“Our officers take pride in their work, and they genuinely believe in what they do," Blue said. "Right now, there is no book on how to do this work to inform us."
More than 10 members of the community spoke in favor of the efforts. Blue said the larger community discussion needs to continue.
“We’ve been considering these issues and working on them for some time now, because we care about it and how the discussion is styled,” Blue said. “In the last few months, I’ve received a lot more calls and emails from people in our community who want to know what policing is doing and talking about racial issues in the community.”
The motion to continue efforts to address racial bias in policing was passed unanimously by the council.
Orange County Planning Director Craig Benedict then gave a presentation on school impact fees, suggesting an amendment to the fees that would affect new residential development and help finance the cost of adding capacity to schools.
Chapel Hill Town Council Member Nancy Oates said the focus needed to be on the affordable housing element.
“There are factors that push up the cost of housing, and we do need to be very intentional about creating places for people who hold low-income jobs to have a place to live,” she said.
The final item of the night was a public hearing for a proposed economic development incentive agreement for Carraway Village on Eubanks Road.
Dwight Bassett, the town economic development officer, presented plans for multi-family apartments, affordable housing and commercial space for the property, as well as a grant from the town to support roadway improvements.
After much debate and changes suggested by the town’s lawyer, the town council passed a motion under the conditions that affordable housing be completed within the next 10 years or land would be transferred back to the town and that there is at least 8,000 square feet of commercial floor area.
“This is really confusing and hard to follow,” said Jessica Anderson, a Chapel Hill Town Council member.
The town of Chapel Hill issued a proclamation stating that October is Cyber Awareness Security Month.
“Saturday morning it was raining cats and dogs, and it wasn’t supposed to be raining cats and dogs,” McLamb said in response to the heavy rain on Saturday.