March 2012

Walmart Submits Plan for Northeastern Chatham County

This press announcement has been making the rounds today:

Walmart Submits Plan for Northeastern Chatham County Location
Posted Date: 3/2/2012

Chatham County received a site plan today for a second Walmart location in Chatham County, a 148,400-square-foot, full-service store off of US 15/501 just south of the Orange County line. Walmart's official statement said that the store will be part of its Buildings Sustainable Value Network, with a focus on energy-efficient design and operations.

"Walmart's announcement of a second store in the county means approximately 300 new jobs and we need every one of them," said Commissioner Chairman Brian Bock. "Given how many of our residents must commute outside the county to work, often for long distances, this is very good news."

According to Walmart, the average hourly wage for its regular, full-time employees in the state is $12.39 per hour, as of October 2011. This does not include benefits. Walmart's statement said that more details on job opportunities will be available toward the end of the construction phase.

Chapel Hill 2020 Special Topic: Chapel Hill Community Survey

Chapel Hill 2020 will offer the special topic presentation "Chapel Hill Community Survey" by Karen Falk, vice president of ETC Institute.

The public is invited to the presentation to be held at noon Tuesday, March 13, in the Council Chamber of Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The public event will be aired live on Chapel Hill Government TV-18 and streamed on the Town of Chapel Hill website at

The Town Council will have an earlier opportunity to receive the survey report at its Council meeting on Monday, Feb. 12. The report will review results from a Town of Chapel Hill Community Survey conducted last fall by ETC Institute, a professional market research firm based in the Kansas City area. ETC has administered surveys in more than 300 cities and counties across the United States.

"Conducting this survey was one of the Town Council's early established goals as a means to help us understand our residents' perception of the services the Town provides," said Town Manager Roger L. Stancil. "This biennial survey helps us understand what we are doing better and where we need to improve. It is one of the tools we use in establishing budget priorities and making policy decisions."

Results from the 2011 survey are expected to provide valuable input toward a visioning process, Chapel Hill 2020, to shape the town's direction in a sustainable way for the next 10 years.

The survey was mailed to 2,000 randomly selected Chapel Hill households. The random selection is critical to the statistical validity of the survey results. An online survey also was offered to allow interested residents an opportunity to view and complete the survey, although those results will be tabulated separately.

The survey polled residents on issues ranging from public safety, development, and parks and recreation, to infrastructure and administrative services. Benchmarking analysis has been conducted by ETC to help Chapel Hill understand how its results compare to similar communities.

Survey results will be made available on the Town website at The results of Chapel Hill's 2009 community survey are available online for review.


Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Council Chamber, Chapel Hill Town Hall

Chapel Hill/Carrboro CROP Hunger Walk - March 25

4 miles. 90 minutes. 8000 steps.
Join us on March 25 to help end hunger in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and around the world.

The Chapel Hill/Carrboro CROP Hunger Walk is a four-mile stroll through Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and the UNC campus, beginning and ending at the Carrboro Town Commons.  Over the past quarter century, the event has become a festive community tradition and has raised over $1 million dollars to fund hunger relief programs both locally and around the world.  25% of the money raised goes to support the IFC's food programs in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.  The remainder is used by Church World Service for it's international hunger prevention efforts.

Registration begins at 1:30 at the Carrboro Town Commons.  There is a silent auction during registration with final bids accepted until 3:30. The silent auction will include certificates from local restaurants and a pottery class from Good Earth Pottery and Garden.
The walk begins at 2:30.  Activities and entertainment will be provided prior to the walk and snacks will be available afterwards.
Sign up to walk, or sponsor congregations, organizations, or individuals as they walk at: 

Can't walk on the 25th?  Sign up to be a "Spirit Walker".

Get more information at:

Questions?  Contact Rachael at 929-6380 ext. 29.

Help end hunger one step at a time.


Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 1:30pm


Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro, NC

Orange County Democratic Women Candidate Forum


Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


OWASA Community Room

Sierra Club Candidate Forum


Friday, March 23, 2012 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Board Room, Carrboro Town Hall

Monthly open editors meeting

Sorry for the late notice. This will be our regular monthly meeting with standing agenda items (upcoming topics, debiref the last month, policy issues,events) as well as planning out upcoming online candidate forums. Please feel free to join us!


Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm


Bread and Butter, 503 W. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516

OP Monthly Editors Meeting

Standing agenda

  1. Review of previous month's content
  2. Upcoming topics
  3. Policy issues
  4. Technical/operational issues
  5. Upcoming events



Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Looking Glass Café, 601 W Main Street, Carrboro

Planning for the Carolina North "Apron" -- Carts and Horses

Does anyone remember how all those charts and graphs of Carolina North never showed much about what lies outside the campus -- i.e., the rest of the town and county?  I remember thinking, "hey, the world doesn't end along the MLK/Airport Rd. median strip!"    Town planners seemed much exercised about the general town-wide impact of CN, but there seemed to be a general shrug about the impact on proximate neighborhoods except from the point of view of bus and bicycle lanes. 

Commissioners Delay Transit Vote Past Primary

The Orange County Board of Commissioners again considered transit earlier this evening at its biweekly meeting. After a litany of other agenda items, county planning director Craig Benedict outlined a timeline for placing the transit tax on the ballot. At the remaining work session and regular meeting in March, the commissioners will presented with information on the cost sharing for the regional transit program and agree to some conception of it. In April, the town will hold two public meetings and draft the official transit plan for the country. 



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