The mayors of Holly Springs and Cary will soon have more prominent roles on a board that reviews local transportation projects.
Holly Springs Mayor Dick Sears has been elected chairman of the executive board for the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, a transportation agency for Wake, Johnston, Harnett, Franklin and Granville counties. Sears served as vice chairman under the previous chairman, Garner Mayor Ronnie Williams.
Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht was elected vice chairman of the board.
Each mayor is expected to serve a two-year term. They’ll take the lead in running monthly meetings, reviewing CAMPO staff reports on proposed projects and leading discussions.
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They’ll also have a higher platform from which to lobby for their towns when needed.
Williams said Garner benefited when he served as CAMPO chair, and he expects Holly Springs will benefit from Sears’ new position.
“One of the advantages of being chair was helping steer $2.3 million toward Highway 70 through Garner,” Williams said.
Burns on school grades
Wake County Commissioner John Burns gave a strident defense of his child’s school, Lynn Road Elementary in Raleigh, after it received a D this week under the state’s new school performance grades.
Burns tweeted Friday that the state’s new A through F grading system “fails schools” like Lynn Road, where his three children attended for the past nine years, and he’s been a longtime volunteer. He said that people have to visit schools like Lynn Road to “to see what's really there.”
Burns, a Democrat, also took to task Senate leader Phil Berger and Gov. Pat McCrory after both Republicans praised the grades as a way to help reform struggling schools.
“Open invitation to @PatMcCroryNC and @SenatorBerger to visit Lynn Road Elem with me sometime this semester and see what success looks like,” Burns tweeted.
Compiled by Paul A. Specht and T. Keung Hui
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