Affidavit of Ryan Barnum

NOTE:  The original signed and notarized Affidavit is housed in the Office of the City Clerk, City of Raleigh. It is dated January 27, 2016.

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State of North Carolina
County of Wake
BEFORE ME, the undersigned Notary, ______________________________________________ , on this ___________ day of January, 2016, personally appeared Ryan Barnum, known to me to be a credible person and of lawful age, who being by me first duly sworn, on his oath, deposes and says:

When I signed this petition, on or around May 31, 2015, I was very reluctant to do so. The petition was presented to me mainly as a means to solve Beverly Thomas’s flooding problems in her yard, along with other flooding issues to her neighbors. In trying to be a good neighbor, to help people that were having flooding issues up the street from me, and in fear of incurring a much larger debt when the city raised the price for this project, I signed it. During this process, I was given misinformation by Donetta Powell, Assessment Specialist, City of Raleigh Public Works Department and Donna Burford, the petitioner, who suggested I speak with Donetta to get answers for my concerns, as she did not have all of the answers. In speaking with Donetta, I assumed the information I was given was correct and that these were the only options I had.

Here are some of the things I was told:

-The city will never repave our road and that they will only patch holes.

-This road improvement is inevitable and that the rates will be going up very soon, and I should sign now to help push it through before the rates go way up.

-The petition was a standard form and that once it is passed at city council we can talk it down to something with a much smaller footprint at the design meetings.

-There would be three design meetings after the petition passed where we could negotiate down to a 25’ road with a 2’ setback and a 4’ sidewalk.

-At the design meetings we could discuss putting the sidewalk on the opposite side of the road.

-The designers work very closely with the residents to make each one happy, and to not tear down trees and plants that the resident wants to keep.

-The designers work very closely with residents to create the least invasive plan possible.

-The center line of the road could be shifted over, and that the sidewalk would only cover the ditch without anything being ripped out.

Also, my house, which is very close to the road, was not included on the petition map, only my detached garage. I value my privacy and do not like the idea of people walking on a sidewalk 15 feet from my living room that is a wall of glass. The idea of a wider road only encourages people to drive faster down the hill and around the blind curve near Onslow. I was not aware of any of the environmental concerns and potential issues that funneling all of the water through concrete pipes into Bushy Creek could cause when I signed the petition. I already have erosion issues that I’m concerned about. My yard is also a little soggy in the back as it is and I have concerns about adding all of the impervious surface to the road will cause a hardship and flooding/wetness issues in my yard. These are some of the issues amongst many that we all face with the current plan. I wish to remove my name from the petition in hopes of canceling the current resolution, so we can go back to the drawing board as a community and find a better plan that impacts our neighborhood in a much smaller way, while meeting the needs of
everybody on our street.


Ryan Barnum

1300 Lorimer Road

Raleigh, NC 27606

Subscribed and sworn to before me, this _________ day of January, 2016.
Signature of Notary



My commission expires: ______________, 20____.