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.
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.
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.
The library is still on track to begin construction in the fall as far as the Village staff has been informed. There is a delay in the building of the James Street extension that will provide access to the library, but that will not hold up progress on construction of the library.
The delay on the James Street extension project is a matter of contract interpretation between the Village and Hubbard Commercial. Hubbard Commercial has proven to be a good partner to our community and our Village staff is working to resolve the issue quickly and fairly. I have faith that there will be an agreement soon.
The Village Council continues to engage with the County Commissioners to make an agreement regarding the Idols Road Industrial park. There has been a lot of back and forth along with some misinformation that we have had to work through. Unfortunately, I don’t have much more of an update to share at this time. It’s my understanding that the pump station construction will be starting there shortly. The only tenant currently under contract for the park, Beafurn, has a current lease that goes through 2023 and can extend the lease for another two years if needed. This simply means that we may not come to a resolution on this issue in the near future, although we hope to.
Below are links to three Courier articles to help complete the picture of the progress (or lack thereof) that has been made.
Here is the agenda from the last Council meeting. The minutes will be posted online once approved at our next meeting August 13, 2018.
In an odd turn of events, we will now be painting “Clemmons” on the water tower. This change of heart came about because the City/County Utilities Commission was going to paint their own logo on there unless we, the Village, painted something on it. Had we had this information previously, I believe Council would have made the same decision to add to it as we did Monday. Previously, we had decided not to based purely on cost. I am excited this will be done. I think it serves as a way to build our brand and showcase our community pride.
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.
The first map shows the project study area and the breakout of the larger map exhibits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meeting minutes from last nights meeting will be posted once approved at our next council meeting.
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.
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.