The ArtsCenter Groundbreaking Celebration
The ArtsCenter has announced a public groundbreaking at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at its new home located at 400 Roberson St. The Town Council approved a special use permit in June 2022 to renovate the existing building. Plans for the center include an auditorium, painting studio, youth center, and various other spaces for artists. Learn more at https://artscenterlive.org/our-new-home/
Town Council Update
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The Town Council will meet next at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, to consider an agenda that will be posted at carrboro.legistar.com
This in-person meeting will be held at Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St. Members of the public are welcome to attend in person or can view the livestream at carrboro.legistar.com OR YouTube.com/CarrboroNC OR Cable TV 18 (in Carrboro).
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Past Meeting - Sept. 20
The Carrboro Town Council met Tuesday, Sept. 20, and took the following actions on the agenda posted at https://bit.ly/3SdrC3g
- Authorized implementation of a compensation and classification study designed to increase town employees’ pay to more competitive levels. A study showed that the town’s pay rates were 7.5% below similar governmental entities, contributing to vacancies across departments. The plan will provide all employees with a 2% across-the-board pay adjustment, increase starting salaries, and make internal pay adjustments. Read the news release at https://www.townofcarrboro.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2262
- Authorized the Town Manager to accept two Community Climate Action Grant awards from Orange County and permitting the Manager to enter into agreements with Orange County for grant administration. The Town has been awarded two grants from Orange County through the Community Climate Action Grant Program in the amount of $44,332, for the installation of a green roof and a PV solar array on the west roof of the 203 South Greensboro Street Project and for a part-time employee to monitor food waste collection at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market for one year.
- Received an update on traffic calming measures, identified as an installation of a speed table and a new stop sign, for Starlite Drive.
- Reviewed draft policies for the expenditure of American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (ARP/CSLFRF).
- Held a work session to consider a proposed allocation list on the use of ARP/CSLFRF. The proposed allocation and expenditure list is based on the work of the Town's ARPA Work Group, comprised of department directors and other staff members who reviewed the ARP/CSLFRF allowable activities and sought to align them with identified needs gained from interviews with nonprofits, BIPOC roundtables, community engagements, surveys and other means. More information available at https://bit.ly/3R7j110
Past Meeting - Sept. 13
If you missed the Sept. 13 meeting recap, please visit https://www.townofcarrboro.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2249
About the Town Council
The Town Council, which is the legislative and policy-making body for Carrboro, comprises Mayor Damon Seils, Mayor Pro Tempore Susan Romaine, Council Member Barbara Foushee, Council Member Randee Haven-O’Donnell, Council Member Danny Nowell, Council Member Eliazar Posada, and Council Member Sammy Slade. More information is available at http://carrboronc.gov/248/Town-Council
Carrboro increases town employees' pay to more competitive levels
CARRBORO, N.C. -- On Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, the Carrboro Town Council authorized implementation of a compensation and classification study designed to increase town employees’ pay to more competitive levels. A study showed that the town’s pay rates were 7.5% below similar governmental entities, contributing to vacancies across departments. The plan will provide all employees with a 2% across-the-board pay adjustment, increase starting salaries, and make internal pay adjustments.
“The goal of this study was to position the Town of Carrboro as a competitive employer by providing a sound compensation strategy, ensuring equitable compensation across all Town positions, and addressing recruitment and retention challenges within the tight and dynamic labor market,” said Town Manager Richard J. White III. “We are pleased that the new compensation ranges are competitive with the market. I appreciate the Town Council’s support and approval of the implementation plan.”
The study was completed by Management Advisory Group (MAG). The comprehensive study included receiving employee input related to all 91 positions in the Town at the time of the study as well as a market survey benchmarking nearly one-third of all positions against 20 peer and competitor government employers.
In addition to the pay adjustments, all positions were placed in a new unified range plan with employees performing the same level of duties and responsibilities positioned in the same class and pay grade, regardless of the number of hours worked. These new ranges are competitive with the market.
The Council addressed an initial market adjustment for all Police Department staff in January 2022. Then, in July 2022, all permanent Town employees, including the Police Department staff, received a $3,000 adjustment. Together, the two adjustments lessened the total impact of the cost to implement the recommended position classification and pay plan.
The implementation date is Oct. 8, 2022.
