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Archive for January, 2013

Budget, economy, crime hot topics in State of the City address

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo admits that the issues and challenges facing his city are many, but despite those issues Saffo says that progress is being made on multiple fronts.

In 2012 the city of Wilmington once again posted a balanced budget, and $23-million dollar surplus in the cities savings, which could be music to the ears of taxpayers.

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“The city and the county can collaborate and can identify ways to work together and lessen the tax burden on the citizens,” New Hanover County Commission Chair Woody White said. “I think you’re going to see a lot more of that from the city and the county in the coming months.”

According to Saffo private investment in the local economy has been a boost to the area economy, which has recovered from the economic downturn.

To continue the growth downtown the city is looking into new forms of regulatory reform, which has scared away businesses in the past.

“Cutting down the regulatory reform that’s something we hear frequently from a lot of the downtown businesses,” said John Hinnant of Wilmington Downtown Inc. “A lot of people aren’t reporting on it but that’s why some of our restaurants closed. The cost of regulation is often a tough part of business so I think reducing the regulation and easing the bureaucracy and helping to get projects through and out a lot faster is really important.”

Public safety was another area that Saffo says saw remarkable growth in 2012, a year in which a new record low was set in the city of Wilmington for violent crime.

Despite the departments success police chief Ralph Evangelous says now is not the time for the department to rest on it’s laurels.

“It’s important for us to keep working and keep moving forward and that’s a big piece of the whole economic development policy to make sure you’ve got a safe community because when you’re trying to bring in business and you’re trying to bring people into the community they need to feel safe,” Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said.

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Murrayville Rd. back open after multiple structure fires extinguished

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County road is back open Tuesday morning after it was closed down because of a major structure fire overnight.

Fire fighters, sheriff’s deputies, and EMS responded to 6233 Murrayville Road around 11:30 p.m. Monday.

Multiple structures were on fire at the address. A building separated by a breezeway, with a garage attached were in flames. Some equipment, a vehicle, and a boat were also burned in the fires.

No one lives at the home. Battalion Chief Smith says the buildings were used for business and storage purposes.

Several crews were on the scene for more than 3 hours, and some units are still investigating.

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WEATHER ALERT: Dense Fog Advisory

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) A Dense Fog Advisory will be in place until 9:00 am causing headaches for morning commuters across southeastern North Carolina. Low level moisture, warm air, and calm conditions

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Crews work to put out structure fire involving boat and tractor

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Firefighters are on the scene of two fires off Murrayville Road.

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Two structures on fire off Murrayville Rd.

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Firefighters are battling two structure fires in the 6000 block of Murrayville Rd.

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