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April 20
​Learn about Composting this Earth Day

Food waste and other potentially compostable materials make up a quarter of residential trash in Wake County. This Earth Day, Wake County invites residents to come out to the North Wake Solid Waste Management Facilities to learn about composting, food waste recycling and how to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in the landfill.

On April 22, the county will hold a composting event from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the North Wake Solid Waste Management Facilities on Deponie Drive in Raleigh. Attendees will learn how they can put their food and yard waste to use through composting and will have an opportunity to see a composting demonstration. In addition to traditional composting, attendees will learn about vermicomposting and can register for the chance to win a worm farm.

Residents who ordered a compost bin during the month of March can also pick up their bin at this event.

Information will also be available about Wake County’s free food waste drop-off recycling program, which was developed to help reduce the amount of food waste entering the landfill. Residents can bring their waste to select convenience centers for recycling. The program is entering its second year and is currently keeping approximately 6,000 pounds of food waste out of the landfill each month.

Attendees who sign up for the program on Saturday will receive a free kitchen caddy while supplies last.

For more information about the compost event, contact Wake County Education and Outreach Manager Heather Cashwell via email or at 919-856-6432.

About the Wake County Solid Waste Management Division
The Wake County Solid Waste Management Division provides waste disposal and recycling services to residents and businesses in Wake County. The division manages 17 waste facilities including a landfill, waste transfer station, residential waste and recycling convenience centers, household hazardous waste and multi-material recycling drop-off facilities. To learn more, visit wakegov.com/recycling.

April 10
Charles P. Gilliam Announced as Register of Deeds

​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, April 10, 2017

Tonight the Wake County Republican Party's Executive Committee selected former Judge Charles Gilliam to replace Wake County Register of Deeds Laura Riddick.
Riddick announced her resignation on March 31st due to health problems, and that made choosing her replacement the job of Wake GOP.
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"We are proud to choose Charles Gilliam to fill this seat," said Charles Hellwig, Chairman of the Wake County Republican Party. "He is a man of honor, a former judge, and a longstanding member of the Wake County Republican Party," Hellwig continued. "He will make an outstanding Register of Deeds and is the right person to take the job at this time."
After the Executive Committee meeting, Charles Gilliam said: "I am honored to accept the appointment as Wake County Register of Deeds and I pledge to provide the people of our county with the reliable service they deserve. Our hearts and prayers go out to Laura Riddick who has served the people in Wake County for so many years."
The committee met in executive session and thus the discussions tonight are not for the public, but everyone on the committee felt the former Judge was a great selection, and chose him from a field of very qualified applicants.
April 04
​Wake Task Force Highlights Wage Gap on National Equal Pay Day

Tuesday, April 4, was national Equal Pay Day, a date that symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. The Wake County Task Force on Employment and Wage Issues for Women is using this day to highlight the wage gap that exists locally between men and women.

Nationally, women earn about 79 cents for every dollar a man makes. In Wake County, however, the gap is even wider. Working women make 69 cents to every dollar their male counterparts earn.

 

“Based on these figures, it will take women in Wake County until June 7, 2017, to catch up to the pay men earned in 2016,” said Jackie Terry Hughes, task force member and law firm owner. “This broad wage gap is impacting the success of women and their families in our community, and that’s why the task force is working hard to raise awareness about it and reduce income disparities.”

 

The task force has worked for about nine months to study the causes of the wage gap and consider solutions to the problem. Part of this work includes a survey issued to a number of businesses, nonprofit groups and colleges in Wake County. The task force will analyze the survey data when it is received in mid-April.

 

In June, the task force will present its report and recommendations on how to drive positive change for local working women to the Wake County Board of Commissioners.

 

The success or failure of women in the workforce has direct impacts on the social and economic vitality of our community. To learn more about issues facing women in the county, read the State of Employment for Women in Wake County report.
April 03
​Help Prevent Child Abuse in Wake County during Child Abuse Prevention Month

In 2016, Wake County Child Protective Services accepted 4,943 reports of child abuse and neglect for assessment. During Child Abuse Prevention Month this April, Wake County is focusing on building strong, nurturing communities that support families. These communities can get involved and play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect by promoting child and family well-being.

“We know that child abuse, like any other trauma, is associated with poor physical health and mental health outcomes for children and their families,” said Sig Hutchinson, chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners. “These negative effects can last a lifetime. That’s why this month is so important. We can’t let this abuse continue. We all have a role to play in keeping children safe, together, as a community.”

