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Post Date:02/07/2019 8:00 AM
CHAPEL HILL ENEWS

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Carolina for the Kids One Day Event - TOWNweek - Mayor Receives Public Private Partnership Award - Survey on Arts and Culture  - Town Manager Announces New Business Management Director - Valentines Day and Healthy Heart Month Swim Pass Special - Aquatic Center Closed Feb. 11-19 - Community Input Meeting for Traffic Calming around Wegmans - Chapel Hill's Manufactured Housing Work Featured in International Blog - Leaf Collection Schedule - Tar Heel Express Service to North Carolina vs. Miami Basketball Game - Tar Heel Express Service to the North Carolina vs. Virginia Basketball Game - Lock Your Doors, Roll Up Your Windows - Tree Replacement: Downtown Chapel Hill - Town in News

 

CAROLINA FOR THE KIDS 

Carolina for the Kids One Day Event

This fundraiser to benefit UNC Children’s is aiming to raise $60,000 in 24 hours. The campaign kicks off at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at the UNC vs. UVA basketball game. Local restaurants including Buns, Pizza Press and IP3 will host benefits throughout the day. Funds raised provide major support for the medical, emotional and financial care for patients and families served by UNC Children’s.

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TOWNweek

www.townofchapelhill.org/townweek

 

 

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Mayor Receives Public Private Partnership Award

Mayor Pam Hemminger has been recognized by the Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce for community service that builds bridges between the community’s public and private sectors.

The Public Private Partnership Award was presented to Mayor Hemminger at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting on Friday, Feb. 1. The award was described by 2018 Chamber Board Chair Reagan Greene Pruitt:

“The Chair’s award for Public Private Partnership was created in 2010, by then Chamber board chair Joanne Fiore of AICPA, to recognize an individual whose work and community service builds bridges between the community’s public and private sectors.
 
This year’s award is presented to an elected official with a clear vision for the future. An accessible collaborator, convener, and relationship builder who shows real leadership in an increasingly fractured time. A champion for small business with commercial development chops, and one of the hardest working elected officials we can remember.

It is the Chamber’s privilege and honor to publicly appreciate the work of this community leader by presenting her with the Chair’s Award for Public Private Partnership. Please join me in congratulating 2018 Chair’s Award for Public Private Partnership, Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger.”

 

 

PERFORMERS AT NEAR & FAR

Survey on Arts and Culture

What is the power of arts and culture in a community? What impact have the arts had on your life?  What arts and cultural activities should the Town focus on? These are the types of questions the Town of Chapel Hill is asking residents to answer in a brief surveyhttp://bit.ly/2DINjEJ  Survey responses will help Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture create a mission statement and develop responsive programs and projects.

Community Arts & Culture was recently created in response to the community's interest in and Town Council's prioritization of arts and culture in Chapel Hill.  The division currently includes public art, arts programs, and festivals and special events.  One of the newly formed division’s key priorities for the year is to create an intentional, strategic approach to their work in order to advance Council interests and community goals.

Susan Brown, Executive Director for Community Arts & Culture, says that bringing these resources together under one division creates an opportunity, noting, “We have a long and strong history in each of these areas, and we want to engage the community we serve to create an even brighter future. Diverse perspectives on arts and cultural activities will help us make strategic decisions about public resources and new initiatives.” Brown indicates that the public survey will be open through Friday, Feb. 8, and takes about five minutes to complete. 

 

 

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Town Manager Announces New Business Management Director

Town Manager Maurice Jones has announced his appointment of Amy Oland as director of the Business Management Department for the Town of Chapel Hill.

“Amy was my top choice from an excellent field of applicants for the position,” Jones said. “I know she will lead with great skill and with a strong commitment to customer service.”

Oland has worked in the department since 2004, and recently as interim director after Ken Pennoyer retired in September 2018. She has held previous positions of accountant, accounting manager and assistant director.

As a member of the executive management team, she contributes her insight and knowledge to develop and implement strategic vision for the organization. She works with other senior managers on cross-departmental projects, planning and budgeting.

“I am proud to work for the Town and look forward to serving the community in this new role,” Oland said.

Originally from Los Angeles, Oland moved to North Carolina to attend UNC-Wilmington where she earned a master’s degree in accountancy. As a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), she worked in public accounting with Dixon Odom auditing municipalities. Oland has been married for 16 years with three children, Emma (13), Jacob (11) and Heidi (7).

