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 In the News, April 10, 2017 

MacRae Park splash pad opens in Wilmington. The Hugh MacRae Park splash pad opened recently. Tucked away in the heart of the park off South College Road, the colorful, 2,700-square-foot attraction was unveiled with a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony. Making the opening a true event, food trucks and festivities provided by Cape Fear Museum and the New Hanover County Public Library were also on hand.

Norwood makes deal for new town hall and a new fire station. A land purchase and a property swap will pave the way for a new fire station and town hall in Norwood. At a meeting Thursday, the Norwood Town Council announced plans to lease (with the intent to purchase) the SunTrust building at 212 S. Main St. If the contract is finalized, the SunTrust building will become the new town hall, while the current town hall at 116 S. Main St. will be traded to Center Rural Volunteer Fire and Rescue in exchange for its current fire station at 141 Blalock St. That fire station will then be turned into maintenance and inventory storage for the town, while the current town hall will be torn down to make room for a new fire station. “It ends up being a win-win for everybody,” Town Administrator John Mullis said.

Maysville receives grant for sewer system testing. A Jones County municipality is one of six North Carolina towns receiving a portion of a $6 million water and sewer grant from the N.C. Division of Water Infrastructure Authority. Maysville received a $140,000 water and sewer system asset inventory and assessment grant, from Envirolink, Inc. Envirolink, Inc. is a full service Utility Management Company specializing in Public-Private Partnerships with operations in North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee., South Carolina, Virginia and Ohio, according to the release. Maysville Town Manager Schumata Brown said the town applied for the grant in 2016. The town plans to use the funds on its sewer system.

Kitty Hawk will add more emergency storm pump stations. Construction on four additional pumping and discharge stations for floodwaters between the Beach Road and bypass in Kitty Hawk is slated to begin this month. The stations will be located in the areas of Fonck Street, Bennett Street, Starfish Lane and Hallet and Perry streets, according to Town Manager Andy Stewart. “The pumping stations are intended to reduce the duration of flooding events in these areas during extreme inundation events,” said Stewart.