Month: February 2017

Parking Lot & Crosswalk Striping Thursday at Joyner Park

The Town of Wake Forest will stripe the visitor parking lot and crosswalks at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, on Thursday, March 2.

In order to perform the striping, crews will reduce to one lane the entrance and exit to Joyner Park and section off the parking lot. Visitor parking will be available but may be limited.

For more information, contact Park Maintenance Superintendent Josh Glover at 919-554-6184 or jglover@wakeforestnc.gov.

Registration Deadline for Adult Men’s Spring Softball Extended Until March 3

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department announced today it has extended the registration deadline for the Adult Men’s Spring Softball League until Friday, March 3.

League play will begin in mid-March with games played primarily on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

Registration forms are available at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., and online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/adult-athletics.aspx.

The entry fee is $550 per team, and the league is limited to Class E teams and lower.

For more information, contact Recreation Specialist Meghan Hawkins at 919-435-9457 or mhawkins@wakeforestnc.gov.

DMV’s Mobile Driver’s License Unit Returns to Renaissance Centre March 6

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles’ Mobile Driver’s License Unit returns to the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., on Monday, March 6. The mobile unit will be in the Renaissance Centre Grand Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The compact mobile office is part of a statewide initiative to improve customer service and reduce wait times at the DMV.

Featuring two driver license examiner stations, the new mobile office offers all the driver license services provided in brick-and-mortar offices, including driving tests.

The Renaissance Centre Arts Annex typically hosts the Mobile Driver’s License Unit but ongoing renovations inside the annex will force the mobile office to relocate to the Renaissance Centre Grand Hall.

Applicants Sought for Historic Preservation Commission & Human Relations Council

You can make a difference in our community by applying to fill one of the vacancies on the Historic Preservation Commissioner (HPC) and the Human Relations Council (HRC). All residents of Wake Forest and its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) are eligible to apply for these openings.

Candidates for the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) must reside in the Historic District, in Wake Forest, or within its ETJ. Professionals with historic preservation expertise are especially encouraged to apply for the HPC.

Applications may be completed and submitted online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/advisory-boards.aspx. Application forms are also available at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Completed applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, March 17, and may be mailed or delivered to Town Clerk Deeda Harris, Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, NC 27587; faxed to 919-435-9419; or emailed to dharris@wakeforestnc.gov.

Applicants will be expected to attend the next scheduled meeting of the advisory board to which they applied to introduce themselves to the board’s current members and explain why they wish to serve:

• HRC meets Thursday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. in Conference Room 015 on the ground floor of Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.
• HPC meets Wednesday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the Ground Floor Meeting Room of Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.
• Please note: both meeting rooms are most easily accessed via Town Hall’s Taylor Street entrance.

Following the interviews, each advisory board will review its slate of candidates before submitting its recommendations to the Board of Commissioners. The Board will announce the new appointments during its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 18.

Selected applicants will fill seats vacated by past members, so terms for new appointees will commence immediately.

The Town’s advisory boards were established to give citizens input into what happens in the community and to advise the Board of Commissioners on matters that affect citizens and their Town government. For more information, contact Town Clerk Deeda Harris at 919-435-9413 or dharris@wakeforestnc.gov.

Cougar Walk of Champions March 25

Area residents are invited to the “Cougar Walk of Champions” on Saturday, March 25, at 1 p.m. This one-of-a-kind community celebration will honor the 2016 Wake Forest High School (WFHS) football team – winners of last season’s 4AA state championship.

The team’s championship appearance marked the fourth time in six seasons the Cougars advanced to the finals as the 4AA eastern regional champions and its football state title is the first for a Wake County school since 1987.

The “Cougar Walk of Champions” will recognize the team for its consistency on the field, highlight the school’s place in the town’s history, and demonstrate the collective sense of pride shared by the Wake Forest community.

A walking parade comprised of the WFHS football team and coaching staff, marching band and varsity cheerleading squad will kick off the afternoon festivities. The procession will depart the Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St., at 1 p.m., proceed south along South White Street, turn left at Owen Avenue, and conclude in Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St.

