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Archive for February, 2013

City Council, County Commission agree to work together

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — They’re two of the most influential governing bodies in our area and after some bad blood in the past it appears that the New Hanover County Commissioners and the Wilmington City Council are finally seeing things eye to eye.

New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chairman Woody White spoke at Tuesday nights Wilmington City Council meeting and his message was clear. If the two sides can work together they can achieve great things.

“This is an exciting time where the city and counties relationship is blossoming and going to continue to grow,” said Woody White, New Hanover County Commission Chairman.

“Local government is where the rubber meets the road,” said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo. “We have to make a lot of decisions down here locally that effect a lot of peoples lives so we have to work together.”

Since Woody White has taken over as chairman of the county commission he has publicly stated his desire to work with the City of Wilmington to reduce redundancies in services to become more efficient, and also bring more economic development to the area.

“Obviously we’re working on a large economic development project with Castle Branch that is 400 additional jobs and they had to pass it yesterday,” said Saffo. “We will now have 400 additional jobs here in the community and it’s something we’ve been talking about from economic development for awhile.”

“To recruit businesses to help our existing businesses grow and thrive if we work together we can accomplish a lot more than if we are working separate,” said White.

In a show of good faith the city council agreed to review their voluntary annexation policy, which had been a sore spot between the two groups in the past.

“We’ve decided that we need to have a unified policy that we the city as well as the county could get around and support,” said Saffo.

“There are going to be areas where we disagree that’s just the way it happens but there are so many other areas where we agree,” said White.

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Hearing on Progress rate hike sparks interest

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Utility Commission held a public hearing in Wilmington Tuesday night, the topic, increase electric bills for nearly 2 million Progress Carolina customers.

Visitors to the North Carolina Utility Commission public hearing were greeted by well-organized protesters.

Inside the meeting was much more sedate, with people speaking before the commission on both sides of the issue.

Jeff Brooks with Progress Energy explains why his company is asking for an almost 10 percent increase.“We know there is never a good time for a rate increase, and we’re very conscious of that in the economy today. But we have made significant investments to retire our older, less efficient coal units in North Carolina and we’re replacing them with cleaner burning natural gas units.”

Some question not just the increase but this whole process.

“Is this the utilities commission that is actually going to decide this, Gerrick Brenner with the organization Progress NC asks. “After Bill Rabun jams this bill through the legislature is Pat McCrory going to be able to replace every single member of the utilities commission after he worked for 29 years at Duke Energy?”

This is one of several hearings that the commission will hold across the state before ruling on the rate increase.

As for the commission, Senate bill 10 is not law yet, but it could affect boards and commissions across the state.

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Officials discuss predatory towing and plans to double Carolina Beach’s boardwalk

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Carolina Beach leaders are moving forward with plans to curb predatory towing.

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Hampstead fire department vote upsets Pender board

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Despite a vote the commissioners made last year, the fire department decided to retain land earmarked for a proposed fire substation.

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Senate legislation overshadows electric bill talks

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Regulators began hearings into a request by Duke Energy to raise electricity bills by almost 10 percent for customers of Progress Energy Carolinas.

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