This week in history we look back 10, 25 and 50 years to see what was going on in the eastern Wake County area.
In 2004, a developer was clashing with Knightdale officials over a sewer line. In 1989, Zebulon was beginning a service that is considered a civic duty today. And in 1964, “DDD Day” came to Zebulon.
When most people think of new subdivisions, sewer lines don’t usually make the list. However, they’re necessary, and without them any development can grind to a halt.
The tension was palpable Monday night as the developer of a 550-home project clashed with Knightdale officials over a costly sewer line and an apparent breach of e-mail etiquette.
Crosland Homes already has a special use permit and site plan approval for the 154-acre site. But the developer and town staff have yet to iron out details of a developer’s agreement that would set conditions on the homes in the Churchill subdivision – leading to a standoff that has lasted several weeks. The homes would be located on the north side of Old Faison Road, about one mile east of the upcoming intersection of U.S. 64 Bypass and Hodge Road.
The developer wants to build the homes using slab-style construction, meaning the foundation would consist of solid concrete. Town officials said most developments are required to build a crawl space foundation. They want Crosland to put the money it would save on slab construction (about $8,000) back into each home in the form of exterior improvements.
But architectural issues were not what set off fireworks during the meeting. Jim Anderson, vice president of land development for Crosland, complained that town staff had not provided him with enough information about a proposed change in sewer service at the site. Over six years, Crosland will spend $18 million to $20 million on infrastructure for the development, adding new roads and water and sewer lines, Anderson said.
“We just don’t know where we stand,” Anderson said. “This project cannot endure another major infrastructure item.”
Recycling is often considered a civic duty these days, as the public becomes more and more aware of how limited resources are and how much effort goes into manufacturing. In 1989, Zebulon was just getting on board the green train with curbside recycling pickup.
The Zebulon Town Board met in a work session last Tuesday night to talk trash to each other.
The trash they are concerned with makes up Zebulon’s recyclables – newspaper, glass, aluminum and plastic. A proposed $25,800 contract with Waste Industries, Inc. for a curbside recycling program could reduce the amount of garbage now being deposited at the Wake County landfill, thus saving Zebulon money in tipping fees.
Tipping fees at the county landfill are slated to increase from $5.90 per ton to $11 per ton on January 1, 1990. In addition,Wake County commissioners have mandated another increase of $3.40 per year (over the course of the next three years) bringing the fee to an approximate $21 per ton by 1992.
On Monday night, the newly-sworn commissioners – R. Dale Beck and Roy Collins – along with Commissioners Eva Liles, Windel Perry and Leonard Seawell – voted unanimously to accept the proposed project and set April 1, 1990, as the starting date for pickup.
By accepting the proposal, Zebulon will move ahead of other small town municipalities in the state and be one of the first of its size to implement a curbside program.
The headline of this week’s 1964 story is “Twirl your finger, because Sunday is DDD Day.” This week in 1964, Zebulon finally gained the ability to direct-dial their own long-distance phone calls.
Sunday in Zebulon won’t be like any other Sunday. On that day, for the first time, telephone customers will be able to do something they have never done before in Zebulon: dial their own long distance telephone calls.
“This new telephone service, known as Direct Distance Dialing, or DDD, will go into use at 12:01 a.m. on December 13, 1964,” B. G. Skidmore, Southern Bell manager said. Its introduction will (complete) installation and testing of the DDD equipment.
With the DDD system, the entire country is divided into numbered areas. Zebulon’s Area Code number is 919.
When DDD goes into effect in Zebulon, subscribers can dial their own station-to-station calls. Operators will still handle person-to-person calls, credit card calls, collect calls and calls from coin telephones.