WHAT HAPPENED: The waters went down and the recovery kicked in as North Carolinians began to get a true assessment of what is likely to be the most damaging hurricane to hit the state since at least Hurricane Floyd in 1999.
WHAT IT MEANS: One estimate put the number of damaged residential and commercial properties in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia at 700,000, with the bulk of them in this state.
ON TAP: A special legislative session will be held Oct. 2 to begin providing some state aid to address the disaster, with the expection of meeting a week later to do more.
THE SKINNY: There is a long road ahead for recovery in southeastern North Carolina, and unfortunately, with a contentious election season also in full bloom, political wrangling around the recovery effort has already begun.
The North Carolina
League of Municipalities has unveiled an Opioid Solutions Toolbox designed to better help member cities and towns address
the epidemic of opioid abuse across the state. The toolbox, which can be found
on the NCLM website here,
includes real-world advice from police chiefs who are on the ground fighting
the opioid epidemic and have implemented programs that are making a difference.
NLCM President and Jacksonville Mayor Pro Tem Michael Lazzara, who led the
effort to create this resource, said he hopes highlighting best practices will
encourage more communities to adopt effective programs, while recognizing that
no single idea will work in all communities.“Our law enforcement leaders tell
us we cannot arrest our way out of this problem. We can, though, find better
ways to promote prevention, enhance enforcement and improve treatment,” Lazzara
said. You can also learn more about the local efforts making a difference in
the latest episode of Municipal Equation, the League’s acclaimed podcast, found
A new report from the National League of Cities recommends ways that municipalities can adapt their recycling programs in response to Chinese policies that eventually will mean a complete ban on solid waste imports. NLC CEO and Executive Director Clarence Anthony said cities need to think more critically about waste management, recycling, and domestic market opportunties and development ahead of the ban. China has historically been a huge importer of recyclables to feed its manufacturing industries, and as such has been a key driver of demand for many of the recyclables collected by cities and towns, including paper and plastics. China's new policies established a ban on mixed paper and plastics earlier this year, and is set to ban all solid waste imports beginning in 2020.