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Post Date:03/08/2018 8:30 AM

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Town Manager Job Posting Available for Review

The Town Council has posted its draft of the Town Manager Job Advertisement at and invites public review and comment until 10 p.m. today (Thursday, March 8).Thank you for emailing comments to

The Council received an update from Dr. Heather Lee of Development Associates about the Town Manager Search Process on Wednesday night. Three drop-in public input sessions were held March 4-6, and streamed via @ChapelHillGov on Facebook. Public input was also gathered via a survey and emails. Key themes from public feedback have been incorporated into the job posting.

The Town Council plans to receive any additional feedback, and finalize the advertisement for posting and distribution on Friday, March 9. For a complete schedule of the search process, visit


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

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.




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Things to do in Chapel Hill

Yoga and Tai Chi in the Galleries 

Noon to 2 p.m. Monday, March 12

Ackland Art Museum / 101 South Columbia Street Chapel Hill (919) 966-5736 

Admission: Free for Members; $5 all others. 

2 separate sessions: Yoga (Noon-1pm, Tai Chi (1-2pm). Take a break from your day and explore the world of yoga in the beautiful setting of the Ackland! The hour-long session offered most Mondays from Noon-1 PM is taught by registered yoga teacher Joanne Marshall. Yoga in the Galleries provides an opportunity to practice a series of gentle yoga poses inspired by the art in the gallery. Beginners are welcome. Yoga mats are provided. Wear comfortable clothing that will allow you to stretch. Then join us for Tai Chi in the Galleries, inspired by the renowned Asian art collections at the Ackland! Tai chi is an ancient Chinese movement practice known to reduce pain and improve your mental and physical balance and well-being. This class uses gentle Sun-style tai chi routines that are safe, easy to learn, and suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Tai Chi from 1-2pm.   




From Town Hall 





Council Meeting Summary

The Chapel Hill Town Council met on Wednesday, March 7, and considered an agenda that includes the following highlights. The full agenda is available at  or by contacting Communications and Public Affairs at 919-968-2743 or


Advertisement for Town Manager Search

The Council received an update from Dr. Heather Lee of Development Associates about the Town Manager Search Process. The Council reviewed and made edits to the draft job advertisement. The draft position posting will be available for public review at Three drop-in public input sessions asking what residents want to see in the next town manager were held March 4-6 and streamed via @ChapelHillGov on Facebook. Feedback continues to be collected via email at  and a survey at .


Presentation: UNC-Chapel Hill Annual Campus Development Report

The Council received a report from UNC-Chapel Hill about major projects completed, projects in construction and projects in design on campus. View the pdf presentation at


2017 UNC Annual Development Plan Report on Transportation

The Council received the "2017 Annual Development Plan Report on Transportation" and "2017 Transportation Impact Analysis Update" prepared by UNC-Chapel Hill. The University is required by its Development Plan permit to provide this annual update. Access the pdf report at


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 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). 





Public Meetings for the Gateway Light Rail Station area

A public information meeting regarding the Gateway Light Rail Station area will be held on March 13 at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive.

There are two options to attend and each meeting with cover the same information: 

Option A: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

9:00 – 11:00 AM

Chapel Hill Public Library, Room A


Option B: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

12:00 – 2:00 PM

Chapel Hill Public Library, Room C

In addition, a Joint Advisory Board Meeting will be held from 7– 9:00 p.m. on March 12 at the Chapel Hill Public Library, Room B. This meeting will cover the same information and will include an opportunity for public comment, however it will have an advisory board focus.

The Town is actively working to draft transit-supportive land development regulations to guide redevelopment in the Gateway Station Area and ensure community benefits. These regulations could serve as a framework to develop additional zoning districts specific to the other five station areas in Chapel Hill.

The timeline for meetings and workshops around this project include:

  • February 2017: Initiation of station area planning process with multi-day public design workshop
  • May 2017: Joint meeting of Town’s development review advisory boards
  • June 2017: Project update to Town Council
  • October 2017: Joint meeting of Town’s development review advisory boards
  • February 2, 2018: Presentation to Council Committee on Economic Sustainability

For more information, visit the project website at or contact John Richardson at





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

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  • 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

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

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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





Town Services




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





Register for North Carolina Senior Games 2018

Largest Senior Olympic Program in the nation for more than 30 years!

North Carolina Senior Games began in 1983 with a vision to create a year-round health promotion and wellness education program for adults 50 years of age and better. Senior Games is a holistic approach to keeping the body, mind and spirit fit while enjoying the company of friends, family, spectators and volunteers.  

"Senior Games is about embracing aging and being never too old to play, to learn and to share." Gael Hogan

Each spring, thousands of people enjoy participating in a Local Senior Games in North Carolina.  The qualifiers are invited to participate each fall in the Senior Games State Finals held in Raleigh.  Every two years, the State Finals winners qualify to represent North Carolina at the National Senior Games. 

