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Post Date:06/27/2018 8:30 AM





Fridays on the Front Porch

5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 29
Carolina Inn / 211 Pittsboro Street Chapel Hill (919) 918-2777

Come to The Carolina Inn each week for Fridays on the Front Porch (#FOFP) a popular end-of-the-work-week celebration in Chapel Hill. Relax on our shady front porch listening to live music, sipping on refreshing beverages and enjoying delicious food truck fare. Tonight’s band will be Big Fat Gap. Food Trucks will be Cousins Maine Lobster and Humble Pig. Admission: No cover charge or reservation required




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July 4th Holiday

Most municipal offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4.

A July Fourth Celebration will be held at UNC's Kenan Stadium on Wednesday, July 4.. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the fireworks show will begin at 9:30 p.m. sharp. For more information, visit

RESIDENTIAL REFUSE COLLECTION: No changes to collection schedule.

CURBSIDE RECYCLING: No change in schedule.

COMMERCIAL REFUSE COLLECTION: No changes to collection schedule.



CHAPEL HILL TRANSIT will not operate.

HOUSING: Office and Maintenance Division will be closed. For emergency maintenance services, call 919-968-2855.

PARKS AND RECREATION: The Plant Road office will be closed. Call facilities for schedules: Chapel Hill Community Center (919-968-2790); Hargraves Recreation Center (919-968-2794); Homestead Aquatics Center (919-968-2799); The Corner Teen Center (919-968-2841).





Fourth of July Celebration featuring live in concert … The Matt Stratford Band

The Town of Chapel Hill’s Fourth of July Celebration is a family-friendly night filled with exciting entertainment and a spectacular Fireworks display! Chapel Hill residents rank the Fourth of July Fireworks celebration as the most important local event presented by the Town of Chapel Hill.

Travel & Leisure Magazine ranked Chapel Hill as one of America’s top 10 Best Towns for a July Fourth Celebration. This is one celebration you won’t want to miss! Gates open at 7 p.m., Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. sharp, so get there early for the best seats!

Suggested contributions of $1 per person or $5 per family help keep this event a home town tradition in Chapel Hill.

Old Fashion family fun and activities are planned throughout the evening! The UNC Health Care Watermelon Eating Contest will be in full swing once again, hosted by comedians from The PIT Comedy Theater. Grand prize winners will receive tickets to one of UNC’s upcoming footballs games this fall

The Matt Stratford Band will be rocking the 97.9 The Hill Main Stage with the latest party hits and state of the art sound and lighting!  Based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, The Matt Stratford Band is a group of experienced musicians performing classic and modern day party hits. The band is led by singer/guitarist Matt Stratford. They’ll surely bring diversity, with a playlist ranging from the 60's to today. There is something for everyone to enjoy!

Another way this event becomes top ten, is through community pride and support by local community leaders who contribute as sponsors each year. Fireworks presented by Cruisers Convenience Marketplace, Hendrick Subaru Southpoint, Erie Insurance, and Grace Church. The 97.9 The Hill Main Stage. The UNC Health Care Watermelon Eating Contest hosted by The PIT Comedy Theater. Thank you also to our Official Media Partner, The News and Observer and our Rocket Concourse Walmart and VIP Sky Box sponsors Panera Bread, and Lotsa Stone Fired Pizza.

The Town of Chapel Hill promotes a Bike & Pedestrian-Friendly Community and encourages everyone to cycle or walk whenever attending these great events!

Seating is limited, please arrive early. Stadium concessions will be available, no outside food and drink is permitted.

For more details about parking and gate entry for Chapel Hill's July 4th Celebration, visit




Town Manager Selects Town Employees for Highest Honor

Town Manager Roger Stancil has selected Pat Spencer, Fire Equipment Operator, and Phil Smith, Police Special Events Coordinator and Court Liaison, as the 2018 W. Calvin Horton Service Award winners.

The awards were announced today (Friday, June 22) at an employee awards ceremony as part of the Town’s Employee Appreciation Day held at the UNC-Chapel Hill Friday Center. The award is one of the highest honors the Town of Chapel Hill bestows upon an employee, who receives an inscribed glass plaque and $1,000 cash award. This year was unusual in that two employees were selected for the honor.

In describing the award, Town Manager Stancil said, “This year the Cal Horton Award Nominating Committee received nominations for 13 outstanding candidates. As always, it's a very tough process to figure out which ones should become a Cal Horton winner. So after much debate this year, the committee recommended two candidates to receive this award, because the two candidates are excellent role models for our Town values, especially as mid-level employees going far above the expectations of their roles and providing excellent customer service in the community and to their peers across the organization.”

