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Post Date:05/25/2017 2:03 PM
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Up Front


Memorial Day Service Schedule

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Monday, May 29 is a Town holiday.
Most municipal offices will be closed. Chapel Hill Transit will not operate. Chapel Hill Public Library will be open from 1 to 5 p.m.  Read more.

From Town Hall

Town-Sponsored Events

Town Services


Public Safety

News from Other Public Agencies




Up Front



TOWNweek has been posted!




Dog walker in rose garden 

Things to do in Chapel Hill

Feature from the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau

Meadowmont Music

6 p.m. Friday, June 2
Meadowmont Village Circle in Chapel Hill

Music in the Village, the first Friday of every month. Performance by the Triangle Jazz Orchestra. Free and open to the public.





How do you access news and information about Chapel Hill?

Dear Reader, 

The Town of Chapel Hill conducts annual surveys of subscribers to Town of Chapel Hill email updates. These emails provide up-to-date information on topics and events to your inbox. 

We recognize that Town of Chapel Hill e-notifications are only one way that those interested in the life of Chapel Hill access information and engage with local government and community. This year, we are expanding the scope of our survey to better understand how you access information and perceptions about how this access is filling your needs. 

Your input is important to us, so please take a moment to share your feedback! The survey will be available until Monday, June 5, 2017. 

At the Town of Chapel Hill, we believe that excellent communication is a basic obligation of democratic government. It does not stand apart from the Town’s other activities but is an embedded component of success in every Town effort. Our goal is to build our community through the highest standards of openness and participation.


Thank you, 

Communications and Public Affairs Team
Town of Chapel Hill





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.

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OWASA: Water Safe Despite ‘Earthy’ or ‘Musty’ Odor and Taste (

Officials with Orange Water and Sewer Authority are reassuring residents in the southern portion of Orange County that even though you may have noticed taste and odor issues, the water is safe to drink and use. Read more:


Chapel Hill Officials Approve Redevelopment Guide for West Rosemary Street (

After nearly a year of planning and deliberation, the Chapel Hill Town Council has approved a comprehensive guide for developers seeking to build along West Rosemary Street. Read more:


Chapel Hill Town Council backs growth plan for West Rosemary Street (The Chapel Hill News)

New guidelines approved Monday give developers and residents a sense of how downtown’s West Rosemary Street corridor could grow. Read more:


Chapel Hill and Carrboro Recognized by Federal Solar Power Program (

The future of renewable energy in Orange County is looking bright ever since the US Department of Energy recognized Chapel Hill and Carrboro for their receptiveness to solar power. Read more:





From Town Hall




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 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? ( - this should be ready for online viewing by Tuesday afternoon).

Access the complete agenda at

Police Memorial Day – The Council proclaimed May 30 to be Police Memorial Day in Chapel Hill, and urged residents to honor local peace offers who, through their courageous deeds, have lost their lives or have become disabled in the performance of duty. The 2017 Orange County Peace Officers Memorial Service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, at the Chapel Hill Police Department.

Legislative Efforts to Raise Minimum Age of Adult Criminal Prosecutions
The Council approved 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 enacted a Zoning Atlas Amendment from an applicant interested in rezoning about a half acre at 302-304 Ransom St. and 301 McCauley St. The rezoning will allow the applicant to subdivide the property into two lots.

West Rosemary Street Development Guide
The Council adopted 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 approved development applications for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (CHCCS) to rezone a 5.42-acre site located near Chapel Hill High School and build a nearly 23,000 sq. ft. maintenance and storage facility and 68 parking spaces.

Council Direction on Potential Transportation Projects
Town staff presented the Council with conceptual designs for potential transportation projects from the NC Department of Transportation and Metropolitan Planning Organization. The Council provided direction on downtown intersection improvements and visions for the US 15-501 and NC 54 corridors.

Appointments to Town Boards and Commissions
The Council approved 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 also appointed applicants to vacancies on the Board of Adjustment, Human Services Advisory Board, Library Board of Trustees and the Orange Water and Sewer Authority.




PHOTO: Advisory Board Meeting

Planning Commission Looking for New Members

Are you a Chapel Hill resident who’s interested in land use and long-range planning?

The Town of Chapel Hill is seeking volunteers interested in serving on the Planning Commission, an advisory board to the Town Council. There are currently openings for three members: two Town residents and one extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) or joint planning area (JPA) resident. The Planning Commission has a particular interest in applicants who bring design, construction, and/or development experience; prior board service; and/or understanding of the town's development review process.

