Month: December 2017

Police Department suspends fingerprinting service until Jan. 4

Due to limited staff, the Wake Forest Police Department will not provide live scan fingerprinting service on Thursday, Dec. 28.

The Police Department typically provides the service to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. at the Police Department Main Station, 225 E. Taylor St. Space is limited each week to the first 12 people to arrive and sign in.

The cost is $10 for Wake Forest residents and $15 for non-residents. Only cash and checks are accepted, but checks must be made out for the exact amount and a valid picture ID is required for identification.

Fingerprinting service will resume next Thursday, Jan. 4.

For more information, call 919-554-6150.

The Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification (CCBI) offers fingerprinting service daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The fee is $15. The CCBI is located at 3301 Hammond Road, Raleigh. The telephone number is 919-856-6300.

Tickets on sale for 2018 State of the Town Address & Dinner

Mayor Vivian Jones will deliver her 2018 State of the Town Address on Monday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m., during the 10th Annual State of the Town Address and Dinner. Presented by the Wake Forest Rotary Club, the event will take place at the Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, 12605 Capital Blvd.

During her remarks, Mayor Jones will highlight the Town’s key accomplishments in 2017 and outline the goals Wake Forest will strive towards in 2018.

All area residents are invited to attend. Tickets are $15 per person in advance and $20 on the day of the event and include a catered meal. Dress for the event is business casual.

Tickets can be purchased online with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit card at www.wakeforestnc.gov/state-of-the-town.aspx. Tickets may also be purchased at the Renaissance Centre Box Office with cash, check or credit card. A processing fee will be added to the cost of any ticket purchased with a credit card.

Anyone wishing to attend the program portion of the event only – without eating dinner – is not required to purchase a ticket. Non-ticket buyers are encouraged to arrive between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. at the conclusion of the dinner portion of the program. The mayor’s address is expected to begin between 6:45 and 7 p.m.

Mayor Jones’ State of the Town Address will be recorded and replayed on Wake Forest TV 10 throughout March. It will also be available in streaming video on the Town’s website at www.wakeforestnc.gov.

For more information about the 2018 State of the Town Address and Dinner, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “State of the Town” or contact Communications & Public Affairs Director Bill Crabtree at 919-435-9421 or bcrabtree@wakeforestnc.gov.

The Wall That Heals coming to Wake Forest in October 2018

The Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation will host The Wall That Heals, along with its Mobile Education Center, at the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St., from Oct. 18-21, 2018,

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) recently announced the 2018 The Wall That Heals national tour schedule, and Wake Forest has the honor of being the only town in North Carolina slated to host the exhibit.

The 2018 tour will begin on March 1 in Portland, Texas, and visit nearly 40 communities during the year. The traveling exhibit honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is one of the most visited memorials in our nation’s capital, with nearly 5.3 million visitors each year. However, many Americans have not been able to visit what has become known to many as “The Wall.” VVMF, the nonprofit organization that built The Wall in 1982, wants to give all veterans and their family members across America an opportunity to see the Memorial.

The 2018 national The Wall That Heals tour is hauled through a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and the trucking industry and is generously sponsored by USAA.

More than 250,000 people visited The Wall That Heals in 2017. Since its debut in 1996, the exhibit has been on display in nearly 500 U.S. communities in addition to an April 1999 tour of the Four Provinces of Ireland and a visit to Canada in 2005. Hosting The Wall That Heals provides a community with a multi-day experience that includes an educational experience for local schools and organizations on the history of the Vietnam era and The Wall. The exhibit includes the Wall replica and a mobile Education Center comprised of digital displays of photos of service members whose names are on The Wall; letters and memorabilia representative of items left at The Wall in D.C.; a map of Vietnam and a chronological overview of the Vietnam War.

The exhibits tell the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the era surrounding the conflict, and are designed to put American experiences in Vietnam in a historical and cultural context.

Additional detail about The Wall That Heals in Wake Forest will be provided in the coming days. For updates, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/the-wall-that-heals.aspx.

About the replica
The replica Wall is approximately 250 feet in length, and like the original Memorial is erected in a chevron-shape. The replica is constructed of powder-coated aluminum, supported by an aluminum frame, and is made up of 24 individual panels, each containing six columns of names.

The names on The Wall That Heals replicate the names on The Wall in Washington, D.C. As on The Wall, the names are listed alphabetically by day of casualty. Beginning at the center/apex, the names start on the East Wall (right-hand side) working their way out to the end of that wing, picking up again at the far end of the West Wall (left-hand side) and working their way back in to the center/apex. Thus, the beginning and ending of the conflict are joined at the center, signifying an epoch in American history.

