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Post Date:06/22/2017 9:37 AM
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Up Front


Celebrate Independence Day at Kenan Stadium!

PHOTO Fireworks at Kenan Stadium

Gates open at 7 p.m. for Chapel Hill’s July Fourth Celebration, ranked no. 10 in America’s Best Towns for July Fourth Celebrations by Travel and Leisure Magazine. RadioJacks will provide musical entertainment, and the spectacular fireworks show will begin at 9:30 p.m. sharp. Read more.

From Town Hall

Town-Sponsored Events

Town Services


News from Other Public Agencies



Up Front




TOWNweek has been posted!





Things to do in Chapel Hill

Feature from the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau

Movies Under the Stars
Thursday, June 29; movies begins around 8:30 p.m.
Wallace Parking Deck, 150 E. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill

Tonight’s movie will be the Karate Kid. The Town of Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership announce the FREE Movies Under the Stars summer series held outdoors on top of the Wallace Parking Deck at 150 E. Rosemary St. Movie-goers of all ages will enjoy free popcorn and fun activities. For more information, visit





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





Construction Projects Affect Traffic and Water Service in Chapel Hill and Hillsborough (

Two construction projects scheduled to start this week in Chapel Hill and Hillsborough will impose traffic delays and water service disruptions upon motorists and local businesses. Read more:


Groundbreaking Held for Rogers Road Sewer Project 40 Years in the Making (

Orange County, Chapel Hill and Carrboro officials are moving forward with construction of a sewer line for the Rogers Road community. Read more:


Comedy Club in Chapel Hill Hosts Meeting on Community Resilience (

The stage is set at DSI Comedy Theater in Chapel Hill for a community event that will focus less on laughs and more on coping with recent catastrophes. Read more:


At Long Last: Forward For Rogers Road (

At long last, the Rogers Road neighborhood is finally getting a sewer line. Read more:


Chapel Hill council says Estes Drive project a good start, needs work (The Herald-Sun)

A Charlotte developer’s plan for apartments, offices and retail on the corner of Estes Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is good, but it could be better, Town Council members said Monday after reviewing the concept plan. Read more:


Chapel Hill Town Council to see what a difference a day makes (The Herald-Sun)

The Town Council’s Monday night meetings are moving to Wednesdays as part of a two-month test this fall. Read more:


Chapel Hill police ticketing speeders during ‘Watch for Me’ campaign (WNCN)

This month across the state, police are working to remind drivers to stay safe, especially on roads where people bike, walk or run. Read more:


Chapel Hill Moving Meetings from Monday to Wednesday (

The council approved moving meetings from Monday to Wednesday this fall to serve as a test period. Read more:


Orange County Asks for Feedback from February Water Crisis Response (

Orange County residents now have a chance to give feedback to the agencies that responded to the water crisis in the southern portion of the county earlier this year. Read more:





From Town Hall




Council Meeting Highlights

The Chapel Hill Town Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 26, 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 or by contacting Communications and Public Affairs at 919-968-2743 or

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 ( Town Hall is served by NS and T routes of Chapel Hill Transit (

View the Council meetings live on the website at – and on Chapel Hill Gov-TV ( 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

Funding to Support Human Service Agencies

The Council will consider approving $411,500 in Fiscal Year 2017-2018 funding for performance agreements with human service agencies with the following priorities: (1) safety-net services for disadvantaged residents; (2) education, mentorship and after-school programs for youth facing a variety of challenges; and (3) programs aimed at improving health and nutrition to needy residents.

Funding for the Tanyard Branch Trail Phase 3 Project Construction

The Council will consider awarding a bid for $1.28 million in 2015 voter-approved bond funds to extend the existing paved Tanyard Branch Trail by 1,530 linear feet, including ADA standards, from Jay and McMasters streets (near Northside Elementary School) to the recently updated Bolin Creek Trail at Umstead Park.

Transfer Surplus Fire Apparatus to Local School Systems

The Council will consider adopting a proposal to transfer two fire apparatus to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools systems. The Chapel Hill Fire Department has been working with the school systems to initiate fire academies, which will begin this fall. The fire apparatus will be used as learning laboratories to develop technical skills, leadership abilities and job knowledge to assist students in developing career paths. Surplus items like this are usually sold on the used market or sold for their scrap metal value.

