City Council meetings often draw a crowd of interested residents. Wednesday’s meeting, however, had three faces that will come to represent them. Newly elected Kevin O'Grady, Charlie Rivenbark and recently appointed city attorney, Carolyn Johnson, who will take over when Tom Pollard retires. “Tonight’s meeting was an opportunity to just start the transition process, to get up to speed on issues and I'm looking forward to it," said Johnson. It was a night of taking notes, and making mental ones for when the councilmen elect take a different seat. "I've been in the audience before,” said councilman-elect Kevin O’Grady. “I think it's going to be much more interesting to be on the other side so you know all the details. And I had opinions tonight, but I didn't get to say them." Priorities seem to be working out the problems of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, and the convention center hotel. Rivenbark said, "You know we've got to get, I would ideally see, a four-star, full service restaurant hotel accommodation. It will just ensure the success of the convention center." This was the first of two meetings before O'Grady and Rivenbark are official council members. They will be sworn in on December 1st. Johnson will take over as city attorney in less than two weeks. As for Wednesday night's business, the council approved an ordinance to appropriate stimulus funds to complete a portion of the Cross City Trail. Council also approved a resolution recognizing late coach William Murphy for his service to the city.
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