City bans smoking, names flood committee, OKs child advocacy center
The Whiteville city council Tuesday night banned smoking on all city property, appointed an ad hoc committee to look at flooding issues in the city and approved a special use permit that will allow the establishment of a child advocacy center on Lee Street.
Only Sara Thompson voted against the new ordinance to prohibit the use of any tobacco products (including chewing tobacco and snuff) or electronic cigarettes in any city vehicles or buildings or on any city-owned property. Violations would carry a civic penalty of up to $50 and there would be no court costs.
Daryl Inman, Lisa Fisher, Jim Mauldin, Rick Edwards, Kenny Barnes, Gerri Powell and Steven Underwood were named to the ad hoc flood committee. Each elected officials appointed one member. In addition, ex officio members of the committee will include Mayor Terry Mann, City Manager Darren Currie, county Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor Edward Davis and a representative of the local N.C. Dept. of Transportation office.
A special use permit was granted to allow the establishment of a child advocacy center at 219 N. Lee Street by Boys and Girls Homes of N.C. It will be one of only 35 such center in the state and will provide a safe place for victims of child abuse, including sexual abuse, to “process” through the system.
Council also approved the rezoning of a parcel of property at 1604 S. J.K. Powell Blvd. from residential to highway service-business, appointed Sheila D. Mills to the planning board and board of adjustments and authorized City Manager Darren Currie to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the N.C. Dept. of Public Safety regarding residential hurricane damage mitigation.