Residents interested in learning how they can get involved are encouraged to attend a Child Abuse Prevention Month event:

Pinwheel Plantings
Plant a pinwheel to honor those who helped you or your children be safe. The pinwheels will stand as a symbol of commitment to preventing child abuse in Wake County and the community’s determination to help children and teens live safe, healthy lives. Dates and locations are available online.

Prevention Trainings
Wake County will offer Darkness to Light child abuse prevention trainings throughout the month. Residents are encouraged to learn how to keep children safe in their communities. Dates and locations are available online.

During National Child Abuse Prevention Month and throughout the year, Wake County encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making our community a better place for children and families. To learn more, visit our website or call the Child Welfare Office at 919-212-7474.

March 31
​Wake County Works with SBI to Investigate Register of Deeds Office

Wake County Manager Jim Hartmann and Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman held a news conference Friday, March 31, to announce that the State Bureau of Investigation is looking into irregularities in accounting practices at the Wake County Register of Deeds Office in Raleigh.

Registry employees first discovered discrepancies in the cash receipts in early January while making improvements related to how fees collected in the office are handled. While conducting analysis on that process, they realized that money appeared to be unaccounted for or missing. They shared these concerns with county staff, who immediately brought them to Hartmann’s attention.

“It’s our duty to ensure that our government meets the highest standards and best serves the taxpayers,” said Hartmann. “This is clearly a case that we needed to thoroughly investigate.”

After discussing the situation with Freeman, Hartmann decided to bring in the county’s internal auditors to validate what was occurring in the office. Based on the information they gathered, Freeman signed a formal letter today, asking the SBI to conduct an investigation.

“The Register of Deeds and county officials recognize that they are entrusted by the public with public funds,” said Freeman. “We find that it’s appropriate given the irregularities identified in the audit to do a thorough investigation of this matter. It’s our intent to be as transparent as possible in this process.”

Since the accounting concerns were uncovered, the county has made improvements to the way money is handled, recorded and reconciled daily within the registry. There are now more checks and balances in place, and employees are using currency counting equipment to enhance the accuracy and timeliness of counting money.

Findings will be provided to the public after the conclusion of the SBI investigation.

March 31
​Wake County Residents can Celebrate Earth Day all Month Long

Earth Day is officially celebrated on April 22, but Wake County’s Solid Waste Management Division is encouraging residents to honor the day all month long by celebrating Earth Month. To celebrate, Wake County will hold several events and initiatives during the month of April to get residents interested in recycling and keeping their community litter-free.

Check out a Litter Kit in April
Interested in doing some spring cleaning in your neighborhood? Wake County offers free litter kits with everything you need to clean up litter, such as safety vests, litter grabbers, garbage bags and a safety guide. Litter kits can be checked out for two weeks at a time. Volunteers and groups that check out a litter kit and hold a clean-up event in April will be entered into a contest to win a $100 Visa gift card. To check out a kit, fill out the online request form.

Take a Tour of a Recycling Center
Ever wonder what happens to your recycling when it leaves the curb? Take a free walking tour of the Sonoco Recycling facility in Raleigh on April 8 at 10 a.m. In addition to touring the facility and learning how materials are sorted, attendees will also learn what types of materials can and cannot be recycled. 

Because this is a walking tour of the operational floor of the facility, attendees must be 18 years or older. Registration is required and space is limited. For more information or to register, contact Wake County Education and Outreach Manager Heather Cashwell via email or at 919-856-6432.

Additional tours of the Sonoco Recycling Facility that are open to all ages may be scheduled by request. Learn more on our website

Learn about Composting on Earth Day
On April 22, the county will hold a composting demonstration event from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the North Wake Solid Waste Management Facilities on Deponie Drive in Raleigh. Attendees will learn how they can put their food and yard waste to use through composting and can see a demonstration of how composting works. In addition to traditional composting, attendees will learn about vermicomposting and can register for the chance to win a worm farm. 

Information will also be available about Wake County’s free food waste drop-off recycling program. Attendees who sign up for the program will receive a free kitchen caddy while supplies last. 

Residents who ordered a compost bin during the month of March can pick up their bin at this event. For more information about the compost event, contact Wake County Community Outreach Coordinator Sara Davarbakhsh via email or at 919-856-7412.

About the Wake County Solid Waste Management Division
The Wake County Solid Waste Management Division provides waste disposal and recycling services to residents and businesses in Wake County. The division manages 17 waste facilities including a landfill, waste transfer station, residential waste and recycling convenience centers, household hazardous waste and multi-material recycling drop-off facilities. To learn more, visit wakegov.com/recycling.

