Archive for November, 2008

Raleigh 2030 Comprehensive Plan for December 3, 2008

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Information from City of Raleigh Planning:

Raleigh 2030 Comprehensive Plan Rollout & Open House, December 3rd, 2008 at 6:30 PM

You are invited to the Raleigh 2030 Comprehensive Plan Rollout & Open House the evening of December 3rd, and also the Final Rollout Public Meetings on either January 13th, 14th, or 15th.

Over the past year, the City of Raleigh’s Planning Department has been working on the new Comprehensive Plan, which will shape the way that Raleigh grows over the next 22 years. Come see the result of this yearlong process at the open house on December 3rd and also one of the public meetings on January 13th, 14th, or 15th. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to be a part of Raleigh’s future!

Raleigh 2030 Comprehensive Plan Rollout & Open House
Wednesday, December 3, 2008, Raleigh Convention Center — Mezzanine
(Note: 6:30 p.m. Registration and check-in. 7:00 p.m. Program and Open House)

Raleigh 2030 Final Rollout Public Meetings (these meetings are all identical, so just pick any one)

  • Tuesday, January 13, 2009, Providence Baptist Church, 6339 Glenwood Avenue
  • Wednesday, January 14, 2009, Moore Square Magnet Middle School, 301 S. Person Street
  • Thursday, January 15, 2009, Church of God of Prophesy, 1200 State Street
    (Note: 6:00 p.m. Registration and check-in. 6:30 p.m. Program and Open House)

RSVP here. More information about the Raleigh 2030 Comprehensive Plan.

Criminal Elements Join the PROP on January 1, 2009

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Members of the District D Neighborhood Alliance worked very hard on getting criminal elements into the cities PROP program. This further strengthens the PROP for criminal patterns on rental properties and adds to the existing housing, zoning, and nuisance laws.

From the City of Raleigh E-Newsletter

EXPANDED PROP ORDINANCE TO GIVE CITY ADDITIONAL ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY

In an effort to strengthen enforcement laws and improve neighborhoods, the City of Raleigh has expanded its Probationary Rental Occupancy Permit (PROP) ordinance. The PROP ordinance serves as a tool to address rental property owners whose property is found to violate minimum housing, zoning and nuisance laws or have demonstrated a pattern of criminal convictions for noise and nuisance party violations.

Under the expanded rules, activities resulting in a third conviction within a two-year period of certain behavior will result in the landlord being required to obtain a PROP. This ordinance is effective Jan 1, 2009. The City of Raleigh has added 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.

The landlord placed in the PROP program must pay $500 per year for the two-year permit to cover the cost of administering the permit. The landlord must also attend a residential management course that is offered by or approved by the City of Raleigh.

A landlord cited for a second code violation during the two-year probationary period could lose the rental permit for the property for two years. A third code violation could lead to a two-year revocation of PROPs issued for all other property rented by the landlord. The landlord would also be ineligible to apply for a new permit for two years.

New Water Meters Allow Automated Reading

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Ever wonder what that shiny silver unit was on your water meter? It’s explained below. And, these new meters provide the first step towards a monthly water bill.

From the City of Raleigh E-Newsletter:

CITY COMPLETES INSTALLATION OF NEW WATER METERS

The City of Raleigh has completed installing approximately 174,000 new water meters at homes and businesses in the City’s utility service area. The new meters will allow for more accurate and efficient reading for utility billing purposes.

Crews from the City’s Public Utilities Department and from Utilities Partners of America, the project contractor hired by the City, began installing the new water meters in October 2006. The City initially didn’t expect the water meter installation to be complete until 2012, but was able to finish the project four years ahead of schedule because more money was allocated for the work. The project cost $29 million. Receiving the new water meters were residential and business customers in Raleigh, Garner, Wake Forest, Rolesville, Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon. The project also involved installing backflow prevention devices on some residential properties.

“This has been a tremendously successful and satisfying project, one of the most successful projects from my perspective in my 24-year career with the City of Raleigh,” said Dale Crisp, director of the City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department. “Raleigh’s water and sewer customers will reap the benefits of this technology application and installation for decades to come.”

