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Posted on: June 28, 2021

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Civic involvement is a valued tradition in our community.  Reach the Town Council with your ideas, views and questions at council@townofcarrboro.org

The Council is now taking its annual summer break. 
The Town Council will meet next at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, to consider an agenda that will be posted at carrboro.legistar.com 

This will be a live, in-person meeting at Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St. The public is welcome to attend. To view remotely, a livestream is available at carrboro.legistar.com or YouTube.com/CarrboroNC OR Cable TV 18 (in Carrboro). To speak at the meeting email publiccomment@townofcarrboro.org 

Past Meeting
The Carrboro Town Council met virtually Tuesday, June 22, and took the following actions on the agenda posted at https://bit.ly/3gzsZcv 

  • The Council approved a resolution related to the site plan and updated capital project ordinance for the 203 Project.  The design development cost estimate is approximately $1 million higher than the current project budget of $27.6 million. The final project cost will be determined through and in the construction bidding process. The 203 Project is a collaborative effort of the Town of Carrboro and Orange County to develop a new public building and associated parking on Town property at 203 S. Greensboro Street. The new building will house the Orange County Southern Branch Library, the Town of Carrboro Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Resources programs, WCOM Radio, the Orange County Skills Development Center, and more. See 203Project.org for more details.
  • The Council received an update on Energy and Climate Protection Plan and Community Climate Action Plan Implementation Efforts.
  • Request to Allow Pee Wee Homes to Apply for a Rezoning of Town-Owned Property for the Purpose of Developing Affordable Housing: It is the Town’s intent to convey property at 106 Hill Street to Pee Wee Homes for the purpose of developing three permanently affordable homes, contingent upon a rezoning. Pee Wee Homes has prepared a petition to rezone the property to R-3-Conditional (R-3-CZ). The Council set a public hearing for Sept. 28 on the rezoning.
  • The Council approved a text amendment to the Land Use Ordinance that modifies the regulations relating to the use of satellite parking.
  • The Council approved a sub-lease to Cat’s Cradle for use of the 300 E. Main/Butler Lot that the Town Council approved to lease from the Main Street Group.
  • The Council amended the Capital Project Ordinances for the Morgan Creek Greenway and South Greensboro Street Sidewalk to reflect the reallocation of Orange County Transit funds and the allocation of STBGDA-CRRSAA funds
  • The Council adopted an ordinance limiting campaign contributions to any candidate for town office.
  • The Council received an update on the status of the Transportation Demand Management grant and authorized the Town Manager to enter into a revised MOA.
  • The Council to adopted text amendments that would bring the Land Use Ordinance into conformance with N.C.G.S. Chapter 160D.
  • The Council approved Town Code amendments relating to the operation of roundabouts.
  • Short-term American Rescue Plan Act Funding Plan Authorization: The Council authorized staff to implement a short-term program for distributing up to $2,359,525 of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds immediately while developing a long-term plan.
  • The Council received an update on the Orange County Recovery and Transformation Plan.
  • The Council received an update on the status of the South Greensboro Street Sidewalk project at 65-percent design and received comments from members of the public.
  • Adoption of FY 2021-22 Annual Budget: The Council completed budget discussions and adopted the annual budget for fiscal year 2021-22. which is posted at https://www.townofcarrboro.org/2548/Recommended-Annual-Operating-Budget-2021 
    • The total budget is $71 million comprised of General Fund at $25 million, Special Revenue Fund at $3.3 million, Capital Fund at $41.9 million, Storm Water Utility Enterprise Fund budget is $971,254; and Parking Enterprise Fund is $290,500. 
    • Notable changes in the 2021-22 budget include: a) The property tax rate will increase from 59.94 cents, to 60.44 cents, for each $100 valuation of taxable property with 1.50 cents of that amount dedicated for Affordable Housing Fund; and, b) a change in the Town’s health insurance program from the traditional co-insurance Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) to a high deductible health plan (HDHP).  This will decrease the cost of health insurance costs for the Town by $546,612 with subsequent reductions in premiums paid by employees; c) a 3.3% across-the-board salary increase for Town full-time employees. Also approved was a provision to pay all part-time employees an hourly wage that is equal to the Orange County Living Wage of $15.40 per hour.
  • Check-in on the Comprehensive Plan Process: The Council received an update on the process and progress of this effort. Learn more at carrboroconnects.org 

About the Town Council
The Town Council is the legislative and policy-making body for Carrboro, consisting of seven elected members: Mayor Lydia Lavelle, Mayor Pro Tempore Barbara Foushee, Council Member Jacquelyn Gist, Council Member Randee Haven-O’Donnell, Council Member Susan Romaine, Council Member Damon Seils, and Council Member Sammy Slade. More information is available at http://townofcarrboro.org/248/Town-Council   

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