Update on Town Properties

The Council will receive an update from the Historic Town Hall, Town Properties, and American Legion Property task forces. The Council will consider accepting the final reports and recommendations of the Historic Town Hall and Town Properties task forces, authorizing the Town Manager to work with both task force chairs to review the reports, identify connections and discuss next steps. This action will conclude the work of both task forces. The Council will also consider accepting the report and recommendations of the American Legion Task Force and authorize the additional scope of work for the task force, which is scheduled to be completed in April 2018.

Petitions Regarding Reinstatement of the Resource Conservation District in the Ephesus-Fordham Form District

The Council will receive a presentation on the result of Town staff and advisory board reviews of three petitions concerning reinstatement of the resource conservation district (RCD) in the Ephesus-Fordham Form District.

Amity Station Development Review

The Council will receive a report on options for the development review process for the proposed Amity Station project located at 322 W. Rosemary St. The options include submitting the project as a special use permit, a development agreement or multiple site plans. Upon review of the options, the Council will consider authorizing Town staff to prepare one of the options for the continuation of the development review process.

Advisory Boards and Committees Appointments

The Council will consider appointments to vacant seats on the Cemeteries Advisory Board, the Grievance Hearing Board, the Justice in Action Committee, the Planning Commission, and the Stormwater Management Utility Advisory Board. The Council will also consider recommending a Chapel Hill representative for the Orange Council Human Relations Commission to the Orange County Board of Commissioners and consider appointing a Council Member to the Chatham/Orange Joint Planning Task Force.




Americans for the Arts Recognizes Chapel Hill Public Art Project

UNBOUND by Erik Carlson Honored by Public Art Network Year in Review

Americans for the Arts has recognized a Town of Chapel Hill public art project for its innovation, talent and public involvement in its annual Public Art Network Year in Review.

UNBOUND by Erik Carlson was among 49 outstanding public arts projects recognized by the national program. Chosen by a jury from 325 entries representing communities across the country, the roster of winning projects was unveiled at Americans for the Arts’ 2017 Annual Convention in San Francisco.

“The selected works reflect the incredible diversity of public art projects, including temporary to permanent, sculpture to performance art,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “The innovation of work demonstrated in the Public Art Network Year in Review shows the breadth of talent from artists around the country. I congratulate them and their commissioning groups for these community treasures.”

UNBOUND, a permanent art installation located at the Chapel Hill Public Library, consists of a series of four cantilevered, wedge shaped panels with surfaces of etched glass. Subtle graphics etched into the panels reference different modes of recording information: cursive writing, Morse code, shorthand, and binary code. Convex lenses strategically placed on the panels are based upon Braille characters, the first digital language, and also contain a specific message,

Through glass portals viewers can see hundreds of images, photographs, movies, and more that were submitted by the people of Chapel Hill. The images are displayed on a series of hidden video monitors that are computer controlled to allow for random image sequencings. As visitors interact with the artwork, the content is revealed in different ways. Visit for more information about UNBOUND.

“The best public art makes connections with the community,” notes Jeffrey York, public and cultural arts administrator for the Town of Chapel Hill. “UNBOUND is literally for, by, and about the people of Chapel Hill. We are incredibly excited that UNBOUND has received national recognition.”

The Town of Chapel Hill Percent for Art Program, established in 2002, allocates one percent of selected capital project expenditures for public art. Carlson, a media artist, composer and designer based in Cranston, RI, was selected to create UNBOUND from a pool of 235 applicants. The selection committee included members of the Cultural Arts Commission, Town Council, Library and Town staff, as well as members of the local arts community.

For information about the Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department’s Division of Cultural Arts and the Percent for Art Program, visit For more information about the Chapel Hill Public Library, visit, call 919.968.2777, or stop by any service desk in the Library, located at 100 Library Drive.

The Public Art Network is a program of Americans for the Arts, designed to provide services to the diverse field of public art and to develop strategies and tools to improve communities through public art.


Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C., and New York City.  Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at





Call for Entries: 5th Annual Banned Books Week Artist-Designed Trading Cards

Project Summary

DESCRIPTION: Chapel Hill Public Library seeks small scale (5” wide x 7” tall) original artworks on paper to be used for a series of trading cards inspired by banned or challenged books or authors. Prize money awarded.

