Story and photo by Hal Goodtree.
Cary, NC – Last week, Cary Town Council held their mid-month meeting for June and a number of interesting items were on the agenda. Here’s a recap of the highlights.
Where Do You Get Your Info?
Town of Cary publishes information like the Action Agenda but it’s pretty dry. Can’t say I’m a fan of Bud TV or Cary Matters, either. Please let me know in the comments if you agree (or disagree).
And, of course, the Cary News is not to be trusted, as Mayor Weinbrecht frequently notes in his blog.
So, this month, I’m going to give you my own personal recap of interesting and perhaps important actions taken by our elected officials in Cary.
Cary Town Council – June 14, 2012
The June 14 meeting of Cary Town Council was called to order at 6:30 PM in Council Chambers at Town Hall.
Many of the items at each session are procedural, like accepting minutes from the previous meeting. I’ll skip over those and just highlight a few of the more interesting votes.
You can see the official, unabridged information on the latest Town Council Action Agenda.
Electronic Gaming Parlors
Like the lottery? Well, you may have more opportunities to gamble right here in Cary.
Internet gaming cafes are seen by many as an attempt to skirt the laws banning video poker and other forms of online gambling. The whole issue is working its way through the NC court system. In the meantime, internet cafe entrepreneurs are testing the limits of what’s allowed while many municipalities are trying to limit or curtail the practice. Star News in Wilmington has an informative story on the issue.
On Thursday, Town Council voted to have a Public Hearing on Internet Cafes, set for Thursday, June 28.
Multifamily Developments Must Contribute to Parks & Rec
The Land Development Ordinance, also known as the LDO, regulates how land can be developed in Cary. It is a much revised document. The latest change requires multi-family developments to set aside land or make a payment to support Cary Parks and recreation.
Town Buys 3 Properties on Walnut Street
Town Council approved the purchase of three properties on Walnut Street – #105, 109 and 113. All three properties are across from Cary Arts Center and adjacent to a larger piece of land called “the Opportunity Site.” Future plans call for development of the Opportunity Site as a downtown park or other community attraction.
The three sites on Walnut have houses which will be demolished. Council approved $1,950,000 for acquisition and demolition.
Infrastructure & Operations
Town Council approved a raft of infrastructure improvements and operational items across town. Each item is in a different part of the “process” – recommendations by advisory Boards, staff work and contractor bidding. But here are some projects that are moving ahead through the process:
Higgins Greenway Extension – Committee unanimously recommended appropriating $387,366 to the Pamlico Drive – Higgins Greenway Extension for completion of construction. Town of Cary says “Higgins is one of Cary’s oldest greenways and it has excellent Old Growth Trees along the trail that provide for cooler temperatures during the summer months.” It is just inside the Maynard loop near the intersection of West Chatham and can be accessed from Danforth Drive. See the Town’s Bike & Hike Map.
Wastewater Treatment – Council approved three contracts related to the Western Wake Water Reclamation Facility:
- Wastewater Management Facilities – Committee unanimously recommended awarding the Management Facilities project to Garney Construction for $22,349,425.
- Solids Treatment Facility – Committee unanimously recommended awarding the Solids Handling Facility project to Encore Construction Company for $26,637,000.
- Effluent Pump Station – Committee unanimously recommended awarding the Effluent Pump Station project to Crowder Construction Company for $5,622,000.
As staff always notes, “the recommendation of award by Council represents a preliminary determination as to the qualifications of the bidder and no legally binding acceptance of the bid or offer occurs until the Town has executed a written agreement.”
Old Apex Road Sidewalk Improvement – Committee unanimously recommended approval and execution of condemnation resolutions associated with the Old Apex Road Sidewalk Project.
Management Contract for Booth Amphitheatre – Committee unanimously recommended exercising the extension provision in the amended SMG contract to extend SMG’s management of the Koka Booth Amphitheatre for two more years, through the 2014 season.
Donating Surplus Equipment to the Town of Benson – Committee unanimously recommended adopting a resolution to donate surplus computer equipment to the Town of Benson, North Carolina.
Last week’s Council meetings also held Public Hearings on a number of items, including the 2013 Budget, a proposed Downtown Business Improvement District (also know as a BID) and a proposed park near Bailey Park Lane and Evans Road.
The Council discussed a few other items, old and new business and adjourned at 8:30 PM.
I’d love to hear if this story has value for CaryCitizen readers.
If you are on a board or commission (or are just a keen observer of town government), let me know if I accurately portrayed the latest Council meeting. Any corrections or additions appreciated.
Or, if you are like me – not deeply involved in the nuances of town government – let me know if you find this recap helpful.