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Post Date:07/13/2017 10:31 AM
Chapel Hill eNews

 

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Up Front

 

Free Parking on Saturdays!

Free parking 

On-street parking meters will be free on Saturdays in July. Look for the bagged meters (three-hour limit).  Read more.

From Town Hall

Town-Sponsored Events

Transportation

Public Safety News

News from Other Public Agencies

 

 

 

Up Front

 

 

 

TOWNweek has been posted!

www.townofchapelhill.org/townweek

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MARY WILLIAMS 

Things to do in Chapel Hill

Feature from the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau

“From Slavery to Civil Rights: An Aural History Tour” with Mary D. Williams

5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 16
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, UNC Campus

Gospel singer, historian, and educator Mary D. Williams will perform on July 16 at UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library. “From Slavery to Civil Rights: An Aural History Tour” will offer a chance to learn about American history through music, including spirituals, protest songs, and gospel music. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room, following a 5 p.m. reception. The event is free and open to the public. Call (919) 548-1203. http://library.unc.edu/event/gospel-singer-mary-williams-to-offer-aural-history-tour-july-16/

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Streetscape 

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 info@townofchapelhill.org

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Chapel Hill businessman helps bring alcohol to Sunday brunch (The Herald-Sun)

A local Brunch Bill rule will not only let more people drink at Sunday brunch, but create jobs and more tax money for the town, a local restaurateur said. Read more: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/counties/orange-county/article160662824.html

 

Chapel Hill Frees The Mimosa (Chapelboro.com)

One week after Carrboro and Raleigh changed their policies, Chapel Hill followed suit – and freed the mimosa. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/chapel-hill-frees-mimosa

 

Chapel Hill approves partial brunch bill (ABC 11)

The town of Chapel Hill has approved 10 a.m. alcohol sales on Sunday for restaurants, but has deferred action on store sales until the fall. Read more: http://abc11.com/food/chapel-hill-approves-partial-brunch-bill-/2203231/

 

Chapel Hill Officials Vote on Approval Process for Amity Station Development (Chapelboro.com)

Town officials in Chapel Hill are mulling over the most appropriate approval process for a plan that would put an apartment complex on West Rosemary Street. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/development/chapel-hill-officials-vote-approval-process-amity-station-development

 

“Brunch Bill” To Impact More Than Brunch (Chapelboro.com)

Chapel Hill Town Council will discuss the legislation that has been coined the “brunch-bill” in a special session next Monday, but according to the President of the Distillery association of North Carolina and Chairman of the Licensed Beverage Committee for the North Carolina restaurant Association Scott Maitland, this bill’s impact will far surpass earlier alcohol sales on Sunday. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/business/brunch-bill-to-impact-more-than-brunch

 

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From Town Hall

 

 

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Chapel Hill Town Council Approves 10 a.m. Brunch Alcohol Sales

The Chapel Hill Town Council voted on July 10 to allow 10 a.m. Sunday alcohol sales, allowing restaurants to begin serving mimosas and other alcoholic beverages at 10 a.m. Sundays instead of noon. A decision on whether to allow earlier alcohol sales in stores was deferred until fall. 

Mayor Pam Hemminger said the Council acted on “on-premises consumption,” but delayed decision on “off-premises consumption” for 10 a.m. Sundays. The delay until fall – when more of the community is around in a college town like Chapel Hill – will allow more to provide public input. Following the unanimous vote, the Mayor invited residents and visitors to enjoy brunch in downtown Chapel Hill, which is offering free on-street parking on Saturdays during July.

Would you like to view the video of this Council Special Meeting? (townofchapelhill.org/councilvideo).

Access the complete agenda at http://bit.ly/2sRa0hA by contacting Communications and Public Affairs at 919-968-2743 or publicaffairs@townofchapelhill.org

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Town-Sponsored Events

 

 

RADISHES AT THE FARMERS MARKET 

Farmers Market coming to Cedar Falls Park

thanks to Marin Lissy, age 12

A new seasonal farmer’s market is coming to Cedar Falls Park, 501 Weaver Dairy Road, on Sundays.

Local farmers will sell produce from 4 to 6 p.m. Sundays beginning July 16 through Aug. 13.

Organized by Produce for Parks, the market is a collaborative community effort aimed at increasing access to healthy food in the community and to support local farmers.

Founded by a 12-year-old Chapel Hill youth, Marin Lissy, the market is co-sponsored by the Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation, and funded by the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties. It is also supported by the Chapel Hill Farmer’s Market, Farmer Foodshare and several independent farms.

