Episode 005 – Aug 15 Council Mtg; Grow Preschool Julia Beam (Part One); WWH May 1968

Today on Episode #5 of the Apex Roundup Podcast, it’s the “Back to Preschool” special.

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

  1. Part 1 of my interview with Julia Beam of the Grow Preschool in downtown Apex,
  2. Some news clippings from the Western Wake Herald from May 1968,
  3. Apex town council updates from the August 15th meeting.

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.

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Council Update
(Apex Roundup from August 15th meeting)

  1. Called to order at 7:00 pm. Mayor Pro Tem Dozier and Councilwoman Wilkie were both absent, but we did have a quorum… 3 of 5 present.
  2. We moved Public Hearings #2 and #10 to the top of the list so we could process them very quickly for the 15 people who were hear for these.
  3. PH#2. #17CZ15: Dr. Viau wants to move her dentist practice into the mint-green house at 200 West Chatham St and needs a conditional zoning approval for that to happen. She requested that we do this on a different night, so the council continued the public hearing until October 3rd. If you’re interested in this one, come back on that night. (Policy fact: every applicant can ask for one continuance for any reason, no questions asked, and they shall receive it… it’s in our town ordinances.)
  4. PH#10. The UDO amendments proposed by the Hudson Group, who are owners of most of the Veridea properties, are very critical to the town’s future. Veridea is expected to have a 25-year buildout. This being so important, we continued this matter until September 5 so we could have all council members present.
  5. PH#1. We held a very brief hearing to authorize town staff to pursue financing of some park land and to file an application with the Local Government Commission. We are pursuing installment financing for up to $6 million. It passed 3-0.
  6. PH#3 and #4. Annexation #605 of the Twiggs property on Castleberry Rd and the rezoning of the same, also known as #17CZ16. This 1.9 acre property along this dead-end road will be sub-divided into 3 lots. It passed 3-0.
  7. PH#5 and #6. Annexation #608 of La Mission De L’Esprit Saint Erl on Garris Rd, and the rezoning of the same, also known as #17CZ14, which would designate it as Medium Density Conditional Zoning. Concerns were voiced by Councilmen Jensen and Moyer regarding the density, so the applicant exercised his privilege to request a continuance. The vote for this hearing will be held on September 5.
  8. PH#7. Annexation #610 of the McGhee property of 1.9 acres on Howell Road. This property is located at the north edge of Apex, off Holt Road, through the woods from the back of Salem Elementary School. This type of annexation is usually because our fresh water supply and sewer lines are now running very near the mostly rural property and annexation allows tapping in to both. This passed 3-0.
  9. PH#8. This proposal from the planning staff was to make a minor adjustment to the Transportation Plan’s Thoroughfare and Collector Street map to add a future local connector from Old Grove Lane toward Center St. The purpose is to aid the future, eventual development of the two narrow lot properties and provide them with access from Old Grove Lane, since they would never be able to get access from Center St because of the existing streets. NCDOT doesn’t like intersections too close together… for safety reasons. This passed 3-0.
  10. PH#9. We made UDO amendments to clarify, and relax standards on sales of alcohol as a percentage of a business revenue. You can read them on town’s website. I’ll add a link here in the show notes at apex roundup dot com slash 005. Just scroll down to PH#9.
  11. In Unfinished Business, we authorized the purchase of some future parkland at Wimberly Road and Hickory Hill Lane.
  12. In New Business, we approved the Master Subdivision Plan for Mercer Estates on Wimberly Road. We also approved the revisions to phases 2-4 of the Subdivision Plan for Smith Farm. They needed to widen the stream buffer to be compliant with state law.
  13. Adjourned at 8:30 pm.


(Music Bed: Swing City Long)

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Julia talks about being from Waynesville, while her husband is from Shelby. She went to Meredith where she was a teaching fellow. She was a basketball mom. Her Grow Preschool is located downtown Apex, behind the Provincial Restaurant and Salem Street Pub. She has preschool teachers, including art and preschool. Julia talks about what it’s like to run her preschool as a business, using the Golden Rule as a guiding principle. She loves to shop in downtown, using cash when she can.

That concludes Part One of my conversation with Julia Beam, owner of the Grow Preschool in downtown apex, and president of the Apex Downtown Business Association. You can hear Part Two in episode 7.


May 1968

  1. Rates: $10 for 5 years
  2. Campaign Signs at North Salem and Center
  3. New Post Office
  4. New Baucom Principal


Wrap Up

Hey! Thanks for joining me today for the fifth episode of the Apex Roundup Podcast.

Today I brought you updates from the August 15th Apex Town Council meeting. You got to hear the first half of my interview with Julia Beam of Grow Preschool and President of the Apex Downtown Business Association. And we read a few articles from the May 1968 Western Wake Herald. If you want to review a loose version of the transcript or look at the photos from the newspaper, point your web browser to apex roundup dot com slash 005 and you’ll be able to scroll down to read this entire episode.

Next week I’ll be producing a special edition of the Apex Roundup Podcast because there is a special town council meeting on August 22nd to discuss the Crossroads Ford proposal. So subscribe and make sure you don’t miss it.

You can find this podcast on the web at Apex Roundup dot com, follow me on Twitter and Facebook (@apexroundup) or subscribe in iTunes and Google Play.

Hey. What’s on YOUR mind? Do you have an opinion to share? Got any questions related to Apex? Go to Apex Roundup dot com slash contact and you can find multiple ways to get in touch with me.

I’m so glad you listened all the way to the end with me today. Until the next roundup… Happy Trails!

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