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Harold’s Blog: Highway Expansion, Maynard Water Tower and More

Cary, NC – This week was my last week before a family vacation.

Monday – Wake County Mayors

Monday I met with the Wake County Mayors in Garner. All mayors were in attendance except the Mayors of Apex, Knightdale, Raleigh, and Wendell. The meeting included a presentation about the upcoming census from a non-profit NC Counts Coalition and from a Wake County Planner. Residents will be invited to respond to the census starting mid-March 2020 either by internet, telephone, or paper. Read more

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Gale’s Blog: March Madness Isn’t Just About Basketball

Cary, NC – March is the mid-point of a 3 month NCGA marathon to get policy ideas fleshed out, bills drafted and sponsors lined up—all before a self-imposed legislative clock runs out. Read more

Harold’s Blog: Transportation Plans, Cary Fire Department and More

Cary, NC – This week was mostly meetings with a couple of events.

Monday – Preparing for the Week

Monday I met with the town manager for our weekly one-on-one. Topics included a potential bond referendum, downtown businesses, the land development ordinance, the mall site, and the Fenton site. Our meeting lasted about 45 minutes.

Later Monday I met with the Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. We talked about several things such as Cary businesses, potential class A office sites, and Cary’s diverse population. Our meeting lasted about half an hour. Read more

Wake County Public School System

Bill Fletcher: Superintendent Budget Request, School Funding and More

Wake County, NC – Thoughts for April 2019 from Bill Fletcher, Member of the Wake County Board of Education.

How North Carolina Funds Schools

The State Constitution expects the legislature to fund all school operations and the county to fund facilities.

School boards do not have taxing authority and thus are dependent on state and county funding decisions to run an effective and challenging academic program. Read more

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Harold’s Blog: Town Trip, Fenton Sale and More

Cary, NC – This week I joined council members, staff, and dozens of business leaders in an inter-city visit to the Dallas, Fort Worth area. Our visit included Irving, Fort Worth, and Frisco. Read more

Downtown Cary

Don’s Blog: Downtown LDO Amendment Work Session

Cary, NC – Approved in 2001, the Town Center Area Plan (TCAP) was Cary’s vision and planning document for downtown redevelopment. Also approved at that time was the current zoning downtown. Read more

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Harold’s Blog: Downtown Development, Ordinance Changes and More

Cary, NC – This was a busy week for me with meetings and events.

Monday – Downtown Development

Monday I contacted council members to hear of questions or concerns about Thursday’s upcoming meeting. Since there were no scheduled public hearings or discussion items on the agenda there were very few questions. However one council member did have a question about a street renaming.

Monday afternoon I met with the owner of TAC (Triangle Aquatic Center) and the deputy town manager. The owner gave us an update of the expansion project and wanted to meet again to talk about partnering with the town on future expansions. Read more

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Gale’s Blog: All About the (Proposed) Budget

Cary, NC – The biennial budget dance began March 6 when Gov. Roy Cooper rolled out his proposal: $25.2 B for fiscal year (FY) 2019-20 and $25.96 for FY 2020-21, described as containing “visionary investments in education, health care and infrastructure with no tax increases”. Read more

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Harold’s Blog: Cary Water, Transportation Future and More

Cary, NC – This week was a busy week with lots of meetings.

Monday – Cary Water Treatment

Monday’s first meeting was with the town manager for my weekly one-on-one. Topics included downtown development, future meetings, and legal issues.

Next I chaired a meeting of CAWTF (Cary/Apex Water Treatment Facility) advisory committee to consider the fiscal year 2020 capital and operating budgets. This committee has two voting members, the mayor or manager from Apex and Cary. Cary staff made a presentation and requested an operating budget of $9,955,933 for the Jordan Lake raw water intake/pump station and associated facilities. Cary’s portion of that would be $7,666,068. Read more

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Harold’s Blog: Downtown Park, Local Mayors and More

Cary, NC – This was a busy week but typical for this time of year.

Monday – Town Advisory Board

Monday I contacted all council members but one to hear their concerns and questions on the upcoming agenda for Thursday’s regularly scheduled meeting. Since the agenda was short there were very few questions.

Monday afternoon I met with key staff members to go over the agenda. Our meeting was short and we believed the council meeting would be short as well. Read more