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Here are some of our top stories for Tuesday November 14th. 11/14/17
Damian Giletto/The News Journal

In November 2016, Wilmington City Council’s newly elected members met for the first time at a full-day retreat at the Ed Oliver Golf Club

With a career coach, they reviewed topics such as the definition of teamwork (“the functioning of a group of people who are closely knit around a common purpose”) and talked about their goals.

One year, four group meetings and $4,575 of taxpayer dollars later, the council has published a draft document outlining its strategic plan — “a framework that will serve as a blueprint and road map to guide council’s legislative, funding, and policy priorities,” according to council’s communications director. 

The report lists 31 broad priorities including but not limited to: 

The report provides no details about what specifically council would like to do in any of these areas. 

RJB Consulting, a firm run by Raheemah Jabbar-Bey, was paid $4,575 to work with the council on the plan, according to Antoine Oakley, council’s communications director.

City Council created a $30,000 organizational fund established last year to pay for transition costs, but RJB Consulting was paid through Shabazz’s discretionary fund allocation, data shows. 

Oakley said the $30,000 was all spent on that one-day retreat and the inauguration ceremony at The Queen theater in downtown Wilmington on Jan. 3. 

“All transition funds were expended on costs associated with the Inaugural Meeting and Retreat (i.e. venue, food, decorations, supplies, etc).,” he said in an email. 

The News Journal has requested a breakdown of those expenses. 

Shabazz said in a letter included with the strategic plan report that the effort is a work in progress…