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Carrboro BoA Preview: Rogers Road, Safe Routes For Students on Agenda

By Danny Hooley Posted March 3, 2014 at 11:45 am

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Carrboro Board of Aldermen, the town government will consider plans for extending sewer service to the Historic Rogers Road area.

In the proposal up for consideration, Orange Water and Sewer Authority would evaluate and select a consulting engineering firm to survey and evaluate 86 lots in the area.

That firm would also perform below-ground engineering work. Those tasks would require gaining access to private property, but not the acquisition of easements.

This pre-design phase would take six-to-seven months, according to an OWASA estimate.

The estimated $5.8 million sewer extension is a component of the Rogers Road Remediation Plan, now two years in the making.

Orange, Chapel Hill and Carrboro are working together to make amends to a community that has been adversely affected by the county and municipal landfill for the past 40 years.

In other matters:

The Board will take up unresolved business from last week, regarding language in the town’s Land Use Ordinance to define the width of easements along buffers and creeks.

It’s an issue that’s being worked out between Town staff and Orange Water and Sewer Authority.

OWASA workers want to be sure they have the access needed to perform inspections and repairs on utilities, while the Town wishes to maintain tree-and-water protections.

Aldermen will also consider voting on the creation of a Safe Routes to School Implementation Committee.

The proposed 10-member committee would recommend transportation policies, programs, and activities that would make it safer and more convenient to walk or ride bikes to Carrboro schools, as well as school-related events.

The committee would include faculty, school administrators, and three non-voting student members.

Tuesday’s meeting will open with a presentation by attorney Raul Pinto of the American Civil Liberties Union. Pinto will talk about police checkpoints in Carrboro.

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall, located at 301 West Main Street.

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