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Historic Marker for Integration Pioneers
U.S. Navy Band B-a will be honored with a historic marker. The marker will be installed, followed by a reception, on May 27. Read more.
- Council Meeting Highlights
- Town Council to Consider Adoption of West Rosemary Street Development Guide
- Kick Off Your Weekend with Live & Local on Friday
- Chapel Hill’s Star Studded Summer Movie Series Kickoff at Boshamer Stadium on May 20
- Integration Pioneers To Be Honored with State Historical Marker
- Chapel Hill Police Speed-Enforcement Initiatives
- Lane Closure: West Franklin Street
- Chapel Hill Transit Memorial Day Schedule
- Police Investigate Crash Involving Pedestrians
- Chapel Hill Fire Department Assists Aging Residents
- Police Recover Stolen Vehicle after Crash
- CHPD Makes Arrest in Indecent Exposure Cases
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Things to do in Chapel Hill
Spring Roll Bike Ride
May is Bike Month, and this is Bike to Work Week! Join the Spring Roll bicycle ride after work on Friday, May 19. Meet at 7 p.m. at Back Alley Bikes to join the Bike Month celebration!
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.
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Chapel Hill Budget Draft Includes Provisions for Parental Leave and Affordable Housing (Chapelboro.com)
A new fiscal year budget with provisions for parental leave, pay bonuses and procurable housing is being reviewed by the Chapel Hill Town Council before its expected adoption next month. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/chapel-hill-budget-draft-includes-provisions-parental-leave-affordable-housing
Town Council Considering Development Agreement for Amity Station (Chapelboro.com)
Chapel Hill may get more affordable housing units downtown—plus regular housing and office space. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/development/town-council-considering-development-agreement-amity-station
North Carolina House Passes ‘Raise the Age’ Bill (Chapelboro.com)
A bill to end the practice of automatically prosecuting 16- and 17-year-olds for crimes as adults has overwhelmingly passed the North Carolina House. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/state-news/north-carolina-house-passes-raise-age-bill
Flat Tire Leads to 10 Drug Charges in Chapel Hill (Chapelboro.com)
A flat tire has led to the arrests of two individuals on drug charges in Chapel Hill. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/flat-tire-leads-10-drug-charges-chapel-hill
Chapel Hill may negotiate with developers proposing seven-story Amity Station project (The Herald Sun)
The developers proposing a seven-story project to replace Breadman’s restaurant and apartments on West Rosemary Street may be headed to negotiations with the Chapel Hill Town Council. Read more: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/counties/orange-county/article150830537.html
Travel Journalist Conference Visits Orange County (Chapelboro.com)
The North American Travel Journalists Association or NATJA visit towns and cities all over for its annual conference and marketplace – this year the journalists are in Orange County from Tuesday to Thursday. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-town/travel-journalist-conference-visits-orange-county
Residents press Chapel Hill to spend more on affordable housing (The Chapel Hill News)
Several community members joined the call Tuesday for the town to put more money into affordable housing next year. Read more: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/orange-county/article150721177.html
Chapel Hill Town Council to Consider Changing Meeting Day (Chapelboro.com)
The Chapel Hill Town Council currently holds meetings on Mondays and work sessions on Wednesdays. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/chapel-hill-town-council-meeting-day
Gray Squirrel Coffee Permanently Coming to Chapel Hill Public Library (Chapelboro.com)
If you like books and coffee, good news is on the way. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-town/gray-squirrel-coffee-permanently-coming-chapel-hill-public-library
Summer Detour Set for South Road in Chapel Hill (Chapelboro.com)
Planners at UNC-Chapel Hill are taking advantage of the post-graduation lull by executing a utility improvement plan that will affect South Road for months. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/development/summer-detour-set-south-street-chapel-hill
From Town Hall
Council Meeting Highlights
The Chapel Hill Town Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, May 22, at Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., to consider an agenda that includes the following highlights. The full agenda is available at http://bit.ly/CHTCBus052217 or by contacting Communications and Public Affairs at 919-968-2743 or email@example.com.
Public attendance is welcome. Parking is available at Town Hall lots and the lot at Stephens Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Additional parking is available in several public lots on Rosemary Street (parkonthehill.com). Town Hall is served by NS and T routes of Chapel Hill Transit (chtransit.org).
View the Council meetings live on the website at townofchapelhill.org/councilvideo – and on Chapel Hill Gov-TV (townofchapelhill.org/GovTV). Other ways to follow Council meetings are via live tweets (tagged #CHTC) from individuals who tweet during the meetings. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consider Supporting Legislative Efforts to Raise Minimum Age of Adult Criminal Prosecutions
The Council will consider approving a resolution in support of the NC Legislature’s efforts to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility to 18 years.
