HOMEGROWN HALLOWEN

Homegrown Halloween: Tuesday, Oct. 31

The Town of Chapel Hill continues its preparation efforts for the night of Halloween (Tuesday, Oct. 31) with the focus on safety for people and property.

“We launch a massive cooperative effort to encourage safety at Halloween on Franklin Street,” said Town Manager Roger Stancil. “We are in this together – Town, University, students, businesses and residents – in support of our community and its many visitors.” Click here to read more.

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Post Date:04/06/2017 10:26 PM
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Up Front

 

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

Congratulations to the Tar Heels on their sixth Men’s NCAA National Championship! This is the third championship win under Roy Williams in 14 years at North Carolina, and his 100th NCAA tournament game – after Monday’s 71-65 win over Gonzaga.

An estimated crowd of 55,000 people rushed Franklin Street immediately following the victory.  The Town of Chapel Hill thanks its many Town employees and area partners for a collaborative effort to watch out for the safety of the people of Chapel Hill.

From Town Hall

Town-Sponsored Events

Town Services

Public Safety

Transportation

 

 

 

Up Front

 

 

TOWNweek has been posted!

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Things to do in Chapel Hill

Feature from the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau

Sunday, April 9

SPRING IS IN THE AIR! FAMILY HIKE 

2 to 4 p.m.

North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd | (919) 962-0522 

Admission: $8 ($6 Members); no fee for accompanying adult. Discover what spring brings in the garden and forest – early spring wildflowers, bursting buds, our first sightings of many migratory birds, and the stirring of a cast of woodland characters from frogs to insects. Bring binoculars, or borrow a pair. Recommended for ages 8 & up with accompanying adult. ncbg.unc.edu/

 

For more things to do, visit https://www.visitchapelhill.org/things-to-do/.

 

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ARTS EVERYWHERE 

Arts Everywhere Day

UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus-wide arts celebration includes performances, exhibits, hands-on activities and installations from noon to 9 p.m. Friday, April 7.

Highlights of the day include Los Trompos, an interactive installation; behind-the-scenes tours of campus art spaces; a kinetic installation in front of Phillips Hall; and the Fifth Annual Global Africana Conference with Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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FRANKLIN STREET 

Town in News

Town in News – TIN Report – is a sampling of news media coverage about the Town of Chapel Hill compiled by the Communications and Public Affairs Department. This listing includes articles and columns that are available on the web, and may not necessarily contain all stories in the print edition of the papers or on televised broadcasts.

Links access online stories that are posted for a limited time. Some media organizations require registration or a subscription.

For information, contact us at info@townofchapelhill.org

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Police believe none injured in shooting on Thursday afternoon (The Daily Tar Heel)

Chapel Hill police responded to shots fired on Trinity Court in Chapel Hill on Thursday at 4:23 p.m. Read more: http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2017/04/none-injured-in-shooting-on-thursday-afternoon

 

Chapel Hill Police Investigating Shooting (Chapelboro.com)

Chapel Hill Police are investigating a Thursday shooting. Authorities say officers responded to a shots fired call at 751 Trinity Court just before 4:30 Thursday afternoon. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chapel-hill-police-investigating-shooting-2

 

Chapel Hill creates new zoning district for industry, research (The Chapel Hill News)

A new zoning district created Wednesday could make it easier to attract industrial, research and commercial uses to land north of town off Eubanks Road. Read more:http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/orange-county/article143119364.html

 

Homestead Aquatic Center to Reopen in Mid-April (Chapelboro.com)

Three months to the day after being closed due to a suspected leak, the Homestead Aquatics Center pool is scheduled to reopen later this month. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-town/homestead-aquatic-center-reopen-mid-april

 

Construction Closing Portion of Downtown Hillsborough Road (Chapelboro.com)

Asphalt repairs will close a portion of a Hillsborough street on Friday. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/traffic/construction-closing-portion-downtown-hillsborough-road

 

Financial Advisors Report Gross Cost of Light Rail Project to County Officials (Chapelboro.com)

The gross cost of the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project was revealed to the Orange County Board of Commissioners by financial advisors during a meeting held earlier in the week. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/development/financial-advisors-report-gross-cost-light-rail-project-county-officials

 

Championship Win Affects Franklin Street Businesses (Chapelboro.com)

Take a walk down Franklin Street any day and you’ll see people. But taking a walk down post-championship is a different story. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/business/championship-win-affects-franklin-street-businesses

