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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioners met today for the second time since Brian Berger was arrested again last month for DWI, but there was again an empty seat at the table.

As commissioners met for their first agenda briefing of 2014, Commissioner Brian Berger was once again noticeably absent.

After the meeting started without him, WWAY reached out to the commissioner, but he has yet to respond.

The other commissioners went on without him, and discussed the effect that federal flood insurance reform will have on the county’s beach towns. They also discussed the sales tax situation and whether they should charge local vendors sales tax for online sales. Another topic of discussion was the state’s new seven-percent entertainment tax.

Commission Chairman Woody White said that he was disappointed by Berger’s absence since it’s his duty as an elected official to attend these meetings.

“Every day that you’re an elected official there’s important work to be done whether it’s meeting with constituents, or deliberating and talking to your colleagues about the issues we’re facing,” said Chairman Woody White.


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