Response to David Simonton’s City Council Presentation (1/5/2016)

From: Sharon Mixon [Mixon is petitioner Donna Burford’s sister]
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 8:14 AM
To: Eric Haugaard; City Council Members; Nick Sadler; Donetta Powell; News & Observer (Watchdog); INDY Week (Jane Porter)
Subject: Regarding Jan 5th Meeting and David Simonton

At the January 5th evening session of the Raleigh City Council, a group of us listened to the presentation by David Simonton regarding petitions for sidewalks and street improvements. Several of his multiple misstatements need to be corrected. First, there is no general “angst” in the Lorimer Road neighborhood over the approved street improvements. A small handful of discontented people have repeatedly sought to derail, postpone or otherwise modify this project, which the majority of the residents strongly favor. We recognize that the present narrow road is dangerous for the increased traffic and especially for pedestrians, and that there are issues with stormwater runoff that need to be dealt with. So we are eager for the project to proceed and are impatient with the continued complaining and attempts to delay or alter the project. [Note: None of the signators, below,  will have the proposed sidewalk constructed on their side of the street, the Morans are exempt from assessment as well, and John Russ doesn’t even live on Lorimer Road.] Second, regarding the petition process itself, the property owners were indeed contacted and no one felt mislead or pressured into signing, and were fully aware of the proposed improvements. We know Mr. Simonton was at the meeting* and aware also, but if he felt un-involved in the process it might be due to the fact that he is not a listed owner of any property in the neighborhood**. Which raises the question of his standing to petition the Council on this subject in the first place***.

Thank you,

Helen Adams
John Russ
Barbara and William Moran
Currie and Sharon Mixon

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*David Simonton was not present at the April 1, 2015 meeting, as the Sign-In Sheet confirms.

**David Simonton has lived at 1218 Lorimer Road with his wife, Carolyn Parker (whose name appears on the deed), since 1993. As a point of comparison, the Mixons have been Lorimer Road residents since 2013.

***City Policy: Raleigh City Council encourages citizen input. One of the ways to provide such input is to petition to address the City Council during a Council meeting.

“Petition To Appear Before City Council: To schedule an appearance before Council please submit a Request & Petition of Citizens to City of Raleigh Council form to the City Clerk by 12 p.m. on Tuesday two weeks preceding the scheduled Council meeting. Additional support information should be submitted along with the request. The request form contains completion and submission directions….”

 

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City Council Meeting Minutes (9/1/2015)

A video of the 9/1/2015 evening session is HERE. Complete Council Meeting Minutes are 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, September 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
Mayor Pro Tem John Odom
Councilor Mary-Ann Baldwin
Councilor Kay C. Crowder
Councilor Bonner Gaylord
Councilor Wayne K. Maiorano
Councilor Russ Stephenson
Councilor Eugene Weeks

Mayor McFarlane called the meeting to order and the following items were discussed with action taken and shown.

STREET IMPROVEMENTS – LORIMER ROAD – HEARING – APPROVED AS AMENDED

This was a hearing to consider the construction of Lorimer Road to a 27-foot, back-to-backstreet section with six-foot-wide sidewalk with a six-foot setback on the west side and a 3.5-foot shoulder on the east side including curbs, gutters, and drains from Kaplan Drive to Garland Drive, with assessments to apply at the current rate of $32 per linear foot. The hearing is pursuant to a petition, which was signed by 68.29 percent of the abutting property owners which represents 70.96 percent of the abutting linear feet of frontage.

The Mayor opened the hearing.

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