Cary, NC – The 2019 long session kicked off on a cold day in January. The majority’s budget was crafted in the warmth of spring and vetoed in the heat of summer. Fall’s beauty has taken a back seat to brief floor sessions with a paucity of votes, many ‘no vote’ sessions, a few hastily called committee meetings, stripped bills with titles that in no way reflect their contents, and several nonsensical recesses of varying lengths. Like a plane without tower clearance to land, the legislature remains in a holding pattern, waiting for Speaker Moore, Senator Berger and Governor Cooper to negotiate a compromise budget.
Cary, NC – This week was busy and included an event to start the holiday season.
Monday – Podcast Interview
Monday I met with the town manager for our weekly one-on-one. We spent most of our time talking about the upcoming quarterly meeting. We also spent time talking about future parks.
Monday evening I recorded a podcast with the “Guys who do stuff” group. We had a great interview about how I became involved in government and the challenges we faced and are expecting to face. You can hear the entire interview at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQv1cTbovZo.
Cary, NC – This week was mostly ceremonial since several meetings were cancelled.
Monday – School Robotics
Monday I met with the First Lego League Robotics team about issues related to the environment. They created a plan and a model for Carpenter Park to include items like solar power, rain barrels for water, and trees to shade for play structures. It is so very encouraging to have youth at this age focusing on ideas that will make their community better. This type of engagement is what makes our community great. Thanks to the youth for visiting and sharing their ideas. They plan to meet with our Parks Director next.
Cary, NC – This was the first week back after arthroscopic surgery and it was a busy one. Regarding the surgery, it went well and I am now in rehab mode.
Monday – Wake Mayors Meeting
Monday I attempted to contact council members about questions or concerns they may have had on the agenda for Thursday’s regularly scheduled agenda. Most of the comments were on the Davis Drive public hearing where council members expressed concern over lack of specificity. Later in the day I met with key staff members and the Mayor Pro-Tem to go over the agenda. At that time, we believed the meeting would be straight forward without many public comments. Read more
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Psalms 139:13-18 – “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous, how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them, they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!”
I absolutely love this beautiful scripture because it describes just how personal God is. It describes, in detail, just how into us He really is. Before a child can ever have a relationship with another human being, God establishes His relationship with that child. God’s heart for children is so personal that He gives that child the first of His very best.
I could go on and on about His love for children, but instead I’m going to switch gears and talk about the teachers at Davis Drive Elementary, that He has assigned to be His own personal hands. Just when I think I’m getting to the end of my time of driving a YMCA bus, the Lord allows me to witness something that makes me love driving that old number 66 all over again.
Cary, NC –This was a big week that included my reelection as mayor of Cary.
Monday – Preparing for the Week
Monday I attempted to contact council members to hear of questions and concerns about Thursday’s upcoming agenda. Council members commented on the Weston hotel proposal and the public hearing on apartments off Petty Farm Road. Later in the day I went over the agenda items with staff and Mayor Pro-Tem Bush.
My last meeting on Monday was my one-on-one meeting with the town manager. We were joined by Mayor Pro-Tem Bush. We talked about the Weston hotel proposal, the Cary Town Center redevelopment proposal, an overall development report, and other items. Our meeting lasted about 45 minutes.
Cary, NC – This week was busy like previous weeks.
Monday – SAS Championships
Monday I provided welcoming remarks for the SAS Championships media day. In my remarks I talked about the tournament’s economic impact on the community and the opportunities it provided to our citizens to see the legends of golf.
Later Monday I joined the manager, chamber president, and a council member in the SAS Championships media day golf outing.
Cary, NC – This was another busy week for me as is typical for this time of year.
Monday – Preparing for the Week
Monday I attempted to contact all council members to hear of questions or concerns about Thursday’s agenda. Questions and concerns were centered around the hotel proposed in the Weston Office park.
Later in the day I met with staff to go over the agenda items. Most of the discussion was about what to put in the staff reports. That meeting lasted about fifteen minutes.
Next I joined Mayor Pro-Tem Bush in a one-on-one meeting with the Deputy Town Manager for a few updates.
Monday night I participated in a candidate’s forum held at Glenaire. It was put on by the League of Women Voters and moderated by Katherine Brown of WRAL. My opponent was a no show and Mr. Frantz and Mrs. Bush were unopposed, so we were seated together. The three District D candidates were on the other side. Questions alternated to each set of candidates. To watch this forum go to https://www.wral.com/cary-council-candidates-discuss-issues/18653655/. It lasted around two hours.
Cary, NC – If you are preparing to change jobs, do you know what your choices are for managing the money in your current employer’s retirement plan? Although many people choose to take a cash distribution, there are other options that may benefit you more. Read more