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Archive for June, 2009

CFPUA tries to resolve some issues

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

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In a fairly quick board meeting this morning, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority board met to resolve some customer concerns.

One of the topics was the continuing controversy surrounding the billing and rate system.

The tier system has been up for debate among Authority customers for quite some time.

The board voted ‘no’ to adopting a new tier billing system.

Right now, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority bills households based on gallons used. People fall into tiers based on the number of the amount of water they use. The first tier rate is based on the first 9,000 gallons used, the second 9,000 gallons used and so forth. The higher the tier, the more expensive the price per 9,000 gallons.

The proposed new tier system would bump the gallons used up a bit, to 12,000 gallons per tier.

According to the authority, nearly 80 percent of folks in Wilmington and New Hanover County fall within the first tier, but families who use more water because of multiple people living in their home feel discriminated against.

“This board, the Authority, understands that larger families are going to pay a higher price, for the water they use, and that’s clearly discrimination,” said Chad O’Shields.

The board also voted in favor of the landlord tenant policy. Because the Authority bills have been so late since joining with the city, many landlords have been left to pay their tenants water bills. Now, the tenants will be responsible.

Another item on the agenda was metering irrigation systems. Come July 1st, any resident that installs a new irrigation system and wants to hook up to municipal water will have a separate meter for their residential usage and irrigation system.

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In a fairly quick board meeting this morning, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority board met to resolve some customer concerns.

One of the topics was the continuing controversy surrounding the billing and rate system.

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F.A.A. orders family’s trees cut down near ILM

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

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The Joyce family’s entire yard full of oak trees came crashing to the ground on Wednesday.

There’s one oak tree left standing. The kids were so upset, one of them used the family’s trampoline to climb the tree to prevent it from getting cut down. He says he doesn’t care if he gets arrested, he doesn’t want his last tree coming down.

One after another, the family’s giant oak trees came crashing down today. The F.A.A. says it’s for safety reasons because the trees interfere with the airport’s instrument landing system nine hundred feet away from the home.

The Wilmington International Airport gave them 48-hours notice that construction workers would be on their property to remove the trees but the family says it’s not fair.

“Sadness is beyond my words, that I have to live with this,” said Charles Joyce.

The Wilmington International Airport says they own the air 25 feet above the ground on the Joyce’s property, and the family signed a contract agreeing to let them chop the trees down.

The airport says it would not be possible to only trim the trees because they would have had to remove more than half of the trees to make the area safe, and the trees wouldn’t have survived.

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The Joyce family’s entire yard full of oak trees came crashing to the ground on Wednesday.

There’s one oak tree left standing. The kids were so upset, one of them used the family’s trampoline to climb the tree to prevent it from getting cut down. He says he doesn’t care if he gets arrested, he doesn’t want his last tree coming down.

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NCSU: Oblinger e-mails deleted from Easley hiring

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Attorneys for North Carolina State University say they have found that e-mails during the hiring process of former first lady Mary Easley were deleted from the account of former Chancellor James Oblinger.

The university’s lawyers said in a letter to the U.S. attorney’s office released Wednesday that they have not been able to determine how and why the e-mails sent from and received by Oblinger’s e-mail account were deleted. They said there are periods of time in the first half of 2005 for which officials have been unable to recover e-mails.

Easley was hired in May of 2005.

Oblinger attorney Press Millen says the chancellor may have deleted e-mails to clean up his account but never engaged in any wholesale deletion of e-mails targeting those related to Easley.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Attorneys for North Carolina State University say they have found that e-mails during the hiring process of former first lady Mary Easley were deleted from the account of former Chancellor James Oblinger.

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Bill to raise film incentives passed by Senate

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

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There was a major step for North Carolina’s film business late Wednesday afternoon in Raleigh. A bill raising the state film incentive, or tax break for production companies, from fifteen to twenty-five percent passed the Senate.

The vote was 27 to 17.

A companion bill has been making its way through the House. The governor has indicated she will sign the bill when it gets to her desk.

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There was a major step for North Carolina’s film business late Wednesday afternoon in Raleigh. A bill raising the state film incentive, or tax break for production companies, from fifteen to twenty-five percent passed the Senate.

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Highway projects to get underway in NC

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

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Thirty-one new highway projects are about to get underway around the state; eleven of them funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The only one in our area is in New Hanover County, and is funded by the state DOT. Nearly 15 miles of roads will be resurfaced on 117 from south of I-140 to 1-40, and on Carolina Beach Road from Snows Cut Bridge to Carolina Sands Drive.

Work is scheduled to start in September.

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Thirty-one new highway projects are about to get underway around the state; eleven of them funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The only one in our area is in New Hanover County, and is funded by the state DOT.

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