Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Yesterday, the City unveiled our first two electric vehicle charging stations! These two stations are both downtown, located across from the Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex. During the next several months, you will begin to see more and more charging stations popping up. There are plans for a total of thirty stations to be installed throughout the City by next September! State and Federal Grants cover the complete costs of the stations.

Raleigh was selected to receive the grants because of our participation in Project Get Ready. We are one of three cities in the nation that is a part of the initiative to encourage the use of electric pug-in vehicles. Raleigh was declared to be one of just fourteen major cities that is "leading in rediness for plug-in electric vehicles." The other two cities are Portland, Oregon and Indianapolis, Indiana.

I am looking forward to seeing more and more plug-in stations and vehicles in Raleigh!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Plans for a New Fire Station

Next year, Raleigh will have our 29th Fire Station! Council recently voted to approve the plan, design, and construction of the new fire station. The new fire station will be located near the Harrington Grove Subdivision on Leesville Road. Our firefighters do a tremendous job and we are thrilled to welcome them to a new home in Northwest Raleigh!

Friday, November 12, 2010

America Recycles Day

This Saturday is America Recycles Day! There will be a festival to celebrate recycling at the Shops at Seaboard Station from 10am-2pm. It is a great one-stop opportunity to learn more about recycling, composting, and conservation. There will be activities for the kids and live music also!

If you would like to bring recyclables with you, accepted items include electronics, paints and pesticides, plastic bags, glass jars and bottles, rigid plastics, household items, and CFL lightbulbs.

This is a great opportunity for kids to learn more about recycling and conservation! Hope to see you all there!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

NCDOT Asks for Your Help!

The State's Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is holding a series of listening sessions to develop its next step in their strategic planning process. The listening sessions will include DOT planning partners, stakeholders, and the public. It is important that they hear from you on which transportation issues in the area concern you most.

During these sessions, you will find out more about their prioritization process and accomplishments, and to learn more about alternate transportation plans for our area.

The sessions will begin tomorrow morning at the RDU Airport Authority, located at 1000 Trade Drive at 9am.

There will also be a few more sessions throughout the week, located in other areas of the state.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Eastgate Park

Please join Raleigh Parks and Recreation for a Playground Design Day at Eastgate Neighborhood Center on Saturday, November 6 from 10:00-noon. We would love to have input from parents, as well as children, as we renovate Eastgate Playground.

For more information, please contact Wayne Schindler at 996-4844.