The end of December is typically a quiet time for the Raleigh City Council, which cancels all of its meetings during the second half of the month.
But as he wrapped up his first month in office, new Councilman Wayne Maiorano was busy, answering more than 30 constituent emails in the two days following Christmas.
City Council members get a high volume of emails on controversial and mundane topics, and often they’ll read the messages without replying or respond from a personal account, which isn’t visible in a public records database made available to the media.
In most of the emails, Maiorano said he wants to learn more about the issues before taking a stand. But he does agree with some of the concerns: The pavement on Yonkers Road is “in poor condition,” and the use of comp time by Raleigh Housing Authority director Steve Beam “appears troubling.”
Maiorano answered a series of emails from North Raleigh residents opposed to a Publix grocery store at Falls of Neuse and Dunn roads. “I am still learning about this project and don’t have sufficient information to share my personal thoughts,” he told them. “I will certainly keep your concerns in mind as I learn more about this situation.”
By engaging with residents’ concerns on everything from proposed developments to missed leaf collections, Maiorano is following in the footsteps of his District A predecessor, Randy Stagner, who was known for strong constituent service.