The tour, which
began in New York City, was meant to give the delegates an idea of how American
politics work from the federal level to the local level.
an inclusive community,” said Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger. “Even if
you don’t like what they have to say, it has the right to be said. It
was distressing to many members (of the community), but we were asked to
host and we wanted to share our message of inclusivity with them.”
Some members of the town council were also distressed over the visit.
council member Maria Palmer attended the afternoon meeting at Carroll
Hall but left before it concluded.
“I couldn’t take it,” Palmer said. “I felt I would be rude or start crying and I didn’t want to do either.”
Still, she admitted the visit was worthwhile.
was productive because they heard from our citizens,” Palmer said. “I
learned how passionate and defensive people are in what their country
stands for. They have some beautiful ideals. If we lived up to our
ideals, what a country we would be.”
After public comment was over, it was back to business.
Jane Nirdlinger, the executive director of planning and sustainability
for Chapel Hill, asked the council to consider granting a special land
use permit to developers at Capkov Ventures Inc.
The Chapel Hill firm reintroduced plans to develop a 71-unit
housing development off of Merin Road and Homestead Road. The plans include
62 single-family residences, nine low-income town houses, a community
garden and a playground.
The permit was passed 6 to 3.
council also heard a consideration to expand the Orange County living
wage of $12.75 to seasonal employees working in the Chapel Hill parks
and recreation department.
The wages would be granted to workers after they worked for at least 90 days. The motion was passed unanimously.
Greensboro and Marion have now signed onto a lawsuit, that Chapel Hill is also a part of, against House Bill 2.
“Passing a resolution and joining a lawsuit isn’t enough," Hemminger said. "I hope we can do more.”