The 25% Design Meeting

UPDATE (Late-September 2016) — “I am targeting the week after Thanksgiving to hold the meeting.” —Talal Shahbander

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UPDATE (Spring 2016)Talal Shahbander reported that the first/25% design meeting will be held possibly in December but more likely in early January, and that he will make a decision on that in September.

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[The highlighting is the City’s]

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[“CM Crowder’s staffer” = Council Member Crowder’s staff member, Nick Sadler]

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[Source: HERE]

The Woodlinks Drive Connection

Donna Moll Burford posted the following on Facebook on September 2, 2015:

Fairway Ridge was developed after this area was considered part of the City of Raleigh, so curbs and gutters were installed. Maybe being that ít is a dead end road, they weren’t required to put sidewalks running the whole length. But there is sidewalk running half way down Woodlinks Drive that connects our homes to Lorimer Rd. We got approval to include the continuation of that sidewalk down to Lorimer as part of this project.”

—Who are “we?” Also, the approval for the Woodlinks Drive project did not occur until November 3 (see below), yet this Facebook post is dated September 2.

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City Council Meeting, October 7, 2015 – from the Meeting Minutes:

SIDEWALK INSTALLATION – WOODLINKS DRIVE – PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED

The following sidewalk petition has been received and signed by a majority (50 percent plus one) of the adjacent property owners as required by the City’s Residential Sidewalk Petition Policy.

Woodlinks Drive (east side) from Lorimer Road to the existing sidewalk for an approximate distance of 217 linear feet.  Staff recommends installation of sidewalk on the east side to match the existing sidewalk on Woodlinks Drive and tie into the sidewalk installation recently approved for Lorimer Road. The petition received 100 percent participation with the sole property owner in favor of the proposed sidewalk installation.  The estimated cost of construction is $21,700.

Funds are available in the Sidewalk Petition Program for design and construction.

Recommendation:  Schedule a public hearing for November 3, 2015.  Upheld on Consent Agenda Odom/Stephenson – 6 ayes.  (Maiorano absent and excused/Baldwin had not arrived at the meeting).

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City Council Meeting, November 3, 2015 – from the Meeting Minutes:

SIDEWALK INSTALLATION – WOODLINKS – HEARING – APPROVED

This was a hearing to consider a petition signed by 100 percent of the property owners to install a sidewalk on the east side of Woodlinks from Lorimer Road to the existing sidewalk, which is an approximate distance of 217 feet at an estimated cost of $21,700.

Following the hearing, the Council may take action on the request. 

The Mayor opened the hearing no one asked to be heard thus the hearing was closed.  Ms. Baldwin moved approval as outlined.  Her motion was seconded by Ms. Crowder* and a roll call voted in all members voting in the affirmative.  The Mayor ruled the motion adopted on an 8-0 vote.

* It was the other way around at the September 1 Council Meeting when the Lorimer Road decision was made: Crowder moved for approval, Baldwin seconded.

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Slide were generated by the City of Raleigh to show the length of the petitioned-for project—from Kaplan Drive to Garland Drive. Slide #1 is captioned “Lorimer Road from Kaplan Drive northward toward Woodlinks Drive.”

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Erin Salmon and the City – Part One

On Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 4:40 PM, Nick Sadler  wrote:

Ms. [Erin] Salmon

My name is Nick Sadler and I work as a Policy Analyst in the City Council Office.

We understand that you have been contacting various departments throughout the City in an effort to gather information about the Lorimer Drive Street and Sidewalk Improvements that was approved by council in September. To better serve this effort I have been asked to  be the point of contact for you moving forward. Any request for information should be sent to me. Once I receive the request I will ensure that it gets to the correct staff  and ensure that you get the information you request.

I appreciate your understanding of this. If you have any questions please let me know.

Nick

Nick Sadler, Policy Analyst

City of Raleigh | City Manager’s Office

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On Sep 29, 2015, at 12:09 AM, Erin Salmon wrote:

Hello Nick,

Thank you for your email.  I am curious who asked you to be the point person for directing my questions.  Prior to your email, I spoke at length with Chris Johnson, and he asked that I direct my questions to himself and to Jimmy Upchurch.  To oblige you all, I will copy the three of you on future emails.

In any case, I believe your assistance will be invaluable for my neighborhood’s future.  This project has created a huge divide within our quiet streets, and I have been working hard since September 1 to bridge this divide, to find common ground where neighbors can work together to address concerns and issues.  The petition process itself has generated much of the contention that residents feel.  I believe that this could have been avoided had the city been more involved during that time before the petition was submitted and before the resolution went before the Council.  I know that many residents did email and call the appropriate city staff to ask questions and voice concerns, myself included. However, not all calls and emails were answered, and the information that was given to various residents was contradictory to some of the information I have gathered from the city’s website as well as from direct conversations with the departments and divisions pertinent to this project.  There continue to be unanswered questions from residents, and as a neighborhood, we have been meeting frequently over the past four weeks to sort through the information that has been gathered since September 1.

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“Informational Meeting,” April 1, 2015

From: Donetta Powell
Subject: RE: Ms Crowder’s availability
Date: October 14, 2015, 11:19 AM
To: Michael Williams
CC: Jimmy Upchurch

Mr. Williams,

The meeting held on April 1, 2015 at the Western Blvd. Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall was coordinated by the Lorimer Road Street Improvement Petitioner Mrs. Donna Burford. This was a very informal community meeting where property owners were invited to attend for her to gain support of the petition. Mrs. Burford reached out to us and asked us as City staff to attend the meeting to answer specific and technical questions from property owners that she could not answer.  The City of Raleigh was not responsible for the meeting or the sign-in sheet attached. As I thought we did receive a copy of the attendee sheet for our records and I had scanned it and saved it electronically in our petition file.

As I mentioned to you in our phone conversation, we have been directed by Lou Buonpane and Nick Sadler to refer all calls and request for information to them as of September 29th. As for Public Works staff has received a directing resolution to proceed with the City Council authorized street and sidewalk improvement project for Lorimer Road and we are doing just that. Feel free to contact me or Jimmy if you have any further questions. Thanks!

Donetta Powell, Assessment Specialist
City of Raleigh – Public Works