Local Games have begun planning for another successful year all across North Carolina...committees are meeting, and participants are training to get ready. The Local Games website has information about each Local Games including dates, deadlines, activities offered, counties served and contacts for each Local Games coordinator.

You may download the Orange County Senior Games 2018 Entry Packet for athletes, artists and cheerleaders here. Early bird deadline to register is March 9, deadline to enter is March 23.

Athletics Events at various venues in Orange County run April 7 – May 9.

SiverArts program (Heritage Arts and Visual Arts) competitions from the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill are April 7 - April 26.

Participants must be North Carolina residents for a minimum of three consecutive months of the year and at least 50 years of age on or before December 31, 2018. Entry fees are $16.

For more info log onto  or contact Dana Hughes at








Temporary Bus Stop Closure: South Road at Kenan Labs

Begins March 9

Due to a fire main sidewalk project on South Road, Chapel Hill Transit will temporarily close the bus stop at Kenan Labs (#3215) beginning March 9 until further notice. CCX, G and V route customers may board buses at the temporary bus stop on South Road east of Bell Tower Drive.

For more information on transit routes, visit




Chapel Hill Transit Operator & Maintenance Appreciation Week

March 12-18

Have you thanked your operator lately? As part of the national ‘Transit Driver Appreciation Day” (#tdad ) on March 18, Chapel Hill Transit will celebrate its Operators and Maintenance staff the week of March 12-16.

Chapel Hill Transit operators and maintenance staff are on duty as early as 4 a.m. and as late as 3 a.m., serving around 27,000 customers daily, 7 million a year, 180, 000 revenue hours a year and traveling miles every day.

Operators drive for hours, manage time schedules, serve as customer service ambassadors while safely operating big vehicles through tight spaces, heavy traffic in all types of weather conditions. They don’t have an easy job, but they make it look easy!

Of course, buses could not roll without our wonderful maintenance team members working behind the scenes keeping the vehicles clean, operational and safe.

Join us in celebrating our hard-working operators. That could be as simple as a smile and a wave as you’re boarding and a “thank you” when you leave. You can also submit an official note of appreciation for a job well done, so your operators can be formally recognized for their efforts to or snap a selfie with your favorite operator (of course, while the bus is not moving) and tweet to @chtransit.







Chapel Hill Police Travel-Safety Initiatives

The safety of everyone who travels is a shared responsibility.

The Chapel Hill Police Department recorded 50 speeding violations during February’s travel-safety initiatives, which are conducted in addition to normal patrols. To see last month’s locations, visit

With the help of area partners, the March dates have been scheduled to continue speed enforcement and Watch For Me N.C. initiatives. These initiatives are an effort to continue to preserve and enhance a safe community in which to travel, whether on two wheels, four wheels, two feet, or other methods. Let’s bring the number of violations down for the month of March!

Officers may issue information, warnings or citations to anyone for violating laws. Fines and court costs for these violations begin at $213.

Multiple officers will monitor the following areas (in addition to normal Chapel Hill Police patrol practices) to encourage and enforce safe behavior from everyone:

  • 8-9 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, South Columbia Street

  • 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, Weaver Dairy Road and Weaver Dairy Road Extension

  • All day Thursday, March 15, Franklin Street and Rosemary Street

  • 5:30-7:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, Manning Drive

  • 6-8 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, Mt. Carmel Church Road

Watch For Me N.C. is a statewide safety initiative designed to improve relationships on roads between people who drive, people who walk, people who roll and people who bike. People may receive helpful information, warnings, and in some cases, tickets for violations during these initiatives.

Getting Around
Want to see the latest projects that affect getting around Chapel Hill. To view a list of recently completed, in progress, and upcoming projects, visit

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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:




Public Safety News




March Travel-Safety Campaign: Week One focused on Walking

Post Date:03/08/2018 4:34 PM

For the first full week in March, we have been focusing our travel-safety campaign messaging on people walking. Next week we'll take a closer look at people biking.

”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. 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

To see this original news release in its entirety, visit





Apply Now: 2018 Spring Community Police Academy

Come learn what it's like to be a Guardian of the Hill!

Come learn what it’s like to be a Guardian of the Hill.

The Chapel Hill Police Department will host its Spring Community Police Academy beginning Thursday, April 12, 2018.  Applications will be accepted through Friday, March 30, 2018.  The Community Police Academy is an action-packed, two-day event providing community members with an “inside look” at how their police department functions. The Academy is designed to increase understanding and awareness of the role of the Chapel Hill Police Department and the day-to-day life of a police officer through computer simulated “hands-on” activities and engaging discussions. It will also provide an opportunity for community members to meet and talk with officers and members of police administration.

