This Week in History: Oct. 2

October 1, 2013 

Krystal Poyer is all smiles as she is awarded the tiara as the Bunn High School homecoming queen in 2003.

2003 FILE PHOTO

Do you often wonder what was happening right here in eastern Wake County 10, 25, and 50 years ago? You’re in luck; here to satisfy your historical curiosity is This Week in History, where we examine articles from the past, to give new perspective on the present.

In 2003, the Town of Wendell was mulling over the idea of merging its water infrastructure with that of Raleigh. In 1988, the town of Knightdale was considering a move that would’ve potentially forced the Department of Transportation to place the outer loop of the beltline to the east of Knightdale. And in 1963, the National Guard announced plans to implement a “buddy system” for new soldiers.

2003

In October of 2003, the Town of Wendell was debating merging its water system with Raleigh’s.

To merge or not to merge.

Wendell is currently trying to decide if tapping into the city of Raleigh ’s water system would be the town’s best option to provide water for existing and potential residents.

A new study released to the Wendell Town Board last week tells what residents’ water rates would look like in such a scenario, Town Manager Tim Burgess said. “The study looks at two core issues – water usage and water rates,” Burgess said. “It gives us an idea about a possible merger’s possibility.”

If Wendell decides to merge, the town’s water rates would be on the same level with Raleigh’s fees – eventually. “Our rates would not fall to Raleigh’s level overnight,” Burgess said, adding it might take 10 years before Wendell could see Raleigh’s rates ($1.60 per 1,000 gallons of water; $1.50 per 1,000 gallons of sewage consumed). At the moment, Wendell residents pay $5 for the same amount of water and $4.70 for the same amount of sewer system.

The systems were finally merged over three years later, in October of 2006.

1988

In 1988, Knightdale officials were debating whether to release a hold they’d placed on land west of the town, which could have forced the NCDOT to include Knightdale inside the Interstate 540 loop.

A Knightdale councilman ’s proposal to stop reserving a possible outer loop corridor west of town has not met with support from other Town Council members.

During a work session Wednesday night, Sept. 28, Councilman Charles Bullock suggested that the town no longer help protect the corridor left undeveloped along the originally proposed path for the outer loop of the Raleigh beltline. He suggested that this might force state highway officials to put the outer loop east of town, as the council prefers.

The suggestion drew questions and criticism during an intense discussion of the outer loop issue. However, no vote was taken because the council meeting was an informal session.

Councilman Joe Bryan criticized Bullock’s proposal, saying it would be a “heavy-handed” move that might prove unwise.

Current residents of Knightdale may notice that councilman Bullock’s attempt never came to fruition; to this day, both the I-440 and I-540 loops stand west of Knightdale.

1963

In 1963, the National Guard announced a new “buddy system” that would allow trainees to go through training programs together.

A buddy system which permits young meant to enlist in the Army National Guard and train together in active Army schools was announced this week by Capt. Jack Tippett, commander of Battery A, 5th Missile Battalion, in Zebulon.

Qualified men can enlist in the Army Guard, select the course of instruction they desire, and after receiving basic training will enroll in an active Army course of instruction.

The buddy system makes it possible for two or more men to go through the active duty training together, Capt. Tippett said.

Courses of instruction available through Battery A include telephone and radio communications, automotive maintenance, clerk-typist, supply clerk, and many others.

Active duty time needed for the school ranges from four to ten months, according to which is selected by the Guardsman concerned.

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