Archive for April, 2008

DDNA Meeting Notes from April 2008

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

District D Neighborhood Alliance (DDNA) Meeting from April 19, 2008


  • Jason Hibbets, Lineberry / SWCAC
  • Lana Dial, Lake Johnson Harbour
  • Connie Crumpler, Caraleigh / SWCAC
  • Mary Belle Pate, Fairway Acres / SWCAC (Chair)
  • Philip Poe, Glenwood-Brooklyn / 5-Points CAC
  • Les Seitz, Cameron Village / Hillsborough CAC
  • Ana Pardo St Mary’s-Morgan St / Hillsborough CAC
  • Joe Boisvert, University Park / UPHA
  • Bruce Dunn, Cameron Village / Hillsborough CAC
  • Laurent de Comarmond, Cameron Village / Hillsborough CAC
  • Pete Huckins, Pullen Park Terrace
  • Jeannine Grisson, Glenwood-Brooklyn / 5-Points CAC
  • John Reaves, Jr., Caraliegh, SWCAC

Meeting Notes
Around the room, introductions

Boards & Commission positions from District D:

  • Les Seitz – Transportation Board
  • Laurent de Comarmond –  Appearance Commission
  • Jason Hibbets –  Housing Appeals Board


  • We discussed the Mayor’s proposal to change the CAC structure.
  • Key things to note outside of the proposal as we move forward: original purpose of CAC’s was to keep CAC’s autonomous, the cities role should be providing financial support

Neighborhood Empowerment Program
Thomas to present the program at the Council Retreat in May
Three parts: 1) Education 2) Economic Development 3) Environment (meaning quality of life issues) (more…)

Alder Ridge – Lineberry Intersection

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

New No Parking signs were posted as a safety measure at the intersection of Lineberry Drive and Alder Ridge. There are a lot of cars from the non-owner-occupied homes near this intersection that were parking around the corner, blocking the stop sign, etc. – causing blind spots and general safety concerns.  Also, this should help with pedestrian safety for the walk ramps.

This intersection is on a curvy section of Lineberry Drive. Please be aware of the newly posted No Parking signs and remember to come to a full and complete stop at the stop sign. California slow-and-roll’s are not cool.

Note: Getting the signs posted were the result of an action item of the last Trailwood Hills HOA meeting and the board worked with the City of Raleigh to address this concern and achieve these results.

Trailwood Hills NP signs 1

Trailwood Hills NP signs 2

Trailwood Hills NP signs 3

Parks & Rec Director Search

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

In an article posted on the Raleigh website, Parks And Recreation Director To Retire June 1, it was announced that “Jack Duncan will step down as the City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department’s director.”

I recently corresponded with City Manager Russell Allen via email to get a better understanding of how the new Director for Parks & Rec will be chosen.  Here is a summary of the expected process:


House Move on Evergreen Scars Neighbors

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

A house that was recently moved on April 13, 2008 to 1600 Evergreen Avenue left a trail of damage for neighbors to figure out how they are going to repair the damage. Most complaints center around mailboxes that were haphazardly taken out & not replaced correctly, mailboxes permanently damaged, street signs installed in the wrong direction, damage to trees, and just general disorder about how this situation was handled.  There were “Advanced Notices” sent in the form of flyers attached to mailboxes to inform neighbors of the upcoming move.

The good news is that the Evergreen neighbors are organized and are working with the moving company and the owners to resolve these issues. In a letter dated April 23, 2008 addressed to Atlantic Building Movers and the property owners, David and Debra Ferris (of 4113 Ridgebrook Bluffs Drive, Raleigh, NC), the neighbors outlined the remaining repairs that needed to be made. The Evergreen Avenue Association President, Andy Osterlund, is confident that these issues can be resolved in a timely manor and confident that the repairs will met everyone’s expectations.  Over email, Andy stated that “The mover has taken my calls every time, and has been very professional and quick to act on these complaints.”

Art in the Park – April 28, 2008

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Art in the Park will feature local artists who are helping Friends of Lake Johnson raise money to expand/protect Lake Johnson Park.  Get additional information and register at

  • Art in the Park At the Lake Johnson Boathouse
  • Monday, April 28, 5pm to 8pm
  • Tickets $25 per person or $40 per pair

Silent Auction 5-7 pm as well as direct sale items featuring many local artists.

