This week in history we look back 10, 25 and 50 years to see what was going on in eastern Wake County.
In 2004, schools were experiencing traffic woes very similar to what is going on right now. In 1989, town officials in Zebulon were discussing their water issues. And in 1964, Wakelon School was looking for a teacher.
Considering the complexity involved in getting every Wake County resident under the age of 18 to and from specific areas scattered around the county on time every weekday, it’s amazing we manage to do it year in and year out. But in 2004, as it is in 2014, there was still plenty to complain about if you knew where to look.
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Crystal Lowe’s parked van shook with the passing of each car racing up and down Smithfield Road.
Lowe, the mother of a second-grader at Lockhart Elementary, is one of the many parents who brave the traffic to pick up students each day. “It’s just awful,” she said of the situation. “If you don’t get here early, it’s a nightmare.”
Parked cars filled with waiting parents at the school are creating a serious traffic headache for town officials – backing up cars on Smithfield Road during an already busy hour.
About 300 cars stop to drop off and pick up students on school days – compared to 150 last year, according to school and town officials. Cars parked outside the 870-student school are squeezing traffic on the northbound lane of Smithfield Road – creating a dangerous situation that threatens to cause accidents daily. And school and town officials are unsure exactly how to cure the growing problem.
After recent problems with the water system, the Zebulon town board was looking into ways to make sure it didn’t happen again.
In a work session last Tuesday night, the Zebulon town board received the finalized water system study conducted by McGill Associates and discussed how to prioritize needed improvements to the town’s current water system.
“We’d like to settle on the priorities, look at the cost and set about getting the revenue for the improvements at our Sept. 5 meeting,” said Town Manager Charlie Horne. “I hope we’ll be ready at that point to establish and implement some of these capital improvements.”
The final draft of the study includes some minor revisions on specifics which came to light during the public hearing held July 31, Horne explained to the group.
“We did make some changes on the final document,” said Gary McGill, president of McGill Associates. “It just clarifies some of the items.”
The first priority – suggested by the study and supported by staff recommendations – includes reworking an existing 1,500-gallon-per-minute high service pump. The pump is not currently in service because there are questions as to its ability to regulate the number of gallons released into the system.
Starting the school year can be a hassle even when everything is as prepared as it can be. When you’re missing a teacher, it can become a nightmare.
Wakelon School faculty has been completed except for one vacancy, Principal J.C. Hawkins announced this week. This vacancy is in the fourth grade.
If attendance is near perfect for the first two weeks, the school will gain a primary teacher, the principal said. All parents are urged to make a special effort to have their children present during this critical period, especially those in grades one through eight.
Parents are also urged to register students who will attend Wakelon during the 1964-65 year Friday. Registration and orientation will be held from 9 until 12 noon.