Government


New LGBTQ Protections on Agendas

Orange County governing boards will consider adopting new safeguards against LGBTQ discrimination this month, following the expiration of a three-year state ban blocking those protections.


Council Ponders 2 Sites for New Police HQ

The new headquarters for the Chapel Hill Police Department may still turn out to be the present headquarters. While reviewing a concept plan this week for a proposed municipal services center on Weaver Dairy Road Extension that would include the headquarters, the Chapel Hill Town Council decided to explore what it would cost to redevelop the current, centrally located site and remediate safety concerns there.


A Third Try for a New Services Center

The Chapel Hill Town Council will review the latest concept plan for a municipal services center and new police headquarters Wednesday and once again will be faced with competing interests to balance.


203 Project Advances, Despite Concern

Is the Carrboro Town Council fiddling while the town burns from global warming? This month, council members approved by a 6-1 vote the schematic design of a nearly $26 million library, civic and performance space and parking deck to be built on the town parking lot at 203 South Greensboro Street between Roberson and Carr streets.


Changes Reduce Pretrial Detention

Significant reform of Orange County bail practices this year has led to a major reduction in how many people have been detained pretrial, according to a local group monitoring the changes.


The Town Begins Re-imagining Public Safety

“This can’t just be a talking group,” said Delores Bailey, a member of the town of Chapel Hill’s new Re-Imagining Community Safety Task Force. “I feel like my participation [in the task force] will help my community if this group can honestly name three of the policing problems and then solve them … we’ve got to name it and fix it.”


Carrboro Moves Ahead on Reparations

Carrboro moved closer toward reparations for Black residents last week when its town council approved a resolution that lays out next steps along the path to making amends for hundreds of years of injustice.


What a New Parking Deck Will Mean for Chapel Hill

Over the past 10 months, the Chapel Hill Town Council has been discussing proposed redevelopment along East Rosemary Street that would include construction of a parking deck by the town and development of a new 200,000+ square foot office/research building by Grubb Properties.


Marijuana: Decriminalize or Legalize?

The resolution before the Orange County Board of Commissioners at its Sept. 15 meeting called for the support of legalizing marijuana. But that wasn’t clear from the title: “A Resolution Supporting the Decriminalization of Marijuana.”


Carrboro Ponders Reparations

The agenda item on Carrboro Town Council’s Sept. 2 meeting called for a discussion on tree distribution disparity in historically Black neighborhoods, perhaps as a way to tiptoe in to the topic of reparations. But the council never got to the trees.


Zoom Replaces the Room for Councils

Twenty-five years ago, market researcher Diane Bloom conducted focus groups on the then-emerging technology of telemedicine. As a community advocate and Chapel Hill resident, she also spent many evenings at Town Hall, waiting for her turn to speak to the town council.



Carrboro Makes Juneteenth Official

Juneteenth is now an official holiday in Carrboro. The Town Council has unanimously approved a resolution making June 19 — colloquially known as Juneteenth — a paid town holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.


Some Say Police Resolution Falls Short

At the Chapel Hill Town Council’s final meeting of the fiscal year, council members approved a heartfelt resolution to improve racial equity and public safety. Most community members who spoke, however, were underwhelmed.



Library Dodges a Funding Cut

The Chapel Hill Public Library dodged a bullet when a budget amendment proposed by Orange County Commissioner Chair Penny Rich to cut $568,139 in county funding to the library failed by a 2-5 vote.


Town Launches Campaign Encouraging Use of Masks

The town of Chapel Hill is urging everyone over 12 years of age to wear masks or face coverings when indoors in a public place and outdoors when at least six feet of physical distancing is difficult to maintain.


Chapel Hill is Lighting Up

The night light might be bright. Duke Energy is expected to complete a month-long project of replacing 2,000 street lights on major streets in Chapel Hill with more environmentally friendly LED lights by the end of May.


Are we really ‘allinthistogether’?

#allinthistogether. Kinda. The hashtag trending on Twitter and Instagram evokes solidarity among the healthy and the sick, the employed and the paycheck-less, in the chaos wrought by COVID-19.


Hanging Tough in Hard Times

COVID-19 has touched us all, in ways big and small. I think first about those who are sick, and those who live in fear of becoming infected. I worry about those who are laid off, furloughed or working fewer hours, and struggling to provide for themselves and their families.



Why Filling Out the 2020 Census is Important

Most of us know that the 2020 Census count began in January, since we’re getting reminders what feels like every other day. I will confess: I used to roll my eyes every time I got another flyer in the mail, or saw a commercial on television or online. 


The Town Wants Your Opinion

Should the Town of Chapel Hill offer an incentive for property owners to upgrade their own buildings and make them more energy efficient?




Solid Waste Making Changes

Chapel Hill’s Solid Waste Services is making adjustments to its operations because of the coronavirus pandemic.



Orange County Issues Stay-at-Home Order

Orange County issued a stay-at-home directive to all residents Thursday morning in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The order will take effect Friday at 6 p.m. and will remain in effect until April 30 at 5 p.m.


Town Facilities Closed to the Public

The Town of Chapel Hill has closed town facilities to the public effective to further promote the idea of social distancing in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.