Carrboro receives planning award for Carrboro Connects Comprehensive Plan
The American Planning Association-North Carolina Chapter (APA-NC) has recognized the Town of Carrboro with the Marvin Collins Award for a comprehensive plan developed for a community of less than 25,000 population. Watch our video at https://youtu.be/Yv9_PqtVN3Q
The award was announced during the 2022 North Carolina Planning Conference held Sept. 13-16 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The Town of Carrboro’s award recognizes the Carrboro Connects 2022-2042 Comprehensive Plan available for viewing at https://www.carrboroconnects.org/adopted-plan
On June 7, 2022, Carrboro’s Town Council unanimously voted to adopt the Carrboro Connects 2022-2042 Comprehensive Plan. Adoption is only the beginning as the real achievements and progress for the Town will take place over the next five to 20 years of plan implementation.
The plan is built on the twin foundations of racial equity and climate action and, for the first time, brings the goals of the Town as a whole into a single document. From supporting local businesses to expanding affordable housing options and access to open space, the plan builds on Carrboro’s leadership in taking bold action to meet its goals.
To all who have participated in this process in some way, thank you. Carrboro Connects is the product of a community-wide planning effort. The policies and projects reflect the vision, ideas, and commitment to Carrboro that were shared by thousands of residents, businesses, and organizations.
Carrboro Planning Director Trish McGuire stated: “As we launched Carrboro Connects during crises of global health, climate and racism, we felt a heightened sense of concern and urgency to plan toward a better future. Community members, businesses, and Town leaders were connected in common inspiration and shared motivation. We believe the planning process has helped people feel more hopeful and less powerless during a grim time. Outstanding partners have come together to meet the urgency of the day while creating a community plan encompassing visions and actions for a brighter future.”
The APA-NC Awards Program includes NC Great Places and the Marvin Collins Planning Awards and recognizes the places, people, and projects that represent the highest standards of achievement in the North Carolina planning community. Awards are presented annually during the North Carolina Planning Conference. Nominations are reviewed by a panel of independent planners from throughout the state. The awards signify the highest standards of achievement for planning in North Carolina.
Carrboro Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Carrboro is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed nationally from Sept. 15 to Oct. 20. Watch our video at https://youtu.be/ErX7lkYNMrs
“I encourage all residents to participate in the month’s events and to learn about and celebrate the lives, history, and contributions of Hispanic people during this month-long celebration and throughout the year,” said Mayor Damon Seils, who has proclaimed the observance in Carrboro.
According to the 2020 US Census, Hispanic and Latinx people make up approximately 13% of the population of Carrboro, the highest percentage in Orange County.
Some area events of note:
- Saturday, September 17, El Vínculo Hispano will hold La Fiesta de la Herencia Hispana in Siler City, which will feature music and dance, games and activities, arts and crafts, and food vendors
- Sunday, September 18, El Pueblo will hold La Fiesta del Pueblo, a celebration of Latin American culture on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh that will include live music and dance performances, visual and folk art exhibits, educational booths, and activities for the whole family
- September 25, El Futuro will hold its Hispanic Heritage Community Fiesta and its Fall Fundraiser & Art Auction on October 8, both in Durham
- October 14, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools will host a Hispanic Heritage Month Community Celebration on the Carrboro Town Commons
- Throughout the month, the UNC Carolina Latinx Center is celebrating Latinx Heritage Month with the theme “Vivir Mi Vida!” and has shared a calendar of events online at clc.unc.edu
This is a great time to recognize the contributions and achievements of Hispanic and Latinx people in the United States, to acknowledge their vital impact both locally and throughout the nation, and to celebrate these communities’ diversity, culture, and traditions. Read the proclamation at http://www.townofcarrboro.org/2630/Proclamations-and-Resolutions
Pictured are dancers from Takiri Folclor Latino https://takirifolclorlatino.com/ who performed at Carrboro's groundbreaking ceremony for The 203 Project on May 5, 2022.
Buy Minority Business Enterprises Day is Saturday, Sept. 24!
Buy Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) Day helps generate awareness, support and revenue to minority-owned businesses across the country.
Support local BIPOC businesses by visiting #Carrboro's Buy BIPOC directory - https://ecs.page.link/RDUUPauto
Suicide Prevention Month events to address the public health crisis of suicide
News from the Orange County Health Department
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. ― From 2016 to 2020, 206 Orange and Durham County community members lost their lives to suicide. Throughout the month of September, the Orange County Health Department and Durham County Department of Public Health will host events to support survivors, to share how to recognize the signs and symptoms of suicide, and to teach what to do if a loved one is in danger.
