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Post Date:12/01/2017 8:00 AM
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Up Front


Mayor and Council Take Oaths of Office

Council Swearing In

The Town Council will gather for the Mayor and Council Members to be sworn in at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6. A reception will follow.  Read more.

From Town Hall

Town-Sponsored Events

Town Services


Public Safety News

News from Other Public Agencies



Up Front



TOWNweek has been posted!






Things to do in Chapel Hill

Holiday Stroll 2017 

6-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8
Downtown Chapel Hill, East & West Franklin St Chapel Hill (919) 942-7818 

Preservation Chapel Hill's holiday house tour will be held Friday, Dec 8, 2017, 6 pm till 10 pm. Holiday Stroll 2017 will include four landmark private homes in the Rosemary-Franklin Historic District of Chapel Hill, NC. The unique evening of wine and hors d'oeuvres at each location, the Lawson House at 604 East Franklin St, the Edward Kidder Graham House at 115 Battle Lane, the Berry-Brown-Tax House at 611 East Rosemary St and the Peacock House at 306 North Boundary St, will conclude with a dessert party at the Horace Williams House home of Preservation Chapel Hill, 610 East Rosemary St. Preservation Chapel Hill members can buy tickets for $60 per person and non-members can buy tickets for $75 per person.  






Town In News

Town in News – TIN Report – is a sampling of news media coverage about the Town of Chapel Hill compiled by the Communications and Public Affairs Department. This listing includes articles and columns that are available on the web, and may not necessarily contain all stories in the print edition of the papers or on televised broadcasts.

Links access online stories that are posted for a limited time. Some media organizations require registration or a subscription.

For information, contact us at



What do you want at the American Legion site? Chapel Hill council weighs the question (The Durham Herald)

A lot of people still want to see neighbors living and playing on the American Legion site, despite a task force report that downplayed the public desire for affordable housing. Read more:

Community Meetings on Possible New Chapel Hill Police Station Begin Thursday (WCHL)

Chapel Hillians will have a chance to provide input on a proposed joint project with the Town of Chapel Hill and UNC on Thursday. Read more:

Here comes Santa Claus. Your guide to holiday parades and festivals in the Triangle. (The News and Obssever)

Raleigh had its Christmas parade before Thanksgiving, but there are still plenty of chances to see parades and tree-lighting ceremonies throughout the Triangle. Read more:

Carolina spots cited as top sports cities (The Daily News)

With the recent success of college and professional sports in North and South Carolina comes popularity. Read more:

Incorrect Road Markers Force Closure of Ephesus Church Road (WCHL)

Construction is coming back to Ephesus Church Road at the intersection with Fordham Boulevard after pavement markings were installed incorrectly during a major redesign of the intersection. Read more:

How tiny homes could solve housing problems in Chapel Hill (WRAL)

Experts say 500,000 residents are spending more than half of their income on rent, making the hunt for affordable housing more difficult. Read more:

Chapel Hill Considering Remedy for Fire Station 2 Cost Overruns (WCHL)

The Chapel Hill Town Council has a packed agenda Wednesday for its final meeting before four new council members are sworn in next week following this month’s election. Read more:

Can Chapel Hill handle a 5-story building, more traffic south of UNC? (The Herald Sun)

A multistory building plan for South Columbia Street is raising a lot of questions about how a major road where cars already line up every weekday and on UNC game days could handle more traffic. Read more:

Thousands of acres off limits for urban development in Orange County (The Daily Tar Heel)

Orange County has around 37,000 acres of land that cannot allow urban development due to a joint planning agreement between Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Orange County. Read more:

Orange County Mayors Set Sights on New Development After Re-Election (WCHL)

Mayors Pam Hemminger, Lydia Lavelle and Tom Stevens are turning their focus to the future of their respective towns after re-election, and a large part of that future includes development. Read more:

Chapel Hill and Carrboro Celebrate Small Business Saturday (WCHL)

The town of Chapel Hill is urging citizens to shop local on this year’s Small Business Saturday. Read more:





From Town Hall




Council Swearing In 

Mayor and Council to Take Oaths of Office

The Town Council will gather for the post-election swearing in of the Mayor and Council Members at an organizational meeting set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, in the Council Chamber of Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The oaths of office will be administered to Mayor Pam Hemminger (by Chief District Court Judge Joe Buckner), Council Member-Elect Allen Buansi (by James Spivey on behalf of NC Senator Valerie Foushee), Council Member-Elect Hongbin Gu (by Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour), Council Member-Elect Rachel Schaevitz (by Mayor Hemminger) and Council Member-Elect Karen Stegman (by District Court Judge Sherri Murrell).