Application for Zoning Atlas Amendment – Ransom and McCauley Streets
The Council will continue a public hearing, originally held April 17, 2017, for a Zoning Atlas Amendment from an applicant interested in rezoning about 13,000 sq. ft. of land at 302-304 Ransom St. and 301 McCauley St. The rezoning would allow the applicant to subdivide the property into two lots. Upon closing the public hearing, the Council will consider approving the zoning atlas amendment.
West Rosemary Street Development Guide
The Council will consider adopting the West Rosemary Street Development Guide as a component of the Town’s comprehensive plan. The guide is a vision for future development along the West Rosemary Street corridor that is consistent with the vision statements of the Northside Neighborhood Conservation District.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Maintenance Building
The Council will continue a public hearing, originally held April 17, 2017, for a Zoning Atlas Amendment from Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (CHCCS) seeking to rezone a 5.42-acre site located near Chapel Hill High School. CHCCS intends to build a nearly 23,000 sq. ft. maintenance and storage facility and 68 parking spaces. Upon closing the public hearing, the Council will consider approving the zoning atlas amendment.
The Council will then continue a public hearing, originally held April 17, 2017, for a Special Use Permit (SUP) Modification for this project. Upon closing the public hearing, the Council will consider approving the SUP modification.
Council Direction on Potential Transportation Projects
Town staff will present the Council with conceptual designs for potential transportation projects from the NC Department of Transportation and Metropolitan Planning Organization. The Council will provide direction on downtown intersection improvements and visions for the US 15-501 and NC 54 corridors.
Appointments to Town Boards and Commissions
The Council will consider a recommendation to the Orange County Board of Commissioners for an appointment of a Chapel Hill resident to the Orange County Animal Services Advisory Board. The Council will also consider appointing applicants to vacancies on the Board of Adjustment, Human Services Advisory Board, Library Board of Trustees and the Orange Water and Sewer Authority.
Town Council to Consider Adoption of West Rosemary Street Development Guide
The Chapel Hill Town Council on May 22 will consider the adoption of the West Rosemary Street Development Guide that includes an Implementation Plan (townofchapelhill.org/home/showdocument?id=35265) for next steps.
Vision and Dos and Don’ts
Northside neighborhood residents are working on a response to the Planning Commission’s request to create a strong value statement at the beginning of the Guide that states the community’s priorities for the corridor and the desire for innovative development as well as a list of specific “dos” and “don’ts” that summarize some of the strongest community priorities for the guide. The Planning Commission will receive this response at its May 16 meeting.
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For more information about the West Rosemary Street Development Guide, visit townofchapelhill.org/rosemary.
- April 7, 2017 Draft West Rosemary Street Development Guide ** Changes from the last draft have a red box around them
- Market Analysis Briefing (Council Committee on Economic Sustainability, April 7, 2017)
- Implementation Plan (Excerpt from April 7 Draft West Rosemary Street Development Plan)
- A three-minute video provides a visual explanation of the content included in the guide as well as information about the process and final steps in the approval process. youtube.com/watch?v=bGnaMKjT1jU&feature=youtu.be
Kick Off Your Weekend with Live & Local on Friday
Live & Local, Chapel Hill’s free Music & Arts Series, has returned for its sixth season on the Plaza at 140 West Franklin St. The series features acts of all shapes and sizes from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fridays. Live & Local will deliver a wide array of performances throughout the season, ranging from American/folk harmonies to bluegrass.
On Friday, May 19, Speaks & Beats returns with poetry, spoken word, music and more. Featured acts include Mariah M. and Yoni. Close out an awesome season with the artistic words of the community.
Downtown starts here! Don’t miss your opportunity to discover your new favorite musician, poet, or performer! The series runs Friday evenings 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. 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.
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.
For more information, visit www.140westfranklinplaza.com/series.
Chapel Hill’s Star Studded Summer Movie Series Kickoff at Boshamer Stadium on May 20
Let the stars be your guide all summer long! The Town of Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership are excited to announce the FREE Movies Under the Stars summer series held outdoors on top of the Wallace Parking Deck at 150 E. Rosemary St. Movies Under the Stars shown in a unique, outdoor location where you can enjoy the night sky. Movie-goers of all ages will enjoy free popcorn and fun activities.
The series kicks-off on at 5:30 p.m Saturday, May 20, with a special baseball event at Boshamer Stadium at UNC after the last baseball game of the season vs. Duke. The baseball game starts at 2 p.m. and the movie will begin 30 minutes after the end of the game, approximately 5:30 p.m. A twitter contest was held by UNC Baseball and by popular vote the chosen movie is Field of Dreams.
