Archive for June, 2008

It’s Time To WakeUP on Transit

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Transit: Is Wake County ready for it? Was the topic of the evening on Thursday, June 26, 2008 as over 300 people gathered at the NCSU McKimmon Center to discuss transit. A number of sponsors made the event possible, including WakeUP Wake County, City of Raleigh, Capitol Broadcasting Company, and many others. The event was recorded by RTN and WRAL for taping and re-airing.

The forum started at 7:00 PM with introductions from WakeUP Wake County Chair, Karen Rindge, followed by Joe Bryan, Wake Board of Commissioners. Some interesting things mentioned by Karen and Joe: Wake County needs a multi-modal approach, there is a predicted $6B shortfall in Wake County over the next 20 years for transit funding, Wake County is the seventh fastest growing county in America, and the Triangle is 3rd worst in sprawl among the top 83 cities in America.

The keynote speaker was Carol Coletta, CEO, CEO’s for Cities. Coletta talked on the topic: “By Choice or by chance: How can transit help us plan for a future of growth?” The talk started with comparing the Triangle region to other areas, we are not the only one’s with education and transportation on the mind. (more…)

DDNA Meeting Notes from June 2008

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

District D Neighborhood Alliance (DDNA) Meeting on June 21, 2008.

We had a very brief meeting this month. There were several conflicts that coincided with out meeting including the RCAC (Raleigh Citizens Advisory Council) had a retreat and the Kirby Dirby event (http://www.kirbyderby.com/) was going on too, in District D.
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Freshly Finished Sierra Sidewalk

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Finally! The North side of Sierra Drive now has a completed sidewalk from Lake Wheeler Road to Lineberry Drive. That would be 515 linear feet from Lineberry Drive to approximately 100 feet east of Goshawk Lane. Is a crosswalk in our future? Time will tell. I got an email from the City of Raleigh Public Work Engineer that I’ve been working with telling me the exciting news, “This sidewalk is now completed, with compliments to your efforts. The boxes are gone. The two gaps are filled in. The grass will grow in course of time…”

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PROP Improvements Five Votes Closer

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Today the City Council voted 5-3 to add criminal activity to the PROP, include all rental units throughout the city in the program (removing the 20 or more units question), and charge all landlords a $30 registration fee for their first unit and $10 per unit thereafter. A second reading/vote is required in two weeks to make these changes law, which again would require five votes. If made into law, the changes are effective January 5, 2009.

Councilor’s Baldwin, Isley and West voted in opposition.

The N&O Reports: Raleigh council sets rental fee.

SWCAC Recap for June 9, 2008 – Chief Dolan Review

Friday, June 13th, 2008

As reported earlier, RPD Chief Dolan visited SWCAC this past Monday. It was a great experience for the 30 or so people in attendance. The South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC) meets at Carolina Pines on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 PM. We’ve got the recap, including the topics Chief Dolan discussed, for you here. (more…)

BED Unanimously Supports PROP Changes

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Yesterday, the Budget and Economic Development (BED) Committee unanimously voted to include criminal activity convictions as strikes towards PROP. They made special note to include all rental units, where previously this was limited to only 20 unit complexes and below, in the revised program. This is important as it was one of the items that came up during last week’s public hearing.

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Utility Boxes Moved on Sierra Drive

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

After a long wait and lots of emails to City of Raleigh staff and a lot of patience, progress was made this week. For the half-completed sidewalk on Sierra Drive between Lineberry and Goshawk, the Time Warner Cable and Progress Energy utility boxes where finally moved this week.

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This is great news! This means that we will soon have a finished sidewalk to enjoy. It may not seem like a big deal to a lot of folks, but in the grand scheme of things, this is huge deal for making our neighborhood safe, walkable, and interconnecting us together. The pictures also show the location we are looking to have our neighborhood park, so even more important to have a completed sidewalk in place.

Does that grass look tall to anyone else?

Pool Security Updates

Monday, June 9th, 2008

24 hour surveillance cameras have been installed. Information is recorded. Please review the pool rules as fines and penalties will be imposed. If you have concerns please send a message via the Yahoo Group of from the website www.trailwoodhills.com

Chief Dolan to Visit SWCAC on June 9

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Raleigh Police Chief, Harry Dolan, is scheduled to visit at the SWCAC June meeting on Monday, June 9, 7:00 PM at Carolina Pines Park off of Lake Wheeler Road.  Other items on the agenda include Comprehensive Planning 2030, Rezoning Case Z-37-08, and Kimbrell’s Furniture Site Plan-47-08.

PROP Criminal Elements Go Back to Committee

Friday, June 6th, 2008

Why does this matter to you? A stronger PROP can strengthen our neighborhood(s). Not all landlords are bad, but the few that are, make all the other ones look bad. There was a strong showing of support for these additions to the PROP at the public hearing on Tuesday, June 3 with some very good points made by many people. Hence, the reason it went back to committee. For clarification on some points and further additions to others.

From the City of Raleigh E-Newsgram:

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO PROP ORDINANCE SENT TO COUNCIL COMMITTEE

The Raleigh City Council’s Budget and Economic Development Committee will continue studying proposed amendments to the Probationary Rental Occupancy Permit (PROP) ordinance. Following a public hearing, the City Council agreed Tuesday evening to send the proposals back to the committee.

One of the amendments would add the following crimes to the PROP ordinance:

  • Prostitution;
  • Possession of stolen goods;
  • Violations of certain state alcohol and liquor regulations;
  • Unlawful weapons;
  • Unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon;
  • Gaming violations; and,
  • Disorderly conduct.

Another amendment would add civil penalties for noise and nuisance party violations. Also, council members are considering a proposal to require all landlords in Raleigh to register their property with the City.

Under the ordinance, a landlord must obtain a PROP if he or she has violated unsafe building, minimum housing, zoning or noise or party nuisance ordinances at a rental site and has failed to bring the property into compliance by a City-established deadline. Landlords who have a pattern of repeat citations at a rental property also must get the permit. The permit prohibits the landlord from renting the property until it is brought in compliance with City code. The goal of the PROP ordinance, which the City Council enacted in 2005, is to assure better quality rental housing for tenants and the surrounding neighborhood.