ELIGIBILITY:  Open to artists of all ages within Orange, Durham, Wake, Chatham, and Alamance Counties.



Project Overview

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual national event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the intellectual freedom. Held from September 24–30, 2017, BBW highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the dangers of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted banning of books throughout the United States.

For information about Banned Books Week:


For ideas and inspiration, explore these lists of banned books:





The Chapel Hill Public Library (Library), in partnership with the Cultural Arts Division, celebrates intellectual freedom and Banned Books Week in an interesting, fun, and unique way. We ask local artists to create small scale (5” wide x 7” tall) works of art inspired by a banned/challenged book or author.

Based on their artistic excellence, seven of these works will be selected by a jury to receive $100 awards and be printed as trading cards, with the artwork on the front and the artist’s statement and information about the highlighted book or author on the back. All entries will be displayed during BBW and beyond at the Library and selected artist-designed cards will be printed and distributed to the public at the Library and other locations in the area. A special $100 award for best youth entry will also be given to an artist under 18 years of age.  


How and What to Submit

All submissions must be in hard copy format on paper (digital artwork is encouraged, but must be submitted on paper. Artists, please print in high quality.). 

Original artwork will be returned to the artist at the conclusion of the project unless the piece wins. Winning entries will be auctioned to support the Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library, a 501-C3 non-profit.  Artists may submit up to three different works of art. 

All submissions must measure 5 inches wide by 7 tall inches (no horizontal artwork accepted) and include a ¼ inch bleed on all sides (meaning important words and images should be ¼ inch inside of the edges of the artwork; see diagrams and template).  Final printed cards will measure 2.5 wide by 3.5 inches tall; the standard size of a trading card.

Each submission must be accompanied by a complete submission form that includes name, age and contact information for the artist; the title of the book and name of the author that inspired the artwork; and a brief 50-word-or-less statement of how the piece reflects the book and/or author.

Nonconforming entries will not be eligible for exhibition or award.  By submitting artwork to this exhibition, artists are granting Chapel Hill Public Library the right to reproduce artwork images for publicity and/or sale of reproductions of the submitted design in any medium to benefit the library.


Selection Process

A Selection Committee comprising local arts and literary professionals, Library staff and Cultural Arts Commission members will review all complete submissions and select seven finalists whose works will be printed as trading cards.



The project will be publicized in the local media, the Town via website, social media, mailing lists, and in-house promotion at the library.


Project Timeline  

August 28, 2017 - deadline for submissions

September 05, 2017 - review and selection of seven finalists, notification sent

September 22, 2017 - Exhibit Opening & Meet the Artist Reception

September 24, 2017 – Entries on display at the library for Banned Books Week (September 24–30) and packs of the winning cards are available to the public.

Delivery and Questions

For delivery in person, by mail or for additional information please contact:

Christine Bennett
Chapel Hill Public Library

100 Library Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
T:  (919) 969-2021


About the Library

Chapel Hill Public Library is a place for everyone. Through literacy development, lifelong learning opportunities, recreational reading, technology initiatives, and robust arts and cultural programs, CHPL’s mission is:

Sparking Curiosity. Inspiring Learning. Creating Connections.


About the Division of Cultural Arts Office and the Public Arts Commission

The Cultural Arts Division of the Town of Chapel Hill’s Parks & Recreation Department develops and implements art programs to increase public awareness and access to the arts, and provides opportunities for local artists to display their work. The Office is advised by the Chapel Hill Cultural Arts Commission, an eleven member volunteer board established in 1992 and appointed by the Town Council. 


The Cultural Arts Division and Chapel Hill Public Library reserve the right to refuse any or all submissions, to refuse any finalist, to waive informalities in proposals or procedures, or to withhold the award of a commission should it be determined that submissions are not adequate, or for any other reason prior to a written contractual arrangement being reached.

Download Call for Artists with complete submission information




Town-Sponsored Events





Fourth of July Celebration at Kenan Stadium

Featuring Live in Concert: RadioJacks

Join us once again as a spectacular display of fireworks echoes throughout Kenan Stadium this Independence day! Travel & Leisure Magazine ranked Chapel Hill no. 10 as America’s Best Towns for July Fourth Celebrations. This is one celebration you won’t want to miss!

