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Stay Informed about Stormwater!
The spring stormwater newletter is here!
Prepare for hurricane season and learn how Chapel Hill resident Lenore Martin solved her stormwater woes in the new issue of Chapel Hill Stormwater Management’s spring newsletter, The Current.
Chapel Hill launches mobile app to connect with residents
The Town of Chapel Hill has launched Chapel Hill Connect – a free mobile app that allows residents to easily report non-emergency issues located within Chapel Hill town limits to Town staff.
The app allows users to submit a description, picture and location of an issue, such as a pothole, sidewalk concern or blocked storm drain.
The report is automatically submitted to the respective division or department for review. The individual who submitted the service request will be notified when the issue has been acknowledged and closed. People are able to view, comment on and vote to fix problems submitted by their neighbors.
Additional features of the app allow residents easy access to the latest town news and events, Chapel Hill Transit schedules, parking information, swimming pool schedules and more.
“We’re always looking for new ways to increase engagement with our community,” said Town Manager Roger Stancil. “We are excited to offer this mobile-friendly tool for residents to both stay informed of Town happenings, as well as report issues we can address.”
The mobile app is available for download on Android and iPhone. Simply search “Chapel Hill Connect” on the App Store and Google Play. In addition to the mobile apps, residents can send reports through the Town’s website. See http://www.townofchapelhill.org/i-want-to/report
Chapel Hill Connect was developed in partnership with SeeClickFix https://seeclickfix.com/
Chapel Hill Earns High Marks from Residents
Chapel Hill ranks as a “high performing city” with 81 percent of residents reporting satisfaction with the overall quality of life in Chapel Hill, according to results released this month from the Community Survey.
The Community Survey serves as a consumer report card for the Town. Residents rate the quality of life, and their satisfaction with services and local government. Town of Chapel Hill leaders have been listening and responding to what people have to say since launching the first survey in 2009.
“The Community Survey is part of our overall effort to identify priorities for community planning and resource allocation,” said Town Manager Roger Stancil. “The one consistent finding over 10 years of surveys is that our residents rate the quality of core services very highly, which is a tribute to our excellent employees.”
According to benchmarking analysis provided by ETC Institute, Chapel Hill residents’ satisfaction with the quality of services rates at 79 percent – which is 30 percentage points higher than the U.S. average and 28 percentage points higher than the Atlantic regional average.
Notable increases in satisfaction since the last survey are in response to availability and maintenance of sidewalks, overall effectiveness of Town communication, quality of Chapel Hill Transit and how well the Town is preparing for the future.
Short-term decreases in satisfaction are in response to the level of public involvement in decision making, ease of use of parking payment options, maintenance of streets, and access to information about Town issues and events.
By Listening and Responding, the Town has made progress in many areas.
- Areas that saw a more than a 10 percentage point increase from the last survey were the maintenance of sidewalks which received a 59 percent satisfaction rate -- and, overall effectiveness of Town communication with the public, which received a 61 percent satisfaction rate.
- Maintenance and preservation of downtown consistently ranks as a community priority. This year, the Town made improvements to Rosemary Street, added street lighting, crosswalks and mini parks; and improved alleyways in the downtown. Satisfaction in this area has seen an increase of 10 percentage points since from the first survey in 2009.
- Satisfaction with the availability of sidewalks has increased 12 percentage points since 2009.
- While traffic flow persists as a key concern, this year’s survey shows an increase of 7 percentage points in satisfaction with “overall management of traffic flow” from the 2015 survey.
- We have made numerous improvements since hearing the community’s desire for more bike lanes and greenways. Satisfaction with the availability of greenways is at 68 percent this year – an increase of 6 percentage points since 2015 – and, 15 percentage points since 2009.
Chapel Hill’s Housing Advisory Board looking for an affordable housing advocate
Are you interested in an opportunity to help shape the Town’s housing policies? Do you have demonstrated knowledge of or experience in affordable housing? Consider serving on the Housing Advisory Board.
The Town of Chapel Hill is currently looking for someone to fill the Affordable Housing Advocate seat on its Housing Advisory Board. The Affordable Housing Advocate must have demonstrated knowledge of or experience in affordable housing. Preference is given to applicants that live within the municipal limits of the Town of Chapel Hill.
