The following status update has been provided by Tony Correale:
The Department of Transportation's (DOT) BST road treatment of Wood Valley Drive has been deemed unacceptable by us, the residents of the Wood Valley subdivision, and our North Carolina elected officials, Representative Marilyn Avila and State Senator Neal Hunt. The road system within the development prior to the recent action of the DOT was macadam-based. Recently, the main thoroughfare of the subdivision, Wood Valley Drive, was treated to a BST paving process. This tar and gravel composite has resulted in numerous complaints to the DOT and to our elected North Carolina Representative, Marilyn Avila, and to North Carolina Senator Neal Hunt.
A Wood Valley resident meeting was held on Tuesday, December 11, 2007, at the Wood Valley Swim and Racquet Clubhouse, and was attended by numerous residents as well as Representative Avila and Senator Hunt. The DOT representatives were aware of the meeting and, while invited, chose not to attend. Representative Avila has been very proactive in these complaints, and has had an outside paving contractor, Blalock Paving, assess the Wood Valley Drive roadwork done by the DOT crews. Rep. Avila relayed her findings to the residents. Both Rep. Avila and State Senator Hunt agree with the residents that the "final" DOT work product on Wood Valley Drive is not acceptable and that we have apparent cause for action.
Based on this meeting, Senator Hunt recommended that we craft a petition to the head of the DOT, Lyndo Tippett. Tony Correale, Donna Correale and Steve Gilbride volunteered to draft the petition. The final draft was reviewed by Ryan Dyson and Antonia Gilbride, and was ready for signatures on Thursday, December 13th. Tony Correale established a task force of volunteers to begin gathering the signatures. This door-to-door campaign, as well as other neighborhood events such as bunko and gourmet dinner club gatherings, yielded approximately 200 signatures over the December 14-15th weekend. The signature-gathering team was comprised of Donna Correale, Tony Correale, Frank Fiumano, Steve Gilbride, John Hoban, Keith Holland, Brenda Kullick, Janis Lawrence, Mickey Mantiply, Fletcher Penn, Wade Ponder, Gordon Still, Nancy Ward, and Mike Wildenberg.
Entryway signs were crafted and posted by Dave Kerr to alert residents of the opportunity to sign the petition at the WVS&R club on Saturday, December 22nd. Mickey and Dave acquired twenty-four additional signatures during that two-hour period.
As of December 28th, we have acquired approximately 380 signatures on the petition, with neighborhood house coverage of approximately 65%. We plan on continuing the drive for signatures through the first week of January with hopes of getting 500 total signatures and a 95% coverage. At that point, my plan is to provide the petition to Senator Hunt and Representative Avila for their delivery to Lyndo Tippett. I also plan on sending a letter with a certified copy of the petition to Governor Mike Easley. Included with the petitions will be a letter from Wade Ponder, a 33-year veteran of the EPA and Wood Valley resident, addressing the health concerns from an air quality aspect. With these documents, we hope to prevail in getting the DOT to resurface Wood Valley Drive with a plant-mix asphalt, and to cease and desist from using this BST treatment anywhere else in our or other subdivisions. Remember, this BST treatment is the DOT plan for all neighborhood roads. If you haven't done so already, please consider signing the petition. Remember, all owners of real property in Wood Valley can sign the petition. I have a copy of the petition and signing sheets in my front doorway (4729 Wood Valley Drive), so please feel free to stop by and sign. Also, we will have a final signing opportunity on Saturday, January 5th, at the WVS&R clubhouse between 10 a.m. and noon. Please have your voice heard by signing the petition.
Lastly, I would like to thank the HOA board and all the volunteers for making this come together, as well Representative Marilyn Avila and Senator Neal Hunt for their on-going support.