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Post Date:03/01/2018 8:30 AM

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What do you want in the next Town Manager?


The Town Council is embarking on a nationwide search for the new Town Manager, and they want to hear from you! Attend a public input session March 4-6, comment on Facebook Live, take an online survey or send an email. Read more.

Up Front


From Town Hall


Town-Sponsored Events


Town Services





Up Front




A Backward Glance

Chapel Hill mayors gathered on Tuesday, Feb. 27, for conversation about their beloved community, exchanging topics from past and present. From left to right, Mark Kleinschmidt (2009-2015), Rosemary Waldorf (1995-2001), Howard Lee (1969 75), Mayor Pam Hemminger (2015 – present) and Kenneth Broun (1991-95) on the lawn of the Carolina Inn. Thanks to Chapel Hill Magazine for bringing this group together.  




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Things to do in Chapel Hill

Carolina Science Cafe
6 p.m. Wednesday, March 7
Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery / 100 East Franklin Street Chapel Hill (919) 962-1236

The Science of Art Conservation, Grace White, Paper Conservator at the Ackland Art Museum, will introduce the world of art conservation, where science and art work together. From analytical techniques to the selection of repair materials, and even display and storage conditions, science informs all that a conservator does in treating an artwork. 





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



Chapel Hill police look to protect pedestrians with safety initiative (CBS)

After two pedestrian deaths on one road in 2018, Chapel Hill police have shifted their efforts to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Read more:


'It was easy': Chapel Hill math prodigy earns top score on college-level Calculus test (WRAL)

How many fifth-graders in the U.S. took the AP Calculus AB exam last year? Read more:


Celebrating the Life of Wilson Caldwell (WCHL)

Wilson Caldwell, the first African-American elected to office in Chapel Hill, was born into slavery as the property of David Lowry Swain. Read more:


Orange County begins a search for new mobile home park location due to Homestead Mobile Home Park residents displacement (WCHL)

Orange County was informed earlier this month that residents of Homestead Mobile Park may soon be displaced. Read more:


Three injured in Fordham Boulevard crash (WCHL)

A vehicle crash has caused Chapel Hill authorities to close the southbound lanes of Fordham Boulevard near Brandon Road – which is between Estes Drive and Raleigh Road – Monday afternoon. Read more:


Wilson Caldwell Day bridges history and conversations about race relations at UNC (The Daily Tar Heel)

Chapel Hill community members, students and activists gathered Sunday to memorialize Wilson Caldwell and discuss race relations with a panel of professors and student activists. Read more:


The Town of Chapel Hill wants its employees to live in the town they work for (The Daily Tar Heel)

A new initiative to incentivize Chapel Hill town employees to live within the town was presented Wednesday to the Chapel Hill Town Council. Read more:


Pedestrian struck in Chapel Hill (WCHL)

A pedestrian was struck in Chapel Hill on Thursday evening. Read more:





From Town Hall 




Chapel Hill: What Do You Want in the Next Town Manager?

The Town Council wants to hear your voice as it embarks on a nationwide search for a new Town Manager. They have some questions for you:

  1. What do you see as the major challenges facing the Town of Chapel Hill?
  2. What do you see as the major opportunities that the Town of Chapel Hill should leverage to be as successful as possible?
  3. What are the most important knowledge, skills and abilities needed by the next Chapel Hill Town Manager?
  4. What are the most important duties of the Chapel Hill Town Manager?

There are lots of ways to provide your input:

1.       Speak up at a public input session

People are welcome to drop in at any time during these sessions:

  • Sunday, March 4 – 3 to 5 p.m. at Hargraves Community Center Gymnasium meeting room, 216 N. Roberson St.
  • Monday, March 5 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 103 Market St. in Southern Village. (Join us in the first floor meeting room of the Youth and Young Adults Building; enter from the parking lot.)
  • Tuesday, March 6 – 1 to 3 p.m. at Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Room B, 100 Library Drive.

2.       Comment via Facebook Live

These public input sessions will be live streamed on the @ChapelHillGov Facebook channel. Comments are welcome.

