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Council Meeting Summary

Post Date:09/27/2017 10:05 PM

The Chapel Hill Town Council met on Wednesday, Sept. 27, and considered an agenda that includes these highlights. Access the complete agenda at http://bit.ly/2wMgi3U or by contacting Communications and Public Affairs at 919-968-2743 or publicaffairs@townofchapelhill.org.

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 info@townofchapelhill.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 Thursday afternoon). 

Proclamations were made in support of Diaper Need Awareness Week to encourage residents to donate to diaper banks to assist families in need  http://ncdiaperbank.org/  and International Walk to School Day on Oct. 4 to encourage cycling and walking to schools http://www.walkbiketoschool.org

Acquire Easements for the Morgan Creek Trail
The Council authorized the acquisition of easements to extend the existing Morgan Creek Trail westward to Smith Level Road and the Town of Carrboro. The proposed western trail extension would link the current Morgan Creek Trail to Kingswood Apartments, Frank Porter Graham School, the University’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center building, and the Town of Carrboro. The easements will allow the Town to build a trail that would connect two Town-owned tracts on the south side of Morgan Creek, eliminate the need to build two bridges, avoid crossing a much larger private tract, reduce potential impacts to the Morgan Creek floodplain, and eliminate a significant privacy issue.

Additional $8,000 for Performance Agreements with Human Services Agencies
The Council allocated an additional $8,000 to human services agencies as recommended by the Human Services Advisory Board. This amount is above the original allocation of $411,500 in June 2017. The additional funds will go to Club Nova, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation, Freedom House Recovery Center and Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers (TROSA).

Formation of the Historic Civil Rights Commemorations Task Force
Mayor Hemminger shared information about establishing a Historic Civil Rights Commemorations Task Force. The purpose of the task force is to create a timeline that identifies people, places and events that should be memorialized in order to remind everyone of the struggle for civil rights that African Americans endured in Chapel Hill in the 1960s and to tell the story of the role that Chapel Hill played in our nation’s Civil Rights movement. The task force will commence its work in October 2017 and report back to the Town Council in early 2018.

Initial Public Forum: Proposed Reallocation of Grant Funds for Neighborhood Revitalization
The Council held an initial public forum on an amendment to the FY 15, 16 and 17 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program plans. The consideration is for a reallocation of $295,773 of grant funds and an allocation of $30,708 of CDBG program income to support neighborhood revitalization activities. The Council is scheduled to take action on Nov. 1.

Replacement Parking Meters for Downtown
The Council confirmed its support for the approximate $400,000 purchase of replacement parking meters in downtown. The Town of Chapel Hill currently has 42 multi-space parking meters, installed in 2010 and used for on-street parking spaces and some off-street parking lots. At the time of installation, the meters were among the most technologically advanced products in the marketplace. Technological advances and maintenance challenges now warrant replacement. The Town is awaiting a final quote for purchase and installation.

Development Agreement Process for a Municipal Services Center on Estes Drive Extension
The Council authorized negotiations to move forward on a Development Agreement process in pursuit of a Municipal Services Center project on University-owned property on Estes Drive Extension. The Town Council first considered this site in January 2017 for a collaborative location for police administration, fire administration and other functions.

Reducing the Posted Speed Limit on Rosemary Street
In response to increased bicycle/pedestrian activity and to improve safety, the Council enacted changes to the speed limit on the entire length of Rosemary Street from 25 mph to 20 mph. The lower speed is consistent with the speed limit on Franklin and Main streets leading into Carrboro.

Ephesus-Fordham Biannual Report for the Blue Hill District
The Council received a presentation that provides updates on various Town improvement projects and development-related activities in the newly rebranded Ephesus-Fordham area, now called the Blue Hill District. The Town Council has asked staff to deliver recurring reports that provide updates about changes and progress being towards the established goals for the Ephesus Fordham District. These reports include information about redevelopment, affordable housing, infrastructure investment and other related topics. Tonight’s report will be posted with the other reports at: http://www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/chapel-hill-2020/future-focus-areas/the-ephesus-fordham-district/updates 


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