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Council Meeting Summary

Post Date:02/13/2017 11:23 PM

Council meeting summaries are issued from the Communications and Public Affairs Department following most business meetings. To sign up to receive these by email, please send a request to This brief summary is sent immediately following the public meeting. It should not be viewed as official minutes.

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Presentations on Recent OWASA Water Emergency
Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) Executive Director Ed Kerwin presented the Council with information on the water emergency that took place between Thursday, Feb. 2, and Sunday, Feb. 5.

OWASA is the public, non-profit agency providing water, sewer and reclaimed water services to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community.

Town of Chapel Hill Emergency Management staff—led by Emergency Management Coordinator Barry McLamb, Fire Chief Matt Sullivan and Police Chief Chris Blue—then presented details on the response by the Town of Chapel Hill.

Public Forum: Development of FY2017-18 Town Budget
The Council received public comment on topics related to the development of the Town’s Fiscal Year 2017-2018 budget. Additional opportunities for the public to weigh in on the budget process will take place on March 6 and May 15.

The Town has a webpage available to provide information and give outlets in which members of the public can provide feedback at

NC Commission of Inquiry on Torture
The Council approved a resolution in support of the NC Commission of Inquiry on Torture, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization created to address the issue of the state’s role in secret detention and torture.

Funding for Replacement of Chapel Hill Transit Buses
The Council approved an installment purchase contract for the replacement of Chapel Hill Transit buses in an amount not to exceed $7.4 million. Chapel Hill Transit Funding Partners (CHT Partners)—the Town of Chapel Hill, the Town of Carrboro and UNC-Chapel Hill—agreed to debt financing in order to replace aging buses in the fleet with 40-foot clean diesel buses. The Town is expecting the delivery of 16 replacement buses within the next five months.

Chapel Hill Station Area Design Workshop for Light Rail Transit
The Council received information and provided feedback to planning members of the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit (DOLRT) system about important considerations and the desired outcomes for the upcoming Station Area Design Workshop and Progress Report. The six-day workshop, beginning Feb. 22, is an opportunity for the community to learn more about the project and provide input. Information gathered during the workshop will be put into a progress report, which will be presented to the Council at its regular business meeting on Feb. 27.

Draft Orange County Bus and Rail Investment Plan
The Council received a presentation from and provided feedback to GoTriangle on the Bus and Rail Investment Plan in Orange County, which governs the allocation of transit taxes and fees to various transit projects and services. The Bus and Rail Investment Plan interlocal agreement among the Orange County Board of Commissioners, Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization, and GoTriangle Board of Trustees requires a detailed review of the plan every four years.

Public Hearings: Applications for Zoning Atlas Amendment and Special Use Permit – Chapel Hill Retirement Residence
The Council held two public hearings to receive public comment on the Zoning Atlas Amendment and for a Special Use Permit for a proposed development at 700 N. Estes Drive. The developer is asking to rezone the 6.44-acre site to Residential-5-Conditional for the proposed construction of a 139,000-square foot independent senior living facility with 152 senior units. The Council continued the public hearings to March 20, 2017.


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