Wilm. City Council members return from DC disheartened

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The entire Wilmington City Council has returned from a trip to Washington, DC for the League of Cities Congressional Conference.

While members say some city projects may not be getting any funding, they say the trip was beneficial.

"The idea us to keep everyone up to date on developments in Washington and give us an opportunity to speak with our representatives," said council member Jim Quinn.

In DC, council members lobbied for ways to spend the president's stimulus package, including improvements to I-140 and improving beach renourishment.

Those plans were rejected, for the time being and won't get any funding.

"I came back disappointed, that's how I felt when I got back," said Quinn.

When it comes to stimulus money, Washington doesn't decide how the money is spent - the state government does.

Council member Ronald Sparks said despite the news of the stimulus money, the trip was still important to take.

"It gives us a chance to really learn the business of being a council member and how to properly help citizens," said Sparks.

City officials say they still hope they'll get some money that can go towards those projects.

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