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Post Date:05/02/2018 8:00 AM





First Fridays in Meadowmont 

6 p.m. Friday, May 4

Meadowmont Village / 300 Meadowmont Village Circle Chapel Hill

Music in the Village, the first Friday of every month. Tonight's performance by the Triangle Jazz Orchestra. Free and open to the public.  



Heeeere's TOWNweek!




Council Meeting Summary

The Chapel Hill Town Council met Wednesday, May 2, 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 should not be viewed as official minutes. Would you like to view the Council video? ( It's ready for online viewing by Thursday afternoon)

CASA Funding Request for Merritt Mill East Affordable Housing Project
The Council authorized a funding request from CASA, an established Triangle area nonprofit affordable housing developer that has acreage under contract on S. Merritt Mill Road. Here it intends to develop 24 apartments to provide rental housing to households under 60 percent of AMI with a priority for households who are homeless and/or who have disabilities. The Town approved $330,810 in funding from the Affordable Housing Development Reserve (AHDR) in 2017 for land acquisition and site improvements of this property. CASA requested an additional $221,000 to support this project, as the project scope has doubled from 12 to 24 permanently affordable units and project cost estimates have increased. Learn about the Affordable Housing Development Reserve -> 

Percent for Art Program Procedures
The Council approved revised procedures for the Town’s Percent for Art Program to allow for a more flexible, nimble approach to funding and projects – as well as new communication and accountability measures. The Cultural Arts Commission has reviewed these revised procedures and concurs with the changes. 

Update from Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness 
The Council received the 2017 report on key accomplishments and activities. Access the by-the-numbers report at 

2018-19 Town Manager’s Recommended Budget
The Council received Town Manager Roger Stancil’s recommended budget for fiscal year 2018-2019. The proposed budget calls for a 3 cent tax increase, which would be the first tax increase in four years. The increase includes 1.2 cents for the General Fund, 0.8 cents for debt service and 1 cent for Transit.

The Town’s proposed $107.3 million budget for all funds represents a net increase of 3.6 percent. The proposed budget includes no changes in core services, which are highly valued by Chapel Hill residents as reflected in the 2018 biennial community survey. 

Town Manager Stancil recommends a 3 percent market salary adjustment for Town employees. Personnel related costs account for 75 percent of the Town budget. The costs of maintaining a high performing workforce is increasing as the competition for labor increases.  In recent years, the Town has seen increased turnover, including a significant increase in retirements. 

The budget works to normalize fund balance, the Town’s “rainy day fund,” which has fallen below its target of 22 percent for unassigned funds. Adequate fund balance is critical to meet the cash flow requirements of a municipal corporation and to provide an emergency fund to safeguard the Town against the costs of recovering from unforeseen economic, emergency and natural disasters.  

Several cost control measures are included in the proposed budget to minimize the needed tax increase. These measures include an investment of $472,000 for building maintenance programs such as swimming pool repairs, a new roof for Hargraves Community Center and refurbishing the cupola at the Old Post Office. 

 “The choices reflected in the Manager’s Recommended Budget represent our best efforts to listen to the people we serve and to move forward toward achieving their goals,” said Town Manager Stancil. “The 2018-19 Manager’s Recommended Budget keeps the Town on its path toward sustainably achieving the long term goals of the community.”     

The Town Budget review process continues with a public hearing on May 9, a Council work session on May 16 and consideration for possible adoption on June 13. More at 

Selection of Community Members to Participate in the Town Manager Assessment Center
The Council appointed community members to participate in an assessment center for applicants to the Town Manager position. The Council authorized the Mayor to execute a contract with Developmental Associates to search for a Town Manager in January 2018. At its February 14, 2018 business meeting, Council offered input as part of Developmental Associates' job and organizational analysis and reviewed steps in the recruitment, selection, and screening process. One of those steps is to recruit four to six community members to participate in an assessment center scheduled for May 31 and June 1, 2018. Those appointed will be announced and posted here: 

Public Housing Master Plan 

The Council provided feedback on preliminary recommendations for a Public Housing Master Plan.  The process for creating the plan includes a multi-phased approach to assess the current conditions of the Town’s housing portfolio which comprises 336 homes in 12 public housing communities throughout Chapel Hill and one in Carrboro. The Town will use feedback sought from public housing residents about their satisfaction and a resulting list of suggestions for improving their communities. These components will inform decisions regarding renovation, rehabilitation or potential redevelopment of our properties. 