The new automated meter reading system has many benefits for the City of Raleigh and its water customers. The new meters have radio units that enable the City to read meters remotely, placing less physical demands on meter readers who had to manually lift meter box lids to read the meters. Manual meter reading left meter readers exposed to insect and snake bites and back injuries from lifting the meter box lids repeatedly throughout the day. The radio units on the new meters will not interfere with medical or electronic devices inside a residence or business. Other advantages of the new automated meters is that they can be accurately read even when the water meter box is hidden or covered by leaves, snow, vehicles or other objects. Manual meter reading could not be done when the meter box was covered. Finally, with the new meters the City eventually will return to issuing utility bills on a monthly basis instead of the bimonthly billing now used. Also, some customers could receive higher utility bills if they had older meters that are not as accurate.

For more information about the new water meters, contact Donna Jackson, the City of Raleigh’s assistant Public Utilities director, at 857-4540.

10 Reasons to Be Thankful for 2008

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

We hope that everyone is able to enjoy Thanksgiving, spend time with their families, and reflect on the many things that we have to be thankful for. In today’s world, it seems that many people complain about things, are fixated on things they don’t have, and generally, are not thankful for the things they already have.

I get a lot of emails from folks in the neighborhood thanking me for helping organize this community and for providing valuable information to the neighborhood. We’ll without you, there would be nothing to organize and no one to inform. Without you participating, this neighborhood might fail.

I wanted to take a moment to thank you, the members of the Lineberry Alliance and the neighbors in this area for your support. I’ve made a sort list of things to be thankful for, Lineberry Alliance style:

  1. All the new members of the Lineberry Alliance that have joined this year
  2. All 230+ neighbors on the email list
  3. The diversity of our collective neighborhoods
  4. The variety of idea’s and expertise we have in our neighborhoods
  5. Being able to talk about the alliance at organizational meetings
  6. All the folks that contribute to the blog (Tabitha, Chad, Suzie, and others)
  7. A strong community watch & a new Police Chief
  8. The new sidewalk on Sierra Drive
  9. A strengthened PROP
  10. Involvement and interest in our neighborhood & quality of life issues

Please add anything else that you are thankful for in the comments.

Transit Information from DDNA meeting

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

Last week we provided notes from the monthly District D Neighborhood Alliance meeting with special guest, Eric Lamb, from the City of Raleigh Transportation Services Division. We wanted to follow-up with some of the information that Eric provided during our meeting.

Parking Citations Increasing to $30

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

We wrote about the No Parking Zones on Lineberry and mentioned that the citations were $25.  Well, looks like those fines are increasing:

NEW PARKING CITATION FINES TO TAKE EFFECT

New fines for parking citations go into effect in Raleigh on Monday, Nov. 24. The fines will be $30 for parking in a restricted zone and $25 for all other parking citations, including parking meter violations. The City Council approved the new fines on June 23 as part of the City’s budget for Fiscal Year 2008-09.

Turkey Impacts CAT & Residential Collection Services

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

From the City of Raleigh E-Newsletter:

CITY TO OBSERVE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY ON NOV. 27-28

The City of Raleigh will observe the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28. Most administrative offices will be closed both days. Emergency police, fire and rescue services may be reached by calling 9-1-1. The City’s Solid Waste Services Department will work a normal schedule on Friday, Nov. 28 for regularly scheduled collection of garbage, recycling and yard waste. Trash, recycling and yard waste scheduled for collection on Thanksgiving Day will instead be picked up on Saturday, Nov. 29.

Residential Garbage, Trash and Yard Waste Collection

  • Thursday, Nov. 27 – Holiday. No collection. This scheduled collection will be done on Saturday, Nov. 29.
  • Saturday, Nov. 29 – Thursday’s (Nov. 27) routes will be collected for garbage, recycling and yard waste.

Yard Waste Center
The Yard Waste Center will operate on a regular schedule Monday, Nov. 24 through Wednesday, Nov. 26. The center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day but will reopen on Friday, Nov. 28. It also will operate on a normal schedule on Saturday, Nov. 29.

Capital Area Transit
There will be no Capital Area Transit (CAT) bus service on Thanksgiving Day. Regular bus service will resume Friday, Nov. 28.

