Community Investment Bonds: Focus on Transportation
This November, registered voters will be able to voice their opinions on three separate bond financing initiatives put forward by the Town Council for fire, parks and transportation projects. If all three bond packages are approved, property taxes will increase by two cents per $100 valuation in 2013 and another two cents in 2015.
In addition to improving the condition of Town streets by repairing and resurfacing and improving pavement markings and signage, the Transportation Bond package consists of $57.68 million for the following major projects:
• Widening the Walnut Street bridge over US 1/64, adding a sidewalk, and providing three northbound lanes from Meeting Street to Buck Jones Road.
• Realigning Carpenter Fire Station Road from NC 55 to Morrisville-Carpenter Road to incorporate a four-lane roadway with paved shoulders for bicycles.
• Widening Green Level West Road from the Western Wake Freeway to NC 55.
• Upgrading the Town’s Traffic Signal System with new hardware and software
• Expanding bike routes to increase connectivity through the use of bike lanes, shared-use arrows, signed routes and bicycle cut-throughs; increasing the amount of secure bicycle spaces at popular destinations
• Improving the streetscape of S. Academy Street and Dry Avenue from Chatham Street and Walnut Street
For more information on the upcoming bonds, visit www.carybonds.org, and vote November 6.
Yerha Tapped for Vacancy
After reviewing nearly 60 applicants, the Cary Town Council appointed Ed Yerha to the At-Large position left vacant over the summer by Julie Robison.
Yerha has lived in Cary since 1995 and has gained over a decade of Cary government experience on a handful of boards and commissions.
Yerha’s term expires December 2013; he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (919) 469-4011.
Read more about the Council Vacancy process at www.townofcary.org or call (919) 469-4011. Welcome, Ed!
Are You a Veteran of this Great Country?
You’ve served us, now let us serve you! Our annual Veteran’s Luncheon is November 9.
Lunch and the patriotic entertainment is free, but a reservation is required by October 26.
We’re also looking for volunteers to help us honor our heroes at the event. To volunteer or make reservations, call (919) 469-4081.
Howlin' Good Time Planned
Halloween is almost here and we’ve planned a scary fun time!
Catch the “holiday spirits” with our Reel-ly Scary Cary film series at Koka Booth Amphitheatre October 23-27. We’ll be showing classic thrillers starting at sundown. Tickets are $3 and kids 12 and under are free. A complete schedule is listed at www.boothamphitheatre.com.
Join the Cary Players on October 26 for a macabre walking tour of historic downtown Cary, where you’ll hear spooky legends about our past. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling (919) 469-4061.
Our Tricks & Treats Halloween Bash returns October 27 to Cary Downtown, with events from 5-7 p.m. at Cary Elementary School, Cary Arts Center, and Ashworth’s Village. Be sure to check out the haunted house, take a hayride, or listen to not-so-scary storytelling.
On Halloween Eve, explore Cary-area cemeteries with the Friends of Page-Walker. Details are listed at www.friendsofpagewalker.org.
Trick or Treating in Cary is always on October 31, and we’ll be hosting our indoor trick or treating event, Safe-N-Sane Halloween Celebration, at Cary Towne Center from 6-8 p.m. In addition to getting treats from stores, we have a magic show, costume contest and more not-so-scary story telling planned.
Get complete details on all events by searching “Howlin Good” at www.townofcary.org or calling (919) 469-4061.
Curbside Collection this November Holiday Season
Town offices will close November 12 for Veterans Day; however, solid waste, yard waste and yellow week recycling material will be collected as normal that week.
During the week of November 18, we’ll adjust our schedule due to Thanksgiving. All Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday customers and blue week recycling customers will have their materials collected one day earlier: Tuesday’s collection will be Monday, November 19; Wednesday’s collection will be on Tuesday, November 20; and Thursday’s collection will be on Wednesday, November 21. Friday’s collection will remain unchanged.
Town offices will close November 22-23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Our holiday collection schedule is always available at www.townofcary.org or by phone to (919) 469-4090.
New Way to Play
Looking for a gift idea? Consider a Town of Cary gift card, redeemable toward any parks, recreation and cultural resources class, camp, membership, rental or lesson. You can purchase a gift card at Town Hall and any community or cultural arts center. For more, search “Gift Cards” on our website.
