Barclay said Carrboro is ranked a silver level for bike friendliness, but wants the town to achieve the gold ranking.
Expanded funding for affordable and workforce housing were also brought to light during the public hearing.
The executive director for the Community Home Trust, Robert Dowling, gave a
summary of the Home Trust’s successful year, thanked the Board of
Aldermen for their role in this success and asked for an increase in
funding from $64,000 to $75,000.
said the Community Home Trust works to create more permanent
affordable housing opportunities for individuals and families.
“We could not have achieved any(thing) without support we have gotten from local governments,” Dowling said.
Foushee, a member of the town planning board, introduced another
problem in Carrboro — many can still not afford the “affordable” housing.
“I would like us to use our dollars in a different way to help a greater part of our population with housing,” Foushee said.
explained the need for more workforce housing in the community, and
suggested the town explore “small housing” as an option for individuals
who could not afford a house otherwise.
“I don’t think we
have properly addressed workforce housing. Teachers, hospital workers
and other service workers cannot afford to live here. I think that’s
something that gets lost in discussion,” Board of Aldermen member Randee
After the public hearing, the board discussed their personal goals for the upcoming budget.
Gist said the town needs to solve the problem of flooding in the budget for Carrboro residents.
priority with the budget — and it’s not glamorous and it’s not very
flashy and you can’t see it — is improving our storm management system,”
Town Manager David Andrews said the town is
considering getting a hydrology report done to get a more accurate
budget prediction for the areas of town that often flood.
McAdoo, finance director of the Capital Improvement Plan Advisory
Committee, said the Carrboro Police Department has added a new firearms
training simulator that the department wants to require as a training
program for all officers. The simulator costs about $92,000.
should have said ‘woof!’,” Haven-O’Donnell said after the board
unanimously voted to approve a resolution to the Unified Animal