My name is Elizabeth Fulks and for 6 years I have worked as a telecommunicator for Raleigh Wake Emergency Communications, well until Sunday. Our 911 center has reached critical staffing levels that is putting the safety of the citizens and our first responders in danger. We are working below minimum staffing daily. 12 hour shifts without lunch breaks and mandatory overtime on our days off. If these trends continue over the summer there is a good chance when you call 911 it might ring for several minutes before someone answers. Minutes that can be the difference between life and death for someone you love.
Budget was approved 6 to 2 with Councilors Cox and Buffkin objecting.
Council voted to eliminate residential zoning throughout the City by a vote of 6 to 2 with Councilors Cox and Forte dissenting
Council discussed increasing funding for sidewalk and street improvements, a traffic analysis tool, a slight adjustment to leaf collection, raising police and firefighter salaries, and raising their own salaries.
HIGHLIGHTS Councilor Buffkin absent again for all of work session and some of afternoon session (many recent absences seem to coincide with his NC Senate campaign activities, showing his priorities) Several councilors express concerns about lack of transparency and...
Long-time Raleigh resident Terry Snyder shared these remarks as part of the City's budget hearing. I am opposed to the City Budget FY22 because many of the funding priorities do not match the greatest needs of our diverse community. First and most important is...
Speculation, of course. But would Ruffin quit with Raleigh in turmoil, the city looking to him for leadership, and no new job in sight, unless his working conditions were intolerable?
What we need is a real moonshot budget that prioritizes Raleigh Human Services and an Affordable Housing bond that deals directly and effectively with the horrifying impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which are tearing at the fabric of so many Raleigh lives, particularly the lives of homeless mothers and their children.