Board supports commuter rail, FNOW drinking and church rezoning

From WSJ Staff Reports —

A short meeting by the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners was long enough to get the job done.

The following issues were addressed during the meeting:

• A public hearing about a request of rezoning by St. John’s Episcopal Church on Durham Road. The congregation asked for rezoning to highway business so a monument sign could be installed. The commissioners voted unanimously to approve the rezoning

• The commissioners waived the town’s ban on public consumption of alcohol for the Friday Night on White events scheduled for 2022.

• The board approved the latest update to the Capital Improvement Plan which includes the following projects:

• ADA Improvements for Compliance in the town’s facilities, $120,000

• Fire Training Deck Rebuild, $48,000

• Fire Department Mobile and Portable Radios Replacement, $100,000

• Town Roadway Lighting, $50,000

• In the Electric Department, LED Conversion, $125,000

• Wake Forest Reservoir Improvements, $539,600. The funds will be used to decommission lagoons and other structures at a former water treatment plant. Improvements to the dam for the reservoir could be made if funds hold out

At the end of the meeting, commissioners gave their reports.

Mayor Vivian Jones’s stated in her report the North Carolina Department of Transportation has asked the Wake Forest board to write a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation in support of a grant the NCDOT is submitting for the S-Line, to build a commuter rail systemas part of the CSX rail line in Virginia and North Carolina.

The board agreed to send a letter.

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