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Wilmington City Council votes to implement recycling plan and not extend parking meter fees.

Wilmington City Council voted Tuesday night to spend one point one million dollars for new large recycling carts.

The Mayor says this will save the city money in the long run as well as offer residents some immediate savings.

“We will recover the cost pretty quickly but immediately there is about a 222 thousand dollar savings to the city tax payers in the first year that we implement this one of the things, trying to save money in regards to picking up trash.”

Citizens will receive a questionnaire about the new recycling program and it could be in effect late this year. Green residents like Deanna Mummert like the idea.

“I think it’s a very good capital expenditure it would be well worth it if people were able to fill those up instead of going into a land fill.”

In other business, the parking question came up, again, specifically should the city reverse it’s consideration to extend parking meter collection until 9 pm. Council voted not add extra hours, to encourage people could come downtown after work

Mayor Saffo thinks the city is working to give residents what they want.

“I think the council has been respectful of the wishes of the citizens and the business downtown. We waited until we made any adjustments to our parking rates downtown and it seem to be paying dividends.”

Wilmington City Council also voted to suspend closing the second street parking deck at midnight, they want to keep it open, and collecting parking fees 24 hours a day.

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