Planning Commission members serve three-year terms. The commission meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of every month (except July) at Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

How to Apply

  • Apply by noon Monday, June 5 by completing an application form at, and
  • Attend the Planning Commission’s meeting on Tuesday, June 6, if you haven’t already met the Commission. During this meeting you will be invited to make a brief statement about your interest and respond to any follow-up questions. 

The Planning Commission will make its recommendations at the June 6 meeting, and the Council will schedule the appointments for June 26.

Planning Commission Membership

The Planning Commission is comprised of ten (10) members. Eight (8) members, appointed by the Council, shall reside within the corporate limits of Chapel Hill. One (1) member, appointed by the Orange County Board of Commissioners, shall reside within the Town's extraterritorial planning jurisdiction (ETJ). One (1) member, appointed by the Orange County Board of Commissioners, shall reside within the Town's ETJ or joint planning area (JPA). A map of the Town is available at  if you are uncertain whether you live within one of these areas.


Contact the Communications and Public Affairs Department at 919-969-5014 or We look forward to working with you!





Public Information Meetings on Eastwood Lake Subwatershed Study

Two drop-in sessions will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at the Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Room B to update the public about the Eastwood Lake Subwatershed Study now underway, and to gain valuable input on flooding and drainage problems that exist in the area.  Meetings will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

Each session will start with a presentation by the Town’s engineering consultant, W.K. Dickson, followed by time for participants to talk with the consultants, review maps, and take the study survey.  Complete an online survey about Eastwood Lake Subwatershed conditions at

The Eastwood Lake study is a continuation of subwatershed studies being conducted in the larger Booker Creek Watershed as part of the Stormwater Management Master Plan.  Comments, questions or concerns may be emailed directly to the consultant at

Map of Eastwood Lake Subwatershed


Town Contact: Sue Burke, Town of Chapel Hill Senior Engineer  919-969-7266

Study Consultant Contact:




Town-Sponsored Events




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.





Books Sandwiched in Meets June 7

Books Sandwiched In will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 7 in Meeting Room C of the Chapel Hill Public Library for a discussion of The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. 

David McCullough tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story of the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright. On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina two brothers from Ohio changed history.  These bicycle mechanics attributed their success through courage and determination to their upbringing.  Their preacher father had books and they never stopped reading, both having ceaseless curiosity.  Wilbur was a genius and Orville had such mechanical ingenuity few had ever seen.  Having only high school, no money, no contacts in high places, they undertook their “mission” even with the reality of being killed.  As problems arose, their sister Katherine contributed to their success.  The Wright Papers provided much of the documentation for this profoundly American story of heroes. 

Books Sandwiched In is free and open to the public.  You may bring a sandwich and share your thoughts on the book scheduled for discussion.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library, this group provides copies of current titles, available at the circulation desk on a first come, first served basis.  Selections for the year are chosen by the members and can be found on the Friends' web site at We hope you will join us. 



Who:        Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library

What:      Books Sandwiched In Book Club - Free and Open to the Public

Where:    Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Room C

When:  Wednesday, June 7 – 11:30a.m.

Book:   The Wright Brothers by David McCullough





Meet the Author Tea: Bronwen Dickey

The Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library are pleased to present Bronwen Dickey at the Meet the Author Tea on Thursday, June 15 in Meeting Room A at the Library. The event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m., and the program will run from 4 to 5 p.m.

Bronwen Dickey is a contributing editor at The Oxford American and the author of Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon, published in 2016. The book shows a deep knowledge of the history and the misinformation surrounding the pit bull. This widely acclaimed book is highly entertaining and as much about human beings as it is about dogs. One Amazon reviewer called the book “an undeniable work of literature.”

As serious and thought-provoking as this work is, Dickey never loses sight of the story’s real heart: our very American love of dogs, whatever their breed. “There may be no creature on earth that lends itself to as much love, hate and myth-making as the domestic dog,” she writes. “The literature of dogs has mostly become a literature of longing: for home, for safety, for acceptance and probably for some flicker of the wildness we ourselves have lost.”

Dickey’s writing has appeared in The New York Times , Slate, The Virginia Quarterly Review , Popular Mechanics, Scuba Diving, and Garden & Gun.   She has received an award for travel journalism and one of her pieces is included in Best American Travel Writing of 2009.  She has appeared as a featured guest on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross and All Things Considered.  This year she was nominated for a National Magazine Award in feature writing.

Bronwen Dickey is the daughter of the late novelist and poet James Dickey. She lives in Durham,  N.C.



Who:        Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library

What:      Meet the Author Tea: Bronwen Dickey

Where:    Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Room B

When:  Thursday June 15:  3:30 p.m. Refreshments, 4-5 p.m. Program




Town Services



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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 will not be collected on Monday. Monday's trash will be collected by the end of the week.