Housing Advisory Board members are appointed by Town Council to serve three-year terms. The Board meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall (405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.). The average time commitment to serve on this board is about 2 - 4 hours per month. No previous board experience is required—new members will receive training and guidance to support their success.
How to Apply
To apply to serve on the Housing Advisory Board, submit an application online at www.townofchapelhill.org/boards. You may also call 919-968-5014 to request an application.
The Housing Advisory Board plans to review applications for the Affordable Housing Advocate seat at its meeting on June 12th. Eligible applicants may be invited to the Board’s meeting on August 14th.
Housing Advisory Board Membership
The Housing Advisory Board is made up of nine (9) members appointed by Town Council. Three (3) members are Homeowners or Tenants. One (1) member is a Non-Market Rate Housing Resident. One (1) member is an Affordable Housing Advocate. One (1) member is a Non-Profit Housing Provider/Professional. One (1) member is a For-Profit Developer. One (1) member is a Real Estate Broker. One (1) member is a Housing, Planning or Public Policy Expert.
Contact the Communications and Public Affairs Department at 919-969-5014 or email@example.com. We look forward to working with you!
May Is Bike Month
NOTE: Some events have been rescheduled due to inclement weather. Please see below for an updated schedule.
The Town of Chapel Hill and Go Chapel Hill-UNC-Carrboro support special events during the month of May to celebrate Bike Month.
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. The Town of Chapel Hill’s focus on “complete streets” includes traffic slowing measures, public transit, and safe walkways and bike lanes.
To access resources for people who bike and walk, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/residents/transportation/bicycle-and-pedestrian.
National Bike to Work Day
Fix-It and Bus Rack Station Launch, noon, 143 E. Franklin St.
National Trails Day
10 a.m., Tanyard Branch Trail Ribbon Cutting
Bikes, Bells and Blueberry Days
Bike Rides, Crafts, Games, Electric Bike
Demo and Free Bike Adjustments
Noon-3 p.m., Chapel Hill Community Center, 120 S. Estes Drive
For more information, visit gochapelhill.org
Fix-It and Bus Rack Station Launch
Celebrate Bike to Work Day with the launch of the new Fix-It and Bus Rack Station at noon Friday, June 1, at 143 E. Franklin St. This event was rescheduled from May 18. The Fix-It Station has a bicycle tire pump and tools for small bicycle repairs and quick tune-ups.
Did you know you can load your bike on a bus? Learn how to use the bike rack with the new demo station! Find transit schedules at chtransit.org.
Get more information at gochapelhill.org.
Join the EZ Rider Advisory Committee
Are you a Chapel Hill, Carrboro or UNC campus resident interested in making a difference? Consider serving on the EZ Rider Advisory Committee.
Chapel Hill Transit is currently looking for community members to serve on the EZ Rider Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of the Chapel Hill Transit Public Transit Committee. The EZ Rider Advisory Committee works to ensure that the transit system is serving the needs of people with disabilities within the service area.
EZ Rider Advisory Committee members serve three-year terms. The committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. at the Chapel Hill Public Library (100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC). The average time commitment to serve on this board is about 1 - 3 hours per month. No experience is required—new members will receive training and guidance to support their success.
How to Apply
To apply to serve on the EZ Rider Advisory Committee, submit an application online by noon on June 25, 2018 at www.townofchapelhill.org/boards. You may also call 919 969-4920 to receive an application.
The Chapel Hill Transit Public Transit Committee will make appointments to the EZ Rider Advisory Committee on June 26, 2018.
EZ Rider Advisory Committee Membership
The EZ Rider Advisory Committee is made up of seven (7) members. Each Chapel Hill Transit funding partner (Town of Chapel Hill, Town of Carrboro, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) has one (1) representative. Four (4) representatives are EZ Rider customers, persons from organizations involved in issues that concern people with disabilities, or private citizens who advocate for the needs of people with disabilities.
Contact the Communications and Public Affairs Department at 919-969-5014 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to working with you!
Memorial Day Holiday
Most municipal offices will be closed Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day.
