Saturday, April 20, 2024

ICYMI – Growth in Leland, WAVE woes, rail realignment, PFAS, and more

Seclusion rooms are legal in North Carolina, although federal education officials have spoken out against them for years. Judging by the reaction to two stories about the practice this week, many parents didn’t know these rooms existed or how they are used. For one parent of a charter school student, here experience was even more upsetting.

Leland’s growth continues and developers clearly see a market for housing, retail, and restaurants. On social media, reactions were mixed — some celebrated the growth, but others were concerned about the growing pains, especially traffic.

This story started out simple: WAVE said that delayed state and federal transportation funding would force it to suspend service by mid-February without a $700,000 loan from Wilmington and New Hanover County. But things got complicated fast, as transportation officials disputed WAVE’s narrative — then, WAVE’s executive director denied that the public transportation authority had any plans to stop running buses, directly contradicting WAVE’s message to city and county officials. He’s promised answers early next week, but for now, it’s a mess.

The plan could cost a billion dollars — that’s with a ‘B’ — and would involve transforming miles of CSX freight rail into a light passenger rail running on a loop around Wilmington. It would also involve a new rail bridge over the Cape Fear River to bring freight trains from Brunswick County to the Port of Wilmington. The plan is ambitious and, to the surprise of some naysayers, it continues to move forward, gathering support from state and federal stakeholders.

After a nationwide study of 44 urban areas found Belville Elementary School in Brunswick County had the highest levels of PFAS, the county’s school system quickly responded by offering bottled water. County and regional water utilities pointed to ongoing efforts to install reverse-osmosis filtration.

Related Articles