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Property owner urges downtown development halt pending flood mitigation plan

By Allen Turner, The News Reporter

Downtown Whiteville property owner and businessman Jim Mauldin Tuesday asked Whiteville City Council to suspend all downtown development plans until a comprehensive flood control and mitigation plan is in place, hire a professional flood plain administrator, and request the N.C. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) to revise plans for an earthen causeway/dam and bridge to include a viaduct on piers for the U.S. 701 bypass across Soules Swamp.

 Whiteville property owner and businessman Jim Mauldin

Whiteville property owner and businessman Jim Mauldin

“All downtown development plans should be temporarily suspended until a comprehensive flood control and mitigation plan is in place,” Mauldin said. “The challenge is for the city to come in with a workable resolution and adopt a mindset that this mission must be accomplished without delay. I’m not asking for you to take action tonight, but I hope you will consider these issues.”

Mauldin’s presentation prompted a 20-minute discussion by council but, as he expected, no action was taken and no final decisions were reached.

For a full report on the city council meeting, see Friday’s print edition of The News Reporter.

Publisher’s Note:  City Councilman Justin Smith is editor of The News Reporter. To avoid any conflict of interest, he has no role in Whiteville City Council coverage. 

Stuart Rogers