Archive for October, 2008

Raleigh Who To Call

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Recently the City of Raleigh updated their phone numbers for various city departments. A new telephone service for the Raleigh Municipal Complex went live on Friday, October 24, 2008. There will be a period where the old prefixes will work then a message to call the new number will begin.

View the new directory.

City Offers Child Seat Safety Program

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

From the City of Raleigh E-Newsletter:


The City of Raleigh Fire Department is offering a child safety seat instructional program designed to teach area residents the proper installation of a child safety car seat.

The 30-minute one-on-one tutoring appointments are offered from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month. Area residents may schedule an appointment by calling the City of Raleigh Fire Department at 831-6586 or by registering online. An appointment will be scheduled at one of five strategically located firehouses on the earliest available date.

The program is designed to educate the individual in the proper installation procedures. Raleigh Fire Department personnel will not perform any installations.

Traffic Impact for City of Oaks Marathon on November 2, 2008

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

If anyone plans to be out and about in Southwest & Downtown Raleigh on Sunday, November 2, 2008, be advised of the City of Oaks Marathon and how it will impact traffic in our area during the race.

From the City of Raleigh E-Newsletter:

Traffic downtown will be affected downtown on Nov. 2 by the City of Oaks Marathon. The race will impact a number of thoroughfares downtown and in the Hillsborough/Blue Ridge Road area. The race will begin at 7 a.m. and conclude at approximately 2 p.m. The City of Raleigh Transportation Division staff will place message boards on Western Boulevard to notify motorists in advance of the race.

Also, Western Boulevard will be closed to eastbound traffic from 6:45 a.m. until 2 p.m. from Avent Ferry Road to Pullen Road.

The race route will be as follows: (more…)

Public Comments for Draft Bicycle Plan on Nov 5, 2008

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

For those interested in the new bicycle plan:

From the City of Raleigh E-Newsletter:

The City of Raleigh Bicycle Advisory Committee will have a meeting to accept public comment on a draft comprehensive bicycle plan for the Capital City. The meeting will be held Nov. 5 at 4 p.m. in Room 809 at One Exchange Plaza, located at 219 Fayetteville St.

Members of the Bicycle Advisory Committee were appointed by the City Council to oversee development of the comprehensive bicycle plan. The City’s original bicycle plan was adopted in 1991 and subsequently incorporated in the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The new comprehensive bicycle plan will include a thorough update of the original plan and provide an integrated, seamless transportation framework to facilitate cycling as a viable transportation alternative throughout Raleigh.

For more information, visit the City of Raleigh’s website at

Early Voting & Late Registration

Monday, October 20th, 2008

I saw this come across at work and thought this would be a good place to share some great voting information.

If you missed the registration deadline in North Carolina, you can still vote by registering and voting at a One Stop site.  You need to bring an appropriate form of identification, such as your NC drivers license, with your current name and current address to a One Stop site in your county.

Please note that in-person registration is NOT allowed on Election Day itself.  In Wake County you have until November 1, 2008 to visit a One Stop site where you can register and vote in the same location.  Here is a sample ballot for Wake County.

One more piece of important information, straight ticket voting does not include a vote for the President in North Carolina.  You have to vote for the President separately.  It says this on the ballot.

Need some encouragement to vote? Check out Five Friends on YouTube.

DDNA Meeting Notes from October 2008 – with Larry Strickland

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

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

A great DDNA session today with special guest Larry Strickland from the Inspections Department. The group had excellent questions and Larry addressed many of our concerns. (more…)

I-40 Overpass Retrofit for Trailwood

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Did you see the latest Transportation Improvement Priority list from the City of Raleigh? It’s posted here: Council Approves Transportation Improvement Priority List

The only thing I saw that directly impacts our neighborhood:

  • Retrofitting I-40 overpasses for pedestrian accessibility at Avent Ferry Road , Lake Dam Road , Trailwood Drive , and Rock Quarry Road – $2 million;

What does this imply? The North Carolina Department of Transportation will review this between 2011-2017 for the Transportation Improvement Program and we might get some type of sidewalk or multi-purpose path. I imagine the project, will prep the bridge for this type of improvement but the pedestrian access would most likely be a later project.  It would be nice if we could coordinate that effort.  I believe that there is an existing regulation that states in order to connect a sidewalk or pedestrian path over an NCDOT maintained bridge, there must be a raised surface or some type of barrier between the pedestrian access and vehicles. So, maybe, just maybe, we might have pedestrian access to Thistledown / Main Campus Drive connected to Lineberry Drive withing the next 10 years.

Mitch Silver’s Team Gets Honorable Mention

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Remember that we had Mitch Silver, Director of City Planning visit our District D Neighborhood Alliance meeting in September?  Well, they’ve won an honorable mention for the recent publication of the zoning handbook (PDF).  Congrats!

From the City of Raleigh E-Newsletter: 


 The City of Raleigh Planning Department received an “Honorable Mention Award” for the Raleigh Zoning Handbook at the 51st annual North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (NCAPA) conference in September. The NCAPA recognized the Raleigh Zoning Handbook in the “Implementation, Large Community” category. (more…)

DDNA Meeting Notes from September 2008 – with Mitch Silver

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

District D Neighborhood Alliance (DDNA) Meeting on September 20, 2008

These notes are just plain late. I like to have them posted at within a week of the meeting, but I’ve been busy. So here are the meeting notes from Septembers DDNA meeting with special guest City Planning Director, Mitch Silver. (more…)

SWCAC Recap for October 13, 2008

Monday, October 13th, 2008

The South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC) met on October 13, 2008 at Carolina Pines Park. Here are my notes:

Officer Jackson came in for Officer Upchurch this evening and reported the following:

  • overall, calls look good, robberies are down
  • 75 citations issued for parking violations
  • numerous noise/party calls

Officer Jackson did address one of my questions regarding working with NCSU officers. (more…)