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WCHL Candidate Forum

Location: 

WCHL 1360 AM

Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum

Date: 

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 2:30pm

Location: 

Hargraves Center, Robeson Street, Chapel Hill

League of Women Voters Candidate Forum

Date: 

Monday, October 5, 2009 - 3:00pm

Location: 

Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Chapel Hill

OCDP & Colonial Heights Candidate Forum

Date: 

Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 9:00am

Location: 

Umstead Park, Umstead Drive, Chapel Hill

Sierra Club Candidate Forum - Chapel Hill

Via e-mail from James Carnahan:

Chapel Hill Candidates Forum: Wed, Sept 9, 7-9pm:
Chapel Hill candidates for Mayor & Town Council
will answer questions prepared by the Orange-Chatham
Group of Sierra Club. Questions also can be submitted
from the audience. The event will be carried live on local
cable channel 18. Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Chapel Hill. For more info: 942-6114

Date: 

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 3:00pm

Location: 

Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Chapel Hill

Meet the Downtown Partnership's new director

Via e-mail:

Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership Meet & Greet! Spanky's Restaurant Thursday June, 4 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Join the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership in welcoming our new Executive Director, Jim Norton to Downtown Chapel Hill! There will be a brief introduction followed by a time to meet Jim and mingle with other members of the community. There will be light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments along with a cash bar. Spanky's is located at 101 East Franklin Street. For more information please contact the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership at 967-9440 or [email protected]

Date: 

Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 12:00pm

Location: 

Spanky's, 101 East Franklin Street

Exhibit & discussion: Documenting Neighborhood History in the Rogers Road Community

Via UNC News Service:

For 37 years, the Rogers Road community in Chapel Hill has been at the center of a public  debate about the impact of the Orange County Landfill, which borders the neighborhood.

An exhibit opening June 12 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will tell a deeper story, uncovering more than two centuries of the community’s history.

 rogers road
 
Irving and Frances Nunn with their children in 1927
Photo credit: North Carolina Collection,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The exhibit, “We’re all Family Here: Preserving Community Heritage in the Rogers Road Neighborhood of Chapel Hill,” will be open until Aug. 31 in the North Carolina Collection Gallery of Wilson Library.

In a free public program at 5:45 p.m. June 25 in the library, residents will discuss their history. Panelists for the program, “Documenting Neighborhood History in the Rogers Road Community of Chapel Hill,” will include the Rev. Robert Campbell, other members of the community and researcher Emily Eidenier. The program will follow a reception and exhibit viewing at 5 p.m.

 

Date: 

Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 1:00pm

Location: 

NC Collection, Wilson LIbrary, UNC Campus

Town Council and UNC Trustees meeting on Carolina North

Date: 

Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 3:00pm

Location: 

Extraordinary Ventures, 200 Eliott Road, Chapel Hill

Public hearing on OWASA rate changes

Press release:

ORANGE WATER AND SEWER AUTHORITY

         

 A public, non-profit agency providing water, sewer and reclaimed water services to the Carrboro-Chapel Hill community.

 

NEWS RELEASE    April 29, 2009

 

OWASA Board of Directors calls budget and rate hearings on May 28th;

9.75% increase proposed for monthly water and sewer charges

 

On Thursday, April 23rd, the OWASA Board of Directors scheduled public hearings for Thursday night, May 28th on the draft budget for July, 2009 through June, 2010 (FY 2010), the Capital Improvements Budget for FY 2010-2014,15-Year Capital Improvements Program (CIP) and proposed rate increases.

 

The May 28th public hearings will be part of an OWASA business meeting at 7:00 PM in the Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The meeting will be televised live on local cable channel 18. All customers are invited to attend and speak at the public hearings and to provide comments for the OWASA Board by e-mail to [email protected], or by letter to 400 Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro, NC 27510, at any time.  Additional notices of the public hearings, including a formal notice in a local newspaper, will be distributed in May.

 

The OWASA Board could take final action on the budget, CIP and proposed rate increases as soon as the Board’s June 11th meeting.

 

OWASA’s draft FY 2010 budget includes a 9.75% rate increase in monthly water and sewer rates. A 9.75% rate increase would increase a monthly bill by $6.68 (from $68.24 to $74.92) for a typical individually-metered residence using 5,000 gallons per month. (Please see additional examples below.) The normal effective date for changes in OWASA’s rates is October 1st following adoption of an annual budget in June.

 

OWASA’s draft FY 2010 budget includes expenditures of $18.7 million for operations, $6.8 million for capital improvements and $9.7 million for bond debt payments.  The operating budget includes:

 

Ø  $1.7 million in cost reductions including elimination of 10 positions and freezing of 8 vacant positions, deferral of a sewer maintenance program and postponement of water meter replacements;

Ø  reduced capital spending including a one-year delay in the next phase of odor elimination improvements at the Mason Farm Wastewater Treatment Plant;

Ø  reducing recreation days at University Lake from Friday through Monday to one day per week (Saturday), and continuing the current Saturday-only schedule at Cane Creek Reservoir; and

Ø  substantial increases in the cost of chemicals used in water and wastewater treatment.

 

Without the increase in chemical costs, the draft operating budget for FY 2010 would be 6% less than the budget for FY 2009.

 

The draft budget also reflects continuing low water demand and reduced revenue from new development connections due to the slow economy. Projected water demand in FY 2010 is 16% less than in FY 2001, while the number of customer accounts has increased by 3,100 since then.

 


For more information:

 

Kevin M. Ray, Director of Finance and Customer Service, 537-4236 or [email protected]

 

400 JONES FERRY ROAD, CARRBORO, NC 27510

PHONE: (919) 968-4421;     FAX: (919) 968-4464

WEB SITE: WWW.OWASA.ORG;      E-MAIL: [email protected]

 

Date: 

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 3:00pm

Location: 

Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

Carolina North: Don’t Get Stuck in Traffic

Thoughtful transportation planning is critical to the success of the proposed Carolina North campus. Traffic impacts resulting from Carolina North will be felt most immediately by the surrounding neighborhoods in northern Chapel Hill, but will ultimately affect all citizens in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and portions of Orange  County.

Neighborhoods for Responsible Growth (NRG) will sponsor a public meeting “Carolina North: Don’t Get Stuck in Traffic” on Sunday, May 3 from 4-6 pm at the Homestead Community Center (600 Homestead Road). The event will focus exclusively on traffic and transportation issues for Carolina North and will allow time for you to put forward your ideas. Town Council Members and University officials plan to attend and participate in this forum as well.

The Chapel Hill Town Council will likely sign off on the final Development Agreement for Carolina North at the end of June. Time is very short for us to react to the traffic challenges presented by this historic development.

We hope that you or someone from your household can attend this important meeting. Public participation will play an important part in this meeting and in the solution!

Contact Julie McClintock at [email protected] for additional information about this meeting.

Date: 

Sunday, May 3, 2009 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Homestead Community Center, 600 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill

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