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Wilmington City Council

The Rant: April 5, 2011

There's been a lot of drama in the political world around here lately, but a new poll shows some interesting trends. WWAY's Kevin Wuzzardo has more in tonight's edition of The Rant.

On tap at tonight's Wilmington City Council Meeting

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A resolution allowing a public market in the city's South 2nd Street parking lot on Sundays. A portion of the lot would be used for the market, and vendor fees would be established to help cover program costs and to pay for the use of the space in the lot occupied by the market. If successful, it is expected that the public market will be expanded to include other days of the week. Full story...
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Wilmington City Council looks at ways to tighten budget

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video At a budget work session today, Mayor Bill Saffo said he thinks there will be much debate over changes to the system. He said although the decision to adjust the budget may not be easy, it is necessary. Full story...
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Wilmington City Council approves Inland Greens purchase

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Wilmington City Council members voted unanimously to move forward with the purchase of the Inland Greens golf course, which will be used as a public park. Council also voted on money for the Cross City Trail and a resolution against digital billboards Full story...
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WDI puts off downtown tax plan

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video Wilmington Downtown Inc. has decided not to present its plan to create a Municipal Service District (MSD) to Wilmington City Council Tuesday, but the group says this is not the end of the plan. Full story...
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Downtown stakeholders want tax plan to slow down

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videoWilmington Downtown Inc. is trying to push the creation of a MSD to enhance city services, like safety patrols, clean-up crews and marketing and event support. Problem is, many of the people who will be impacted by the MSD are against the plan. Full story...
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Grad student turned candidate says he has plan to fix Wilmington

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Election season is still months away, but one UNC Wilmington student is already thinking about ways to shake things up. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Front Street Brewery owner speaks out against WDI plan for downtown

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It is essential that stakeholders share their concerns about the 4 major flaws in the current WDI MSD Plan and equally important, that stakeholders offer constructive SOLUTIONS on how to fix the problems with the WDI MSD proposal so we can all move forward together NOW to implement a MSD and work TOGETHER in a positive and collaborative manner to solve long-standing problems that have confronted downtown and adversely affected both the downtown economy and our individual businesses. Full story...
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Saffo wants to alert residents via certified mail about the Market Street Corridor Plan

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video Many drivers out there try to avoid driving on Market Street for one reason or another. Now the city of Wilmington is planning ahead and looking to make some major changes but like everything else it'll take time and money. The city presented its plan on how to make it's mark on Market Street. Full story...
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Former Wilmington Fire Chief, councilman mourned

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A former Wilmington Fire Chief died yesterday morning. Robert D. Shipp had just turned 94. Full story...
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Rested city attorney explains how council can transfer bond money

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video How can Wilmington City Council take $700,000 of bond money earmarked for a natatorium and use it on another project? At last night's city council meeting, we asked the city attorney how council could shift the funds. She said she was "too tired" to answer our questions. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: You voted for a bond to build a pool; City Council decides to use the money for cross-city trail

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video Back in 2006, Wilmington voters went to the polls and approved a $35.5 million recreation bond, $700,000 of which was designed to go towards building a natatorium. But, because of the broad language in the bond order, Wilmington City Council, led by Mayor Bill Saffo, voted Tuesday night to spend the $700,000 now on finishing the cross-city trail, even though voters approved it for a pool. Full story...
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Wilmington City Council looks to change park bond money

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Wilmington City Council has justified spending money on parks and other projects with the 2006 voter-approved Parks and Rec Bond. At its meeting tonight, though, the council wants to change how $700,000 of that bond money will be spent. Full story...
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Wilmington City Council member wants any left over money to go in her pocket first

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video With these tough economic times, people are thinking twice when it comes to spending money, but Wilmington City Councilwoman Laura Padgett has had no problem running up her travel expense tab and even exceeding the limit. Tuesday night City Council voted unanimously to let Padgett dip into some more cash, but one member says it's the first and last time it will happen. Full story...
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Legion Stadium will get new turf and become the home stadium for the Hammerheads

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Wilmington City Council made some big decisions in the world of New Hanover County sports on Tuesday. Full story...
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