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Archive for December, 2011

Navassa Mayor calls newspaper article “a lie”

Friday, December 16th, 2011

NAVASSA, NC (WWAY)– The city of Navassa has faced criticism in recent months for its handling of the city’s finances, but now a new issue has come to light.

Our partners at the Local News Review published an article Thursday saying Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis signed a contract with Shalimar Construction, in which the city would pay for 14 private sewer taps on private property.

The newspaper article says Willis owns four of the 14 properties where new sewer taps would be installed, with a total cost of nearly $55,000.

If this is true, it would mean public funds are paying for private sewer projects. During a regular council meeting tonight, the mayor responded to the article.

“For the media putting me on the front paging, having approved something, it’s a lie. Ok i want that to be pretty much well understood,” Willis said.

The mayor refused to comment on camera. He did say off camera that he does not have the authority to approve any spending of city money. Willis said the board approved to spend the nearly $55,000 to construct sewage piping and taps for the 14 lots.

Also at Thursday’s meeting, the council voted to approve a hiring freeze until further notice. Council members recessed and will continue their regular agenda meeting next Thursday at 6:30 pm.

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Leland swears in new Town Council

Friday, December 16th, 2011

It was a changing of the guard in Leland tonight, following November elections some new faces joined the town council.

Some were sworn in and there was a reception. Jane Crowder and Jon Tait are new Council members. Brenda Bozeman becomes Mayor of Leland. Pat Battleman was appointed Mayor Pro Tem. The Leland Town Council is now decidedly female.

Walter Futch and Herbert Barnes left office with tonight’s meeting, and David Hollis took over as Town Manager from Bill Farris.

We asked Mr. Barnes for some parting advice for the new town council. “Be open, whatever happens let the chips fall where they may then let the public know this is what we have done. Gain the public trust, we don’t have the public trust right now.”

Herbert Barnes also told us he wants to see more people get and vote in Leland, he added “if you don’t vote you can’t complain”.

The minutes of several town closed session meetings were unsealed, WWAY will investigate those minutes.

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New Hanover News & Notes – Hall of fame inductee; plaque bestowed; letter carrier honored

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Mavra Robinson was recognized for the accomplishments she achieved as a leader and innovator in her communities.

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Woman to be charged with Southport bank robbery

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Tracking dog, notes at home lead police to suspect

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FIRST ON 3: Berger ‘wasn’t expecting to be ambushed’ as commission pulls him from community boards

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioners have removed Commissioner Brian Berger from most of the community boards he sits on. The Commission made the decision at its Agenda Briefing this afternoon. It’s still pending an official vote at Monday’s County Commission meeting.

Berger said he was shocked by what happened and felt ambushed by his fellow commissioners.

“This clearly was not about policy, it was about a personal slight,” Berger said. “That’s just a horrible reflection on the County Commission that the other commissioners would put their personal animosities ahead of the citizens of the county.”

Berger remains on the Legion Sports Complex Commission and the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Transportation Advisory Committee. Both those bodies include another county commissioner.

Berger was clearly upset that he was removed from most of the boards he was part of, including CFPUA, DSS and Wilmington Downtown Inc. and Smart Start of New Hanover County.

Berger said the leaders of the boards from which he was removed would speak to how effective he’s been to those groups.

Chairman Ted Davis asked Berger if he planned to challenge the unofficial decisions at Monday night’s meeting. Berger said he didn’t know why he should bother if the other commissioners were just going to vote against him.

“They’ve ambushed me 4-1, just as they have since I was elected,” Berger said after the meeting. “There’s no point in fighting something out when the outcome is already certain to be 4-1.”

Davis decided that for now the assignments would be places on the commission’s consent agenda Monday as originally planned.

The move comes a few weeks after Berger was arrested for a second time this year.

We have reported that Berger is consistently late to most board meetings or doesn’t show at all. Berger arrived just after the today’s started, but in time for the discussion and vote about representation on commissions and boards.

Berger was arrested just before Thanksgiving for a second time this year when he attended a Community Action Inc. meeting, which violated a protective order his ex-girlfriend took out on him. Heather Blaylock is a Head Start teacher and works at the Community Action Inc. building.

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