October 16
​Board Approves 20-Year Affordable Housing Plan

Approximately 56,000 working families who make less than $39,000 a year in Wake County are currently unable to find affordable housing. Current trends show that number may increase to as many as 150,000 households over the next 20 years.

To address this growing need, the Wake County Board of Commissioners today approved the 20-year Affordable Housing Plan developed by the Affordable Housing Steering Committee.

“Affordable housing is critical for our economic competitiveness because employers need employees at all income levels,” said Commissioner Jessica Holmes, chair of the steering committee. “Wake County is experiencing vast growth because of who we are and our quality of life. We must ensure that quality of life will exist for all of our residents. This plan will help us make affordable housing a higher priority.”

The plan outlines three essential strategies to address Wake County’s growing housing crisis:

  • Land Use Policy: The county and its municipalities will use their land use regulations and zoning authorities to indirectly support the production and preservation of affordable housing. More intensive and flexible land use will better enable housing supplies to keep pace with housing needs. This strategy will also help to mitigate housing cost increases and reduce the pressure to convert existing affordable units to market-rate housing.
  • Leveraged Programs: New subsidized affordable housing will be created or preserved to meet residents’ needs. Structuring programs to effectively combine public funding with private and philanthropic capital will increase the total amount of affordable housing that can be produced or preserved.
  • New Public Resources: New funding sources for affordable housing production and preservation will be developed to increase the resources available to meet Wake County’s housing challenges. A dedicated public subsidy will help produce affordable housing, because it closes the gap between what a household can afford to pay and what it costs to develop and maintain quality housing.

These strategies provide a strong roadmap to address our residents’ housing needs. By pursuing these tools, the county, along with its municipal partners, can increase the development of affordable housing while protecting existing affordable housing.

To learn more about the Affordable Housing Plan, visit wakegov.com/housingwake.

October 16
​Nature and Halloween Meet at Creepy Crabtree Celebration

Saturday, Oct. 21, from 2 until 6 p.m.

Nature meets Halloween fun at Lake Crabtree County Park’s Creepy Crabtree Celebration. The free, Halloween-themed celebration will take place from 2 until 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21.

Visitors of all ages will be able to participate in spooky, family-friendly festivities and games that also provide educational opportunities, such as the Webstacle Course and the Arthropod Zoo. Attendees will also have the chance to meet the park’s pet snake, Willy. Visitors can earn prizes by visiting each of the event’s booths and participating in activities. Halloween costumes are welcomed and encouraged.

Attendees are welcome to arrive at any time during the event hours and should check in at Lake Crabtree Park’s White Oak Shelter for day-of event details.

Wake County’s Lake Crabtree County Park is located at 1400 Aviation Parkway in Morrisville. Learn more about the Creepy Crabtree Celebration by calling 919-460-3390.

Creepy Crabtree is one of many events hosted by Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space this fall. Visit our website for information on other events, dates and locations.

To learn more about Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space, follow @WakeGovParks on Twitter and Instagram. You can also check out each of our parks on Facebook.

October 10
​Wake County Accepting Proposals for Hospitality Tax Small Capital Projects Funding

Competitive process underway to select and fund projects supporting sports, arts, culture

Wake County is currently accepting proposals from organizations interested in competing for funding for capital projects that support sports, arts, culture and convention-related activities for visitors and residents.

The funding comes from the Hospitality Tax Small Capital Projects Fund. It was established in 2017 with revenues generated by the county’s room occupancy and food and beverage taxes. Wake County intends to distribute these revenues through a competitive process every two to three years. Currently, $3.5 million is available to invest.

“Supporting arts, culture and sports in our community enhances quality of life and benefits our local economy,” said Sig Hutchinson, chairman of the Wake County Board of Commissioners. “Wake County is excited to partner with other municipalities and organizations to provide more opportunities for our visitors, newcomers and long-time residents.”

Proposed projects must be for the construction, renovation, expansion or replacement of facilities with a minimum value of $100,000. The projects must be fully located in Wake County and consistent with revenue uses allowed under state law. Funding requests should be for no more than 35 percent of the total project cost and no more than $1.5 million.

Those who wish to submit a proposal are required to attend a pre-submittal meeting on Nov. 3. Proposals will be accepted through Feb. 8, 2018.

An evaluation team made up of county staff and community representatives is expected to present funding recommendations for the Board of Commissioners’ consideration in March or April 2018.

View the request for proposals and learn more about the submission process here.

October 06
​Haunting at Harris: Rise of the Legends Offers Family-Friendly Halloween Fun

Saturday, Oct. 14, from 1 until 6 p.m.

