City Council Meeting, May 1, 2018

Agenda Item Details

Meeting — May 01, 2018 – REGULAR MEETING – FIRST TUESDAY – AFTERNOON & EVENING SESSIONS
Category — CONSENT AGENDA – RIGHT-OF-WAY ITEMS – (CONDEMNATION REQUESTS)
Subject — Condemnation Request – Lorimer Rd. Sidewalk Petition Project
Type — Action (Consent)
Fiscal Impact — No
Recommended Action — Adopt a Resolution of Condemnation

 

Melanie Leach, City Planning

 

This is a Street and Sidewalk Petition Project approved by City Council on 9/01/2015.  The proposed improvements will upgrade Lorimer Road to current standards with 2-lane curb and gutter section.  The street’s ultimate section will entail a 27’ wide section from back of curb to back of curb, a 5 ft. wide sidewalk on the west side with mainly 6’ setback, replacing the existing bridge over Bushy Creek with two concrete box culverts, add new driveway aprons and matching existing driveway surface material, improve area drainage by eliminating swales and collecting and conveying stormwater runoff in underground drainage system, grading, restoration and other appurtenant works.  The project is scheduled to be bid in May and the construction to start in August 2018.  Project completion is anticipated by end of 2019. Efforts have been unsuccessful to obtain needed easement from the following property owners; therefore it is recommended that a resolution of condemnation be authorized.

Property to be condemned: All easements and/or other interests in the property of the above-named project as shown on an exhibit prepared by: City of Raleigh Engineering Services Department Survey Section and entitled “Permanent and Temporary Construction Easement Acquisition Exhibits for the City of Raleigh” such easements and/or other interest identified and listed in the back up information associated with this request.

 

Property Owners and Site Locations:

Eugene J Alford III and Julie W. Alford 4205 Garland Dr.

Ryan Barnum 1300 Lorimer Rd.

Daniel Crompton & Alix Boulard 1400 Lorimer Rd.

Jefferson Essic & Karen Essic 1233 Lorimer Rd.

Thomas R. Isaacs & Gale J. Isaacs 1209 Lorimer Rd.

Hassan Mahini 1302 Lorimer Rd.

Donald D. Munn 1420 Lorimer Rd.

Justis Peters 1318 Lorimer Rd.

Michael E Salmon & Erin B. Salmon 1210 Lorimer Rd.

Michael Ward & Susan Ward 1303 Lorimer Rd.

 

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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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City Council Presentation (12/1/2015, Erin and Mike Salmon)

A video of the 12/1/2015 evening session is HERE.

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COUNCIL MINUTES

The City Council of the City of Raleigh met in a regular reconvened session at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 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
Councilor Mary-Ann Baldwin
Councilor Corey D. Branch
Councilor David Cox
Councilor Kay C. Crowder
Councilor Bonner Gaylord
Councilor Russ Stephenson
Councilor Dickie Thompson

Mayor McFarlane reconvened the meeting and the following items were discussed with action taken as shown.

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STREET IMPROVEMENTS – LORIMER ROAD – REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION – NO ACTION TAKEN

Erin Salmon, 1210 Lorimer Road, presented a petition which she stated was signed by 71.4% of the property owners representing 69.5% of the lineal frontage of the 1200 block of Lorimer Road who are petitioning the Council to remove their block from the improvement authorized by Resolution 2015-141. As their block was included in a property owner initiative petition begun in May of 2014 for road construction without their knowledge and without their consent by someone who is not a property owners. She stated they are in favor of pedestrian safety, stormwater improvements and connectivity. She stated they are requesting the opportunity to educate themselves and learn more about the improvement options included in the City of Raleigh street and sidewalk improvement policy as well as the 2030 comprehensive plan so that they may submit their own petition which more accurately reflects the true will of the property owners in the 1200 block. She asked the Council to please accept their request to withdraw from the petition and the authorized improvements. She talked about the character of the area, the attributes they want to protect and the fear of damage to their area.

Mayor McFarlane stated unless she hears a motion to reconsider, the Council would move on to the next item. There were no motions or requests to reconsider.

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—Lorimer Road resident Jane Fenn, who was present at the meeting, wrote a Letter to the Editor of the News & Observer, responding to what she witnessed.

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