The mini-market is a trial initiative that provides another option for healthy eating to recreational park users and nearby residents of Cedar Falls Park. It combines recreation and fitness activities with access to healthy and local food choices.

According to Lissy’s website: “A park is a natural gathering place where people play and enjoy the outdoors. That means that we have a captive audience at and around the park to provide healthy food. We can also draw in people who live in the area. Cedar Falls Park is in an area that is considered a fresh food ‘food desert,’ meaning there is no grocery store within a one mile vicinity of the area.”

Learn more about the farmer’s market at http://produceforparks.wixsite.com/produceforparks or email produceforparks@gmail.com

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Transportation 

 

 

ROSEMARY STREET CLOSURE MAP

West Rosemary Street to Close: Columbia Street to Church Street

West Rosemary Street from Columbia to Church streets will be closed to through traffic from 9 a.m. Friday, July 14, through the afternoon of Saturday, July 15.

The contractor for the AC Hotel project will be deconstructing and removing the crane that has been in place since November. This work requires equipment to completely block West Rosemary Street.

Residents and employees of businesses at 140 West will be able to access the parking deck via Rosemary Street (if traveling from the east) or via Church Street, Short Street, Pritchard Avenue and Rosemary Street (if traveling from the west). Traffic wishing to access West Rosemary Street beyond the AC Hotel site may do so via Church Street. (See detour map.)

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

Do you walk, bike, run and wheel around Chapel Hill? The Town of Chapel Hill is busy with projects to improve your travel safety and convenience – including sidewalks, streets, trails and greenways, traffic calming and more. For more information, visit townofchapelhill.org/gettingaround.

And, for a weekly digest of all Town news, sign up for Chapel Hill eNews at townofchapelhill.org/signup or by sending a request to info@townofchapelhill.org.

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

 

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PARKING ON FRANKLIN STREET

#MeetDowntown and Enjoy Free Saturday On-Street Parking in July

On-street metered parking will be FREE on Saturdays in downtown Chapel Hill during the month of July. The dates are July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.

How will you know?
About 200 spaces will be available; the meters will be bagged! These are all highly visible and desirable downtown parking spaces with convenient access for residents and visitors to shop, dine and enjoy the #SummerInChapelHill.

The three-hour limit for metered parking will be in effect and will be monitored. Parking at Town decks and surface parking lots is not included in the freebie offering. And remember…public parking is always free on Sundays!

Download the Park Mobile app (available at ParkOnTheHill.com), and you can pay for downtown parking directly on your smartphone.  For all downtown parking information visit ParkOnTheHill.com.

To make the downtown experience more enjoyable and accessible, the Town of Chapel Hill and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership have worked together to design and implement parking promotions including this program for July. For questions please contact the Parking Services Department at 919-968-2760.

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

Do you walk, bike, run and wheel around Chapel Hill? The Town of Chapel Hill is busy with projects to improve your travel safety and convenience – including sidewalks, streets, trails and greenways, traffic calming and more. For more information, visit townofchapelhill.org/gettingaround. And, for a weekly digest of all Town news, sign up for Chapel Hill eNews at townofchapelhill.org/signup or by sending a request to info@townofchapelhill.org.

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

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A and Saturday T Routes to Detour on Hillsborough Street

Chapel Hill Transit will detour the A and Saturday T routes beginning Monday, July 17, due to a water pipe replacement project by the Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) on Hillsborough Street. One-way traffic will be maintained and the routes will be detoured for the outbound trips only (heading towards Martin Luther King).

For more information about OWASA's project, visit townofchapelhill.org/Home/Components/News/News/11271/22.

The outbound trips on the routes will be detoured along Franklin Street from Columbia Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The detoured routes will not serve bus stops on Hillsborough Street at E. Rosemary Street (#3108), Delta Zeta (#3030), Bolinwood Drive (#3248) and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (#3246).

For complete information about Chapel Hill Transit services, schedules, route changes or directions to the nearest stop, visit us at chtransit.org, email chtransit@townofchapelhill.org, or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.

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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 July.

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:

  • 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between Hillsborough Street/Umstead Drive and Homestead Road
  • 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, West Rosemary Street and West Franklin Street

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: townofchapelhill.org/gettingaround.

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

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

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Public Safety News

 

 

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Are Your Car Doors and Windows Locked?

The Chapel Hill Police Department is reminding residents and visitors of the Town of Chapel Hill to roll up your windows, lock your doors, and hide your valuables. Summer is the top season for vehicle theft, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Officers have responded to an increase in reports of breaking and entering to vehicles in recent weeks, and a large number of those have been where car owners have left valuables in plain sight and doors unlocked.

