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Whiteville council okays temporary housing ordinance

By Allen Turner

allenturner@nrcolumbus.com



The Whiteville City Council Tuesday unanimously adopted a temporary ordinance dealing with housing relief following Hurricane Florence that was developed by city staff to allow for relief from zoning rules and regulations for temporary housing needed as a result of Hurricane Florence and applies to all victims of Hurricane Florence, regardless of FEMA assistance. The ordinance allows temporary housing inconsistent with the city’s land use plan and zoning ordinance.

Council and the Whiteville Police Department also recognized agents from the State Bureau of Investigation, Alcohol Law Enforcement, Dept. of Motor Vehicles and individual Whiteville police officers for their assistance and response during Hurricane Florence. Fifteen agents of the three state agencies were recognized by name, as were 24 Whiteville police employees.

 Chief Jeff Rosier, with numerous police officers in the background, discusses recognition of local policemen and SBI and ALE agents for their efforts during Hurricane Florence.

Chief Jeff Rosier, with numerous police officers in the background, discusses recognition of local policemen and SBI and ALE agents for their efforts during Hurricane Florence.

In the only other business in a relatively short meeting, Council approved reimbursement of  health insurance premiums for retired city employees and cancelled their second monthly meeting in December, which would have occurred on Christmas day.

Earlier in the day, council members held a special meeting to tour construction of the new city hall. Photos from that tour appear elsewhere in this edition and online at www.nrcolumbus.com.

(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