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Archive for February, 2013

Family hopes new law will help other fatal accident victims

Monday, February 18th, 2013

A man from Rocky Point took a plea deal in court Monday after deadly accident on Highway 211 in 2010.

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FIRST ON 3: Southport manager’s resignation letter suggests mayor & aldermen micro-managed city

Monday, February 18th, 2013

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — WWAY has obtained a copy of the resignation letter given to the Southport Board of Aldermen from City Manager Pat Thomas.

He gave the board 60-days notice in a hand-delivered resignation letter Friday evening. He’s only been in the position for about a year.

In the letter, Thomas says his expectations running Southport in a council/manager type government don’t match up with Mayor Robert Howard’s vision and the board.

Here’s what he sent them Friday:

February 15, 2013

Mayor and Aldermen
City of Southport
201 East Moore Street
Southport, NC 28461

Dear Mayor and Aldermen:

I am writing to provide, as required by my employment agreement,the 60-day notice of my resignation as city manager, effective April 16, 2013.

I appreciated the offer to serve the Board and the citizens of Southport – which I fully intended t ocontinue for the foreseeable future – and I have endeavored to consistently perform the responsibilities of city manager with diligence and dedication. However, I have found the framework and process of municipal government in Southport to be significantly different than anticipated in a council-manager jurisdiction. This has made it difficult for me to realize the degree of satisfaction and accomplishment from my work that I desire, based on my professional background and abilities.

After substantial reflection, I have concluded that it would be best for me to step aside in order to allow the Board to select a manager whose own job expectations may be more consistent with the style of governance desired by the Board.

I regret any inconvenience occasioned by my resignation – which is not submitted for the purpose of accepting another job offer– and I offer my best wishes for the future progress and success of Southport, a very unique and dynamic community.

Yours in public service,

Patrick A. Thomas
City Manager

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Goolsby to file bill to exempt Monkey Junction residents from city tax

Monday, February 18th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-9th District) plans to file a bill in the General Assembly that would keep Monkey Junction residents from paying taxes to Wilmington for the six months they were part of the city.

Goolsby told city council members this morning that he plans to file the bill. Rep. Ted Davis (R-19th District) is expected to coordinate the bill in the House of Representatives if the Senate approves the measure.

Wilmington annexed about 1,000 acres of Monkey Junction in January 2012 after a court ruling found that changes the General Assembly made to annexation laws were unconstitutional. However, the General Assembly later passed a law that requires cities to get approval from a majority of property owners before involuntary annexations can go forward. Monkey Junction residents overwhelmingly opted out of the annexation.

City projections estimate the six months Monkey Junction was in the city generated about $100,000 in tax revenue. The city has not sent bills to residents affected.

An initial legal opinion from the Wilmington City Attorney’s Office found that the state constitution would prohibit the city from exempting Monkey Junction property owners from paying city taxes for that six-month period. Goolsby, though, found an alternative, the city says. If the General Assembly passes it, the bill would essentially prohibit cities from charging city taxes for properties that are not inside the city limits for at least six months.

“We don’t want to bill these Monkey Junction residents for such a short time and for such limited city operational costs if at all possible,” Mayor Bill Saffo said in a statement. “It doesn’t seem fair with all the uncertainty surrounding this situation. Sen. Goolsby has been very helpful in finding what we hope will be a solution supported by the full General Assembly. We very much appreciate the support of our local delegation and look forward to resolving this situation as soon as possible.”

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Rocky Point man pleads guilty in fatal crash

Monday, February 18th, 2013

A Rocky Point man pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor Monday in a 2010 wreck that claimed the life of a community college student.

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Temporarily annexed property owners might not have to pay Wilmington taxes

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Monkey Junction property owners who were temporarily annexed into the city last year may not have to pay city taxes after all.

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