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Nov. 29, 2017

This is the post excerpt.

Jim Buice, Political Reporter for the Clemmons Courier, wrote a post-election article and interviewed the candidates (incumbents and those challenging them) and some of it can be read below in the photos. Dwight Sparks, Editor, provided a summary of election day and the results that can be found here.

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Often a single issue dominates a campaign – at any level. Ours was just a little more concrete (pun intended).

This campaign had a single issue that dominated it – median or no median – as a solution to the traffic issues we face on Lewisville-Clemmons Road.  The incumbents refused to recognize it as a political issue yet it was an issue that the incumbents were going to make a decision on and didn’t seem that interested in listening to the small business owners of the strip or the residents of Clemmons. Read more about the hearing that was demanded by the people of Clemmons in 2016 here.

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Excerpt of article where I was quoted. Each candidate was interviewed about the results.

It was frustrating to be called a “single-issue candidate” because while this issue was important and provided a clear distinction between the incumbents and those challenging them it was NOT the only issue that each of us cared about.  I’m passionate about clear, regular communication that will provide transparency to the public and better opportunities for community engagement.  In addition to that, I plan to focus on how we manage projects as a Village, both internally and externally, so that the ball isn’t dropped on big opportunities and that everyone knows exactly where the Village is on any project – large or small.

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My friend promised me that every Election Day is cold and rainy.  She was right! She surprised me with a custom sweatshirt.

July, 2018 – NCDOT Wants Your Opinion

Last week, there was an NCDOT meeting regarding proposed improvements to L-C Road and other areas among our most congested south of I-40. NCDOT is taking comments through August 8, 2018 to provide feedback to Clemmons Council at our August 13th meeting.  You can email these to me,  another member of Council or Village staff and we will be happy to forward them to DOT.
 
Here is the presentation provided at the meeting by Kimley Horn  U-6004 Public Meeting Presentation July 2018 along with the handout  U-6004 Public Meeting Handout from the public meeting.  
Here is a link to the maps that were on display.  
  1. The first map shows the project study area and the breakout of the larger map exhibits.
  2. Exhibit A shows a more detailed view of Lewisville-Clemmons Road and US 158/Clemmons Road. To address the backup of southbound left turn traffic, the project proposes dual left turn lanes with two receiving lanes in front of Walmart. Widening is shown in yellow. Medians are shown in red. The medians are being extended a bit to address safety and operations.
  3. Exhibit B shows the area discussed between Stadium Drive and the I-40 interchange where the median is proposed. A traffic signal would be installed at the leftover at Sessions Court to facilitate left turns and U-turns.
  4. Exhibit C shows a proposed right turn lane at Peace Haven Road.
 
Options for the interchange layout need to be analyzed further, but NCDOT is waiting to see if the project is supported by the public and Village Council before anything moves forward. If the project is not supported, it will not move forward. If the project is supported, it will proceed with developing more detailed designs and return to the public with that information.
 

 

 
 

June 9, 2018 – Idols Industrial Park Update

Since our last Council meeting a few things have taken place.

1.Beaufurn has not closed and June 9th was their scheduled closing date.  This does not mean the deal is dead. The commissioners have extended the deadline in the past. I would expect a decision will take place on Thursday.

2. Councilman Combest and I are touring the Beafurn facility and meeting with the founder, Thomas, on Wednesday June 11th. I’ve heard great things about the company and am excited to meet them and learn more. I hope to also clearly convey that Clemmons would happily welcome them, but we have concerns about how the Idols Road location, at full build out, will impact the community. That issue, however, is between the County and Clemmons and does not reflect upon Beaufurn.

3. A meeting with the NCDOT Division 9 office took place on Wednesday June 28 to discuss the process and timeline for the development of the scoping documents for the Transportation Impact Analysis completed by Davenport. What came out of that meeting was an understanding that a scoping document was never signed off on and that typically these would include all stakeholders’ signatures. This is an issue for Clemmons because we needed to know who scoped it and how it was scoped as it left out where a majority of the business park traffic would travel.

4. Village staff is working on a fresh response to the previously discussed concurrency deal presented by the county. Our first response was not responded to and we were advised by commissioners to present a response a second time.

5. A third party analysis of the Traffic Impact Analysis was completed by Kimley-Horn. Jonathan Guy presented those findings. 2018-07-5 Industrial Park TIA Comments

6. Mike Combest created an economic analysis including ROI calculations for the park.  You can see that here Annualized ROI Calculations for TBP-6

July 9, 2018 – Regular Meeting

Here is the draft agenda from last nights meeting.

Meeting minutes from last nights meeting will be posted once approved at our next council meeting.

The Median

NCDOT Public Input Session for Lewisville-Clemmons Road Improvement Project at River Oaks Community Church on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 4-5, 5-6, and 6-7pm.

