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.
Chapel Hill recognized for excellence in public communications
Judges for the NC3C Excellence in Communications Awards Program are local government communication professionals from the national organization City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA). The awards were received by Sabrina Oliver, director of the Communications and Public Affairs Department, and Catherine Lazorko, public information officer, at a presentation made in Greensboro, NC, at the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel/Koury Convention Center on March 21.
The Community Visioning Award recognized innovation in public participation efforts for the Chapel Hill 2020 visioning process, which achieved a historic level of civic engagement in the community. Staff members from many departments, including former community outreach coordinator Faith Thompson, met the people where they are, holding meetings in taverns, at the shopping mall, in churches, and at farmers markets. They reached out to Burmese and Hispanic immigrants, soccer moms, local bloggers, and the business community. Town leaders called the process transformative. Communications was a critical element of its success. A video that tells the story is at https://vimeo.com/45524273. Citizens continue to be involved in the implementation phase of the plan, titled DESIGN 2020.
The Most Creative Activity with Least Dollars Spent Award recognized a fun way to engage people at fairs and special events. Photos are taken with a life-size photo cutout of Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, holding a sign that says "We (heart) Chapel Hill." Many of the photos have been posted on the Town's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/chapelhillgov
NC3C enhances professional development and networking among local governmental communications professionals. More information may be found at www.nc3c.org.