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Guide to Wake ForestOfficial Guide to Wake Forest has arrived

Have you ever needed the telephone number for a department in the Town of Wake Forest or an address for one of the Town’s parks or other facilities? Have you ever been curious about Wake Forest’s history, wanted information about area schools or wanted to know how to get involved in your community? Are you new to Wake Forest and looking for fun places to go and things to do in our area?

If you are a resident or business owner in Wake Forest and you answered yes to any of those questions, then the Town of Wake Forest has a special gift just for you.

Every resident and business with a 27587 zip code, along with many residents and businesses in Wakefield, have been mailed a copy of the Official Guide to Wake Forest. This clever, all-in-one handbook provides useful information about all things Wake Forest, including an overview of the town’s history, descriptions of Town departments, a listing of annual community events and advertisements for several local businesses. The guide also contains useful contact numbers, as well as comprehensive information about the full array of Town programs and services, volunteer opportunities and local government. There are also sections devoted to area attractions, civic clubs, plus a whole lot more. More>>

Wake Forest Police accepting donations of bottled water

The Wake Forest Police Department (WFPD) is now accepting donations of bottled water which they will distribute to users of the Town’s greenways.

For the fourth consecutive year, members of the WFPD are distributing bottles of iced water while patrolling Town greenways. Officers regularly patrol the trails in all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) purchased through a grant. 

“Handing out bottles of water to local residents who are using our greenways is a great way for officers to interact with the public, while also providing a useful service, especially when it’s hot,” said Wake Forest Police Chief Jeff Leonard.

Any business, individual or family wishing to donate one or more cases of bottled water may drop them off at the Police Department Main Station, located at 225 S. Taylor St. For more information, contact Lt. Julius Jefferson at 919-554-6150.

Town seeks to educate residents
about trash & recycling collection guidelines 

The Town of Wake Forest is stepping up its efforts to educate sanitation customers about trash and recycling collection guidelines. Over the next several weeks, the Town will utilize an array of communications methods, including social media, email and direct mail, to inform residents concerning sanitation do’s and don’ts.

The community outreach effort will precede a new initiative targeting sanitation collection violators. Starting Aug. 1, Town and Republic Services crews will begin tagging residents that violate collection guidelines. Residents may receive a “Non-Collection Notice” tag for a variety of reasons, including several common violations: 

  • Trash and/or recycling carts that are overfull, too close to another cart or blocked

  • Trash and/or recycling placed in the wrong cart or improper container

  • Trash and/or recycling carts that contain hazardous materials, soil, concrete or brick

  • Bulk trash that includes cardboard that needs to be broken down

  • Items that must be scheduled for bulk collection

  • Electronics that are not eligible for curbside pickup

  • Yard waste that exceeds four cubic yards permitted per household

  • Yard waste left behind by a contractor

  • Limbs, leaves and trash that must be separated

  • Leaves containing soil, rocks, limbs, concrete or brick

The first time a resident violates any of these or other collection guidelines, crews will leave a violation notice but collect the materials placed at the curb. However, for each future violation, the resident will receive a non-collection notice that identifies the issue, but their materials will not be collected. For more information, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “non-collection notice.”

Residents are also reminded that starting June 1, recycling rollout carts that contain plastic bags or wrap will not be serviced and instead will be tagged with a non-collection notice. More>>

Police Department to host
“Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events” class July 31

In the wake of the recent mass shooting at Virginia Beach, the Wake Forest Police Department has scheduled its next Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) class for Wednesday, July 31. The session will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. inside the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

There is no cost to participate, but registration is required at http://bit.ly/WFPD_CRASEclass. Class size is limited to the first 100 people to register. Please note: Every participant must register individually - one person per form. On the evening of the class, attendees will be required to show proof of registration prior to entering the Renaissance Centre. 

Led by Wake Forest Police Lt. L. Danforth, the session will teach participants what to do if confronted with an active shooter event. More>>

Taylor Street Park Sprayground is open

The Taylor Street Park Sprayground opened for the 2019 season on Saturday, May 4, at 10 a.m. The facility is located in the vicinity of Taylor Street Park and the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.

Free and open to the public, the sprayground will be open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays from 1-8 p.m.

The Taylor Street Park Sprayground is a dynamic, zero-depth aquatic play area designed to provide endless hours of fun for the entire family. The sprayground combines the sensations of different water movements - flowing, misting, and jetting - with several diverse features for an unequaled aquatic play adventure.