Affordable Housing Quarterly Report

The Council received an update on the Town’s progress toward affordable housing initiatives. Currently, there are 1,065 affordable housing units in Chapel Hill. Working with the Community Home Trust, Rebuilding Together and Habitat for Humanity, the Town has successfully completed 20 new affordable housing units in this quarter. Access the Affordable Housing Dashboard: and the new affordable housing website at




Charting Our Future Kickoff

Chapel Hill: Imagine 2049

Participate in interactive stations. Post your ideas to the thought wall. And join your community in envisioning the future you want for Chapel Hill at the Charting Our Future Kickoff and Idea Exchange.

This exciting public event will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the Franklin Hotel, 311 W. Franklin St. Parking will be available free of charge in the surface parking lot behind the hotel.

People are welcome to drop in for any portion of the kickoff. An open house will be held from 5:30 to 6 p.m. After a brief presentation at 6 p.m., interactive stations will be available to solicit input.

The Town of Chapel Hill will be reaching out to the community over the next several months in its work to refine the Town’s Land Use Plan, which is in Chapel Hill 2020, the Town’s Comprehensive Plan. The process will eventually develop a Future Land Use Map that looks to the year 2049.

From May through the end of the year, there will be opportunities for community input, both online and in person.  The online opportunities will include a Project webpage at, which will be live on May 10.  Until May 10, Project information is available at  In person opportunities will be announced on the Project website; so please check the website and sign up to receive Project updates. 

For more information, visit the project website or contact

Download a flyer.




Parks and Recreation Summer Programs

Registration begins May 7

Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation released our summer recreation programs today, April 30, 2018.  Patrons may BROWSE our programs now and REGISTER ONLINE beginning Monday May 7. 

New to this year’s line-up are interactive computer camps for youth and teens, a roof-top outdoor movie series, new fitness and adventure programs, and ever so popular ceramic wheel throwing programs.

Featured this summer are FREE outdoor movies all summer long, held outdoors a top the Wallace Plaza at 150 E. Rosemary Street. Movie-goers of all ages will enjoy free popcorn, giant games, and activities. We are happy to bring you a lineup of action packed, science fiction, family and superhero movies for your summertime enjoyment. For titles and show times, download our brochure, or log on to

Youth and Teens will enjoy our new interactive computer camps, that focus on the world of video game design, animation, and creating your own apps. Provided by Youth Tech, Inc. these camps are for ages 6-17 years and provide enriching, positive experiences. 

RESIDENTS (persons living in or owning property in Orange County or Chapel Hill town limits) may register beginning 8:30 a.m. on Monday May 7; NON-RESIDENTS may register beginning 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 14.

Download your new program brochure or browse our activities at

To sign up, patrons will have to create an online account to register for their classes. Patrons can also register in person at one of three recreation centers, Chapel Hill Community Center, Hargraves Community Center, the Homestead Aquatic Center, or drop in at our administrative offices.




From left to right: Mayor Pam Hemminger, Courtney Schnee, Laura Willard, Adam Golden, Jacob Truax, and Nicole Gonzalez.  

Carolina Square Awarded Best Development

Chapel Hill’s Carolina Square on the 100 block of Franklin Street has received the Best Development Project Award from Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women (“Triangle CREW”).

The Champion Awards ceremony was held April 26 at the Embassy Suites hotel in Cary. The Best Development Project award was presented by Lynda Loveland of the NC Farm Bureau Federation.

“Our winner partnered to develop a vibrant, new, vertically integrated, mixed-use community in the heart of a college town, “Loveland said. “Within close proximity to the main street as well as college housing, this lively new development includes 158,000 square feet of Class A office, 42,000 square feet of destination retail, 246 units of luxury rental housing and over 850 structured parking spaces. But that's not all! They have also included an urban park, and a performing arts facility!”

