Council Recap: An Arbor Day Proclamation and Rehabilitating City Sidewalks

Wilmington City Council held its first regular meeting for the month of March last week. First up, March 17th 2023 was proclaimed to be North Carolina Arbor Day.

“Aaron, and I want to say thank you to you and your staff for all the work that you do, and not only planting trees but also taking care of the tree canopy that we have here in the City of Wilmington,” Mayor Bill Saffo said during the proclamation.

Wilmington has been a nationally recognized Tree City USA since 2002.

Next, a public hearing was held on the city’s draft Home ARPA plan, which includes recommendations for the allocation of $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

These funds are intended to address homelessness assistance and supportive services. The final plan will be submitted for council’s approval at their March 21st meeting.

Next, council approved a one-year contract extension of the 2020 Annual Needs Sidewalk Rehabilition Program.

The work will include sidewalk repair and ADA curb ramp improvements to over 50 city blocks in the downtown area.

This rehabilitation program improves scheduling, increasing efficiency and reducing the time it takes to make needed improvements.

City council will meet again on March 21st at 6:30 p.m. For more on this meeting, visit

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