“…The way the petition process was handled was referred to the Public Works Committee”

The situation on Laurel Hills Road, outlined below and here, mirrors the situation on Lorimer Road as it relates to the door-to-door petition process itself – even though the Laurel Hills project is for traffic calming and the Lorimer Road project is for street and sidewalk improvements.

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OCTOBER 24, 2014Public Works Committee Meeting (edited, complete minutes HERE; emphasis added)-

Item #13-16 – Traffic Calming – Laurel Hills Road. Mr. Weeks indicated during the October 7, 2014 City Council meeting this item was referred to the Public Works Committee for further discussion.

Senior Traffic Engineer Jed Niffenegger summarized the following report included in the agenda packet:


At the October 7, 2014 City Council evening session, Council instructed staff to temporarily halt work on the traffic calming process for Laurel Hills Road. This reprieve would allow Council to hear more details about concerns from a citizen regarding the petition process. The concerns and the way the petition process was handled was referred to the Public Works Committee.

Project History:

Laurel Hills Road is loop road classified as a Neighborhood Street that begins and ends at Edwards Mill Road. A request for a traffic calming evaluation for Laurel Hills Road was received on December 6, 2012. Following the Council adopted Neighborhood Traffic Management Program; staff had to divide Laurel Hills Road into two sections since its length is well over a mile. Woodbine Road was selected as the dividing street allowing the two sections of Laurel Hills Road qualify for treatment. The evaluations for both sections were completed in February 2013. The westernmost section of Laurel Hills Road ended atop the Traffic Calming project list, while the eastern section of the street was ranked fourth. Residents on both sections of the street asked for petitions to circulate during the introductory meet held for the highest ranked streets. Each section returned their petitions within the time period with sufficient signatures to move the process forward. Continue reading

Justis Peters – Woodlinks Drive

“Justis Peters, 1315 Lorimer Road, spoke in support of the improvements. He questioned however if it could be amended to add sidewalks down the side of his property on Woodlinks. He stated he owns the majority of the frontage on Woodlinks and if the sidewalk could be extended to make it a complete sidewalk the people along Fairway Ridge would benefit.” —from City Council Meeting Minutes, 9/1/2015 [Note: Donna Burford, the Lorimer Road petitioner, lives on Fairway Ridge Drive; neither Peters nor Burford will be assessed for either project]

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From: Smith, Gail
To: Johnson, Chris ;  Upchurch, Jimmy ;  Eldredge, Leslie
CC: Powell, Donetta
Sent time: 02 Sep, 2015 2:55:15 PM


From: Upchurch, Jimmy
Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 9:37 AM
To: Smith, Gail; Eldredge, Leslie
Cc: Johnson, Chris; Powell, Donetta
Subject: Lorimer Road Petition Motion To Approve


Please clarify Ms. Crowder’s motion in regards to Mr. Justis Peters request last night for us to extend the proposed sidewalk installation on Lorimer around his side yard on Woodlinks to connect to the existing sidewalk that stops at his property line.

This addition, as requested by Mr. Peters, to the proposed improvements included in the petition would only affect Mr. Peters property and being sidewalk installation along his property only, it would be completely at City expense as sidewalk installation is not assessable with this proposed project.


Jimmy Upchurch
Assessment Supervisor
City of Raleigh Public Works Department
Design/Construction Division


Mr. Peter’s request to add sidewalk along his side yard

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From: Smith, Gail
Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 10:38 AM
To: Upchurch, Jimmy; Eldredge, Leslie
Cc: Johnson, Chris; Powell, Donetta
Subject: RE: Lorimer Road Petition Motion To Approve

Her motion was to approve the improvements with the change that sidewalk will be reduced to 5 ft. – Sidewalk from Kaplan to Garland.  In staff this am there was discussion about adding the Peters property.  Tom said that could not occur without going through the entire process again but suggested to Rich that if Mr. Peters was willing to pay for the project that maybe we could enter into a contract to add the improvements to his property to the contract.

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“Survey Limits Summary”

Lorimer Road “Kickoff Meeting” Survey Limits Summary
PW#: 2014_0012 (project limits from: Garland Drive…to: Kaplan Drive)

 Garland Drive Intersection:

  • Garland Dr: go 150’ (east and west) past Lorimer Rd
  • Lorimer Rd: go 150’ (north) past Garland Dr

 From: Garland Drive…To: Onslow Road:

  • Go 50’ beyond R/W

 Onslow Road Intersection:

  • Onslow Rd (east leg): go 150’ past Lorimer Rd
  • Onslow Rd (west leg): go to rear property line of parcel 1300

 Bushy Creek:

  • Obtain locations and elevations of headwalls, wingwalls, floor, and ceiling of 15’x6’ box culvert
  • Obtain elevations or height above ground of power and CATV cables measured at culvert center

From: Bushy Creek…To Kaplan Drive:

  • Go to front of houses
    • o Except parcel 1300…go to rear property line
    • o Except parcel 4900 (church)…go to 50’ beyond R/W
  • Merwin Rd: go 150’ from Lorimer Rd and 50’ beyond R/W
  • Athlone Pl: go 150’ from Lorimer Rd and 50’ beyond R/W
  • Woodlinks Dr: go to Fairway Ridge Dr and 50’ beyond R/W
  • Locate 15” storm drain pipes in front yards of parcels 1401, 1321, 1319, 1315 as shown in IMAPS
    • o Top of pipes (horizontal and vertical) elevation is adequate (i.e. don’t need inverts) but make sure they are labeled as “top of pipe” elevations
  • Locate 18” storm drain pipe ends crossing under Lorimer Rd (between parcels 1400 and 1401) with inverts
  • Locate 4” diameter rubber (bronze nut in center) well cap in Lorimer Rd pavement that is 2’ inside pavement (north side) and approximately 40’ west of Merwin Rd

 Kaplan Drive Intersection: (do not need topo here…just new infrastructure)

  • Kaplan Dr: go 50’ (east and west) past Lorimer Rd
  • Lorimer Rd: go 50’ (south) past Kaplan Dr

 General Notes:

  • Do not locate distressed pavement areas as mentioned in meeting
  • Locate all driveway culverts with pipe size, inverts, and material
  • Locate water meters (horizontal and vertical) and sewer cleanouts (horizontal only)

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See also Map Summary for Drafting Staff