Sam Bermas-Dawes

Carrboro Survey Asks Residents, ‘How Are We Doing?’

A telephone poll asks Carrboro residents for feedback on towns services, taxes, street repair and more. The survey, conducted by a consulting firm contracted by the Town of Carrboro, will run through November 18. Polling around 400 Carrboro residents, it will include 60 questions and is expected to lasts around 25 minutes, according to town officials. The data will be compared to a similar survey compiled in 2016 to study trends and changes, Mayor Lydia Lavelle said on WCHL’s The Aaron Keck Show last week. “We’ll get to see what were our trouble spots, or our lower spots, [compared...

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DOT Crews Change Orange County Intersection to 4-Way Stop

Complaints over visibility challenges from drivers have prompted state transportation officials to modify the  intersection of Buckhorn Road and Bradshaw Quarry Road in Orange County. North Carolina Department of Transportation crews were scheduled to be on the scene Tuesday to add stop signs and road markings in order to construct a 4-way stop at the intersection near the Alamance-Orange county line. Stops signs were previously in place on Buckhorn Road leading to Bradshaw Quarry Road. The changes are being made following a state transportation authority investigation. Officials said no single event, such as a collision or accident, was the...

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Orange County Electeds: Skip Straws and the Styrofoam

National “Skip the Straw Day” falls on the fourth Friday of February, and was started by a middle school class in Whitehall, MI., in 2017 to raise awareness about the environmental danger posed by straws and other discarded plastics. Now, Orange County elected officials have designated March 2019 as “Skip the Straw Month” and October 2018 as “Reduce Single Use Plastics Month” and are asking local businesses and residents to forgo straws, Styrofoam containers and other single-use plastics. The Orange County Board of Commissioners, and town officials in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, passed proclamations last week, while Hillsborough is expected to pass...

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Chapel Hill Voters to Consider Bond for Affordable Housing

An affordable housing bond is on the ballot in Chapel Hill as early voting kicked-off earlier this week. The $10 million bond, crafted by town government officials and affordable housing partners, would provide funds for 400 new affordable units and repairs for over 300 pre-existing units. Susan Levy is executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Orange County and has worked with affordable housing for 30 years. She said the bond is absolutely essential to tackling a growing crisis in Chapel Hill. “We’re not going to completely solve the affordable housing problem in Orange County or in Chapel Hill...

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Orange County Repeals Jefferson Davis Highway Designation

The Orange County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night to repeal a six-decade old resolution designating U.S. Route 15 in the county as Jefferson Davis National Highway. The board voted unanimously to repeal a June 1, 1959, decision to commemorate parts of Franklin Street and Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard after the sole president of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Orange County residents had raised concerns over the designation. Research by county officials found that state transportation and infrastructure agencies did not recognize the Jefferson Davis National Highway, creating a straightforward opportunity to reverse the older board’s decision. Ivy Barger,...

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