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Mordecai CAC

the key to strong community 

The Mordecai CAC is reorganizing! Thanks to the great group who attended our February 11 meeting. (see photo above). Join us next on Tuesday, March 10 at the Mordecai Visitors Center. All neighbors are welcomed to get involved as we determine the future of our community organization. If you can't attend the meetings you can watch them on Facebook live.  If you'd like to join our leadership/planning team please email  chair@mordecaicac.org.  
 

Statement from the Mordecai CAC

The Citizens Advisory Councils (CAC’s) were formed in 1974 by the City of Raleigh.  In the years since, the Mordecai CAC has become an integral part of this community.

Besides communicating with the city and giving input on  zoning and development, our CAC has advocated for our neighborhoods by holding monthly community meetings, sponsoring yearly social events, distributing newsletters, promoting local businesses, and welcoming and connecting neighbors. 

Over the years we’ve enjoyed good relationships with our city counselors, police officers, community engagement representatives, and many more employees of  the City. Being the smallest CAC in Raleigh has often worked in our favor to create a strong and effective Citizens Advisory Council where many of us have appreciated getting to know our neighbors.

On February 4, City Council unexpectedly made the decision to abolish the CAC system because many believed CACs had become ineffective in representing a majority of City residents. This came as quite a surprise, especially to those of us who are CAC volunteers. Even people who are not proponents of CACs were shocked at the way the council announced their decision to shut down a nearly 50-year old citizen engagement program.

After initial discussion among Mordecai CAC leaders and neighbors, one thing quickly became apparent: everyone recommended that we continue some type of Mordecai community organization, even if independent from the city.  We also recommend urging Council to quickly follow through with their promise to create a better system of citizen engagement.  We offer the Mordecai CAC as an example of an engaged community, and we hope to be involved in creating a new model of citizen engagement.

Uncertain how the other 18 CACs were planning to proceed, co-chairs James Troxler and Dana Deaton attended the Raleigh CAC retreat this past Saturday. Given Mordecai’s past relationship with the RCAC and the ongoing bylaw and boundary issues, we were hesitant to go. But we attended the press conference and afternoon discussion/voting and were relieved to learn that all of the other CAC leaders also wished to continue meeting independent of the City.

The RCAC passed three motions on Saturday, which James and Dana supported on behalf of Mordecai:

  1.  Motion to continue as a coordinating body and organization, separate from the City.
  2. Motion to individual CAC chapters to continue meeting as regularly scheduled.
  3. Motion to reconvene with other RCAC leaders on Wednesday February 26, at 7pm (location TBD) to purposes of organization.

The Mordecai CAC will therefore continue meeting as regularly scheduled. Our next meeting on Tuesday, March 10, will be an organizational meeting held here at the Mordecai Visitors Center. As a registered neighborhood organization we feel confident that we will be able to continue meeting here at our usual location.

If you’ve been considering getting more involved with the Mordecai CAC, now is your chance to be a part of something new. We will be reorganizing and planning. Tonight at the conclusion of our regular agenda, we will begin this important work.  Reid Serozi will lead a community feedback session until 9:00 and we look forward to hearing your honest opinions and feedback. We hope that you will get involved. We will also be posting an online survey next week to get the opinions of neighbors who could not join us tonight.

If you would like to join our leadership team and help us as we process the feedback and plan our March organizational meeting, please join our email list to stay in touch. Email me chair@mordecaicac.org to sign up.  

We are looking forward to forming a new community association, apart from the city, which will work to advocate for the greater Mordecai community and  all of our neighbors.

Presented February 11, 2020 by co-chair Dana Deaton, on behalf of the Mordecai CAC Leadership Team


News links from the February 4 City Council CAC decision.

Links:


MCAC Minutes, February 11, 2020

41 people in attendance. 