 

Seven Injured in Chapel Hill Celebrations (Chapelboro.com)

Seven revelers were injured while celebrating the UNC men’s basketball national championship Monday night. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/safety/seven-injured-chapel-hill-celebrations

 

Chapel Hill police investigating Friday shooting (The Chapel Hill News)

Police in Chapel Hill are investigating a shooting just off Franklin Street that left one person injured early Friday morning. Read more: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article142136449.html

 

Chapel Hill Shooting Victim in Stable Condition (Chapelboro.com)

A shooting victim that sustained multiple bullet wounds yesterday in Chapel Hill is in stable condition according to a press release from the Chapel Hill Police Department. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chapel-hill-shooting-victim-stable-condition

 

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From Town Hall

 

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Council member Jess Anderson read the Town Council's 
proclamation of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in
Chapel Hill. The Orange County Rape Crisis Center's
Debbie Hughes accepted.

Council Meeting Summary

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 info@townofchapelhill.org. This brief summary is sent immediately following the public meeting. It should not be viewed as official minutes.

Would you like to view the Council video? (townofchapelhill.org/councilvideo - this should be ready for online viewing by Thursday afternoon).

Renovation and Expansion of the Fordham Boulevard Sidepath
The Council approved the acceptance of $446,400 in funds from the NC Department of Transportation for the Fordham Boulevard Sidepath, an important element in the Town’s existing system of off-road, multi-purpose trails. This project will provide an important link in the pedestrian/bicycle transportation network along Fordham Boulevard. It will help connect the neighborhoods around Glen Lennox and Meadowmont with the Ephesus-Fordham District.

Task Force for the American Legion Post 6 Property
The Council approved appointments to a new task force to consider future land uses at the American Legion Post 6 property. A community charrette is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the American Legion Hut, 1714 Legion Road. The charrette is the first step in a public engagement process initiated by the Town Council, following its December 2016 decision to purchase the 36-acre property. Learn more at townofchapelhill.org/AmericanLegion.

New Innovative, Light Industrial Conditional Zoning District (LI-CZD) and Land Use Plan Amendment to Include an Innovative, Light Industrial Opportunity Area Designation
The Council approved a new zoning classification in order to encourage new creative jobs that are a good fit for the community consistent with the Town’s adopted Commercial Development Strategy. The actions do not rezone any property; instead, they give individual property owners within the designated Millhouse Road area the opportunity to submit a rezoning application for Council review and action.

Land Use Management Ordinance Re-Write
In response to a request from the Town Council, Town Manager Roger Stancil has initiated a process for conducting a major re-write of the Town’s Land Use Management Ordinance (LUMO). The Council considered resources required to accomplish this task and recommended funding and authorization to proceed. The LUMO is more than 30 years old. The Town conducted the last major update more than a decade ago.

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PAM HEMMINGER 

Message from Mayor Hemminger

Statement about the Repeal of North Carolina House Bill 2

The North Carolina General Assembly has repealed House Bill 2 (HB2). The bill is replaced by House Bill 142, a compromise worked out between Governor Roy Cooper and Republican leaders in the Legislature.

Having advocated for full repeal of HB2 since its passage a year ago, I wish to express my appreciation to Governor Cooper for his leadership and continued efforts to end discrimination in North Carolina.

As is often the case when compromise is required to move us all forward, I feel that this bill does not go far enough to address discrimination and have heard from many in our community who feel the same. 

To those who are feeling discouraged about the bill that was passed, I wish to extend reassurance that Chapel Hill remains firm in our commitment to being a welcoming and inclusive community.

We know that work remains to be done and will continue to advocate for nondiscrimination and equality for all.

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AMERICAN LEGION PROPERTY 

Community Input Opportunity: American Legion Property

Members of the Chapel Hill community are invited to a charrette – a public design and planning activity -- on Saturday, April 8, to share their ideas about the future use of the American Legion Post 6 property.

The charrette will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Legion Hut at 1714 Legion Road. A report-out will be held at 3:30 p.m. to provide a recap of the day.

The charrette is the first step in a public engagement process initiated by the Chapel Hill Town Council, following its December 2016 decision to purchase the 36-acre American Legion property. Coulter Jewell Thames has been engaged as a consultant to gather public input, identify common themes, and create conceptual options for programming the site. These options will be further explored by a task force made up of Town Council, advisory board, and community representatives. A community report is expected in May, followed by a report to the Town Council later that month.

