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Sierra Club Candidate Forum - Hillsborough


Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 3:00pm


Old Courthouse, 100 E. King St., Hillsborough

WCHL Candidate Forum


WCHL 1360 AM

Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum


Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 2:30pm


Hargraves Center, Robeson Street, Chapel Hill

League of Women Voters Candidate Forum


Monday, October 5, 2009 - 3:00pm


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

OCDP & Colonial Heights Candidate Forum


Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 9:00am


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


Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 3:00pm


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


Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 12:00pm


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.



Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 1:00pm


NC Collection, Wilson LIbrary, UNC Campus

Town Council and UNC Trustees meeting on Carolina North


Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 3:00pm


Extraordinary Ventures, 200 Eliott Road, Chapel Hill

Public hearing on OWASA rate changes

Press release:



 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, 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



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




Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 3:00pm


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



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