Wilmington City Council Moves Forward With New Hanover County On WAVE Amendment

Feb 4, 2020

Wilmington City Council last night joined New Hanover County in approving an additional $700,000 for the WAVE Transit system.  The move was not without controversy.

The Funding--$400,000 from the city, and $300,000 from the county—will keep the system operational until approved federal and state monies are received.  But that’s not what bothers councilman Kevin O’Grady.

He says the City reached an agreement with the County before consulting with Council members. The plan the city agreed to  includes removing the entire WAVE Board of Directors, and replacing them with City and County officials.

“As far as I know, no member of the Council was consulted before it had appeared on our agenda.”

O’Grady told Council the plan, as presented, “is destructive.” He suggested a alternative resolution, saying don’t throw the present board out with all its knowledge and experience. Keep it in place. He also said the issue of adequate funding must be addressed.

His resolution failed.

The vote on the County-approved amendment was passed  Council, 5 to 2. O’Grady and Kevin Spears were opposed.

Vince Winkel, WHQR News.