The Carrboro Board of Aldermen approved a decision Tuesday night to move up discussion of a proposal that could bring a new library to Hillsborough Road.
Mayor Mark Chilton said the land use ordinance, which drew public criticism at the board’s March 22 meeting, will be addressed next week rather than the original April 19 date because the board was misinformed by county staff of the land purchase deadline.
“It turns out waiting until April 19 would cost the residents of Orange County about $10,000 in county tax dollars,” he said.
If adopted, the proposal could bring a public library to the southwestern part of the county.
The board also discussed transportation priorities, a proposal for a humans’ rights commission and renewing the town’s support of for the Taste of Hope water assistance program.
Jeff Brubaker, the town’s transportation planner, informed the board of upcoming deadlines to submit priorities for the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, developed every two years by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
Brubaker said Carrboro can submit three new highway projects, six new or existing pedestrian projects and six bicycle projects to the Metropolitan Planning Organization, which covers Durham, Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
Alderman Jacquie Gist expressed concern about whether the town’s projects, which must be submitted by May 16, will actually be considered at the state level.
“We’re going through this process, but is there going to be money to do anything?” she said. “I’m seeing a lot of important projects delayed already.”
Brubaker agreed that the town’s proposals could face delays.
“There’s always going to be more projects proposed than there is funding for,” he said.
Two UNC students submitted a proposal for the creation of a humans’ rights commission to ensure that town residents will not face discrimination.
The board ruled to bring the proposal to town staff for their reaction.
Representatives from the Orange Water and Sewer Authority and the IFC asked for continued support of the Taste of Hope program.
The program, which is sponsored by OWASA and the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service, asks customers to volunteer to round up the cost of their water bills to the nearest dollar. The extra change is then donated to the IFC and distributed among Orange County families in need of help paying their water and sewer bills.
“Utility services are one of those factors that can determine whether you have a house to live in or you don’t,” Chilton said.
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