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One project advocacy position to serve as a single point of contact for major projects,

One Project Engineer to focus on right-of-way permits and related issues, and,

Two positions to support plan review and inspections.

Within our City Planning department, the Proposed Budget provides funding for additional area plan

studies, including the Avent Ferry Road study. Two new positions will support civic design projects

and the historic preservation efforts discussed above. Finally, to better address questions and

comments during the rezoning process, City Planning will attend all Citizen Advisory Council (CAC)

meetings when zoning cases are discussed.

Growth and Natural Resources

Supporting this Key Focus Area, the City will continue to maintain critical

infrastructure and respond to growth-driven service demands.

The Proposed Budget significantly expands the Stormwater Management capital

program. Funded by a $1 per month increase in the average resident’s stormwater fee, we will

increase the Five-year CIP by 33% from $36 million to $48 million. Staff will complete a higher

volume of drainage assistance projects, system repairs, and conduct more watershed planning. The

City will also have more funding available to acquire flood-prone property.

To further enhance Stormwater Management services, the Proposed Budget provides 12 positions

to create two new project crews. These new crews will provide faster response to stormwater

system failures, reduce contractor costs, and complete 20 to 25 additional stormwater projects each

year.

The Proposed Budget includes an increase in the monthly water and sewer volume-based rates, as

well as increases in the infrastructure replacement charges. Overall, the average residential

customer (using 5 CCF per month) will see an increase of about $1.99 per month, or 3.8%. The

primary reason for these fee increases is to further support our long-term infrastructure maintenance

program. The Proposed Five-year CIP invests $686 million in such water and sewer projects as

main replacements, sewer interceptors, pump stations, recovery facilities, and other infrastructure

necessary to keep our public water and sewer system running.

The Strategic Plan, as well as our Climate Energy Action Plan, calls for the implementation of

anaerobic digesters. This approach to biosolids treatment shifts the treatment process from an

energy consumer to an energy producer. The process produces several sustainable by-products,

including methane gas, which can be cleaned to compressed natural gas quality and be used for fuel

to run generators or compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. The CIP programs roughly $92 million

to construct anaerobic digesters at the Neuse River Resource Recovery Facility. Over time, the

digesters will reduce the facility’s operating expenses and meet our sustainability goals.

Looking at Solid Waste Services, the City has worked steadily toward improving services and

reducing the amount of General Fund support for this service area. The Proposed Budget includes

a 75 cent increase in the monthly residential collection fee to support these goals. To improve route

efficiency and support the yard waste center, the department will add five total positions. To

advance us closer to our 80% cost recovery goal, we propose reducing General Fund support for the

Solid Waste Services Enterprise Fund by $2.3 million.

In our parks system, the City of Raleigh will open four renovated or new facilities over the next 18

months, including the Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center, Horseshoe Farm Nature Reserve,

Forest Ridge Park, and Moore Square. The Proposed Budget provides over $1.1 million to operate

these new facilities, including 12 new positions for recreational programming and maintenance. City

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