Winter Storm Inga Update
Chapel Hill is cleaning up after Winter Storm Inga dumped more than 6 inches of snow on the town. Public Works crews are focusing on clearing Town-maintained streets, bridges, overpasses and trouble spots. The NC Department of Transportation is focusing on the five major roads through Chapel Hill (Franklin Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard/Columbia Street, Fordham Boulevard, Manning Drive, and South Road/NC Highway 54).
Meeting cancelations: Wednesday's Chapel Hill Town Council regular business meeting is canceled. Wednesday's Chapel Hill Cultural Arts Commission meeting is canceled. The Meet the Author Tea scheduled for Thursday has been canceled and may be rescheduled for a later date.
Town facilities will be closed on Thursday. This includes Parks and Recreation facilities (including the Aquatics Center on Homestead Road), the Chapel Hill Public Library and other public-facing facilities.
Town Manager Announces Director of Organizational and Strategic Initiatives
Town Manager Roger Stancil has announced his appointment of Rae Buckley as Director of Organizational and Strategic Initiatives to manage a portfolio of projects that require a high level of community collaboration and engagement. Her portfolio will include the Council’s strategic planning process and the Land Use Management Ordinance Rewrite. These were initiated to clarify goals and improve outcomes in key strategic areas of economic development, sustainability and affordable housing.
“Rae has a proven track record of leading collaborative, cross-departmental efforts such as the policy improvement project, the business plan cycle, our Leading for Collaborative Innovation program and the Downtown Portfolio,” Stancil said. “In her new role, she will lead our support of the Town Council’s strategic planning effort and work to connect the outcomes of that effort to our organizational and strategic initiatives.”
Buckley joined the Town of Chapel Hill in 2004, and served as Assistant to the Manager prior to her recent appointment. During her tenure with the Town Rae has led strategic community planning efforts to create the Town’s Affordable Housing Strategy and the Pine Knolls and Northside Community Plan. Prior to joining the Town, Buckley worked as a private consultant, a University external relations coordinator and a labor organizer.
She received her BA in Philosophy from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and her MPA from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. She is married to an amazing cook and passionate sports fan and has two daughters in the Spanish dual language program of Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.
Buckley’s appointment follows an assessment center conducted for selected senior staff to match skills and interests with organizational needs in the Town of Chapel Hill. Other changes from this assessment have been the appointments of Mary Jane Nirdlinger as Assistant Town Manager and Chris Blue as Chief of Police and Executive Director for Community Safety.