Residential Refuse Collection: No trash collection Monday. Monday’s trash will be collected Wednesday, May 30.
Curbside Recycling: No change in schedule
Commercial Refuse Collection: No trash collection Monday. Monday’s trash will be collected by the end of the week.
Orange County Landfill and Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be closed.
Chapel Hill Public Library will be open from 1 to 5 p.m.
Chapel Hill Transit will not operate on Monday.
Housing: Office and Maintenance Division will be closed. For emergency maintenance services, call 919-968-2855.
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).
The Town of Chapel Hill will begin multiple tree replacement projects in the coming weeks with the focus on community safety.
Work that began during UNC-Chapel Hill’s spring break on three large oak trees on McCauley Street Extension will continue during the week of May 21.
Two maple trees in the 300 block of West Cameron Avenue (near the Chi Psi Fraternity) will be removed on June 25. These trees were also found to be in poor health and could pose harm to people in the area if they are not removed.
Replacement trees will be of species native to North Carolina. They will be planted in the fall, giving them the greatest chance to thrive.
Update: The Chinese Pistachio tree at 175 E. Franklin St. (between Peace and Justice Plaza and Four Corners restaurant) will not be removed. The Town Arborist will continue to monitor the tree’s health specifically for safety of people and property in the area.
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 townofchapelhill.org/trees.
For more information, contact Park Maintenance Superintendent Kevin Robinson at 919-969-5104 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Study: These are the 10 best high schools in North Carolina (WRAL)
USNews.com recently released a report ranking the "Top 10" high schools in North Carolina. Read more: https://www.wral.com/study-these-are-the-10-best-high-schools-in-north-carolina/17561346/
Changes proposed for Chapel Hill homeless shelter raise concern (The Herald Sun)
The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service is considering changes at its men’s shelter, IFC @ SECU Community House, that have raised some concerns among neighbors and at least one Town Council member. Read more: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/counties/orange-county/article211291894.html
Chapel Hill road rage results in shots fired into occupied vehicle (WCHL)
On the James Taylor Bridge in southern Chapel Hill Saturday, an incident nearly turned deadly. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chapel-hill-road-rage-results-shots-fired-occupied-vehicle
Chapel Hill installs two new EV charging stations (WCHL)
The Town of Chapel Hill held a ribbon cutting ceremony last week for a new electric vehicle charging station at the Homestead Aquatic Center. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-town/chapel-hill-installs-two-new-ev-charging-stations
Portion of Hillsborough Street to close through Friday (WCHL)
A portion of Hillsborough Street between Bolinwood Drive and Mill Race Drive in Chapel Hill will be closed from today until 5 p.m. on Friday. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/news/traffic/portion-hillsborough-street-close-friday
Should Chapel Hill end police partnerships with UNC until Silent Sam is removed? (The Herald Sun)
A former Town Council member says Chapel Hill should refuse to work with UNC until the university takes down its Confederate statue Silent Sam. Read more: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/counties/orange-county/article210928579.html
Chapel Hill research park lures homegrown biopharma company (The Herald Sun)
A Chapel Hill-based biopharmaceutical company is the rumored new tenant for a future research and industry park on the northern edge of town. Read more: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/counties/orange-county/article210466604.html
Kidzu Children's Museum seeks support for move to Chapel Hill park (WRAL)
Kidzu Children's Museum is seeking support - via petition signatures - for plans to build a new children's museum in Southern Community Park. Read more: https://www.wral.com/kidzu-children-s-museum-seeks-support-for-move-to-chapel-hill-park/17549619/
Chapel Hill preparing for large crowds for UNC graduation (WCHL)
Crowds of students dressed in Carolina blue robes and their families will be walking the streets of Chapel Hill this weekend, as students celebrate their graduations. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/news/unc/chapel-hill-preparing-for-large-crowds-for-unc-graduation
Co-working company expands Triangle presence with Chapel Hill space (Triangle B
An Amsterdam-based co-working company has made its second play in the Triangle, signing a lease for a new office building that's about to open in Chapel Hill. Read more: https://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2018/05/10/co-working-company-expands-triangle-presence-with.html
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