Episode 004 – Aug 1 Council Mtg Summary; Peak City Podcast’s Shane Reese (Part Two); Spurs in Nashville

Today on Episode #4 of the Apex Roundup Podcast it’s my “August is Here Already?” special.

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Intro
In this episode, I’ve rounded up for you…

  1. My road trip to Nashville to see Tottenham Hotspur play English football against another British team, which took me through several small towns.
  2. Part 2 of my interview with Shane Reese of the Peak City Podcast, where we talk about being parents in Apex.
  3. Apex town council meeting updates from the August 1st meeting.

All this, stampeding your way, right now!

(music: Two Seater Medium)

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Welcome
Jumping into podcasting with both boots, I’m your voice for Apex, your source for local news and information, bringing you the best of interesting people in town and the workings of your municipal government. Your preferred replacement for print media, I am your host, Lance Olive. I’m so glad you’re here today.
And since we’re both new here, let’s recap why we’re here today.
Apex used to have a local newspaper, the Apex News Herald, renamed to the Western Wake Herald, then the Apex Herald. They folded in 2013 and left the coverage to the big boys at Raleigh’s News and Observer. Within the past year, they’ve pulled out. They don’t cover local news anymore. They just give us syndicated recipes and call it local news.

And social media posts are hit-and-miss, and biased, depending on the burr under the poster’s saddle. And it occurred to me, I get around town as much as anyone, and I’m at every town council meeting, I’m at most of the ribbon cuttings and I visit a lot of our retailers. I may as well share this information with you so y’all know what’s happening.

Thirty minutes, twice a month, I round up the stories, the decisions and the opinions, and  I share ’em with you.

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Council Update
(Apex Roundup from August 1st meeting)
  1. Called to order at 7:00 pm.
  2. Public Hearing #1: Quasi-Judicial Hearing for Special Use Permit #17SUP02 to install a cell tower off the NC Hwy 55, behind Puryear Trucking. Approved 5-0.
  3. Public Hearing #2: Adopt and Publish the bond order for General Obligation Bonds for up to $48 million to fund Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources projects, pending voter approval at the November 7, 2017 referendum. Three (3) citizens spoke. Approved 4-1.
  4. Unfinished Business #1: Continuation of July 18th Rezoning Application #17CZ11 to modify the Villages of Apex South PUD (formerly known as Trackside South), to reduce the minimum required square footage for retail in order to allow space for a daycare that is ready to begin construction, citing strong market demand for daycares. Approved 5-0.
  5. New Business #1: Discussion of Tunstall House future use and funding plans. Vigorous discussion with all generally willing to pursue restoration. Intended use is not agreed yet, so the formation of a steering committee was approved unanimously, and town manager will construct the roster and help the future committee (appointees are to be determined) move this discussion forward. The current funding is five (5) years out, per the current, approved Capital Improvements Plan (CIP).
  6. Adjourned at approximately 8:45 pm.
Since my last podcast, we’ve had two different gas leaks on NC 55, one at the intersection of the Apex Peakway on the northwest of town, and the other to the southeast near the Bojangles. You’d think the lines painted on the ground by the 811 “call before you dig” service would prevent these kind of accidents, but it just seems like… if it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen.
And now, the NCDOT has closed the Apex Barbecue Rd bridge over Beaver Creek after initially seeing something that gave them concerns for safety. Right now, there is no date to reopen it, so you’ll have to go around until this gets addressed and is declared safe again.
Lastly, on US 64, in the Nichols Plaza, where the Costco is, the Pei Wei Asian restaurant cut the ribbon on Monday, July 31st.
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(Music Bed: Swing City Long)

Disclaimer
The content of this podcast is proudly produced in Apex, North Carolina. By continuing to listen to it, you agree to do so in accordance with applicable United States law. Although I am indeed the mayor, the opinions expressed by me are my own. All information shared on this program is already public information. This podcast is a private venture and no public or campaign money was used in its production.

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Interview
Shane Reese and I talked about living life in Apex. He lives in Salem Village and rarely leaves the town limits. We talk about being in the shade in our nice parks. Shane has three children under 7 years old. He coaches T-ball and coach pitch baseball. It took a while for him to bond with his 2-year-old until Mom was gone for an extended time. We talk about Dad “wow” moments: Gilligan’s Island, Lightning Bugs. The Reese family expect a long future in Apex. Quality of Life in Apex makes this where he wants to stay. Shane loves the freedom that podcasting brings. He encourages others who may want to get into this to do it.
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Wrap up
Hey! Thanks for joining me today for the fourth episode of the Apex Roundup Podcast.
Today I gave you the updates from the August 1st Apex town council meeting, followed by Part Two of my interview with Apex High School graduate, Apex businessman, father of three under the age of seven, and fellow podcaster, Shane Reese, and finally, I shared with you info from my trip to Nashville watch British soccer.
I’m Lance Olive and I bring you a half hour of Apex news and information, twice a month. You’ll also hear the stories of interesting local citizens and I’ll catch you up on the municipal government updates from the town of Apex, North Carolina.
Join me for the next episode of the Apex Roundup podcast where I’ll have Part One of my interview with Julia Beam, owner of Grow Preschool and President of the Apex Downtown Business Association, I’ll have updates from the August 15th town council meeting and I’ll share some more great little articles from the 1968 Western Wake Herald.
You can find me on the web at Apex Roundup dot com, or follow me on Twitter and Facebook. Just search for Apex Roundup.
I’d also like to hear from you. Offer me your opinions. Ask me questions. Give me comments. Just go to the website and there are several ways you can send me a message.
Thanks for joining me on this episode today, and until the next roundup… Happy Trails!

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