Winter Storm Inga Update
Chapel Hill is cleaning up after Winter Storm Inga dumped more than 6 inches of snow on the town. Public Works crews are focusing on clearing Town-maintained streets, bridges, overpasses and trouble spots. The NC Department of Transportation is focusing on the five major roads through Chapel Hill (Franklin Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard/Columbia Street, Fordham Boulevard, Manning Drive, and South Road/NC Highway 54).
Meeting cancelations: Wednesday's Chapel Hill Town Council regular business meeting is canceled. Wednesday's Chapel Hill Cultural Arts Commission meeting is canceled. The Meet the Author Tea scheduled for Thursday has been canceled and may be rescheduled for a later date.
Town facilities will be closed on Thursday. This includes Parks and Recreation facilities (including the Aquatics Center on Homestead Road), the Chapel Hill Public Library and other public-facing facilities.
Council Meeting Summary
The Chapel Hill Town Council met on Monday, April 11, and considered an agenda, http://bit.ly/1V07bqL, that includes these highlights. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. This brief summary is sent immediately following the public meeting. It should not be viewed as official minutes.
Would you like to view the Council video? (townofchapelhill.org/councilvideo - this should be ready for online viewing by Tuesday afternoon). It also will be replayed throughout the week on Chapel Hill Gov-TV (townofchapelhill.org/GovTV).
Special Use Permit Planned Development-Housing, Merin Road Community
The Council approved a development application to construct 62 single-family dwelling units and nine affordable townhomes on a 27.1-acre site for the Merin Road Community, 1920 and 2004 Homestead Road and 2019 Billabong Lane. The site is outside the Chapel Hill town limits at the intersection of Homestead Road and Seawell School Road. The applicant proposes that the affordable units would be sold to the Community Home Trust and then priced for sale to potential buyers earning 80 percent area median income (AMI) and 100 percent AMI. Prior to the issuance of a Zoning Compliance Permit, the applicant must submit an Affordable Housing Plan.
Update on the Annual Living Wage Policy
In 2010, the Council adopted an amended living wage policy resolution. The policy established a minimum hourly wage rate for full-time Town employees that work standard 37.5- and 40-hour workweeks. Each year staff updates the minimum living wage calculation. The Council considered the report on the calculation of the FY2016-17 Town Living Wage. It adopted an amended living wage policy resolution, expanding the types of employees covered by the Town’s living wage to include most employees working more than 90 days per year and establishing living wage rates consistent with set by the Orange County Living Wage (OCLW) organization.
Contract with Gillig LLC to Purchase New Buses
The Council authorized a five-year contract with Gillig LLC to purchase up to 53 new, clean diesel buses for Chapel Hill Transit. Of the 99 buses in the Town’s fixed route bus fleet, 42 buses are over 14 years old. The FTA standard for this class of bus is 12 years. The oldest buses are more than 20 years old and the average age for the 42 buses is 16 years.
Agreement for Financing of New Buses
The Council authorized an agreement for the financing of new buses for public transportation services among the Town of Chapel Hill, Town of Carrboro and UNC-Chapel Hill. The annual payments will follow the approximate funding shares as follows: the Town of Chapel Hill will pay 31 percent, UNC-Chapel Hill will pay 58 percent, and the Town of Carrboro will pay 11 percent.
Schools Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (SAPFO) 2016 Annual Technical Advisory Committee Report
The Council considered the 2016 SAPFO Annual Report from Orange County and provide any comments to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners. On July 17, 2003, Orange County, Carrboro, Chapel Hill and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Board of Education entered into a Schools Adequate Public Facilities Memorandum of Understanding. The memorandum calls for an annual report to document capacity and enrollment (membership) at each school level (elementary, middle school, high school). Current 10-year student growth projections show no future needs for additional schools in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools District.
THIS ITEM WAS DEFERRED TO A FUTURE MEETING -- Information Related to the State Employees’ Credit Union Offer to Purchase the 101 Weaver Dairy Road Extension Property
The Council will consider information about an offer that the State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) submitted to the Town to purchase the property at 101 Weaver Dairy Road Extension, where Fire Station #4 and adjacent training facilities are currently located, for its appraised value of $1,443,000. The Council will also consider authorizing the Town Manager to develop information related to a process for the sale of the referenced property, including options for relocating the existing fire station and related facilities.