Charrette Program
Community members are encouraged to attend the charrette at their convenience. The charrette includes several components throughout the day, accommodating those who can only stay briefly. First, there will be an overview presentation on the physical suitability of the site for various uses. Participants will then work in small groups to discuss opportunities and constraints and to sketch their ideas. Later on, key insights will be shared with the larger group. There will also be the opportunity to share written input throughout the day.

Background
The Town Council has established guiding principles for future uses of the American Legion property. These principles generally provide that any future development of the site should provide a mix of uses, maintain or enhance quality of life, provide community amenities, account for traffic impacts, and integrate into the Town’s overall vision. The Town Council also determined that land would be used for both public amenities and private development opportunities.

The guiding principles were adopted by the Council before the Town purchased the property in December 2016. The Council began to consider future uses of the American Legion property in summer 2016 when a developer submitted a concept plan for an office and multi-family development on the land.  A concept plan is a requirement in Chapel Hill’s development review process that comes before an official development application. Ongoing discussions eventually led to the Town’s decision to buy the land.

The April 8 charrette is a first step in community dialogue about future land use for the property.

 

More Information
Details on the community charrette are posted on the Town Calendar.  Participants are encouraged to RSVP here. Additional information on the public engagement process can be found at www.townofchapelhill.org/americanlegion.

For more information, contact Corey Liles in the Office of Planning and Sustainability at cliles@townofchapelhill.org.

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Chapel Hill selected for grant-funded project to strengthen newcomers' engagement in local government

The Town of Chapel Hill has been selected for the next round of local government partnerships with the statewide Building Integrated Communities (BIC) initiative. The two-year BIC project in Chapel Hill will work to engage refugees and and other foreign-born residents in local government and civic participation.

Through its collaboration with BIC, Chapel Hill will collaborate with a diverse group of local residents and organizations to increase understanding of local foreign-born, refugee, and Hispanic/Latinx populations and develop projects to support their full integration with the larger community. The statewide BIC initiative is a program of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Latino Migration Project and is supported by a grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

Beginning this spring, Town of Chapel Hill staff will begin working with BIC program staff to engage residents, stakeholders, and community organizations in the early stages of this community planning process.  The project will last for two years, during which time the Town of Chapel Hill will receive research, facilitation, technical support, and project coordination from BIC program staff.  At the end of the project period, there will be stronger relationships between local government, community organizations, and foreign-born residents, as well as consensus-based strategies and projects underway.  

Chapel Hill and Siler City were selected as part of a competitive application process for the BIC initiative’s third round of in-depth, multi-year partnerships with local governments.  Other communities that have previously partnered with the BIC initiative include Greenville, High Point, Sanford, and Winston-Salem.  As a result of their participation, these communities have developed effective, locally-relevant action plans, new resident advisory boards, and other service initiatives to engage refugees and immigrants in local government and civic participation.

Town Manager Roger Stancil notes that the project aligns closely with the vision set forth in the Town’s Comprehensive Plan, Chapel Hill 2020, and builds on our efforts focused on collaboration and innovation. 

“The central vision set forth in that plan is Chapel Hill as a ‘Place for Everyone,’” Stancil said. “By deeply engaging refugee and immigrant populations in this project, we can truly achieve that vision for our community.” 

Orange County has experienced an influx of immigrant and refugee populations over the last several years, though it lacks complete population data that accurately captures in- and out-migration patterns of immigrant and refugees. According to Census data, there are about 18,000 foreign born residents of Orange County, 13 percent of the total population. Data from the American Community Survey indicates that Chapel Hill has the highest concentration of Asian foreign born (13.8 percent), whereas neighboring Carrboro has the highest concentration in the county of Hispanic/Latino/a (13.8 percent). Over the past seven years, the county has received 50 to 80 refugees per year, primarily from Burma, though in the past couple of years more refugees are arriving from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Town Manager Stancil said that Town staff are eager to get started and more information will be coming soon about how local residents and community can participate.  “We will need participation from a wide variety of stakeholders and residents, who will be central to the project’s success,” he said. 

