This Week in Orange Politics: April 6-12

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While the Hillsborough Town Board takes a break this week, its Carrboro counterpart will consider a request for a minor modification to a conditional use permit. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board will consider approving a budget request for the county commissioners, while the commissioners will talk agricultural support enterprises at one meeting and capital projects at another.

Both the Chapel Hill Town Council and county school board have meetings scheduled for this week, but no agendas have been released.

Tour of the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Corridor

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[Cross-posted from damonseils.org.]

Today I took a tour of the Durham-Orange light rail transit (LRT) corridor, courtesy of Triangle Transit staff. We started at Triangle Transit headquarters in RTP, picked up a helpful if bulky set of maps and other materials, and made our way to the proposed western terminus of the LRT project in Chapel Hill. I used the event as opportunity to live-tweet the tour for local politics blog OrangePolitics (where this entry is cross-posted).

Possible New Living Wage Policy for Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools

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On April 9, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools will present an unprecedented living wage policy for full and part-time employees to the Orange County Board of Commissioners.

According to School Board Member James Barrett, the idea for a living wage policy emerged from a cost-savings discussion during the summer of 2014 to move some school janitors from district to contract-based employment. In doing this, the city would save money at the expense of a drop in wage for workers.

This Week in Orange Politics: March 23-30

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Solid waste financing will be the topic this Thursday when all of Orange County’s governing boards meet in Chapel Hill. That meeting will be immediately followed by a joint meeting of the county commissioners and Chapel Hill Town Council, where Rogers Road and a potential bond referendum will be among the topics up for discussion.

Running for Re-Election!

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Serving on the Chapel Hill Town Council has been an enormous privilege. We’ve accomplished a lot over the past four years, but as residents remind me every day, there’s still a lot we can do to improve and strengthen our community.

That’s why I’m announcing the launch of my campaign for re-election to the Chapel Hill Town Council.

Affordable Housing: Policy Tools & Best Practices

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In its ongoing series on affordable housing, the Town of Chapel Hill hosted Michelle Winters, senior visiting fellow at the Urban Land Institute’s Terwilliger Center for Housing last Tuesday to talk about the policy tools and best practices for affordable and workforce housing.

This Week in Orange Politics: March 16-22

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It’s another busy week for Orange County’s elected bodies. The Carrboro Alderfolks will consider Shelton Station after a celebratory bike ride, while the Chapel Hill Town Council will take public comment on Obey Creek. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro school board will review the district budget for the upcoming year, while its county counterpart will receive that district’s accreditation exit report.

The county commissioners will get an update on the transit plan and talk employee benefits for the upcoming fiscal year. The Hillsborough Town Board is on break this week

This Week in Orange Politics: March 9-15

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This week, in Carrboro, Board of Aldermen will discuss tourism and the master plan for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. In Chapel Hill, the Town Council will meet to talk about bike/ped infrastructure at Ephesus-Fordham on Monday, Obey Creek on Thursday, and the future of the Southern Village Park and Ride Lot on Friday. In Hillsborough, the Town Board will consider adopting a new Vision 2030 plan. Here’s the full summary:

CARRBORO BOARD OF ALDERPERSONS

When Art Reflects Reality (Even After 130 Years)

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As I took my seat in the Paul Green Theatre last Saturday for PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of An Enemy of the People, I had no expectation that the performance would resonate with the kind of local government discourse and behavior I see right here in Chapel Hill. Yet, as the play began and the story unfolded, that is exactly what happened.

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