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Town Holiday Jan. 1
Monday, Jan. 1 is a Town holiday. Most municipal offices will be closed. Chapel Hill Transit will not operate Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Chapel Hill Public Library will be closed Jan. 1. Read more.
- Orange County accepting pre-payments for 2018 property taxes.
- Protect water pipes from freezing (from OWASA)
TOWNweek has been posted!
Things to do in Chapel Hill
Night Lights: A Family New Year’s Eve
4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017
Celebrate a family New Year's Eve at Morehead Planetarium & Science Center. Family-friendly activities, performances, and a kids' countdown under the stars to ring in the new year!
First Saturday Tour
10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Jan. 6
North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road Chapel Hill (919) 962-0522
First Saturday Tour: The Garden in Winter - 'He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.' ~John Burroughs. The Garden in winter is still a magical place. Bundle up and prepare to be surprised at the beauty and wonder to be found in the bare bones landscape of winter. FREE; please pre-register. Space is limited! Meet in the Allen Education Center lobby. http://ncbg.unc.edu/
UNC Women’s Basketball
2 p.m., Jan. 7
Carmichael Arena, 301 South Road Chapel Hill (919) 962-2296
Admission: $10. UNC vs. Pitt www.goheels.com/
Art Reception at the Horace Williams House
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Horace Williams House, 610 East Rosemary Street Chapel Hill (919) 942-7818
Art Reception - Linda Prager ceramics & Bryan Colburn Ellis mixed media. preservationchapelhill.org/
Town in News
Chapel Hill Mayor praises local efforts and calls for national efforts regarding DACA (WCHL)
The fate of many DACA recipients, undocumented individuals who were brought to the US illegally as children, remains unclear since the Trump administration announced plans to end the Obama-era program earlier this year. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/national/chapel-hill-mayor-praises-local-efforts-calls-national-efforts-regarding-daca
With tax changes pending, Orange County residents can pre-pay 2018 property taxes Thursday and Friday (WCHL)
Orange County officials are telling residents that they can pre-pay their 2018 property taxes before new federal tax laws take effect on January 1. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/national/tax-changes-pending-orange-county-residents-can-pre-pay-2018-property-taxes-thursday-friday
Chapel Hill Man Charged with Rape (WCHL)
What appears to have started as a domestic incident led to a Chapel Hill man being charged with rape. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chapel-hill-man-charged-rape
Chapel Hill Hesitant on Proposal That Would Displace Residents (WCHL)
The Chapel Hill Community Design Commission did not seem to have many kind thoughts regarding a proposal to bring a multi-building apartment complex and townhome development to Weaver Dairy Road across from Timberlyne Shopping Center. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/chapel-hill-hesitant-proposal-displace-residents
Chapel Hill police locate missing person (WCHL)
Police said early Saturday morning that Hawkins had been found and that he was unharmed and safe. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/safety/chapel-hill-police-looking-missing-person
Chapel Hill warns of 'virtual hostage' scam (ABC)
The Town of Chapel Hill is now warning people about the so-called "virtual kidnapping" scam that's sweeping the Triangle. Read more: http://abc11.com/chapel-hill-warns-of--virtual-hostage-scam/2809072/
From Town Hall
Orange County accepting pre-payments for 2018 property taxes
The Orange County Tax Office is working with residents to establish and collect prepayments for 2018 property taxes. According to Orange County Tax Director Dwane Brinson, the estimated 2018 property taxes will be based on tax assessment and tax rate information from 2017. Tax assessments and bills for 2018 will not be finalized for several months. Once the 2018 tax assessments and bills are finalized, the actual amount may vary from the estimated amount.
To request a prepayment of 2018 taxes based on your 2017 tax assessment, please contact the Orange County Tax Office by calling 919-245-2100, emailing email@example.com or visiting in person at 228 S Churton St, Hillsborough. The tax office will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday of this week.
Protect water pipes from freezing
A news release from OWASA
With subfreezing temperatures in the forecast, OWASA encourages customers to take steps to protect their water pipes and prevent water damage from frozen and burst pipes.
If a water pipe breaks due to freezing, water loss and significant property damage can result.
Below is information about how to protect water pipes from freezing.
Seal Unheated Areas
Pipes in unheated areas of a building, such as the crawlspace or basement, have the greatest chance of freezing. Therefore, it is important to seal openings and air leaks in the crawlspace or basement, including access doors, air vents in the foundation and cracks.
- You can use insulation, cardboard, plastic or newspaper to close and seal cracks and other openings - just keep the cold air out as much as possible.
- Your foundation air vents may have hinged covers so the vents can easily be closed. However, if the basement or crawlspace has a furnace that uses natural gas or heating oil, and/or a water heater that uses natural gas, please maintain an adequate supply of air. You may wish to check with the company that installed and/or maintains the heater or furnace about maintaining adequate air supply.