Adult Mental Health First Aid Training for Professional Partners: On Friday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Whitted Human Services Center at 300 W. Tryon St., Hillsborough. This training is for employers, police officers, hospital staff, first responders, public health workers, local government staff, and school employees who want to learn to identify, understand, and respond to the signs of mental health and substance use challenges. The training is free, and lunch is included. Please register at this link: https://www.orangecountync.gov/MHFA-Partners
A Path for Hope: Suicide Prevention and Awareness Walk: On Thursday, Sept. 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Leigh Farm Park located at 370 Leigh Farm Road, Durham NC 27707. The event is hosted by Orange County Health Department, Durham County Department of Public Health, Alliance Health, Insight Humans Services and Healthy Carolinians of Orange County. Prior to the walk, community members will gather to hear featured speaker, Rwenshaun Miller, who believes that mental wellness begins with a conversation. Miller is an award-winning psychotherapist whose personal mission is to shift our society into one that acknowledges, addresses, and treats mental health challenges. Miller is the Founder and Executive Director of Eustress Inc., a non-profit based in North Carolina.
206 pairs of shoes will be on display to honor the 206 Durham and Orange County community members who lost their lives to suicide from 2016 to 2020. Gently used shoes, which will be donated after the event to those in need, are needed in advance of the event. To donate shoes or for questions about the walk, email Willa Robinson Allen at email@example.com for Durham County or Ashley Rawlinson at firstname.lastname@example.org for Orange County or call (919) 245-2440.
Volunteers invited to litter clean-up this Saturday!
As the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Fall Litter Sweep comes to a close, the towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill invite residents to join town staff for a litter clean up on from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, Sept. 24.
Volunteers will clean up two sites along NC Highway 54, one on the Carrboro side and one on the Chapel Hill side.
The Chapel Hill group will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the overflow parking lot at The Exchange at Meadowmont (1414 Raleigh Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27517) and the Carrboro group will meet at 8:30 a.m. at 602 Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro, NC 27510.
Staff will provide gloves, trash bags, trash grabbers, first-aid kits, and a water bottle refill station. Bring yourself, closed-toed shoes, and a water bottle. Waterproof boots, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts are recommended since litter cleanups can be messy.
To sign up, fill out the sign-up sheet at https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/b8acd781569545a3ae09c5b3fb5d5a75 Waivers will be completed at the event Saturday morning.
Can’t make it to the joint cleanup on Saturday?
Host your own cleanup this week! There is still time to Contact Angie Tilson at NC DOT by phone (919-296-6081) or email (email@example.com) for cleanup supplies, such as reversible orange/blue trash bags, gloves and orange safety vests.
EV Rodeo Comes to Carrboro
Saddle up, cowhands! The EV Rodeo is coming to Carrboro!
Explore various electric vehicles, test ride EV bikes, and bring the kids out for veggie-mobile races from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main St.
The event is sponsored by Climate Reality Orange County (CROCC), the Triad Electric Vehicle Association (TEVA) of North Carolina, and the Town of Carrboro.
The public is invited to explore multiple electric vehicles including the Chevy Volt and Bolt, Kia EV6, Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius Prime, Teslas and more. Owners of these electric vehicles will share mileage ranges, charging options, costs, and will answer questions about EVs.
Learn the difference between hybrid plug-ins and all electric vehicles. Diverse types of EVs including e-bikes and e-motorcycles will also be available.
Help your kids build their own veggie-mobiles and participate in races.
For more information, contact Margie Muenzer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips for Vehicle Maintenance
Regular tune-ups help cars run more smoothly and burn less fuel. A tuned-up car saves you money by using up to 20% less fuel! It also reduces harmful chemicals that come out of exhaust pipes that get into our water. Using a reputable professional to perform routine car maintenance is one way you can ensure that the waste and work will be perform within the pollution prevention regulations set forth by responsible government entities. It is unlawful to dispose of motor oil and other vehicle maintenance chemicals in landfills, down drainage ditches or into storm sewers. But you can still protect our waterways and your local water supplies when perform routine maintenance at home by following these simple guidelines:
Repair and Clean-up Leaks
Perform regular visible inspections of your vehicle and the area under it for signs of leaks and drips. Clean up any leaks right away using cat litter or absorbent. Put the cat litter on the leaked material, after absorption, sweep up the cat litter, put into a sealable bag and dispose of it in the trash. Do not scrub driveways with detergents to wash away leaks, this allows the pollutants to drain right into storm drains and straight into our lakes and streams!
