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Posted on: March 17, 2023

Town Council Update

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CARRBORO, N.C. -- Meeting agendas and updates are issued from the Town Clerk’s Office. To receive these by email or text, sign up for Carrboro Town News at https://www.carrboronc.gov/SIGNUP

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

Town Council Update

Meeting agendas and updates are issued from the Town Clerk’s Office. To receive these by email or text, sign up for Carrboro Town News at https://www.carrboronc.gov/SIGNUP

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

Coming Up

The Carrboro Town Council will hold a Council Meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2023. The agenda is available at https://bit.ly/3JNOapK and at https://carrboro.legistar.com/  

This meeting will be held at Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St. Members of the public are welcome to attend in person or can view the livestream at https://carrboro.legistar.com/   OR YouTube.com/CarrboroNC OR Cable TV 18 (in Carrboro). 

To download a copy of the full meeting calendar visit https://www.carrboronc.gov/DocumentCenter/View/12313

Past Meeting 

The Carrboro Town Council met Tuesday, March 14, 2023, for a Work Session, the agenda for which is posted at https://bit.ly/403Ujne    The Council gathers for work sessions the second Tuesdays of most months. Public comment is generally not accepted during work sessions, and votes are not taken. 

The meeting video is available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jz4UeNfHCQY 

Parking in Downtown Carrboro – The Council received an update on the Parking Study of Downtown Carrboro, conducted by Walker Consultants. This study began in 2019, paused during the COVID-19 public heath emergency, and resumed and then concluded in March 2022. Presented by Economic Development Director Jon Hartman-Brown, the parking update included new parking tallies and analysis via drone photography, as well as advisory board and staff recommendations. 

 The study and other parking resources are available at https://www.carrboronc.gov/2774/Downtown-Parking 

  • The study finds that there is ample existing parking availability across the downtown with about 3,600 private and public spaces. But due to lack of enforcement, 50% of users regularly exceed the posted 2-hour time limit. And public parking is difficult to locate unless users are familiar with where to find it.
  • Key recommendations of the parking study include to enforce parking rules; implement paid parking; create a parking marketing and information campaign including brochures, maps and wayfinding and informational signage; create a downtown access advisory committee; and explore shared parking opportunities between public and private lot owners across evening and weekend hours.
  • The Council expressed support for the recommendations from the plan, including a plan for paid parking, parking enforcement, and enhanced marketing and wayfinding for parking. 
  • These interests will return to the Council in a regular business meeting as information items. The Council will then provide further comment and receive public input prior to a vote and possible implementation of any changes. 

Advisory Boards and Commissions – The Council discussed a range of topics including potential consolidation of advisory boards and commissions; rules of procedure; remote and hybrid meetings, public participation; board liaisons; stipends, childcare, meals and transportation for members; and interpretation and translation services. 

  • Council requested information and options for their consideration regarding stipends and other benefits for advisory board members, as well as potential streamlining of some advisory boards, and a language access statement to be included on meeting agendas for requests for interpretation and translation services. 
  • These interests will return to the Council in a regular business meeting as information items. The Council will then provide further comment and receive public input prior to a vote and possible implementation of any changes. 

Town Council 

The Town Council, which is the legislative and policy-making body for Carrboro, comprises Mayor Damon Seils, Mayor Pro Tempore Susan Romaine, Council Member Barbara Foushee, Council Member Randee Haven-O’Donnell, Council Member Danny Nowell, Council Member Eliazar Posada, and Council Member Sammy Slade. More information is available at https://www.carrboronc.gov/248/Town-Council

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