In addition, the Council will consider resolutions of appreciation to Council Member George Cianciolo, Council Member Sally Greene, Council Member Ed Harrison and Council Member Maria Palmer for their service to the community. The business of the meeting also will include the seating of the new Council, election of the mayor pro tempore, and appointment of Council liaisons and representatives. 

As with all Council meetings, the meeting will be available by live streaming video from the Town's website at

A reception following the meeting will take place at Town Hall.





Council Meeting Summary

The Chapel Hill Town Council met on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., and considered an agenda that included the following highlights. The full agenda is available at or by contacting Communications and Public Affairs at 919-968-2743 or

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 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? ( - this should be ready for online viewing by Thursday afternoon). 

Fire Station 2 Status Report and Sale of Retiring Ladder Truck
The Council received a construction update on Fire Station 2 at 1003 Hamilton Road. The project is being constructed in a partnership with East West Partners which is building a four-story office building on the site adjacent to the fire station. The fire building may be ready for occupancy by mid-February. East West Partners has agreed to pay $1.75 million of the $3 million construction cost for the 11,000-square-foot, three-bay fire station. While retaining the title to the fire station and land under it, the Town is offering part of the land – appraised at $665,000 – to East West Partners. The Council also received information related to remediation costs to address subterranean ground water. Revenue from the sale of a retiring ladder truck is expected to cover some of the additional project costs.

Public Hearing for Jan. 17, 2018, to Consider the Sale of Real Property at 127 West Rosemary Street
The Council called a public hearing on the proposed sale of a small parcel of land at 127 West Rosemary Street to Investors Title pursuant to an Economic Development Agreement. Under the proposed agreement, Investors would commit to providing 75 parking spaces for public use after business hours. This commitment would extend for a minimum of six years under the proposed agreement or until the property, combined with other property owned by Investors Title, is redeveloped. The proposed purchase price for this lot is $300,000.

Expanded Use of Conditional Zoning
The Council amended the Land Use Management Ordinance to expand the use of Conditional Zoning to permit greater dialogue between Council and stakeholders. Conditional zoning allows for flexibility in the development of property while ensuring that the development is compatible with neighboring uses. The tool is used in about 45 percent of all rezoning applications statewide. The use of conditional zoning would be applied to non-single family detached dwelling districts. Conditional zoning currently is applied only in Chapel Hill’s Innovative, Light Industrial Conditional Zoning District (Enterprise Zone). All rezoning requests would still come forward to the Council as part of its standard review.

Land Use Management Ordinance Rewrite Project Charge
The Council considered the project charge for the Town’s Land Use Management Ordinance Rewrite Project. Initiated in April 2017, the project aims to improve tools for planning and managing growth and development so that the tools implement the community’s vision, values and policy goals. The rewrite process will improve the Land Use Management Ordinance and associated land use tools and processes so that they are more predictable, functional and intentional.

Proposed Process to Refine the Future Land Use Map
The Council received an update on the process to refine the Future Land Use Map, a visual guide to future planning that graphically depicts the Town’s goals for its built environment. A component of the Town’s Comprehensive Plan, the map will affirm what stays the same as well as what is expected to change. It also provides an opportunity to have conversations about future planning that will inform the LUMO Rewrite process.

Second American Legion Task Force Report
The Council received a report that explores the community’s interest in future use of the 36-acre American Legion Post 6 property situated between Highway 15-501 and Ephesus Church Road. The report comes from a Council-appointed committee comprised of community members, elected officials, and members of the Town’s advisory boards. At the time of purchase, the Town paid $3.6 million and signed a note and deed of trust for the balance of the $7.9 million purchase price. Site work and development of facilities for any future public uses will require additional funds, not yet identified. The Town Manager will report on a proposed implementation process for Council’s consideration in spring 2018.





