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City council to talk transparency, development funding

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – City council members in Wilmington will meet Tuesday to discuss several items, including a design contract for a multi-use path, transportation funding, parking, and increased transparency.

Multi-use path

According to a news release, council is expected to award a $160,000 design contract with for a multi-use path along Park Avenue that will run from Empie Park to Kerr Avenue.

Construction is slated to begin in early 2015 on the path, which is part of the River-to-Sea Bicycle Route.

Transportation Alternatives Program Funding

Council members will discuss a resolution to accept $222,000 of TAP funding to complete the Military Cutoff Road Trail.

If approved, the city will provide an additional $75,000 to the project.

The trail currently runs from Gordon Road to Drysdale Drive. This project would extend the multi-use path 1,500 feet to the existing Cross City Trail on Eastwood Road.

Parking

The Wilmington City Council is expected to also talk about a resolution awarding a three year parking management contract to Lanier Parking Meter Services, LLC.

This contact would include administration of on-street spaces, surface lots and parking decks that are managed by the city's Parking Enterprise fund.

Increased transparency

Council members will discuss spending nearly $15,000 for technology to live stream and archive the agenda briefing meetings on the city's website.

While there will be no cameras present, the webcast will consist of in-room audio and visuals such as agenda items, maps, powerpoints, etc.

If approved, this service will begin in the Spring of 2014.

Several city council members have voiced concerns that too many policy issues were being decided upon and discussed during the agenda meetings, instead of the official city council meetings. While the agenda meetings are open to the public, they are not well attended.

Click here to see the full meeting agenda: http://bit.ly/1gxOLGG

 

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