Annexation plan up for discussion at Raleigh City Council Nov. 17

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Read the council agenda below and follow the meeting live on the Raleigh Public Record Twitter page.

Tuesday’s meeting will be the last for this council session. This will be the last meeting for Philip Isley and Roger Koopman. Bonner Gaylord and John Odom, both elected in October, will join the Raleigh City Council at their first meeting in December.

2010 annexation plans

The city is getting ready for its annual round of annexations. This year there are four areas on the table for annexation, from the city:

1) Woodlawn and James (43.79 acres): This is a primarily residential subdivision containing 66 single-family units and a commercial lot. Located off New Hope Road with access to Louisburg Road, this area has an estimated population of 173 persons. Although served with some city sewer, additional sewer and water lines will need to be extended upon annexation to completely service the area with city utilities.

2) Sumerset Acres, Phase 1 (50 acres): This single family residential area consisting of 54 existing single family homes with a population estimate of 128 persons is located off Trawick Road on Melrose Drive and Bond Street. Although partially served with city sewer, additional water and sewer lines would need to be extended upon annexation to completely service the area with City utilities.

3) Verona Place and Broad Street (2.71 acres): This residential study area is located off Broad Street and includes a single family resident on Verona Place. Consisting of 3 single-family residences with a population estimate of 6 persons, the area is already served with city water and sewer.

4) Wade Park Blvd and I-40/440 (249 acres): This area includes a portion of Wade Park Boulevard and a section of I-40/440 generally located between Chapel Hill Road and Harrison Avenue within Raleigh’s ETJ.

Read the full report to council below.

Dissolve the telecommunications commission?

The Raleigh Telecommunications Commission became obsolete earlier this year when the state took over telecommunications franchising from local governments. The city terminated its agreement with Time Warner Cable so the state could take over the operations. The role of the commission was to oversee the city’s franchise agreement. But now that the RTC’s primary function doesn’t exist anymore, the city moved to dissolve the RTC.

At the last city council meeting, councilors asked if the commission could look at tackling internet access issues and help close what councilor Thomas Crowder called “the digital divide.” A representative from the commission said they would meet and discuss the options for continuing work on telecommunication issues in Raleigh. They will give their report during this meeting.

Making noise downtown

Council could approve two new special use permits to allow the Busy Bee Café and Solas to play amplified music in their two roof-top patios.

From the public works committee

The full council could give final approval to changes to the Solid Waste Services Department’s Need Assistance Program, which helps disabled people who can’t bring their trash bins to the curb. The council could also give approval to some preliminary measures on traffic calming in the Oakwood neighborhood. Read previous coverage on these two proposals here.

City Council Agenda Nov 17 09

02 Planning City Initiated Annexation Program

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