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, Hargraves Center and The Corner Teen Center will be closed. Chapel Hill Community Center and Homestead Aquatics Center will be open regular hours. Northside Gym with be open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. A.D. Clark Pool will be open noon-7 p.m. Saturday, May 27; noon-7 p.m. Sunday, May 28; and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, May 29.

For more information on Town Holidays, visit        




A.D. Clark Pool at Hargraves Center 

A.D. Clark Outdoor Pool Opens May 27

The A.D. Clark Pool at the Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson St., will open for the 2017 summer season at 12 p.m. Saturday, May 27.

The free outdoor swimming pool is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The 25-meter pool offers a zero-depth entry pool, locker rooms, showers and a family changing area. There is a wading pool for pre-school aged children and toddlers (swim diapers required).

Opening Weekend Schedule:
Saturday, May 27: noon–7 p.m.
Sunday, May 28: noon–7 p.m.
Monday, May 29: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

For more information, visit









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:

  • 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.

Getting Around
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:

More Information
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Are you on Twitter? Follow @ChapelHillGov@ChapelHillPD and #CHTraffic for the latest traffic news.




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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.

Chapel Hill Transit is the public transportation provider that serves Chapel Hill, Carrboro and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For complete information about Chapel Hill Transit services, schedules, route changes or directions to the nearest stop, visit us at , email, or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.




Public Safety News





Police Respond to Multiple Indecent Exposures

On May 24, 2017 at 11:28 a.m., the Chapel Hill Police Department responded to a report of a subject exposing himself to a female victim in the 300 block of Caldwell Street.  A short time later, at 11:52 a.m., two female victims reported a similar encounter on a path between Cobb Terrace and The Lux Apartments.  The victims in both incidents reported that the suspect was a white male, bald, wearing all black.  In one report, he is described as being in his 40’s and having a “heavy” build. 

The investigation is on-going.

If anyone has information concerning these incidents, 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.





Police Respond to Shooting

On May 23, 2017, at 6:25 p.m. the Chapel Hill Police Department responded to a shooting at an apartment in the 300 block of S. Estes Drive. One person was shot and transported to UNC Hospitals Emergency Department for treatment. The victim’s name is not being released at this time and the person’s current condition is unknown. 

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.




News from Other Public Agencies




Groundbreaking Set for Orange County Veterans Memorial

News Release from Orange County  

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 23, 2017) — The official groundbreaking ceremony for the planned Orange County Veterans Memorial will be held at the Southern Human Services campus (2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill) at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day (Monday, May 29).

The Veterans Memorial will pay tribute to the thousands of men and women from Orange County who served or are serving in the U.S. armed forces. It will be funded by private donations with support and land donation from Orange County and additional support from the Town of Chapel Hill.

Parking is available adjacent to the location. The site is handicap accessible.

The memorial will include walking trails and exhibits honoring all branches of the military. Residents can donate to the memorial through the Orange County Community Giving Fund ( Checks may be sent to the address below. Please be sure to indicate the gift is for the Veterans Memorial.

Orange County Community Giving Fund
Financial Services
PO Box 8181
Hillsborough, NC 27278

Naming opportunities are available for families who wish to honor loved ones. Visit for more information on giving levels. Construction of the memorial, including the landscaping, will be fully paid for through donations.





A Message from OWASA:
OWASA water continues to be safe. OWASA continues work to resolve taste and odor

News release from OWASA

The Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) said Monday that its drinking water continues to be safe, and work continues to resolve taste and odor issues. Over the past week, several dozen customers have reported an earthy or musty taste and odor in OWASA water.

The taste and odor result from algae growing in the Cane Creek Reservoir and University Lake. Although OWASA's treatment process removes algae, some organic compounds may remain in the drinking water that can cause earthy or musty taste and odor.  

In response, OWASA has made treatment changes including increased use of powdered activated carbon to resolve taste and odor. Treated water leaving OWASA's Jones Ferry Road Water Treatment Plant in Carrboro has returned to near normal taste and odor quality, but some water with taste and odor still remains in OWASA's network of 380 miles of drinking water pipes and its water storage tanks.

As fresh water from the Jones Ferry Road Water Treatment Plant moves through the system, taste and odor should continue to improve in coming days.

"We are working to provide drinking water which is aesthetically pleasing in addition to being safe and healthful," said Kenneth Loflin, Water Supply and Treatment Manager. "We appreciate very much the calls and e-mails from customers who have reported taste and odor in our water, and we are working to resolve this."

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

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