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Wilmington council approves money for debris removal and police gang unit

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – City Council in Wilmington approved money for several projects Tuesday night, including the Police Department's Gang Unit and removal of debris from last week's ice storm.

Council members approved using $600,000 from the General Fund Balance to begin collecting storm waste. The plan is to bring in outside crews to speed up the work.

Council also gave staff the go-ahead to move forward with the greens restoration project at the Municipal Golf Course.

The project will restore the greens on the Donald Ross Course for the first time since its original design. While most of the project will be paid by using golf course funds, council may decide to raise green fees to cover the rest of the expenses.

The course will be closed from April through September to complete the restoration.

Council also approved giving $33,145 of federal forfeiture funds to the Wilmington Police Department to buy new equipment for the newly-formed Gang Unit.

Officials say the funding will go to buying in-car cameras and other materials for the unit. Council had previously approved hundreds of thousands of dollars for the unit, which formed after several high-profile gang-related crimes last summer.

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