We hope that these input sessions will be well attended. The more folks that show up and share their thoughts the better able your Council can represent you during the on-going conversations with DOT.

Just yesterday Mike Combest and I met with Pat Ivey, the Division 9 Engineer, about other potential infrastructure challenges and opportunities around Clemmons. We spoke briefly about “the median” project and discussed how the initial presentation of the design appeared well-received. It was a custom designed solution made to meet the many needs of those who travel L-C Road each day. For instance, it should maintain shoppers’ easy access to businesses (but in a new way); better flow for the commuters; and, increased safety for all.   I’m hopeful!

 

Ad Hoc Transportation Committee Meets

The newly created Ad Hoc Transportation Committee met for the first time last night to put in a place a regularly scheduled meeting day and time.  They have decided on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6pm at Village Hall.

At their official first meeting they will determine Chair,Vice Chair and other pertinent roles they see fit to assign, as well as receive input from members of council on direction to take.

You can click here to find out who is on the committee and learn more about the scope and objectives of the committee here. 

Disclaimer: Their first meeting may not be the 24th as many are out of town.  This will be communicated through Clemmons government communications.

June 25th, 2018 – Idols Industrial Park Update

At our June 25thregular meeting, Councilman Combest shared the findings on the potential impacts of an industrial park in the specific area designated for it by Forsyth County.

Mike and I wanted to dig a little deeper and understand why that specific  location was chosen, what type of return on investment our county would be anticipating and what type of positive economic impact it would have on Clemmons – this presentation represented where those findings led us.  Here is a link to that presentation. 

The information we found, specifically around the traffic impact and effect on home values caused the Council concern and we have brought those concerns to the county staff and commissioners.

Next Steps Include:

  • Having an independent, third-party analysis of the Traffic Impact Analysis done for the industrial park.
  • Revisiting the opportunity for concurrency and fine tuning the parks’ covenants with the county commissioners and staff.

June 25, 2018 – Regular Meeting

The agenda for last nights’ meeting can be found here.

The bulk of the meeting was spent on Idols Road Industrial Park, which can be found under project updates.

In other news, the Village staff continues to work on projects such as:

  • Updating and streamlining the Village website, Clemmons.org.
  • Getting the project management software up and running.
  • Determining the most efficient way to record or live stream regular meetings of the council.

Ideas welcome! One option was $30k, but obviously we don’t need this to be in HD. Another option is an iPad on a tripod. If you have an idea and would like to share it, please comment below or contact me.

June 11, 2018 – Citizen Boards

Here is the agenda from Monday, June 11.  The minutes will be posted once approved at the June 25thmeeting.

Public Spaces

At the meeting prior to this we approved the use of the Village Point greenway by the YMCA for their upcoming Dirty Dozen 5k.  There was no cost associated with the use and the Council was in unanimous agreement to lend the property.

The Village attorney recommended, following that discussion, that we explore creating a comprehensive policy for all of the publically owned properties as it opens us up to future requests. Having some guidelines around usage will be helpful for staff in the future if asked and provide consistency among all those that make requests.

At this weeks’ meeting the Council was interested in knowing how often is the use of Clemmons property requested. It sounded as though it was minimal to none existent, however many of us wonder if it’s not because people are unfamiliar with the areas. So, here they are in their entirety. The first three are the only ones that I would envision groups wishing to utilize.

  • Village Point (lake area and parking area across from Novant hospital property)*
  • “Pocket Park” (Stadium and Ridgecrest)*
  • Small Park (4630 Greendale Way)*
  • Village Hall
  • 6301 Cook Ave. (will be part of the right-of-way for James St. Ext. as part of the library project and remainder will revert to Hubbard Properties)
  • Field Area (2838 Harper Road)
  • 2677 Knob Hill (drainage area)
  • Public Works (3800 Dillon Industrial Dr.)

Citizen Boards

Monday was the night where we voted on the appointees to the citizen boards, which included the newly created Transportation Committee, Zoning Board of Adjustments, Planning Board and Stormwater Advisory Board.

In addition to the newly created board the Council also voted to expand the Stormwater Advisory Board from five to seven members.  There are also two non-voting members, which include a member of the Council and a member from the Planning board both who serve as liaisons to their respective groups.

In previous years, the Council had found it difficult to find citizens interested in serving. Through the utilization of our e-blast list and our Facebook and Nextdoor accounts this was no longer a problem (thank you, Shannon Ford).  There were nearly 40 applicants for these few positions, which presented Council with a new problem – how to work through so many wonderful individuals and pick just a handful.  It was a hard process because it isn’t based just on education, professional occupation and other civic service but on how one will fit with the group and what other skills they may have such as organizational, project management or in even broader terms of enthusiasm for the task at hand.

Available Positions Included:

Transportation Committee – 9 members

Zoning Board of Adjustments – 2 voting and 1 alternate

Planning Board – 3 members

Stormwater Advisory Board – 4 members