3.       Take a Survey

A survey form is available at

4.       Email your views

All comments will be collected at 


What is a Town Manager?

Chapel Hill has a council-manager form of government. The nine Town Council members, including the mayor, are directly elected by citizens. The Town Council appoints the town manager. Each has a different set of responsibilities. The Town Council sets policies; the town manager and his/her staff carry them out. As a professional administrator, the town manager coordinates all day-to-day operations and administration of about 700 employees and an annual budget of about $100 million. 


More about the Town Manager Search Process

After 45 years in local government service including 12 at Chapel Hill, current Town Manager Roger L. Stancil announced last November his plans to retire. He will continue to serve as town manager and assist with the leadership transition when a candidate is selected by the Town Council.

The Town Council has contracted with Developmental Associates to lead the search process. The first step is to define the competencies sought in the next town manager and design the selection process. Public input will be considered by the Council when defining these competencies. Dr. Stephen Straus of Developmental Associates will gather all public input for consideration by the Town Council.





Council Meeting Summary

The Chapel Hill Town Council met on Wednesday, Feb. 28, and considered an agenda that includes the following highlights. The complete agenda with reports and video 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.

Public Forum on Annual Budget 
Business Management Director Kenneth Pennoyer presented an overview of considerations for development of the 2018-19 Town Budget. Through the Town's annual budget process, the Town Council makes decisions on the level and types of services provided to residents with local, state and federal funds. Adoption of a budget determines the level of resources available for Town services over the coming budget year. The budget process is one of the most important functions and responsibilities of the Council. It is also a key opportunity for residents’ participation in Town government. Additional public forums and hearings on the budget will be held at 7 p.m. on March 21 and May 9. The final budget is scheduled for adoption on June 13.

Historic District Commission Procedures

The Council received a recommendation from the Historic District Commission to use a model ordinance recommended by the NC State Historic Preservation Office. Historic preservation planning consultant Julie Curry will assist in the review and evaluation of the Commission’s proposal.

Alley Near Intersection of Pritchard Avenue and West Rosemary Street  
The Council approved a proposal to close an unmaintained alley near the intersection of Pritchard Avenue and West Rosemary Street. Requested by the property owner of 108 West Rosemary Street and 208 Pritchard Avenue, all adjacent property owners have been notified.





Chapel Hill to Survey Residents about Town Services

What do you think of Town services? The Town of Chapel Hill seeks to find out through a survey mailed this month to a random sampling of residents.

ETC Institute, a professional market research firm, is conducting the survey, which is Chapel Hill’s fifth biennial survey. ETC has administered surveys in more than 300 cities and counties across the United States. Benchmarking analysis will help Chapel Hill understand how its results compare to similar communities.

"These surveys help us understand residents perception of our services," said Town Manager Roger L. Stancil. "We want to know what we’re doing well and where we need to improve."

In the last survey, you told us you wanted to see more bicycle lanes and greenways. Since then, we’ve added new bicycle lanes on Sage Road, Rosemary Street and the Ephesus Church-Fordham area. And construction is underway to extend a greenway into the Northside Neighborhood.

Maintenance and preservation of downtown consistently ranks as a community priority in the community survey. Last year, we reimagined Rosemary Street; adding street lighting, crosswalks and mini parks; and improving alleyways. New parking meters are being installed in downtown.

The 2018 Community Survey has been mailed to 2,000 randomly selected Chapel Hill households. An online survey is also available to respondents. For non-English speaking households, foreign language translation is available in Spanish and Chinese.

A report of the survey findings will be released in spring 2018 at  For more information, contact Communications Manager Catherine Lazorko at 919-969-5055 or





Ready to get involved? Apply to be a member of an advisory board, committee or commission.

Here’s an idea! Apply to serve our community by serving on a Town of Chapel Hill advisory board, committee or commission!

  • Here’s what you give – time, ideas and energy.
  • And, what you get in return – opportunity to provide input into local policies that shape our community; personal growth; friends and new connections

Chapel Hill local government has various standing boards and commissions that advise the Town Council on a wide range of issues. We are currently looking to fill vacancies on all boards and commissions.