Dam Improvement for Lake Johnson

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

I know that many of our neighbors enjoy going to Lake Johnson, so I wanted to share this information.

From the City of Raleigh E-Newsletter:

CITY COUNCIL APPROVES LAKE JOHNSON DAM IMPROVEMENTS

The Raleigh City Council voted at its Nov. 18 meeting to confirm its support for a plan to improve Lake Johnson dam. Council members directed City staff to hold a public meeting to allow property owners near the dam and other interested citizens to learn about the project and ask questions.

In June 2006, record rainfall of 7.2 inches from Tropical Storm Alberto caused extensive damage to the spillway of Lake Johnson dam. The City completed emergency repairs within six weeks and subsequently did a follow-up comprehensive engineering evaluation study of the dam and the spillway. The analysis showed the spillway did not have adequate capacity to be in compliance with North Carolina dam safety regulations. The dam at Lake Johnson was originally constructed in 1923.

To bring the spillway into compliance with dam safety regulations, the City plans to armor the dam with articulated concrete blocks. The estimated $4.1 million project will result in additional overtopping protection for the dam. Some trees will have to be removed to accommodate the work. The City expects to award a contract for the project in February. The work is expected to be complete a year later, in February 2010.

A public meeting to explain the project to residents is planned for December. A date and time for the public meeting have not been determined but an announcement will be made when details are finalized. A report on the public meeting will be prepared for the City Council.

Don’t Trash the Pocket Guide

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

From the City of Raleigh E-Newsletter:

Solid Waste Services Pocket Guide To Be Mailed This Week

Beginning this week, the City of Raleigh Solid Waste Services Department will mail all single-family households a small and comprehensive pocket-guide.

The comprehensive guide folds into a credit card-sized package and contains all of the collection options Solid Waste Services provides as well as the recycling opportunities available throughout Wake County. The guide is in full color and even offers photos and a map of drop-off locations, multi-material and household hazardous facilities, and collection schedules.

When folded, the handy guide can be tucked away into a wallet or glove box. It even includes a magnet on the back so it can be placed on a refrigerator.

“This is a comprehensive tool that should answer a lot of the common questions residents have about recycling and garbage collection,” said City of Raleigh Waste Reduction Specialist Linda Leighton. “There is a lot of information presented in a very convenient package.”

No Parking Zones Making Money

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

Neighbors have been battling with some parking issues over the last few weekends along Lineberry Drive, particularly near the intersection at Trailwood Drive. Residents believe the cars parking in the No Parking Zones are overflow from University Village and University Woods. The violators are getting citations from Raleigh Police Department to the tune of $25.00 a pop!

Here is a clear example of a car parked in the No Parking Zone on Lineberry Drive. (The vehicle is also parked in the wrong direction on a double-yellow line – you are supposed to park in the same direction of traffic flow.)

Car Parking in No Parking Zone

The Lineberry Alliance plans on contacting the management of University Village (owned by The Preiss Company) to see what idea’s they have to resolve these parking problems.  Options on the table are converting the No Parking area to a Tow-Away Zone, increased enforcement, modification to the parking policy on the property or some other creative idea.  Pending the outcome of this meeting, a request for City Council to take action may be in order.  Obviously, the current enforcement is not having an impact on motorists.  Even though, tickets are being handed out.  See for yourself:

Cars issued citations

Until the parking problems go away completely, residents in surrounding neighborhoods continue to call 911 to report no parking violations.  (Yes, even though this is not an “emergency” this is how Raleigh Police get calls into their dispatch system.)

Hey – I live in University Village or University Woods, why can’t I park on Lineberry?  The obvious answer is that this is a No Parking Zone.  The other major reason is that this is a huge safety concern.  Yes, believe it or not, the people that live in the neighborhoods along Lineberry Drive actually care about the safety for everyone in this area.

It’s All About Safety – When cars park in the no parking zones on Lineberry Drive, it creates unsafe conditions for all motorists.  Lineberry Drive is very curvy, cars parked in the street can cause motorists to swerve.  Also, cars parked near intersections create blind spots.  Cars parking in the bus zone and near fire hydrants, no comment.