Leaks are Bad News for All
You may be harming the environment if your vehicle leaks oil. Repair leaks and keep our water clean. When changing fluids from your car, drain into a clean plastic container and sealed with a screw top lid. Take the oil to a used oil collection site or call Public Works to request a pick up. If you spill fluids, quickly contain the area with rags or cat litter. Sweep up and safely dispose of the waste material. Questions? Call (919) 469-4038.
Bundle Up for Winter
Winterize your automatic irrigation system to help prevent water in the pipes from freezing and cracking the lines and spray heads.
Just drain the water from your system and then either remove or insulate the backflow preventor and other exposed pipes.
Find out more by searching “Water Conservation” at www.townofcary.org.
College Championships are Coming
The ACC men’s and women’s soccer teams will score big at WakeMed Soccer Park for this season’s ACC Soccer Championships. Check out local men’s and women’s teams from Duke, NC State, UNC and Wake Forest. The women’s tournament is October 31-November 6; the men’s tournament is November 7-13. Don your favorite team’s colors and visit www.theacc.org for more.
Going From A to B with Electricity
We’ve opened four electric vehicle charging stations at the Cary Arts Center and the Town Hall parking deck.
Thanks to community partners, you can recharge your car for no charge until August 2014.
Learn more about the program by searching “Sustainability” at www.townofcary.org.
Cyber Security Awareness Month
October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. Cyber threats are one of the most serious economic and national security challenges our country faces, and it doesn’t stop at Cary’s border. From cyber bullying to identity theft to business loss and beyond, cyber security touches us every day, whether or not you know it.
Follow simple practices suggested by our Cyber Crimes Unit to keep your personal information safe.
Keep antivirus software updated and running. Download files from verified sources. Use complex passwords and change them often. Never keep your computer on while not in use (this saves energy, too!), and only connect to free wireless hotspots in public places where you know the source, like a train station or restaurant.
For a complete list of tips to keep you and yours safe on the web, search “Cyber Security Tips” at www.townofcary.org and report suspicious activity to 911 immediately.
Just Shred It!
Celebrate America Recycles Day at our paper shredding event November 17 from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Garmon Operations Center. Bring up to three boxes of confidential papers for free, onsite destruction and recycling. No commercial interests, please.
Can’t make it out? You can now recycle shredded paper at the curb. Just place it in a knotted, clear plastic bag in the cart/bin with your other recyclables.
Questions? Call (919) 469-4090.
Fire Prevention: Change is Good
Cut your risk of dying in your home in half by changing the batteries in your smoke alarms when you change your clocks back to standard time. Data shows a majority of home fires occur from 2-5 a.m. when most of the occupants are asleep. Mistakenly, people believe that smoke will wake them when in fact it can dull your senses, cause loss of consciousness and even death. More often than not, home fire-related deaths are caused by smoke inhalation, not flames or burns. A working smoke alarm could save your life. If you have questions, call our Fire Department at (919) 469-4056.
Know the Code
Use any barcode/QR code app to scan this QR code and access our current calendar of public meetings and events. This same calendar is accessible from our homepage, www.townofcary.org.
Marvelous Music Mainstage Series presents Livingston Taylor (Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m., Cary Arts Center). For tickets and more, (919) 469-4069.
Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert (Nov. 4, 3 p.m., Cary Arts Center). FREE. For more, (919) 469-4069.
Triangle Wind Ensemble’s Fall Concert: Myth, Mischief & Celebration (Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., Cary Arts Center). For tickets and more, (919) 469-4069.
Marvelous Music Family Series presents Birmingham Children’s Theatre’s Sleeping Beauty (Nov. 10, 3 p.m. Cary Arts Center). For tickets and more, (919) 469-4069.
Search our Calendar at www.townofcary.org for more!
We’re now accepting the following items in your recycling cart and at our Citizen’s Convenience Center: lids secured to their bottle/jar/tub, shredded paper in clear plastic bags, metal pots/pans, paper/chipboard egg cartons and cup trays. Call (919) 469-4090 with questions.
We’re collecting loose leaves November through January. Find out when we’ll be in your neighborhood by searching “Leaf Collection” at www.townofcary.org.
Election Day is November 6. Vote early in the 2012 General Election at any of the early voting locations in Wake or Chatham counties October 18 through November 3. For more, visit www.wakevotesearly.com or www.chathamnc.org.
Can’t attend a Town Council meeting or other public meeting held in Council Chambers? You can watch it live on our website or catch the replay on our YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/TownofCaryChannel.