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BASE Supports Wilmington Transportation Bond PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 08:10
 When you go to the election booth in November, if you’re a resident of the City of Wilmington, you’ll have the opportunity to vote in support of a transportation bond which will go a long way toward supporting the needs of the community. The BASE Board of Directors voted unanimously in September to support the City’s transportation bond.
 
WHY SUPPORT THE TRANSPORTATION BOND?
 
• City has many identified transportation needs 
• Transportation continues to be a high priority for City residents – Citizen Survey
• Citizens like trails/multi-use paths and want more of them – Comprehensive Plan input
• Lack of adequate funding needed to build transportation projects
 
This fall, voters will have the opportunity to decide whether the city can borrow money to begin $55 million in transportation projects. The City of Wilmington will need to sell $44 million in bonds to finance the 38 proposed transportation projects, which total an estimated $55 million. The remaining $11 million would come from existing funds. Voters will decide the future of these projects by voting for or against the transportation bond referendum on the November 4 ballot.
 
The bond would be repaid by increasing the City of Wilmington's property tax rate by 2 cents. This means that the average homeowner of a $200,000 home would pay $40 more per year, or $3.34 a month.
 
Traffic has consistently been a primary concern for citizens in years of citizen surveys. This fall, voters will have the opportunity to decide whether the city can begin $55 million in transportation projects. With less funding coming from the state and federal government, bonds are one of the only methods available to local governments to complete major projects necessary for a growing city.
 
The referendum for a $44 million bond will appear as a Yes/No vote on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot. While only $44 million will be on the referendum, the city would leverage existing funds to complete an entire package of projects worth $55 million. In 2006, voters passed a $14 million bond referendum which addressed some of the transportation needs within the city. Projects included widening Independence Boulevard to four lanes in some areas, streetscape improvements to North Third Street, the installation of sidewalks in high traffic areas, a traffic signal update and further investment in the city's neighborhood traffic management program.
 
The 2014 bond includes $35 million in road improvements and $20 million in bike/pedestrian improvements. 
 
 
THE EXACT LANGUAGE ON THE BALLOT IS AS FOLLOWS—WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO VOTE YES!
 
Ballot language for Transportation (Street and Sidewalk) Bond
 
SHALL the order authorizing $44,000,000 of bonds plus interest to pay the costs of acquiring, constructing, reconstructing, widening, extending, paving, resurfacing, grading and improving streets, roads and intersections; acquiring, constructing, reconstructing and improving sidewalks or walkways, curbs, gutters, drains, bridges, overpasses, underpasses and grade crossings; constructing and improving walking and bicycle trails and greenways; and providing related landscaping, lighting and traffic controls, signals and markers; and the acquisition of land, rights-of-way and easements in land required therefor, and providing that additional taxes may be levied in an amount sufficient to pay the principal and interest on the bonds be approved?
 
PRELIMINARY FLOOD MAPS OUT FOR BRUNSWICK, NEW HANOVER, PENDER PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2014 08:27
 

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In September, 2000, North Carolina, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, began r
emapping the state's floodplains using advanced digital floodpain mapping technology. Since then, flood maps for all 100 counties have been revised and are scheduled to be updated, on average, every five years.

 

The NC Floodplain Mapping Program has recently released Preliminary flood maps for Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender Counties.  For an early look, visithttp://rfris.nc.gov/fris/Home.aspx?ST=NChttp://rfris.nc.gov/fris/Home.aspx?ST=NC Once on the NC map, you can use the right hand menu to switch between “Effective” and “Preliminary.” This allows direct comparison of the present and proposed maps. (Pictured above)

 

The maps will be subject to a 90-day public review by the local communities and public comment.  After the comment period expires, the maps any revisions will be considered.  After any proposed revisions are reviewed and remapped, the maps will only take effect when adopted and implemented by the local government.  The local government will then have 6 months to adopt the maps.  If not adopted, FEMA will automatically drop the community from the NFIP and existing flood policies will not be renewable.

 
US House Approves Bill to Stop Waters of US Rule Expansion PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 08:50
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Tuesday, the US House of Representatives passed the  Regulatory Overreach Protection Act (H.R. 5078) which prevents the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing new rules that would expand federal regulatory authority. The bill passed by a margin of 262-152262-152 

 

Having been at the Capitol this week working on this issue, BASE would like to thank Rep. Mike McIntyre and Rep. Walter B. Jones and their staffs for their support of this important initiative.

 

H.R. 5078- Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014H.R. 5078- Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014, prohibits the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from:

  • developing, finalizing, adopting, implementing, applying, administering, or enforcing the proposed rule entitled, "Definition of 'Waters of the United States' Under the Clean Water Act," issued on April 21, 2014, or the proposed guidance entitled, "Guidance on Identifying Waters Protected By the Clean Water Act," dated February 17, 2012; or
  • using the proposed rule or proposed guidance, any successor document, or any substantially similar proposed rule or guidance as the basis for any rulemaking or decision regarding the scope or enforcement of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act).

The bill requires the Army Corps and the EPA to withdraw the interpretive rule entitled, "Notice of Availability Regarding the Exemption from Permitting Under Section 404(f)(1)(A) of the Clean Water Act to Certain Agricultural Conservation Practices," issued on April 21, 2014.

Further, the bill requires the Army Corps and the EPA to consult with relevant state and local officials to develop recommendations for a regulatory proposal that would identify the scope of waters covered under the Clean Water Act and the scope of waters not covered.

THANK YOU to those BASE members and local governments which have called on Congress to act on this critical issue. It is imperative that the US Senate now address the issue. In spite of the House action, the EPA rulemaking and public comment process is still open until October 20. IF YOU HAVE NOT SENT IN FORMAL COMMENTS, PLEASE DO SO ASAP!

 
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