Upon arriving in Centennial Plaza, the team will be greeted by Mayor Vivian Jones and members of the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners. The ensuing pep rally will include a few numbers by the marching band and brief remarks by local officials and school administrators, including WFHS Principal Patti Hamler and Head Football Coach Reggie Lucas. Former WFHS football player and current Stanford Cardinal Bryce Love is also scheduled to speak.

Kip Abshire, the WFHS public address announcer, will serve as the program emcee and local DJ Rodney Holmes will be onsite playing a variety of favorite party tunes.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at several downtown restaurants throughout the day, and a variety of food and dessert trucks will also be onsite in the town hall visitor’s parking lot, including the VFW Chuckwagon, Charlie’s Kabobs, Kona Ice, and Lumpy’s Ice Cream.

Cougar fans will also have the chance to purchase WFHS championship t-shirts and other merchandise.

The entire Wake Forest community, including fans, family members and supporters of the 2016 4AA state championship football team, are invited to line South White Street and Owen Avenue to cheer the squad as it makes its way from the Depot Parking Lot to town hall.

For more information, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Cougar Walk,” or contact Communications & Public Affairs Director Bill Crabtree at 919-435-9421 or bcrabtree@wakeforestnc.gov.

Wake Forest Launches Virtual Tours of Local & Downtown Historic Districts

The Town of Wake Forest is inviting residents and visitors to explore the town’s Local and Downtown Historic Districts through two new online virtual tours. Accessible from the Town’s website and app, these virtual tours provide users a unique historical perspective of both historic districts through the use of a laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Structured around interactive maps of each historic district, both tours feature photos of significant houses, buildings and other landmarks. Each point of interest also includes a brief description and professionally voiced audio clip that users can play at their own pace as they move through the respective historic district.

The Historic Preservation Fund awarded the Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission a matching grant to complete the narration portion of each virtual tour. Financed in part with federal funding from the National Park Service and Department of the Interior, the grant was administered by the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. The narration component was completed by Blueforest Studios in Raleigh, NC.

To access the tours online, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Historic Districts.”

Android and iPhone users can access both tours by downloading the Town of Wake Forest app and using the app’s “Virtual Tours” function, which also includes the Historic Wake Forest Cemetery Virtual Tour.

IPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android users can download the free app by searchingfor “Town of Wake Forest” on iTunes, in the iPhone app store, orin Google Play or by scanning the appropriate QR code provided atwww.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx. Please note: This publication/project has been financed in part with federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect views or policies of the U.S. Department of the Interior, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior.

For more information, contact Senior Planner Michelle Michael at 919-435-9516 or mmichael@wakeforestnc.gov.

2017 State of the Town Address Now Airing on WFTV 10

Mayor Vivian Jones’ 2017 State of the Town Address is now airing three times daily on Wake Forest TV 10. The mayor’s 35-minute speech can be viewed from now through the end of March at 8 a.m., noon and 6 p.m.

The address is also provided in streaming video on the Town’s website at www.wakeforestnc.gov/2017-state-of-the-town-1.aspx.

Mayor Jones delivered the annual address to over 200 area residents during the State of the Town Address & Dinner on Feb. 20. The event was sponsored for the ninth consecutive year by the Wake Forest Rotary Club.

WFTV 10 is the Town of Wake Forest’sgovernment accesschannelserving the residents of Wake Forest. WFTV 10 isproduced by the Town’s Communications Department and available to residents and businesses that subscribe to Spectrum (formerly Time-Warner) Cable TV service. The information channel operates 24 hours per day and provides a variety of information aboutprograms, services and special events sponsored by the Town of Wake Forest.

For more information, contact Communications & Public Affairs Director Bill Crabtree at 919-435-9421 or bcrabtree@wakeforestnc.gov.

Police Request Public’s Assistance Locating Jared Knaus

Wake Forest Police are asking for the public’s help locating Jared Timothy Knaus, 204 Plantation Dr., Youngsville, whose photo is shown.

