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City Council, County Commission agree to work together

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- They’re two of the most influential governing bodies in our area and after some bad blood in the past it appears that the New Hanover County Commissioners and the Wilmington City Council are finally seeing things eye to eye.

New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chairman Woody White spoke at Tuesday nights Wilmington City Council meeting and his message was clear. If the two sides can work together they can achieve great things.

"This is an exciting time where the city and counties relationship is blossoming and going to continue to grow,” said Woody White, New Hanover County Commission Chairman.

"Local government is where the rubber meets the road,” said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo. “We have to make a lot of decisions down here locally that effect a lot of peoples lives so we have to work together."

Since Woody White has taken over as chairman of the county commission he has publicly stated his desire to work with the City of Wilmington to reduce redundancies in services to become more efficient, and also bring more economic development to the area.

"Obviously we're working on a large economic development project with Castle Branch that is 400 additional jobs and they had to pass it yesterday,” said Saffo. “We will now have 400 additional jobs here in the community and it's something we've been talking about from economic development for awhile."

"To recruit businesses to help our existing businesses grow and thrive if we work together we can accomplish a lot more than if we are working separate,” said White.

In a show of good faith the city council agreed to review their voluntary annexation policy, which had been a sore spot between the two groups in the past.

"We've decided that we need to have a unified policy that we the city as well as the county could get around and support,” said Saffo.

"There are going to be areas where we disagree that's just the way it happens but there are so many other areas where we agree,” said White.

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