Mordecai CAC

the key to strong community 

Please join your neighbors at our monthly community meetings.  The Mordecai CAC meets at 7:30pm in the Visitors Center at the Mordecai Historic Park on the second Tuesday of each month, September-June. Meetings usually last an hour. Meetings are also broadcast on Facebook live when possible, so please tune in on the Mordecai CAC facebook page or watch the recording later.  Meeting highlights:

Tuesday, May 8, 2018,  7:30pm
  • Police Report -Downtown District Crime Prevention 
  • The Value of Water- Public Utilities
  • Parking Update- Sarah DeWitt
  • Gables Lodge Update- Tift Merrit
  • Yard Sale/ Plant Sale/ Sign Recap
  • Budget Discussion
Read the city MCAC news for the full agenda.
Neighborhood News

New Mordecai Signs Installed!

After three years of design work, soliciting feedback from the neighborhood, meetings with city officials, grant writing and fundraising, two new signs were installed on April 14 at Mordecai’s north and south entrances. Many thanks to those who were involved in this project in anyway and especially to team leads Sean Farres, Philip Bernard, Joe Layton, Tom Hayes, Dana Deaton, Ken Jacobson and Merrilee Jacobson.


36th Annual Mordecai Potluck & Picnic

Sunday, June 24

Soon it will be time to meet your neighbors at the 36th annual Mordecai Community Picnic! Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, your favorite salad or side dish and join us on the lawn at the Mordecai Historic Park on June 24, 4:30-6:30pm. 
Relax during the 4:30-5:30 social hour. We'll enjoy live music under the shady trees before digging into some BBQ (courtesy of Temple Baptist Church) and tasty potluck dishes.
This is an alcohol-free, family friendly event. We’ll have the neighborhood play wagon there with plenty of fun activities for the kids!
For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Picnic Chairperson Merrilee Jacobson at 919-274-4539 or

Election Day is Tuesday, May 8, 2018!

Polls open 
6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.


10th Annual Front Porch Artwalk

Front Porch Artwalk (FPAW) ​is an annual public event hosted on porches around the North Person/Blount district in the Mordecai CAC. Up and coming as well as long established local artists will display their artworks on the front porches through the neighborhood. 

The event is always on the second Saturday of May each year, 10am - 5pm rain or shine. Bring your family, kids and pets to enjoy a spring day walk though all the beautiful artworks in this historic downtown neighborhood.  For more info see their facebook page. 


The Nextdoor Mordecai Community private social networking site is open to anyone living or owning property within the MCAC area. 
Please sign up now at

The Mordecai Nextdoor Community needs TWO new neighborhood leads.  Leads help monitor and maintain the site and also communicate with other neighborhood leads. If you are interested in getting involved, please email

*If you are a Nextdoor user, please familiarize yourself with the guidelines.

Mordecai CAC April minutes:

Mordecai CAC minutes from the April 10th, 2018 meeting Co-Chairs Aaron Afarian and Sean Farres welcomed everyone to the meeting. There were 29 people in attendance, and the March minutes were approved.
Police Report Offer Taylor gave us a challenge: Can we come up with ways to get information out to the community. A lot of people just aren’t getting information, he feels like he gives the same report month after month. Lock up your guns. Stolen weapons are a serious thing. Lock your doors. There are ways to minimize being broken into.
Parks and Rec Celeste with the Mordecai Historic Park noted that the annual plant sale will be on April 28th, coinciding with our yard sale beginning at 8 am.
City of Raleigh Public Utilities,  Manuel Lopez, Program Manager for the Inspections Unit, Public Utilities Department Mr. Lopez said that Raleigh and surrounding municipalities in the service area have 2500 miles of pipe, and 68,000 manholes. Each manhole is opened annually for preventative maintenance and to adjust maps. Employees will be wearing City of Raleigh vests and be in labeled trucks. He said that reporting an overflowing manhole could result in a $50 reward. A few other notes: Flushable wipes aren’t. They can take up to 25 years to degrade. No trash or pharmaceuticals down the toilet. Never dispose of grease down the drain.
Ed Stempien, Public Utilities, Water and Sewer Line Replacements A detailed handout was provided for attendees. The three upcoming projects include Mordecai, Chestnut, Courtland, and State Street. Work will go in phases, starting the first of May. Sewer lines are replaced first, followed by water lines, then homes are put on the new lines. There will be no loss in service except while the homes are attached to the new lines. Some of the old lines are twenty feet deep because of flow requirements. There will be brief periods of limited driveway access, and there will be no street parking on detoured streets. (This secretary’s personal observation, having just completed this process, is that it is not nearly as disruptive as it sounds). Project Superintendents are Jason Elmore, (919) 604-3143, and Lee Necessary, (919) 291-2433.
Bike Share Program, Fontaine Burruss, Bikeshare Coordinator Raleigh is beginning a self-service bike rental program. There will be thirty stations, including Seaboard and Person at Pace St. Half of the bikes will be motor assisted, all will have automatic lights, baskets, a display screen, and GPS. A single ride, or daily or monthly passes can be purchased, and there will be a cash payment option. The plan is to launch the program this summer. See
Raleigh City Farm, James ‘Farmer James’ Edwards Raleigh City farm is a non-profit organization coming up on its 6th anniversary. Farmer James said that there are a few $20 or $25/week shares still available. Sales are open at the farm on Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30.
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
The next Mordecai CAC meeting will be held on Tuesday May 8th, 7:30 pm, at the Mordecai Historic Park Visitor’s Center.

Mordecai Citizens Advisory Council 

Learn about CACs | Zoning and Development

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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