Welcome, January minutes approved - James Troxler

Statement by MCAC Leadership - Dana Deaton (see statement above)

Police Report - Officer Smith

Over past 30 days, 1 break and enter in auto parts store. 1 larceny already cleared by arrest. 2 thefts from unsecured motor vehicles. Please lock your doors! Graffiti tagging is still on the rise, please call if you notice any new tags. 919-831-6311 for non- emergency matters such as reporting graffiti, 

Parks and Recreation - Josh Ingersoll

  • February - health awareness month. Free use of Halifax Community Center for the month
  • February 22 - Black History trolley tour at Mordecai Historic Park.
  • Currently updating electrical system at Mordecai, fencing should be down and work completed by early April.
  • A large oak tree was recently removed near the chapel.  The tree was diseased, and attempts had been made to save it for several years. 

Blount/Person Corridor Project -  Beth Quinn, Senior Engineer City of Raleigh
All paving is done and curb ramp work is beginning. 3 have been completed but about 300 have yet to begin! There may be some lane closures doing ramp work but traffic will always be flowing. Currently, there are only temporary pavement markings which might need to be re- applied before permanent paint is applied April 1.  There was discussion about the lane issues near the Peace/Person intersection, Delway, and Sasser.  The pavement marking that are there now are not permanent. Adjustments are still being made.  If you have concerns about the lane markings, please email Beth at Beth.Quinn@raleighnc.gov.
 

Raleigh Village East - Sara Stohler, RVE President
Aging in Place Community for the Mordecai, Oakwood, Oakdale, Pilot Mill, East Mordecai, Capital Heights, and Capitol Park area!  

Information meeting will take place March 15, 3 pm at Burning Coal Theater

Completely volunteer driven, based on Beacon Hill model. Currently there are 200+ Aging In Place villages across the country. The goal is to allow people to age in their own homes. 55 or older can be members, but younger people are needed as volunteers. There will be membership fees, which will be determined after the March 15 information meeting.  Services for members will include transportation, health care home services coordination, non- health services to home such as food and home repair, pet care and needs, technology and computer/phone assistance, yard and garden maintenance, social, physical and educational activities, money management/avoiding fraud.

To sign up for the mailing list or to get more information, please visit the RVE website:  http://raleighvillageeast.org. 
 

US Census 2020 - Sharon Howell
April 1st is Census Day! Make sure you fill out your card, it’s important everyone is counted so we don’t miss out on grants, federal money, etc.  If you do not fill out your census card, a representative will come to your home to gather information.  Note: The census worker should never come in your house or ask for money.  There have been some reported cases of fraud, so please call 911 if someone is falsely identifying themselves as a census worker. 

The US Census is hiring!  Many employees are needed in Raleigh, and there are full time and part time positions available at competitive salaries. These jobs are great for students or retired individuals wanting to earn some extra money! The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting to fill hundreds of thousands of temporary positions across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count.If you are interested please visit  https://2020census.gov/en/jobs.html
 

Community Feedback Session- Reid Serozi
Reid led the group in several feedback activities. Participants divided into four groups of 7-10 people, and discussed the following. Groups had one representative present their points, and then place post-it notes on a chart . 

  • Clearly lay out the Issue and the key frustrations related to it.

“I don’t like that…”  What were some of the issues with the CACs? Why did the council eliminate the program? 

  • Imagine that you are going up an elevator in 5 years and others around you are talking about your future community association.

Describe it in short phrases.  What can our community organization look like in 5 years?  


The Leadership Team will also send an online survey to collect feedback from residents who were not able to attend the meeting. Anyone who wishes to get involved with the Leadership Team please email chair@mordecaicac.org

Motion- Philip Bernard
At the conclusion of the feedback session,  Dana Deaton pointed out that the reorganization of the CAC should be voted on. Philip Bernard made the following motion, which was seconded.  Following our bylaws, the vote will take place at the next meeting on March 10.  Motion: 

The Mordecai CAC will form a new community association, apart from the city, which will work to advocate for the greater Mordecai community and all of our neighbors. 

The meeting was adjourned at 9pm. 

Next meeting:  Tuesday, March 10, 7:30pm.  Topic:  Organization of a new Community Association.
 


Mordecai CAC

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Second Tuesdays, 7:30pm
Mordecai Historic Park Visitors Center
1101 Wake Forest Road

 



The Mordecai CAC covers several downtown neighborhoods and includes all residents north of Peace Street and south of Atlantic Avenue, between Brookside and West Street.
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