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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 webmaster@owasa.org, 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 kray@owasa.org

 

400 JONES FERRY ROAD, CARRBORO, NC 27510

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

WEB SITE: WWW.OWASA.ORG;      E-MAIL: WEBMASTER@OWASA.ORG

 

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 mcclintock.julie@mindspring.com 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

Blue - A Benefit for Chapel Hill's Murals

Via Facebook:

Host:
Ernest Dollar
Type:
Network:
Global
Date:
Friday, March 27, 2009
Time:
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location:
Horace Williams House
Street:
610 E. Rosemary Street
City/Town:
Chapel Hill, NC
   
Phone:
9199427818
Email:

Description

Come to the Horace Williams House for a fun night. Food, music, auction of original artworks - all going to benefit the restoration of Chapel Hill's murals. The theme is blue. Blue drinks, blue food, blues music. We're hoping to raise funds to restore the first mural painted in Chapel Hill, the "Starry Night" a pointillism interpretation of Franklin Street at night.

http://www.chapelhillpreservation.com/blue.htm

It is part of the ongoing Painted Walls Project that seeks to save Chapel Hill's unique landmarks.

Date: 

Friday, March 27, 2009 - 2:00pm

Location: 

Horace Williams House, 610 E. Rosemary Street, Chapel Hill

NC Environmental Justice Network's Quarterly meeting hosted by RENA & CEER

Via e-mail:

    I wanted to send a reminder for you to reach out to your groups/organizations to invite them to come to the NC Environmental Justice Network's Quarterly meeting hosted by the Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association (RENA) and the Coalition to End Environmental Racism (CEER) at the Faith Tabernacle Oasis of Love International Church (located at 8005 Rogers Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516).
    
    The meeting program will begin at 9:30am with a light breakfast and finish up at 1:30pm.  Lunch will also be provided.  Please RSVP as soon as possible so we can get a head count for meals.

    We will send more information including an agenda soon.

    Best wishes,
    Min. Campbell.
    President RENA
    Co-Chair CEER
    W: 919-960-3455
    H: 919-933-6210
    rplcampbell@gmail.com
    www.rogersroad.wordpress.com



 

Date: 

Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 5:30am to 9:30am

Location: 

Faith Tabernacle Oasis Of Love International Church, 8005 Rogers Road, Chapel Hill, NC, 27516

NAACP Freedom Banquet

Via e-mail from Mae McClendon:

Mark your calendars.
 
ANNUAL CHAPEL HILL - CARRBORO BRANCH OF THE NAACP's
ANNUAL FREEDOM BANQUET
 
SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2009
 
7:00PM
 
CARRBORO CENTURY CENTER
 
TICKET PRICE $35 PER PERSON
 
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
REV. BRIAN WRIGHT
TERRELL'S CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH
PRESIDENT OF THE MINISTERIAL ALLIANCE
 
MC - BUSTER BROWN, RADIO PERSONALITY
 
ENTERTAINMENT: KINGS OF HARMONY
 
SEMI FORMAL - DRESS TO IMPRESS
 
MORE DETAILS  TO COME

Date: 

Saturday, May 30, 2009 - 3:00pm

Location: 

Century Hall, Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St.

Lessons Learned in Chatham's Supporting Immigrant Rights: Past and Future

Notice via e-mail from Peggy Misch:

Lessons Learned in Chatham's Supporting Immigrant Rights: Past and Future --
Marisol McGee and Martin Spritzer, Chatham County Human Relations Commission, speakers at meeting of Orange County Bill of Rights Defense Committee. 7 pm,  Orange Water and Sewer Authority Meeting Room (off lower driveway), 400 Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro. All welcome. Info: 942-2535.

Date: 

Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 3:00pm

Location: 

OWASA community meeting room, 400 Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro

23rd Annual CROP Walk

From IFC:

23rd ANNUAL CROP WALK

Date:  Sunday, March 22
Registration: 1:30 PM at Carrboro Town Commons
Step off starting time: 2:30 PM

Please consider joining with others in the community for a four- or two-mile walk through Chapel Hill and Carrboro.  Funds raised will help to end hunger in our community as well as throughout the world through the Inter-Faith Council and Church World Service.  Invite your friends, co-workers, or neighbors to walk with you or sponsor you.  Especially during these rough economic times, your support is urgently needed!

WHAT'S NEW:
1) Shorter route option--to allow for more individuals and families to participate
2) Lighter "Environmental Footprint"--T-Shirts are all organic and we are encouraging folks to bring their own water bottle if you have one to reduce waste at water stations
3) CROP Walk Benefit Concert--two great performances at The Station at Southern Rail (by Weaver St. Market)
                                                       March 15, 7 PM (see attached flyer)

T-Shirts are $8 in advance and $10 the day of the Walk.

A CROP Walk Benefit Concert is the Sunday before the Walk-- see attached flyer!

Please contact Shannon Gigliotti for more information or to purchase a T-Shirt in advance.

Date: 

Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 9:30am

Location: 

Carrboro Town Commons

11th Annual Orange County Agricultural Summit

From the County:

The 11th Annual Orange County Agricultural Summit will be held on Monday, February 9, 2009 starting at 8:30 a.m. until lunch.  The summit will be held at the old Orange Enterprise building, 500 Valley Forge Road in Hillsborough.

This year the featured speaker will be Steve Troxler, the Commissioner of Agriculture for the State of North Carolina.  In addition, topics of discussion will include, youth in agriculture, farm diversification, government programs that assist farmers in energy conservation and how to enhance farm income with hunting leases.

Lunch will be served using locally grown agricultural products as part of the $5 registration fee.  Seating is limited, please respond no later than February 5, 2009.

To register and for additional information contact the North Carolina Cooperative Extension - Orange County Center at (919) 245-2050.

Date: 

Monday, February 9, 2009 - 3:30am

Location: 

Orange Enterprise building, 500 Valley Forge Road, Hillsborough

Mommas for Obama organizational meeting

Hello,
I am the local organizer for the Momma for Obama National Rally here in Chapel Hill. On November 1 from 2:30 to 4pm on the Southern Village Green in Chapel Hill, mothers and families across the nation will gather in a demonstration of unity and support for Senator Barack Obama and Senator Joe Biden. This Wednesday, October 1, at 7pm, at my house I am hosting an organizational meeting for this rally. I would like to invite anyone from your organization who is interested to attend and/or contact me for more information.
YES WE CAN!
thank you,
Christine Ellestad
101 Buck Taylor Trail
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
919-929-3013

Date: 

Wednesday, October 1, 2008 - 3:00pm

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