The Wall That Heals is transported from community to community by a trailer with cases built into its sides, allowing it to serve as a mobile Education Center that tells the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the divisive era in American history.

For more information, including the complete 2018 schedule, visit www.thewallthatheals.org.

About VVMF and the Education Center at The Wall
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is the nonprofit organization that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, D.C. in 1982. VVMF is dedicated to honoring and preserving the legacy of service in America and educating all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War and era through programs, ceremonies and education materials.

Three decades after building The Wall, the mission continues as VVMF raises funds to build the Education Center at The Wall. The Center will be an interactive learning facility on the National Mall where our military heroes’ stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten. The Education Center will feature the faces and stories of the more than 58,000 men and women on The Wall and honor America’s Legacy of Service, including those serving in our nation’s Armed Forces today. Time Warner is the Lead Gift Benefactor in the campaign to build the Education Center at The Wall. To learn more about VVMF and the future Education Center at The Wall, visit www.vvmf.org or call 202-393-0090.

2017 PAFR offers easy to understand overview of Town’s finances

The second edition of a guide designed to help inform citizens about the Town’s financial condition is now available.

For the second consecutive year, Wake Forest has prepared the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR). Also known as the Citizens’ Financial Report, the document is an abbreviated summary of the Town’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

Offering financial and operational information in a summarized format, the 12-page report provides an overview of the Town’s financial results in a manner that is easy to understand by those without a background in public finance or accounting.

In addition to providing financial data, the PAFR highlights information about Wake Forest’s demographics, elected officials, ongoing initiatives, and the Town’s strategic plan.

The PAFR aligns with Goal 4 of the Town’s strategic plan: Enhance Fiscal Strength; Objective A: Maintain public trust in the sustainability of the Town’s financial system.

“We are very excited to present the Town’s second Citizen’s Financial Report,” said Chief Financial Officer Aileen Staples. “This publication elevates our continued efforts to provide transparency on how the Town’s financial resources are allocated in a simpler, more summarized format.”

The 2017 PAFR is now available for viewing on the Town’s website at www.wakeforestnc.gov/popular-annual-financial-report.aspx. A digital version will also be provided on the Town’s new Open Data Portal. Hard copies are also available at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

For more information, contact CFO Aileen Staples at 919-435-9461 or astaples@wakeforestnc.gov.

Christmas tree recycling begins Dec. 28

The Town of Wake Forest is encouraging residents to make recycling a holiday tradition by recycling their Christmas trees.

Beginning Thursday, Dec. 28, the Town will collect and recycle live Christmas trees from residential homes according to its normal yard waste collection schedule. The trees will be ground into mulch, which will be used at the site of the 2018 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo, scheduled for Saturday, April 28.

All Wake Forest residents whose yard waste is collected by the Town may participate in the “Treecycling” program. To recycle your Christmas tree, please remove all decorations, tinsel, nails, stands and bags from the tree and set it behind the curb for collection. Residents are reminded that artificial trees cannot be recycled.

By recycling Christmas trees, Wake Forest saves valuable space at the landfill.

For more information about Christmas tree recycling, contact Administrative Assistant Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570 or bpearce@wakeforestnc.gov.

For more information about the Town of Wake Forest’s yard waste collection program, visitwww.wakeforestnc.gov/yard-waste.aspx.

Loose leaf collection suspended week of Dec. 25

The Town of Wake Forest will suspend loose leaf collection during the week of Dec. 25, so crews can focus their efforts on collecting Christmas trees. The break will also allow the Fleet Services Division to make much-needed repairs to the Town’s leaf collection equipment.

Also, due to the Christmas holiday, yard waste collection will be suspended Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 25-27, but will resume Thursday, Dec. 28, at 7 a.m. Crews will follow the normal collection schedule beginning with Thursday’s route. Collection of the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday routes will occur beginning Tuesday, Jan. 2. To view a map of the weekly yard waste collection schedule, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/yard-waste.aspx.

Officials are reminding residents to follow these tips to prepare yard waste debris for quicker pickup:

  • Place yard waste withinsix feet of the curb andat leastfour feet away from other collection items (including other yard waste) and obstacles such as mailboxes, phone poles and vehicles, etc.;

  • Do not block the sidewalk;

  • Keep yard waste free of trash and other refuse;

  • Logs must not exceed 75 lbs.;

  • Place your yard waste in front of your residence separate from your neighbors’.

Residents are also reminded that bulk waste pick-ups will be suspended during the week of Dec. 25 and will resume Jan. 2.

