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Accidentally Dial 9-1-1? Stay on the line!

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9-1-1 hang-up calls happen every day, and that’s an understandable mistake people can make. However, the rate of 9-1-1 misdials experienced by the Raleigh-Wake Emergency Communications Center, which receives 9-1-1 calls for Apex, has become high enough to cause issues for law enforcement agencies in Apex and across Wake County.

On an average day, about 100 officers countywide are dispatched to check on callers who have dialed 9-1-1, hung-up, and failed to answer a call back from the 9-1-1 center verifying their safety. Responding to all the misdials of 9-1-1 have a great impact in the amount of time spent by law enforcement and 9-1-1 center personnel in responding to and trying to reach the caller. Consider also that this represents only a minority of 9-1-1 hang up calls received. Most are handled by a call back from a telecommunicator – but this still consumes valuable resources that would otherwise be ready to immediately answer a true emergency.

In 2011, an area code overlay was put into place in the 919 area code that required ten digit dialing. Because of the similarity of our area code and the emergency number, a majority of these erroneous calls are simply caused by misdialing. Current numbers represent an improvement over our initial experience, however we are still experiencing substantial negative impact on the delivery of emergency services because of misdialing. To put it in perspective, more than three times the number of hang-up calls are now received when compared to years before the overlay was activated.

You can help by following a few simple steps:

  1. Call 9-1-1 in EMERGENCIES only
  2. Dial Carefully - 9-1-1 is an important call
  3. For non-emergency calls, call the Apex Police Department directly at 919-362-8661
  4. If you accidentally call 9-1-1, stay on the line and let them know you misdialed and everything is fine. If you hang up an officer will be dispatched.


By following these steps, you can help reduce the number of unnecessary responses by law enforcement and keep them available to respond to actual emergencies.

For more information, feel free to contact Communications Manager David Boggs at 919-362-8661 or David.Boggs@apexnc.org.

Road Closure on South Hughes Oct 25-26

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South Hughes Street will be closed to through traffic between Moore Street and NC 55, and between NC 55 and James Street on Saturday, October 25th and Sunday, October 26th for asphalt paving and pavement marking operations.

Apex Photographers - We Need Your Help!

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We're searching for fresh photography to inspire the upcoming redesign of the town's website. Some of the things we'd love to showcase are:

  • Downtown scenes, including festivals
  • Apex's natural beauty, spanning all seasons
  • Families or individuals at work or play in Apex
  • Action shots of some of Apex's athletics or recreation programs

Send your favorite high resolution images of Apex to information@apexnc.org by November 1st. A dedicated page on our new site will host all photo credits.

Peak Plan 2030 Recognized by American Planning Association

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American Planning Association
North Carolina Chapter
www.nc-apa.org

For Details Contact:
Karen Smith, AICP
APA-NC Awards Co-Chair
ksmith@nccommerce.com
828.251.6914

North Carolina Marvin Collins Planning Award earned by: Town of Apex for the Peak Plan 2030: The Apex Comprehensive Plan 2030

The Town of Apex received an Outstanding Planning Award for the Peak Plan 2030: The Apex Comprehensive Plan 2030 during the 2014 Marvin Collins Planning Awards Ceremony held by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NC) in Durham, NC, on October 2, 2014.  The APA-NC recognized Apex in the Comprehensive Planning category. The award recognizes plans, programs, or processes of unusually high merit.

The Awards Committee found that the simplicity of the format of the Peak Plan 2030 and its straightforward focus on issues worked well to create an aspirational document that is not weighed down with too much data and other background information.  The jury members liked that the plan was market-based and contained an economic development component.  The Committee also thought that the Executive Summary was excellent, especially in terms of the type and amount of content it contained, its style, and its position in the document.


 

About the North Carolina Marvin Collins Planning Awards The North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association’s (APA-NC) Marvin Collins Planning Awards program annually recognizes agencies and individuals that have completed outstanding plans, programs, and projects; have excelled as planning students; or have made notable contributions to the planning profession. The awards signify the highest standards of achievement for planning in North Carolina, and highlight work that is worthy of attention.

About the APA-NC
The North Carolina Chapter of the American Planners Association is an organization of 1,500 professional and citizen planners in North Carolina dedicated to providing educational programs promoting good planning throughout North Carolina  For more information please visit: www.nc-apa.org

Apex Community Center to Serve as Early Voting Site

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Apex Community Center will serve as one of Wake County's early voting sites, beginning October 23rd. See www.wakevotesearly.com for a full schedule of all sites.

Apex Community Center Voting Schedule
53 Hunter St, Apex - View Directions    

October 23​
Thursday​ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
October 24​ ​Friday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
October 25​ ​Saturday ​9:00 am – 1:00 pm
​October 26 ​Sunday ​1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
​October 27 ​Monday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
​October 28 ​Tuesday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
​October 29 ​Wednesday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
​October 30 ​Thursday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
​October 31 ​Friday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
November 1 Saturday​ ​9:00 am – 1:00 pm

When is Halloween Celebrated in Apex?

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Historically in Apex, kids have done their trick-or-treating on whatever day Halloween falls (October 31st, which this year is a Friday). However, the Town does not officially set this date, or take a position on what day any holiday is celebrated. 

For the safety of all involved, the only suggestion we make is that all trick-or-treating is done before 9 pm.

Halloween Events:

Apex Night Out is October 7th

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Join your neighbors at this year’s Apex Night Out event. This event brings citizens and together with the Apex Police Department to strengthen neighborhood spirit and foster partnerships for safer communities.

When: Tuesday, October 7th from 5-9 pm
Where: Apex Target parking lot, 1201 Beaver Creek Commons Drive

This FREE event has something for everyone – food, games, exhibits, and giveaways!

Wake County Landfill Tour Shows You What Happens After the Can

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Wake county’s Solid Waste Management Division will provide free landfill tours on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Wake Solid Waste Facility located at 6300 Old Smithfield Road, Apex, NC 27539.

Participants will ride through a Convenience Center, a Household Hazardous Waste Facility, a Multi-Material Recycling Facility and a Landfill Gas-to-Energy Facility. Participants will have the opportunity to learn what happens to their household garbage after it is collected from the curbside. In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to learn what common household items are banned from the landfill and how Wake County is turning household garbage into a renewable power source.

The tours are open to Wake County residents, but space is limited. To register and learn more about the tours, visit surveymonkey.com/s/SouthWakePublicLandfillTours