Snow forces Raleigh council to keep retreat in town
Posted January 29, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Mother Nature has accomplished what public criticism could not.
The Raleigh City Council has canceled a planned retreat in Wilmington this week and will instead hold meetings downtown.
The council was supposed to meet in Wilmington Thursday and Friday in its first out-of-county meeting in more than 20 years. The public and even two members of the council questioned the cost of the trip, initially estimated at more than $16,000.
Instead, snow in the Triangle and icy conditions in Wilmington have convinced city officials to meet at the convention center in downtown Raleigh.
"Ice in Wilmington, current and anticipated conditions, and Governor's state of emergency declaration contributed to decision. Not worth the risk," Councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin said in a text message to WRAL News.
It's unclear how much the shift will save Raleigh taxpayers.