Mayor's Message of November 20
With the end of 2020 drawing near, I am mindful of how our November is unlike any in the past. In giving thanks for our many blessings later this month, let us focus on how important it is to remain diligent while the COVID-19 pandemic is still amongst us. Rolesville’s count of COVID-19 cases is now over 100, with no deaths. Wake County is currently providing free COVID-19 testing through the end of 2020, at Gateway Commons Circle in Wake Forest, off of Highway 98. Taking care of each other and continuing to practice the 3 W’s is the best way for us to stay safe this winter.
Our thanks goes out to our Veterans who have served for us. Veterans of all branches deserve our gratitude for their sacrifice, their bravery, and the example they have set. Each year Rolesville honors Veterans at the Rolesville Garden Club’s Blue Star Memorial located at the NW corner of Young Street and Main Street. In addition, military banners are hung on Granite Falls Boulevard between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. These banners are sponsored by residents in honor of active duty or Veteran family members. Banner space is still available and information can be found on our website.
Thank you also to Raleigh Water Utilities for their pandemic relief programs which are available to businesses and citizens who need access to financial resources. Our water utility provider is offering financial assistance for those requiring utility bill payment resources. Information on this important program may be found at the Raleigh Water Utility Customer Assistance program website.
I am grateful our local economy has stayed relatively healthy in 2020. Most of our area farmers are wrapping up a wet season with a bountiful crop. Our housing market is staying healthy with two new subdivisions, Elizabeth Heights and Carlton Ridge, under full development now on Young Street and Averette Road. There have been over 150 new single-family homes permitted in 2020, which is on par with or above our annual total.
Finally, on behalf of the Town Board, we wish to thank Police Chief Orlando Soto for his five years of service with the Town of Rolesville, three as Chief of Police. Chief Soto served with great inspiration and integrity while incorporating best policing practices and supporting Rolesville police officers and citizens. He is leaving to further his career with the Knightdale Police Department. Captain David Simmons will be designated Interim Police Chief effective December 1st, and I have the utmost confidence that he will serve us well during this transition period. More information will be sent out later today in our e-news blast.
This holiday season, there will be no Rolesville Christmas parade, but our Town has started decorating for the upcoming holidays. Lights and decorations throughout Town and at Main Street Park will be present to brighten the season. Many residents have already decorated their homes. Our community spirit will show brightly for the next few months.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving, and if you do go visit family and friends, stay safe.
Mayor of Rolesville