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Board of Aldermen Meeting Summary

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen met on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. Following is a brief summary of noteworthy actions. It does not include all actions taken at the meeting and should not be viewed as official minutes. Meeting Materials for this meeting, and previous meetings, are available on the Town of Carrboro website.

Charges Issued to Affordable Housing Advisory Commission Members
The Town Clerk issued charges to Cain Twyman and Gabriel Vinas.

Approval of an Affordable Housing Funding Request for Critical Home Repairs
The Board of Aldermen approved a request for $534.00 from Habitat of Orange County to be used for critical repairs at a home in Carrboro.

Postponed Decision on the Option to Lease Parking at 300 East Main Street Parking Deck
The Board of Aldermen requested background information on this item and delayed a decision until a future meeting date.
Revised Scope of Work and Renaming of the HOME Program Review Committee
The Board of Aldermen approved changes to the Orange County HOME Program Review Committee.  The Committee was formed in 2000 to provide an opportunity for elected officials and staff from the participating jurisdictions to discuss program activities and develop future spending plans. Recent discussions among elected officials indicate an interest in the staff and the HOME Program Review Committee to broaden its scope to include broader discussions about affordable housing issues.

The full proposal was created as a joint effort between the Towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, and Orange County. The new structure and name is intended to serve as a mechanism for increased collaboration and information sharing around affordable housing issues within the county.  The new name will be the Orange County Local Government Affordable Housing Collaborative.  The Board of Aldermen also made a request that OWASA be included as a member agency in the Collaborative.
Discussion Regarding Funding Priorities and Charge for the Human Services Advisory Board
The Board of Aldermen discussed options related to the Human Services Advisory Board and decided to request that the attorney prepare a draft ordinance that adds the following language to the duties and responsibilities of the Human Services Advisory Commission: “funding priorities should be given to agencies that provide direct services to disadvantaged resident.” The Board requested that staff report back to them in the future about a policy that would allow agencies that promote social change to make a funding request to the Board of Aldermen. 
Public Hearing on Land Use Ordinance Text Amendments Related to Flood Damage Prevention Provisions to Reflect New Maps
The Board of Aldermen adopted revisions Carrboro Land Use Ordinance related to  Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) revisions.  This federal process has been underway for several years. Updated LIDAR data have significantly increased the clarity and accuracy of elevation data and the digital modeling used to create these maps. State and Federal flood mapping officials have informed the Town that the maps are ready to become effective. Associated updates to flood modelling used to determine flood impacts have been developed as well.

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