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Current Winter Weather Closings and Delays

Wake County Government Weather Updates


Closings & Delays

Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

  • Wake County Parks are closed today.

  • All Wake County Public Libraries are now closed.

  • All Wake County Solid Waste Convenience Centers are now closed.

  • The Wake County Animal Center is now closed.
Due to the winter storm, the county will also reschedule the Wake County Board of Commissioners’ Affordable Housing Committee Meeting, which was set to start on Monday at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018

Wake County Government will delay opening its offices and facilities until 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
This delay applies only to non-24/7 operations. It does not include law enforcement, EMS and other first responders who work around the clock to protect the public.

Check back here for any necessary updates.


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December 10
​Wake County Delays Opening Tuesday due to Winter Weather

With the potential for slick roads in the morning, Wake County Government has decided to delay opening its offices and facilities until 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11. The county opted for the delay out of concern for the safety of its employees and the residents who use its services.

This delay does not include law enforcement, EMS and other first responders who work around the clock to protect the public.

If winter weather conditions are worse than expected tomorrow, some county facilities may need to further delay their opening or close for the day. If that occurs, the county will share that information promptly on this website and on its Facebook and Twitter accounts.
December 09
​Wake County Delays Opening Monday due to Winter Weather

After assessing the forecast and seeing the potential for road conditions to deteriorate overnight, Wake County Government will delay opening its offices and facilities until 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 10. The county opted for the delay out of concern for the safety of its employees and the residents who utilize its services.

This delay does not include law enforcement, EMS and other first responders who work around the clock to protect the public.

If winter weather conditions are worse than expected tomorrow, some county facilities may need to further delay their opening or close for the day. If that occurs, the county will share that information promptly on this website and on its Facebook and Twitter accounts. 

Due to the winter storm, the county will also reschedule the Wake County Board of Commissioners’ Affordable Housing Committee Meeting, which was set to start on Monday at 2 p.m. Once a new date is scheduled, the county will share it with the public.
December 07
​White Flag Will Fly During Winter Weather

With below-freezing temperatures and the potential for snow and ice in the forecast, Wake County will fly the white flag outside its shelters this weekend as a signal to people experiencing homelessness that relief from the winter weather is available.

“No one should have to ride out a winter storm sleeping on the streets,” said Lorena McDowell, director of housing and homeless services. “To help keep all of our residents safe and warm, we will open our doors to anyone that needs shelter from the extreme cold.”

Whenever the nighttime temperature dips below 32 degrees, or 38 degrees if there’s precipitation, shelters throughout Wake County will post a white flag outside to encourage those experiencing homelessness to spend the night inside, even if the shelter is already at capacity. No one is turned away when the white flag is out.

Shelter sites in Raleigh include:

All men seeking shelter should first contact the South Wilmington Street Center for referral. Women without children should contact The Healing Place of Wake County or The Helen Wright Center. Women with or without children may contact the Raleigh Rescue Mission.

December 05
​Wake County Parks Programs Go Fee-Free in 2019

Canoe rentals, nature programs and special hikes are just a few of the many things Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space offers that will be free to all residents starting Jan. 1, 2019. 

“We decided to eliminate fees for our programs, because even though the cost to patrons was minimal, it could still be a barrier and prevent people from participating,” said Chris Snow, director of Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space. “We’re hopeful that going ‘fee-free’ will bring more individuals, families and groups to our parks, so they can enjoy more of what we have to offer.”

So far in 2018, more than 385,000 people have visited Wake County’s 10 parks and nature preserves.

There are some exceptions to the new fee-free structure. Fees will still apply for:

  • Camps,
  • Historic Yates Mill tours,
  • Shelter rentals and
  • Lodge reservations.


But, everything else—from bird watching programs to Lake Crabtree boat rentals and wagon rides—will come at no charge.

As part of the change, Wake County will also stop accepting cash on site at its parks and preserves. Credit and debit cards will be accepted on site and online. Checks can be used to make advance payments online or mailed to Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space, PO Box 550, Suite 1000, Raleigh, NC 27602.

To see a list of upcoming programs and events, visit wakegov.com/parks.

Reminder

The new Park Locator makes it easy to explore all the parks and preserves in Wake County! Filter results by activity or location, and get customized directions.

