by Clellie Allen
ROLESVILLE — The mayor of Rolesville, Frank Eagles, frequently talks about how the smallest municipality in Wake County is also the friendliest.
In the Aug. 5 town board meeting, commissioners put to proof those words.
The potentially contentious item the board addressed was whether or not to grant a special-use permit to Rolesville Pet Resort and Spa, owned and operated by veterinarian Frank Batten.
Batten’s business, at 312 S. Main St., is the former site of Rolesville Veterinary Clinic, right on the corner of Rolesville Road and Main Street.
Batten’s vision for his animal service facility is a set of pet boarding rooms — more like suites — in which would be beds, room decor and everything a pet would need to feel like it was at home.
In addition to the overnight rooms, Batten also wants to offer drop-off daycare services for pets.
When Batten decided to make the switch from straightforward veterinary care to offering services, he and Town Planner Thomas Lloyd realized the town’s planning code did not allow for the specific kind of business Batten wanted to operate.
In earlier comments to the planning board when they considered their recommendations to the commissioners, Lloyd explained that the way Rolesville’s planning code is written, if a particular use is not specifically permitted, then it is disallowed.
The planning board, in its July 22 meeting, unanimously recommended the board of commissioners amend the planning ordinances to allow for such usage with a special permit. They then also recommended granting Batten the special use permit.
Commissioners had many of the same concerns that were raised by the planning board: How many dogs would be allowed, would neighbors be able to hear dogs barking, would dogs be allowed in the attached fenced-in area without supervision and the like.
Lloyd recommended that no more than 22 dogs be allowed for overnight care with an additional 15 dogs maximum for daycare. He also suggested limiting the daycare hours to 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Batten assured commissioners that at no time would dogs be left outside unsupervised, instead, they would always be walked on leashes, even in the fenced in area.
Andelia Watkins, a longtime Rolesville resident whose property is directly behind the proposed daycare site, spoke up during the public hearing, voicing her concerns about potential noise and the lack of a privacy barrier between her house and the proposed Pet Resort.
Commissioners, Batten, Lloyd and Watkins engaged in nearly a half hour of discussion about the issue, the end result being Batten offering to plant Leyland Cypress trees to block the line of sight.
That, and a promise to be responsive to any further concerns, suited Watkins and commissioners alike. The board then voted unanimously to grant the special use permit.
“That’s how we get things done here in Rolesville,” Eagles said as commissioners moved on to further business.
The Rolesville Parks and Recreation Department released it’s upcoming slate of events during the meeting. They include:
•Movie night — Saturday, Aug. 24, 8 p.m. Family classic The Sandlot will show on the Rolesville Middle School football field. Admission is free.
•Senior dance — Monday, Aug. 26, 7 p.m, Raleigh Moose Lodge, 2824 Forestville Road. Admission is $5 per person.
•Tai Chi — Wednesday, Sept. 4, 9-10 a.m. The class will run for six weeks. $30 for residents and $45 for non-residents.
•Enjoy Photography! — Sept. 10, 17 and 24, 7-8:30 p.m. $40 for residents and $55 for non-residents.
•Shag dance lessons: —Tuesday, Sept. 24, 7-8 p.m. The class will run for four weeks. Both beginner and intermediate classes are offered. $40 for residents and $55 for non-residents.
•Youth basketball — Resident registration runs Sept. 23-Oct. 7, $53 per participant. Non-resident registration runs Oct. 7-17, $80 per participant.
•Fall Funfest — Saturday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Rolesville police will be giving away free hot dogs. $40 for indoor vendors and $20 for outdoor vendors.
For more information about these events, call 919-554-6582 or see RolesvilleNC.gov.