For more information on the work of these groups, eligibility requirements, or to complete an application form, please visit

Apply now at Apply by April 2 for assured consideration.

Questions? Contact the Communications and Public Affairs Department at 919-969-5014 or We look forward to working with you!

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American Legion Google map 

Town Desires Community Feedback for PARTF Grant Opportunity to Offset Acquisition Costs of the American Legion Property

The Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department is considering a grant opportunity to offset some of the land acquisition costs of the American Legion property.  An overview of the American Legion property process is available on the town’s website including the background and most recent task force report. 

We’d like to hear public comment related to the Parks and Recreation Department’s proposal to apply for a PARTF grant. A brief meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20, 2018  at the Chapel Hill Public Library, Room C, 7-7:15 p.m., prior to the regular monthly meeting of the Parks, Greenways, and Recreation Commission.  The purpose of this meeting is to consider potential use of a PARTF grant for land acquisition only. There will be future opportunities to address potential uses of the American Legion property. 

Staff would like to share information about the NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) grant program which provides dollar-for-dollar matching grants to local governments for parks and recreation capital projects that serve the public.  PARTF, established in 1994, is a primary source of funding to build and renovate facilities in the state parks as well as to buy land for new and existing parks. Since the inception of PARTF, more than 400 local governments across the state have used the program to establish or improve parks for their citizens. Listing of grants by county 

Local governments can apply to acquire land for parks and build recreational facilities for use by the public. A PARTF grant can also be used to protect the natural and scenic resources or renovate older park facilities. An applicant must match the grant dollar-for-dollar, 50 percent of the total cost of the project, and may contribute more than 50 percent. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources administers PARTF grant awards via a contract with the grant recipient.  The North Carolina Divisions of Parks and Recreation provides technical assistance to local governments through Recreation Resources Services (RRS) at N.C. State University

For more information, contact us:





Community Input Opportunity: Blue Hill District Design Guidelines

The Town of Chapel Hill is nearing the final stages of developing design guidelines for projects in the Blue Hill District (formerly known as the Ephesus/Fordham District). The district is located around the intersection of Ephesus Church Road and US 15-501 or Fordham Boulevard, a gateway to Chapel Hill.

A public information meeting is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Room A. The public is encouraged to learn more about the design guidelines and provide their input.

The meeting combines an open house format with a presentation about the latest version of the Design Guidelines. A series of stations will illustrate key topics from the Design Guidelines such as streetscape and public realm, pedestrian connectivity, outdoor amenity space, transitions between sites, building mass, and building elements.

The presentation will begin around 15 minutes into the meeting, with a focus on implementation of the design guidelines including some proposed updates to the district’s development rules. Then, there will be additional time to view the stations.

Visit the project website to find the Draft Design Guidelines and a summary of draft text amendments that would update the development rules:

Your input and ideas will be incorporated as the Town prepares the design guidelines and associated text amendments for review by the Town Council in spring 2018. The materials shared at Tuesday’s meeting will reflect feedback received from public workshops, online surveys and multiple advisory boards and commissions.

The purpose of the Design Guidelines Project is to establish a common understanding of design principles that will promote a walkable and green character in the Blue Hill District. Winter & Company is serving as the Town’s project consultant.

Following adoption of the Design Guidelines, applicants for development will refer to them when preparing projects for review. Town staff and the Community Design Commission will use the Design Guidelines to evaluate whether a proposed development meets the intent of the Blue Hill District's Form-Based Code by contributing to the creation of a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly place all will enjoy.

For more information, contact Corey Liles in the Department of Planning & Development Services at,




Town-Sponsored Events




Dedication of Public Art in Memory of Former Council Member Joe Herzenberg

The public is invited to join the Town of Chapel Hill in dedicating a decorative bench the memory of Joe Herzenberg on the Bolin Creek Trail at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 10. Herzenberg was the first openly gay elected official in the south, a champion of civil rights and the environment, and a fixture on Franklin Street.

The concrete and bronze bench graces a new portion of the trail just west of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The Friends of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department funded the bench to honor Herzenberg’s many contributions to the community, which include a generous gift from his estate that helped create the greenway system.

