Wake County leaders say they’ll need to educate the public that going to voters every few years to approve a new school construction bond referendum may be ending.
The Wake County Board of Commissioners is looking at paying for school construction with a mixture of bonds that require voter approval and bonds that don’t. Commissioners could use this new approach for the first time if they issue limited-obligation bonds in lieu of putting a school construction bond referendum on the November ballot.
School board member Bill Fletcher said the use of school bond referenda have largely been a successful strategy that voters have come to expect.
“There probably needs to be some conversation about the new strategy and how do we move our community into understanding what’s coming,” Fletcher said at this week’s joint meeting of the school board and county commissioners.
Commissioner Caroline Sullivan said the new process will help the public understand that building schools doesn’t stop and there’s a long-term plan to provide the funding.
“It’s not this bond program,” Sullivan said. “It’s a building program.”
Apex Town Council members are still not satisfied with the choices presented to them for a new town logo and are exploring other options.
Officials had hoped to generate community involvement, as well as cost savings, when they announced last year that they would hold a public contest to select a new town logo.
The winner was promised $500 – a small amount compared to the money that’s often spent on consultants and rebranding efforts. But the 100-plus options the town received left town leaders less than enthused. Many of the suggested logos were drawn by hand. Others contained curious takes on Apex, like mountain ranges and sailboats.
This week, council members and staff agreed on five logos they would consider. They’ll identify the components they like and may get the logos redesigned.
Council gets Legoed
Cary Town Council members now have Lego doppelgangers.
At a town retreat last weekend, council members used Lego blocks and a map to plan future redevelopment in Cary. As part of the exercise, town staff members selected a comparable Lego figurine to represent each council member.
A woman on a bike represented Councilwoman Lori Bush, an environmental enthusiast who owns an ELF (a solar-powered vehicle that is a mixture of a bike and car). A race car driver represented Councilman Don Frantz, who won his first stock car race last year, and a figure riding a golf cart was Councilman Jack Smith, a golf travel specialist.
About 35 council and staff members attended the three-day retreat in Greensboro, which cost the town about $15,000. Besides exercises with Legos, the group toured several development and redevelopment projects in Greensboro.
▪ Lt. Gov. Dan Forest will be the featured speaker at the Wake County Republican Party Combined Precinct Meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the Kerr Scott Building at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Doors open 5 p.m., program begins at 7 p.m. Register at www.wakegop.org For information call 919-890-5374 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Compiled by T. Keung Hui, Will Doran and Kathryn Trogdon.
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