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Local business owner calls on Wilmington to invest in winter weather equipment

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A local business owner issued a call of action for the city of Wilmington, urging Mayor Bill Saffo and city council members to analyze how they handled the ice and snow that came along with January's winter storm.

"You have to really learn a lesson from this, but I don't think they're going to," Eugene Costa with Bon Appetit Restaurant and Catering said.

Costa thinks the city of Wilmington should invest in equipment to handle winter weather.

"God forbid this happens again next week, what are we going to do?" Costa asked. "They should be hard at work today thinking about the possibility of it happening again."

Costa said he lost out on a lot of income because of this winter storm, and he's not alone. Many people in downtown Wilmington said they experienced the same thing.

However, Mayor Bill Saffo said the city did all it could to get roads back open and folks back to work and purchasing more equipment to handle snow and ice is not at the top of the city's agenda.

"It's an event that happens very rarely, and we have to weigh what we as a city spend out money on," Saffo said. "So, we're going to make the choice not to purchase a bunch of equipment that's gona just sit there for many, many years."

But Costa is calling for action.

"These are people with families that need a dollar, and when they can't get to work, their boss does not pay them," Costa said.

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