The Raleigh City Council joined several other Wake County municipalities this week by endorsing the Orange Route for the completion of the 540 Outer Loop.
Raleigh staff said the Orange Route would be the least destructive to city water lines and other property in the southern part of the city. On the eastern side of the future project, Raleigh leaders endorsed the Mint Route, which will save proposed school sites.
The leaders of Garner, Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs have all formally endorsed the Orange Route, saying it will spare the most residences, businesses and future development plans.
Garner Mayor Ronnie Williams said he “was very pleased” about Raleigh’s endorsement of the Orange Route.
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Cary also needs a new clerk
While the Cary Town Council continues its search for a new town manager, the council also must begin looking for a new town clerk.
Town Clerk Sherry Scoggins, who replaced longtime clerk Sue Rowland in 2014, has been hired in the new position of special assistant to the town manager in Wendell.
“She’s been great,” Mayor Harold Weinbrecht said of Scoggins. “She came into a very difficult situation. ... We had a town clerk for a couple of decades, and she left and so (Scoggins) had big shoes to fill, and she did a good job. We’re sad to see her go, and we’re going to miss her.”
Scoggins, who lives in Wendell, starts her new job Monday. At a special meeting Monday, the Cary Town Council will begin the process of finding her replacement, as well as restarting the search for a new town manager. After a four-month long search in 2015 to replace longtime manager Ben Shivar, the council decided to start the process over after not coming to a unanimous decision on the three finalists.
Weinbrecht said the council likely will select an interim town clerk Monday and will decide whether it wants to use a national search firm to find a new clerk, as it has during the manager search.
Apex selective about marketing
Apex leaders decided Tuesday not to apply to be an officially designated retirement city. The town would have had to pay $22,000 to the state’s tourism arm, VisitNC, to become a part of the RetireNC program.
“Is there value in joining? From my research, it’s hard to tell,” said Allie Prelaski, the town’s senior services specialist.
To qualify, towns have to meet certain criteria and pay the application fee. In return, the state advertises online and at trade shows that the towns are good places to relocate to.
In Apex, the Town Council agreed not to spend the money after several officials said the town could promote itself better than the state could, and for less money.
There are 13 cities in the RetireNC program. Apex, with a population of 44,000, would have been the biggest. Most in the program are in rural areas. The closest retirement cities to the Triangle are Pittsboro and Sanford.
▪ Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones will deliver her 2016 State of the Town Address on Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St. The event is organized by the Wake Forest Rotary Club. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the event and include dinner. Tickets available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/state-of-the-town.aspx or at the Renaissance Centre Box Office. Anyone not interested in eating dinner may attend the address without purchasing a ticket, arriving between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m.
Staff writers Mechelle Hankerson, Kathryn Trogdon and Will Doran contributed.
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