Recycle Motor Oil and Filters
Old motor oil can be reprocessed and used again, and again. Put it in a sealable container and take it to a location that recycles oil. Oil filters can be recycled too. The steel is recovered to make new steel and the paper and oil are burned for fuel. Each filter, even after being hot-drained, can contain as much as 4 ounces of motor oil that may still leak out. The State of North Carolina has banned oil filters from being disposed of in North Carolina Landfills. You can find you closest Orange Co Waste and Recycling location that will take old motor oil to be recycled at the link below. Recycling is the only safe way to get rid of used motor oil. Five quarts of oil from your car could create an oil slick the size of two football fields and pollute a million gallons of drinking water!
Do not pour down a drain! You can find you closest Orange Co Waste and Recycling location that will take antifreeze at part of the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program at the link below. Never put antifreeze down the drain. Do not mix antifreeze with motor oil. Antifreeze is a dangerous poison to animals and people and can cause problems for sewage treatment plants and our water network. Only three ounces of antifreeze is enough to fatally harm an adult.
Paints, Polishes, Cleaners
These are highly flammable and toxic materials. Try to buy only what you need, and either donate the rest or dispose of appropriately. Leftovers can be brought to an Orange County Waste and Recycling Center for proper disposal. Bring items in their original containers with original labels intact whenever possible. Never mix wastes, this could cause a dangerous chemical reaction.
You can take your wet-cell batteries to an Orange County Waste and Recycling Center for proper disposal. In North Carolina, retailers that sell auto-batteries are required by law to take back these batteries.
Town of Carrboro announces lineups for Fall Arts Festivals
CARRBORO, N.C. – The Town of Carrboro has announced festival lineups and date information for three of the Triangle’s most beloved fall festivals starting Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022.
Following the successful return of another iconic music festival this past summer – the Freight Train Blues concert series, Carrboro is happy to continue to showcase a diversity of musicians from the Piedmont with FREE concerts at Town Commons, the Cat’s Cradle, and venues across the town with the return of the Carrboro Music Festival (opening night on Saturday, Oct. 1 with a full day of outdoor concerts on Sunday, Oct. 2); West End Poetry Festival (Oct. 14-15) featuring Poetry in the Round and a Community Poem Reading, and Carrboro Film Fest (Nov. 18-20) showcasing numerous independent films that challenge and expand our understanding of Southern culture.
"Carrboro has a proud tradition of embracing these longstanding arts festivals for 15 to nearly 25 years running. This past summer, celebrating our town’s musical legacy associated with Elizabeth Cotten was a true honor,” shared Mayor Damon Seils. “Collaboration is a key component of our programs, and we’re grateful to our partners for their commitment to sharing and building on Carrboro’s legacy with our residents and visitors.”
Earlier this summer from mid-May to mid-June on Friday evenings, the Town of Carrboro presented with the MusicMaker Foundation a series of roots music concerts at the Carrboro Town Commons. The Freight Train Blues concert series honors the legacy of renowned blues musician Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten, who was born in Carrboro in 1893. She is being posthumously inducted into the Rock& Roll Hall of Fame this November 2022. https://musicmaker.org/freight-train-blues-concert-series/
All festivals made possible with support from the Town of Carrboro and the Carrboro Tourism Development Authority. Schedule highlights below with full details and updates online. Also, see the Carrboro public parking map at http://www.townofcarrboro.org/DocumentCenter/View/11225/Carrboro-Parking-Map-?bidId=
- Carrboro Music Festival – October 2, 2022
Established in 1998, the festival was originally held on June 21 as an official affiliate of the Fête de la Musique, which is also known as 'Make Music Day'. One of the largest free music festivals in North Carolina, the Carrboro Music Festival will host more than 100 acts on 25 stages all over Carrboro, all for free. Venues include traditional sites such as Cat’s Cradle, The ArtsCenter, and Weaver Street Market lawn as well as new locales including Craftboro at South Green, 401 Main, and Dingo Dog Brewing Company.
