Large turnout fills meeting room
By Jonathan McNamara
YOUNGSVILLE — The small stone Community House on Main Street was standing-room-only for the first half of the monthly town board meeting Sept. 12.
Residents came in support of the town’s parks and recreation program, after a rumor spread the recreation program was to be cut/eliminated.
“It’s like we are putting a price tag on our kids,” said Wayne Champion on the subject.
The Franklin Weekly previously reported the budget adopted for the year provides for an annual payment of $20,000 from the Luddy Park Recreation Program to the general fund to partially offset costs incurred by the town to administer the program.
Tatum proposed the program reimburse $20,000 to the town and taxpayers. This would be in installments over a set period of time.
This managed to snowball into a rumor the board was looking at ending the program, which is not true, Tatum said, acknowledging they still have to make up the difference.
Youngsville officials appealed to the county for the money, arguing it is a regional program, to no avail. Looking at programs like the South Granville Athletic Association in Creedmoor as a model, Tatum added, “There is more than one way to crack this nut.”
As the the discussion began to become more emotional, the subject was raised by residents, if the police department can go door-to-door and ask for money to supply Tasers, why can’t parks and recreation do the same?
With no quick fix available for the board, Commissioner Joe Johnson motioned that the town take six months to develop a three-to-five year plan, allowing time to develop a solid answer and strategy for the future. The motion was passed unanimously.
•Commissioners approved a resolution to request the North Carolina Department of Transportation designate a regional truck route to reduce truck traffic on Main Street (N.C. 96).
The route would be a suggested alternative and not enforceable by the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
“Getting one or two trucks off of Main Street would be a huge help,” said Mayor Samuel Hardwick.
The truck route would go west from the four-way intersection in Wake County at N.C. 96 and N.C. 98, along existing and realigned N.C. 98 bypass to Wake Forest, then to U.S. 1 up to the U.S. 1 Bypass and N.C. 96 intersection, and vice versa. according to town zoning administrator Bob Clark.
The truck route is in an effort to provide a safer, more accessible Main Street for patrons and business owners.
•A resolution to update the official zoning map of Youngsville was also adopted.
According to town attorney Joseph Olivieri, this is crucial for future development of the town.
•Residents were also reminded of the Ninth Annual Youngsville Fall Festival. The town event will take place at 125 U.S.1-A from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28. For more information see youngsvillefallfestival.com.