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Wilmington City Council discusses new updated plans for Rescue Plan funding

Vince Winkel

At its Monday morning agenda briefing, Wilmington City Council heard yet another updated recommendation on the use of American Rescue Plan Act funds.

City Finance Director Jennifer Maready presented changes to the plan that included three new categories of funding: financial assistance for utility bills, food desert collaboration, and park improvements.

Maready also presented new recommendations regarding the amount of employee bonuses, and how they should be paid. At the last meeting, council approved a three tier option, which categorized employees at different levels , based on their exposure to people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Councilman Neil Anderson expressed his concern that the money is properly prioritized.

“I want to use it to really help first the people who are in dire need and gonna be in dire need," Anderson said.

Councilman Kevin Spears, said he felt the city should be more generous with employees.

“If the city has to spend four hundred or five hundred thousand dollars for our organization to make our people feel more secure in their jobs so what," Spears said.

In the end, Council members were in favor of the updated Rescue Fund plan, but decided to stick with the bonus plan approved at the last meeting.

Ashley Brown is from from Houston, TX. She holds a BA in Mass Communication from Sam Houston State University and an MA in Professional Communication and Digital Media from Texas Southern University. Her love of news, radio, and entertainment led her to the field of journalism. As a creative person, she loves the journalistic challenge of putting stories together. And as a future news reporter, she hopes to tell stories that reach and affect people. In her spare time, she enjoys music, reading, journaling, spending time with friends and family, and trying out new brunch places to eat.