Listening To North Raleigh
After 28 years of military service, Deborah and I chose to live in Raleigh because of the excellent quality of life available here. It is that very same quality of life that attracts a well trained and educated work force which in turn attracts a variety of business interests to Raleigh. These businesses help to underwrite our taxes which allow us to have the lowest cost for services in the Triangle and one of the lowest in the state while still providing a high level of city services.
Raleigh’s success is a result of years of detailed planning and hard work. I will preserve and improve upon our quality of life in Raleigh with a focus on public safety, transit and water. With three decades of leadership, management and organizational experience, I will continue to build and support consensus within the City Council that will allow the best interests of Raleigh’s citizens to flourish.
Because no one person ever has all of the answers to every question, I will listen to you—the citizens of Raleigh. With your help, we will meet the challenges and opportunities of this vibrant and growing city and keep Raleigh a great place to live, work and play.
Councilman, District A
Raleigh, North Carolina
Working For North Raleigh
You Spoke. I Listened.
Our quality of life is recognized nationally as one of the best. And yet, we pay the lowest cost-for-service in the Triangle and one of the lowest in the State. In my first term, I represented your interests in--
Member of the Council Committee for Law and Public Safety.
-Installed at Lead Mine and Bridgeport Roads.
-Approved for Harvest Oaks Drive and Strickland Road.
-Under survey for Lead Mine Road and Inman Park Drive.
-Numerous crosswalk lights installed in North Raleigh.
Capital Area Greenway Volunteers:
-Initiated a program that assists visitors and promotes public safety on our greenways. Although this effort is only a year old, there are over 60 volunteers in this program.
Public Safety Center:
-A scaled-down public safety center will be built just north of I-440, near Capital Boulevard.
Increased Equipment and Training Facilities for Our Police and Firefighters.
-Supported the new police training range facility and Fire Station 29 in North Raleigh. Spearheaded effort to replace fire department's air supply truck.
Member of the Council Committee for Comprehensive Planning.
Sandy Forks Road:
-Initiated the complete redesign and reconstruction of the worst road in Raleigh, Sandy Forks Road. This major connector in North Raleigh has been on the Capital Improvements Program list for over ten years and has been a hazard for motorists and pedestrians alike.
Six Forks Corridor Survey:
-Accelerated the study of this major north-south artery in North Raleigh.
-Synchronization of traffic signals is nearly complete in North Raleigh.
-Will replace the decrepit downtown station and provide a nexus for all modes of transit in the City.
Better Bus Service:
-Recent reassessment of bus routes and equipment to support a more efficient public transportation system completed. More bus shelters are in the works.
-Federally-funded sidewalks approved for the length of Creedmoor Road in North Raleigh.
-Continued the citizen petition process for increasing neighborhood sidewalks.
More Bike-Friendly Streets:
-Expansion of bike lanes and bike sharrows on City streets—now over 20 miles and growing.
Public Works Maintenance Facility in North Raleigh:
-A new public works maintenance facility will be built just north of I-540.
Capital Boulevard Corridor Revitalization:
-The complete redesign and reconstruction of Raleigh’s northern gateway to downtown. Federal dollars have paid for the removal of the bowling alley and will do the same for the Milner Inn. The City will remove the downtown maintenance facility. These actions and the State’s replacement of two bridges will allow a better traffic flow and a more park-like entrance to downtown. This will also improve the water quality of Pigeon House Branch Creek, the most polluted stream in our city.
-Hired the City’s first strategic transportation planner to ensure a holistic approach to our future transit needs.
City of Raleigh Representative on the Upper Neuse River Basin Association Board and Council Liaison to the Stormwater Advisory Commission.
-Worked with upstream governments to maintain and improve Falls Lake water quality through better stormwater management and preservation of watershed around the lake. Raleigh draws 50-70 million gallons of drinking water daily from Falls Lake.
-Working with the State to increase the use of ultraviolet light to reduce the chemicals used in our water treatment process.
-Requested a complete inventory and replacement schedule of our $10.5 billion water and sewer infrastructure. It’s better to maintain/replace on a planned schedule than to pay more with unanticipated breaks in the system. A replacement schedule will produce greater predictability of costs and allow a fairer, flatter rate for water and sewer charges.
-Supported citizen stormwater concerns across North Raleigh—Wimbledon, Yorkgate, Haymarket, and Summerfield North among others.
Council Liaison to the Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board.
-Expanded the Capital Area Greenway to just over 100 miles to include the near completion of the 30-mile Neuse River Greenway.
-Initiated the funding of repairs to the Ironwood Trail (just south of Shelly Lake) and the installation of lights in greenway tunnels.
Strategic Parks Planning:
-Served as the Council representative to the Parks Visioning Process. This citizen-driven process will determine the future path of our parks for the next 20 to 50 years.
-Initiated the limited use of R-10 property for community gardens in the new Unified Development Ordinance.
-Voted in good faith for a lease to preserve Dix Hill with the State of North Carolina. I expect the State to uphold their end of this agreement.
Member of the Council Committee for Budget and Economic Development.
-Worked every day to support our neighborhoods. When the folks at Inman Park were not notified of a proposed development that directly impacted them, I paused the process at Council to give them a voice. Neighborhoods must be heard on quality of life issues.
Unified Development Ordinance:
-Cleans up the previous development ordinance and provides a predictable process designed to ensure fairness for all stakeholders.
-Red Hat brought 900 employees to Raleigh. "Now employers have to locate where employees want to be." Jim Whitehurst, CEO Redhat, at the ribbon-cutting for their new headquarters in Raleigh.
-Citrix has relocated to the new Union Station complex.
-Allscripts has increased its employees in North Raleigh by 350—now over 1500.
-AND MORE ARE COMING.
From Council/Committee public hearings to the Atlantic, Midtown and North Citizen Advisory Councils to phone calls, emails and home visits, I never stop listening to you.