Lorimer Rd Community Meeting Q&A (02/08/2017)

Lorimer Road Community Meeting 2/8/17 (25% Design Meeting)

Audience Questions

Q: How much of a grade change is going to happen with the new construction?
A: Grade is to be brought up to current City standards.

Q: Why is a 3.5’ berm on one side of the street for shelter ok but the side with the sidewalk has to be 6’?
A: The side with the sidewalk is where the pedestrian traffic is being directed, the 3.5’ side is so people do not have to go into a ditch to avoid traffic.

Q: What does Neighborhood Yield Standard mean and how was it modified for this application?
A: 5’ sidewalk instead of a 6’ standard, 5’ easement, Vertical curb design. New construction neighborhoods have to follow the Neighborhood Yield Standards set forth by the city. Older communities get a retrofit of the standard to be less intrusive.

Q: Who is responsible for maintaining the new grass that will be planted in the 6’ buffer between the curb and the sidewalk?
A: Residents are responsible for maintaining and can decide what landscaping goes into the area. The grass that is planted will be guaranteed for 1 year.

Q: What will happen to the mailbox’s during construction and what about mail service?
A: Temporary postal service will be centralized near the construction area and the service will not be interrupted, no having to go to the post office to get your mail.

Q: What about traffic easement after construction is completed?

Was this concerning traffic calming speed bumps?

A: Residents can contact NTMP@raleighnc.gov 919-996-4066 Transportation Operations Division with any suggestions to make the streets safer.

Q: How far back from the sidewalk will the trees be removed?
A: The City is looking to remove as little trees as possible and only will within the grade area and temporary easement.

Q: Can residents request tree removal?
A: Residents wishing to have trees removed can contact the city on an individual basis for assistance on negotiating a removal price with contractors for those trees outside the scope of the project.

Q: How will local utilities be impacted during construction?
A: Temporary utility services will be in place with zero downtime for electric, water, sewer, gas. Permanent solutions will be determined and in place before any old services are disconnected.

Q: How will Google Fiber installation impact the new construction?
A: A coordinated effort to have Google Fiber contractors in the area before construction is begun to eliminate and damage to new constructions or services.

Q: What is the difference between an easement and right of way acquisitions?
A: Right of way acquisitions are where the city permanently purchases property from the owner for city use. Easement acquisition is when an area of land is to be used but not purchased. Easement acquisition is the priority for this project.

Red note added by Talal Shahbander

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Facebook Post (David Simonton, 6/25/2017)

COUNTERPOINT

Currie Mixon is my across-the-street neighbor, and the petitioner’s brother-in-law. He recently commented on my continuing effort to shine a light on what transpired on Lorimer Road in a post on the Nextdoor Avent West website.

Mixon began his assessment by referring to resident Jeff Essic’s post on the site. Here is Jeff’s concluding paragraph:

“[Those] are some of the reasons why there are folks along the street against the project and why you will probably continue to hear about it until there is at least some acknowledgement that yes, the petition process was flawed, and some meaningful assurance from the city on a lower-impact design.”

Currie’s comment:

“Regarding Jeff Essic’s last paragraph, I’d say it’s impossible to say how much less raving Mr. Simonton would do with any acknowledgement or change. He’s been raving mad about the prospect of a sidewalk from the beginning, and I am of the opinion (you can see for yourself if he ever posts about anything else, he has a hobby website dedicated to opposition to this project, and now FB page…) that his opposition to this project is one that defines him in his eyes.”

I wish that a fraction of the energy spent dividing and conquering this once united neighborhood had been spent for the good of all who live here.

It didn’t have to end up this way. There could have been/should have been a positive, less fraught outcome. That choice was available to the petitioner, her sister and her sister’s husband, but they decided to take another route; with, sadly, the City’s approval.

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Comment

Edward F Gehringer:  I generally like sidewalks and have no personal stake in this project, but I would like to commend Mr. Simonton for taking the time to gather evidence and bring it to the attention of the community. That is exactly what citizens should be doing … adducing more evidence so that better decisions can be made. Calling someone “raving mad” and saying that the issue is his “hobby” does nothing to advance harmony or improve decision-making. This issue, like all others, should be settled on its merits, not by trying to shout down minority views.

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