Share your input on the vision for design in the Blue Hill District

The Town of Chapel Hill is currently developing a set of Design Guidelines for the Blue Hill District - located around the intersection of Ephesus Church Road and US 15-501 or Fordham Boulevard, a gateway to Chapel Hill. This area was formerly known as the Ephesus/Fordham District. The purpose of this project is to establish a common understanding of design principles that promote a walkable and 'green' character in Blue Hill.

You are invited to take a brief survey by visiting the project web page at and clicking on the survey launch button. Town planners will use public input to support the refinement of the Blue Hill Design Guidelines draft document, which is also available at the project web page for public review. The survey will be open through Jan. 7, 2018.

A previous survey on the Design Guidelines framework was conducted in August and September, with a focus on gauging the importance of various design topics and the effectiveness of certain architectural design tools. This follow-up survey is now checking in and seeking feedback on the vision and objectives presented in the draft Design Guidelines.

The Blue Hill District is an older commercial area of Chapel Hill historically characterized by shopping centers and high-volume roadways. The Town of Chapel Hill has applied a Form-Based Code to the District with the goal of transforming this area into a mixed use district with a pleasant walking and biking experience. Under the code, all applicants must receive a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Community Design Commission

Following creation and implementation, the Design Guidelines will provide further guidance to applicants in preparing projects for review, and will establish a set of review criteria for the Commission to use in determining the appropriateness of design proposals. This fulfills an interest in providing a more consistent and cohesive design aesthetic in the Blue Hill District.

For more information and to take the survey, visit





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Booker Creek Subwatershed Studies: Updates on the Eastwood Lake Subwatershed Study

Join Chapel Hill Stormwater Management and WK Dickson Consultants for one of two drop-in sessions on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 at Meeting Room B in Chapel Hill Public Library to update the public about the Eastwood Lake Subwatershed study. Meetings will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

At the beginning of each session, the Town’s consultant, WK Dickson, will present modeling and hydrology findings within the study area and share results from the community survey, followed by time for participants to ask questions and talk with the consultants.

The Eastwood Lake study is a continuation of subwatershed studies being conducted in the larger Booker Creek Watershed as part of the Town’s Stormwater Management Master Plan.  Updates of the studies are posted at





Public Meeting on Future Transportation Impact Analysis for Blue Hill (Ephesus-Fordham) District

The public is invited to provide input on a multi-modal transportation impact analysis for the Blue Hill (Ephesus-Fordham) District for 2030 future year conditions. The study is part of the Town of Chapel Hill’s focus to mitigate traffic and create greater opportunities for walkability and connectivity in the area.

The public input session is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, December 11, in Room B, Chapel Hill Library,100 Library Drive. The session will provide an overview of the study on pedestrian, bicycles and transit analysis and results, and opportunity for public input and questions.

The four corridors involved in the analysis are:

  • US 15-501 (Fordham Boulevard) from Estes Drive to Erwin Road/Europa Drive
  • Ephesus Church Road/Eastgate Crossing from East Franklin Street to Frances Street
  • Elliott Road from Old Oxford Road/Velma Street to US 15-501 (Fordham Boulevard)
  • East Franklin Street from Estes Drive to US 15-501 (Fordham Boulevard) interchange

The Ephesus Fordham area – newly named Blue Hill -- became a new zoning district in July 2014. The Town of Chapel Hill’s goal is to renew and transform an area characterized by strip malls, parking lots, confusing roadways and traffic congestion. The area includes some of Chapel Hill’s older, suburban style shopping centers -- including Eastgate Shopping Center, built in 1958; Village Plaza, built in 1974; and Rams Plaza, built in 1982.

2011 TIA – A Traffic Impact Analysis was completed for the Ephesus-Fordham District in 2011.  The community expressed an interest in a revised analysis that expands the study area and includes an assessment of all modes of transportation (transit, cycling, walking and driving).

Revised TIA 2016 – In fall 2016, the Town retained services of a qualified consulting firm for the preparation of a Multi-Modal Transportation Impact Analysis (TIA) for the EF Area. At the first public information meeting held on Oct. 12, 2016, Town staff presented an overview of the project, study area, timeline and TIA scope (E-F TIA Scope).

A second public information meeting was held on Feb. 14, 2017, when staff presented study results and methodology for 2016 existing conditions analyses to include data collection processes, traffic model development, vehicular operations, transit, and pedestrian/bicycle networks.