Famous legends, urban lore, crazy characters and Halloween activities are in store for attendees of the 14th annual Haunting at Harris: Rise of the Legends at Harris Lake County Park.

Haunting at Harris: Rise of the Legends will take place Saturday, Oct. 14, from 1 until 6 p.m. This free, family-friendly event is open to all ages.

Visitors are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to the event, where they will interact with legends such as Blackbeard, the Loch Ness Monster, Paul Bunyan and others on wagon rides throughout the park. Wagon ride tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. the day of the event.

Visitors can also participate in games, crafts, face painting and an obstacle course in park shelters. Animals available for adoption from the Wake County Animal Center will be featured at the park’s Cypress Shelter.

Haunting at Harris is just one of many events hosted by Wake County Parks Recreation and Open Space this fall. Visit our website for information on other events, dates and locations.

Harris Lake County Park is located at 2112 County Park Drive in New Hill. Learn more about Haunting at Harris: Rise of the Legends on our event page or by calling 919-387-4342.

To learn more about Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space, follow @WakeGovPark on Twitter and Instagram. You can also check out each of our parks on Facebook

October 06
​Help Rename North Wake Landfill District Park

Suggestions will be accepted throughout October

Don’t judge a book by its cover. Or in this case, don’t judge a park by its name. For seven years, North Wake Landfill District Park has offered spectacular views and recreational amenities for visitors of all ages in north Raleigh. While the park is enjoyed by visitors, its name can sometimes be a source of confusion. This fall, Wake County is planning to rename the popular park and is asking for suggestions from the community.

Situated at the site of the closed North Wake Landfill, the park opened to visitors in 2010. It features a playground for children, picnic tables and shelters, walking trails, mountain biking trails and a multi-use trail that gives walkers, runners and bikers a view of the downtown Raleigh skyline on a clear day.

Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space will accept suggestions for a new name for North Wake Landfill District Park through Oct. 31. Suggestions can be submitted online via the park’s webpage or their Facebook page. Visitors can also fill out a suggestion card at North Wake Landfill District Park and nearby Blue Jay Point County Park.

Suggestions must include the words “County Park.” The county will not consider suggestions that include the name of a living person. The new name is expected to be announced by early 2018.

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.

October 05
​Oct. 10 is Election Day in Raleigh, Cary, Durham

Early voting ends Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. Voters may cast a ballot at any of seven early voting locations.

On Oct. 10, voters will head to the polls for the municipal elections for the City of Raleigh and Town of Cary and the primary elections for the City of Durham. The City of Raleigh ballot also includes a referendum on transportation bonds.

The polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

On Election Day, you must vote in your assigned precinct to make sure you receive a ballot containing all the races for which you are eligible to vote. Find your assigned voting location here. If you do not vote in the correct precinct, you will have to vote with a provisional ballot.

Curbside voting is available at all Wake County polling places for people who are unable to enter the building because of age or physical disability.

Unofficial election results can be found after 7:30 p.m. on Election Day on the Wake County Board of Elections website.

Learn more about voting or registering to vote at wakegov.com/elections or 919-856-6240.

October 04
​Help a Shelter Dog Find a Home this Month

Pit bulls and other dogs available for $25 in October

In celebration of National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and National Pitbull Awareness Month, the Wake County Animal Center is making it easy for you to adopt a dog in need of a loving home. 

During the month of October, all pitbulls and other select dogs will be available for adoption from the Wake County Animal Center for $25 instead of the regular adoption fee of $45 for an already spayed or neutered dog. Pit bulls make up approximately 30 percent of the dogs the center takes in annually.

Currently, there are approximately 20 pitbulls at the center and approximately 10 in foster homes that are available for adoption. View the Wake County Animal Center Adoption Gallery to see all animals available for adoption.

The center understands that some apartments and rental homes have pet restrictions and has created a Pet Friendly Housing Guide for interested adopters. Potential adopters should also reach out to their landlords or apartment management directly to confirm any pet restrictions before adopting.

About the Wake County Animal Center
The Wake County Animal Center is an open-admission shelter operated by Wake County. The center receives all stray, abandoned and surrendered pets in the county and works in partnership with fosters, volunteers and local rescues to treat and rehome thousands of homeless animals every year.

Visit the Adoptions page for more information on adopting from the Wake County Animal Center.

October 03
​Wake County Now Accepting Proposals for Community Capital Funding

Competitive process will select and invest in projects that address critical community issues

Wake County is now accepting proposals from local organizations interested in competing for funding to help address critical issues facing our community. The county proposes investing more than $2.3 million over the next five years in projects with strong business plans that will solve countywide problems.

