January 2015 Updates
· Some highlights for the New Year: Three new schools will open. The construction funding for the new schools comes from an $810 billion bond referendum voters approved last year to build 16 schools and renovate six schools to keep pace with a growing population. Design work is underway for many of those schools, and construction will begin on some in 2015. Democrats swept the Wake County
Board of Commissioners in this fall’s election, bringing new life to the debate about public transit.
Western Wake County:
- A recent hearing was held on a state proposal to allow the western Wake County towns a daily allotment of 33 million gallons of water a day, up from the current daily allotment of 24 million, to help their growing populations. DENR held another hearing on the proposal in Fayetteville on Jan. 22, and is accepting written comments from the public until Feb. 5. People can send comments to Harold Brady at the N.C. Division of Water Resources, 1611 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Environmental Management Commission will likely vote in March whether to approve the changes.
- Work has begun on a road project at Walnut Street and Buck Jones Road, weather permitting, the town said. The construction area will cover Walnut Street from the U.S. 1/64 southbound ramp to Piney Plains Road and Buck Jones Road from Walnut Street to Best Motor Imports. The year-long project will add new sidewalks along Walnut Street; will add a lane from Meeting Street to Buck Jones Road; improve lane alignment; and widen the bridge over U.S. 1/64.
- Notice of Request for Proposals: The Town of Chapel Hill desires to engage qualified Energy Service Companies (ESCO) to design and implement energy conservation measures to be financed through a guaranteed energy savings contract. Services for this project may include, but are not limited to, a preliminary audit, cost-benefit analysis, investment grade audit, design and installation of energy conservation measures, training, and identification of other utility cost-saving projects. The ESCO shall be pre-qualified by the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Sealed proposals for guaranteed energy savings will be received by the Purchasing and Contracts Manager at Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514, until February 9, 2015, at 1 p.m., at which time they will be publicly opened and read. A mandatory pre-proposal meeting will be held on January 30, 2015 at 1 p.m. in the 1st Floor Conference Room at Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514. Complete document may be downloaded from the Town of Chapel Hill’s website at www.townofchapelhill.org. Any questions concerning the advertisement should be directed to Zakia Alam at email@example.com. Any questions regarding the project should be directed to Jesse Freedman at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Town of Chapel Hill reserves the right to reject any and all bids and accept the bid most favorable to the Town.
- Durham Strategic Plan: Participate in survey.
- The City of Durham and Durham County governments are embarking on an open data partnership that will lay the groundwork for businesses, non-profits, journalists, universities, and residents to access and use the wealth of public data available between the two government organizations, while becoming even more transparent to the residents of Durham.
- Town leaders have been discussing speeding up development-related decisions, standardizing how and when to extend utilities to unincorporated areas and also possibly tweaking some of the aesthetic requirements – or lack thereof – within the town code
- The Town of Hillsborough wants to know what you think of its draft “Vision 2030” plan, a blueprint that will shape town policies for the next 15 years. You can also send comments to Planning Director Margaret Hauth at http://nando.com/sg Town staff can attend homeowner association, neighborhood, or civic group meetings to discuss the draft document. Call Hauth to schedule a meeting: 919-732-1270, ext. 86. For more information about Hillsborough's Vision 2030, go to http://nando.com/sh.
- After months of discussions on where to build a downtown, Morrisville leaders selected the land off of Jeremiah Street just behind Town Hall. The town already owns 10 of the 25 acres on the site. The Town Council decided, after heated debate, to continue developing the site, even though outside experts have said it stands little chance of attracting retail, especially shops and restaurants.
- A $2.79 million plan aims to make a stroll down Oberlin Road near Cameron Village more pleasant
by improving sidewalks, landscaping and lighting. The Raleigh City Council approved a plan for Oberlin between Groveland and Bedford avenues built on the idea that as more business and
residential development comes to the area, more pedestrian-friendly streets are needed.
Read the entire plan for Oberlin Street at bit.ly/1n8zI6n.
- The town plans to soon widen Ligon Mill and Rogers roads, the first projects to get underway after voters approved a $25 million bond measure last fall to pay for streets, parks, sidewalks and greenways. Wake Forest will sell between $4 million and $6 million of the bonds in March. The road-widening projects are expected to cost $2.5 million.
· Wake Forest residents can expect to pay lower electricity rates when the town untangles itself from partial ownership of four power plants. Duke Energy Progress will buy out 32 eastern North Carolina towns’ share of power plants valued at $1.2 billion.
- Wendell Falls prepares to market homes as early as the end of this month. Interested parties can sign up at wendellfalls.com and on social media to receive information on pre-sales and project updates.
- Visit www.zebulongreenways.com, where visitors can take surveys and stay up to date on the greenway master plan throughout the process.