This week in history we look back 10, 25 and 50 years to see what was going on in the eastern Wake Count area.
In 2004, Knightdale was gobbling up land as it expanded. In 1989, Zebulon was taking action on their water woes. And in 1964, Zebulon was set to dedicate its new water plant.
Land annexation is a touchy issue for towns, but it has to go on if the town is to continue growing and avoid stagnation. In 2004, Knightdale was beginning a series of forced annexations.
A small forced annexation on U.S. 64 will ignite Knightdale’s desire to eventually annex its entire extraterritorial jurisdiction and beyond – an area that adds up to 31 square miles.
While town officials say such an annexation would take years, they will be starting with areas that are ripe for annexation in the short term. For now, Knightdale planners will focus on several “doughnut holes” of development – which are technically outside of town limits, but surrounded by the town.
To start, the town will focus on eight small parcels totaling 18 acres west of Steeple Square Court shopping center on U.S. 64. The businesses affected will include Knightdale Tire & Service, Wake Stone Corp., Lisa Dee’s Florist, and Hasty Utilities. The land has a total tax value of $2 million.
In 1989, after identifying the problem and deliberating solutions, the Town of Zebulon finally moved forward to fix the issues with their water system.
Establishing a $565,000 capital budget to begin improvements on Zebulon’s water system was the major topic of discussion Monday night at the September gathering of the Zebulon Town Board.
Monies for the improvements – $510,000 from the general fund balance and $55,000 from the water fund balance – will be used to implement work on a high service pump at the water plant, to install a 12-inch water line along Church Street and replace 1-and-a-half- and 2-inch water lines in the northwest quadrant of the town.
That area includes Wakelon Heights, the section of town that seems to have the most occurrence of brown water.
“We were ready to go out for bids last year when everything suddenly came to a halt,” Commissioner Eva Liles reminded the board concerning the replacement of the water lines. “I have been receiving a rash of calls on brown water. Now that the study is completed and a number of things are proposed, there is no guarantee that any of them will correct the problem.”
After a lot of water problems mirroring the 1989 issues, the Town of Zebulon was set to dedicate their new water plant.
Congressman Harold D. Cooley of Nashville, representative from the Fourth Congressional District for 30 years, will be the principal speaker at the dedication of Zebulon’s new water treatment facilities on September 20, Mayor T.E. Hales announced this week.
The congressional veteran will speak at the new filtration plant at Little River on U.S. Highway 64 by-pass at 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon, September 20, Mr. Hales said. Other state officials will be invited, he said.
“We hope that a representative group of people from the municipality and the surrounding community will attend this dedication and hear Mr. Cooley speak,” he said. “We also want the public to have this opportunity to inspect the modern water treatment facilities now serving the Town of Zebulon.”
The new facilities are designed to meet foreseeable needs for water in the community, he concluded, together with an excess for industrial development.
Final plans for the dedication including a complete program will be announced next week.