To learn more about Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space, follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @WakeGovParks. You can also check out each of our parks on Facebook.
December 04
Christmas and New Year's Holiday Hours

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Christmas and New Year's Holiday Hours


Dear Wake County real estate professionals and frequent recorders:

The Wake County Register of Deeds is scheduled to be open the Thursday and Friday after Christmas, December 27 & 28 and also on New Year’s Eve Monday, December 31, 2018 to serve you.

We will be closed December 24 - 26, and also New Year’s Day.

If you have a transaction that must close this year, for example for tax reasons, you are strongly advised not to wait until December 31 to record. This time of year bad weather, or some other urgency, could cause the courthouse to close and in that case, the register of deeds would be closed.

The best approach is for time-dependent transactions to close by December 21 to eliminate the risk that an unforeseen occurrence could limit the post-Christmas days we are open.

Charles P. Gilliam

Register of Deeds

December 03
​Wake County Board of Commissioners Elects Chair, Vice Chair

Each will serve a one-year term in these leadership roles

The Wake County Board of Commissioners elected its top leaders for the year ahead during its regular meeting tonight, Monday, Dec. 3. The commissioners selected Jessica Holmes as chair and Greg Ford as vice chair. The votes came after all seven board members took their oath of office to officially begin their terms.

“I’m proud to lead this dedicated team of people who work hard every day to make a difference in their community,” said Chair Holmes. “Over the coming year, I look forward to making even greater strides in important areas such as affordable housing, education, behavioral health, and social and economic vitality.”

Chair Holmes was first elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2014. Vice Chair Ford joined the board in 2016. Each will serve a one-year term in these new leadership roles.

The commission is made up of seven members elected by voters countywide. The board members enact policies such as the regulation of land use and zoning outside municipal jurisdictions, establishment of the property tax rate and adoption of the annual budget.

The board also sets strategic goals and objectives to help guide the county’s funding decisions, project prioritization and resource usage. The goals currently include: Community Health; Economic Strength; Education; Great Government; Growth and Sustainability; Public Safety; and Social and Economic Vitality.

Learn more about the Wake County Board of Commissioners and view upcoming meeting schedules and agendas at wakegov.com/commissioners.
November 28
​‘Tis the Season to Visit Wake County Parks

Don’t let the cold weather fool you – Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space programs and events are in full bloom in December. Join us to find out what it means to be evergreen, play some reindeer games and nerd out over nature. Here’s a sample of the programs available in December:

Sleigh Rides and Cider
Saturday, Dec. 1, 5–7:30 p.m.

Historic Oak View County Park
This holiday tradition features horse-drawn carriage rides, hot apple cider, live music, handmade crafts, holiday activities and, of course, Ol’ Saint Nick himself! The event is free, and no reservations are required. Historic Oak View County Park is located at 4028 Carya Drive, Raleigh.

Nature Watchers: Forever Green
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 11 a.m.–noon
Crowder District Park
How do pine trees stay so green when it’s so cold outside? Which animals love to live in evergreen trees during winter? We’ll explore the answers to these and other questions using our five senses during a winter stroll around the park and by doing an art project. We’ll also read "The Sheltering Cedar," by local author Anne Marshall Runyon. This program is for children ages 3–5, and the program fee is $4 per child. Preregistration is required, and children must have adult accompaniment. Meet at the Upper Pavilion. Crowder District Park is located at 4709 Ten Ten Road, Apex.

Take a Photo with Santa at the Old Mill
Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m.–noon and 1–3 p.m.
Historic Yates Mill County Park
Come have your picture taken with Santa inside Yates Mill. While at the park, play some "reindeer games," try out a variety of old-time toys, enjoy some free seasonal refreshments and shop for handmade crafts. Photo packages will cost $15 and up, depending on photo sizes. A digital image will be $35. Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. on Dec. 8. Proceeds from the event will benefit Yates Mill Associates’ ongoing efforts to keep Yates Mill operating and open to the public. Historic Yates Mill County Park is located at 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh.

