Abraham Jaroszewski

BOA Sifts Through Solid Waste

CARRBORO – The Carrboro Board of Aldermen unanimously passed a motion Tuesday night suggesting the Board of County Commissioners create a Tax District to fund solid waste and recycling in Orange County. Here’s Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton “I think that given that our costs are going to spike upward very significantly with the closure of the land fill because of this hauling stuff, that it is time to do this now,” says Chilton. “Right now. Our County Commissioners need to move forward with this.” In an April email, County staff recommended four options to the County Commissioners: the creation of a Solid Waste Management Authority similar to OWASA, the implementation of either a full or limited County Solid Waste Tax District to raise funds for services, or simply leaving each town to decide on their own recycling program. The Aldermen ultimately decided on the third option, wherein only those in the service area would pay a tax to help fund the program. As far as service in Town of Carrboro is concerned, there is little difference between the second or third options. But members of the Board agreed that it would be inequitable for county residents not receiving the service to be forced to fund it. Although the Board was generally against the creation of a Solid Waste Management Authority, one aspect of that proposal did intrigue the Aldermen—the...

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Tar Heel Baseball Rallies In Ninth and Tenth For Win

CHAPEL HILL – Trailing 2-1 entering the bottom of the ninth inning, the Tar Heel baseballteam rallied for the tying run in the ninth and the winning run in the tenth to defeat the VCU Rams 3-2. 1B Cody Stubbs’ walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the tenth drove in DH Landon Lassiterjust one inning after SS Michael Russell’s sacrifice fly drove in freshman RF Skye Bolt to tie the score. Despite the low-scoring affair, Carolina got on base throughout the game while struggling with runners in scoring position. The Heels left the bases loaded in the 3rd, 4th and 7th inning. UNC starter Hobbs Johnson had a solid outing, giving up two earned in five innings, but was in line for the loss before UNC’s late game heroics. The bullpen also did its part in the effort, with Chris Munnelly, Tate Parrish, and Trevor Kelley combining to give up just one hit in their five innings of relief. Chris McCue got the final five outs to earn the win. With the win, the Tar Heels improve to 19-1, which is the programs’ second best start through 20...

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Shelton Station Stalls

CARRBORO – The Carrboro Board of Aldermen did not vote to approve the Conditional Use Permit, or C.U.P., for Shelton Station Thursday night, instead choosing to recess the public hearing while the developer and town staff fine-tune the plan. Here’s appraiser Rich Kirkland speaking in support of the developer. “Recently, I’ve done a new project proposed for Hillsborough Street in Raleigh that is going do a very similar thing: with a property that is going to join residential units to the back,” Kirkland says. “Anticipation for that project is it is going to help the whole area—the added retail there is going to serve the homes nearby.” The recessed public hearing is currently scheduled to resume April 2, which is the Board’s next scheduled meeting. The current plan for Shelton Station is for two residential units and two vacant lots totaling 2.6 acres to be converted into a mixed-use development. with 94 residential units and 119,000 square-feet of commercial space to be located just off of N. Greensboro Street near Shelton and Parker Streets. The proposal also received the LEED silver equivalent standard. After much discussion, the Board had five recommendations for the Shelton Station developers to modify the proposal with assistance from town staff. They included how to manage the construction issues at the site, specific details about the affordable housing allotment, the potential for a solar panel on the roof and access...

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Latest Poll Finds New Republican Front-Runner For Senate

RALEIGH – Public Policy Polling(PPP) released their latest poll on the North Carolina Senate race this week, and for the third time in as many months found a different Republican front-runner to challenge Kay Hagan this fall. “The top choice among Republicans to be their U.S Senate candidate next year would be Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest,” says PPP director Tom Jensen. “We find him polling at 18%, 13% for Congresswomen Virginia Foxx, 12% for Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry, and 10% for Congresswomen Renee Ellmers. Everybody else who we tested drew single-digits.” The poll also shows the probable Republican candidates are struggling with name recognition. Only Forest and Berry were recognized by over half of respondents. Jensen says the lack of name recognition is leading to a wide-open race. “In January, Virginia Foxx had the lead and last month Cherrie Berry had the lead,” says Jensen. “I think when you see a different leader every month like that, it just shows how really wide open the Republican Senate race is. None of the folks are particularly well-known at that point, and that means it is really up for grabs. Just about anyone could win the nomination.” Currently, North Carolina’s two senators are Republican Richard Burr and Democrat Kay Hagan. Hagan’s term will end in 2015. Jensen says while Hagan is currently leading by a fairly wide margin, the race will certainly tighten closer...

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