- West End Poetry Festival – October 14-15, 2022
The theme for this year’s festival is “Music in Poetry,” featuring Poetry Readings, a Poetry Writing Workshop, Poetry in the Round, and a Community Poem Reading. All events will be offered LIVE with Friday evening’s event occurring at Carrboro Town Hall and Saturday’s activities continuing in the Carrboro Century Center. Carrboro held its first poetry festival, organized by then Carrboro Poet Laureate Patrick Herron, in 2006. Since then, many poets from North Carolina and beyond have participated. Participants have included finalists for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; winners of the Kingsley Tufts Award, the Los Angeles Book Prize, the Oregon Book Award, and the Pushcart Prize; recipients of fellowships Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
- Carrboro Film Fest – November 18-20, 2022
Since 2006, the festival brings “Southern films in one of the South’s funkiest small towns.” Embracing its identity as a Southern institution, the festival presents exclusively Southern films in a non-competitive setting. Held at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro.
Holiday Parade Returns
Holiday Parade Memories from 2019 - https://youtu.be/MbUYsr0JPhY
The towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro are excited to announce the return of the Community Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 10:30 a.m. The parade will highlight a variety of arts, cultural, and winter holiday traditions. Local organizations aligned with this focus are invited to apply to participate.
Due to COVID restrictions, the parade has been on hiatus for two years. In planning for the parade’s return, Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture, along with planning partners at Carrboro Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Resources, and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, discussed how the event could better reflect the community and its values.
Susan Brown, Director of Community Arts & Culture, says they all agreed that “This event could and should better showcase the many different cultural and holiday traditions in our community, as well as our commitment to environmental stewardship.” Representatives from UNC Arts Everywhere and UNC Community Relations are also assisting with planning and encouraging campus groups and performers to participate.
To create a more inclusive and diverse event, participation will be curated by parade planners through an open call for creative and festive parade units. Local organizations and community groups who will entertain, engage, and reflect the winter holiday theme and diverse cultural traditions are invited to apply. Any units that are strictly for advertising or fundraising will not be considered. Parade planners will also invite community and campus performance groups, like marching bands, drum corps, and choruses to participate.
The call for participants will close on Sunday, Oct. 9. Applications will be reviewed and selected based on criteria and the goal of creating an interesting and inclusive event. Participation will be confirmed by early November.
For more information and details on how to apply, visit chapelhillarts.org/parade
Mayor Seils joins Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate, Extremism and Bigotry
CARRBORO, NC -- Mayor Damon Seils has joined mayors from across the country to sign the Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate, Extremism and Bigotry.
The effort is led by the Anti-Defamation League and U.S. Conference of Mayors.
The Mayors’ Compact has 10 components:
- Expressly rejecting extremism, white supremacy and all forms of bigotry
- Denouncing all acts of hate wherever they occur
- Ensuring public safety while protecting free speech and other basic constitutional rights
- Calling for fully-restored law enforcement and civil rights investigations of domestic terrorism and hate crimes
- Elevating and prioritizing anti-bias and anti-hate programs in our nation’s schools
- Supporting targeted communities and bringing together civic and community leaders to build trust
- Celebrating diversity, promoting inclusivity and challenging bias
- Promoting law enforcement training on responding to and reporting hate incidents, hate crimes and domestic terrorism
- Encouraging residents in their communities to report hate incidents and crimes, including using hotlines and online tools
- Maintaining civil rights enforcement and strengthening hate crime laws when necessary
“I’m proud to stand with other mayors as we speak out against hate, extremism and bigotry,” Mayor Seils said.
The complete compact is available at https://www.usmayors.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/USCM-Mayors-Compact-to-Combat-Hate-and-Extremism-with-Names-Sept-2022.pdf
Suspect charged in shooting
The Carrboro Police Department has charged Lar Wah, 20, of Graham, with six counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill after an investigation into a shooting that occurred at the parking deck at 370 E. Main St. Friday, Sept. 16. Wah was confined in the Orange County Jail under a $5,000 secured bond.
Investigation revealed that two groups of people engaged in an argument that escalated into a physical altercation and shots being fired. Multiple people suffered non-life-threatening injuries during the incident. Further investigation revealed that one of the injuries came from the shooting.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Investigator Kennedy at (919) 918-7412 or Crime Stoppers at (919) 942-7515.