Assistant Director of Housing and Community Sarah Viñas will serve as project lead.   For more information about  the statewide BIC initiative, please contact BIC Research and Program Manager Jessica White at Jessica.White@unc.edu. Information about the initiative, past partnerships, and the Latino Migration Project can also be found on UNC-Chapel Hill’s website: http://migration.unc.edu/programs/bic/

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Community Meeting: Sewer Construction for Historic Rogers Road Area

The public is invited to a community meeting scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, to learn more about construction plans for new sewer lines to serve the Historic Rogers Road area and some additional properties.

A collaborative effort among Orange County and the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro has worked to extend sewer service and establish a community center for the Historic Rogers Road–Eubanks Road Community, which is geographically split by the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Progress toward this goal was made in November 2014 when the new Rogers Road Community Center opened.

The Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association in collaboration with Orange County, the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, and OWASA will host the meeting to provide information and answer questions.  

At the community meeting, information will be provided and comments received about the following topics:

  • Construction schedule and impacts
  • Connections to sewer service – details and potential costs
  • Information about other community services of interest

The meeting will take place at the RENA Community Center, 101 Edgar St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516.

More details are available online at www.townofchapelhill.org/rogersroad and www.owasa.org -- enter Rogers Road in the search box

For more information, please contact OWASA engineering manager Vishnu Gangadharan, at 919-537-4248 or send an e-mail to vgangadharan@owasa.org

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Town-Sponsored Events

 

 

 

BIG BOOK SALE 

Big Spring Book Sale This Weekend!

The Big Spring Weekend Book Sale is on at the Chapel Hill Public Library April 7-9. The sale begins on Friday, April 7, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. (open to members of the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library--you can join at the door). The sale will continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 8, and will wrap up from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 9, with a bag sale. Fill as many bags as you wish for $5 each (bring your own bag).

Thousands of books will be available, with prices starting at 50 cents for children's books and mass market paperbacks.

A collection of Bill and Ida Friday's books will be included in this sale. Many have been signed and inscribed by the authors.

The Big Book Sale is hosted by the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library, a 500+ member non-profit organization made up of volunteers who are dedicated to serving the Chapel Hill community by supporting the Chapel Hill Public Library. For more information about the sale and the Friends, visit www.friendschpl.org.

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LIVE AND LOCAL 

Chapel Hill’s Live & Local Music & Arts Series Continuing to Bring Vibrant Entertainment and Interactive Arts to Downtown

Live & Local, Chapel Hill’s free Music & Arts Series, is returning for its sixth season on the Plaza at 140 West Franklin St. Beginning on Friday, April 7, the series features acts of all shapes and sizes every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Amusing for the whole family and full of excitement for all ages, Live & Local will continue to deliver a wide array of performances throughout the season, ranging from American/Folk harmonies to bluegrass. This season a great diverse selection of activities and performances.

Downtown starts here! Don’t miss your opportunity to discover your new favorite musician, poet, or performer! The series runs Friday evenings from April 7 through May 19. Live & Local is sure to delight, whether you’re listening to the melodies from the Plaza or from the porch of a nearby restaurant, so be sure to mark your calendars now. The Plaza at 140 West Franklin creates an inviting experience for all, highlighted by 30,000 square feet of outdoor space, and a unique art sculpture titled Exhale.

Join us as we start the season on April 7, with The Spring Fling.  There will be a stilt walker, spring crafts, the Easter Bunny, balloon artists, a face painter, music and fun for the whole family. Not only that, but the popular “Exhale” sculpture will be turned on for the Spring season.

Each week is guaranteed to kick start your weekend with some of the most talented artists in the Piedmont. This year’s lineup is especially diverse and interactive; featuring musical acts Christiane and Ellis Dyson & The Shambles and activities including an Earth Day celebration, aerialists, caricature artists, balloon twisters, face painters, arts and crafts, and games. Be sure to experience the Live & Local Music and Arts Series and enjoy the natural charm and blend of culture unique to downtown Chapel Hill.

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COMMUNITY EGG HUNT 

Community Egg Hunt at Southern Community Park

All skilled egg hunters ages 2 to 10 are invited to participate in the annual Community Egg Hunt from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8. Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation’s Community Egg Hunt, presented by Southern Village, is a free event, packed full of crafts, games, food, prizes, inflatable fun and a visit from the Egg Hunt Bunny! The event will take place at Southern Community Park located at 1000 Sumac Road, Chapel Hill, NC, located off of 15-501 South, next to Market Street at Southern Village.

