Letter to City Council Members (1/28/2016, David Simonton)

January 28, 2016

Raleigh City Council
City of Raleigh
P.O. Box 590
Raleigh, NC 27602

Dear City Council Member,

I will be appearing before the City Council on February 2, 2016 to address concerns I and others have about the validity of the Street Improvement Petition #1351 – Lorimer Road, as well as concerns about the petition document itself.

In advance of that appearance, I am here submitting—to you and for the record—information and materials pertaining to the petition and petition process that relate to and support these concerns. They include, but are not limited to, documents, emails, posts on social media and three (3) affidavits prepared and submitted by Lorimer Road residents (copies are included here; the originals reside with the City Clerk).

The decision by Council on September 1, 2015 to adopt Resolution 2015-141 remains controversial five months after the decision was reached. Two recent emails——from Helen Adams (December 27, 2015) and Sharon Mixon (January 19, 2016)——help illustrate the level of bitterness and acrimony that exists in this once-serene neighborhood, anger that is not likely to subside unless some action is taken to mend the division this process has caused.

Surely the deep rift that exists now on Lorimer Road could not have been Council’s intention.

“[The petition] process should not pit neighbors against neighbors.” —Mary-Ann Baldwin (Presiding), Law and Public Safety Committee, March 26, 2013

Those of us who are upset about the outcome here remain so because of how that outcome was achieved. We have made previous attempts to direct Council’s attention to serious problems with the process and this Petitioner, but to no avail. We are left to conclude that you arrived at your decision absent full knowledge of the amount and degree of the willful misconduct involved.

Enclosed please find evidence of what we conclude are deliberate and repeated efforts to deceive and mislead neighbors in order to secure their signatures. We believe the evidence presented here shows the Petitioner, the Petitioner’s sister — who acted as Co-Petitioner — and, we believe, at least one City staff member to be culpable.

We ask that you please take a few minutes to look over this evidence. If you too conclude that the circumstances surrounding the petition process as it was conducted in our neighborhood warrant further attention, then send this matter to Committee, where these serious allegations can be addressed, investigated and rectified.

It is within your power to hit the “pause button” on this highly contentious project.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

 

David Simonton
1218 Lorimer Road (23-year resident, along with my wife, Carolyn Parker, whose name appears on the Deed to this property. I am speaking here for both of us.)
Raleigh, NC 27606