This year gates open at 7 p.m. and family activities and fun are planned throughout the evening! The RadioJacks will be rocking the stadium with the latest radio hits and state of the art sound and lighting!

Radio Jacks are a fun and youthful Top 40 variety band performing the radio hits of such artists as Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Pink, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Meghan Trainor and Pharrell Williams while sprinkling in the classics by such artists as Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Earth, Wind & Fire and Prince to name a few.  With their universal appeal, Radiojacks will have audiences of all ages on the dance floor all night long! 

We’d like to thank these community leaders who contributed as sponsors. Fireworks presented by Cruisers Convenience Marketplace, Performance Subaru, Grace Church and UNC Health Care. The Watermelon Eating Contest hosted by DSI Comedy Theater. Thank you also to our Official Media Partners WCHL and and The News and Observer and our Concourse and Supporting sponsors Passanantes Home Foods and Panera Bread.

The Town of Chapel Hill’s Fourth of July Celebration is a family-friendly night filled with exciting entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display!

Chapel Hill residents rank the Fourth of July Fireworks celebration as the most important local event offered by the Town of Chapel Hill, according to the Community Survey. Each year the event costs more than $40,000 to produce. To help continue this special community event, donations of $1 per person or $5 per family are encouraged and will be collected at the entrance gates.

Recommended parking for event patrons is in the Craige, Jackson and Cardinal parking decks off of Manning Drive. Rams Head Deck and the Bell Tower lots are open to public and disability parking. Handicapped seating access is available in section 119 of the stadium.

The Town of Chapel Hill promotes a Bike & Pedestrian-Friendly Community and encourages everyone to cycle or walk whenever attending these great events!

Seating is limited; please arrive early. No outside food or drink is permitted.

For more details about the July 4th event, visit   




Town Services





July 4 Holiday Service Schedule

Most municipal offices will be closed Tuesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. A July 4th celebration will be held at Kenan Stadium. For more information, visit

RESIDENTIAL REFUSE COLLECTION: No trash collection Tuesday. Tuesday routes will be collected Wednesday, July 5.

CURBSIDE RECYCLING: No change in schedule.




CHAPEL HILL TRANSIT will not operate.

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


PARKING SERVICES: The Parking office will be closed. Municipal lots and on-street metered parking will be free.

PARKS AND RECREATION: The Plant Road office, The Corner Teen Center and Hargraves Community Center will be closed. The A.D. Clark Pool at Hargraves Center will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Homestead Aquatic Center will be open 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Chapel Hill Community Center will be open 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Northside Gym will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on Town Holidays, visit




Stormwater Fees Increase in New Budget Year

A stormwater management fee increase for property owners within the Town of Chapel Hill was approved by the Town Council on June 12, 2017. The additional $6 per 1,000 square feet of impervious surface or portion thereof (equivalent rate unit or ERU) brings property owners’ annual fee to $32.15 per ERU. The 2017-2018 stormwater budget is approximately $2.7 million. More

The increase is needed to pay half of the debt service needs for the 2015 Stormwater Bond sale and to improve the sustainability of the Stormwater Enterprise Fund. The bonds will fund the design and construction of the first stormwater projects prioritized in the Lower Booker Creek subwatershed report and recommendations.

Fees charged on impervious surfaces - areas which increase runoff and pollution by preventing stormwater infiltration - fund the Town’s stormwater management operations and staffing required for floodplain management, federal and state stormwater regulatory compliance and reporting, storm drain maintenance, street sweeping, development plan review, stormwater control inspections, drainage consultations and projects, stream determinations, water quality monitoring, pollution prevention efforts, community education, local and regional watershed planning, and capital improvement projects. Floodplain management is required for the town’s property owners, businesses, and residents to be eligible for flood insurance. Additionally, the Town of Chapel Hill, like all municipalities with separate storm sewer systems, is required to implement water pollution reduction strategies and must be permitted by the state under EPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).

For tips on drainage solutions and pollution prevention, and to learn more about the stormwater management program, visit





Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation and Walk in the Park Join a Nationwide Initiative to Increase Physical Activity Across America

Chapel Hill residents encouraged to participate in Walk in the Park!