No plastic bags in recycling carts

The Town of Wake Forest is urging residents not to place plastic bags or plastic wrap/film in their recycling carts. Starting June 1, recycling rollout carts that contain plastic bags or wrap will not be serviced and instead will be tagged with a non-collection notice.

Most curbside recycling facilities are set up to handle rigid (hard) materials that are easy to separate using machinery, such as aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastic containers and lids, metal cans and cardboard/paper. These facilities typically do not accept softer items, including used plastic grocery bags, because whenever a flimsy film plastic bag gets into the system, it can snag conveyor belts and wheels in the sorting machines, bringing the process to a grinding halt.

Used plastic bags and wraps can be recycled into new materials, but they require a different collection system and processing equipment than most curbside recycling programs provide. Many retail locations across the country, including large grocery chains and home improvement stores, provide collection bins for these plastic bags and wraps, usually in the storefront close to the main entrance. When these bags and wraps get recycled, they are turned into new products, such as backyard decking, fences, playground equipment, pipes - and even new plastic bags.

The Waste Wizard makes it easy for Wake Forest residents to know which disposable household materials can be recycled and which ones should be thrown away. More>>

Attention Adults! Sign up as a free agent

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department is making it easier than ever for area adults to participate in its athletic leagues.

Adult men and women interested in playing softball, kickball and flag football - that do not have a team to play on - can sign up as a free agent, then assigned to a team in need of players.

The initiative is designed to encourage more adults to be active and take advantage of the PRCR Department's array of athletics offerings.

Please note: You must be at least 18 years old to sign up as a free agent.

Sign Up Now!

Right-of-way encroachment agreements now required

A new Town of Wake Forest policy requires residential and commercial developers and installers in the Town’s right-of-way to submit a right-of-way encroachment application before beginning work.

The policy, which applies to all new and existing major and minor encroachments, is designed to ensure that there is no adverse impact to public safety or future roadway or utility needs.

Major encroachments include, but are not limited to, hardscape (pavers, fences, retaining walls); streetscape (benches, bike racks); landscaping (planting, irrigation); and utilities (stormwater devices, wells, grease traps, meter repair). Minor encroachments may include outdoor merchandise; street furniture (movable); and awnings.

Generally, the right-of-way is the strip of land the Town maintains and owns which includes the public road, sidewalk and utility corridor. While there are exceptions, the right-of-way generally extends past the sidewalk one foot toward the building or home.

The residential application fee is $25 and the commercial fee is $50.

To complete the application, developers and installers will require insurance, drawings, and applicable permits. Approved applications must be on file with the Wake County Register of Deeds. More>>

Park in the direction of traffic flow or risk a fine

Police officials are urging Wake Forest motorists to park in the direction of traffic flow or risk a $25 fine.

Wording in Sec. 30-251 of the Town's Code of Ordinances addresses "Parking in direction of traffic flow."

"Parking shall be established in the direction of traffic flow on all streets within corporate limits of the Town of Wake Forest with passenger side (right) tires to the curb on two-way streets."

In summary, on a two-way road, you must park with the right-hand wheels next to the right-side curb. Otherwise, you are parked illegally.

Police say they will spend the remainder of January and all of February issuing warnings to motorists that park in the wrong direction along town streets. But beginning March 1, officers will begin enforcing the ordinance. That means anyone observed by law enforcement to be parking against the flow of traffic will be subject to a $25 fine.

The initiative is designed to reduce the potential for traffic accidents caused when illegally parked motorists pull head-on into oncoming traffic.

No parking in access aisles of handicap parking spaces

Wake Forest officials are urging area motorists to pay attention to an updated parking ordinance or risk a hefty fine.

Sec. 30-53 of the Town's Code of Ordinances pertains to "No Parking & Safety Zones."

"Whenever authorized signs or markings are placed, erected or installed indicating no parking or safety zones, no driver of a vehicle shall disobey the regulations in connection with such signs or markings."

During its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Board of Commissioners adopted an addition to the law that addresses the growing problem of vehicles parking in the access aisles of handicap parking spaces. Those access aisles are painted with diagonal hatch marks to discourage parking in them.

The updated ordinance specifically prohibits all motorists, regardless of whether the driver and/or the passenger(s) have a disability plate or placard, from parking in the access aisles of handicap parking spaces:

"In addition to and included in the definition of the signs and markings defined above, it shall be unlawful to park or leave standing any vehicle in any area marked by hatched marks or diagonal lines or designated as an access aisle. The prohibitions set forth in this Section shall apply regardless of whether the vehicle in question displays the distinguishing license plate or placard as provided in G.S. 20-37.6, regarding handicapped drivers and passengers." 