Herzenberg was a history professor who served on the Chapel Hill Town Council from 1979-1981 and then again from 1987-1993. As Chair of the Town Greenways Commission and the Merritt’s Pasture Committee he continued to advocate for open space and environmental preservation after leaving the Council. Herzenberg’s name is one of nine civil rights advocates recognized at the Peace and Justice Plaza in Chapel Hill.

The artist team on the project is Michael Waller and Leah Foushee Waller, best known for the bronze bull sculpture in downtown Durham. Their design uses organic shapes and incorporates elements meant to evoke Herzenberg’s connection to the creek, his love of travel, and his advocacy for diversity and the environment.

The closest public parking is at Umstead Park (399 Umstead Dr.), which is an easy walk along the paved Bolin Creek Trail to the bench. Parks and Recreation staff will leave from the Umstead Park parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and answer questions about the Trail and project along the way.

For special access or parking needs contact Bill Webster at or 919-968-2819.

For project details, visit For information about the Town’s Community & Cultural Arts, visit For information about the Friends of Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation, visit




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Books Sandwiched In Meets March 7

Books Sandwiched In will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Chapel Hill Public Library to discuss Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. Books Sandwiched In, sponsored by the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library, is free and open to the public. The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month (except January and July) in Meeting Room C of Chapel Hill Public Library at 101 Library Drive. The books are available at the circulation desk on a first-come, first-served basis.

Kent Haruf, who died in November at the age of 71, was best known for his justly praised novel Plainsong (1999). Haruf set all of his books in the fictional small town of Holt, Colo., integrating his bare-bones descriptions of the high plains so strikingly and crucially into his plots that setting is generally the first thing people mention about his work. But this emphasis can make Haruf sound parochial. In fact, his great subject was the struggle of decency against small-mindedness, and his rare gift was to make sheer decency a moving subject.

Our Souls at Night, his final novel, tells the story of Addie Moore and Louis Waters, long-time neighbors in the fictional town of Holt, CO. Addie and Louis are both widowed and lonely. Addie proposes a unique solution to this predicament by asking Louis to spend the night with her in a platonic manner.

They become friends, confidants, companions, and yes, finally lovers, despite dealing with the inevitable small-town gossip, family obligations, and serious health issues.

The book has been made into a movie released in 2017 starring Jane Fonda, Judy Greer and Robert Redford.




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, March 7 – 11:30 a.m.

Book:    Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf





Community Egg Hunt

All skilled egg hunters ages 2 to 10 are invited to participate in the annual Community Egg Hunt from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24. This free event will be packed full of crafts, games, food, prizes, inflatable fun and a visit from the Egg Hunt Bunny! The event will take place at Southern Community Park located at 1000 Sumac Road, Chapel Hill, NC.

Inflatable fun zones will be open to entertain families throughout the morning. Face painting will be available for a small fee. Other vendors on site include Chapel Hill Public Libraries’ Circulator, Kidzu Children’s Museum and Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation. Food trucks will also be on site.  

This year’s Egg Hunt includes over 12,000 eggs containing prizes and candy hidden across three locations for the following age groups: 2-4, 5-7 and 8-10.  The first hunt with the youngest age group starts promptly at 11:30 a.m.; the second oldest group begins at 12 p.m.; and the oldest egg hunters commence their search at 12:30 p.m.  Come with your baskets in hand ready to fill them up.  Special prizes will be awarded to those who find the golden eggs!

For more information about this fun event, visit The rain date for this event will be Sunday, March 25, 1 to 3 p.m. (hunt only).





Near & Far

A Local Celebration of Global Cultures

Sunday, April 8 from 2–5 p.m.
140 West Franklin Street

Celebrate Chapel Hill's global culture a new fun and funky street party!

Near & Far is a new fun, family event in downtown Chapel Hill featuring global food, music and dance traditions, plus other displays of our town’s diversity.

