I started off the week by accepting a meeting request from a builder who has a farm-themed neighborhood he wants to build in western Apex. Interesting ideas, nice variety and low density. It will likely be brought to the town in January or February. We had coffee at Wake Zone.
I encouraged the committee chairs to find time to meet, so we had three committee meetings this past week.
- Personnel. Our current town manager, Bruce Radford, is retiring in a week, so we need to establish an interim town manager. The committee is going to recommend that we appoint our assistant town manager, Drew Havens, as the Interim Town Manager. Should the council go along with that recommendation, I’m confident that Mr. Havens will do an wonderful job.
- Planning. The chairman wanted to eliminate medium density from our 2030 Land Use Map, which we use for planning. His primary concern, as it turns out, is that we may lose valuable commercial nodes at some major intersection areas. The committee will ask the council to study an area out between Friendship and New Hill on Old US1 in order to properly anticipate the economy and needs of residents out west. Also, the committee looked into requiring mixed use nodes to have 50% or more of non-residential use, allowing for residential above the non-residential to be ignored in the calculation. Picture the Grace Park development on Davis Drive and Morrisville-Carpenter Rd.
- Economic Development. The committee reviewed last month’s progress and discussed advertising Apex. It was agreed that we need to finish identifying the product to “sell” before we begin advertising in earnest. The committee asked the directory to put together a plan, showing dependencies and timeline (i.e. a project Gantt).
The staff also had the annual Town of Apex Employee Holiday Luncheon. It was a great event, and Michael MacAuley, Police Telecommunicator, was recognized as the 2015 Employee of the Year.
I also represented our town at the Community Leader Luncheon, hosted by the area LDS Church on Bryan Dr. There were 700+ nativity scenes set up, lots of lights and a light Cuban-style lunch. We heard from a couple of speakers, listened to a couple of songs, then met other leaders before heading back to work.
Personally, I began my series of one-on-one meetings with our town department heads to get to know them and their objectives. This will take a few more weeks, but it will be worth it.
I wrapped up the week by driving one of the two vans for our Shop-with-a-Cop program, where deserving kids spend most of Saturday morning with our finest officers, go shopping at Target for Christmas presents, then back to the APD for pizza. What a wonderful way to help and promote the community spirit here in Apex!
This coming week will bring the council’s first full meeting as a new team, along with one or two other committee meetings. Our Dec 15th meeting is expected to have 30 items on the agenda. This council is, indeed, hitting the ground running.