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Post Date:06/01/2017 8:03 AM
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Up Front


Celebrate our newest trail!


Chapel Hill continues to add to its network of 12 miles of trails with Phase Three of the Bolin Creek Trail. A grand opening ceremony for this portion of the trail will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 3. Read more.

From Town Hall

Town-Sponsored Events


News from Other Public Agencies






Up Front



TOWNweek has been posted!




US Flag 

Things to do in Chapel Hill

Memorial Day at American Legion Post 6

10 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, June 3
1714 Legion Road, Chapel Hill

Open House Memorabilia Display in the Small Hall at 10 a.m. There will be plenty of things to see that are part of individual member collections from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Panama, the Gulf, and current conflicts. Memorial Service begins at 11 a.m. Local Boy Scout Troop 835 will bring a mobile kitchen to cook and serve hot dogs while the Village Band will perform a concert in the Large Meeting Hall. Food is served at 12:15 p.m. and the concert starts at 12:30 p.m. Maple View Ice Cream will be available, too.





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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.


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Communications and Public Affairs Team
Town of Chapel Hill




Dog walker in rose garden 

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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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held in Chapel Hill for Orange County Veterans Memorial (

Undercurrents of pride and patriotism were palpable as deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office posted the colors before a sweltering crowd of supporters under the spring sun. Read more:


Construction pending for Chapel Hill’s Glen Lennox redevelopment (The Herald-Sun)

Grubb Properties expects to begin soon the first phase of redevelopment at the Glen Lennox community at Hayes and Brandon roads off Fordham Boulevard. Read more:


Marker Honoring Cohort that Integrated Modern US Navy Being Installed in Chapel Hill (

A marker honoring the 75th anniversary of the first African Americans to serve in the modern Navy will be installed in downtown Chapel Hill on Saturday. Read more:





From Town Hall



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 Input Session: Town Properties Task Force

The Town Properties Task Force will hold two public input sessions on proposed recommendations for use of Town-owned properties to further Town of Chapel Hill goals on Thursday, June 8, in Meeting Room B at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive.

The same presentations will be given at each meeting; attendance to both sessions is not necessary. The first session will be held at 12 noon with a formal presentation starting at 12:30 p.m.; the second session will begin at 6 p.m. with a formal presentation starting at 6:30 p.m. Each session is scheduled to last about an hour and a half. 

The latter part of the sessions will include a question and answer portion in which community members will have the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback on the properties and recommendations. That feedback will be reviewed by the full Town Properties Task Force on Friday, June 16. The Task Force will present recommendations to the Town Council on Monday, June 26.

For more information about the work of the Town Properties Task Force, visit




Town-Sponsored Events




Chapel Hill Celebrates National Trails Day with Greenway Grand Opening

People of all ages are invited to attend and celebrate one of Chapel Hill’s great greenways at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 3, with the Grand Opening of Phase Three of the Bolin Creek Trail. The celebration will take place at Umstead Park, 339 Umstead Drive, Chapel Hill.

The celebration, coinciding with National Trails Day, marks the completion of one of the most challenging sections of the Chapel Hill greenways system. It includes an underpass of Pritchard Avenue, two bridges over Bolin Creek, and many retaining walls. The trail will allow for much easier future extensions into UNC-Chapel Hill’s Carolina North property, Carrboro and northwest Chapel Hill. 

Saturday’s celebration will include an easy hike (about eight-tenths of a mile total) from Umstead Park through the recently completed section under Pritchard Avenue Extension. There will also be a hike to the next major greenway extension, Phase Three of the Tanyard Branch Trail. Construction on that section, which will extend the trail into the Northside and downtown areas, is estimated to begin this summer.

Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger will be in attendance along with Parks, Greenways and Recreation Commission Chair Robert Myer, and Friends of Chapel Hill Parks, Recreation, and Greenways Chair Neil Bench.

The last section of the Bolin Creek Trail that remains unfinished is the connection underneath Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Mitigation continues regarding a coal ash dump site that was discovered under the Chapel Hill Police Department and could take another year to conclude before construction begins. More details about the project are available at

For more information, contact Bill Webster at or 919-968-2819.





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 – 11:30 a.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








Night Work: East Franklin Street near Elliott Road

A contractor for AT&T will perform lane closures and sidewalk closures on East Franklin Street between Couch Road (near the Franklin Woods apartments) and Elliott Road (near Village Plaza) from 8 p.m. Thursday, June 1, to 4 a.m. Friday, June 2, to clean manholes. The work is being performed overnight to minimize the impact to daytime traffic in the area.

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News from Other Public Agencies





Drinking water continues to be safe; OWASA takes additional actions to resolve taste and odor

OWASA said Thursday that its drinking water continues to be safe, and the utility has taken additional actions to resolve taste and odor in the water.

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

On Tuesday, May 30th, OWASA began releasing water from fire hydrants at 30 locations to bring fresh drinking water into storage tanks and 380 miles of pipes serving customers.

Water leaving the Jones Ferry Road Water Treatment Plant in Carrboro has close to normal taste and odor, but water with taste and odor remains in the pipe system. Releasing water from hydrants, or "flushing," will accelerate removal of water with taste and odor.

OWASA has increased the use of powdered activated carbon at the treatment plant to help resolve taste and odor. On May 25th, OWASA began adding a chemical (sodium permanganate) to help neutralize taste and odor in water being pumped from the Cane Creek Reservoir. OWASA is now using water primarily from the Cane Creek Reservoir.

Algae occur year-round in all reservoirs. In the spring and summer, algae populations grow; this spring the algal growth occurred earlier than is typical for OWASA's reservoirs. This may be due to the warm spring and large amounts of rain.

OWASA recommends three ways that customers may remove taste and odor:

  • Add a lemon slice to water in a container.
  • Store water in a container in a refrigerator.
  • Use a carbon filter.

Since May 12th, more than 150 customers have reported an earthy or musty taste and odor in OWASA water. Most customers should have noticed improvement by now.

OWASA will keep the community informed, and invites customers to contact OWASA's laboratory staff at the Jones Ferry Road Water Treatment Plant at 919-537-4228 or wtplaboratory@owasa.orgto report taste and odor.

"We sincerely apologize to our customers for the taste and odor, and for its duration," said Kenneth Loflin, Water Supply and Treatment Manager. "We fully recognize that the community expects drinking water which is aesthetically pleasing as well as safe and healthful."


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