Insulate Exposed Pipes
If you have water pipes or hoses in an unheated area (such as a crawlspace, attic, basement or utility room/shed), insulating the pipes is prudent, especially if they are cold water pipes. For example, pipes that hold water for a sprinkler fire protection system may need to be insulated if they are in an unheated attic.
- Pipes in an unheated area can be protected by wrapping them with electrical heating tape (available at supply stores). However, heating tape should not be installed on pipes that are insulated.
- If you have pipes inside or close to an exterior wall (such as pipes that supply water to a sink), you can help keep the pipes warm by opening the door of the cabinet under the sink.
Drain Unused Pipes
Remove and drain hoses from outdoor spigots. If there is a shut-off valve specifically for an outdoor spigot, turn the valve to the off position, open the spigot and drain any water remaining in the spigot and pipe downstream of the shut-off valve.
- If you have water pipes in an unheated area such as a shed or garage and there is a shut-off valve for those pipes, turn off the valve and drain the water from the pipes by opening the faucet/spigot.
- If you have difficulty protecting pipes from freezing, you can let one or more cold water faucets drip slowly to keep water moving and reduce the potential for freezing. A slow drip from a faucet is better than major water loss and property damage from frozen (burst) pipes.
Identify and mark the location of the shut-off valve in your plumbing system so you can quickly turn off the water in case of an emergency. Make sure other people in your home or business know where the valve is located and how to operate it in case there is an emergency.
- If you do not have a shut-off valve in your plumbing system and you need to shut off the water for a repair, please contact OWASA at 919-968-4421 (24 hour number). OWASA will turn off the water at no charge once a year and we have employees on call at all times to respond to service emergencies, water main breaks, etc.
- If you do not have a shut-off valve, OWASA recommends contacting a plumber(s) in the near future to get costs and other information about having one installed.
- Check that the cover on the OWASA water meter serving your home or business is closed to help protect water in the meter from freezing. If the cover is missing, please contact us at 919-968-4421 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (E-mails are received during normal business hours of 8 AM to 5 PM on weekdays other than holidays; please call us if there is an immediate need to replace a missing cover.)
For more information:
919-968-4421 or email@example.com
New Year's Holiday Schedule
Most municipal offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 1.
RESIDENTIAL REFUSE COLLECTION: No trash collection Monday. Monday routes will be collected Wednesday, Jan. 3.
CURBSIDE RECYCLING: No collection Jan. 1. Monday routes will be collected Saturday, Jan. 6.
COMMERCIAL REFUSE COLLECTION: No collection Monday. Monday’s trash will be collected later in the week.
ORANGE COUNTY LANDFILL will be closed.
SOLID WASTE CONVENIENCE CENTERS will be closed.
CHAPEL HILL TRANSIT will not operate Dec. 31-Jan. 1. Local service only Dec. 27-28; no express service. GoTriangle 420 will operate Dec. 26-29. Saturday service schedule on Friday, Dec. 29.Tar Heel Express service for UNC basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 30. More Information
HOUSING: Office and Maintenance Division will be closed. For emergency maintenance services, call 919-968-2855.
CHAPEL HILL PUBLIC LIBRARY will be closed.
PARKING SERVICES: The Parking office will be closed. No municipal parking enforcement.
PARKS AND RECREATION: The Plant Road office will be closed. Call facilities for schedules: Chapel Hill Community Center (919-968-2790); Hargraves Recreation Center (919-968-2794); Homestead Aquatics Center (919-968-2799); The Corner Teen Center (919-968-2841).
For more information on Town Holidays, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/holiday.
Place loose leaves/pine straw, free of limbs and debris, at the back of the curb for collection. Keep leaves out of streets, gutters and ditches to prevent flooding and bike and car accidents. Do not block sidewalks, fire hydrants, mailboxes, storm drains or water meters or interfere with sight distances at intersections.
For more information on leaf collection, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/leaves.
Free Weekend Parking for the Holiday Season
Shop and eat locally this holiday season in downtown Chapel Hill! The Town of Chapel Hill's parking specials begin on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 23) and continue through the weekend including Small Business Saturday (Nov. 25) with free public parking downtown.
Parking will be free throughout December during Saturday day-times at all Town-owned parking lots and metered parking (three hour time limit). After 5 p.m., normal rates will be charged at the Wallace Deck and the Rosemary/Columbia lot. Public parking will also be free from Monday, Dec. 25-Wednesday, Dec. 27 and New Year's Day (Monday, Jan. 1).
And remember...public parking is always free on Sundays year-round! Visit www.parkonthehill.com for a map and list of downtown parking options.