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Sorbonne 1910

Sometimes our kids just need a reminder….

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.


Theodore Roosevelt speaking at Sorbonne in 1910

Connexion & Chickens – Nothing to Crow About

What do a former Cary Mayor and six backyard chickens have in common?

They both leave crap all over the place.

Assuming you’ve been able to tear yourself away from drooling over the ever endearing Dear Leader and his ultimately vain quest for re-election, you may have noticed that Cary – and indeed all of North Carolina – has quite enough melodrama of its own.  Ignore the clucking sounds of the feel good minority for a moment and you might notice that there is scandal aplenty.

Cary leaders have always done a great job burying bad news and with Chapel Hill libs holding up the left front and Apex conservatives holding up the right front, Cary for the most part sits quietly in the middle – right on top of some the biggest messes in the state.  As we relaunch Cary Politics, take a few minutes (or perhaps a lot more :) ) and read some of the recent information slowly being dredged up, not by local news crews but by Cary’s own John Barbara.

The truth is sometimes painful but it needs to be unearthed and devoured so that in the future we will be more observant and possibly ready to stop the crap before having to work overtime to bury it later.

New Council Takes Shape

Adcock Gets #2 Nod

District ‘D’ Rep Well Suited for Mayor Pro-Tem Role

(Cary, NC) – Recently re-elected District ‘D’ Councilwoman Gale Adcock has been voted in as Cary’s new Mayor Pro-Tem, an important position on a part-time council filled mostly with citizens that have other full-time jobs.  Mayor Weinbrecht needs and should now have a reliable back up for those situations when he can’t be in two places at once.  Adcock replaces at-large member Julie Robison as pro-tem after Ms. Robison chose to step aside.  Ms. Robison struggled at times to be an effective #2 for the Mayor and when coupled with personal issues she’s had to deal with, felt it was time to let someone new step in and help out.  It’s unclear to CP how Ms. Adcock will balance her duties as Director of the SAS Health Care Center at Cary’s SAS Campus with those required of the pro-tem slot but we know Ms. Adock will accord herself professionally and represent the town well when those duties arise.

Decades of flooding problems

Downtown Flooding
Getting Worse by the Decade

Don’t be put off by the headline. There is a reason why the title is the title. Anybody that has paid the least bit of attention to politics in Cary, and downtown redevelopment issues in particular, is keenly aware of the stormwater flooding issues that arise almost every time there is a big rain event.  Aging infrastructure is slowly forcing Cary’s hand and the inevitable huge expense to fix the drainage and sewer issue cannot be put off forever.  A price tag somewhere north of $100M may be required but the longer Cary waits, the more expensive it will be.

Downtown flooding must be addressed before serious redevelopment can occur and it should be prioritized ahead of a few homes that happen to be on a street where one council member happens to live.

I bring this up because in the Mayor’s most recent blog entry (kudo’s for writing it btw), he writes:

Thursday I, along with council member Adcock and several staff members, met with residents that live on Cedarpost Drive about flooding issues and to walk the properties. Their flooding issues have been getting worse and they want the town to fix the problem.

Usually flooding problems in town come from developments that were approved long ago with looser regulations. There are also cases where DOT builds or widens a road, like US 1, in which they don’t have to provide any mitigation for runoff resulting in flooding issues.

So a few years ago the town created a policy to address the many problems in town. The criteria for this policy states that a home must first have damage. Damage can be defined as water in the crawl space, as it is in this case, or worse. If the home has damage then the town will pay half the cost of the repairs.

We will meet with the residents of Cedarpost Drive again to go over options.

I’m sure they do want the town to fix the problem.  Every resident wants ‘the town’ to fix their problems, except of course when they want ‘the town’ to stay the hell away.  What makes this situation unique is that councilwoman Adcock lives on Cedarpost Drive.  It’s her neighbors that want the flooding issue fixed.  Any and all funds the town has to fix flooding issues should be used to fix downtown issues ahead of any others.  After all, downtown flooding has been getting worse for decades.

 

Bored

BORED

politics have become predictable and boring
sticking with the status quo is boring
being attcked for anything new is boring
it’s all just boring

debt is boring
entitlements too

protests are boring
or violent
and that’s boring too

beige
boring
it’s all the same


 

Pro-Tem Fight Looms Large

*** The Winners ***

Harold Weinbrecht  -  Lori Bush  -  Don Frantz  -  Gale Adcock

Mayor pro-tem likely to be a battle

Cary, NC – The race is over and the hardest issues are yet to come.  One of the first orders of business will be to select a new mayor pro-tem and it won’t (or at least shouldn’t) be a pretty fight.  The current may pro-tem Julie Robison has struggled at times to effectively backup the mayor and CP doesn’t see where that situtation is likely to improve.  A new pro-tem is needed and needed badly.  Will the rejuvenated CTC realize this and take appropriate action or will they immediately fall into an operational mode as Harold and his friends?  Let’s hope a leader emerges.

NHCA Drops Lawsuit Against WWP

New Hill Community Association and

Western Wake Partners Settle Lawsuit

Cary, NC -  The long running and intense battle wage by New Hill residents against plans for a large waste water treatment facility in the middle of their community has come to an end.  NHCA will issue a press release later today saying they have agreed to drop their lawsuit, cease protests, and remove yard signs critical of the plants location.  Cary & Apex officials have taken heat for years over the siting of the plant and with NHCA’s legal options essentially exhausted, community leaders felt it was time to settle and try to make the best of a very difficult situation.  In exchange for ceasing legal action, New Hill will receive $500,000 towards a community center and approximately three dozen home nearest the plant will be connected to water and sewer.

Complete details can be found at http://newhillca.org/

Judge needs to go

BLAME JUDGE LOUISE W. FLANAGAN
FOR ALLOWING CRAPPY SIGNS
ALL OVER OUR FINE TOWN!!!

Google Screw-up

Here’s the full size version and I’d love to hear any feedback about how this could have happened. elektronik sigara

Etheridge out

Local Tea Party Fav Renee Elmers

Defeats Codgy Etheridge