SWCAC Recap June 2010

There were about 20 folks who attended the monthly South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC) meeting on June 14, 2010. We had a variety of topics and speakers attend the meeting to provide updates. Before we adjourned, we decided that we would trade our July meeting for a community meal. We will grill some hamburgers and hot dogs at the pavilion at Carolina Pines and ask that folks attending bring a side dish. More information to come in the July newsletter.

Officer Upchurch provided updates from the Raleigh Police Department (RPD). Top items included 63 animals calls and several residential break-ins. Officer Upchurch reminded us to lock the doors and windows to your home.

We recognized Anthony McLeod and Maurice Johnson, both from Renaissance Park, for graduating from Raleigh Neighborhood College (RNC). They said they had a great experience and learned a ton about the City of Raleigh and the many departments that presented during their sessions.

Nickey Brewster, exhausted from the first day of summer camp, provided updates on Parks & Recreation. Lots of special events are happening at Carolina Pines over the next few weeks.

Dick Bailey, from Parks & Rec, then provided updates on parks in our area. First, we discussed the renovations to Carolina Pines community center. Project manager, Lynn Sullivan, was on hand to answer questions about the renovations. Currently, City Council has retained New City Design Group to complete design and planning of the project. We can expect to see the next update at the end of July 2010.

Bailey next gave a brief update on community gardens. Progress is being made. An inter-departmental group from different city departments is investing many of the issues surrounding community gardens, ranging from zoning to legality issues.

The last park topic was about the future park at Lineberry Drive and Sierra Drive. The city purchased the land last year. The next step is to create the master plan for the park. The master planning process should be inclusive of citizen participation and input. Unfortunately, this process is several years away.

Fortunate for us, parks has this item in the five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). Due to budget issues, all capital projects are in jeopardy of being cut or reduced. Since this is a new project, we can expect to see some movement on the master planning process in 2014.

The group talked briefly about a website for the CAC. The vision is to have a website for the CAC, by the CAC. We also mentioned the lack of Internet access in the meeting room at Carolina Pines which would prohibit us from showing different options and continue discussion about the website.

The meeting concluded with updates from the community.

  • A quick overview of our budget requests
  • A discussion about the Sir Walter Raleigh awards. The CAC nominated Renaissance Park for one of the categories. Individuals are encouraged nominate appearance awards for other properties around the CAC. Others mentioned were the Lonnie Poole golf course and some properties in the Caraleigh community.
  • A quick update on Tryon Road. Basically, that we have it as a line item in the budget request. This lead us to discuss the upcoming transit meeting on June 28. If you are concerned about light rail in Raleigh, this is a very important stakeholder meeting. Look for a future post on this topic.
  • Raleigh New Code updates included an announcement about workshop sessions on June 22. More information in this post.
  • Updates from our attendee’s included information about a non-profit group working to help skilled people find jobs.
  • Additionally, we got a brief update on some happenings at Raleigh Little Theater. There are many volunteer opportunities and an ice cream social coming up in the next few weeks.

Next month, the group decided to move forward with a recommendation to have a cook-out instead of canceling the meeting. The CAC will provide hamburgers and hotdogs and asks that those that come bring a side dish. Look for updates in the next newsletter.

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