At approximately 12:18 a.m. Monday, police were conducting a driver’s license checking station along East Wait Avenue at the entrance of the Bowling Green subdivision. While speaking with Knaus, officers detected a strong odor of marijuana. After initially consenting to a search and exiting his vehicle, Knaus, 28, jumped back inside the car and struggled with officers before driving away – briefly dragging Officer J.L. McArthur and knocking him down in the roadway. Officer McArthur suffered a minor injury to his knee.

While attempting to elude police, Knaus turned into the Bowling Green subdivision where his vehicle got stuck in a wooded area behind Gracie Girl Way. The subject exited the vehicle and fled on foot. A short time later, a homeowner along Basley Drive reported that the subject entered their home through the front door, then ran out the back door when confronted. A Wake County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit arrived and tracked Knaus but ultimately proved unsuccessful. Officers have also been unable to locate the subject.

Warrants have been obtained for Knaus for felony flee to elude, felony assault on a law enforcement officer causing injury, and assault on a law enforcement officer. Additional charges are pending.

Anyone who believes they may know the whereabouts of Knaus are urged to call the Police Department Tip Line at 919-435-9610. All calls are confidential.

Traffic Alert – Bowling Green Subdivision

Beginning Monday, Feb. 27, through Friday, March 20, S.T. Wooten Corp, a private contractor working on behalf of the Town of Wake Forest, will at various times reduce to one lane with alternating two-way traffic portions of several streets in the Bowling Green subdivision, including Fern Hollow Trail, Cottesbrook Drive, Dry Gully Court and Main Divide Drive.

Scheduled from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, the work is necessary to allow crews to patch and prepare the roads for resurfacing.

Signage and flaggers will be in place managing traffic flow and safely directing motorists through the work area. Delays are expected and motorists are encouraged to take an alternate route if possible.

For more information about this road project, contact Town Engineer Eric Keravuori at 919-435-9441 or ekeravuori@wakeforestnc.gov.

The Town of Wake Forest provides this information as a public service. Planned road closures and restrictions are necessary to allow for a variety of work. Motorists are encouraged to use the information to help plan their route and move safely through the work area. Weather and unforeseen circumstances occasionally prevent work from being completed as scheduled and make it unsafe to reopen lanes or streets when planned. When this occurs, town staff works with contractors to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and reduce impacts to the traveling public.

When traveling through a construction area, drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians are asked to be patient, proceed with caution, and obey flaggers at all times. Drivers should get in the correct lane well in advance and constantly be on the lookout for vehicles merging into adjacent travel lanes as they approach a work zone. Drivers are also urged to double their following distances.

To receive email notifications concerning road closures and traffic alerts in Wake Forest, sign up for E-Notifier at www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx.

Traffic Alert – South Main Street/South Avenue Roundabout

Drivers may experience evening delays during the week of Feb. 26 in the vicinity of the South Main Street/South Avenue roundabout.

Starting Sunday, Town of Wake Forest crews will begin remaking the roundabout. The work will occur each evening from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. throughout the week until completed.

The initiative is necessary to reduce the size of the roundabout, thereby making it easier for larger vehicles to navigate the traffic circle.

No detours are currently scheduled, but may be required later in the week. In the meantime, lighted signage will be in place notifying drivers of the work in progress. Delays are expected, so motorists may wish to avoid the area and take an alternate route.

For more information about this project, contact Streets Superintendent Ronald Moore at 919-435-9578 or rmoore@wakeforestnc.gov.

The Town of Wake Forest provides this information as a public service. Planned road closures and restrictions are necessary to allow for a variety of work. Motorists are encouraged to use the information to help plan their route and move safely through the work area. Weather and unforeseen circumstances occasionally prevent work from being completed as scheduled and make it unsafe to reopen lanes or streets when planned. When this occurs, town staff works with contractors to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and reduce impacts to the traveling public. When traveling through a construction area, drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians are urged to be patient, proceed with caution, and obey flaggers at all times. Drivers should get in the correct lane well in advance and constantly be on the lookout for vehicles merging into adjacent travel lanes as they approach a work zone. Drivers are also urged to double their following distances.

To receive email notifications concerning road closures and traffic alerts in Wake Forest, sign up for E-Notifier at www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx.