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Harold’s Blog: Town Council Meeting, Wegmans and More

Cary, NC – This week was probably one of the last weeks I will have with open evenings. My calendar should be filling up quickly from now until the rest of the year.

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Tuesday – Cary Diwali Preparation

Tuesday I practiced my Bollywood dance. This dance will be held on October 13th. At that time I will dance with my partner for about 1 minute and then we will join 3 others and their partners for a group dance. Those include Mayor Pro-Tem Lori Bush, North Carolina Representative Gale Adcock, and Morrisville Mayor T.J. Cawley. I now know all the steps in my dance but will need to be able to do it without mistakes. Practice on the group dance will begin in September. Read more

Lori’s Blog: Platooning and Autonomous Trucking

Cary, NC – A few weeks ago Fedex and Volvo made a splash here sharing their partnership and testing of trucks using Autonomous Driving. When I visited the launch, I was thrilled to see them in action and learn more about this exciting technology. Read more

Harold’s Blog: Town Connection, N Harrison Hotels and More

Cary, NC – There were no regularly scheduled council meetings this week so my duties were lighter than normal.

Monday – Planning for the Week

Monday I met with the town manager for our weekly one-on-one. Our topics of discussion included the proposal for hotels on North Harrison and several other items. The North Harrison hotels proposal was tabled at the last council meeting so that staff could meet with the adjacent landowner about an easement to the Arboretum. Without the easement guests at the hotels would be forced to make a U-turn on Harrison Avenue. Council will be voting on this proposal at the August 9th meeting. Read more

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Lori’s Blog: Leaving a Legacy in Cary

Cary, NC – Have you ever wanted to memorialize or honor a loved one or commemorate an event in a unique and distinctive way?

Cary has a program to help you do that!

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Harold’s Blog: Opioid Program, Planning Conference and More

Cary, NC – This week’s primary activity was the Cary Chamber Planning conference in Pinehurst.

The week started on Tuesday with an inquiry from a Triangle Business Journal reporter. They wanted to know about economic development investments in Cary.

Wednesday – Opioid Pilot Program

Wednesday I met briefly with a group working on Bloomberg Opioid pilot program. Visiting were coaches from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Dean of Public Health from John Hopkins with two associates. This was a working meeting to help with the next grant application from Bloomberg. Read more

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Lori’s Blog: Our Smart City Journey

Cary, NC – Cary has been in the news quite a bit lately about our Smart Cities initiatives. It’s great to see how forward thinking our Town has been as we find new and exciting ways to cost-effectively deliver new services, streamline current capabilities, and improve our quality of life. I blogged about this last year – and at the time, we were at the beginning of our journey. So, how far have we come? Read more

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Harold’s Blog: Cary Boards and Commissions, Sewers and More

Cary, NC – This week’s entry will be short since there wasn’t much going on.

Monday – Local Dentist Office

Monday started with my one-on-one with the town manager. We talked about a downtown business, the paid speakers at the public hearing at our last council meeting, the future downtown park, and a business near the mall site. Our conversation was very brief.

Monday afternoon I participated in a business contest at a dentist office. This is a contest with local dental-related practices hosted by Nu Image Surgical and Dental Implants. The contest involves participating staffs taking a creative photos using a Nu Image towel. I joined the staff at the office of TMJ & Sleep Therapy Center for a photo. Hopefully the image the staff with the towel and me holding ribbon cutting scissors will help them win the contest.  Read more

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Education: Bill Fletcher 2018 July Newsletter

Wake County, NC – Thoughts for July 2018 from Bill Fletcher, Member of the Wake County Board of Education.

Has the Legislature Enacted a Statewide Property Tax and Didn’t Tell Us?

While legislative leaders hold press conferences extolling teacher raises, their back room decisions amount to an illegal statewide property tax that claims more than one billion dollars from North Carolina’s property taxpayers.

This year more than eight cents of Wake’s property tax rate has been “stolen” by the state legislature to pay for state-required costs. That’s $120 million dollars that could have been used for counselors, nurses, social workers or technology support in our schools.

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Harold’s Blog: Independence Day, Craigslist Speakers and More

Cary, NC – This week was a holiday week so there were very few activities.

Monday – Craigslist Speakers

Monday I met with the town manager for my weekly one-on-one. We talked about several topics including a downtown business and an incident at the last council meeting where someone allegedly paid speakers to advocate for their project.

After talking with the town manager and others here is my understanding incident of the paid speakers. On the evening of the last council meeting someone posted on Craig’s list that they would pay $50 for speakers. During the council meeting this information was being passed around amongst council members but I was not informed.

There were three public hearings but only one had speakers. One can only speculate that the paid speakers were for the public hearing with speakers. That public hearing was a proposal for a hotel with twice the allowed height, no sidewalks, and reduction in streetscape and buffers. (The applicant and the applicant’s representative later both denied anything to do with paying speakers and said it was someone trying to sabotage the proposal.) I was made aware of the incident after the meeting. Read more