A third public information meeting was held on October 5, 2017, when staff presented study results and methodology for 2030 future conditions analyses to include data collection processes, traffic model development, and vehicular operations.


More Information


Traffic Engineering Manager Kumar Neppalli at or 919-969-5093




Town-Sponsored Events




Chapel Hill Public Library's Big Book Sale

On Dec.1-3, the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library invite you to a great holiday shopping experience at the Library, located at 100 Library Drive in Chapel Hill.  You’ll find unbelievable prices on books, CDs, DVDs, and vinyl. All proceeds support the collections, services, and programs of the Chapel Hill Public Library. 

The sale kicks off on Friday, Dec. 1, with a Members Only Preview Sale from 3 to 5:30 p.m  Not a member? Not a problem!  Memberships are sold at the door and range from $10 for students to $35 for families. Or go online now at and click on "Join Us." The sale opens to the general public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, and wraps up from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday with a Bag Sale. Shoppers are invited to bring their own bags and fill them with books for only $5 a bag. Media are not included in the Bag Sale but are only $1 each on Sunday.

You’ll find lots of all kinds of children’s, young adults and adult books including fiction, mystery, science fiction and romance.  And there are lots of non-fiction books - biographies, cookbooks, gardening, history, hobbies, travel and more. There are also special book sets and art and coffee table books.  And to help you celebrate the holidays, there will be a collection of holiday favorites for all ages, including cook books. Prices start at 50 cents for children’s books and mass market paperbacks, with most books priced under $3.

In addition to the big sale in the meeting rooms on the upper level of the Library, the Friends Book Store inside the lower level entrance will have thousands of gift-quality books on sale. Hours are the same as for the big sale. 

The Friends of the Library is a 500+ member non-profit organization, made up of volunteers who are dedicated to serving the Chapel Hill community by supporting the Chapel Hill Public Library. For more information about the sale and the Friends, visit them on the web at



Who:        Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library

What:      Big Book Sale

Where:    Chapel Hill Public Library

When:     Friday Dec 1                     3–5:30 p.m. (Members only, Memberships sold at door)
                Saturday Dec 2                10 a.m.–5 p.m.
                Sunday Dec 3                  11 a.m.–3 p.m. (Bag Sale – $5 per bag (bring your own bag)





Chapel Hill’s First Downtown Holiday Craft Bazaar

Continuing to Bring Vibrant Entertainment and Interactive Arts to Downtown

The Bazaar Craft and Art Market is making its debut on the Plaza at 140 West Franklin Street. A variety of artisans will set up shop on the plaza from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3.

Shop handmade local crafts and creations from 20+ talented local makers and awesome eats and drinks from Yee Haw DoughnutsMerry Franksters, Thai Box Zing CateringNapoli Wood-Fired PizzaSoul Cocina Triangle and Carrboro Coffee Roasters, all while you enjoy the vinyl spin of Selector B Steady. The Bazaar is family-friendly and free! 

Downtown starts here--don’t miss your opportunity to discover your new favorite crafter! The Plaza at 140 West Franklin creates an inviting experience for all, highlighted by 30,000 square feet of outdoor space and a unique art sculpture titled Exhale.

After the Bazaar, head across the street to the Downtown Chapel Hill Community Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Garden of University Baptist Church; 100 S. Columbia St.





Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Usher in the holiday season at the Community Tree Lighting Ceremony 6-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, in the Memorial Garden of University Baptist Church, 100 S. Columbia St. The event is free and open to all! Enjoy caroling with the church choir. Bring your camera - children can meet Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus! 

For more information, visit





Books Sandwiched In Meets Dec. 6

Books Sandwiched In will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, in Meeting Room C of Chapel Hill Public Library to discuss Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love by Dava Sobel.

The story of the life of Galileo is told from his letters to and from his daughter, Maria Celeste, who was cloistered in a convent. It relates how Galileo and his daughter both faced life and the hazards and injustices they saw. His science related to the sun-centered planetary system has endangered him with the Catholic Church and brings a condemnation of heresy. The author relates how Galileo and his daughter both faced life and sought to protect and comfort each other. This dramatic book is a remarkable account of the human side of Galileo under house arrest after being condemned by the church of heresy.


