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On Tuesday, Wilmington City Council will consider approving of a resolution that would allow for more black powder traffic signal masts to be placed in the city. On Tuesday, Wilmington City Council will consider approving of a resolution that would allow for more black powder traffic signal masts to be placed in the city.
"It's all about making our community look better and nicer," Saffo said. "It's all about making our community look better and nicer," Saffo said.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Wilmington City Council approved of a resolution Tuesday that will allow for more black powder traffic signal masts to be placed in the city.

After some conversation, the council voted unanimously to approve the resolution. 

At the council's agenda briefing Monday, city staffers said the masts would not require an immediate budget impact, and they can already be found at 26 intersections throughout the city.

Staff presented Tuesday a list of areas where the black masts could replace the current traffic lights.

"Citizens have shared with us that we need to make cosmetic improvements, whether it be landscaping [or] these new masts," said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo.

According to the council's current agenda packet, the new lights would cost more than the standard lights that are already in place across the city. He said the added cost will come over a span of years and will not have an immediate budget impact.

"We're not going out there and spending any kind of money right now, but in the future when the opportunity does exist and we find ourselves in a position where we can replace those stoplights with these mast arms we will do so," Saffo explained.

He said the ultimate goal is to continue to make the city aesthetically appealing.

"It's all about making our community look better and nicer," Saffo said.

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