As of 2008, the Town of Wendell had an estimated population of 5,798 persons according to the NC Office of State Planning. Wendell is starting to experience increased growth and expansion due to the town’s close proximity to the City of Raleigh and Research Triangle Park via Highway US64. The municipal property tax in Wendell is competitive with other Wake County communities at 49 cents / $100. There are a wide range of housing opportunities within Town, making Wendell the ideal location for families relocating to the region especially those seeking a more laid-back pace of life than found in and around downtown Raleigh. As Wendell continues to grow, the town’s elected officials and administration are committed to maintaining a high level of service with a focus on protecting the community’s small town feel.
|Average Weekly Wage|
|2007-2008 $ Spent per pupil|
|Population by Race/Ethnicity|
|Asian or Pacific Islander||0.97%|
|American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut||0.32%|
|Owner-occupied Housing Units||66.2%|
|Vacant Housing Units||7.8%|
|Average Household Size||2.47|
|% in Residence 5+ Years||35.0%|
The Town of Wendell maintains a full service police force headed by Police Chief Bill Carter. The Wendell Police Department has a staff consisting of 16 sworn officers and 2 civil dispatchers. All emergency dispatch calls for the Town are routed through the Wake County 911 call center. The Wendell Police Department provides a variety of prevention services, Operation I.D., and various seminars that are of interest to the public. Officers are available to talk to civic groups.
The Wendell-Holmes fire department was first established in 1908. Since that time, the area population and commercial development has grown significantly, which resulted in a second station being added. Wendell Station 1 is located at 2960 Wendell Blvd. and Station 2 is located at 6529 Bethany Church Rd., outside of the town limits. Both stations are now manned 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. The Wendell Fire Department is also proud to house one of the area’s only Haz-Mat units used in the recovery of hazardous materials due to fuel spills, chemical spills, etc. The department is also a medical first responder-defibrillation department, backing up the area EMS. Also located at Station 2 are an Eastern Wake EMS unit and a Wake County Advanced Paramedic. The Wendell Fire Department now consists of 20 full-time paid members and 28 volunteers. All members of the department are trained on a regular basis from simple kitchen fires to an overturned tanker truck. Wendell firefighters are also fully trained in the extrication of victims who may be involved in automotive accidents. The department is also equipped with two boats for situations that may require water rescue.
Water and Sewer Service
The Town of Wendell merged its utility system with the City of Raleigh in 2006. At the time of the merger, the Town of Wendell was allocated 3.65 million gallons of water and 1.75 million gallons of wastewater. There are 53 miles of water line in the Town of Wendell with three booster pump stations and two elevated water storage tanks. The elevated tanks serve four functions: maintain operational pressure, equalize demand, supplement supply capabilities for fire protection, and provide emergency reserves in case on an accident or natural disaster. NCDENR recommends total elevated storage equaling a one-day supply of water to ensure adequate emergency reserves, and Wendell currently exceeds this standard. The 39-mile sanitary sewer system consists of two interceptor lines – Buffalo Creek and Mark’s Creek. Prior to the service agreement with Raleigh, Wendell treated its sewage at its own treatment plant located on Lake Glad Road. This plant continues to operate as a pre-treatment facility for the Town’s wastewater before it is sent to Raleigh for ultimate disposal. The sanitary sewer system has 14 pumping stations. Some septic tanks exist within Wendell’s ETJ, but current Town policy prohibits septic tank use for new construction.