Community and campus cultural groups will share their heritage through crafts, activities, and interactive experiences.  Music, dance, and spontaneous arts performances will fill the stage and street.  Taste flavors of the world from food trucks and in an international tasting tent featuring downtown’s diverse restaurants. Bring the whole family!





Town Services




Last Call for Leaf Collection

Chapel Hill’s final collection of loose leaves for this season will begin on Monday, March 5. 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. View an interactive map of the collection cycle at

Anyone having leaves after leaf collection has ended should put them in a yard debris cart or other rigid container for curbside collection with yard waste. Leaves may also be placed in 30 gallon, 50-pound weight limit brown paper bags. Leaves in plastic bags will not be collected. For information about other disposal options, visit or call 919-969-5100.





Homestead Aquatic Center will close for routine maintenance

March 12 thru April 1

Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation’s Homestead Aquatic Center will be closed for three weeks, from March 12 through April 1, for routine maintenance and to complete some needed repairs. The Aquatics Center will reopen sooner if work completion allows.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Here’s where to plan your swim during the closure.

The Chapel Hill Community Center Pool at 120 S. Estes Drive, will be operating on a modified schedule in order to accommodate as many activities as possible. See the Community Center Pool Schedule here.

In the spirit of partnership in the local aquatics community, Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation pool pass holders will be allowed to use the swimming pools at the following locations (Pass holders will need to show their pool pass or fob and will be asked to fill out a guest form): 

Our indoor pools provide year round aquatics programs and aqua fitness classes for youth and adults. 

For more information about our aquatics programs and to see our pool schedules, log on to









Chapel Hill Kicks Off Month-Long Safety Campaign with Phone Free Friday

Temperatures are rising and everyone’s out and getting around Chapel Hill.

”With more people walking and biking around our beautiful community, and in light of recent events, we recognize the importance of drawing more attention to travel safety,” said Police Chief and Executive Director for Community Safety Chris Blue. “We’re taking this opportunity to further educate our residents and visitors on best practices for safely traveling through our community. We’ll be doing so in addition to our normal enforcement practices throughout town.”

“We have received an outpouring of concern for safety for the pedestrians in our community and—with that concern—many requests for improvements,” said Town Manager Roger Stancil. “A group of town staff members representing many of our departments meet once a week to discuss ways to improve travel throughout our community and will be discussing these requests and other ways to continue improving travel safety in our community.”

Throughout the month of March you will see an education campaign focused on these efforts. The campaign will kick off Friday, March 2, with #PhoneFreeFriday. We’re asking everyone who travels—regardless of your method—to put your phone completely away while you’re traveling to experience how little you miss in that time away from your device. This behavior will encourage you to keep your eyes on the road or your head up looking for traffic as you’re attempting to cross the street. Then you can carry that behavior beyond Friday and make it a regular practice.

Additional messages throughout March will be shared on the Chapel Hill Police Department’s social media channels ( and each week will be documented in Chapel Hill eNews (sign up at

How Do I Communicate with the Town?
You can always email your comments or suggestions to Those comments will be forwarded to the appropriate staff members for consideration and response. You can also call the Town’s main phone number, 919-968-2743, and ask to speak with someone about your inquiry or issue.

Getting Around Chapel Hill
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.




East Rosemary Street Closure on March 5

Duke Energy will close East Rosemary Street between Hillsborough and North Boundary Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, March 5 to replace old power poles. Detour signs will direct traffic around the area (see map).

Looking for Traffic News?

Visit Did you know that traffic advisories may be sent directly to your email? Visit to sign up and check the box "Traffic Advisories." For assistance, contact us at

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.





Chapel Hill Transit Spring Break Schedule

Chapel Hill Transit will make the following service schedule adjustments due to the UNC-Chapel Hill spring break schedule:

  • The weekday A-Limited morning trips (7:14–9:44 a.m.) will not operate Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16 and will resume on Monday, March 19.
  • The weekday NU route will not operate Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16 and will resume on Monday, March 19.
  • The weekend U and NU routes will not operate beginning Saturday, March 10 and will resume on Sunday, March 18.
  • Safe Ride routes will not operate beginning Thursday, March 15, and will resume on Thursday, March 22.

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


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