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State lifts Wilmington sewer moratorium

The state sewer moratorium has been lifted in Wilmington. That means construction can resume along the Northeast Interceptor. Last May the state imposed a moratorium on new hookups to the Northeast Interceptor sewer line until repairs were made. Thursday the state sent a letter to city leaders approving the repairs to the NEI. But a significant amount of economic damage has already been done. It's estimated that the construction industry makes up about 15 percent of New Hanover County's economy. And with the moratorium in place people like contractors, plumbers and carpenters were out of jobs. Now that the moratorium is gone developers are anxious to get back to work. Developer Jeff Stokley said, "There's a lot of pent-up demand. There's going to be a lot of projects that people were scared to talk about in the past, scared to make commitments to, not only for myself, but other builder/developers." Developers say this couldn't come at a better time of year. Spring is the best time to get new construction into the ground. It's also the time people are looking for new homes and office space. As part of the ongoing sewer repair and consolidation process, the town of Wrightsville Beach will hold a special meeting to address the NEI inter-local agreement. That's the agreement between Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach and the county. The meeting will be held at Wrightsville Beach Town Hall Monday at 4:30 p.m.

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Look Out Taxpayers

Let's hope area taxpayers aren't in for another "assessment" to help out area developers. Elected leaders, remember to charge developers impact fees. Let's all try to be responsible and fair.


I hate to see all the carpenters, plumbers, and bricklayers out of work - with all the illegal labor that will come into Wilmington once the State lifts the ban... I think it will further erode the value of existing homes, increase forclosures, and flood the real estate market, while eradicating every last square meter of green space. Our roads can't take the traffic, our schools are full, and our sewer troubles have fouled the water (the very reason we all live on the coast). And by the way, why doesn't the City stop annexing and build up - not out! Leave the county rural, and green!!!!


Well, certain area construction is off and running again, after the state had to step in to regulate the resulting sewer problems. This time around maybe we can be more responsible in our construction vs sewer development, AND not leave the area taxpayer with the bill. "Plan and Pay" is the right and fair way to go. Let's hold our elected officials responsible.