Media Point of Contact: Chief C. Atack, (919) 918-7407
Firefighters' Charity Trek leads to school lockdown
Carrboro firefighters Michael Miller of Chapel Hill and Michael Lane of Carrboro, who are doing a 26.2-mile march to support the Coffee for a Cause charity, took a break by the North Carolina Botanical Garden to talk about their endeavor today (Tuesday, Sept. 20). Please see video of firefighters telling their story at https://youtu.be/KUpYDLH1S-8
They began the marathon from Carrboro Fire Station 2 on Homestead Road. Upon seeing the men walking by Chapel Hill High School in the morning, an individual called 9-1-1. The men appeared to look suspicious and threatening to the individual. As a result, Chapel Hill High School was placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure. The School Resource Officer contacted the firefighters and immediately recognized that there was no threat and the school resumed normal activities.
“We apologize for the inconvenience to the school, as well as the undue stress that this caused for the students, their families and school staff,” said Interim Fire Chief Will Potter. “While the march was a well-intentioned idea, this was not a department-sponsored or sanctioned event.”
Coffee for a Cause (https://www.firedeptcoffee.com/pages/charity) is a charitable organization that supports “groups that help firefighters and first responders who are injured on the job, mentally or physically, or who are facing other serious health challenges.”
During the early part of their march, the firefighters were wearing a ruck sack and a weight vest, as well as an American flag. They removed the ruck sack and weight vest following the incident at the high school.
The firefighters were pursuing the challenge on their day off. Both Miller and Lane are graduates of Chapel Hill High School.
“We know that the times have been really stressful, and we are sorry,” Lane said. “We don’t want to create stress. We want to help people.”
The 203 Project Update: September 2022
Construction has recently begun on the 203 Project at 203 S. Greensboro St., currently the site of a Carrboro municipal parking lot across from Open Eye Cafe. The project to complete a new library and civic building will be underway through spring 2024.
After conducting subsurface utility locating, excavation for the stormwater system began the week of Aug. 22, 2022, in the southwest corner of the site. Barnhill Contracting Co. constructed one stormwater junction box and installed about 50 feet of stormwater pipe. Utility coordination is ongoing among Dominion Gas, Spectrum/Charter and AT&T to accommodate construction.
Currently, the eastern section of the parking lot is closed and barricaded off. Full closure of the parking lot is pending utility work with a date TBD. Signage has been ordered to notice the public of the lot closure date. Notification will be provided two weeks prior to the closure. Please find alternative parking locations at http://www.carrboronc.gov/DocumentCenter/View/11225/Carrboro-Parking-Map
At its Sept. 13, 2022, meeting, the Town Council heard from Barnhill Contracting Co. about their procedures for mitigating noise disturbances connected to construction. The project will require about eight early morning (deemed after-hours) concrete pours to complete construction of the building and parking deck. These pours are expected to take place prior to 7 a.m.
Barnhill will notify the Town one week in advance of expected after-hours concrete work and will work with Town staff to notify residents and businesses of upcoming work. No more than two after-hours concrete pours will be permitted in a given week, and they will not fall on consecutive nights. No after-hours work will be permitted on Sunday. The Council directed staff to expand the radius of neighborhood notification to inform of pending disturbances related to construction.
The development will be the future home of Carrboro Recreation, Parks and Cultural Resources; Orange County Southern Branch Library; Orange County Skills Development Center; WCOM Radio; a teen center and performance/multipurpose uses. The 203 Project will provide opportunities for education, art and community connection.
Find more information at https://www.carrboronc.gov/1151/The-203-Project
Virtual solar info session offered Sept. 28
Solarize the Triangle campaign organizers and reps from Yes Solar Solutions are offering a free, virtual, informational event at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28.
The event will cover:
- An overview of the bulk-purchasing concept
- Info about the benefits of solar and batteries and how to enroll for a free assessment
- Info from the 11 partner communities that initiated Solarize the Triangle
- Q & A with solar experts and installers
Please register for the event at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0kdeupqT8tEtHQmmSV587JvyYwc46_-FTK
For more information about the program, please visit www.SolarizetheTriangle.com
Sept. 25 -- Shanah Tovah to all who are observing Rosh Hashanah. Have a happy year ahead!