Inflatable fun zones will be open to entertain families throughout the morning. For interactive fun, The Chapel Hill Clay Studio will be helping the kids get their hands dirty with clay creations.  Paint Savvy will be on hand to decorate faces for a small fee, Kidzu will be crafting, and balloon artists will be wandering around.

This year’s Egg Hunt includes over 12,000 eggs containing prizes and candy hidden across three locations for the following age groups: 2-4, 5-7, and 8-10. Golden Egg Prizes will be provided by the Merchants on Market at Southern Village. Prizes include a gelato party for eight, free gymnastics for a month, eight free tickets to a movie, a pizza party for fifteen, two free foot-long subs, and free kid’s birthday party!

The first hunt with the youngest age group starts promptly at 11:30 a.m.; the second oldest group begins at 12 p.m.; and the oldest egg hunters commence their search at 12:30 p.m. Come with your baskets in hand ready to fill them up. Special prizes will be awarded to those who find the golden eggs!

Following the Egg Hunt, be sure to stop in for the Super Cooper Lunch on the Market Green at Southern Village. Enjoy music and fun, with great lunch specials at participating locations. All proceeds to benefit the Super Cooper’s Little Red Wagon Foundation.(www.supercooperswagon.com)

For more information about this fun event, visit townofchapelhill.org/egghunt. The rain date for this event will be 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 9 (hunt only).

 

Town Services

 

 

 

HOMESTEAD AQUATIC CENTER 

Homestead Aquatics Center to Open April 17

Good news! The leak in the Homestead Aquatics Center pool has been found and repaired; the pool has been filled, heated, and regulated; and the pool is scheduled to reopen in less than two weeks!

“We want to thank the community for its patience during the repair,” said Parks and Recreation Director Jim Orr. “We’d also like to say a special thank you to the community partners that allowed special use in their facilities during our closure: Hollow Rock, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA, the Orange County Sportsplex, and the Bowman Gray Memorial Pool on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. We understand some of you had to change your routine during this time, and we appreciate your flexibility.”

The Orange County Health Department has given tentative approval to reopen the Aquatics Center, pending a full inspection. This type of inspection is regularly done twice a year. With final approval from the health department, the Aquatics Center will open at 5:30 a.m. Monday, April 17, and continue on a regular schedule. Pool schedules can be found at townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/parks-recreation/aquatics.

The Parks and Recreation Department expects an approval from the final inspection. If a delay is presented, a new opening date will be announced by the Town of Chapel Hill.

Things May Look A Little Different
Due to the location of the leak, additional work is required to fill the access point, which is located under a portion of the pool deck. The contractor that will perform the work isn’t available until eight weeks from now.

In the meantime, a wall has been constructed to separate public access from the repair site. That wall has been approved by the health department and will remain in place until the repair access point has been completed.

Contact
For more information, contact Parks and Recreation Director Jim Orr at 919-968-2785 or jorr@townofchapelhill.org.

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TULIPS 

Spring Holiday Service Schedule

Most municipal offices will be closed Friday, April 14.

RESIDENTIAL REFUSE COLLECTION: Yard waste will not be collected Friday.

CURBSIDE RECYCLING: No change in schedule

COMMERCIAL REFUSE COLLECTION: Trash will not be collected Friday. Friday’s trash will be collected by the end of the week.

ORANGE COUNTY LANDFILL will be open Friday and closed Saturday, April 15.

SOLID WASTE CONVENIENCE CENTERS will be open Friday and Saturday, and will be closed Sunday, April 16.

CHAPEL HILL TRANSIT will operate on a Saturday schedule on Friday. The following Saturday routes will operate: CM, CW, D, FG, JN and T. On Friday and Saturday, the Hillsborough Express 420 Route and Weekend U and NU routes will not operate, EZ Rider services will end at 6:52 p.m. and Safe Rides will not operate.

HOUSING: Office and Maintenance Division will be closed. For emergency maintenance services, call 919-968-2855.

CHAPEL HILL PUBLIC LIBRARY will be closed Sunday, April 16.

PARKING SERVICES: The Parking office will be closed.

PARKS AND RECREATION: The Plant Road office will be closed.

For more information on Town Holidays, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/holiday.   

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Trees in Chapel Hill 

Tree Replacement: Franklin Street at Columbia Street

 

A large tree at the southwest corner of the intersection of Franklin and Columbia streets (in front of University Baptist Church) is in poor health and is scheduled to be replaced.

