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Community Input Development Sessions; Political Sign Regulations; Radon Prevention

By Lauren Grady Posted July 16, 2013 at 7:15 am

CHAPEL HILL – Monday night, the Council Committee on Boards and Commissions in Chapel Hill held its first of five community input sessions.

Stemming from Chapel Hill 2020, the Council Committee on Boards and Commissions has arranged for five advisory boards to meet in order to further the Town’s development progress.

The first of these meetings hosted the Transportation and Connectivity Advisory Board.

The topics covered in four following community input sessions include community design, environmental stewardship, community housing, and planning.

The Council Committee on Boards and Commissions arranged these sessions in order to gain participation from community members.

These meetings will be conducted at 6:30 PM at the Chapel Hill Public Library, located at 100 Library Drive.

If you would like to attend a meeting, click here.

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The Land Use Management Ordinance of Chapel Hill has instituted rules for political signs to prepare for the upcoming municipal and school board elections in November.

Temporary political signs promoting candidates or topics are permitted, as long as they are at most four square feet in area.

Political signs erected on private land must be taken down seven days after the election has ended.

Signs located in the public right-of-way may be assembled up to 45 days before the election and must be taken down within 12 days after the election.

Signs may not block the traffic signals or road signs. In addition, signs may not use terms or images that could confuse drivers with directional or regulatory traffic signs.

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Many families are not aware that they may be at risk of lung cancer, due to inhaling radon gas.

Radon gas comes from the decay of Uranium in soil and can sneak into homes by air movement through soil, cracks in foundation, well water, and some building materials, like concrete.

Radon stands as the chief source of radiation for Americans. Also, radon can attack sensitive tissues in the lungs, resulting in cancer.

Using Radon Resistant New Construction, home builders can construct new homes to prevent radon intrusion.

The North Carolina Radon Program is providing a limited number of free radon test kits, specially for NC families with newborns. Also, test kits can be bought at hardware stores and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Service’s website.

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