Do you have arthritis and need an incentive to walk more? Thanks to a newly formed partnership between the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and Walk with a Doc (WWAD), Chapel Hill residents now have a new opportunity to get active and fit. The Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department introduces a new initiative to promote healthy living, called A Walk in the Park!. Chapel Hill is one of ten cities participating in the launch of this new initiative, which aims to increase physical activity in communities through participation in local parks and recreation.

Here in Chapel Hill, healthcare providers from WWAD-Chapel Hill, a proven arthritis intervention program developed by the Arthritis Foundation, will host events, inviting patients and other community members to go on a group walk together at a local park. While walking, healthcare providers will present a short presentation on a popular health topic, and offer the opportunity for the group to address health-related questions of any providers, researchers, and staff from UNC’s Thurston Arthritis Research Center, Department of Orthopedics, and the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance.

Any patient with arthritis or at risk of developing arthritis is also encouraged to participate in The Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department for the Walk in the Park Program, where they will be introduced to Walk With Ease (WWE). Led by trained and certified instructors, WWE is scientifically proven to help reduce the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. This program is also great for individuals of all ages looking to engage in a simple and low-impact walking program. For walk times, please visit

“We value creating new partnerships that help encourage citizens to get out and recreate more and we have been very interested in partnering with local health care providers.  We’re excited that the NRPA chose us to partner with Walk with a Doc - Chapel Hill, UNC’s Thurston Arthritis Research Center and the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance. This will be a great new program to expand on opportunities for Chapel Hill Community members to enhance their lives,” said Jim Orr, Director for Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation

Twenty-eight percent of Americans, or 80.2 million people, ages six and older are physically inactive. Individuals looking to improve their overall health are encouraged to walk at least 30 minutes a day at their local park. Walking reduces blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, reduces strokes (up to 50 percent), reduces pain and disability, and increases the sense of well-being. To learn more about the benefits of walking, visit  

About Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department

The Town of Chapel Hill is nationally regarded for its quality of life. Public parks and recreation are the gateways to a healthier, more livable community. In addition to our parks, trails, indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation offers a myriad of recreation programs and cultural activities for all ages and social backgrounds. Our mission to enliven our community by providing exceptional service, creating inclusive and cultural experiences, while nurturing beautiful, sustainable spaces. For more info log onto

About The National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of nearly 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit

About Walk with a Doc

Walk with a Doc is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle to improve the health and well-being of the country. Walk with a Doc was started in 2005 by David Sabgir, MD, a board-certified cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio, who practices with the Mount Carmel Health System. Walk with a Doc has grown as a grassroots effort, with a model based on sustainability and simplicity, currently serving 307 communities nationwide. The Chapel Hill Chapter of WWAD is co-hosted by UNC’s Thurston Arthritis Research Center and the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance. Monthly walks start from the UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont. To learn more, visit







Trees in Chapel Hill 

Tree Removal: Willow Drive

A tree on Willow Drive (across from University Place) near Connor Drive was irreparably damaged in the recent storms posing potential risk to people walking in the area. The tree is scheduled to be removed on Tuesday, June 20.

The Town’s arborist inspected the tree to see if anything could be done to preserve the tree. The safest course of action is removal.

Lane closures may take place near Willow Drive and Connor Drive during the removal of the tree.

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

More Information
For more information, contact Park Maintenance Superintendent Kevin Robinson at 919-969-5104 or





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 June.

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:

  • 3-4 p.m. Friday, June 23, West Rosemary Street crosswalks
  • 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, US 15-501 and Kings Mill Road

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
Looking for more Traffic News? Visit Did you know that traffic advisories may be sent directly to your email? Visit to sign up and check the box "Traffic Advisories." For assistance, contact us at

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




News from Other Public Agencies




A Message from Orange County Animal Services

Reminder to Pet Owners about Hot Car Dangers

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (June 20, 2017) — Orange County Animal Services and the Sheriff’s Office remind residents not to leave people or pets in parked vehicles for any period of time during summer months.

Temperatures inside parked vehicles can reach deadly levels in only a matter of minutes, even if parked in the shade and even with all the windows cracked.  While parked cars are dangerous for anyone, pets, children and the elderly are especially at risk.