Former Town Manager Cal Horton stated in a letter to the honorees: “With the honor comes also a new obligation. It will not be a burdensome obligation. It will require only that you continue to live the good and rewarding life of service to others above self, and that you continue to exemplify what Town service should be when it is carried out at the highest level of competence and commitment.”

Pat Spencer, as told by his peers
Pat is an ideal employee and person to be around. He benefits all of those he comes in to contact with. He strives for greatness in a strong, yet humble manner, which leads all of those around him, myself included, to better themselves. His work ethic is inferior to none and his passion for taking care of citizens runs deep. He has mentored me as a driver and firefighter, from driving a fire truck to conversations about doing what is right, while not even at work.

Pat Spencer demonstrates his dedication to the Chapel Hill Fire Department and the Town of Chapel Hill through his ceaseless compassion and attention to detail. As a driver and occasional acting officer, Pat is exceptional at always managing to be one step ahead when running calls while also engaging the public appropriately and effectively. He displays patience and empathy whether he is gathering information from citizens on the scene of an emergency or simply showing children the fire truck while still managing to educate them on fire safety. Additionally, his patience and attention to detail extend to the education of newer employees as he answers even the most seemingly menial questions thoughtfully. As a man with a seemingly endless work ethic, Pat sets the standard high for his crew on the fire truck and commits to training on any particular skill until everyone can execute it flawlessly. As a result, his crews perform proficiently and efficiently, which in turn promotes a greater degree of safety within the fire department and on the scenes of emergency calls. No matter who he is engaging with, Pat treats everyone he encounters with dignity and respect, encouraging his fellow crew mates and employees to strive to be their best. Personally, I find that I am always seeking to challenge myself in new ways when I am working with Pat and I feel that this is what truly distinguishes him as a candidate for the Cal Horton Service Award.

Phil Smith, as told by his peers
Officer Phil Smith is responsible for coordinating police response for all special events held within the Town. He works closely with representative from other departments, such as Fire, Public Works, Parks and Recreation and Transit to ensure that adequate plans are in place to handle the unique nature of each event. On many occasions, there is very little advance notice of an event, such as public demonstrations or visiting dignitaries. Phil always takes these challenges in stride and handles them in a professional manner. During this year, Phil had led our efforts to plan for known events such as Halloween, UNC v. Duke games and the annual MLK mark. He has also been instrumental in our preparation for a number of public demonstrations, such as the Silent Sam rallies.

In addition, Officer Smith works closely with the court system to coordinate the appearance of officers needed for a variety of proceedings. This requires a significant amount of communication and he works tirelessly to keep all involved parties well informed.

Phil has coordinated the Chapel Hill Police Department’s effort to support the Special Olympics since 1995. Over the years he has sold Law Enforcement Torch Run t-shirts, organized fund raisers, and given tirelessly to make sure the event is successful. Due in large part to his efforts, the Chapel Hill Police Department has ranked among the top five law enforcement agencies in North Carolina for the amount of money raised for Special Olympics every year since 1996. With Phil’s leadership, we have raised over 1.4 million dollars for Special Olympics, and in 2017, CHPD placed fourth in the state with a total amount raised of $33,480.

About the Award
The W. Calvin Horton Service Award was initiated in 2007 when funds were raised by the community through the Foundation for a Sustainable Community Inc., a not-for-profit charitable corporation under the auspices of the Chapel Hill–Carrboro Chamber of Commerce. The community raised the funds to honor the 16 years of service of former Town Manager Cal Horton. It was Horton’s request that the funds raised be used to award Town employees for distinguished service, of at least 10 years. The fund supports the cash stipend associated with the award.

Past award recipients are Joe McMiller and Heather Robinson (2017), John French (2016), Amy Harvey (2015), Coco Hall (2014, posthumous winner), Colleen Lanigan (2012), Nate Davis (2011), Maggie Burnett (2010), Jim Huegerich (2009) and Larry Stroud (2008).




Council Summary June 27, 2018

The Chapel Hill Town Council met Wednesday, June 27, 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

Funding for Human Services Agencies
Town Council authorized $419,000 in funding to human services agencies as recommended by the Human Services Advisory Board. Funding decisions were based on the following priorities: safety-net services for disadvantaged residents; education, mentorship and after-school programs for youth facing a variety of challenges; and programs aimed at improving health and nutrition to needy residents.