Courtney Schnee of Northwood Ravin accepted the award on behalf of the partnership between Northwood Ravin and Cousins Properties.

The category was open to Triangle projects involving commercial real estate completed between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2017. The award was described as a project that “demonstrates excellence in functionality, aesthetics and relationship to surroundings.” This included office, retail, multi-family, hotel or mixed-use developments.

Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women ("Triangle CREW") was formed in 1996 to provide a forum for meeting and building relationships in the Triangle market through effective member networking, committee work and mentoring. Triangle CREW also delivers high quality commercial real estate programs featuring guest speakers and panels.

For more information, please visit




Chapel Hill Expands Public Recycling Program

The Town of Chapel Hill recently installed 18 new recycling containers, thanks to a $17,640 grant from the NC Department of Environmental Quality.

Thirteen containers were installed along Franklin and Rosemary Streets, and five at Cedar Falls Park. Each recycling container is next to a trash receptacle to serve the most pedestrians and for easy weekly service. The containers are made in the USA using 97% recycled plastic.

The grant provides funding to public recycling programs to help divert materials from the waste stream and increase public awareness of recycling. The Town contributed $3,693 toward the project plus roughly $1,000 in installation costs.

Before this grant, 13 recycling containers existed downtown, which took in about 6.5 tons of recyclable material annually. The additional 13 containers may double the amount of recyclables diverted from the landfill. Orange County will help monitor the collection units at Cedar Falls Park to determine the amount collected and the level contaminated with trash.

For more information, contact Emily Cameron at 919-969-5114



Tar Heel Express Service to the UNC-Chapel Hill Commencement

Chapel Hill Transit will provide Tar Heel Express Shuttle Service from 6:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13, 2018, for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Commencement Ceremony at Kenan Stadium.

Chapel Hill Transit shuttles will operate from the Friday Center (100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill) park and ride lot to Kenan Stadium on Stadium Drive (Gate 2). Buses will run every 10 to 15 minutes, providing continuous and fully accessible service between the park and rides and Kenan Stadium. The shuttles and parking at the Friday Center will be FREE.

Riders, especially graduates, are encouraged to arrive at the park and ride lot at least one hour prior to the start of the 9:00 a.m. ceremony to allow for possible traffic delays.

For those wishing to stay on campus longer, Carolina Livery will provide shuttle service from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Carolina Livery shuttles will loop campus making stops at the Student Union, the Old Well on Cameron Avenue and the Dean E. Smith Center and returning to the FridayCenter park and ride lots.

Carolina Athletics encourages everyone not to bring large bags and packages and to leave all bags at home.  The University of North Carolina Department of Athletics has a clear bag policy and all bags will be checked.  For more details on items allowed into the Kenan Stadium,click

For additional information on the UNC-Chapel Hill Commencement Ceremony, please visit

Follow on Twitter: @UNC @unc_2018 and #UNC18.

Chapel Hill Transit is the public transportation provider that serves Chapel Hill, Carrboro and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For complete information about Chapel Hill Transit services, schedules, route changes or directions to the nearest Chapel Hill Transit stop, visit us at,email or calla customer service representative at 919-485-7433.



Transit Summer Break Schedule Begins May 12

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

  • The weekday A-Limited morning trips (7:14–9:44 a.m.) will not operate beginning Monday, May 14 and will resume on Monday, Aug. 13.
  • The weekday NU route will not operate beginning Monday, May 14 and will resume on Monday, Aug. 13.
  • The weekend U and NU routes will not operate beginning Saturday, May 12 and will resume on Saturday, Aug. 18.
  • Safe Ride routes will end on Saturday, April 28, and will resume on Thursday, Aug. 23.
  • EZ Rider will operate Monday-Friday from 5 a.m. to 11:17 p.m., Saturdays from 8:15 a.m. to 6:52 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Sunday service will operate within the town limits of Chapel Hill and Carrboro on a space available basis. Reservations for Sunday service must be requested no later than 12 p.m. on the Friday prior to the requested Sunday service date). Reservations will be available from 1–5 p.m. on weekends

