Community Relations Advisory Committee looking for members
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Here in our area leaders are working to put together a new group to get the conversation rolling between different parts of our community.
“I think it’s a great idea. I think the more people that get involved with it the better,” said Eric Bozymski of Wilmington.
A 12 member Community Relations Advisory Committee is now accepting applications in Wilmington and New Hanover County.
“This kinda replaces the old New Hanover County Human Relations Commission,” said Wilmington City Council member Earl Sheridan.
Folks from educational backgrounds, civil rights, religious, and business leaders will all fill positions on the committee.
“Dealing with issues that might have to do with race or other kinds of discord in our community,” said Sheridan.
Those we talked with said this could be just what our area needs.
“Because right now Wilmington is at a crossroads with the whole opiate and heroine epidemic and people living on the streets, people homeless,” said Bozymski.
One of the primary goals of the group is to get people talking.
“Recognizing the history of this community here in particular. We need to keep people talking and addressing concerns as they pop up and make sure that we don’t have what happened in a Ferguson happen here in New Hanover County,” said County Commission Vice-Chairman Jonathan Barfield.
And folks said they want to talk.
“The more people that get involved, the more churches, the more programs with the police, with the fire departments, with different Good Samaritans I think the better,” said Bozymski.