Street Patching, Milling and Resurfacing of Town Streets
The Council awarded a $689,538 bid for street patching, milling resurfacing on streets including Clayton Road from Caswell Road to the cul-de-sac, Gardner Circle from Weyer Drive to Highgrove Drive, and Weaver Dairy Road Extension from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Homestead Road.

Progress Report on Town Manager Goals and Priorities
The Council received a progress report on Town Manager goals and priorities set in October 2017.

Update on Town Manager Selection Process
Mayor Pam Hemminger provided an update on the Town Manager Selection Process. An announcement is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 10.

Town and University Joint Operations Center
The Council approved a development agreement that will govern and regulate development of the property at 1050 Estes Drive. This project will contain the Town’s future Municipal Services Center and future University uses on a 20-acre site, owned by the University and Foundation. The Town is pursuing a 99-year lease and the first phase of development is expected to be the 72,000-square foot Municipal Services Center. There is no current timeline for the other buildings. This development includes a rezoning that was also approved. The community engagement process was praised by Council and residents.

Advisory Boards Voting Procedure
The Council enacted an ordinance amendment to modify the voting requirements of the Planning Commission, Historic District Commission, and Community Design Commission. The changes will increase the necessary concurring votes in order to take action on a development application. This ordinance amendment also changes quorum for the Planning Commission and Historic District Commission to be consistent with NC General Statutes.  

Non-Residential Development and Building Size in Blue Hill District
The Council enacted text amendments that will encourage non-residential uses within subdistricts of the Blue Hill District, including an incentive to allow buildings with a non-residential use to have a greater upper story floor area, and a requirement that residential development only be allowed if an applicant provides a non-residential component in their project, based on a menu of options. Additionally, the text amendments establish new limitations on lot coverage throughout the Blue Hill District by requiring that recreation space be located outdoors, at-grade and at the perimeter of the development. This meets the interest of limiting building size by modifying an existing standard in the Form District.

Eastowne Redevelopment Medical Office Building
The Council deferred review of redevelopment applications at 100 Eastowne Drive until Sept. 19. The proposal is for demolition of four existing buildings and construction of a 153,000 square foot six-story building for medical office and clinic uses, with a separate 5 ½-story, 580- space parking deck. A landscaped buffer along the US 15-501 right-of-way is also proposed.

Charting Our Future Update
The Council reviewed a proposal for an expansion of the scope of the Future Land Use Map Refinement Project that would add for analysis the additional territory in the South 15-501 corridor, the ETJ north of I-40, and along Mt. Carmel Church Road.




#MeetDowntown and Enjoy Free Parking Every Saturday in July

All Town of Chapel Hill on-street parking, parking decks, and surface lots will be FREE in downtown Chapel Hill on Saturdays during the month of July. The dates are July 7, 14, 21, 28. Parking is also free on the 4th of July at all public parking spaces downtown. 

How will you know?
No longer do you need to look for bags on parking meters. The new Parkeon meters will display a message letting you know that parking is free. These are all highly visible and desirable downtown parking spaces with convenient access for residents and visitors to shop, dine and enjoy the #SummerInChapelHill.

The three-hour limit for metered parking will be in effect and will be monitored. And remember…public parking is always free on Sundays! Information at




Call for Entries: 6th Annual Banned Books Week Trading Cards

Chapel Hill Public Library is seeking small (5” wide x 7” tall) original works on paper, inspired by books or authors that have been challenged, censored, or banned.

Based on their artistic excellence, seven of these works will be selected by a jury to become trading cards; artwork is featured on the front and an artist’s statement and information about the book or author are on the back. All entries are displayed in an exhibit at the Library during Banned Books Week and beyond. Trading cards are distributed for free during Banned Books Week and beyond.

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual national event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of intellectual freedom. Held from September 23 to 29, 2018, BBW highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the dangers of censorship by spotlighting actual and attempted banning of books. Chapel Hill Public Library coordinates this project to bring these important issues into the community’s conversation in a fun, interesting, and unique way.

Eligibility: Open to artists of all ages within Orange, Durham, Wake, Chatham, and Alamance Counties.

Deadline for applications: Monday, August 27, 2018

For more information, go to




Emergency Bridge Closure: Perry Creek Drive

Perry Creek Drive is closed between Pebble Springs Road and 201 Perry Creek Dr.

