value.

2015 years 10 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.

2015 years 10 months ago

While I do not care for her arrogant attitude unfortunately her assumptions about this area are pretty much correct. We have nobody to blame but ourselves when we elect people like Berger, Goolsby, Millis and try to elect the likes of Pantano and Rouzer. I’ve been telling the local GOP for years now but they will not listen.
S.E. NC / Wilmington is the laughing stock of the state and the regular shenanigans perpetrated by our local reps have not gone unnoticed. While areas like Raleigh and Charlotte are looking forward our leadership is in a continual regressive backwards motion.

Robert Green
2015 years 10 months ago

Wilmington can show them what a dysfunctional , liberal municipal government looks like. Kevin O’Grady can be the keynote speaker and show them what to look for when an opportunity knocks ( i.e baseball stadium ). All you will find in the Port City is a crumbling infrastructure that is unable to attract quality industry to the area and liberals who love spending your money unwisely. Absolutely no wisdom will be found here.

2015 years 10 months ago

I think the Raleigh Council person can stay in Raleigh and remain bored. She may be right about not learning anything given her attitude, but she will not have a boring time. We have a river, beaches, a vibrant downtown. Raleigh? None of those.


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