Council Meeting Summary
The Chapel Hill Town Council met on Monday, April 27, and considered an agenda http://bit.ly/1GbDQwy that includes these highlights. 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 email@example.com. This brief summary is sent immediately following the public meeting. It should not be viewed as official minutes.
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Town Council Applicants
Address the Council
The Council heard brief remarks from Chapel Hill residents who have applied for the vacant Town Council seat. The Council will consider a possible vote on the vacancy on Monday, May 4.
Kevin Hicks, Adam Jones, Paul Neebe, Michael Parker, Amy Ryan and Gary Shaw have applied to serve the remainder of Matt Czajkowski’s term, which expires December 2015.
NC Department of Transportation Reimbursement for Ephesus Road and Fordham Boulevard Intersection Improvements
The Council authorized receipt of up to $2.17 million from NC Department of Transportation funds for Ephesus Church Road and Fordham Boulevard intersection improvements. The total cost of the public improvements for Ephesus Fordham District is $10 million ($8.8 million for traffic improvements and $1.2 million for stormwater). The Town plans on issuing debt to finance the capital cost for these public improvements, and then would be reimbursed by the State for $2.17 million in 2018.
Preliminary Resolution to Proceed with a Bond Referendum
The Council adopted a resolution to explore putting bonds totaling $40.3 million on the November 2015 ballot. Focus areas of the bond include streets and sidewalks, trails and greenways, recreation facilities, a solid waste transfer station and stormwater improvements. The bond referendum would not require a tax increase because the Town’s Debt Fund has capacity to repay the debt with the existing dedicated tax. The bonds will fund projects identified from extensive planning in recent years including the Community Survey, The Bike Plan, Greenways Master Plan, Comprehensive Parks Plan and more.
Application for Zoning Atlas Amendment: UNC Arts and Science Foundation
The Council approved the rezoning application from Residential-2 (R-2) to Office/Institutional-1-Conditional (OI-1-C) for a one-acre site at 523 E. Franklin St., the former site of the Chapel Hill Public Library. The Council approved the sale of the building to the UNC Arts and Science Foundation in early July 2014. The building was constructed in 1967 and operated as the community public library until new quarters off Estes Drive opened in 1994. The old library became home to the Chapel Hill Museum which closed in 2010 and the Chapel Hill Historical Society, which continues temporarily to use the lower level.
Public Hearing and Concept Plan Review for 1165 Weaver Dairy Rd
The Council continued a public hearing on the Zoning Atlas Amendment at 1165 Weaver Dairy Road to a future date and setting a Concept Plan review by the Council for June 15, 2015.
Resolution in Opposition to North Carolina Senate Bill 2 (Magistrates Recusal for Civil Ceremonies) and Support Marriage Equality
The Council adopted a resolution that urges the General Assembly to reject (and if necessary, for Gov. McCrory to veto) any legislation that seeks to exempt government employees or agents from fulfilling their constitutional duties, including, but not limited to, guaranteeing the right of samesex couples to marry in North Carolina. Within the last month, Orange County, the Town of Carrboro, and the Town of Hillsborough have adopted the same or similar resolutions.
Resolution Addressing the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Trade
The Council adopted a resolution that asks U.S. Representative David Price, Senators Thom Tillis and Senator Richard Burr to reject any trade agreements that include investor-state dispute arbitration and which undermine the ability of governments to enact laws to protect human rights, labor and environmental standards.