Who: Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library

What: Books Sandwiched In Book Club - Free and Open to the Public

Where: Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Room C

When: Wednesday, December 6 – 11:30 am

Book: Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love by Dava Sobel





Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade

Santa Is Coming to Town

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade will be held from 10 a.m. until about noon Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. Presented by the Jaycees and the Town of Chapel Hill, the parade this year again promises to be a great way to start the holiday season.

A favorite Chapel Hill tradition, the annual holiday parade highlights the rich diversity of our community. From marching bands to business leaders, youth groups, and creatively decorated floats, this event puts everyone in a festive mood. At 10 a.m., the parade begins in front of the Post Office on Franklin Street and progresses through Chapel Hill, ending around noon at Carrboro Town Hall.

Music, live interviews and commentators will be broadcast by live public address on the street. If you miss any of the fun, The People's Channel will be airing the parade live.

Don't miss the elves, reindeer, candy canes and of course, Santa Claus riding his sleigh! Make sure you get there early to get a good spot to view the parade along Franklin Street and Main Street in Carrboro. More than 10,000 people are expected to line the streets to see this event.

Special thanks to our major Parade sponsors this year:
National Pawn, Town of Chapel Hill, The Goddard School, Bud Matthews Services, The Tumble Gym, UNC Healthcare, 1870 Farm, WCHL/, The People’s Channel, School of Rock, and Wright Brothers Landscaping and Tree Service.

The Town of Chapel Hill helps make the event run smoothly, with help from colleagues in the Town of Carrboro. The Town of Chapel Hill’s Parks and Recreation Department float showcases youth athletic and teen programs in the community.

In planning to enjoy this year’s Holiday Parade, note that East Franklin Street between Henderson and Boundary streets will CLOSE from 8 a.m. to noon for the parade line up. A rolling closure along the parade route, East Franklin Street westward towards Carrboro’s Main Street, will go in effect at 10 a.m. Traffic may be delayed or detoured during the parade, which is expected to last about two hours.

On Saturday, Dec. 9, street parking along East and West Franklin Street will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon, when the parade is expected to wrap up. Towing will be enforced, so please be helpful in keeping these areas clear of parked vehicles on Dec. 9.

For more information about parking locations visit the Downtown Partnership’s website

It is not too late to be part of this year’s fantastic parade! For more information, contact or visit





Town Services




Leaf Collection Week of Dec. 3-9

Place loose leaves/pine straw, free of limbs and debris, at the back of the curb for collection. Keep leaves out of streets, gutters and ditches to prevent flooding and bike and car accidents. Do not block sidewalks, fire hydrants, mailboxes, storm drains or water meters or interfere with sight distances at intersections.

For more information on leaf collection, visit


Section VI - Windhover Drive, Englewood Drive, Silver Creek Trail, Chesley Lane, Sweeten Creek Road area

Section VII - Huntington Drive, Curtis Road, Elliott Road, Old Oxford Road, Ridgecrest Road, South Lake Shore Drive, North Lake Shore Drive, Kensington Drive, Brookview Drive, Shady Lawn Road, Honeysuckle Road, Booker Creek Road, Foxwood Drive area

Section VIII - Cedar Fork Trail, Forbush Mountain Drive, Collinson Drive, Old Forest Creek Drive, Cedar Hills Circle, Timberlyne Road, North Forest Hills, Windsor Park, Parkside, Northwoods area









Lane Closure: Ephesus Church Road

A contractor for the Town of Chapel Hill will close the eastbound lane of Ephesus Church Road (from Fordham Boulevard to Legion Road) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily beginning Wednesday, Nov. 29, and concluding early next week. Work may continue through the weekend depending on weather and other factors.

Inspection of the recently-paved travel surface on Ephesus Church Road determined the pavement markings were installed incorrectly. The best option was to mill, repave and reinstall the markings. This work is being done at no cost to the Town of Chapel Hill.

Traffic wishing to travel east on Ephesus Church Road will need to travel north along Fordham Boulevard, turn right (east) on Europa Drive, turn right (south) on Legion Road, and turn left (east) on Ephesus Church Road (see map).

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Do you walk, bike, run and wheel around Chapel Hill? The Town of Chapel Hill is busy with projects to improve your travel safety and convenience – including sidewalks, streets, trails and greenways, traffic calming and more. For more information, visit And, for a weekly digest of all Town news, sign up for Chapel Hill eNews at or by sending a request to

Are you on Twitter? Follow @ChapelHillGov@ChapelHillPD and #CHTraffic for the latest traffic news.





