Commissioners discuss school bond, Scotts Hill helipad

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Submitted: Tue, 08/12/2014 - 3:38am
Updated: Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:08pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Some New Hanover County residents sounded off on some big issues.

Among the items that were on the New Hanover County Commission’s agenda, public hearings on a proposed $160 million bond for schools and a plan to build a medical helicopter landing pad near the Pender County line.

The County Commission agreed to put the $160 million bond on the ballot for November’s general election. If approved, the money would go toward building, improving and renovating school facilities district wide.

“It’s imperative that our citizens look at what’s in this bond and make decisions that this is something that is good for our students and good for the county as a whole,” said Dr. Tim Markley, New Hanover County Schools Superintendent.

The county’s finance officer has estimated the county will have to pay back more than $68 million in interest on the bond over time if it’s approved.

“The needs are there, nobody is going to deny that, but the facts are also important in deciding whether or not we can afford this,” said Woody White, New Hanover County Commission Chairman.

New Hanover Regional Medical Center is asking commissioners to rezone about 27 acres of land at 151 Scotts Hill Medical Drive to allow the hospital to build a helipad for an emergency center being built. The plan got unanimous support from the Planning Board last month, but some neighbors are concerned about the noise.

Among the other items on the agenda the commission approved a request from the sheriff to sign off on a contract to spend $237,500 in the budget to finish installing security wire mesh in the county jail. The mesh is used to keep inmates from jumping from upper levels. They also approved $883,500 for New Hanover Fire Rescue to buy a new aerial/quint truck and sell one from 1997.


  • SurfCityTom says:

    I don’t see you putting any thoughts out on why there is a need for a helipad.

    As to the travel, I did not even see WWAY pick up on the junket to New ORLEANS.

    Only 3 commissioners and the county manager attended. Other than Barfield, I did not name any of the other attendees.

    I thought his attendance unusual given his current run for the US House seat and his lack of campaign funds. Too, how does his participation serve the needs of NHC if he is out of office after the election?

  • Vog46 says:

    Ask Republicans Tom Wolfe or Beth Dawson Tom?
    Its easy to pick on Dems for mis-spending government funds – but don’t give the GOP a pass on this especially with Dawson as Vice Chairperson of the Commission.
    I have no problem with them attending certain professional functions – but they should have a limited stipend with any extra costs coming out of their own pockets.
    This would, of course, “break” Big Jonathan……


  • Ken says:

    I would like to know what the planned use for the heli pad would be. Is it to take people to the new emergency center than transfer them to the helicopter to the tune of $20,000 or $30,000 and then transport them to the main Hospital? Just wondering.

  • USMC says:

    Probably end up as a tennis court.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    a landing spot so Barfield can campaign throughout his district in a failed cause to go to Washington.

    Possibly a landing spot so the Commissioners can get out of town, unobserved, for taxpayer funded junkets such as the recent $10,000 trip to New Orleans. Why not ask Big Jonathan if he enjoyed the menu @ Emeril’s.

    Perhaps a worksite for Brian Berger if he ever goes to trial and is sentenced to community service.

    A landing spot for the DA when he runs for state AG and needs to spread his smiling personna and press conferences throughout NC.

  • ireckon says:

    Say what? Total incomprehensible statement.

  • pender98345 says:

    What are you talking about? Clearly you people are retarded. The new ER and helipad will be of little use to most folks in NHC but will be a huge benefit to people in Pender and even Duplin/Onslow county.

  • Okie says:

    Why do they keep wanting to take more money from the taxpayers? Where is the money from the NC Lottery, that was supposed to go to help our schools? The states always use education as a reason to bring in the lottery. Then they blow the profits on other things, like high salaries.

  • ireckon says:

    In life and death circumstances, minutes make a huge difference. This facility with helicopter access is critical to Pender County!

  • Heimie Schmelter says:

    …since the hospitals are making so much money, why are taxpayers being asked to pay for the helipad? It should come from the hospital system budget.
    And…if this facility is critical to Pender County, why doesn’t Pender county put this issue out as a bond referendum in their county?

  • portcity says:

    How about money for students books, learning materials, and supplies that teachers are paying for out of pockets???? The schools can be built as nice as they want but that doesn’t help the level of education students receive. Where is the money to give teachers much needed and deserved raises. We are lucky we have any good teachers left to teach our students, when they can go elsewhere and make a lot more. When will we as Americans stand up for what’s right and do something about our wasteful government that no longer cares about the good of the people but instead only cares about how much they can nickel and dime the population to profit from your tax money. Eventually something will happen. History always repeats itself and all the low life politicians will pay the price for the wrongs they have committed against “we the people”.

  • pender98345 says:

    You must also be retarded. The hospital is not asking for any money, only for a zoning change. Nowhere does it say the hospital is asking for money. Come on people….

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