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ITEM R2 OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER (910) 341-7810 FAX(910)341-5839 TDD (910)341-7873 9/21/2010 City Council City Hall Wilmington, North Carolina 28401 Dear Mayor and Councilmembers: This Resolution is being brought to you at the request of Mayor Saffo. The Wilmington/New Hanover County area and the State Ports Authority has received the prestigious honor of being selected by the United States Navy to hold the commissioning of the Guided Missile Destroyer USS GRAVELY (DDG 107) at the State Port
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  ITEM R2 OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER(910) 341-7810FAX(910)341-5839TDD (910)341-7873   9/21/2010   City Council   City Hall   Wilmington, North Carolina 28401   Dear Mayor and Councilmembers:   This Resolution is being brought to you at the request of Mayor Saffo. The Wilmington/New HanoverCounty area and the State Ports Authority has received the prestigious honor of being selected by the UnitedStates Navy to hold the commissioning of the Guided Missile Destroyer USS GRAVELY (DDG 107) at theState Ports on November 20, 2010. A committed set of community leaders have agreed to take on the lionshare of efforts for preparing for a significant and coveted event for our City. This initiative will bringnotoriety to our region and create the most significant military/tourism event to our area for the year.   The USS Gravely Commissioning Committee is asking the City and County to contribute in the costs of bringing forward the event. The request of the City and County is $25,000 respectively. In addition to thescheduled commissioning, the weekend of activities will include a 5k race for the crew, golf with a Veteran,public tours of the vessel and visits by their staff.   The Gravely is being comissioned for Vice Admiral Samuel Lee Gravely, Jr, who was the first AfricanAmerican to command a U.S. navy warship, the destroyer USS Theodore E. Chandler, rise to the rank of Vice Admiral and command a number of other vessels in the U.S. fleet.   Passage of the attached Resolution is recommended.   Respectfully submitted,   Sterling B. Cheatham,City Manager   R2-1    Resolution   City CouncilCity of WilmingtonNorth Carolina Introduced By: Sterling B. Cheatham, City Manager   Date: 9/21/2010 Resolution Approving a transfer from the City Council contingency account in the amount of $25,000 to support activities related to the commissioning of the USS Gravely Guided MissileDestroyer at the Wilmington Port on November 20, 2010   LEGISLATIVE INTENT/PURPOSE:   The Wilmington/New Hanover County area has been given the distinction of hosting thecommission of The Guided Missile Destroyer USS GRAVELY (DDG 107) at the Wilmington Porton November 20, 2010. The event will attract large numbers of citizens, both military and civilianand be a significant tourism and public relations benefit to our region. A committee of committedvolunteers has stepped forward to coordinate with the U.S. Navy this significant event.Along with their own fund raising activities, they have requested from both the City and County acontribution of $25,000. This investment, though unplanned, will generate many benefits to ourCity and region and bolster economic development and tourism. THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: THAT, the Wilmington City Council hereby appreciates the selection of the Wilmington Port by theU.S. Navy to hold this commissioning; supports the work of the USS Gravely CommissioningCommittee in making this event a success; and, authorizes the transfer of $25,000 from the CityCouncil contingency to help pay the costs of conducting this event.   Transfer From: City Council Contingency, Account 010-9300-423.01-00 $25,000   Transfer To: General Government, Account 010-8120-421.66-59 $25,000   Bill Saffo, Mayor   Adopted at a ____________ meeting   on ______________, 2010.   R2-2 APPROVED AS TOAVAILABILITY OF FUNDS:   ATTEST:   Finance Director   Penelope Spicer-Sidbury, City Clerk      September 10, 2010Mr. Sterling CheathamManagerCity of WilmingtonPO Box 1810Wilmington, NC 28402Dear Mr. Cheatham,As Chair of the USS GRAVELY Commissioning Committee, I request that myself and CaptainDave Scheu (Co-Chair) appear before Council on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 to provide anoverview of what is planned leading up to the ship’s commissioning ceremony at our State Portson Saturday, November 20, 2010 and, further, to request the support of Council in the amount of $25,000.The Secretary of the Navy’s selection of Wilmington as the site for commissioning of the guidedmissile destroyer GRAVELY is another distinct honor for the City, one made even moresignificant in that the ship is named for the late Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely USN. In hisnotable Naval career, he was the first African-American to command a U.S. Naval combatant,the first to be promoted to flag rank and the first to command a U.S. Fleet. It is estimated thatthe number of guests at this commissioning will exceed that for the Submarine NORTHCAROLINA in May 2008.The schedule after the ship’s arrival on November 12 th is ambitious, involving events for thecrew, interaction of the crew in the community, receptions for dignitaries, public tours, and muchmore. The funds requested from Council will be directly applied to the costs to carry out thosefunctions.Thank you in advance for consideration of this request.Sincerely, Louise  Louise F. McCollChair R2-3
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