Unlike humans, pets do not sweat and cannot regulate their body heat in extreme temperatures.  When overheated, they can quickly go into irreversible organ failure that is often fatal.  In Orange County, it is against the law to leave animals inside a parked car if the outside temperature is 70 degrees or higher.

Community members who see pets or people left inside parked vehicles when the outside temperature is at least 70 degrees should immediately call 9-1-1.  Every second counts.

For more information, please visit the American Veterinary Medical Association’s web site at





News Release from Orange County Animal Services

Recommendation for Prevention of Canine Influenza

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Orange County Animal Services is recommending additional prevention and awareness measures be taken for the spread of Canine Influenza, which has now been confirmed in North Carolina. Canine Influenza (also called “Canine Flu”) is a highly contagious airborne virus that can be spread through close proximity to infected dogs. According to Rollins Laboratories, there have been two confirmed canine deaths from the virus in North Carolina: one in the Raleigh area and the other in Morehead City. The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association also reports other confirmed cases in Carteret, Rockingham, Wake, and Davidson counties.

Dogs may carry and spread the virus without showing symptoms. Symptomatic dogs may experience coughing, decreased appetite, lethargy, eye discharge, nasal discharge, and fever. Most dogs that do show symptoms will do so within 2 to 4 days of exposure.

The best prevention against Canine Influenza is vaccination. Animal Services recommends vaccinating dogs as soon as possible. The vaccine requires that dogs receive a follow-up booster shot 2 to 3 weeks after the initial vaccine. Therefore, it will take 4 to 5 weeks before dogs are protected. Many veterinary offices are currently offering a Canine Influenza vaccine.

Other prevention:

  • Limit your dog’s exposure to other dogs. Areas where dogs are most likely to come into contact with the virus include dog parks, pet-friendly stores, dog shows, boarding facilities, and similar venues.
  • Do not let your dog drink from public water bowls. Beware of other items that can carry the virus: food bowls, leashes, crates, clothing, etc. Cleaners with bleach will kill the virus.
  • Humans should practice good sanitation after contact with other dogs or after visiting areas where dogs may routinely be. Change your shoes and clothes, and wash your hands thoroughly. People can pick up the virus in public areas and carry the virus home to their pets unintentionally.
  • Isolate any sick pets and keep them isolated for 30 days after symptoms fade.

Most dogs will recover from Canine Influenza with proper treatment. If you suspect your pet may have been exposed to the virus, please call your veterinarian.

For more details, please visit





Orange County Agencies Seek Feedback on Response to the Water Interruption Incident on Feb. 3 and 4

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (June 16, 2017) — Orange County and other agencies are seeking feedback from residents, businesses and visitors on the response to the Water Interruption Incident from Feb. 3-4, 2017, which affected OWASA customers and the greater Orange County community.

Residents are invited to participate in an online survey, which will be available from June 16 to June 30 at

Responses to the survey will remain anonymous. Data will be compiled to assist Orange County, the Towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA), and other partners in improving community resiliency and response to emergencies.

For about 26 hours on Feb. 3 and 4, the Orange County Health Department and OWASA directed customers not to drink or otherwise use OWASA water. This directive was necessary due to a series of events that began with an on-site fluoride overfeed contained to the Jones Ferry Road Water Treatment Plant in Carrboro, requiring OWASA to close the plant and obtain water from neighboring communities. A subsequent break in a large water line in eastern Chapel Hill required the directive while necessary tests were conducted on the community’s water supply.

Numerous agencies activated their emergency response plans to support the community during the water outage.

When the water outage ended on Feb. 4, a multi-agency group formed to do the After Action Review (AAR) of the incident.  The group determined that hiring an outside consultant would best ensure a comprehensive AAR and Improvement Plan. Crisis Focus, LLC was selected as the consultant.

The AAR and Improvement Plan (IP) development will follow Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Process standards and best practices. The AAR/IP will not analyze factors or assess actions that may have caused the incident, but rather the coordinated response afterward, including operational coordination, public information and warning, planning, mass care services (water distribution), and community resilience.

For more information
Orange County Emergency Management: Kirby Saunders, Emergency Management Coordinator, 919-245-6135.





