Archive for June, 2009

Bike Lanes for Trailwood Drive?

Friday, June 26th, 2009

If you’ve been down Trailwood Drive this week, you’ve noticed that NCDOT (North Carolina Department of Transportation) has been working on the shoulders.  The work being done is not for a bike lane or a multi-purpose path.  Many residents from the Lineberry Alliance have suggested some type of bike & pedestrian connection from our neighborhood to the Greenway on Trailwood Drive.

The shoulder work is only correcting an ongoing maintenance issue.  NCDOT contacts said they were having problems with the low shoulder.  Apparently, vehicles were running off the road and creating a drop off at the edge of the pavement.  (more…)

Changes Coming to Carolina Pines

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

From the City of Raleigh E-Newsletter:

RALEIGH CITY COUNCIL APPROVES DESIGN SERVICES FOR RENOVATIONS FOR TWO COMMUNITY CENTERS

The Raleigh City Council has approved the selection of New City Design to provide design services for renovations to the Jaycee and Carolina Pines Community Centers. (more…)

Real Estate Matters in Historic Rhamkatte

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

On June 1, 2009, the Lineberry Alliance held a meeting to discuss real estate opportunities in our area. For reference, our area is South of I-40, West of Lake Wheeler Road, North of Tryon Road, and East of Trailwood Drive. Lineberry Drive connects almost all of our neighborhoods together. At the meeting were neighbors from Camden Crossings, Whitehurst Townhomes, Trailwood Springs, Trailwood Hills, and Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate. We were lucky to have Realtor Louise Griffin a friend from the Wade CAC join us, along with South West CAC Chair Mary Belle Pate and District D City Councilor Thomas Crowder. The meeting notes and agenda are below: (more…)

Nearby Checkpoint Collects 76 Citations

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

According to an article on WRAL, a checkpoint at Lake Wheeler Road and Tryon Road issued 15 DWI’s and 76 citations:

Law enforcement agents issued 76 citations against motorists at a checkpoint in southern Raleigh Friday night.

Read the full article at: Fifteen cited for DWI at Raleigh checkpoint

WordPress Upgraded to 2.8 Beta 1

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Hey everyone.  Just a quick technical update.  The blog was upgraded to WordPress 2.8 this morning.  It was quickly discovered that the TinyMCE text editor used to generate the posts didn’t work.  So a manually upgrade to 2.8 Beta 1 was next.  If you see any issues, please contact an administrator.

Note: All customizations were restored.

Afternoon update: We had to install version 2.7 :(  WordPress 2.8 had too many bugs and was not letting us post using the TinyMCE editor on Fedora / Firefox.  We need something that works, so the latest and greatest will have to wait.

DDNA Meeting Notes from June 2009

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

District D Neighborhood Alliance Saturday, June 20, 2009

We had a small gathering today and provided updates on the 2030 Comprehensive Plan and the upcoming Front Yard Parking text change proposal. After those updates, we went around the room to hear from each neighborhood and their top issues, latest successes, and where they need help.

Meeting Notes
The Comprehensive Plan hearing will probably be the week of July 20th, 2009 (we will send out a note to confirm this date). Mayor Meeker has said the hearing will be held in the evening so it’s more friendly to citizens. Still waiting on the Planning Commission to complete their review. DDNA members are working on a recommended land use map with certain changes on our vision of the comprehensive plan.

Front Yard Parking (FYP) public hearing on July 21, 2009. The proposed text change limits FYP to being on a permanent surface or a gravel surface with a permanent edge. The text change allows a 12-foot driveway with an additional 300 square feet (if needed). Some landscape requirements are included for the additional 300 square feet if it is not perpendicular to the street, to prevent headlight beams from disturbing neighbors.

This is an issue that affects all neighborhoods in District D and across Raleigh, strong support is needed. There were some questions if this ordinance was targeted at renters, which it’s not. The proposed text change is aimed at chronic abusers. The reality of it is, FYP ruins curb appeal and can damage real estate sales. FYP also has numerous environmental impacts. (more…)

Tom Stafford visit SWCAC

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

At the May 2009 South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC) meeting, special guest Tom Stafford, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, at North Carolina State University visited our group.  A major concern for the group was students living off-campus, in family neighborhoods.  Tom started off by saying that many students live off campus and that he currently acts as a liason with West CAC.  He also shared that if he had to single out one thing that has the biggest impact on  students in neighborhoods are actions from Raleigh Police Department (RPD).

After the brief introduction, the visit turned more into question and answers, then it became more conversation-like.   Some things you might have heard from the crowd, both questions and responses, are listed below.  Vice Chancellor Stafford took lots of notes and was engaged throughout the conversation.

  • Q: Do “college” places have self-policing? A: Most larger apartment complexes have on-site management, but it is usually only during the day.
  • Q: What can we do to protect our neighborhoods?  A: Issues like quality of life, nuisance parties, etc. can best be addressed by getting the PROP enhanced and stronger.
  • Q: Is RPD sharing information with NCSU Police? (more…)

Raleigh Shred-a-thon Set for June 9, 2009

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

RALEIGH – SHRED-A-THON (Wake County)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009
12pm – 2pm
AT&T Office
1201 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh

Local Sponsors: Attorney General Roy Cooper, AT&T, Iron Mountain

PRR-Watch Community Yard Sale Set For June 13, 2009

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Raleigh, NC – The Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate Community Watch, building a safe and informed family community, has announced that the annual community-wide yard sale is set for Saturday, June 13, 2009. We put the ad in the paper, you sell your stuff.

Yard sales will be from Lawrence Drive to Ramsgate Street & every street between off of Lake Wheeler Road — as early as 7:00 AM.

The community watch group has been sponsoring this event for several years now. Members participating in the yard sale are asked to:

  • put up signs to direct people to your yard sale
  • tell yard sell goers that there are other yard sales in the neighborhood
  • take your signs down at the end of the day

Parties Could Get Pricey

Monday, June 1st, 2009

In the Lineberry area, residents are noticing that the college parties are slowly fading out. Changing even. At 11:00 PM, the music gets turned down and the parties move inside. Why? Because many of the residents that live in these neighborhoods are sick and tired of dealing with nuisance parties — Raleigh Police Department gets called, citations get issued. The noise, the music, the cars, the litter are all getting their act together. The next set of parties could start costing people real $$$. And ultimately, it could cost landlords the ability to rent out their property.

Council Approves Civil Penalities For Nuisance Party And Noise Violations

The Raleigh City Council voted 6-1 on May 19 to amend the City’s nuisance party and noise ordinances to include civil penalties.

Under the ordinance, Raleigh police officers will be able to issue civil citations for nuisance party and noise violations. Penalties would be $100 for the first violation and $300 for each subsequent violation within 12 months of a previous violation. If a third civil penalty is issued against the same property within a 24-month period, the landlord will be given a probationary rental occupancy permit and required to pay $500 a year for two years and attend rental management classes. Persons issued civil citations can appeal to an independent arbitrator.

The addition of civil penalties to the nuisance party and noise ordinances takes effect on July 1.