This week in history we look back 10, 25 and 50 years to see what was going on in the eastern Wake County area.
In 2004, Knightdale was experiencing its own water woes. In 1989, concerned parents were consolidating against the new busing plan for Corinth Holders Elementary School. And in 1964, the plans of the Zebulon Chamber of Commerce to attract more industry to the town hit a snag.
What is it about this time of year that makes water systems go haywire? In recent editions we’ve looked at water problems in eastern Wake in 1969 and 1989. In 2004, Knightdale continued this strange, cross-decade pattern of water problems.
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The series of mishaps that crippled the water supply Aug. 18 have town leaders mulling ways to improve the system – whetting the town’s appetite for a $1.3 million waterline project on Forestville Road.
“It wasn’t a good day for the town of Knightdale,” Town Manager Gary McConkey said.
The water dilemma started Aug. 17, when construction workers at the U.S. 64 Bypass project broke a waterline on Hodge Road. The line connects to one of the town’s main water towers on the same road. Workers had to stop the flow of water from the tower, which holds two-thirds of the town’s water supply.
That night, another water tower on U.S. 64 drained after a communications malfunction with a pumping station near Old Milburnie Road – the tower has a radio that signals the pumping station to send more water. When that tower’s water levels reached a low point, an automated dialer was supposed to dial the pager of a public works employee. But the wrong number was programmed, and no town employees were notified.
“I don’t know who it called,” McConkey said.
Outlining battle plans and solidifying positions, parents of Corinth-Holders Elementary School students prepared Monday night to confront the Johnston County school board and its $47 million bond referendum.
The “Save Our Schools” committee, formed by a group of parents and residents, held its first public meeting Monday night at the school gymnasium to discuss opposition to the board’s proposal to bus Corinth-Holders students to North Johnston Middle School in Micro. In a continuing effort to avoid what it feels is an extensive bus ride, the committee used the meeting to enlist signatures for a petition, encourage voter registration and restate its differences with the board’s long-range renovation and construction plan.
“We object to the board’s plan to redistrict our attendance area and bus our children to North Johnston,” committee chairwoman Connie Jeffreys told the more than 100 in attendance. “We oppose the further shuffling of our children and more busing,” she said. “History shows the school board will use our children to benefit their plans and other schools without improvement to our campus.”
The board of education’s two-phase plan includes realigning Corinth-Holders from K-8 to K-5, transferring its sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders to the recently completed facility in Micro and building another new middle school in Selma. A school bond referendum to fund the plan will be held Sept. 26.
Bringing in new business is difficult. There’s a massive amount of infrastructure that’s required to support it. In August of 1964, the Zebulon Chamber of Commerce discovered that it had overlooked one important aspect of that infrastructure which was necessary to progress.
The Zebulon Chamber of Commerce sat up and took notice last week of a possible snag in the Chamber’s aggressive campaign to attract industry to the Zebulon area. The snag which upset Chamber Directors is a postponement of construction of a sewage disposal plant by the Town of Zebulon.
The Board of Directors voted unanimously last Thursday night to urge the Town of Zebulon to take steps toward completion of a sewage disposal plant.
Admitting they have no guarantee that industry will locate in this area even after construction of a sewage disposal plant, the Chamber directors said, “It is definite that no industry will establish here until a sewage disposal plant is in operation.”
A letter to the Mayor and Board of Commissioners was written by President Worth Hinton of the Chamber of Commerce notifying town officials of the Chamber of Commerce action.