Cary, NC – As municipalities across the United States face the challenges of a changing environment and providing natural resources to their residents, Morrisville Mayor TJ Cawley is working to bridge federal and local support as he takes a new national leadership position. Read more
Cary, NC – This was a slower week than normal since it included Valentine’s Day.
Monday – Neighborhood Traffic Safety
Monday started with my weekly one-on-one meeting with the town manager. We were joined by the Public Information Officer. We spent about 30 minutes talking about issues including the upcoming staff-council working retreat and a legal matter.
Later Monday I joined the Deputy Town Manager, two police captains, the director of transportation and facilities, engineers, and others in a meeting with Cameron Pond residents about traffic safety issues. Their neighborhood is divided by Carpenter Fire Station Road which means residents have to cross that road to get to neighborhood amenities. While this is a state road, town staff agreed to work with the neighbors and NCDOT to try and find a solution. The solution may include a mid-block crosswalk with median for pedestrian refuge. Read more
Cary, NC – Cary’s newest fire station is currently under construction on Walnut Street, relocating from SE Maynard Road, and weather permitting, plans are for the station to open early next year. Read more
Cary, NC – This week was relatively short in comparison to typical weeks this time of year.
Monday – Planning for the Week
Monday I called council members to hear of concerns or questions they may have had about the upcoming council meeting on Thursday. Since the discussion part of that meeting was quasi-judicial I was not allowed to discuss those topics with council members. Read more
Cary, NC – The latest Cary Town Council meeting saw extensive discussion on a mini-storage unit during a Quasi-Judicial hearing, as well as a Public Hearing on parking for an office on Weston Parkway and more. Read more
Cary, NC – We are now in flu season as more and more cases are being tracked not just in North Carolina but across the country. Learn about the influenza in the region currently, as well as ways to stay healthy and safe. Read more
Cary, NC – This week was much slower with just a few activities.
Tuesday – Chinese Business Association
Tuesday I attended the North Carolina Chinese Business Association annual reception at the Governor’s mansion. I estimate that there were about two hundred in attendance. After arriving I talked with several business owners and professors. At 6 PM the emcee, Renee Chou from WRAL, started introducing the speakers. The speakers included the Governor, Secretary of State, two North Carolina Senators, and many Chinese business leaders. Read more
Cary, NC – JCPenney announced this week it will be closing its Cary Towne Center store, making it the third major retail anchor to leave the local mall. This sale coincides with the mall selling to a new owner Read more
Cary, NC – This was a busy week for me.
Monday – Wake Mayors
Monday I participated in a meeting of the Wake County Mayors Association. Eight of the twelve mayors were in attendance. Absent were the mayors of Apex, Morrisville, Knightdale, and Wendell. One topic discussed was the legislation that now requires municipalities to pay for road improvements around schools. In addition, municipalities are not allowed consider the road’s level of service as part of their decision. Read more
Cary, NC – The latest Cary Town Council meeting saw long discussion and public input on proposed changes to the GoCary routes and a rezoning case in West Cary to change land zoned for a school and housing. There was also funding passed for several new sidewalks in town as well as recognition for a long-time Cary staff member. Read more