Re-Elect Morrisville Mayor Pro Tem LIZ JOHNSON
Morrisville is a thriving community with a diverse and growing population. Once a small agricultural town, Morrisville is now home to both residents and businesses from all corners of the globe. Our diversity is what makes our community the best place to live in North Carolina.
Our Town vision statement articulates our desire to be …A sustainable and thriving community that celebrates diversity and inclusion while enhancing the well-being of people who live, work and play in Morrisville. I base all decisions I make as Mayor Pro Tem on this core belief. Morrisville was founded on inclusionary principals and I have dedicated my work to champion innovative town programs and services that enhance the quality of life for all our residents.
I have and always will put Morrisville residents first. I will continue to promote and advance the key issues important to our residents.
On November 2, 2021, Morrisville voters approved three referendums authorizing the town to borrow money through bond sales, namely:
1. Public Safety Improvements Bonds
2. Streets, Sidewalks & Connectivity Improvement Bonds
3. Parks, Recreation & Amenities Improvements Bonds
Morrisville’s AAA bond rating allows us to borrow at the lowest interest rates available on the market. I championed the effort to achieve this rating, first awarded in 2012. The bonds will fund critical projects which our residents have voiced a need for and allow us to deliver on them much sooner than otherwise would have been possible.
Thank you Morrisville voters for approving the 2021 bond package that is allowing us to expand our current parks and greenway system, acquire new park land, preserve open space and tree canopy, and improve pedestrian and transportation infrastructure.
One of my top priorities is the timely execution of the associated capital projects. I have led the effort to ensure that many of these projects are “shovel ready”. I will continue to prioritize the construction of our new fire station which will improve the level of service provided to our residents and business community; add parkland through land acquisition; fund sidewalk and greenway enhancements; and fund traffic intersection improvements that will alleviate congestion.
The Morrisville greenway system is vital to our connected community for both recreation and transit. I led the charge for the creation of the first Morrisville Greenway Master Plan and will continue to enhance this network. Our parks and open space are key to a healthy, attractive town. I successfully helped bring Church Street Park, Indian Creek Trailhead Park, Northwest Park and Cedar Fork District Park to our inventory. I will continue to advance the recommendations in Morrisville’s Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan, created with input from our residents.
During my time on Council, I have worked diligently to bring needed transportation infrastructure to the Town of Morrisville. I am proud of the additional committed funding for NC54 widening, NC54 & McCrimmon Parkway grade separation, McCrimmon Parkway widening, and Aviation Parkway widening. While I support these projects, we cannot pave our way out of our congestion issues. A comprehensive multi-solution approach is the only way we will be able to adequately address our congestion in the years to come. As the Morrisville representative on the Wake Transit Advisory Committee, I advocated tirelessly for the Morrisville commuter rail station that is included in the plan. I am excited that Morrisville’s first public transit system, the Morrisville Smart Shuttle, is in its second year of operation.
As a former teacher and the first woman in my family to graduate with a 4-year college degree, I know how important quality education is to success in life. I have been a strong advocate for schools to meet the needs of our Morrisville families. I championed the agreement between the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) and the developers of the Town Hall Commons neighborhood to bring Cedar Fork Elementary School to Morrisville. Our continued partnership with WCPSS brought Parkside Elementary, current construction of our first middle school, Wake Early College of Information and Biotechnology and a future high school near the Wake Tech Campus.
Housing options for all income levels is essential for a strong community. I advocated for the inclusion of work force housing in the Transit Orient Development Plan and supported the Morrisville Affordable Housing plan. I am among the majority on Council that made the first work force housing units a reality in Morrisville. I will continue to work with our development and non-profit partners to bring work force housing options to Morrisville.
Reducing our impact on the environment, protecting open space and our source of drinking water are priorities that we must advance as a community. I led efforts to create Morrisville’s first tree protection ordinance, and I have supported efforts to add solar panels to town facilities, transition to LED lighting, and the adoption of our first Sustainability Plan.
As the Morrisville representative on the Jordan Lake One Water (JLOW) Advisory Committee, I am working with stakeholders to protect the quality of our water source. The cooperation and integration of water resource management in the Jordan Lake watershed is vital to the future of this natural resource.
I will continue to work with the Council to ensure progress continues in the areas of energy/water consumption, waste & recycling, tree preservation, and preservation of open space.
Creating a vibrant gathering place where residents can shop, eat, and connect is a passion of mine. I will continue to work with my fellow Council members to finalize a public private partnership with our preferred developer and begin construction on Morrisville’s Town Center. I championed efforts to bring the Morrisville Community Library and the Healthy Food Hub to our Town Center. Residents today can shop at the Farmers Market, enjoy concerts at the Hub, and visit our Library. I will continue to build on these successes.