Original paintings, prints, stoneware, pottery, yard sculpture & ornaments, handcrafted jewelry, gourmet dining, fine woodcraft, quality photographs, drought-hardy plants, bed & breakfast lodging, gourmet cheesecakes, & much, much more!

100% of the proceeds will go for the 12-acre addition on Lake Dam Road

Tickets are $25 each or $20 in multiples. Dine on food & beverage catered by Amedeo’s

Landlord Training Program – May 14th Class

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Do you know a landlord? Is there a rental home hear your home? Please share this information with them and let’s share in the success of Raleigh Landlord Training. From City of Raleigh:

Landlord Training Program Registration Under Way for May 14th Class

The City of Raleigh’s popular and successful Landlord Training Program (pdf document) has announced three 2008 classes: February 20, May 14, and October 15. The purpose of this one-day course is to provide landlords and property managers with practical tips on how to reduce the likelihood of nuisance violations and drug, gang and illegal activity occurring in and around rental property.

The course includes information on applicant screening, rental agreements, warning signs of drug and gang activity, crisis resolution, and the Probationary Rental Occupancy Permit (PROP) ordinance.

This course is approved by the NC Real Estate Commission for continuing education elective credits (4 hours) as well as the NC State Bar CLE Elective. In addition, this course satisfies the PROP Ordinance training program requirement.

Sierra & Lawrence tapped for NeighborWoods

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

If you’ve taken a walk through Pleasant Ridge lately, you may have noticed small little white flags located between the sidewalk and the street. Both Lawrence Drive and Sierra Drive (east and west) have been selecting to participate in Raleigh’s NeighborWoods program. “City staff have identified rights-of-way that are most in need of trees. Neighborhoods with the least canopy are selected first. City staff also evaluate requests for street trees from neighborhood or civic groups.”

The purpose of the cooperative between the City of Raleigh and citizens is to plant at least 2,000 trees per year. Our neighborhoods will get the many benefits of having tree-scaped streets in the years to come as a result of everyone participating and taking care of their trees.

To find out more about the Neighborhoods program, visit the following links:

A few of us are working on trying to get some trees planting at the future park at Lineberry and Sierra.  Plant them now so that our park is green with good size tree’s by the time Raleigh gets around to getting the park going.

Garbage Disposals Churn Back to Action

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

From the City of Raleigh Enewsgram:


The Raleigh City Council voted unanimously today [April 16, 2008] to immediately repeal an ordinance that bans new and replacement garbage disposal units. The ordinance went into effect on March 17 following its adoption by council members on March 4.


Slow The Flow

Monday, April 21st, 2008

From the City of Raleigh Enewsgram: 

“Slow the Flow, Save Some for Later” is the logo for the City of Raleigh’s public education campaign on water conservation. Mayor Charles Meeker and members of the City’s Water Conservation Council introduced the logo today at a news conference in the mayor’s office.

“The City Council recognizes the importance of water conservation, and our community must take a pro active approach going forward,” Mayor Meeker said. “Even though we have enjoyed much needed rain, issues concerning our water supply are more long term than that. Moving forward, we recognize that water conservation efforts will be a key component to our future water plans.”

Slow the flow

The logo is the first phase of an educational program created by the Water Conservation Council. The Raleigh City Council formed the Water Conservation Council to promote public education on the importance of conserving water and to thoroughly examine and recommend conservation measures to the City Council. Council members Nancy McFarlane and Mary-Ann Baldwin head the volunteer group.

In the coming months, the Water Conservation Council will unveil a web site that will be a key tool for relaying information. The web site also will serve as a public forum for sharing best practices and ideas regarding water conservation. The Water Conservation Council also is diligently working on public information messages that will be shared through the media.  Additionally, a group of citizens and experts is being formed to review permanent water conservation measures.

“I am very proud of the public-private partnership that has resulted from this which demonstrates the best efforts of the community to come together to serve our needs,” Mayor Meeker said of the Water Conservation Council. “I would like to thank the Raleigh business and community leaders that have come together to donate their time and resources to fund this effort.  Many of those people are in this room, and I applaud your contribution.”

No April 2008 SWCAC Meeting

Friday, April 11th, 2008

Enjoy the month off for the SouthWest Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC) meeting, but read the newsletter to stay up-to-date. Typically, the SWCAC meets on the second Monday of the month at Carolina Pines Park at 7pm. We hope to see you at the May 2008 meeting.