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 Receives Public Official of the Year Award For Focus On Affordable Housing
Council members Sally Greene and George Cianciolo accepted the award on behalf of the Town.
NC Housing Coalition Executive Director Santana Deberry praised the Town of Chapel Hill for its "work to prioritize allocation of a penny of the property tax rate toward support, creation, and preservation of affordable housing. "
On June 9, the Council adopted the 2014-15 budget. To address the community goal to improve affordable housing options, about $700,000 was set aside for such initiatives.
In tandem with recognizing the work of the Town Council, the coalition also recognized the Orange County Housing Coalition as Volunteer of the Year. The Coalition consists of area non-profit affordable housing organizations and advocates such as Habitat for Humanity, the Community Home Trust, Empowerment, Inc., CASA, IFC, the Jackson Center, and the Self-Help Credit Union that work together to advance affordable housing initiatives throughout the County.
The Town's newly established Office of Housing and Community, which includes the Town's Housing Department, the Human Services division from the Police Department, and the Housing and Neighborhood Services division from the Planning Department is responsible for managing the Town's affordable housing programs and policy initiatives. Specific action plans are in progress. Please visit the Housing and Community webpage for more information about the affordable housing initiatives underway: www.townofchapelhill.org/affordablehousing