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City council to get update on school construction, honor baseball champs

Revised on: 07.17.2018 at 10:44 a.m.

Posted on: 06.28.2018 at 07:00 a.m.

By Allen Turner

Much of the Whiteville city council’s meeting tonight (Tuesday) will center on schools as Supt. Kenny Garland will give the board an update on the Whiteville High School construction project and council honors the WHS baseball team for winning the state 2A championship earlier this month.

The meeting gets underway at 6:30 p.m. in the city’s temporary city hall at 24 Hill Plaza on South Madison Street.

Garland will update council on developments and progress as Whiteville City Schools begins their $18 million project to build a new central building and update some existing buildings. Planning still is underway and actual construction is expected to begin by the first of the year. School officials hope the project will be completed by the middle of 2020.

Mayor Terry Mann will present a proclamation to Coach Brett Harwood and members of the Whiteville High School baseball team for winning the state 2A baseball championship June 1-2. It marked the second straight year that the Wolfpack has brought home the state title.

The board also will recognize several city departments for having earned safety awards from the N.C. Department of Labor. The program is designed to stimulate interest in accident prevention and promotion of safety in the workplace. To qualify, the entity receiving the award must have had no fatalities and must have had an incidence rate at least 50 percent below the average for a particular industry group.

The City of Whiteville’s police, fire, administration, planning wastewater treatment, street, sewer, garage, and parks and recreation departments all received the Department of Labor’s highest level award – gold – for 2017. It marked the first year of attaining the gold award for the police department, while all other departments received the award for the second consecutive year.

In the only other action item on a short agenda for the evening, council is expected to approve an end-of-year amendment to the fiscal year that ends June 30. That’s something that typically happens in June with most governing bodies as funding sources for interdepartmental expenditures are transferred to keep authorized appropriations in balance at year-end.

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