March 31
Star Wars Fest at Wake Libraries in April/early May

Star Wars Fest
A short time from now, in a library not too far away…

May the Force be with you as Wake County Public Libraries celebrates Star Wars and reading! This spring there will be a variety of Star Wars-themed school age and family events to enjoy at your local library.

Visit one of our regional libraries the last weekend in April or the first weekend in May for a Star Wars Fest. Libraries will feature a viewing of Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles, as well as crafts and games that Jedis and Stormtroopers of all ages can enjoy. Adults are invited to a Sci-Fi Drop-In Program.

During the first week in May, visit one of our community libraries to participate in a Super Special Star Wars Celebration. There will be crafts, games, trivia and books featuring your favorite Star Wars characters.

For more information about Star Wars Fest, contact Carol Laing at carol.laing@wakegov.com. To learn more about all of the programs and events happening at Wake County Public Libraries visit wakegov.com/libraries/events.

March 31
​All About Bugs, Historic Fashions at Wake County Parks in April

Ongoing – New Adventure Backpack: All About Bugs at Historic Oak View County Park
Historic Oak View County Park introduces Adventure Backpack: All About Bugs, a free self-guided activity geared toward elementary-aged children. The Adventure Backpack  guides park visitors to many of the buildings around the park, with hands-on activities that teach them about insects and how they help out on the farm. Adventure Backpacks can be checked out at the Farm History Center. Historic Oak View County Park is located at 4028 Carya Drive, Raleigh.

April 27, 6–7 p.m. – A Side of History: They Wore What?! at Historic Yates Mill County Park
Corsets, crinolines, and kepis, oh my! Though milling processes haven`t changed that much since the mill at Historic Yates Mill County Park was built in the 1760s, the way people dress sure has. Stop by Historic Yates Mill to make your own fashion timeline, try on some colonial clothes, explore the park’s historic costume collection and play a round or two of “They Wore WHAT?!” This program is for ages 8 years and up, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. The program fee is $1 per person and preregistration is required. Historic Yates Mill County Park is located at 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh.

Check out all the programs and events happening in Wake County Parks in April! Visit each of our parks on Facebook, and follow @wakegovparks on Instagram and Twitter.

March 29
​Wake County Leaders Meet with Garner Apartment Residents to Address Affordable Housing Concerns

Wake County commissioners, local leaders and housing authority representatives met tonight with residents of an apartment complex in Garner who are in search of affordable housing after receiving notices earlier this month that they may face eviction.

The owner of Forest Hills Apartments plans to renovate the property and will not accept any form of housing assistance payments when it reopens. Individuals and families in all 136 apartments must move out by June 15.

 

“There is a short and critical period of time to find alternative housing for these families, many of whom are at risk of not having roofs over their heads,” said Sig Hutchinson, board chairman. “Wake County is helping bring all of the partner agencies together to give these residents direct access to the experts and resources they need during this transition.”

 

This evening, more than 60 people gathered at Wake Baptist Grove Church to discuss the situation and learn more about available assistance. The partner agencies are working with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to coordinate an upcoming housing resource event for the Forest Hills residents.

 

The issue was brought to the attention of the Wake County Board of Commissioners during the public comment session at its regular meeting on March 20. Forest Hills tenants, many of whom receive rental assistance, said they got a 45-day notice that their leases would be terminated on April 30, 2017. Following a discussion with Chairman Hutchinson, the property owner agreed to move the termination date to June 15 and leave rent rates unchanged during that timeframe.

 

Most of the affected Forest Hills residents receive housing assistance through HUD, which is administered by local housing authorities. In this situation, Wake County is serving as the convener, bringing together the appropriate government agencies, housing authorities and community partners to coordinate relocation assistance for Forest Hills residents.
March 28
​18th Annual Frog Fest at Crowder District Park

Leap on over to Wake County’s Crowder District Park for the 18th Annual Frog Fest, Saturday, April 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free festival is designed to help people learn about amphibians and reptiles through educational activities, exhibits and entertainment for the entire family.

This year’s Frog Fest will feature:

  • Performances by The Sandbox Family Fun Band and The Kudzu Ramblers 
  • Live reptiles and amphibians at many of the educational exhibits
  • Pond Critters on the Boardwalk
  • Walipog, the Frog Fest mascot and Wake County's very own "Water Quality Frog"
  • Games and crafts with amphibian and reptile themes
  • Local food truck vendors

Crowder District Park is located at 4709 Ten-Ten Road in Apex. There will be free off-site parking, and a shuttle will be available from Middle Creek High School, located at 123 Middle Creek Park Avenue, Apex.

Learn more here or call 919-662-2850.

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