“Safety of our residents and visitors is our top concern,” said Town Emergency Management Coordinator, Vencelin Harris . “We take detours seriously. We are only initiating this inconvenience because we believe it is absolutely necessary.”

A third-party engineering firm performing a biennial bridge inspection for the Town found the structural integrity of a large drainage culvert where Perry Creek Drive crosses a creek to be compromised. Town staff decided the immediate closure of the road was the safest course of action.

Only passenger vehicles will be permitted to use this section of the road until noon Tuesday due to the weight restriction of 10 tons. Residents north of the closure will need to use Silver Creek Trail to access Weaver Dairy Road.

This closure could last up to six months. The timeline will be more defined once the scope of repairs is determined and the contractor begins the construction. The Town is working to expedite the construction as much as possible.

Inspections are performed every two years. Town staff will continue to review previous reports and compare them to the 2018 report. The 2016 report showed the bridge to be in good condition, and Town staff will look for a cause for the accelerated deterioration.

For more information, contact the Town’s Emergency Management Coordinator Vencelin Harris at 919-968-2705 or




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.

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Announcement of New Chapel Hill Town Manager Not Expected Wednesday Night (WCHL)

Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger said the new town manager replacing Roger Stancil, who is retiring this fall, was supposed to be announced at Wednesday’s meeting, which is the last meeting until the council returns this September after summer break. Read more:


Your complete guide to Fourth of July fireworks and celebrations in the Triangle (The News Observer)

The Town of Chapel Hill will hold its annual Fourth of July celebration in UNC’s Kenan Memorial Stadium (104 Stadium Drive). Read more:


‘Reimagining 15-501’ Public Workshop Being Held Tuesday (WCHL)

If you live or work in Chapel Hill or Durham you’ve probably experienced the heavy traffic on 15-501 connecting the two municipalities. Read more:


News Around Town: June 26 (WCHL)

News Around Town is a collection of local events and news stories around town that are highlighted on the radio. Read more:


PSNC Crews Replacing Pipeline Along Estes Drive in Chapel Hill (WCHL)

Utility work is taking place along Estes Drive in front of University Place mall in Chapel Hill and is expected to be in place for several weeks. Read more:


The "unflappable" Roger Stancil says goodbye after a dozen years as town manager (The Daily Tar Heel)

After 12 years of serving the Chapel Hill community, town manager Roger Stancil celebrated his upcoming retirement in September at a town hall reception Wednesday. Read more:


More affordable housing available in Chapel Hill (Spectrum News)

DHIC builders have finished the first phase of Greenfield Place on land donated by the city. Read more:


Visiting Chapel Hill? Here are three spots to find your moment of Zen (My Statesman)

Don’t miss these great hikes near Chapel Hill, N.C. Read more:


'It has given me peace.' How living at Greenfield Place in Chapel Hill has changed a man's life. (The Herald Sun)

When Tim Cates moved into his apartment at Greenfield Place in Chapel Hill last January, it was the first time he'd had a roof over his head in more than a year. Read more:


Mayors, neighbors gather to try to save Chapel Hill-Carrboro woods from clear-cutting (The Herald Sun)

A property owner’s plan to clear-cut 34 acres along Bolin Creek has neighbors, environmentalists and two mayors wondering if they can do something to stop it. Read more:


Eating Extremely Local At Blue Dogwood (WCHL)

After a soft opening trial run and a grand opening last weekend, Blue Dogwood has officially opened its doors to the public. Read more:


Durham-Orange light-rail 'in rare company,' planner says. But $57M gap remains. (The Herald Sun)

Elected officials learned more Thursday about the financial challenges facing the Durham-Orange light-rail project, but also about the benefits it could deliver. Read more:


Chapel Hill Public Library Turns Goat Clearing into Educational Opportunity (WCHL)

The Chapel Hill Public Library was overrun with kids on Thursday. Read more:


Chapel Hill Receives Visit from Netherlands Embassy (WCHL)

The Town of Chapel Hill received a visit from officials from the Embassy of the Netherlands last week. Read more:


Stuck in traffic on 15-501 between Chapel Hill and Durham? Here's a chance to fix it (The Herald Sun)

Do you travel on U.S. 15-501 between Durham and Chapel Hill? Read more:


Goats at Chapel Hill Public Library (CBS)

Look at these #cuties!! #Goats eating grass at the #ChapelHill #publiclibrary. Read more:






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