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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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  • Guest2020

    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.

  • Erlkoenig

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

  • Guest Reply Redux

    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.

  • Guestshelia

    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

    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.

  • MG

    I would look at her remarks as a GOOD reflection on the Port City. Why? Because if a silly, inside-the-beltline, expand-the government, build-light-rail-whether-they-want-it-or-not politician doesn’t want to come here, that’s in our favor!

    If she isn’t capable of learning something in ANY town, then that’s her problem, not Wilmington’s.

  • antithug

    And learn what not to build and support.

  • fired.up

    to go to war with Raleigh. i’m serious, its time to kick those educated, hard working, sensible, conservative minded, college attending, indoor plumbing using jerks off the state map.

  • craig

    Hey lady (i use the term lady liberally) Don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya. We may not be the brightest crayons in the box but we sure are having a good time. Where else in NC does anyone have a county commissioner that gets wasted on occasion and then goes for a drive? While you are here please do not spend any money in our many fine restaurants and etc. Remember those Raleigh tax payers are watching!! Dadgum tea baggers (like our Mr. berger) can be irritating some times.

  • Erlkoenig

    Mary-Ann Baldwin = Democrat. Had her dog wee-wee on the state capital building. Another class act from the Commucrat party.

  • Ed

    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.

  • Robert Green

    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.

  • guesty1O1

    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.

  • WeekendWarrior

    “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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