Participants will experience:

  • Exercises simulating real police scenarios (computer simulations)
  • Officer equipment demonstrations 
  • Arrest procedures
  • Use of force discussions
  • Social/mental health issues 
  • Citizen complaints/Internal Affairs
  • Police Canine (K9) program demonstrations
  • Investigations
  • Special Emergency Response Capabilities
  • …and more

The Community Police Academy is open to anyone 16 years of age or older. 

Anyone wishing to attend the Community Police Academy must complete an application by visiting




Food Lion Robbery suspect-body

Chapel Hill Police Seek ID of Food Lion Robbery Suspect

The Chapel Hill Police Department is seeking assistance in identifying a man suspected of robbing the Food Lion in the Timberlyne Shopping Center on Weaver Dairy Road at 10:27 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27.

The suspect grabbed the cash register drawer and fought with the clerk before running out of the store. The cash drawer was later recovered behind the Food Lion near Westminster Drive.

The suspect appeared to be in his 50s.

If you have information about the incident or can identify the suspect, please call the Chapel Hill Police Department between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 919-968-2760, or at any time of day call either 911 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.  Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous, and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to arrest.





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 Manager job posting to go live Friday (WCHL)

A draft of the job advertisement for the next town manager for Chapel Hill has been posted after a discussion at the Town Council meeting on Wednesday night. Read more:


The rise of Chapel Hill’s most famous dog was spurred by tragedy (The Herald Sun)

She started crying while talking on the telephone, as she spoke about her dog. Read more:


UNC Health Care submitting scaled back application for Eastowne redevelopment (WCHL)

UNC Health Care submitted a concept plan to the Town of Chapel Hill in late December 2017 that called for a redevelopment of university-owned property along 15-501 at the western intersection of Eastowne Drive near I-40. Read more:


Local Governments voice support for student walk out (WCHL)

Chapel Hill and Carrboro students are joining students, teachers and school administrators across the country in a national school walk-out to protest gun violence in schools on March 14. Read more:


Chapel Hill mayor forced to wear that other shade of blue at Town Council meeting (The Herald Sun)

This time around, it’s Chapel Hill that will have to make good on a friendly wager its mayor made with the mayor of Durham before Saturday’s Duke-UNC basketball showdown, the Battle of the Blues II. Read more:


In Depth: Launch Chapel Hill (Spectrum)

A program in Chapel Hill is helping start-ups take off. It's called Launch Chapel Hill. Read more:


Town launches pedestrian safety campaign in response to fatal accidents on MLK (The Daily Tar Heel)

The Town of Chapel Hill has started a Pedestrian Safety Campaign following the death of two pedestrians on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Read more:


This Town Is the Best in the U.S. for College Basketball Fans (Fortune)

Tar Heel fans, rejoice! Chapel Hill, N.C. is the best place for college hoops, according to WalletHub. Read more:


Beyond Silicon Valley: 5 Up-and-Coming Tech Hotspots (Livability)

This trio of cities has been an innovation center for decades, with the longstanding Research Triangle Park established more than 50 years ago anchored by North Carolina State University, Duke University and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Read more:


2018’s Best Cities for College Basketball Fans (WalletHub)

Depending on where you live, college basketball may have even more draw than the professional level does. Read more:


Chapel Hill Named Best City for College Basketball Fans (WCHL)

It’s no surprise that Chapel Hill is a top-tier college basketball town. Read more:


Chapel Hill Seeking Public Input on New Town Manager Hire (WCHL)

The Chapel Hill Town Council is beginning the public process in its search for a new town manager. Read more:


Tree down across Franklin Street (WCHL)

A large tree fell across Franklin Street on Friday morning causing traffic delays. Read more:


Downed power line lands on Chapel Hill transit bus on East Franklin Street (WRAL)

Chapel Hill officials on Friday said a downed power line landed on a city transit bus on East Franklin Street. Read more:


Chapel Hill police seek help identifying robbery suspect (WCHL)

Chapel Hill Police are looking for a suspect wanted in connection with a robbery at the Food Lion in Timberlyne Shopping Center last week. Read more:


Powerful winds for Triangle today; busy day forecast for power crews (News and Observer)

Winds as high as 60 mph are possible in parts of the Triangle on Friday, threatening to break off tree limbs, topple weak trees and give power company crews a heavy workload. Read more:


Chapel Hill urges 'phone free Fridays' (Spectrum)

With spring officially around the corner, Chapel Hill police want people to be safe on the road. Read more:


Chapel Hill Begins Pedestrian Safety Campaign Friday (WCHL)

The Town of Chapel Hill will hold an educational campaign throughout the month of March focusing on efforts to keep pedestrians safe. Read more:



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