The Town’s arborist has been monitoring the tree and has found that it is hollow, posing a potential hazard to people in the area if it is not removed. The decline in the tree’s health is due to storm damage and disease over the tree’s lifetime, which is estimated to be more than 80 years.

Town crews are scheduled to remove the tree the week of April 10. During the removal of the tree, the right lane of eastbound West Franklin Street (traveling from Carolina Square toward the University) will be closed in front of the church.

The replacement tree will be a species native to North Carolina. It will be planted in the fall, giving it the greatest chance to thrive.

 

Good Neighbors

 Town staff reached out to staff at University Baptist Church about the replacement and learned that the church took steps in the past to try to prolong the life of the tree. When the sidewalk that is currently in place between Franklin Street and the church was installed, with the assistance of tree professionals, the tree roots were carefully exposed, cleaned and wrapped with a protective cover in order to help the tree thrive.

 

Tree City

The Town of Chapel Hill, which has a strong commitment to sustainability and interest in decreasing the urban “heat-island” effect, regrets when trees must be replaced. Our Tree Protection Ordinance identifies tree canopy as an important community value. We are proud that this year marks our 18th year as a Tree City, a designation from the national Arbor Day Foundation. Visit our Trees webpage at townofchapelhill.org/trees.

 

More Information

For more information, contact Park Maintenance Superintendent Kevin Robinson at 919-969-5104 or krobinson@townofchapelhill.org.

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Public Safety

 

 

CHAPEL HILL POLICE

Chapel Hill Police Investigate Shooting

Chapel Hill Police responded to a shots-fired call at 751 Trinity Ct. at 4:23 p.m. Thursday, April 6. At this time it is not believed anyone was injured. An arrest has been made; the investigation is on-going. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

If anyone has information concerning this incident, please call 911 immediately. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515. Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous, and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

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Chapel Hill Responds to National Championship Celebration

The Town of Chapel Hill responded Monday night into Tuesday morning to the community’s celebration of UNC-Chapel Hill’s victory in the Men’s NCAA National Championship.

An estimated crowd of 55,000 people rushed Franklin Street immediately following the victory, at which time the streets were closed to vehicular traffic. The streets were cleaned and reopened to regular traffic at 2:09 a.m. Tuesday.

Seven injuries were reported during the event, four of whom suffered burns; Town officials extinguished and cleaned multiple bonfires on Franklin Street.

Congratulations to the Tar Heels on their sixth Men’s NCAA National Championship. We wish you safe travels on your way home to Chapel Hill!

The Town would like to thank all its many Town employees and area partners for a collaborative effort to watch out for the safety of the people of Chapel Hill.

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Chapel Hill Police Investigate Shooting

Chapel Hill Police responded to a shooting at the Wallace Parking Deck, located at 150 East Rosemary St., at 2:20 a.m. Friday, March 31. One subject was injured and transported to UNC Hospitals after sustaining gunshot wounds to the left hand and upper left thigh. The victim is in stable condition. The victim’s identity is not being released at this time.

The investigation is on-going. Additional information will be released as it becomes available. 

If anyone has information concerning this incident, please call 911 immediately. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515. Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous, and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

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Transportation

 

 

 

PARKING ON FRANKLIN STREET 

On Street Parking Time Limits Extended

In response to public input, maximum time limits for on-street parking meters in downtown Chapel Hill will increase from two hours to three hours starting Saturday, April 1.

The rate for on-street parking remains $1.50 per hour. Meters are enforced from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The Chapel Hill Town Council voted unanimously to increase the time limits at its regular monthly meeting on March 20, 2017.

Town staff are working hard to adjust and be adaptive to public comments on ways to improve downtown parking. “Visitors to downtown Chapel Hill who would like to stay for an extended period of time can now breathe a sigh of relief,” said Brenda Jones, parking superintendent for the Town of Chapel Hill.

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Public Input: Updating County Transit Plans

 Orange and Durham counties are updating their transit plans and want public input about the future of transit in our community.

First, learn more about the progress made since the original plans were approved and the projects and services proposed in the updated plans at a drop-in public workshop.

The workshop scheduled for Chapel Hill will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in the Council Chamber of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

You can also share your comments at a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill.

Additional public drop-in sessions are scheduled in Hillsborough and Durham. See the flyer.

For more information, visit OurTransitFuture.com.

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