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Annexation of Monkey Junction is one step closer

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

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Council approved the second step in the process of annexing Monkey Junction, to the dismay of many residents who live there.

Monkey Junction is one step closer to being annexed into the city of Wilmington. Tuesday night, city council members, except Kristi Tomey, who’s opposed to forced annexation, approved a service plan for the area.

“I feel like if we’re annexed, the services aren’t going to be get any better,” said Monkey Junction resident, Charles Wade.

Council also approved, and praised, a request for voluntary annexation into the city by a developer who will build a mixed use development on River Road.

Wilmington Mayor, Bill Saffo said, “Annexation also increases a city’s size, population, and raises its ability to attract desirable commercial and industrial developments as well as employment opportunities.”

Also on the table Tuesday night was increasing the taxi rates. As it stands now, there is a two dollar drop rate, which is the amount on the meter when you enter a cab, as well as a one dollar fuel surcharge. “My concern about this surcharge, is when it was brought to us as a surcharge, the gas was $4.50,” said Ronald Sparks.

The voted ended up getting pushed back 60 days, but would have increased the drop rate to three dollars, and gotten rid of the surcharge. City council member, Margaret Haynes said, “That really penalizes people that have to take a cab to go to the grocery store or take a cab for a short trip.”

“I still continue to have some concerns if we make the short trips unprofitable for the cab drivers that they will be somewhat reluctant to respond for short trips,” added Laura Padgett.

Council also voted to amend the city’s panhandling code to allow street performers in certain areas, as well as regulate where performers and other solicitors can be on downtown streets.

“We are an artistic and somewhat edgy community and I appreciate the opportunity to allow buskers to perform in the downtown area,” said Haynes.

Also included in the panhandling vote; street performers no longer need permits to perform at River Front Park. They are also allowed on the median on Market Street between Water and Front streets.

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videoPanhandling, taxi fares and annexation were among the agenda items at Tuesday night’s Wilmington City Council meeting.

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NASCAR Hall of Fame celebrates raising final beam

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

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Crews reached a benchmark Tuesday in the construction of the multi-million-dollar NASCAR Hall of Fame being built in downtown Charlotte.

The final steel beam was raised into place Tuesday morning marking the traditional “topping out” ceremony for the project.

The beam was hoisted into place sporting a tree and an American flag to commemorate the occasion. The tourist attraction is scheduled to open some time next year.

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Crews reached a benchmark Tuesday in the construction of the multi-million-dollar NASCAR Hall of Fame being built in downtown Charlotte.

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Traffic Alert: Backup expected at South College and Oleander

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Traffic may be backed up on South College Road and Oleander Drive this morning after a vehicle spun out at that intersection about 8:20 a.m., according to the New Hanover County 911 dispatch center.

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Wilmington police open new office, but celebration delayed

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

The Wilmington Police Department’s celebration of the opening of its Southeast Division Headquarters has been delayed. It was planned for Wednesday morning.

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Three arrested, charged in Supply break-ins

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has charged three people in two separate series of break-ins that occurred in Supply in recent months, officials said.

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