by Clellie Allen
ROLESVILLE — Like many municipal boards, Rolesville’s commissioners used their last regular business meeting of the year to swear in the newly elected commissioners, elect a mayor pro tempore, set out the schedule of meetings for the new year and get started on even more work.
In other words, they aren’t wasting time.
Taking the oath of office was Frank Hodge, Betty Whitaker and Ronnie Currin, all of whom were reelected without opposition.
Then, Currin, who has been the mayor pro tem for his last term, made a motion to elect Hodge to that position. The mayor pro tem acts in the place of the mayor if he or she is absent. The motion was passed unanimously.
Overgrowth in rights-of-way
Frank Pearce, who sits on the planning board, gave a presentation to commissioners concerning growth of trees and other plantings in various rights-of way throughout town. Armed with photos of various intersections, sidewalks and other streets, Pearce pointed out where growth has been allowed to happen without proper clearing of the under branches, leading to poor visibility and in some cases, absolute obstruction of the line-of-sight.
Rolesville Fire Chief Rodney Privette also took a moment to explain to commissioners that at times, drivers in fire trucks have had to swerve into the oncoming travel lanes to move around branches leaning over the road.
Pearce recommended to the board that in the immediate short term, the offending trees be trimmed to comply with N.C. Department of Transportation recommendations. He also recommended that ordinances concerning plantings in rights-of-way be revisited and potentially updated so that the problem does not continue to happen with future growth.
Need to preserve waterfalls explained
Commissioners also heard from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PARAB) about the need to amend the Open Space and Greenway Plan to highlight specific areas for primary trails (Sanford Creek, Tom’s Creek, Harris Creek, etc.) and areas for future parks.
Of particular note were waterfalls along the creek running from the pond at the northwest corner of the intersection of Mitchell Mill Road and Rolesville Road to the southeast quadrant of the lake at Upchurch Lane.
The PARAB request noted the “unique geology” of the “pristine natural stream bed that abruptly drops in elevation through a series of highly scenic waterfalls” along the outcrops of the Rolesville Granitic Batholith.
Commissioners voted to hold a public meeting on the issue at their first meeting in January.
Advisory board appointments
Also presented to the board was the much worked-on proposed sign ordinance revisions. The board decided to wait until the Jan. 6 meeting to decide on when to hold public hearings on the ordinance, opting to allow the public to have time to get ahold of a copy. Information on the sign ordinance update as well as a draft copy of the proposed changes is found at rolesvillenc.gov.
In other actions, the board:
•appointed Terry Marcellin-Little, Sandy Young and Rosemary Parker to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board with terms expiring Dec. 31, 2016.
•reappointed Mark Powers and Jim Westbrook to the Planning Board. They also recommended looking or another ETJ seat for the planning board.
•appointed James Demchak, Jeff Triezenberg and Mike Bailey to the Board of Adjustment.
The next meeting of the board is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.