“There is no requirement that we have a public hearing or even a public process”

September 10, 2010 at 11:21 pm 1 comment

Did you hear Mayor Meeker on WTPF on Wednesday? Quite an interesting few minutes.


Re his comment about Norfolk Southern moving out of their current location:

1) I spoke with NS todayand they confirmed they have been there over 100 years and have no intention of moving.

2) If the Mayor feels that “freight yards don’t belong in downtown Raleigh”, then shouldn’t CSX should be asked to move too?

Re: the question of who has the responsiblity to inform the public on a serious issues such as this one.

1) The Mayor stated that City Council had “stepped up” and hosted a Public Hearing.  yes, and we appreciate that, although it shouldn’t take pressure from citizens to hold a Public Hearing on a topic that would claim 54 businesses and ??? of houses by eminant domain in historic neighborhoods! And don’t forget, City Council originally planned to vote – and vote NC3 – on August 3rd. Long before a public hearing was scheduled for August 31st.

2) The Mayor stated “there is no requirement that we have a public hearing or even a public process”.  NCDOT Director Pat Simmons made the same comment. Does anyone else find that extremely concerning?  That  a program of this size and magnitude, with  “adverse and severe” impacts to neighborhoods including property taken by eminant domain, closing of main access points, location of a high speed rail within several hundred feet of residential and business property for over a mile-long corridor DOESN’T REQUIRE PUBLIC COMMENT?

I propose that our next effort be focused on influencing change in when public discussion is warranted and how to best notify and engage the public. Are you with us on that, folks?


Entry filed under: Don't Railroad Historic Five Points, High Speed Rail, Mayor Meeker, NC DOT, NC3, Raleigh, WPTF.

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  • 1. chrisandjada  |  September 14, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    This is rather insulting, to say the least. We don’t merit the common courtesy of letting us know in advance, when the City has made plans that will affect us?


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