Council Recap: Downtown Campus Update, Urban Forest Master Plan, Healthy Homes Program

Wilmington City Council holding its first regular meeting for the month of June. First up, the Urban Forest Master Plan was presented to council.

This plan aids in prioritizing tree maintenance and is an essential tool in helping to enhance the city’s urban forest.

“And that leads to the question of why plan? In short, we plan because trees are intrinsically valuable to both individual and community well-being. The benefits trees provide are myriad and diverse,” said consultant Joe Joyner.

Next, council took their first vote on the recommended budget for fiscal year 2023-2024.

The budget does not include a tax rate increase but does include funding for the potential purchase of the northern downtown campus.

Council will take its second and final vote on June 20th.

The budget goes into effect on July 1st.

Lastly, council approved the creation of a Healthy Homes program.

This program will assist eligible homeowners in addressing health and safety issues in their housing units and is funded by a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

City Council will meet again on June 20th at 6:30 p.m.

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