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Raleigh changes water treatment

It’s that time of year again when Raleigh’s tap water tastes a bit different.

Until April 12, Raleigh won’t be adding ammonia to its water treatment disinfecting process – a change that also affects public utility users in Wake Forest and Rolesville.

State and federal rules require the yearly return to chlorine-only disinfecting for a month. Utility officials say it could cause some discoloration in the water, but the water remains safe to drink and use for other purposes.

Staff writer Colin Campbell

Rock Quarry Family Dollar approved

The planning commission on Tuesday gave the green light to a new Family Dollar store in Southeast Raleigh.

The 8,300-square-foot discount store will be located on Rock Quarry Road, across from Macedonia New Life Church and just south of Interstate 40.

James Brown Jr., a representative from the church, said members’ only concern was the number of driveway access points on Rock Quarry. In order to avoid crashes near the church’s entrance, Brown said the store should be accessible from neighboring businesses – something the developer has agreed to.

Staff writer Colin Campbell

Southwest Raleigh project conducts survey

A partnership working to rebrand Southwest Raleigh as the “creative district” has launched a survey to gauge current perceptions of the area.

Uncovering Southwest Raleigh is a partnership between city leaders and N.C. State University that began last fall. The survey asks residents and nonresidents to rate the community’s appeal as well as its walkability, sense of community, retail options and other criteria.

As home to a major research campus and several sports and cultural venues, Southwest Raleigh should be known as a cutting-edge section of the city, backers of the project say.

The survey is available at dev.design.ncsu.edu/swraleigh.

Staff writer Colin Campbell

Wake Forest selects human resources director

Virginia H. Jones has been selected as the new human resources director in Wake Forest. She begins the job March 19.

Jones, a town resident, previously worked as the human resources manager in Durham. In her Wake Forest position, Jones will supervise three full-time staff members and oversee an operating budget of $462,400.

Jones “brings a tremendous amount of human resources experience that is sure to benefit the town and our employees,” said Mark Williams, town manager, in a statement.

Tammy Moore, the previous director, retired Feb. 25.

Staff Writer Sarah Barr