Affidavit of Carolyn Parker

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 Carolyn Parker, known to me to be a credible person and of lawful age, who being by me first duly sworn, on her oath, deposes and says:

Regarding Street Improvement Petition #1351 – Lorimer Road

Because the changes will impact the usefulness of the frontage I now enjoy, and cost me a substantial amount of money, I believe I had the right to have information about this Petition provided me in a timely manner. I believe I had a right to have a Petition document state clearly the dimensions of sidewalk, setback, and easements etc. required for the project so that an average citizen could see clearly how the project might affect themselves and their neighbors.

I further believe I had a right to transparency in the process and a right to fair play. As one example: There is a small key on the Petition map page. If I read it correctly it states that a number of property owners face no assessment for this project. Yet, in the Petition process designed by the City, their vote counts the same as mine or other property owners who face assessment (one of my neighbors will have to pay more than $10,000). All of the property owners facing no assessment voted for the Petition.

I believe I had a right to be afforded a true forum with my neighbors – where you are provided correct information about the specifics of a project and the specifics of the Petition process before hand – so that you can come together to discuss diverse ideas and to develop expansive thinking.

As it turns out I was kept in the dark for 4 ½ months and given misinformation by the Petitioner.

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Affidavit of Karen Rochford

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 Karen Rochford, known to me to be a credible person and of lawful age, who being by me first duly sworn, on her oath, deposes and says:

I was asked to submit a summary of the interaction that I had when the petitioner and her sister conducted door-to-door visits soliciting signatures for the Lorimer Road project. Below is what I recall:

I was unable to attend the ONE meeting that was scheduled, very last minute, for April 1, 2015, to address the petition for Lorimer Road ‘improvements’. Donna Burford, the petitioner and Sharon Mixon, her sister, visited my home a day or two later. They provided me with the paperwork that they had handed out at the meeting and were eager for me to sign the petition. They said that there was no reason that the neighborhood couldn’t work through this together and get along [which I thought was a rather odd & defensive way to approach a conversation].

I had a number of questions and our dialogue went, although not verbatim, as follows:

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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:

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