Anyone observed by law enforcement parking in an access aisle is subject to a $250 fine.

Residents encouraged to use 
"SeeClickFix" to report non-emergency issues

The Town of Wake Forest offers "SeeClickFix" as a simple, yet effective way for residents to report quality of life, non-emergency issues. Through the online platform, the Town addresses a variety of citizens' concerns, ranging from damaged sidewalks and potholes to graffiti and malfunctioning traffic signals.

Wake Forest's SeeClickFix website is available online, while the mobile platform is offered as a function on the Town app.

By utilizing the online or mobile reporting platform, residents can report non-emergency issues through a variety of service request categories. When submitting such issues, residents can provide locational, descriptive and photographic information as they see the issue in real time. Once the resident submits an issue, the reporter, the Town, and anyone "watching" the area receives an alert. The Town then acknowledges the service request, routes it to the proper department, and updates the request – along with residents following the issue - once it's been resolved. More>>

Stay informed about garbage, recycling & yard waste collection with Waste Wizard

The Waste Wizard is making it easier than ever for residents to stay informed about Town of Wake Forest garbage, recycling and yard waste collection programs.

Available on the Town's website, the Waste Wizard is an interactive tool that allows users to sign up for waste collection reminders and download collection schedules.

The Waste Wizard also allows users to type in key words related to disposable household materials and receive valuable disposal tips. From aluminum cans and phone books to popcorn bags and plastic beverage bottles, the search tool helps residents determine which items can be recycled and which ones should be thrown away.

As a bonus, the Waste Wizard is provided as a function on the Town of Wake Forest app.

Wake Forest celebrating over 10 years of bus service

Wake Forest has now been offering bus service for over 10 years. Transit service officially began in Wake Forest on July 21, 2008, giving residents the opportunity to ride a weekday rush-hour express from Wake Forest to downtown Raleigh and use a local circulator service that provides access to local grocery stores, shopping and other services.

The result of a partnership between the Town of Wake Forest, GoTriangle, GoRaleigh and the City of Raleigh, both the express and the local circulator routes are operated using GoRaleigh vehicles. More>> 

Progress continues on Joyner Park Community Center

Barnhill Construction Co., a contractor working on behalf of the Town of Wake Forest, continues to make tremendous strides constructing the Joyner Park Community Center.
Designed to blend in with current Joyner Park structures and the natural habitat, the new 32,000-square-foot Joyner Park Community Center will feature a walking track, gymnasium for basketball, volleyball and pickleball, multi-purpose rooms, dance studio and kitchen.
Projected for completion in fall 2019, the facility is being constructed in a manner consistent with the park's natural beauty and rustic feel. More>>

Stadium Drive Complete Street Project continues

In March 2018, Fred Smith Co., a private contractor working on behalf of the Town of Wake Forest, began preliminary work on the Stadium Drive Complete Street Project.

Initial efforts include the installation of project signage, silt fence and tree protection fencing, along with equipment mobilization. This work will have little to no impact on pedestrians or traffic.

As the project moves forward, the contractor will install stormwater and utilities, then proceed with sidewalk and roadway improvements.  

Extending from Capital Boulevard/US1 to North Wingate Street, the initiative is designed to improve vehicle and pedestrian safety, as well as traffic flow. 

Once completed, the typical section of Stadium Drive will include three lanes with curb and gutter, left-turn lanes at intersections and driveways and a 10-feet wide multi-use path on the south side. Other features will include five-foot wide sidewalks on the north side, wide striped shoulders on each side of the roadway, a pedestrian refuge island, high visibility crosswalks and ramps, and accessible transit stops.

Drivers who regularly commute along Stadium Drive should expect periodic delays until the project is completed. At various times, message boards, barricades, signage and flaggers will be used to route traffic through and around the construction zones. Motorists who travel through the area are urged to plan ahead and allow extra time or consider using an alternate route.

In the meantime, Town officials are coordinating with administrators at Wake Forest High School and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary to help ensure safe access for pedestrians and motorists throughout the duration of the project.

A 2014 Wake Forest Bond Referendum initiative, the Stadium Drive Complete Street Project is expected to be completed in late 2019. The total cost of the project is approximately $7.3 million.