F Route Detoured Due to Ephesus Church Road Lane Closure

The Chapel Hill Transit F route will be detoured beginning Nov. 29, 2017 due to the closure of the eastbound lane on Ephesus Church Road between Fordham Boulevard and Legion Road.

The F route will be detoured until further notice along Ram's Plaza service road, Europa Drive, Legion Road to resume the normal route.

The bus stop on Ephesus Church Road at the University Inn (#3068) will not be served. 

Customers may board the detoured bus at the alternate bus stop on Ephesus Church Road at The Park at Chapel Hill Apartments (#3066).





Tar Heel Express Service to North Carolina vs. Tulane Basketball Game Dec. 3

Fill the Bus with Toys for Tots!

Chapel Hill Transit will provide Tar Heel Express shuttle service on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, for the North Carolina basketball game against Tulane, scheduled for 2 p.m. at Dean E. Smith Center.

Tar Heel Express shuttles will begin at 12:30 p.m. from the park and rides located at Friday Center, Southern Village, Airport Drive (103 Airport Drive, Chapel Hill) and Jones Ferry. Shuttles will also be available from the Carolina Coffee Shop located at 138 E. Franklin St. (no parking provided).

The shuttles will provide continuous and fully accessible service, running every 10 to 15 minutes between the park and rides and the Dean E. Smith Center. The shuttles will operate for approximately forty-five (45) minutes following the game.

Shuttles drop off and pick up on Bowles Drive in front of the Dean E. Smith Center. Shuttle rides are $5 for a round-trip or $3 for a one-way trip.

Park and ride permits are not required during Tar Heel Express events.

For additional information on Tar Heel Express, please visit Chapel Hill Transit's website at, email, or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.


Fill the Bus with Toys for Tots

Chapel Hill Transit and the North Carolina Athletics Department are joining together with Toys for Tots to provide gifts for low income children living in Orange County. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to 'fill the bus' to the Friday Center or Southern Village park and ride lots on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017.  If you are not using one of these park and rides, bring your toy(s) to the game and help fill the boxes at the Smith Center.

Come to the game to support the Tar Heels and bring a toy to share the spirit of the holidays.

For additional information on Toys for Tots, visit For additional information on Tar Heel Express, please visit Chapel Hill Transit's website at  





Tar Heel Express Service to the North Carolina vs. Western Carolina Basketball Game Dec. 6

Chapel Hill Transit will provide Tar Heel Express shuttle service on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, for the North Carolina basketball game against Western Carolina, scheduled for 7 p.m. at Dean E. Smith Center.

Tar Heel Express shuttles will begin at 5:30 p.m. from the park and rides located at Friday Center, Southern Village, Airport Drive (103 Airport Drive, Chapel Hill) and Jones Ferry. Shuttles will also be available from the Carolina Coffee Shop located at 138 East Franklin Street (no parking provided).

The shuttles will provide continuous and fully accessible service, running every 10 to 15 minutes between the park and rides and the Dean E. Smith Center. The shuttles will operate for approximately forty-five (45) minutes following the game.

Shuttles drop off and pick up on Bowles Drive in front of the Dean E. Smith Center. Shuttle rides are $5 for a round-trip or $3 for a one-way trip.

Park and ride permits are not required during Tar Heel Express events.

For additional information on Tar Heel Express, please visit Chapel Hill Transit's website at, email, or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.





Chapel Hill Transit Detours Saturday Routes Due to Holiday Parade Dec. 9

Chapel Hill Transit will implement detours on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, due to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday parade.

The parade will begin on East Franklin Street at the Morehead Planetarium, traveling west and ending at Carrboro Town Hall on Main Street.

The Saturday CW, FG, D, JN, T and V routes will be detoured during the following times:

CW route: 10:10 a.m. to 11:44 a.m.

D route: 9:05 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.

FG route: 8:50 a.m. to 10:55 a.m.

JN route: 9:45 a.m. to 11:33 a.m.

T route: 8:15 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.

V route: 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

While Chapel Hill Transit will attempt to operate normal printed schedules on all routes, delays may occur.  Customers should plan to travel earlier than 10 a.m. and after 12 p.m. to avoid parade traffic.

