The internet is the tool of choice these days for political pot-stirrers, which is why it was almost quaint to hear early this week that residents of Apex’s Chapel Ridge neighborhood had found printed pieces of paper in their mailboxes accusing an Apex council member of conspiracy.
Typed messages delivered sometime between Sunday evening and Monday morning accused Councilman Wesley Moyer of having close ties to a developer who won approval last month by a 3-2 margin from the Apex Town Council to build an office park on land next to Chapel Ridge.
The writer of the note claimed to possess pictures from Facebook – which the writer said have now been deleted – showing Moyer at Wrightsville Beach on a chartered fishing boat with members of the Gasiorowski family, who own the land approved for development last month. The note also suggested Moyer had been promised a partnership with the Gasiorowskis’ business in exchange for a favorable vote on their rezoning petition.
Moyer said the claims are completely fabricated.
Residents of Chapel Ridge said at the time of the vote they were concerned by what they had heard was a close relationship between Moyer and the Gasiorowskis, but Moyer has denied he has anything more than a friendly acquaintance with the family. He said after the vote that it didn’t affect his vote and that he supported the development because it would provide office space near major housing and retail sites.
“I went to school with one of the Gasiorowskis,” he said at the time. “But growing up in Apex, you went to school with just about everybody.”
Residents said after the vote they planned to sue the town for approving the development but have since indicated they might reconsider after being told their case wasn’t as strong as they’d hoped. Moyer suggested that as a motive.
“It’s absurd. I’m sure they’ve been told it’s not spot zoning, and now they’re fishing for something,” Moyer said. “No pun intended.”
State Supreme Court candidate Mike Morgan, Superior Court District 10 C candidate Becky Holt and Court of Appeals candidates Vince Rozier, Margaret Eagles, Abe Jones, Linda Stephens and Rickye McKoy-Mitchell will speak to the Wake Democratic Men’s Club on Monday, Sept. 12, at the Holiday Inn Downtown, 320 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh. Doors open at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the program at 7 p.m. Make dinner reservations by September 9 to WakeDMC@mail.com. Dinner is $20 for members, $23 for non-members.
Compiled by Henry Gargan.
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