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




Bolin Creek Tunnel Mural 

The mural is complete! Artist Daniel LeClair teamed up with Boomerang, Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation, and Chapel Hill Community Arts to create an amazing tunnel mural on the Bolin Creek Trail. It's a great week for a walk, so go see this artwork firsthand! More info at




Ribbon Cutting for New EV Charging Station

Today was the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new electric vehicle charging station at the Aquatic Center. This installation will serve as the fifth and sixth publicly accessible EV charging stations owned by the Town of Chapel Hill. For more information, go to




One Kiss Could Win You A $50 Gift Card To A Local Business

Pucker up (with someone you know) to enter for a chance to win a $50 gift card. is hosting an Instagram Kissing Contest in which participants will be selected at random each month to win a $50 gift card to a local Chapel Hill business.

There is Lots to Love about parking in Downtown Chapel Hill, so we want you to share the love and express yourself creatively in this contest. Whether you kiss your partner, pet, children, or car, we’re excited to see how you capture your love and experience parking downtown!

By using the hashtag #LotsToLoveContest, participant’s photos will join a stream of other photos being posted in the contest. From this stream, the contest’s random winners will be selected.

At its core, the contest is about loving where you live and who you’re with from the moment your downtown Chapel Hill journey begins! We hope that this contest not only shares the Lots to Love campaign message, but that it also inspires participants to love the little moments and pass the love on. 

The contest will run from May 2018 through April 2019. There will be one winner each month. The winner will receive a $50 gift card to a Chapel Hill business. To enter, participants must post a photo to their personal account that incorporates parking and kissing, follow @ParkOnTheHillCH on Instagram, and use the hashtag #LotsToLoveContest.

Winners will be selected on the first Friday of each month beginning June 1. Winners will be selected at random. The winner will be direct messaged and informed of winning on Instagram. No purchase is necessary to participate. Rivers Agency and Town of Chapel Hill officials and employees are prohibited from winning the prize. This promotion isn’t sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with any social media platform used in the contest. More information on the Kissing Contest and a full list of rules and regulations can be found at

Please be respectful of all individuals when engaging in this contest! Remember, follow Park On The Hill on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtags #LotsToLove and #LotsToLoveContest.




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 looking at tax hike for debt, transit and services. How much will it be? (The Herald Sun)

Taxpayers could pay more taxes next year for town services, transit, and to build a $31.4 million Municipal Services Center, sidewalks and other projects. Read more:


Temporary closure, new connection coming for part of Chapel Hill’s trail system (WCHL)

Chapel Hill’s Parks and Recreation Department made several announcements late last week, including temporary closures and new trail openingsRead more:


Chapel Hill holding listening session for Town Manager selection (WCHL)

The search for Chapel Hill’s next town manager is ongoing. Read more:


Chapel Hill Police searching for missing teen (WCHL)

Chapel Hill Police are asking for assistance locating a missing juvenile. Read more:


Chapel Hill throws party for new parking meters (Spectrum)

Some parties on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill happen after UNC basketball games; Sunday's celebration happened because of new parking meters. Read more:


Chapel Hill police to host Lots to Love parking party (WCHL)

The Chapel Hill Police Department is celebrating the launch of the long-awaited Lots to Love parking campaign with a party downtown on Sunday, April 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Plaza at 140 W. Franklin St. Read more:


Two men apprehended 20 minutes after police say they robbed a Chapel Hill bank (The Herald Sun)

Two men were arrested Thursday 20 minutes after police say they robbed a bank in Chapel Hill. Read more


Police quickly arrest two in Chapel Hill bank robbery (ABC)

Two men suspected of robbing a Chapel Hill bank Thursday afternoon were quickly taken into custody. Read more:


Men arrested near Chapel Hill bank 20 minutes after robbery (WRAL)

Two men have been arrested in connection with a Thursday bank robbery in Chapel HillRead more:


Pedestrian Struck in Chapel Hill (WCHL)

A pedestrian was treated for minor injuries after being struck in Chapel Hill Thursday morning. Read more:


2 arrested after Chapel Hill bank robbery (WCHL)

Chapel Hill Police have arrested two suspects in connection with a bank robbery on ThursdayRead more:

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