Several ways to watch Planning Board & Board of Commissioners meetings

The Town of Wake Forest offers several ways to watch Board of Commissioners and Planning Board meetings - both live and on-demand.

View on TV

Spectrum Cable TV subscribers can tune in to Wake Forest TV 10 (WFTV 10) on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. for live broadcasts of Joint Public Hearings and Planning Board meetings. These meetings are then re-broadcast daily on WFTV 10 the following two weeks at 9 a.m., 3 p.m., and 9 p.m. 

Board of Commissioners meetings are broadcast live on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. and re-broadcast daily throughout the remainder of the month at 9 a.m., 3 p.m., and 9 p.m.

WFTV 10 is the Town of Wake Forest's government access channel serving the residents of Wake Forest. Produced by the Town of Wake Forest Communications Department, Channel 10 is available to residents and businesses that subscribe to Spectrum Cable TV service.

View Online

WFTV 10 is also provided online in real-time streaming video. So, if you're not a Spectrum Cable TV subscriber, you can still watch Planning Board and Board of Commissioners meetings (both live and rebroadcast) in streaming video on the WFTV 10 page of the Town's website.

You can also watch these meetings on-demand via our Streaming Media Archive.

For more information, email Communications & Public Affairs Director Bill Crabtree.

Lock your car doors

Over the last several weeks, thieves have targeted a number of neighborhoods in our community for what is known as "car-hopping." Car-hopping occurs when criminals roam neighborhoods at night, pulling on car door handles, hoping to find an open vehicle.

Police officials say it's a numbers game. For every 10 cars a criminal checks, they know they are going to find at least a couple open, so there's no need to physically break a window or door lock to get in.

In fact, nearly 100% of the reported break-ins in Wake Forest involve unlocked vehicles. Therefore, there is little to no evidence to support the idea that not locking your doors is a good idea because a thief might cause more damage to your locked vehicle if they decide to break in.

Our message is simple: You can significantly reduce your chances of becoming a victim by simply locking your unoccupied vehicles at all times, removing your valuable items and any extra set of keys from the vehicle, and double-checking to make sure your car is locked before going to bed at night. If an item cannot be removed, then it is best to make sure it is out of sight to potential crooks looking for an easy target.

Making sure Wake Forest is a safe place to live and work requires the cooperation of the Police Department and the town's residents. To report suspicious behavior or activity, call 9-1-1 or 919-556-9111.

Town of Wake Forest App
exceeds 14,000 downloads

In 2012 the Town of Wake Forest unveiled a smartphone app that provides instant access to useful information about Wake Forest and encourages two-way communication between the Town and its residents. Since then, over 14,000 Android and iPhone users have downloaded the free app.

Among its many functions, the Town of Wake Forest app allows iPhone and Android users to:

  • utilize "SeeClickFix" for prompt action on street maintenance, lights, potholes and graffiti, using the app to send a photo and exact location of the problem

  • pay Wake Forest Power bills online

  • receive timely notifications concerning Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources practice and game cancellations due to inclement weather

  • access the Town's Facebook page

  • receive breaking news messages

  • access information about events at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre

  • link to job listings

  • access contact information for every Town department

  • access useful information about popular Town events

The app is available for download at iTunes, the App Store, or the Android Market. It can also be downloaded by visiting www.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx and scanning the appropriate QR code.

The Town of Wake Forest app was developed in conjunction with Purple Monkey Apps, a Wake Forest company specializing in app development. More>>

Police Department reminds residents of "Operation Safe Sale"

The Wake Forest Police Department is nearing the two-year anniversary of Operation Safe Sale. Introduced in May 2015, Operation Safe Sale encourages Wake Forest residents who are selling or purchasing items advertised online to come to the police department, 225 S. Taylor St., to complete their transaction. Transactions may be made in the police department parking lot or inside the lobby, either with or without an officer present.

At the request of either party, a police officer will be available to check the serial number to determine whether the item has been entered through state or national databases as stolen property.

Since the program's inception area residents have requested a police presence on 17 occasions. Anyone wishing to have an officer present is required to schedule an appointment by calling 919-554-6150.

The Wake Forest Police Department does not make any representations or warranties regarding the goods or services transferred between parties. Any item found entered as stolen through a state or national database will be subject to seizure and criminal charges may result.

Operation Safe Sale aligns with Goal 2 of the Wake Forest Strategic Plan: Enhance and Promote a Safe and Connected Community and Objective F: Enhance the sense of safety in the town. 

Communications & Public Affairs Director