News briefs

September 15, 2013 

Carolina North meeting Monday

UNC officials will host a public information session to talk about the annual Carolina North report at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Giles F. Horney Building, 103 Airport Drive.

The university must report to the community each year as part of the town-gown development agreement for the planned 300 million square foot academic and research campus. Construction of the first buildings has been delayed until financing becomes available, but some sitework was completed last year, including a methane-powered electrical generator.

The 2012-13 Carolina North report will be formally presented to the Town Council Oct. 28. To see a copy, go to

Revenue collections moves to U-Square

The Town of Chapel Hill Revenue Collection services will temporarily move to University Square at 143 W. Franklin St. while repairs from June 30 flooding to the first floor of Town Hall are underway. The payment center, which is expected to open on Monday, Sept. 23, is located between Time-Out and Optometric Eye Care.

People who want to make public housing rental or tax payments in person should come to this location. Payments by mail may be made to the Town of Chapel Hill, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, or via the outside drop box at Town Hall. Staff are exploring options for business, inspections and building permit payments.

County school renovations underway

Building renovations throughout the Orange County Schools district are underway, the county school board heard Monday.

An additional $30,200 is needed to complete the running track renovation at A.L. Stanback Middle School after it was discovered that very little stone base ran throughout the track. This brings the renovation’s estimated total to more than $150,000.

The first phase of the two-phase roof renovation at Efland Cheeks Elementary School has been completed. Renovations to the C.W. Stanford Middle School HVAC are to be completed by 2014. Still to come is energy efficient relamping at New Hope Elementary and Grady Brown Elementary.

Volunteers needed for N.C. Big Sweep

The town is looking for civic groups and other volunteers to participate in this year’s N.C. Big Sweep litter cleanup. Between now and Oct. 31, the town is assigning groups to remove litter from various areas across Hillsborough.

“Rather than a single event, your group can decide when to participate during this year’s Big Sweep and we will provide supplies and support,” said Terry Hackett, Hillsborough stormwater program manager. “Allowing groups to pick a date and time that works for them seems to get more folks involved, and if you don’t have a group we will find you one.”

A record 384 volunteers participated in Orange County last year. Hackett coordinates N.C. Big Sweep in the county with Chapel Hill stormwater educator Wendy Smith.

To sign up your group, receive a location to clean and obtain supplies, contact Hackett by email or by phone at 919-732-1270 Ext. 77. If you do not have a group, the town will try to assign you to one.

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