Cary, NC – Cary’s Deputy Town Manager Mike Bajorek has worked for the Town of Cary for 31 years. Bajorek is retiring at the end of the month and he shared his experiences and insights on the town. Read more
Cary, NC – This week was very slow since it is the week before the Christmas holiday and New Year’s.
Monday – Mayors Association
Monday I attended the annual Mayors Association holiday dinner which was held in Wake Forest. I was joined by council members Robinson, Smith, and Yerha as well as several staff members. It was a time of fellowship and for reconnecting with officials from all over the county. I estimate there were over 100 people in attendance. The Mayors Association and municipalities paid for the elected officials’ dinner. We all paid for our spouse’s dinner. Read more
Cary, NC – This week included a council meeting and several important events.
Monday – Cary Police Chief
Monday I joined the entire council at the retirement of Police Chief Tony Godwin. He was one of the best chiefs that Cary has ever had and did a LOT of amazing things. As part of the ceremony I read a proclamation recognizing his service: Read more
Cary, NC – While the latest Cary Town Council meeting did not have a long agenda, Town Council and public speakers had a long discussion about stormwater and light pollution at a new planned parking lot, while also voting on a new town grant and rules regarding electric scooters that have grown in popularity. Read more
Cary, NC – In time for the holiday rush, new left turn lanes are now open at the High House Road and Cary Parkway intersection as roadwork nears completion. Read more
Cary, NC – Tis the season to be busy if you are a mayor. There were lots of events this week and a quasi-judicial council meeting.
Monday – Affordable Housing
Monday I met with the town manager and the assistant town manager. Most of our meeting was about affordable housing. In our discussion we noted that there are a lot of questions about affordable housing that need to be answered. Read more
Cary, NC – Pinned at the latest Cary Town Council meeting, Mike Cooper is Cary’s new fire chief, and after decades in the fire service both in Cary and around the Triangle, he shared his expertise and experience he has gained along the way. Read more
Cary, NC – This week consisted mostly of events and presentations.
My typical weekly one-on-one meeting with the town manager was cancelled on Monday so my only duty was to sign papers.
Tuesday – Downtown Park Meeting
Tuesday I joined the entire council and about 200 residents for a public meeting regarding phase II of the downtown park. The consultant’s presentation lasted about 30 to 45 minutes and included information captured from a public workshop held earlier in the year. Read more
Cary, NC – Cary is one of the greatest communities to live in America. Yet after a heavy storm event, for some of our citizens, it’s all washed up.
Stormwater and flooding have caused problems for decades – especially in older areas of town developed before 2000 when Cary didn’t have many of the stormwater mitigation regulations and riparian buffer requirements that we have today. Some homes were literally constructed in a floodplain – a practice that is prohibited today. Aging and in some cases, inadequate infrastructure is also a concern. Read more
Cary, NC – If Phase I of the Downtown Cary Park has already become one of the town’s biggest attractions, Phase II may be even more transformative. People in Cary got their first look at what the rest of the park could look like with rough outlines and are invited to give their input. Read more