Council Recap: Pair of Multi-Use Path Projects Highlight Busy Meeting

Wilmington City Council holding its only regular meeting for the month of July with a packed agenda.

First up, council approving a $910,000 construction contact for repair work to the Greenfield Lake Spillway.

“In 2008, it was repaired for superficial cracking. Today, we have the same cracking areas, but they’re much larger. We don’t want the lake to drain down. We want this to be a structure that doesn’t get in a whole lot worse condition,” said Fred Royal, stormwater manager for the city.

Next, council accepting funds awarded to the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for the construction of two multi-use paths.

The WMPO will contribute $1.22 million for the Hooker Road Path with a city match of $305,000.

And the WMPO will contribute $662,500 for the Hinton Avenue Multi-Use Path with a city match of $132,500.

The NCDOT also awarded the WMPO $812,500 for the Wrightsville Avenue/Greenville Avenue intersection improvement project. The city will match $162,500.

The realignment plan includes the installation of bike paths and sidewalks.

“They’re separate but in close geographic proximity so they’re being designed and constructed together in an effort to expediate their respective schedules and realize the potential of savings through the economy of scale,” said Matt Hypes, construction project manager.

Finally, council voting in support of the Wilmington Housing Authority as it applies for a $3 million state grant for mold and mildew remediation.

This funding would get families out of hotel rooms and back into their homes.

“The goal of the authority is to treat everyone with the level of respect that they deserve no matter where they live and no matter what their economic situation is. Everyone deserves quality of life,” said Tyrone Garrett, the executive director of the Wilmington Housing Authority.

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City council will meet again on August 2nd at 6:30 pm.

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