October 2007

Movement on the Transfer Station

In a good example of both thoughtful leadership and why elected officials should use blogs, County Commissioner Mike Nelson recently posted his response to the local Democratic Party's resolution in support of the Rogers Road neighborhood and against siting a waste transfer station on Eubanks.

Here's an excerpt:

While the actual transfer station itself is not a dump, it does attract the stigma of a dump and has the unmistakable stench of environmental racism. The responsible course of action is to seek an alternative solution.

Additionally, it must be acknowledged that the manner in which the search was handled was flawed. By not conducting a thorough and transparent search, the BoCC reinforced the community's fears. This was a mistake; we can, and should, do better here in Orange County.
- Leading from the Left: Waste Transfer Station

Recognize Regional Leaders

Leadership Triangle is currently accepting nominations for the 2007 Goodmon Awards recognizing individuals, organizations, partnerships and elected officials who exhibit outstanding regional leadership in action. The nominations process closes at 5P ET on 1 November, 2007. Applications are available online at www.leadershiptriangle.com or by calling Winkie La Force, executive director of Leadership Triangle, at 433-1577.

The awards will be presented at a gala on December 10, 2007, at American Tobacco Campus, Durham. Former winners from Orange County include County Commissioner Alice Gordon, Mebane resident Monica Doss of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, Chapel Hill fire chief Dan Jones, and Chapel Hill Town Council Member/Mayor Pro Tem Bill Strom.

Indy Endorsements

The endorsees in Chapel Hill are Kevin Foy for Mayor, and Sally Greene, Cam Hill, Bill Strom, and Jim Ward for Town Council. In the endorsement the Indy states:

They are successfully steering Chapel Hill through this critical period of rapid growth, and intelligently steering the town's development: they've pushed for strong environmental, land use, and future zoning standards at Carolina North, established a temporary moratorium on building in the northwest study area, advocated for the Rogers Road neighborhood, supported downtown projects, and set strong affordable housing standards.

Chancellor selection forum

Anyone going to the Chancellor selection meetings today?

The forum on October 26 will be from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the Friday Center. Parking will be available.

1:00 p.m. UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors and General Alumni Association.

1:30 p.m. Officers of the University's affiliated foundations.

2:00 p.m. UNC-Chapel Hill alumni.

2:30 p.m. Local elected officials and local residents.

3:00 p.m. Members of the general public.

We'll Miss You, Joe!

Earlier this evening, Joe Herzenberg passed away at UNC Hospitals. Joe had been in failing health for some time.

This is a very sad moment for those of us who worked closely with Joe through his Chapel Hill political career in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Sadder still for those who remained close to him until the end.

For newcomers who did not know Joe, there was a time when he was the standout progressive leader on the Chapel Hill Town Council, a strong neighborhood advocate and civil libertarian. He was highly popular, the top vote-getter in 1991, and considered by many at the time to be a likely mayoral candidate.

As wikipedia summarizes it, "Herzenberg was narrowly defeated in a 1979 bid for the Chapel Hill Town Council, but was later appointed to the town council when council-member Gerry Cohen stepped down following a failed bid for mayor. Herzenberg lost his reelection bid in 1981, but he returned to the council in 1987 and was reelected with overwhelming support in 1991."

Carrboro Police Officers Association Endorsements

As municipal elections in the Town of Carrboro are approaching quickly, the Carrboro Police Officers Association is giving endorsements to candidates in the Mayoral and Alderman elections. We have met or communicated with all of the local candidates to find out their positions, goals, and agendas that they will bring with them when they fill their respective office. After a frank and open exchange of ideas, we were able to learn where the candidates stand on issues that affect not only police officers, but the entire Town of Carrboro.

The Carrboro Police Officers Associations endorsements include;

• Mayor Mark Chilton
• Board of Alderman Joal Hall Broun
• Board of Alderman Sharon Cook
• Board of Alderman Lydia Lavelle

Revolving loan fund facts

There have been a few misconceptions about Carrboro's Revolving Loan Fund floating around recently. I would like to clear them up.

In June of 1985 the NC Dept of Natural Resources and Community Development gave Carrboro the right to use program income from the repayment of principal and interest from 3 economic development loans made to businesses in Carrboro to start the Carrboro Revolving Loan Fund. The loan proceeds from the three loans totaled $275,000. To date no local tax dollars have been added to this fund, all funds have accrued from the principal and interest from the repayment of the original three loans. There is also some additional interest accrued on the repayment amounts added to the fund from the investment of the repayment dollars. The three original businesses are still operating and employing people.

Over a period of 21 years the Town of Carrboro has loaned money to 33 businesses. Weaver St Market, the first to receive a loan has expanded once in it's original location and has since expanded to Southern Village and soon to Hillsborough. It is a major employer.



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