For specific information on the detours, click the link below, visit  or call (919) 485-7433





Safe Rides End Dec. 9 for UNC’s Winter Break

Chapel Hill Transit Safe Ride buses will end on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 and will not operate during the UNC Winter Break. Safe Rides will resume on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.

Safe Ride is a service funded by the UNC-Chapel Hill Student Government for the safety of students. For information on routes and schedules, visit





Stadium Drive Closure Dec. 18 through March 2018

Chapel Hill Transit detours the A, NU and U routes beginning Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, due to a utility project on Stadium Drive.

The A, NU and U routes will be detoured along South Road, Country Club to Ridge Road until further notice.

The bus stops on South Road at Student Stores/Fetzer Gym (#3360, #3359) and on Stadium Drive (#3163, #3216, #3217) will not be served. 

Customers may board the detoured buses at the alternate bus stops on South Road at Woollen Gym/Raleigh Street (#3397, #3398) and on Ridge Road at Rams Head Center/Stadium Drive (#3162, #3628).





EZ Rider Public Input Meeting

EZ Rider ADA Certification Application

The Chapel Hill Transit application package for EZ Rider complimentary ADA paratransit services is being updated. Building on feedback from our customers and the EZ Rider Advisory Committee, Chapel Hill Transit is proposing updates and modifications to the application package which will make the application clearer and easier to complete by the applicant and/or their representatives.

You’re invited to provide feedback! Chapel Hill Transit invites you to attend the following Community Meeting to review the recommended changes to the application:

4–5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13
Chapel Hill Public Library (Room B)
100 Library Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Served by EZ Rider; Senior Shuttle and D and F Routes from Franklin Street

We want you to tell us how Chapel Hill Transit can make your life easier and serve you better by making enhancements to our EZ Rider ADA Certification Application. At the meeting, you will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed new application to staff and to members of the EZ Rider Advisory Committee. If you would like a copy of the proposed new application you can receive a copy for review by calling Don C. Willis, EZ Rider Operations Manager, at (919) 969-4949. The proposed new application can also be seen on our website at

Interested persons unable to attend the Meeting may submit comments by any of the following methods:

1. Email to

2. Call (919) 969-4949

3. Mail to 6900 Millhouse Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-8175, Attn: Don C. Willis, EZ Rider Operations Manager

All comments received by 5 p.m. Dec. 15, 2017, will become part of the official public forum record and will be considered by Chapel Hill Transit.




Chapel Hill Transit Winter Break Schedule Starts Dec. 16

Chapel Hill Transit will make the following service schedule adjustments due to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill winter break schedule:

  • The weekday A-Limited morning trips (7:14–9:44 a.m.) will not operate Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, through Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, and will resume on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.
  • The weekday NU route will not operate Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, through Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, and will resume on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.
  • The weekend U and NU routes will not operate beginning Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, and will resume on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018.
  • Safe Ride routes will not operate beginning Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, and will resume on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.

Safe Ride is a service funded by the UNC-Chapel Hill Student Government for the safety of students. For information on routes and schedules:



Free parking 

Free Weekend Parking for the Holiday Season

Shop and eat locally this holiday season in downtown Chapel Hill! The Town of Chapel Hill's parking specials begin on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 23) and continue through the weekend including Small Business Saturday (Nov. 25) with free public parking downtown.

Parking will be free throughout December during Saturday day-times at all Town-owned parking lots and metered parking (three hour time limit). After 5 p.m., normal rates will be charged at the Wallace Deck and the Rosemary/Columbia lot. Public parking will also be free from Monday, Dec. 25-Wednesday, Dec. 27 and New Year's Day (Monday, Jan. 1).

And remember...public parking is always free on Sundays year-round! Visit for a map and list of downtown parking options.




Public Safety News



Keep the wreath green 

Keep the Wreath Green 2017

It is time for Chapel Hill residents to join the Fire Department in our annual “Keep the Wreath Green” campaign.

Half of home heating fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.

Throughout December 2017, the Chapel Hill Fire Department will display an illuminated wreath on the front of Fire Station No. 1, located at 403 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. This wreath will begin the holiday season filled with green bulbs.  For each residential structure fire in Chapel Hill, a green bulb will be replaced with a red bulb.

