A video of the 12/1/2015 evening session is HERE.
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The City Council of the City of Raleigh met in a regular reconvened session at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 in the City Council Chamber, Room 201 of the Raleigh Municipal Building, Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex, 222 W. Hargett Street, Raleigh, North Carolina, with all Council members present:
Mayor Nancy McFarlane, Presiding
Councilor Mary-Ann Baldwin
Councilor Corey D. Branch
Councilor David Cox
Councilor Kay C. Crowder
Councilor Bonner Gaylord
Councilor Russ Stephenson
Councilor Dickie Thompson
Mayor McFarlane reconvened the meeting and the following items were discussed with action taken as shown.
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STREET IMPROVEMENTS – LORIMER ROAD – REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION – NO ACTION TAKEN
Erin Salmon, 1210 Lorimer Road, presented a petition which she stated was signed by 71.4% of the property owners representing 69.5% of the lineal frontage of the 1200 block of Lorimer Road who are petitioning the Council to remove their block from the improvement authorized by Resolution 2015-141. As their block was included in a property owner initiative petition begun in May of 2014 for road construction without their knowledge and without their consent by someone who is not a property owners. She stated they are in favor of pedestrian safety, stormwater improvements and connectivity. She stated they are requesting the opportunity to educate themselves and learn more about the improvement options included in the City of Raleigh street and sidewalk improvement policy as well as the 2030 comprehensive plan so that they may submit their own petition which more accurately reflects the true will of the property owners in the 1200 block. She asked the Council to please accept their request to withdraw from the petition and the authorized improvements. She talked about the character of the area, the attributes they want to protect and the fear of damage to their area.
Mayor McFarlane stated unless she hears a motion to reconsider, the Council would move on to the next item. There were no motions or requests to reconsider.
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—Lorimer Road resident Jane Fenn, who was present at the meeting, wrote a Letter to the Editor of the News & Observer, responding to what she witnessed.
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