Since the Bolin Creek Greenway Conceptual Master Plan was adopted by the Town in 2009, the future of the greenway has been a key issue for the Carrboro community.
The master plan includes five total phases. Phases 1a and 1b have already been completed, and phase 2 is included in long-range transportation plans, according to the Town.
The town council recently approved the Creekside Alignment as the preferred path option for phases 3 and 4 on Oct. 17.
Three town council seats are available in Carrboro in the upcoming municipal elections. Eliazar Posada, Jason Merrill and Catherine Fray are running on a slate, along with two other candidates, Stephanie Wade and April Mills.
All three members of the slate have actively endorsed the greenway and the Creekside Alignment. Mills did not respond to The Daily Tar Heel's requests for comment before the time of publication, and Wade declined to comment.
In a Q&A report from The Local Reporter, Mills said she is concerned about the Creekside Alignment. In the same report, Wade said she looks forward to further information that will be gathered when the Town conducts updated feasibility assessments, engages with property owners along the alignment, performs environmental, stormwater and water quality assessments and considers costs and funding options.
Posada said he has strongly supported the greenway even before he decided to run for re-election. Posada — the only incumbent in the race — also voted for the Creekside Alignment at the Oct. 17 meeting.
“I'm not thinking of this as a political stance, I’m thinking about it like this is something that we need to get done — this is a promise done to community many years ago,” Posada said.
Melody Kramer, a community member and editor for Triangle Blog Blog, said she will be supporting the slate in the upcoming election because of their focus on climate action and racial justice. She said the issue of the greenway connects to those goals.