Most folks went to last week’s Garner town council meeting thinking the issues that separated the town and the Wake County school board had been bridged. The N.C. Department of Transportation was willing to pay for the cost of paving Bryan Road that the school system had not included in its budget.
To ease the size of the request, Wake County schools agreed to build a lesser version of the roadway. To be specific, they were going to dig a ditch to manage stormwater rather than building curbs and gutters.
But Garner council members seemed none too pleased by that. Councilman Gra Singleton, in particular, seemed irritated by the thought that the Wake County school system would try to do something in Garner that they wouldn’t try to get away with in other towns in Wake County.
Though school officials likely wouldn’t admit it, Singleton is probably right. If the same plan were under consideration in Cary, it is hard to imagine that Wake school officials would seek such an exception in that town, where they know it wouldn’t fly.
Singleton and the other council members put the matter back in the oven to cook a little more last week and that was the right decision. While we realize Wake schools would like to do everything for as little cost as possible (who wouldn’t?) it seems disingenuous on their part to hold Garner in any less esteem that it does any other Wake County town.