Some of the affected areas include neighborhoods around Erwin and Sage roads, Old Chapel Hill Road, the Colony Woods and Briar Cliff neighborhoods, Glen Lennox, the downtown area, and the greater Northside neighborhood.

Witnesses of suspicious conditions should call 911 immediately. If anyone has information about a recent incident, please call either the Chapel Hill Police Department during regular business hours at 919-968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515 24 hours a day. 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. You can also leave tips for Crime Stoppers at http://www.crimestoppers-chcunc.org.

Chapel Hill Police and the NHTSA have a few helpful tips to follow when exiting your vehicle:

  • Take your key; don't leave it in or on your vehicle;
  • Close and lock all windows and doors when you park;
  • Park in well-lit areas, in a garage if possible; and
  • Never leave valuables in your vehicle — especially where they are in sight.

View a video at https://youtu.be/IvNGiVuM6tY

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POLICE HEADQUARTERS 

Chapel Hill Police Seek Information in Armed Robbery at Speedway Gas Station

The Chapel Hill Police Department is seeking assistance in the apprehension of three suspects involved in an armed robbery Monday evening at the Speedway Gas Station at 1213 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (south of Homestead Road).

The suspects were described as three black males, approximately 6 feet tall, dressed in dark clothing and wearing bandanas over their faces. One suspect was seen wearing a football-style jersey with the number 77 on the front and back; one suspect was wearing a black shirt; and one suspect had a blue jump suit with black or brown work-style boots.  A handgun was displayed by one of the suspects in the robbery; the other two suspects did not display weapons.

Officers responded to a 911 call at 10:27 p.m. Monday. Two store clerks were assaulted and forced to empty the cash register, which had approximately $700 inside. The suspects reportedly fled on foot toward the back of the store.

If anyone has information about this incident, please call either the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760 or 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. You can also leave tips for Crime Stoppers at crimestoppers-chcunc.org.

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News from Other Public Agencies

 

 

 

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News Release from OWASA

Hillsborough Street Daytime Closures Beginning July 17

A contractor for the Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) will close Hillsborough Street to through traffic weekdays beginning Monday, July 17, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. to replace water pipes under and along Hillsborough Street. The closure will occur from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to North Street. The work is scheduled to be completed this winter, weather permitting.

The southbound lane will normally be open within the project area to maintain access for Chapel Hill Transit buses, service vehicles, emergency vehicles and residents in the vicinity. Through traffic should seek an alternate route.

Chapel Hill Transit will partially detour routes along Hillsborough Street during this closure. For more information, visit townofchapelhill.org/Home/Components/News/News/11273/22.

 

Other ways in which the work will affect customers

OWASA will need to temporarily interrupt water service when we connect the new pipes to our meters and to existing water lines. We will notify customers one to two days before interrupting service.

If there are unplanned interruptions of utility services, we will work with the utilities involved to restore service as soon as possible. Access to driveways will be temporarily affected when a pipe is installed directly in front of a driveway. We will notify affected residents in advance.

There will be noise and mud, but our contractor will comply with the Town of Chapel Hill's noise ordinance. The contractor's work in the road will normally occur from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.  The contractor will generally be done with work outside of the roadway by 5:30 p.m.

Drinking water may be discolored or have air bubbles (which make water look milky) during our work. If this happens, please run cold water in a bathtub, etc. for five to 10 minutes. If this does not clear up the water, please call us at 919-968-4421 (24-hour number).

Updates: After work begins, we will send updates and post them on our project webpage at owasa.org/HillsboroWaterPipeRepl about once a month, but we will e-mail notices about traffic changes, etc. to people in affected areas whenever needed.

E-mail addresses requested: To get information to you quickly, we request and strongly recommend that you share your e-mail address with us. Please go to tinyurl.com/mz2tvre to get on our distribution list.

Comments or questions? Please feel free to contact me at 919-537-4247 or smlobdell@owasa.org whenever you have any questions or comments.

If you have renters at your property/ies near our project, please ask them to contact us if they have questions or comments or wish to be on our distribution list for future updates. To get our e-mails please go to tinyurl.com/mz2tvre.

You may also contact our contractor and engineer directly:

Moffat Pipe: Jesse Duclau at (jduclau@moffatpipe.com) or 919-235-5149

Hazen & Sawyer: Kim Hanson at (khanson@hazenandsawyer.com) or 727-741-2263

We ask for and we thank you for your understanding and patience during our work to maintain reliable water service in future years.

OWASA is a community-owned agency providing water, sewer and reclaimed water services to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community.

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