SWCAC Budget Concerns for June 2010

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At the May 2010 meeting of the South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC), one of our main topics was budget. The context is things we need money for in our neighborhoods. One thing we’ve learned in SWCAC is that if you don’t ask the City Council for it, you’ll never get it.

The most recent example is the neighborhood park we’re trying to establish at the corner of Lineberry Drive and Sierra Drive. Once a vacant lot owned by the folks who own South Hills Mall, is now owned by the City of Raleigh. Why? Because we kept going to budget hearings and kept asking for them to make the purchase. But we still need money to move forward and create the park master plan. An item that we’ll be asking for at the June 1st budget hearing.

Times are tight, but it never hurts to ask. The City of Raleigh is projected to have a $6-8 Million shortfall in the budget this fiscal year. Regardless, at the SWCAC meeting, we talked about the items that are important to our community.

Our budget requests include:

  • Support and funding for Tryon Road realignment and bridge replacement to support mixed-use development at Renaissance Park. The mixed use is part of the Planned Development District (PDD). The part that we need Raleigh’s help with is the Tryon Road expansion, also known as Tryon Road part C. We feel that if one of the stakeholders amongst the City of Raleigh, NCDOT, and Wakefield development moves forward, the other pieces of the project will align and we can complete a majorĀ  thoroughfare that parallels I-40 and create a better economic environment for this neighborhood. We request that this go to public works for additional attention and we have citizens who are happy to address any conerns.
  • Money for park planning at the proposed neighborhood / pocket park at Lineberry Drive and Sierra Drive. We thank you for purchasing the land, and now request your continued support to plan the park. It is frustrating that we want to use the property now for things like a community garden or a yard sale, but are finding very few ways to use this property to help unite our neighborhood.
  • Request for a gateway / thoroughfare study on South Saunders, similar to the study on Capital Boulevard, for the southern gateway into downtown Raleigh, the best view of the city.
  • Maintenance / upkeep on South Wilmington Street near the greenway where overgrowth is an issue.
  • We need to moreĀ  police and inspection resources to help us with quality of life issues, such as our Trailwood Hills neighborhood where parking, PROP, and inspections are major concerns to the quality of life; this is just an example, but it’s seen throughout SWCAC.
  • Our communities would like to see sidewalks and/or multipurpose paths along Lake Wheeler Road and Maywood Avenue where these connections are desperately needed. If you don’t know what goat trails are, then please visit Lake Wheeler Road, south and north of the beltline to see where people are walking without pedestrian amenities.
  • Support for community gardens.
  • Parties, loud noise, and animal calls continue to hinder the quality of life in the SWCAC. Any resources that can help us address these issue would be greatly appreciated.

If there are any additional items that were not captured at the SWCAC, please feel free to contact me or add a comment below.

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4 Responses to “SWCAC Budget Concerns for June 2010”

  1. *Call to action*

    Attend the budget hearing to help support these items.

    The City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed FY2011 budget on June 1, at 7 p.m. in the council chamber.More info http://bit.ly/aiX97Z

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