Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Outcomes of 3/3/09 Meeting

City Adopts an Ordinance to Regulate the Tethering of Dogs

I am thrilled that the council unanimously voted to support this ordinance after last nights public hearing. Everyone who spoke at the public hearing voiced support of this ordinance for a variety of reasons including the health of the dog and safety of children. Thank you to city staff for responding to my request to investigate the practice of tethering with an effective ordinance which will improve safety and quality of life for animals in Raleigh.

The City ordinance now states that no person shall tether a dog to any stationary object for more than three hours in any twenty four hour period. Any device used to tether must be at least ten feet long and attached in such a manner as to prevent strangulation or other injury to the dog and entanglement with other objects. A cable trolly system may be used to tether as long as the stationary cable is at least ten feet long and the dog can perpendicularly move at least ten feet away from the stationary line. The line should be attached to the dog with a buckle type collar or body harness. The dog must be allowed access to food and water. Violations are subject to civil penalty of $100 per day of each day of violation.

Approval Given To Study For Crabtree Valley Transportation System

The Raleigh City Council voted unanimously today to authorize a transportation study for the Crabtree Valley area. The estimated $250,000 study will attempt to develop a long-range transportation strategy for the area surrounding Crabtree Valley Mall. Traffic along the Glenwood Avenue corridor is expected to grow by as much as 70 percent by 2035.

The transportation study will include a strong public involvement component, soliciting input from residents and business owners in the impacted area. The City Council recently acted to remove the Crabtree Valley Avenue Extension, between Glenwood Avenue and Creedmoor Road, from the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

Berkshire Downs

A little background information first: The annexation of the Berkshire Downs neighborhood was voted down in Comprehensive Planning Committee on December 10, 2008. We did not believe that the available facts at that time warranted support of the annexation, so our recommendation to council was to not annex Brookshire Downs. When the vote came to City Council January 6 more information was presented which indicated that this neighborhood has consistently had septic system problems. This could present a potential environmental risk to the groundwater. However after hearing from residents I believed that the cost of annexation was an undue financial hardship at this time and without notable benefit to the city. The annexation of Brookshire Downs was adopted with myself as the only dissenting vote.

Then last night at the March 2 Public Hearing, 10 people from the neighborhood petitioned the city to ask us to reconsider the annexation. After hearing from neighbors about financial hardship and concerns about the transparency of the process, Mayor Meeker offered to host a community meeting with neighbors and city staff to discuss further the details of annexation. This meeting should take place within the next 4-6 weeks.

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