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 Highlights
The Chapel Hill Town Council will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, 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 http://bit.ly/2El8rz3.
View Council meetings live at the link above – and on Chapel Hill Gov-TV (townofchapelhill.org/GovTV). 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 email@example.com. For assistance, contact the Communications and Public Affairs Department at 919-968-2743 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (parkonthehill.com). Town Hall is served by NS and T routes of Chapel Hill Transit (chtransit.org).
Building Integrated Communities Project Update
The Council will receive an update on the Building Integrated Communities (BIC) project from Sarah Viñas, Assistant Director of the Office for Housing and Community, and Dr. Hannah Gill of UNC-Chapel Hill. BIC is a statewide community planning initiative that helps local North Carolina governments successfully engage with refugee and foreign-born populations. Two BIC meetings have been held to date in Chapel Hill, which were attended by 105 people from Taiwan, China, Thailand, Burma/Myanmar, Korea, Japan, Ghana, Poland, Switzerland, Canada, and the US. A third BIC meeting is scheduled for Feb. 15 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael St.
Town Manager Recruitment and Selection Process
The Council will have a discussion with Stephen K. Straus, Ph.D., of Developmental Associates, to provide a foundation for defining the competencies sought in recruitment of the next Town Manager, and in designing the selection process. In November, current Town Manager Roger Stancil announced his plans to retire in the fall of 2018 after serving as 12 years as Town Manager.
Appointments to the Grievance Hearing Board
The Council will consider applications for one opening on the Town’s Grievance Hearing Board. This Board is comprised of eight Chapel Hill residents and serves as an independent check and balance in the Town’s disciplinary process.