A Message from OWASA

Sewer repair at Prestwick Road to start on June 26

A contractor working for the Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) (Carolina Civil Works) plans to begin a sewer repair on Prestwick Road and in an OWASA easement on nearby property on Monday, June 26. The work will close Prestwick Road from its intersection with Hamilton Road to the parking garage entrance. 

We estimate the repair will be complete in September 2017, subject to weather and other conditions.

This project has no connection to the Town of Chapel Hill's fire station reconstruction at the corner of Hamilton and Prestwick roads. For more information about the Town's reconstruction of Fire Station 2, please visit

How the work may affect you

  • Construction will impact drivers on Prestwick Road and pedestrians along NC 54 and Prestwick Road. Driving ramps will be available for access to the lower parking deck through the Aloft driveway and pedestrian ramps will be available along the south side of Prestwick. While the ramp is being built, only the parking garage entrance off Preswick will be open.
  • A large black plastic pipe on top of the pavement will carry wastewater around the repair area. This line will be protected throughout the project by concrete or plastic water filled barriers. If you have any questions, concerns or comments about the pipe, please contact Simon Lobdell, PE, Project Manager, immediately at 919-537-4247 or
  • If there are unplanned interruptions of utility services, we will work with the utilities involved to restore service as soon as possible.
  • There will be noise, odor and mud, but we will comply with the Town's noise ordinance. Work hours will typically be from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday.
  • However, at least twice during the project, work will have to occur at night and this will involve noise and odor. We will send an update when the night work is scheduled.

Comments or questions?

For future updates please feel free to contact Simon Lobdell, PE, Project Manager, at 919-537-4247 or whenever you have any questions or comments.

If you have questions about the Town's construction, please contact Ran Northam, Town of Chapel Hill Community Safety Communications Specialist, at or (919) 969-4878.

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Chronic homelessness in Orange County down 72 percent since 2011

News Release from Orange County

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (June 20, 2017) — Chronic homelessness in Orange County has dropped 72 percent since 2011, according to data from the annual Point-in-Time count survey conducted earlier this year.

Orange County reported 127 people experiencing homelessness in the PIT count. Since 2011 there has been a 7% reduction in the overall number, from 136 in 2011 to 127 this year, and the number of chronic homeless dropped from 50 to 14. People who are chronically homeless have a disability and have been homeless for a long time.

“We have focused significant energy on ending chronic homelessness in Orange County, and we are seeing results,” says Corey Root, Coordinator of the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness. “Homeless service providers devote a lot of time and resources to coordinate with one another to address people’s individual needs. Plus we have targeted most of our federal funding for programs that transition people experiencing chronic homelessness back into housing.”

“We feel confident we have accurate data about people experiencing homeless in Orange County. We are fortunate to have local folks who have done the Point-in-Time count for many years and are really good at it, including vital support from our local law enforcement agencies."

Of the 127 people reported homeless this year, 37 were living on the streets and 90 were in shelter or transitional housing. The majority of people homeless in Orange County were found to be living in adult-only households, male, over age 25, and disproportionately African-American. The PIT showed 59% of people experiencing homelessness in the county are African-American, while 12% of Orange County’s population overall is African-American.

“We will be addressing the racial disparities we see and adopting racial equity goals into the Orange County Plan to End Homelessness,” says Root.

Eleven of the people reported homeless, 9% of the total, are veterans, a group that has remained near constant since 2011, when ten veterans were counted. Root said the organization has started a “Homeless Veterans working group to particularly address the needs of former service members.”

The Point-in-Time count is an unduplicated count of households that are homeless – both people living in places not meant for human habitation and those living in shelter and transitional housing. The 2017 PIT count took place the night of Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. That night volunteers went out across Orange County to locate people living on the streets. In addition, service agencies counted people experiencing homelessness who presented for services.

System Performance Measures are gathered from the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) database that homeless service providers use. The FY2016 measures cover October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016. During this period 269 people experienced homelessness, 212 of those were homeless for the first time. People were homeless on average of 113 days, down from 121 days reported last year. Returns to homelessness were also down, from 22% in FY2015 to 10% reported this year.

The Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness coordinates the Point-in-Time count and System Performance Measure reporting each year. OCPEH is a coalition of service providers, local governments, and community members who work together to coordinate funding and bring best practices to the work of ending homelessness in Orange County.

More info:
Orange County Homeless Data
System Performance Measures


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