Area residents who wish to dispose of items that do not qualify for bulk waste pickup are urged to consider utilizing one of Wake County’s 11 convenience centers. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., each convenience center will close at noon on Christmas Eve and be closed all day on Christmas Day. For more information, including a list of locations, as well as acceptable and unacceptable items, visit www.wakegov.com/recycling/division/facilities/pages/cc.aspx.

For more information, contact Administrative Assistant Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570 or bpearce@wakeforestnc.gov or visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/sanitation.aspx.

For information throughout the year concerning Town of Wake Forest holiday operations, including holiday-related changes to the Town’s sanitation schedule, sign up for E-Notifier at www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx or visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/holiday-schedule.aspx.

Bess Martinson honored as 2017 Employee of the Year

Graphics Coordinator Bess Martinson is the Town of Wake Forest “2017 Jon Ray Employee of the Year.” Town Manager Kip Padgett made the announcement Friday, Dec. 8, during the Town’s annual Employee Christmas Luncheon.

Prior to revealing the name of this year’s winner, Padgett provided several clues as to their identity.

“This person personifies the Town’s core values,” said Padgett. “They care about their work. They are committed to helping the Town achieve its common goals to serve the citizens of Wake Forest. Their quality of work is a direct reflection of their integrity. This person is creative and innovative in every project. From (designing) the annual budget cover to the Guide to Wake Forest to the Wake Forest Wall Calendar and all publications in between, this person works diligently to portray the incredible charm and character of our beloved community in every printed and digital piece she produces.”

A native of Fairport, New York, Martinson has worked for Wake Forest since 2010. A 1987 graduate of the University of Florida, she was nominated for the award by several co-workers who praised her “work ethic,” “enthusiasm,” and “organizational commitment.” One even called her “the Michael Jordan of graphic design.”

Martinson’s handiwork is evident in Town Hall and throughout Wake Forest. As the Town’s graphics coordinator, she is responsible for designing a majority of the Town’s printed information pieces, including the “Guide to the Town of Wake Forest,” the “Our Town” newsletter, “RecConnect,” the “Resident’s Guide to Sanitation Service,” and the 14-month wall calendar, plus many of the digital and printed marketing and promotional pieces, including banners, flyers, bookmarks and other materials, that reflect the Town’s brand.

For her part, Martinson says she was both shocked and humbled to hear her name announced as this year’s winner.

“I was genuinely surprised,” said Martinson, “especially when I consider the outstanding efforts of so many Town employees.

“There’s Det. Sattler who for many years has organized the Annual Police Department Turkey Drive, so many of our residents can have a great Thanksgiving. There’s Anna Bolton who works non-stop promoting Wake Forest, including handing out Town calendars to her trick-or-treaters. I also think about the Wake Forest Power crews who earlier this year left their families to help residents in Florida after the hurricane. Then there are the yard waste collection crews who have been working tirelessly trying to get all the leaves picked up and Lisa (Hayes), Lynnette (Beadle) and Jennifer (Herbert) who through rain, sleet, snow or hail are out there preparing these incredible events for our community. The list goes on and on.

“Suffice it to say, I’m fortunate to work with an extraordinary group of people and it’s an honor to receive this recognition.”

The Jon Ray Employee of the Year Award is named after former Street Supervisor Jon Ray who passed away in November 2013. Padgett, along with a committee comprised of former EOY award winners, selects the Employee of the Year from nominations submitted by Town staff. Submissions must include a written narrative explaining why the nominee is deserving of the award.

Previous Employee of the Year Award recipients include Recreation Program Superintendent Monica Lileton (2016), Public Facilities Specialist Joseph Pennington (2015), Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Crew Supervisor Randy Hoyle (2014), Street Supervisor Jon Ray (2013), Senior Code Enforcement Official Tim Edwards (2012), Senior Planner Candace Davis (2011), Construction Worker Lance Pontrelli (2010), Police D.A.R.E. Officer Scott Graham (2009), Assistant Public Works Director John Thrift (2008), Maintenance Worker Gennie Williams (2007), Accounting Services Manager LaVerne Harding (2006), Inspections Administrator J.J. Carr (2005), and Human Resources Director Tammy Moody (2004).

Police investigating armed robbery

The Wake Forest Police Department is investigating an armed robbery along the 3100 block of Falconhurst Drive that occurred Thursday, Dec. 14, at approximately 9:30 p.m. The incident is similar to the series of violent home invasions targeting Asian business owners that have occurred in many areas across the state over the last several years.

Police say a family had returned home after closing their store in Raleigh when three masked gunmen robbed them at gunpoint of cash. The suspects were last seen fleeing on foot.

