Travel Safety Initiatives
We want everyone to travel safely in Chapel Hill. The Police Department and area partners will continue speed enforcement and Watch for Me N.C. initiatives throughout the month of February. These initiatives are an effort to continue to preserve and enhance a safe community in which to travel, whether on two wheels, four wheels, two feet, or other methods.
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.
The Chapel Hill Police Department is taking additional steps to encourage safety among all travelers of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and throughout the community. You may notice an enhanced police presence along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Watch For Me N.C. travel-safety initiative scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27, is being moved from South Columbia Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. You will also notice temporary digital signs along the road to encourage safe-travel behaviors.
Council Meeting Summary
The Chapel Hill Town Council met on Monday, June 26, and considered an agenda, http://bit.ly/2tQdfHU that includes these highlights.
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Would you like to view the Council video? (townofchapelhill.org/councilvideo - this should be ready for online viewing by Tuesday afternoon).
A Note About the Council Calendar: Tonight’s meeting was last business meeting of the fiscal year, as the Council will break for summer. When the Council meets again in September, it will be moving its Monday night meetings to Wednesdays. The Council will continue to meet at 7 p.m. In November, the Council will decide whether to make the pilot program a permanent schedule.
Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month
The Council proclaimed Cleft and Craniofacial Prevention Month this July in Chapel Hill. Residents are encouraged to contribute however they can to the support of families and organizations working to aid those affected. Learn more at http://www.acpa-cpf.org/
Update on Town Properties
The Council received an update from the Historic Town Hall, Town Properties, and American Legion Property task forces. The Council accepted 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 concludes the work of both task forces. The Council also accepted the report and recommendations of the American Legion Task Force and, authorized an additional scope of work (not including the review of proposals for the property) for the task force to be completed in November 2017.
Funding to Support Human Service Agencies
The Council approved $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 awarded 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 adopted 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.
Petitions Regarding Reinstatement of the Resource Conservation District in the Ephesus-Fordham Form District
The Council received 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 received a report on development review options for the proposed Amity Station project located at 322 W. Rosemary St. The Council authorized Town staff to prepare a development agreement process for continued review of this mixed-use development. The Town Manager and Town Attorney will gather and summarize community input, and outline options for the development review process to be considered by the Council in the fall.
Advisory Boards and Committees Appointments
The Council made 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 also recommended a Chapel Hill representative for the Orange Council Human Relations Commission to the Orange County Board of Commissioners and appointed a Council Member to the Chatham/Orange Joint Planning Task Force.