The Business Management Department provides financial advice and oversight, which has consistently been recognized for best practices within government budgeting. The Town’s consistent AAA bond ratings reflect in large part these excellent management practices, as well as the Town’s financial health, overall planning and the strength of the local economy.

 

 

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Valentines Day and Healthy Heart Month Swim Pass Special

If you have been thinking about trying out the swimming pool, or encouraging a friend or loved one to start swimming, this February special is just right for you! Give the gift of Heart Health today with our Valentine’s Day Swim Pass Special!

Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation is offering a 10 visit Swim Pass Special for the month of February in honor of Valentine’s Day and Healthy Heart Month.  This Special pass provides a unique opportunity  to purchase an reduced price pass – perfect for anyone who has been thinking about starting a swim routine and try out our pools . The 10 visit pass can be used at both Homestead Aquatic Center and the Community Center pools, and all 10 visits are good for one year from the purchase date.

10-Visit Pass (limited special offer times only)

Residents

Non-Residents

Adults (19 and older)

$35

$63

Youth (9-18)

$21

$35

Children (8 and under)

$14

$21

 

Swimming is a lifetime activity that improves heart and lung capacity, helps build strength and endurance, and can be enjoyed at any age. A thirty minute swim three times a week can significantly lower blood pressure and help maintain cholesterol levels. Because it is easy on joints and muscles, swimming is a great choice for those with arthritis and other chronic conditions. It’s also a ideal for runners with joint injuries and athletes interested in cross training muscles.

The Town of Chapel Hill is fortunate to have two great indoor swimming facilities. Homestead Aquatic Center houses two pools: a 10 lane cool water lap pool and an 86 degree warm water pool for programs and play. At the Community Center, you’ll find a six lane pool for both lap and recreational use.

Purchase your passes in person at Parks and Recreation facilities. Visit chapelhillparks.org for pool schedules and location and contact information.

 

 

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Aquatic Center Closed Feb. 11-19

Homestead Aquatic Center will be closed February 11-19 for annual maintenance. During the closure, the Community Center pool will be operating on a revised schedule in order to accommodate as many activities as possible. In addition to the Community Center pool, our pass holders will be able to show their CHPR pass/fob to swim at the following pools (according to their individual pool schedules):

The Homestead Aquatic Center Lobby will not be open during the maintenance closure. Those wishing to register for programs or purchase swim passes can do so at the Chapel Hill Community Center, 120 S. Estes Drive.

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 www.chapelhillparks.org.

 

 

WEGMANS 

Community Input Meeting for Traffic Calming around Wegmans

A community meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, to share and receive input on proposed traffic calming measures on residential streets around the Wegmans property at 1810 Fordham Blvd. The meeting will be held in Room B of the Chapel Hill Public Library.

A draft plan is being developed for traffic calming measures including all-way stop control, speed tables, on-street parking and other devices around the adjacent streets near Wegmans Property. The draft plan will be posted on the Development Activity Report webpage (see below) one week prior to the Feb. 25 meeting for review. The draft plan includes public input from a prior meeting held on May 31, 2018.

Deconstruction of the former Performance Auto Mall is underway on U.S. 15-501 in Chapel Hill to prepare for the new 100,000-square-foot Wegmans, a $30 million development with an opening date sometime in 2020. The development application was approved in October 2017.

Find more at the Development Activity Report: townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/planning-and-sustainability/development-activity-report/wegmans-food-market

For more information on the meeting, contact Kumar Neppalli, Traffic Engineering Manager at (919) 969-5093 or email kneppalli@townofchapelhill.org.

 

 

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Chapel Hill's Manufactured Housing Work Featured in International Blog

An international blog has published a story about the Town of Chapel Hill’s efforts to use data-driven and community engagement solutions to address the redevelopment threat to manufactured home communities in Chapel Hill.

Esri, an international supplier of geographic information system (GIS) software, posted the Feb. 5 story at https://www.esri.com/about/newsroom/blog/maps-aid-affordable-housing-push-in-chapel-hill-north-carolina/  It offers a detailed picture of how the Town came together to use partnerships, engagement, and the ArcGIS mapping software to prioritize Town-owned land for new affordable housing development.

The use of immersive 3D maps helped staff visualize properties and possibilities to implement a Manufactured Home Strategy. One key component of the strategy is to identify Town-owned sites that could be used to develop new affordable housing and potential relocation options for manufactured home residents, if needed.

An excerpt from the story: 

“In 2017, the residents and families living in a 33-unit mobile home park in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, received news from the property owner that within a year they would have to relocate so the property could be redeveloped. After the tight-knit community made an impassioned plea for help, the Chapel Hill Town Council mobilized a small team of Town employees to explore affordable housing options.”