The sports-themed series continues through Aug. 17 on different Thursday evenings each month at the Wallace Parking Deck, 150 E. Rosemary St. Movies and dates will be June 15 – Mighty Ducks; June 29 – Karate Kid; July 13 – Kicking & Screaming; July 27 – CARS; Aug. 10 – Space Jam; and Aug. 17 – Remember the Titans. Each event is free!
We hope to see you out at the movies!
For more information, please visit www.downtownchapelhill.com/movies.
The Town of Chapel Hill promotes a Bike & Pedestrian-Friendly Community and encourages everyone to cycle or walk to these great events! We also ask that you please bring your own lawn chairs and blankets for seating. There is ample bike parking on the Wallace Plaza. For all downtown parking options visit www.parkonthehill.com.
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Integration Pioneers To Be Honored with State Historical Marker
The first African Americans to serve in the modern Navy at general rating will be honored with the dedication of a permanent historical marker on the 75th anniversary of their enlisting.
The marker, which will be installed at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 27 at the intersection of West Franklin and South Roberson streets, commemorates U.S. Navy Band B-1, which was attached to the Navy's PreFlight School on the UNC campus from July 1942 to April 1944.
Attending the installation ceremony will be two of the original members of B-1, Simeon Holloway of Las Vegas and Calvin Morrow of Greensboro, as well as many of the veterans' family members. Only four of the original 44 members of the band are still living.
After the installation, a reception in B-1's honor will be held at the Hargraves Center at 216 N. Roberson Street. The marker dedication program and reception are both free and open to the public.
U.S. Navy B-1 was comprised primarily of young men who were enrolled at North Carolina A and T and Dudley High School. Enlistees also came from North Carolina Central, Hampton Institute, South Carolina State, Johnson C. Smith, and Hillside High School in Durham.
B-1 bandsmen were formally inducted into the Navy on May 27, 1942 at the Raleigh recruiting station. After training at Norfolk, they were transferred to Chapel Hill. Because of North Carolina's segregationist laws, the bandsmen could not live or be fed on campus. They were housed in a newly constructed community building on Roberson Street that is now the Hargraves Recreation Center.
Their service included daily marches from Hargraves to the UNC campus, where B-1 played for the raising of colors for the cadets every morning. These marches were big events for Chapel Hill's black community. Rebecca Clark, longtime Chapel Hill resident and Civil Rights advocate, vividly recalled for B-1's official history how wonderful it felt to see "all those handsome young men in their uniforms" marching to work. "The kids were out at every corner watching them parade. They were the best thing that could have happened to our community."
Rebecca Clark's son, John Clark, said, "Doug and I and all the kids in the neighborhood would run out to Roberson Street when we heard the band coming, and we followed them as far as we could."
The band's marching route would have taken them by the spot where the state's historical marker will be installed.
During their service at Chapel Hill, B-1 bandsmen often played music for occasions that they would not have been allowed to attend because of their race. UNC-CH Chancellor James Moeser apologized to them in 2007 for how they were treated by the university during World War II, and at Kenan Stadium the bandsmen were made honorary members of the Marching Tar Heels.
Prior to B-1's service, blacks were limited to work in the Navy as cooks and porters. B-1 was also the first Navy band to serve without having trained at the Navy's School of Music, which did not admit blacks. B-1 bandsmen were also the first African Americans to work on the UNC campus in jobs that did not involve cooking, cleaning and laundry work.
North Carolina's historical marker program is administered by the state's Department of Cultural Resources and the Department of Transportation. Since 1935, the program has erected over 1,500 state highway historical markers. The B-1 marker is the fourth to be installed in Chapel Hill, where markers also commemorate the founding of the University of North Carolina, the training of U.S. astronauts, and the 1947 Journey of Reconciliation. A Carrboro marker commemorating Elizabeth Cotten is about five blocks from where the B-1 marker will be installed.
The Visitors Center will open at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and will have a steel drum performer, photos from their historical files, coffee and refreshments. Free parking is available in the back.
Memorial Day Holiday
Most municipal offices will be closed Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day.
RESIDENTIAL REFUSE COLLECTION: No residential trash collection on Monday. Monday routes will be collected Wednesday, May 31.
CURBSIDE RECYCLING: No change in schedule.
COMMERCIAL REFUSE COLLECTION: No change in schedule.
ORANGE COUNTY LANDFILL will be closed.
