Northwest/Umstead CAC May Minutes By: Dorothee Schmid
Northwest Police District Building 7:00 pm
Attendance: Residents: 8 Staff: 4 Presenters: 2
Chair Jay Gudeman opened the meeting.
Raleigh Police Department Crime Report
Officer Cochran reported that the number of burglaries in the Northwest district decreased in the last month. The police noticed a small pattern. Some arrests were made. In response to a question Officer Cochran noted that Heroin has become an increasing problem in North Carolina, and he reminded attendees not to leave checks in the mailbox overnight.
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Report
Alicia Lacombe made attendees aware that Parks & Rec is looking for volunteer Basketball, Lacrosse, Baseball, Football, Tennis & Swimming coaches. The Parks, Recreation & Greenway Advisory Board meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month, and the meetings are open to the public. Athletic registrations are ongoing.
Wake County Public Libraries Presentation by Jean Fargo, Leesville Community Library Manager
All Wake County Libraries have extended hours: Mo – Fr 9 am – 9 pm, Fri – Sat 10 am – 6 pm. The regional libraries also open Sun 1 pm – 5 pm. Jean Fargo made attendees aware of the variety of databases available through the Wake County Public Libraries as well as audio books and E-books that are downloadable from the website.
The online events calendar lists events, and there is also an opportunity to subscribe to newsletters from one or several of the libraries. More information on the summer reading programs is available online. See http://www.wakegov.com/libraries/Pages/defa ult.aspx.
Transportation Projects in and around Crabtree Valley—Presentation by Eric Lamb, Raleigh’s Office of Transportation Planning
Eric Lamb projected a map of the Northwest area and pointed out a number of projects with relevance to the NW CAC. Among the projects mentioned were the Leesville Road widening, a bridge project at Briar Creek and T.W. Alexander, a bike path at Lumley Rd/Westgate Rd/Ebenezer Church Rd, a greenway connection to Umstead Park, the widening of Glenwood Ave. between Millbrook Rd and I-540, the Pleasant Valley Road improvement between Duraleigh and Glenwood Ave., and Blue Ridge Road improvements. For the transportation project around Crabtree Valley Mall the city will need to work with NC DOT due to the estimated cost of the project. The City of Raleigh is currently awaiting results from NC DOT’s prioritization ranking of projects to be released on May 14.
New Business/Old Business
Aracelys Torrez reported that the deadline for neighborhood improvement funds from the city has passed. New funds will be available in the new fiscal year.
CAC leadership suggested to use funds available to the CAC to purchase yard signs to publicize CAC meetings, and promotional items such as a magnetic emergency phone list with CAC information. After discussion, CAC members moved to allow this use of CAC funds, and the motion passed.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 pm.