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Board of Aldermen Meeting Summary

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen met on Tuesday, September 19, 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.

Bike/Walk to School Month and Day
Mayor Lavelle proclaimed October as Carrboro Walk/Bike to School Month and October 4, 2017 as Carrboro Walk/Bike to School Day.  Please check the Town’s website for information on walk/bike to school month activities!

DACA Renewal Information Session and Free DACA Renewal Clinic
El Centro Hispano with the support of the Town of Carrboro and in alliance with various community organizations invites DACA recipients to an information session Thursday the 28th of September at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Town Hall in Carrboro. They will review the documents that should be brought to the free DACA Renewal Clinic on Saturday the 30th of September from 1:30 PM to 6:00 PM at the Town Hall in Carrboro.

The information session this Thursday will have representatives from the Town of Carrboro, Immigration lawyers as well as various representatives from community organizations. The objectives of the session are the following:

1. Identify the documents that must be brought to the free clinic Saturday September 30th and provide the forms that must be filled out prior to the clinic. We will answer any questions about the process.

2. El Centro Hispano will provide information about DACA scholarships that are used to pay the DACA renewal fee of $495.00. The Town of Carrboro has some financial assistance available to cover the application renewal costs for DACA recipients residing in Carrboro who attend the information meeting and free clinic.

3. DACA recipients will have the opportunity to sign up for the DACA renewal clinic on Saturday the 30th of September in Durham.

For more information about the information session and DACA Renewal Clinic please call El Centro Hispano 919-687- 4635.

A Resolution in Support of a NCDOT Bicycle Planning Grant Application
The Board of Aldermen authorized staff to apply for funding from the NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian and the Transportation Planning Branch.  Applications are being accepted for bicycle planning grants for the 2018 cycle. The annual matching (70-30) grant program was initiated in 2004 and, to date, 183 planning grants have been awarded. The Town of Carrboro received a grant in 2007 and applied the funding approximately $45,000) toward the development of the Comprehensive Bicycle Transportation Plan, which was subsequently adopted in March 2009.

An update of the bike plan aligns well with the Town’s interest in seeking gold status in the League of American Bicyclists, Bicycle Friendly Communities Program during the upcoming round of consideration.

Update on the Status of NCDOT Transportation Projects
1) Estes Drive and North Greensboro Street
The project, funded and managed by NCDOT, has been scheduled for design work in FY2017 and construction in FY2018. A public input session was held in Town Hall on November 14, 2016, and staff subsequently participated in a field inspection meeting at NCDOT’s district office in Graham on April 25, 2017. Surrounding residents and property owners received mailed notice of project in early November 2016, as part of the outreach for the public input meeting, and again in mid-July 2017, as part of the right-of way acquisition process. Staff has encouraged NCDOT to keep the roundabout as small as possible in the interest of bike-ped users of all ages, while maintaining dimensional standards necessary for all vehicles. Staff and NCDOT are also taking into consideration the need for a seamless connection to future bike-ped improvements along Estes Drive.
2) Merritt Mill/Franklin/East Main/Brewer Intersection
Conceptual intersection improvements for the five-way intersection at Merritt Mill Road, Franklin Street, East Main Street and Brewer Lane,  were programmed for funding in the 2016-2025. The project, crossing the jurisdictional line between Carrboro and Chapel Hill, has proven challenging. On August 29th, elected officials and staff from Carrboro and Chapel Hill met with NCDOT to review the status of the project.  At the close of the August meeting, a representative from the NCDOT Board noted a possibility of another federal funding source that might be available for use toward the bike-ped improvements in the project.  NCDOT staff is researching the federal funding option as well as the development of schematic designs showing the suggested bike-ped improvements.
Receipt of Public Comments on Concept Plan Options for Possible Design Options for Development of the 203 South Greensboro Street Property Including Contemplated Orange County Southern Branch Library
The Board of Aldermen heard a report from architect Jim Spencer regarding possible concept plans, project schedule, parking scenarios (onsite and offsite), street designs, and partnership elements.  Staff was directed to continue to research parking scenarios (public/private) and to continue working with Orange County.  Future updates will be forthcoming.
Presentation on the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Alternative Analysis
The Board of Aldermen received a presentation from Andy Henry with the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) on the development of the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) with a focus on Alternative Analysis.  The MTP lists highway, transit and bike-ped transportation projects to address future transportation infrastructure needs. Projects must be included in the MTP for consideration in the prioritization process for the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

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