Learn more about Town of Chapel Hill affordable housing initiatives at https://www.chapelhillaffordablehousing.org/

 

 

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Leaf Collection Schedule

Place loose leaves/pine straw, free of limbs and debris, behind the curb or drainage ditch 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.

Check the online leaf collection schedule. Place loose leaves behind the curb no more than two weeks prior to the anticipated arrival of collection crews in your neighborhood.

Call 919-969-5100 or visit www.townofchapelhill.org/leaves for updates on the collection schedule in your neighborhood.

 

Feb. 10-16

Section VI - Fountain Ridge Road, Colony Woods Drive, Cricket Ground, White Oak Drive, Legion Road, Clover Drive, Standish Drive, Windhover Drive, Englewood Drive, Springcrest, Silver Creek, Chesley, Sweeten Creek Area

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

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

 

 

TRANSIT BUS GO HEELS

Tar Heel Express Service to North Carolina vs. Miami Basketball Game

Chapel Hill Transit will provide Tar Heel Express shuttle service on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, for the North Carolina basketball game against Miami scheduled for 12 p.m. at Dean E. Smith Center. 

Tar Heel Express shuttles will begin at 10:30 a.m. from the park and rides located at Friday Center, Southern Village, Airport Drive (103 Airport Drive, Chapel Hill) and Jones Ferry. Shuttles will also be available from the Carolina Coffee Shop located at 138 East Franklin Street (no parking provided). 

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

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

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

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

 

 

TRANSIT BUS GO HEELS 

Tar Heel Express Service to the North Carolina vs. Virginia Basketball Game

Chapel Hill Transit will provide Tar Heel Express shuttle service on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, for the North Carolina basketball game against Virginia scheduled for 7 p.m. at Dean E. Smith Center. 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Lock Your Doors, Roll Up Your Windows

Multiple Vehicular Breaking and Entering Cases in Recent Weeks

The Chapel Hill Police Department is investigating multiple cases of breaking and entering of unlocked motor vehicles along the US Highway 15-501 corridor since the start of February.

“Don’t leave valuables in plain sight; lock your doors; and roll up your windows,” says Chapel Hill Police Chief and Executive Director for Community Safety Chris Blue. “These three easy steps will help discourage people from taking advantage of you. Unfortunately there are people who come through our community looking to take advantage of unsuspecting people. Making it harder for them quite often goes a long way to keeping your possessions safe.”

Affected locations include the PineGate Apartments, Carolina Collision Center on Legion Road, and University Ford on Ephesus Church Road. Officers are doing close patrols of these areas.

Witnesses of suspicious conditions should call 911 immediately. If anyone has information about a recent incident, please call either the Chapel Hill Police Department during regular business hours at 919-968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515 24 hours a day. 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 an arrest. You can also leave tips for Crime Stoppers at crimestoppers-chcunc.org.

Other safety tips include:

  • Take your key; don’t leave it in or on your vehicle (even a spare);
  • Park in well-lit areas, in a garage if possible;
  • Park in areas with high traffic (foot traffic or motor-vehicle traffic – witnesses discourage would-be criminals).

 

Recent Arrest
Thanks to a resident keeping an eye on her surroundings, Chapel Hill Police made an arrest in a similar case last week.

Maurice Clay Walker, 54, of Chapel Hill was arrested on Jan. 28, 2019, and charged with one felony count of breaking and entering a vehicle and 11 misdemeanor counts of attempted breaking and entering a vehicle. He was taken to Orange County Jail and received a $12,000 secured bond.

Walker was seen by the resident checking door handles and enter vehicles that were unlocked. She called 911, and officers were able to take him into custody and connect him with those charges.

 

 

TREES

Tree Replacement: Downtown Chapel Hill

A number of trees in downtown Chapel Hill need to be replaced due to safety concerns. Town crews have scheduled the following removals, which will involve impacts to motor-vehicle and pedestrian traffic:

  • Feb. 13 – 218 E. Franklin St. in front of Graham Memorial Hall (one eastbound lane of Franklin Street, six parking spaces, and the sidewalk will be closed)
  • Feb. 18, 19, 21 – 304 E. Franklin St. in front of Chapel at the Cross Church (traffic will be reduced with cones to one lane in either direction, and the sidewalk will be closed)
  • Feb. 27-29, March 1 – 303 E. Franklin St. near Pickard Lane (traffic will be reduced with cones to one lane in either direction)
  • March 6, 7 – 207 E. Rosemary St. between Henderson Street and Spring Lane (Rosemary Street will be closed; traffic should use Henderson Street, Franklin Street, and Pickard Lane to detour the closure)
  • March 13 – 2-7 W. Cameron Ave. near Pittsboro Street (traffic will be diverted with cones to maintain flow in both directions; parking spaces along the westbound lane will be closed; the sidewalk along the eastbound lane will be closed)
  • March 20 – 303 N. Boundary St. near North Street (the southbound lane at the divided median will be closed; flaggers will assist traffic through the closure)

The Town’s arborist has been closely monitoring these trees and has found that their health will not improve, posing a potential hazard to people in the area if they aren’t removed.

The replacement trees will be a species native to North Carolina. They will be planted in the fall, giving the greatest chance to thrive.

 

Tree City
The Town of Chapel Hill, which has a strong commitment to sustainability and interest in decreasing the urban “heat-island” effect, regrets when trees must be replaced. Our Tree Protection Ordinance identifies tree canopy as an important community value. We are proud that this year marks our 19th year as a Tree City, a designation from the national Arbor Day Foundation. Visit our Trees webpage at townofchapelhill.org/trees.

 

More Information
For more information, contact Park Maintenance Superintendent Kevin Robinson at 919-969-5104 or krobinson@townofchapelhill.org.

 

 

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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 info@townofchapelhill.org.

 

A visit to Chapel Hill’s Blue Dogwood Public Market: Our picks for what to eat and drink (The Herald Sun)

The food hall scene has finally made its way to the Triangle, with two in downtown Raleigh, one in Chapel Hill and another on the way in Durham. Read more: https://www.heraldsun.com/living/article223225510.html

 

State Lawmaker Joins Local Officials Opposing Version of I-40 Expansion Proposal (WCHL)

North Carolina transportation officials put forward an initial plan for widening I-40 in Orange County from two lanes to three late last year, but that proposal drew wide criticism from local residents and elected officials. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/state-lawmaker-joins-local-officials-opposing-version-of-i-40-expansion-proposal

 

Going green and climate change continues to be a priority for Orange County (The Daily Tar Heel)

Climate change was a topic of discussion at the Orange County Assembly of Governments meeting on Jan. 29. Read more: https://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2019/02/climate-change-ocaog-0205

 

Chapel Hill Discussing Cyclist, Pedestrian Path on MLK at Monday Meeting (WCHL)

Chapel Hill Transit is hosting a community meeting on Monday evening to discuss plans for multi-use paths for cyclists and pedestrians along Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/chapel-hill-discussing-cyclist-pedestrian-path-on-mlk-at-monday-meeting

 

Chapel Hill Chief of Police looks back on changes during his career (The Daily Tar Heel)

Chapel Hill Chief of Police Chris Blue exudes pride for his police department. Read more: https://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2019/02/chief-blue-feature-0203

 

He’s Not Here Ranked in America’s Top 150 Bars (WCHL)

In a ranking of “The 150 best bars in America for 2019” by The Daily Meal, which includes the likes of New York’s legendary “Please Don’t Tell” and Chicago’s “Spilt Milk” you’ll find Chapel Hill landmark He’s Not Here at #136 on the list. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/town-square/hes-not-here-ranked-in-americas-top-150-bars

 

Chapel Hill Police Warn About Scammers Asking for Donations (WCHL)

The Town of Chapel Hill is warning about scam callers asking for donations for the Chapel Hill Police and Fire Departments. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chapel-hill-police-warn-about-scammers-asking-for-donations

 

Chapel Hill needs office space. Should local government incentives help pay for it? (The News and Observer)

The 1950s-era shops and apartments at Glen Lennox will make way over the next decade for 3 million square feet of new apartments, retail, offices and a hotel. Read more: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article224027600.html

 

Chapel Hill, Carrboro Mayors Discuss Former UNC Chancellor Carol Folt’s Impact (WCHL)

January 31 marked Carol Folt’s last day as chancellor of UNC-Chapel Hill, bringing an end to her tenure which lasted for nearly six years for the state’s flagship public university. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/news/unc/chapel-hill-carrboro-mayors-discuss-former-unc-chancellor-carol-folts-impact

 

The 3 best cafes in Chapel Hill (ABC11)

Looking to try the best cafes in town? Read more: https://abc11.com/food/the-3-best-cafes-in-chapel-hill/5115717/

 

 

 

 

 

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