Co-Chair Sean Farres welcomed everyone to the meeting. There were 45 people in attendance, and the April minutes were approved.
Officer Taylor says LOCK YOUR CARS! Do not leave guns in cars. Gun locks are available for free upon request from the RPD.
Parks and Rec
Chris Moore from the Halifax Community Center reported that pilates classes begin June 1st, and HIT (high intensity training) classes also start in June.
UE Local 150, North Carolina Public Service Workers Union
A pair of representatives briefly mentioned this annual statewide week of political action, May 21-25, and provided a handout. 919-231-2660, http://UE150.org.
City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department
- Robert L. Massengill, P.E., Public Utilities Director
As Mr. Lopez said last month, Mr. Massengill reiterated that grease is never to be disposed of down the drain.
An overview of this regional system was presented. The system has 200,000 customers, 92% are residential, which accounts for 65% of usage. The unit that our water use is measured in, ccf, is equal to 100 ft3 (cubic feet), which equates to 748 gallons. The average home uses about 5 ccf (3740 gallons) per month. A gallon of tap water costs 1.5¢, for an average of about $1.88 per day. There are 2400 miles of distribution pipe, and 2400 miles of sewer pipe. That is enough pipe to take you to Las Vegas and back. The system dates back to 1887, and there are some pipes from 1890 still in service in the City Market area.
Parking Pilot Program Update - Sarah Dewitt
The pitot program for the area around The Station, in the works for a couple of years, is now in place. It will be in place for about one year, then it will go back before City Council for review. One third to one fourth of all spots have been marked for residents during certain time slots (one per resident). Signatures of seventy percent of residents per block are required to get on the pilot program, which covers Pace St. on both sides of Person, Person St., and Franklin. Residents pay $20/year for the spot. There was a question about what measures will be evaluated to determine a success of the pilot program. The answer was that it was to be the parking department’s decision.
The Gables Motel Update - Tift Merritt and Daniel Robinson
The rezoning filing was submitted on the day of this meeting. They plan to keep the R6 height requirements to restrict over development by future owners. They stated that privacy is a concern for adjacent property owners, and that there may be a 10’ fence on those two sides. They are considering recreating the original Yellow Gables sign, which is smaller than the existing sign, and would increase sight for drivers. They would like to move the parking canopy if it is good enough shape to be moved. A question was asked about event space. There will be no amplified music or commercial kitchen, however, yes, for small events of about 25-30 people in about 600 ft2.
The zoning application is available for viewing on the city website within a few days of filing. A motion was made, and seconded, to support the zoning application. A vote will be conducted at the June meeting. (note: Zoning application and information was added to the MCAC website: http://mordecaicac.org/zoning )
Yard Sale/Plant sale - profit of $345. A big thank you was expressed to Emily Alexander (committee co-chair), Dana Deaton (communications chair), and the Mordecai Historic Park Visitor Center.
Signs - They’re up! There are some reserve funds that could be used for solar lighting and/or plantings.
Picnic - The picnic will be on Sunday June 24th, volunteers are needed for multiple positions and times. Please contact Merrilee Jacobson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Budget Proposal ($1000 provided by the city)
- $300 Newsletter
- $250 Picnic
- $100 National Night Out/Ice Cream Social
- $75 Person Street Partnership
- $100 CAC Communication
- $125 Holiday Social
- $50 Yard Sale
A motion was made to accept the proposed budget. A vote will be conducted at the June meeting.
The next Mordecai CAC meeting will be held on Tuesday June 12th, 7:30 pm, at the Mordecai Historic Park Visitor’s Center.