A grassroots citizen organization will make a stop in northern Wake County to hear about issues the area has encountered while dealing with fast growth.
WakeUP Wake County, a nonprofit that focuses on schools, transportation, water use and growth, will host the community discussion, “Growing Pains, in Wake Forest on Aug. 13.
Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones, Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles and county commissioner John Burns will all participate.
It will give WakeUP Wake County, which strives to be a voice for citizens, a chance to hear more about what’s really on people’s minds, said executive director Karen Rindge.
“Our goal really is to engage the community in a deeper understanding about growth in our fast-growing county,” she said.
WakeUp Wake County has already held similar meetings in other parts of the county.
Rindge said people seem especially concerned about schools and transportation.
The meeting gives elected officials a chance to talk with residents, too.
“The goal really is to engage our local leaders in responding to voters and citizens and their concerns,” Rindge said.
In Rolesville, Eagles said the biggest challenge is figuring out how to grow in better ways.
The town was named the fastest-growing town in the state by the U.S. Census Bureau for last five years. But businesses are still slow to come to town, Eagles said.
“One of the things we've been working on is attracting more commercial businesses,” he said.
WakeUP Wake County will also use the meeting to present information about the new Wake County transit plan, Wake County’s school budget and Falls Lake.
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WakeUP Wake County’s “Growing Pains” community meeting will be held 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.