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Triangle Politics: Raleigh Bike Polo League seeks to use city tennis courts

From Staff ReportsSeptember 28, 2013 

Raleigh leaders are hearing from a new lobby of sports enthusiasts seeking a share of city parks: bike polo players.

The Raleigh Bike Polo League wrote to the City Cuncil this week asking for permission to play in little-used tennis courts at Tarboro Road Park east of downtown.

League members say they’re working with Southeast Raleigh activist Octavia Rainey on the request and will speak to the city’s parks advisory board on Oct. 17.

“Bike polo is a relatively new sport here in Raleigh, but we are quickly gaining lots of support from the cycling community as well as local bike shops here, such as Oak City Cycling Project,” Michelle Willcox wrote to the council.

“I believe that this would be highly beneficial to the cycling community as well as the city of Raleigh itself.”

The growing sport is similar to traditional polo – except that players ride bikes instead of horses. According to the Raleigh group’s website, they already play weekly at two city parks: the basketball court at Lane Street Park and the hockey rink at Marsh Creek Park.

The proposal is likely to face opposition from tennis players, who say non-tennis use damage their courts.

GOP offers rides to DMV

Durham County Republicans are offering rides to the Division of Motor Vehicles for county residents who are eligible to vote but do not have valid photo IDs.

The offer is made “to facilitate compliance with the new (voter ID) law” and is open to all regardless of political affiliation, according to a Durham County GOP statement.

“The Durham County Republican Party wants every eligible voter to be able to cast a valid vote come Election Day 2016,” when voters will be required show a photo ID, county Chairman Ted Hicks said in the statement.

To arrange transportation, contact the Durham County Republican Party at 919-695-3467 or by email at contact.us@durhamgop.com.

Wake hires firm for search

A search firm from Tallahassee, Fla., will lead Wake County’s nationwide search for a new manager.

After meeting with several companies, Wake County Commissioners have chosen Bob Murray and Associates to help recruit a replacement for retiring County Manager David Cooke.

Cooke announced in late July that he would leave the post he has held for 13 years at the end of November. Cooke has worked for the county for more than 17 years.

Commissioners hope to have a new manager in place by March.

The county manager is responsible for the general administration of all county departments, working with community partners and other government agencies, communicating with the public, advising commissioners and carrying out the board’s policies and goals.

Mayor’s roast to cost Carrboro

Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton’s retirement roast Oct. 29 at the town’s Century Center will be partly funded by taxpayers, something he asked the Board of Aldermen to avoid.

Chilton stepped outside the room a second time Tuesday night as the board voted to appropriate $2,500 for food and tickets for “members of the community who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend” the October event.

The money will come from the town’s contingency fund and will go to Empowerment Inc., a nonprofit that employs Chilton, for its $50-a-plate fundraiser honoring him.

Chilton said on Sept. 17 that he didn’t like the precedent set by appropriating town money for a nonprofit that employs him.

Not much discussion preceded Tuesday’s vote, other than to thank Town Manager David Andrews and staff for preparing the memo.

Chilton is not running for re-election this November. Another board member, Lydia Lavelle, is running unopposed.

Lavelle said she hopes a policy on such commemorations can be established.

Though a departing elected official is different from a retiring employee, “to recognize someone who’s served with distinction ... is something worth thinking about,” she said.

Political events

The Wake County bond referendum will be the topic at this month’s meeting of The Republican Women of Cary and Southwestern Wake at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary on Thursday.

The planned speakers are Ed Jones, chairman of the Wake Taxpayers Association; Ron Margiotta, former chairman of the Wake County school board; Duane Cutlip, former state House candidate; and Phil Zachary, co-chair of Friends of Wake County.

Social time is 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon.

Lunch is $20.

RSVP to Lisa Werner at 919-303-8870.

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Compiled by Colin Campbell, Jim Wise, Martha Quillin and Tom Hartwell.

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