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Wilmington Housing Authority approves $66,000 for grills and picnic tables at public housing

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Wilmington Housing Authority approved spending $66,000 on community amenities including barbecue grills for public housing units, but are also allowing residents to own their own grills.

Housing Authority CEO, Michael Krause says with the community grills, people will be less inclined to purchase personal grills, therefore cutting down on the fire risk.

Only one of five commissioners voted against the plan. A newspaper quoted commissioner Bo Dean saying, "If we're not banning personal grills then I don't see where this is a good investment of public dollars."

Krause told WWAY that the money is not that much considering all the housing authority is getting. He says the $66,000 will also go toward new picnic tables, benches and dog waste sanitation stations.

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