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This Week/Next Week at City Hall -- June 12, 2017

This Week/Next Week at City Hall
June 12, 2017

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Week of June 12
Here are some of the events planned for the coming week.  It’s always helpful to have community members attend to show interest in these topics, ask questions, etc.  If you plan to attend any of these meetings, we’ll be glad to include your meeting summary in future articles.

Monday, 6/12
  • 4pm – City Council Budget Work Session, Council Chambers
  • 7pm – South CAC – Sanderford Road Neighborhood Center, 2623 Sanderford Road
  • 7pm – Southwest CAC – Carolina Pines Community Center, 2305 Lake Wheeler Road

Tuesday, 6/13
  • 9am – Planning Commission, Council Chambers, Agenda includes
    • TC-3-2017 Accessory Dwelling Unit Overlay District
    • Z-8-17 Fox Road
    • Z-1-17 Falls of Neuse Road
  • 4pm – City Council Work Session, Conference Room 305, Agenda includes
    • Milburnie Dam Removal
    • Raleigh Union Station Leases
    • Multi-family Recycling Services
  • 7pm – Forestville CAC – Abbotts Creek Community Center, 9950 Durant Road
  • 7pm – Mordecai CAC – Mordecai Historic Park Visitor Center, 1101 Wake Forest Road
  • 7pm – North Central CAC – Tarboro Road Community Center, 121 N. Tarboro Road
  • 7pm – Northwest CAC – Lake Lynn Community Center, 7921 Ray Road

Wednesday, 6/14

Thursday, 6/15
  • 7pm – Atlantic CAC – Green Road Community Center, 4201 Green Road

Week of June 5
June 6 City Council Meeting
  • The Mayor began the evening session with the following statement:
“Before we start tonight, I do have a few comments that I would like to make. I do want to take a few moments now and acknowledge the concerns that have been circulating in the community regarding the future of the CACs. The CACs have not been disbanded or changed in any way.

I believe every member of this City Council understands and values the important role the CACs have had and continue to play in citizen engagement. I’m very glad that you’re all here tonight.

The CAC Chairs, and those that work through the CACs, are the resource that we need to figure out how to improve citizen engagement in this growing city. I want everyone to know that I am committed to a citizen engagement process that includes everyone. And I mean everyone.

What we’re doing now is starting a community wide discussion on how we better communicate and engage with the public; now that we are a community that is approaching a half a million people. And I apologize that our communication attempts have failed in conveying that message. I know that it has come across as an attempt to disband the CACs, and that is not the intent of this process.

I would like to reiterate that I appreciate the work of the Citizen Engagement Task Force, however, we need to acknowledge that at this time, that those that have been actively involved in citizen engagement through their CACs, feel that their voice has not been heard…and has not had the opportunity to be heard.

So before we move forward, I would like to say ‘let’s pause and take a breath’; it’s more important to get this right than it is to rush through a process that people have concerns about right off the bat. So I would like to suggest that our next step be a Council work session that includes a consultant that will facilitate an open dialogue and help bring a consensus around how we proceed. And how we move forward. I think we can all agree that we do share a common goal and that is ‘how do we improve citizen engagement in Raleigh?’

So thank you all for indulging me in those couple of minutes before we start.”

Following the mayor’s statement, more than 20 individuals spoke in support of CACs and the council chambers were filled to overflowing with CAC supporters.

Both the News & Observer and The Indy reported on the meeting.  Be sure to read the online comments.

  • In the earlier afternoon session, City Council voted unanimously to apply for an Oberlin Village Historic Overlay District.

All meetings at Raleigh Municipal Building, 222 West Hargett Street, unless otherwise noted.  

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