Cary, NC — This was the last week before a big family vacation.
Monday, I attempted to call all council members to hear concerns or questions about Thursday’s agenda for the regularly scheduled council meeting. I was able to contact all council members except Robinson. Most of council comments were on the High Meadow Drive road improvements, the Cary Tennis Park renovations, and the SK8 Park Master plan.
Later in the day, I went over the agenda with management, directors, public information, legal and administration. Our meeting lasted less than 30 minutes.
Tuesday I had the pleasure of playing the Augusta National Golf Course as a thank you for volunteering for the Masters Golf tournament.
Playing the Augusta National Golf Course
I am not a good golfer, so I looked for one or two holes to brag about. My big story for this year was that I birdied the infamous number 12 at Amen corner.
Council Work Session
Tuesday night, the council held the first work session on the budget. This work session was about capital projects. For the most part, council followed staff recommendations but asked staff to come back with funding information for the Carpenter Upchurch and Morrisville Parkway intersection with the railroad. The estimated price for that upgrade will be over a million dollars.
Council member Robinson suggested taking money from the sidewalks allocation. I am not sure the majority of council would support that.
Wednesday I attended the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Executive Board meeting as the vice chairman. Decisions included recommending an amendment to the Transportation Improvement Program and providing a letter of support for Fuquay for TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) 2015 discretionary grants.
Thursday the council held a regularly scheduled council meeting. There were seven public hearings, five discussion items and a closed session. The meeting lasted about two and a half hours. Public speakers spoke on budget items and the skate park master plan.
Council decisions included tabling the High Meadow Drive improvements to get input from nearby residents, replacement of Crescent Green bridges, appropriating money for Cary Tennis Park renovations and approving the skate park master plan that will include a “vert” ramp.
Emails from Citizens
Emails from citizens this week included comments about the new golf course noise ordinance, concerns about car thefts in a subdivision, comments about a traffic signal at McCrimmon and Lake Grove and support for the town manager’s proposed budget.
Get in Touch
I will be on vacation the next two weeks and will be back in town ready for work on June 7th.
Due to my vacation, the next post will be on Sunday, June 14th. Although I have Facebook and Twitter accounts those are not the best means of communications with me. Please send all Town of Cary questions or comments to Harold.Weinbrecht@townofcary.org and email personal comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht. The lead photo shows Mayor Weinbrecht standing at #13 at the Augusta National.