This Week in Orange Politics: March 2-8


Despite a condensed schedule due to today’s weather, it will be a busy week in Orange County. Rogers Road will be the agenda for both the Carrboro Board of Alderpersons and the County Commission. While the Orange School Board Hillsborough Commissioners take a break, the Chapel Hill Town Council will focus on Ephesus-Fordham and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board considers its budget and the designation of over- and under-crowded schools.


Regular Meeting: Tuesday, March 4, 7:30 pm, Town Hall Board Room


  • See the full agenda here.

  • Agenda items of note:

    • The Board will hear a presentation from Raul Pinto of the ACLU on police checkpoint procedures.

    • The Board will consider information on conducting preliminary engineering work and outreach efforts to extend sewer in the Rogers Road Community.

    • The Board will consider establishing a Safe Routes to School Implementation Committee.




Work Session *MOVED to Thursday, March 6th, 6 pm, Chapel Hill Public Library Mtg Room B

  • See the full agenda here.

  • Agenda Items of Note:

    • The Council will dedicate this work session entirely to the Ephesus-Fordham redevelopment plan. Public comment will be heard at both the beginning and end of the meeting.


Regular Meeting: Thursday, March 6, 7 pm, Lincoln Center

  • See the full agenda here.

  • Agenda Items of Note:

    • The Board will receive the Superintendent’s recommended budget for 2014-15, as well as hear about the changes to teacher tenure in North Carolina.

    • The Board will also discuss the designation of over- and undercrowded schools for 2014-15.

    • The Board will receive an update on 4-year contracts for 25% of qualified teachers.

    • The Board will vote on final approval on guns in school parking lots.

    • The Board will receive an update on retention of 3rd graders who can't read on grade level.


  • The next meeting will be Monday, March 10th at 7 pm.


Regular Meeting: Thursday, March 6, 7 pm, Department of Social Services, Hillsborough

  • See the full agenda here

  • Agenda items of note:

    • The board will receive a report from the county and town managers on how to proceed with plans for the Rogers Road neighborhood

    • The board will consider giving the TTA the right to levy an additional $3 vehicle registration tax in Orange County


  • The next meeting will be Monday, March 10th at 7 pm.


  • Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 5:30 pm (Nelson Mandela Auditorium, UNC FedEx Global Education Center) Breaking Through’ documentary screening with the director and producers followed by a panel discussion with our Orange County LGBT Elected Officials

  • Thursday, March 6, 2014 4:30 - 6:30 pm (Carrboro Town Hall Board Room) Chapel Hill Transit Public Input Workshop

  • Sunday, March 9, 2014 1-3 pm (Bread & Butter) Orange Politics Open Editors Meeting


Total votes: 16


Short notice, but we added an item to the meeting tomorrow night that eliminates late start days the remainder of the school year to pick up enough instructional hours to make up yesterday's ice day without adding an unplanned day in the calendar.



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This Week in Orange Politics

It'll be a busy week across Orange County this week. The Carrboro Alderfolks will discuss bicycle-friendliness and the Lloyd Farm propery mediation process, while the Chapel Hill Town Council will get an update on UNC-related development. Both school boards will review the student performance data recently released by the state, while the Hillsborough Town Board will get an update on the Colonial Inn. The county commmissioners will meet with the Mebane City Council on public transportation and the Buckhorn EDD, and will get an update on Southern Branch Library in a serperate meeting.

CHALT and the Sierra Club/Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce/WCHL will hold candidate forums for Chapel Hill candidates.

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