Kids Discover Nature: Create Treats for Wildlife
Monday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m.–noon
Harris Lake County Park
As winter approaches, don’t forget the wildlife this season! We will read the charming book “Night Tree,” by Eve Bunting, and then spend time creating treats for you to take home for your backyard wildlife. Dress warm for outdoor fun in nature! This program is for ages 1–6 with an accompanying adult, and the fee is $4 per child. Preregistration is required. Meet at the Cypress Shelter. Harris Lake County Park is located at 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill.

Nature Nerds
Wednesday, Dec. 19, noon–1 p.m.
Lake Crabtree County Park
Expand your knowledge of our local flora and fauna by exploring a different area of the park each month. Join park staff as they "nerd out" over amphibians, birds, insects, spiders and anything else they see or hear along the way. Help collect data for the Natural Resource Inventory Database while increasing your own identification skills. This is a free program for ages 9 and older, and preregistration is required. Lake Crabtree County Park is located at 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville.

Full Moon Hike on the ATT
Friday, Dec. 21, 5:30–7 p.m.
American Tobacco Trail
Celebrate the first day of winter by taking a moonlit stroll down the trail to the Beaver Creek Bridge and back, listening and looking for nocturnal animals. We will also enjoy some fun nighttime activities. Bring a water bottle and flashlight, dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. This program is for all ages, and the fee is $1 per person. Preregistration is required. Meet at the New Hill Parking Area at 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex.

Family Wildlife Series: Natural Creations
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2–3 p.m.
Blue Jay Point County Park
Have you ever looked at a silhouette of bare tree branches against a winter sky and thought it looked like a work of art? Come practice your winter tree ID and take some photos to capture your favorite work of art. We’ll post these photos on Facebook and let folks vote for “best in show” in this fun amateur photography contest. Who knows, there might even be a prize or two! This program is free, but preregistration is required. Blue Jay Point County Park is located at 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh.

Reminder
The new Park Locator makes it easy to explore all the parks and preserves in Wake County! Filter results by activity or location, and get customized directions.

To learn more about Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space, follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @WakeGovParks. You can also check out each of our parks on Facebook.
November 27
Statement on Lawsuit by Former Register of Deeds & Convicted Embezzler Laura Riddick

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018
For Immediate Release



Contact: Luther Snyder, Deputy Director
O. 919-856-5462 M. 919-369-7045
luther.snyder@wakegov.com

Statement on the lawsuit by former register of deeds and convicted embezzler

Laura Riddick seeking additional pension money from her victims

Raleigh, NC – Laura Riddick, retrospectively dissatisfied with the light penalty which she received three months ago in a plea bargain, is now reaching out of the confines of the prison cell to continue to pick the pockets of her victims. “This is hubris incarnate, manifested audacity laced with temerity,” states current Wake County Register of Deeds, Charles Gilliam.

“Laura Riddick now claims that the adjustment of a portion of her pension is unconstitutionally ‘cruel and unusual’ and is an ‘excessive fine,’” Gilliam continues. “The only thing excessive is the amount of money she stole, the only thing unusual is the leniency of her plea-bargained sentence, and the only thing remotely cruel is the harm she continues to inflict on the people of our State.”

View Laura Riddick's lawsuit filed in Wake County Superior Court here.

 

Laura Riddick Petition for Judicial Review (November 20, 2018)



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November 15
​Start the Journey to Adoption at Wake County’s Information Fair This Weekend

Thinking about adopting a child? Find the right resources to start the journey at the third annual Wake County Human Services Adoption Information Fair on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Families at any point in the adoption process will find the information they need to enhance their adoption experience. Stop by from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wake County Commons Building, at 4011 Carya Drive in Raleigh. Everyone is welcome, including people from outside Wake County.

In addition to learning about the adoption process, several adoptive families will be available to discuss their personal experiences, provide insights and answer questions. Additionally, attendees can learn about children in Wake County currently waiting for their forever family.

Those attending can meet with Wake County adoption and post-adoption staff as well as youth engaged in Wake County’s LINKS Program. Partner agencies will also share information about their services, including the Wake County Guardian Ad Litems Program, Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, Methodist Home for Children, Lutheran Services Carolina, N.C. Kids and Seven Homes, Inc

For more information, call 919-212-7878 or email AdoptWakeYouth@wakegov.com.

Learn more about Wake County Human Services’ adoption and foster care programs.
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