SOLID WASTE CONVENIENCE CENTERS will be closed.
CHAPEL HILL TRANSIT 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 open from 1 to 5 p.m.
PARKING SERVICES: The Parking office will be closed. On-street metered parking and municipal lots will be free.
PARKS AND RECREATION: The Plant Road office will be closed.
For more information on Town Holidays, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/holiday.
Chapel Hill Police Speed-Enforcement Initiatives
Travel with care and pay attention when driving, walking and biking.
As part of our ongoing effort to create and preserve a safe community in which to travel, the Chapel Hill Police Department and area partners will continue speed enforcement and Watch For Me N.C. initiatives throughout the month of May.
Officers may issue information, warnings or citations for anyone for violating laws. Fines and court costs for these violations begin at $213.
Multiple officers will monitor the following areas (in addition to normal Chapel Hill Police patrol practices) to encourage and enforce safe behavior from everyone:
- 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, 15-501 and South Columbia Street
- 10 a.m. – 12 noon Tuesday, May 30, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at Municipal Drive
Watch For Me N.C. is a statewide safety initiative designed to improve relationships on roads between people who drive, people who walk, people who roll and people who bike. People may receive helpful information, warnings, and in some cases, tickets for violations during these initiatives.
Chapel Hill is working to make the community safer for people who travel. Help us become a safer place to walk, bike, roll and drive. For more information, visit: townofchapelhill.org/gettingaround.
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Lane Closure: West Franklin Street
A contractor for the construction of the Carolina Square project will close a lane of West Franklin Street daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Friday, May 26, 2017. The closure takes place between Church and Columbia streets.
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Chapel Hill Transit Memorial Day Schedule
Chapel Hill Transit will not operate on Monday, May 29, 2017, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Regular service will resume on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.
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Police Investigate Crash Involving Pedestrians
The Chapel Hill Police Department responded at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, to a report of a traffic collision involving a motor vehicle striking two people who were walking. The crash occurred on West Rosemary Street in the crosswalk in front of Shortbread Lofts (333 West Rosemary Street).
The people who were walking, whose names are currently being withheld, were transported to the UNC Hospitals Emergency Room with serious injuries related to the crash.
The driver of the vehicle was cited with failure to reduce speed and failure to yield to a person in a crosswalk.
Distracted driving has been the cause of multiple accidents in this area. This stands as a reminder that all parties need to pay attention when traveling, regardless of the chosen mode of transportation. Limiting distractions, such as cell phone use and reaching for loose items, is key as transportation and the safety of those traveling is a shared responsibility. Keep your eyes on the road and your surroundings
Chapel Hill Fire Department Assists Aging Residents
The Chapel Hill Fire Department on Monday, May 15, partnered with the Orange County Department on Aging to assist and educate aging residents in the Town of Chapel Hill with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and fire safety.
Members of the Fire Department’s Operations and Life Safety divisions assisted by showing residents where manufacture dates can be found on the alarms, installing new detectors and providing fire safety tips.
One tip the Fire Department reminds all its residents is to replace the batteries in smoke detectors twice annually following the daylight saving time schedule: “change your clocks; change your batteries.”
The Chapel Hill Fire Department’s priorities are: to provide life safety to its personnel and to the residents and visitors of the Town and UNC-Chapel Hill; and to provide the highest level of service in areas of prevention, emergency response, and disaster management.
Police Recover Stolen Vehicle after Crash
At 7:45 p.m. on May 10, 2017, the Chapel Hill Police Department investigated the theft of a vehicle on Nolen Lane in Chapel Hill. Officers located the stolen vehicle in the area of Southern Village. The driver, 49-year-old Chapel Hill resident Jimmy Ray Hardin, led officers on a short pursuit through the Southern Village neighborhood.
The vehicle Mr. Hardin was operating crashed into several vehicles at the intersection of Copperline Drive and Brookgreen Drive. Mr. Hardin was transported to a local medical facility shortly after the crash. Additional charges associated with this incident are pending.
CHPD Makes Arrest in Indecent Exposure Cases
The Chapel Hill Police Department has made an arrest in two recent indecent exposures. On April 30, 2017, a suspect exposed himself to a woman in the parking lot at 201 S. Estes Drive. On May 8, 2017, a suspect matching the same description exposed himself to a woman in the parking lot at 1800 E. Franklin Street.
Officers have identified the suspect as Ryan Markius Darrell Person of Fayetteville, NC. Person has been charged with 2 misdemeanor counts of Indecent Exposure.
Person turned himself in at the Chapel Hill Police Department and is being held at the Orange County Jail under a $13,000 secured bond.