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Archive for April, 2012

Residents petition against public housing in their backyard

Monday, April 30th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Many Pine Valley residents are up in arms over a possible rezoning vote.

The Wilmington Housing Authority wants to build public housing off John Barry Drive and 17th street. Nearby property owners are not happy and they’re letting city council know it.

“We’ve got a big investment here and we’re hearing a decrease in valuation of 30 percent,” argues Jim Stirling.

He has lived in the Preston Woods neighborhood of Pine Valley for 17 years. The area being discussed for Section eight public housing for older residents is right in his back yard.

“The houses closest by would be affected. If we sell our house and we have to take a hit to sell it because of the property back there, our house because of comparables for the rest of the neighborhood, and ultimately it’s going to affect everything in the neighborhood,” Stirling said.

The Stirlings, along with many of their neighbors, signed a petition against the Wilmington Housing Authority’s rezoning request.

Homeowners aren’t the only ones upset.

“The road that they’re going to put right beside Spring Arbor, my residents walk around the building at all times, so I’m just a little fearful that that’s going to impact their well being,” said Spring Arbor Executive Director, Loretta Thomas.

Wilmington City Council will hear from both sides during a public hearing at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

Despite the planning commission denying the ordinance five to 0, council member Kevin O’Grady is not leaning one way or the other.

“I’m trying to keep my wings nice and level, listen to both sides, and then make a decision,” O’Grady said.

We contacted the Wilmington Housing Authority today for their side of the story but they have not called us back.

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ONLY ON 3: Low early voting turnout costing taxpayers more than $7 per vote

Monday, April 30th, 2012

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s your voice your vote and in most cases your money.

Voting may not only be important to your rights but to your wallet, too.

The New Hanover County Board of Elections says so far the voter turnout in one stop voting is low. They hope more people turn out this week so that the money that they’ve already spent is put to work.

“When you look at is as far as money well spent, the more people that turn out obviously the better we are spending our money to conduct the elections,” said Marvin McFadyen, Director of the New Hanover County Board of Elections.

There are four early voting polling stations open in New Hanover County. On average, about ten employees man each station. Those 40 people are paid ten dollars an hour.

In the eight days they’ve been open, that adds up to $24,800.

Divide that by the 3,306 who have voted early and that means New Hanover County taxpayers have spent an average of about eight dollars per vote.

“We base our expenditures on the number of qualified voters not necessarily the turn out, so if we have a low turn out and then we calculate that into a per voter type scenario, it can be an expensive election depending on the number of people that come out to vote,” said McFadyen.

Workers say the number of voters picked up Monday which they think is a good sign.

“I’ve been a part of primaries before where we got less than 15%. I think this time, we’re getting a pretty good turnout,” said poll worker Ronald LaFond.

Early voting locations across the county are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.and also on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This Saturday will be your last day to vote early before election day next Tuesday.

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Galleria shopping center could be demolished

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Tenants of The Galleria have been given notice they have four to six months to get out as owners eye the real possibility of demolishing the shopping center.

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UNCW hunts for new provost to serve as CEO

Monday, April 30th, 2012

UNCW’s provost search, which included on Monday the first of three open forums for the three finalists, will produce a candidate who will still be second-in-command under Miller.

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Refuge for abused kids faces budget squeeze

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Service area could shrink if outlying counties don’t help with fund shortfall.

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