2015_February-Focus - Town of Fuquay

A Monthly Publication of the Town of Fuquay-Varina
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Town Board Meeting
Mon., Feb. 2
Board of Adjustment
Mon., Feb. 9
PR&CR Advisory Board
F-V Community Center
Mon., Feb. 9
Planning Board
Mon. Feb. 16
Town Board Meeting
Pre-Budget Comments
Tues., Feb. 17
Town Board Meeting
Mon., Mar.. 2
Board of Adjustment
Mon., Mar. 9
PR&CR Advisory Board
F-V Community Center
Mon., Mar. 9
Planning Board
Mon., Mar. 16
Town Board Meeting
Tues., Mar. 17
Easter Egg Hunt
South Park
Sat., Mar. 28
10 am
Candy Hop
Downtown Fuquay-Varina
Sat., Mar. 28
11 am—2 pm
Meetings start at 7 pm at Town Hall located
at 401 Old Honeycutt Road.
Other event times and places indicated.
FUQUAY-VARINA’S ELECTED OFFICIALS
Mayor
John W. Byrne
[email protected]
Mayor Pro Tempore
Charlie Adcock
[email protected]
Commissioners
William H. Harris
[email protected]
Ed Ridpath
[email protected]
Blake Massengill
[email protected]
Jason Wunsch
[email protected]
February 2015
Economic Development Strategy 2015-2025
The Town Board has
adopted the Town of
Fuquay-Varina Economic Development
Strategy 2015 2025, the first economic development
plan of its kind for our town.
The strategy outlines a vision for FuquayVarina’s future and identifies six strategic
initiatives to be undertaken that will foster
long-term growth and broaden the Town’s
economic base.
Commissioner Ed Ridpath. The strategy
is designed to be reflective and responsive
to modern economic development trends
and sets out to balance the resources needed to leverage added private investment
from all industries.
The initiatives include recruitment of high
-end commercial retailers, updating the
Town’s economic development incentive
policy, recruiting mixed-use development
opportunities to downtown, recruitment of
advanced manufacturing firms, enhancing
marketing and public outreach efforts, and
identifying transportation, infrastructure
and utility investment opportunities necessary to meet the development demands of
Fuquay-Varina’s expanding footprint.
The strategy was developed by the Town
of Fuquay-Varina in consultation with the
private sector development community
and regional economic development partners and was spearheaded by the Econom- Read the Economic Development Strategy
ic Development Committee chaired by
at www.fuquay-varina.org/edc.
e-Permits Online Available
The Town recently rolled out e-Permits, a
service that allows users online access to
919-552-6415 apply for permits, review active and completed permits, schedule inspections and
view results, and pay associated fees using
919-552-8781 Master Card, Visa or Discover. The goal
of e-permits is to make permitting more
efficient, convenient and interactive for
our customers.
919-981-2580
The Inspections Department enlisted an
early-user’s group of local residential
919-274-0744 builders to test the e-Permits program and
incorporated their feedback into software
919-346-1818 and process improvements. “We are very
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Volume 6, Issue 2
See e-Permits, back page
Traffic Management
Managing traffic has
become a top priority
for the Town Board and
staff. To help citizens
better understand the
issues affecting traffic
management, the Town
has set up a web page with information
about how roads are built, funded, and the
various partners that work together to
accomplish a successful road improvement project. The interactive map feature
will help you determine if a road is state
or town maintained while the status report
will keep you updated on the Town’s latest improvement projects. Find Traffic
Management prominently displayed at the
top of our home page or at www.fuquayvarina.org/traffic.
Town News Briefs
Spring Sports Registration
Register for spring Youth Sports
from Jan. 5—Feb. 13 at
www.fvparks.org or visit the Community Center. Sports include baseball,
flag football, soccer, softball, t-ball,
and volleyball. Ages vary with each
sport. The fee for residents is $40/
sport and $65/sport for nonresidents. A birth certificate is
needed at the time of registration.
Coaches are needed!
2015 Event Calendar
An event card listing major events in
2015 sponsored by the Town of
Fuquay-Varina, Downtown FuquayVarina, the Fuquay-Varina Chamber
of Commerce and the FuquayVarina Arts Council is currently being
mailed in utility bills. A copy can
also be downloaded at www.fuquayvarina.org. Find out more information
about each event at the sponsor’s
website!
Park & Ride
The Town Board took the first bus
into Moore
Square! It’s an
easy, convenient and cost
effective way to
commute.
Learn more
about express bus service at
www.fuquay-varina.org.
e-Permits—continued from front page
Budget Time: Here’s How to Participate
The budget process for
Fiscal Year 2015-2016
begins in February and
the public is encouraged to participate in
the budgeting process.
A pre-budget meeting will be held on February 17 at 7 pm at Town Hall to hear comments regarding the Town's spending priorities and desirable levels of service. Written comments will also be accepted and
may be sent prior to the February 17th to
Finance Director, 401 Old Honeycutt Road,
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526 or
[email protected]
Other budget dates to keep in mind:
Medicine Drop
Drinking Water Changes
In Oct., the FuquayVarina Police installed a permanent
Drug Collection Unit
at the Police Station
located at 114 N.
Main Street. The
Drug Collection Unit
is open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days
a week, and drugs can be dropped off with
no questions asked. In the first three
months of use, 133.8 pounds of medications
have been collected and disposed of appropriately.
Each year during the
month of March, the
Town’s water suppliers including Harnett
County, Johnston
County and the City
of Raleigh temporarily change their water treatment process by
suspending the use of ammonia. This disinfection process is a state-mandated practice
to ensure safe drinking water. FuquayVarina customers who use kidney dialysis
machines and have fish aquariums should
be aware that water may contain chlorine,
ammonia or a mixture of the two from
March 1-April 1, 2015. The Town will also
conduct flushing of the distribution system
during this time. Customers may experience a slight discoloration of their drinking
water.
Having a permanent Drug Collection Unit
helps prevent contamination of local landfills and water supplies while also helping to
reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in
residents’ homes. We invite you to make
the most of this valuable resource to dispose
of medications in a safe and environmentally responsible manner!
out of e-Permits and think it will be extremely successful in continuing to make
Fuquay-Varina one of the best places to
live and do business,” said Inspections
Director Kathy Vaughan.
Users must set up an account to access
the system. If you are interested in using e-Permits, please contact Kathy
Vaughan at 919-552-1413 or
[email protected]
· Non-profit organizational funding requests are due March 23.
· After gathering all requests, input, and
direction from the Town Board, Town
Manager Adam Mitchell will present his
Recommended Budget on May 19 at Town
Hall at 7 pm.
· On June 1, a public hearing is scheduled
to discuss the budget.
To keep abreast of budget information,
check out www.fuquay-varina.org/budget.
GREAT NEWS!
You can now pay for all
services offered at
Town Hall with a
debit or credit card!
*Includes all services paid for at Town Hall except utility deposits.
A 3.25% convenience fee based on the total transaction amount will be assessed.
Town of Fuquay-Varina, 401 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526 • Fuquay-Varina.org
Town Hall Main Line —919-552-1400
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