Key Intergovernmental Relationships

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Town of Carrboro

  • Receives fixed-route, EZ Rider and Shared Ride transit services from Chapel Hill 
  • Appoints two members to Orange County Solid Waste Advisory Board and two members to the Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) Board of Directors 
  • Receives traffic signal system services from Chapel Hill 
  • Mutual aid agreement for fire protection; limited joint training with Chapel Hill; uses Chapel Hill’s fire training facilities 
  • Mutual aid agreement for police services 
  • Chapel Hill operates 30 public housing apartments in Carrboro 
  • Open facilities policy for recreation services 
  • Participates in the Orange County Join Planning Agreement 
  • Regular staff communication regarding services and policies 
  • Development at borders affect each community 

Orange County 

  • Mutual aid agreement for police services 
  • Appoints two members to Orange County Solid Waste Advisory Board, provides landfill and recycling services to Chapel Hill 
  • Appoints two members to OWASA Board of Directors 
  • Participates in Joint Planning Agreement 
  • Operates 911 emergency communications system; dispatches fire and police service units 
  • Provides jail services for Chapel Hill 
  • Provides tax assessing and collection services for Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill provides a tax collection service point for Orange County 
  • Provides grants to Chapel Hill for recreation, library services, and Project Turnaround; Chapel Hill provides grants to Orange County Senior Center, Economic Development Commission and Retired Senior Volunteer program. 
  • Open facilities policy for recreation services 
  • Enforces soil and erosion control in Town of Chapel Hill and Regulated Recyclables Ordinance 

 Town of Hillsborough

  • Mutual aid agreement for fire protection; uses Chapel Hill’s fire training facilities 
  • Mutual aid agreement for police services 
  • Appoints two members of the Orange County Solid Waste Advisory Board

 Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA)

  • Chapel Hill appoints five members of the nine-member OWASA Board of Directors 
  • Reviews utility plans related to standards and specifications 
  • Mutual aid agreement for emergency response 
  • Extends water and sewer services in Chapel Hill zoning jurisdiction in accordance with policies of the Council 
  • Extends water and sewer services in Chapel Hill zoning jurisdiction in accordance with the policies of the Council 
  • Maintains fire hydrants used by Chapel Hill fire department 
  • Chapel Hill purchases water and sewer services from OWASA

 Chapel Hill-Carrboro School System

  • Must submit development applications to Chapel Hill for approval when sites are in the Chapel Hill zoning jurisdiction 
  • Joint use agreements for use of some recreation facilities 
  • Pays for school resource officers provided by Chapel Hill police department in high school and middle schools 
  • Chapel Hill pays cost of providing school crossing guards at elementary schools 
  • May designate and “reserve” school sites under Chapel Hill zoning ordinance 
  • Issues permits required under the Schools Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance

 University of North Carolina

  • Purchases fixed-route and Shared Ride transit service from Chapel Hill; provides on-campus service equivalent to EZ Rider; provides Point-to-Point transportation service for students, staff and faculty 
  • Provides refuse collection and recycling services for University properties 
  • Traffic signals and Town streets in University campus are maintained by Chapel Hill 
  • Fire protection services are provided by Chapel Hill; University budget contributes part of the revenues used by the state to pay part of the cost of fire protection services 
  • Mutual aid agreement for police services and other emergencies 
  • Must submit development applications to Chapel Hill when sites are within the Chapel Hill zoning jurisdiction 
  • Joint Staff Committee meets quarterly

 City of Durham

  • Competes with Chapel Hill for transportation funding 
  • Provides staff for Metropolitan Planning Organization (Transportation Advisory Committee) 
  • Durham-Chapel Hill Work Group and request by Town of Chapel Hill for joint planning process 
  • Development at border affects each community

 Durham County

  • Portion of Chapel Hill is in Durham County 
  • Provides tax assessing and tax collection services for Chapel Hill portion of County 
  • Durham-Chapel Hill Work Group

Chatham County

  • Development at border affects each community 

Triangle Transit Authority

  • Chapel Hill appoints one member of the 13-member governing board 
  • Provides bus service in Chapel Hill connecting to Durham, Research Triangle Park and other areas of the Triangle 
  • Competes with Chapel Hill for transit funding from the federal and state governments

 Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG)

  • Chapel Hill appoints one delegate and one alternate to the board of delegates 
  • The Town pays dues to support basic operations of the TJCOG and receives planning and other services

 State of North Carolina

  • The State established the Town by granting a municipal charter 
  • The Town’s powers are granted by the State, and the State imposes limits on the powers of the Town 
  • The State constructed and maintains a road network within Town limits 
  • The State is the conduit for transportation improvement funds used to maintain roads and to maintain and operate the transit system 
  • The State collects certain taxes and shares proceeds with the Town (sales tax, beer and wine tax, etc.) that amounts to about 19% of the total General Fund revenues

 United States Government

  • The Town is subject to relevant federal laws and regulations 
  • Federal agencies provide grants that help support the transit system and transportation planning 
  • The Town’s Community Development and HOME programs are fully funded by the federal government 
  • The Public Housing program is funded almost entirely by the federal government 
  • The Town occasionally receives grants for special purposes from federal agencies, including the Department of Justice
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