You can help us “Keep the Wreath Green” by using the following safety tips:


  • Choose holiday decorations that are made of flame-resistant, flame-retardant, or non-combustible materials;
  • Remove any obstacles from walking areas; and
  • NEVER leave candles unattended.


  • Inspect lighting before use, making sure all wires, bulbs and connections are safe. Discard any lights with exposed wires, broken insulation, cracked or missing bulbs, or other defects;
  • Use lights listed by an independent testing laboratory;
  • Avoid the use of drop cords to operate holiday lights; and
  • Turn off all holiday lights when you are away from home.


  • Have the tree lot operator provide a “fresh cut” on the trunk by removing ½ to 1 inch of the base of the tree. This allows the tree to efficiently absorb water;
  • Immediately place the tree in water and continuously keep the tree watered while in the house
  • Look for signs of freshness on live trees by lightly pulling branches through your closed fist.  Properly hydrated trees should retain their needles during this test;
  • Keep a close check on the dryness of the tree and remove the tree when needles easily fall off;
  • Do not locate trees near heat ducts, open flames, or in front of doors or windows that may be used as a means of escape from your home; and
  • In conjunction with the Keep the Wreath Green program, the Fire Department has placed tree tags on Christmas trees at local sales lots to provide important safety tips involving Christmas trees and holiday decorations.  The design of this program is to put critical life-safety information in the hands of the families using live trees in their homes.

Enjoy your holiday season by practicing fire safety every day and help us “Keep the Wreath Green!”  As always, ensure there is a working smoke alarm on each level of your home and practice fire escape plans with all family members and holiday guests.

For additional fire, life safety and consumer product information and interactive materials, please visit the below web sites:





Shop Safely this Holiday Season

The Chapel Hill Police Department is encouraging the residents and visitors of Chapel Hill to utilize a few helpful tips to limit opportunities for people to take advantage of you, especially during the holiday season.

Use the following list as a guideline whenever possible; if you see suspicious activity, report it immediately to 911.

  • Park in a well-lit, populated area;
  • Store valuables in the trunk or under a seat—out of sight;
  • Lock your doors and roll up your windows;
  • Be aware of your surroundings;
  • Shop with a friend; and
  • Break down identifiable boxes before placing them on the street in front of your home for pickup.

Some people are looking to take advantage of you when you shop online and over the phone as well.

  • If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is;
  • Don’t give personal information to an unknown source over the phone or online;
  • Check your credit card and bank statements often for unusual behavior; and
  • Companies, courts and police agencies will not accept payment for services or to pay off a debt you owe in the form of gift cards for other stores.

If you feel you have been victimized in any way, call the Chapel Hill Police Department during normal business hours at 919-968-2760 to file a report.

If you feel you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 911.





Chapel Hill Police K9 Dies

It is with great sadness that we share CHPD K9 Stitch died on Thursday, Nov. 30, while she was off duty. Stitch was a Dutch Shepard and served as one of the Guardians of the Hill since December 2013 with her handler Officer David Funk. She was a great asset to our department and community and will be greatly missed.

Stitch is seen here in the arms of Officer Funk at this Fall's Community Police Academy where she demonstrated some of the techniques used to find illegal drugs and missing persons.





No Injuries in Accident Involving School Bus

No one was injured in a two-motor-vehicle accident at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, when a car ran into the side of a Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools bus on North Estes Drive near East Franklin Street.

The driver of the car was cited with a violation of unsafe movement when a driver starts, stops, or turns.

The car was exiting the Fast Med Urgent Care and attempting to turn left onto Estes Drive when it struck the school bus.




News from Other Public Agencies


Orange County Accepting Applications for Non-Profit Funding Requests

News Release from Orange County

The Orange County Manager’s Office invites non-profit agencies to submit applications for funding appropriations that will supplement the delivery of vital community services.

Orange County recognizes and supports the strong network of services provided by the various non-profit partners within the community. Many of these organizations help to provide a safety net for residents who are facing hardship caused the downturn in the economy.

Applications for the 2013-14 fiscal year (July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014), will be available online at, beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Agencies should submit the electronic application to the Finance and Administrative Services Department by the close of business at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28,  The Board of Orange County Commissioners will make all funding decisions by the end of June 2013.

For more information, please contact Tonya Walton at 919-245-2153. In Chapel Hill, contact Jackie Thompson at or 919-968-2760, ext. 150.



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