“Through this funding, organizations can help provide our residents – particularly the most vulnerable among us – with critical services in areas where needs are currently going unmet,” said Wake County Board of Commissioners Chairman Sig Hutchinson. “We encourage interested organizations to submit their proposals by Dec. 1 to participate in this competitive process.”

The funding comes from the community capital projects account, which the board created in Fiscal Year 2002 to support investments that will:

  • Enhance opportunities for partnerships between the public, nonprofit and for-profit sectors; and
  • Address critical countywide problems and needs in an effective and financially sustainable way.

A team of Wake County staff and community representatives will evaluate the proposals submitted and select the finalists in December. In January 2018, the finalists will deliver presentations to the board. The board will decide in February 2018 which proposals to fund.

The work group will review the business plans associated with each proposal based on their ability to:

  • Provide a comprehensive analysis of an unmet need;
  • Demonstrate a clear link between the project initiatives and resolution of the countywide problem;
  • Include a mechanism to track and measure success; and
  • Show a need for County capital investment for project success.

Information about how to submit a proposal is available here. All interested parties are required to attend a pre-submittal meeting on Oct. 30 to discuss evaluation criteria.

October 02
​Prevent the Flu! Get Vaccinated

Flu season is right around the corner. The best way to protect yourself and your family from illness is to get a flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people 6 months of age and older get vaccinated every year.

While the flu causes mild illness for most people, it can be serious. Some people are more likely to get flu complications that can result in hospitalization and sometimes death. It is especially important for young children, adults 65 years of age and older, pregnant women and nursing home residents to get vaccinated.

“Getting your flu shot is an easy way to increase your chances of staying healthy during flu season,” said Regina Petteway, Wake County Human Services director. “Residents can get a flu shot at a Wake County clinic or from their own medical provider.”

Flu shot clinics will be held at the Wake County Public Health Center located at 10 Sunnybrook Road in Raleigh. Walk-in hours are from 9 a.m.–7 p.m. every Thursday from Oct. 5 through Nov. 16. No appointment is needed.

Wake County accepts traditional Medicare Part B, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Medicaid and North Carolina Health Choice insurance. You must bring your insurance card with you. Adults 21 years and older with Medicaid may be charged a $3 co-pay for their vaccine.

For those without insurance, the cost for regular flu shots is $30. The cost of high dose flu vaccine is $60.

There is no charge for flu vaccine this year for:

For residents who cannot attend a walk-in flu vaccine clinic date, Wake County will offer the vaccine by appointment only at the following locations:

Visit our flu page for more information about the flu and flu clinics.

October 02
​Rabid Raccoon Found in Apex

Wake County Animal Control was called to respond to a report of a rabid raccoon at the intersection of Investment Boulevard and Schieffelin Road in Apex on Thursday, Sept. 28. The raccoon tested positive for rabies on Friday, Sept. 29. At this time, no exposure to humans or other animals has been identified.

Wake County encourages pet owners to protect their pets by making sure their rabies vaccinations are up to date.

The Wake County Animal Center holds rabies clinics throughout the county, providing vaccines for only $5. Owners unsure of their pet’s vaccination status should contact their veterinarian.

Here are additional steps people can take to prevent the spread of rabies:

  • When pets are outside, they should be in a fenced-in area or on a leash. Do not leave food outside for pets, because it will also attract wildlife.
  • If you see a wild or unfamiliar animal, do not approach it, even if it seems to be behaving normally. Animals showing signs of rabies should be reported to local animal control as soon as possible.
  • Infected bats can also spread rabies. If you find a bat in a living space of your home, try to enclose it in a small room or closed-off area, and call animal control. Do not let the bat out of your house.
  • If a wild animal showing signs of rabies bites your pet and draws blood or gets in a fight with your pet, the pet is at risk for exposure to rabies. Call animal control for assistance right away. Pets that have had a rabies vaccine need to get a booster shot within 72 hours of the bite.
  • If you or someone you know has been bitten by a potentially rabid animal, wash the wound immediately with soap and water and contact your doctor.

To report animal complaints and stray animals:

  • In Wake County (except Cary, Garner, Holly Springs and Raleigh), call 919-212-PETS (7387);
  • In Cary, call 919-319-4517;
  • In Garner, call 919-772-8896;
  • In Holly Springs, call 919-557-9111; and
  • In Raleigh, call 919-831-6311.

For more information, visit wakegov.com/pets/health/rabies.

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