According to the victims, all three suspects were wearing masks and dark clothing; however, they are believed to be males.

Thursday’s incident marks the first time since December 2014 robbers have targeted Asian business owners in Wake Forest after watching them to determine when they arrived home after closing their businesses for the night.

Police Chief Jeff Leonard urges all area residents to be aware of their surroundings, especially business owners during closing time.

“Be careful that someone isn’t following you home,” he said. “Be on the lookout for individuals watching you at your place of business. Being aware of your surroundings is the most important thing because these kinds of incidents happen very quickly.”

Anyone who believes they may have information concerning this incident is encouraged to call the Police Department at 919-554-6150. All calls are confidential.

The Police Department is not releasing any additional information at this time. However, in response to last evening’s incident, police are again urging area residents to be vigilant and take the following precautions to help prevent becoming a crime victim:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings and the people who are around you.

  • If you have a cell phone, carry it with you when walking or driving and be prepared to use it to call 911 for help. Be prepared to give your exact location to the emergency operator.

  • Don’t walk or jog early in the morning or late at night when the streets are deserted.

  • When out at night, try to have a friend walk with you.

  • Carry only the money you’ll need on a particular day.

  • Don’t display your cash or any other inviting targets such as pagers, cell phones, hand-held electronic games, or expensive jewelry and clothing.

  • If you think someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. If the person continues to follow you, move quickly toward an open store or restaurant or a lighted house. Don’t be afraid to yell for help.

  • Try to park in well-lighted areas with good visibility and close to walkways, stores, and people.

  • Make sure you have your key out as you approach your door.

  • Always lock your car, even if it’s in your own driveway; never leave your motor running.

  • Do everything you can to keep a stranger from getting into your car or to keep a stranger from forcing you into his or her car.

  • If someone tries to rob you, give up your property—don’t give up your life.

  • If you are robbed or assaulted, report the crime to the police. Try to describe the attacker accurately. Your actions can help prevent someone else from becoming a victim.

Citizens may also report suspicious behavior or activity by calling 919-554-6150.

Portion of Dunn Creek Greenway closed Dec. 18-22

The section of the Dunn Creek Greenway from the Ledgerock Road trailhead to the south end of the culvert that runs under the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98 Bypass will be closed Monday-Friday, Dec. 18-22.

The temporary closure is necessary to allow crews to correct a drainage issue inside the culvert.

Signage announcing the greenway closure will be posted, along with barricades. Greenway users are urged to obey the signs and avoid the area.

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

For more information about the Dunn Creek Greenway, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search Dunn Creek Greenway.

Leaf collection delays continue, Town asks for patience

The Town of Wake Forest is again asking residents to be patient as crews work to collect large amounts of leaves along local streets and in neighborhoods throughout our community.

Crews are working overtime and staff from other divisions have been reassigned to assist in the leaf collection effort. In addition, workers are utilizing a vacuum truck, pull-behind vacuum trailer, and knuckleboom loader, but progress is slow due to the high volume of leaves and recurring equipment issues.

In the meantime, officials are reminding local homeowners associations that contracted work performed by tree service companies or independent contractors will not be collected by Town crews. Instead, it is the responsibility of the contractor to remove and properly dispose of debris.

In addition, residents have the option of bagging their leaves for collection on their regular yard waste collection day.

Residents who choose not to bag their leaves are reminded to follow these tips when preparing leaves for collection:

  • Rake leaves into piles behind the curb, so they do not interfere with traffic or drainage.

  • Do not mix sticks, rocks, pine cones, limbs or other debris with loose leaves. The Town’s vacuum equipment is only designed to pick up loose leaves. Your cooperation will help prevent mechanical breakdowns and collection delays.

  • Place limbs and brush behind the curb in a pile separate from leaves. Limbs and brush larger than one inch but smaller than six inches in diameter must be no longer than six feet. Limbs and logs larger than six inches in diameter must not exceed two feet in length.Logs must not exceed 10 inches in diameter.

  • Keep brush away from other objects such as, fences, walls, water meters, utility poles, mailboxes, fire hydrants and cars.

The Town of Wake Forest appreciates the patience and cooperation of citizens.

Wake Forest residents can track the progress of leaf collection crews by calling the Leaf Collection Hotline at 919-435-9582. The hotline is updated each weekday morning by 8 a.m. with information concerning where crews will be working that day.

For more information about the Town’s leaf collection program, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/leaf-collection.aspx or contact Betty Pearce at bpearce@wakeforestnc.gov or 919-435-9570.