Board of Aldermen Meeting Summary
The Carrboro Board of Aldermen met on Tuesday, September 5 2017. Following is a brief summary of noteworthy actions. It does not include all actions taken at the meeting and should not be viewed as official minutes. Meeting Materials for this meeting, and previous meetings, are available on the Town of Carrboro website.
Approval of Funds for “One Million Abolitionists” Project
The Board of Aldermen approved a request for funding of $1,000 to cover the purchase of 400 copies of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave. James Williams presented the request to the Board.
The following actions were taken regarding contractual items:
1. Ratification of a contract for additional design services for 203 S. Greensboro Street contracted at $25,000.
2. Approval of additional funding for the Town Commons Renovation project (scheduled to begin on November 1st). The total project allocation is $1,304,974 and was awarded to Charles Hughes Construction, LLC.
Public Hearing Scheduled for Land Use Ordinance Amendments to Reflect New Flood Maps
The Board of Aldermen scheduled a public hearing for September 26, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. to update the Town’s Land Use Ordinance related to flood damage provisions. Revisions to the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) have been underway for several years. Updated LIDAR data have significantly increased the clarity and accuracy of elevation data and the digital modeling used to create these maps. State and Federal flood mapping officials have informed the Town that the maps are ready to become effective. FEMA has notified the Town that its regulations must be updated to reference the updated maps by November 17th.
Annual Report from OWASA Representatives and Community Comments on Fluoridation
The Board of Aldermen received an annual update from Robert Morgan and Yinka Ayankoya, the Town’s appointees to the OWASA Board of Directors. They discussed OWASA’s new Advanced Metering Infrastructure system and summarized OWASA's position on fluoridation. The Board also heard comments from community members regarding fluoride in the OWASA water. The Board took no action on either of the items.
Stormwater Advisory Commission Created
The Board of Aldermen created the Stormwater Advisory Commission composed of seven members: five residents of the Town; one resident of the ETJ; one member with special expertise related to stormwater management that does not need to be a resident of the town. If you are interested in applying, the application period is officially open.
Transportation Projects Approved to be Submitted by the DCHC-MPO for Ranking in the Prioritization Process (P5.0)
The Board of Aldermen approved the following projects for submittal to the DCHC-MPO –
1) Three bike-ped projects including a sidepath along the north side of NC 54 from James Street/West Main Street to Anderson Park, bike lanes and a sidewalk along one side of Seawell School Road, and bike lanes along NC 86 from Farm House Road to Calvander.
2) Two new highway projects to include intersection improvements at the junction of West Main Street and James Street with a focus on bike-ped enhancements, and a highway project to enlarge a section of NC 54 from West Main to Old Fayetteville to a superstreet (or synchronized street) cross section.
3) A new high project along Old 86 and Calvander for intersection improvements possibly including a roundabout.
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