Carrboro Music Festival This Sunday!
CARRBORO, N.C. -- The 25th Annual Carrboro Music Festival is scheduled to take place at venues all over the Downtown Carrboro area on Sunday, Oct. 2. The daylong festival starts at 1 p.m.
Established in 1998, the festival was originally held on June 21 as an official affiliate of the Fête de la Musique, which is also known as 'Make Music Day'.
One of the largest free music festivals in North Carolina, the Carrboro Music Festival will host more than 100 acts on stages all over Carrboro, with no tickets required.
There is also a festival mobile app! Released this year, the mobile app is available by searching 'Carrboro Music Festival' in your app store.
Venues include traditional sites such as Cat’s Cradle, The ArtsCenter, and Weaver Street Market lawn as well as new locales including Craftboro at South Green, 401 Main, and Dingo Dog Brewing Company. A Festival Guide & Map is available, along with a sortable Excel database to search bands by name, genre, location, and time.
For more information, please visit carrboromusicfestival.com
Monitoring severe weather: Hurricane Ian
UPDATE for Friday, Sept. 30 2022 (9 a.m.) -- Hurricane Ian was downgraded for a time, but has returned to hurricane force winds. A flash flood watch is in effect, and we anticipate three to six inches of rain throughout the storm. The most significant effects are expected Friday, with conditions improving Saturday morning. Carrboro Fire-Rescue, Police and Public Works departments are working together to respond to potential effects from the storm. The Stormwater Division is also monitoring the storm, which is expected to bring intense rain in a short period of time. Although we can’t prevent flooding, our staff teams have been doing as much possible to prepare for and reduce impacts. Please stay home if possible!
Check for news and weather updates at weather.gov/rah/. A detailed storm tracker can be found here: https://zoom.earth/storms/ian-2022/.
Access emergency information from agencies serving Carrboro at https://townofcarrboro.org/2633/Emergency-Resources-Carrboro-Ready
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Carrboro Music Festival
Carrboro Recreation, Parks and Cultural Resources Department organizers of the Carrboro Music Festival on Sunday, Oct. 2, have posted information in the event of rain. Many of the venues for the music festival are indoors and those should not be affected unless we were to experience widespread power loss. Some outdoor venues have an option to move indoors. Those outdoor venues that do not have an indoor option may be cancelled if we receive heavy rain or high wind with rain that may affect sensitive electrical equipment and instruments.
Any schedule changes will be communicated via the website at www.carrboromusicfestival.com along with the Town’s social media channels. The Recreation, Parks and Cultural Resources Weather Information Line will also be used in the event of a cancellation or change in scheduling. That number is 919-918-7373.
Le Tour de Carrboro is monitoring Hurricane Ian and its impact on the Carrboro 10K this Saturday. Visit their website at https://cardinaltrackclub.com/?fbclid=IwAR1bJHGzU2nexECoygII_5OKpxSqxUoHf0jgLvlGmp39HepthW5_Ew6tuUc or their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/letourdecarrboro for updates.
The Town of Carrboro’s Public Works and Stormwater Management teams are clearing many culverts and storm drains to reduce flooding. Just as crews check for issues on public property, residents can help ensure the drainage systems in their yards and neighborhoods continue functioning properly during and after a storm.
- If you experience flooding, use the online reporting form at https://tocgis.ci.carrboro.nc.us/Carrboro/FloodReport/ If it is an emergency situation contact 911.
- Contact the Stormwater Hotline at 919-913-2999 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Stormwater Service Requests can also be requested online at https://townofcarrboro.org/FormCenter/Public-Works-Department-23/Stormwater-Service-Request-134
Reporting Power Outages
A power outage is NOT an emergency. Please call your local power company to report an outage.
Duke Energy - https://www.duke-energy.com/outages
- Contact the Customer Service line at 800-777-9898 to report and learn why there is an outage.
- Sign up for text messages to alert you of outages at your home, the estimated restoration time, and (afterward) the cause. Text OUT to 57801.
- Use the Duke Energy app. https://www.duke-energy.com/home/products/duke-energy-app
- Call 800-449-2667 or 800-222-3107.
- Voice instructions will direct you through the system.
- Online: https://pemc.smarthub.coop/Login.html Text “pemc” to 800-222-3107. Then text “#out” to report an outage. For outage updates, text “#status”.
The week of Sept. 24 to Oct. 2 is “Diaper Need Awareness Week."
Carrboro is proud to be home to trusted community-based organizations including Diaper Bank of North Carolina that recognize the importance of diapers in ensuring health and providing economic stability for families and thus distribute diapers to families through various channels.
Learn how you give or receive assistance at ncdiaperbank.org
Town Council Update
Meeting agendas and updates are issued from the Town Clerk’s Office. To receive these by email or text, sign up for Carrboro Town News at carrboronc.gov/signup
Civic involvement is a valued tradition in our community. Reach the Town Council with your ideas, views, and questions at Council@carrboronc.gov
The Town Council will meet next at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, to consider an agenda that will be posted at carrboro.legistar.com
This in-person meeting will be held at Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St. Members of the public are welcome to attend in person or can view the livestream at carrboro.legistar.com OR YouTube.com/CarrboroNC OR Cable TV 18 (in Carrboro).
To submit a comment on this agenda, please contact email@example.com to reach the Town Clerk.
The Carrboro Town Council met Tuesday, Sept. 20, and took the following actions on the agenda posted at https://bit.ly/3SdrC3g
- Authorized implementation of a compensation and classification study designed to increase town employees’ pay to more competitive levels. A study showed that the town’s pay rates were 7.5% below similar governmental entities, contributing to vacancies across departments. The plan will provide all employees with a 2% across-the-board pay adjustment, increase starting salaries, and make internal pay adjustments. Read the news release at https://www.townofcarrboro.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2262
- Authorized the Town Manager to accept two Community Climate Action Grant awards from Orange County and to enter into agreements with Orange County for grant administration. The Town has been awarded two grants from Orange County through the Community Climate Action Grant Program in the amount of $44,300, for the installation of a green roof and a PV solar array on the west roof of the 203 S. Greensboro Project and for a part-time employee to monitor food waste collection at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market for one year.
- Received an update on traffic calming measures, identified as an installation of a speed table and a new stop sign, for Starlite Drive.
- Reviewed draft policies for the expenditure of American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (ARP/CSLFRF).
- Held a work session to consider a proposed allocation list on the use of ARP/CSLFRF and provide feedback. The proposed allocation and expenditure list is based on the work of the Town's ARPA Work Group, comprised of department directors and other staff members who reviewed the ARP/CSLFRF allowable activities and sought to align them with identified needs gained from interviews with nonprofits, BIPOC roundtables, community engagements, surveys and other means. More information available at https://bit.ly/3R7j110
The previous Town Council Update from the Sept. 13 meeting is available at https://www.carrboronc.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2249
About the Town Council
The Town Council, which is the legislative and policy-making body for Carrboro, comprises Mayor Damon Seils, Mayor Pro Tempore Susan Romaine, Council Member Barbara Foushee, Council Member Randee Haven-O’Donnell, Council Member Danny Nowell, Council Member Eliazar Posada, and Council Member Sammy Slade. More information is available at http://carrboronc.gov/248/Town-Council
New Bollards for Shetley Bikeway
In response to safety concerns expressed by residents, Carrboro Public Works have installed new bollards on the Frances Shetley Bikeway, which provides access to Carrboro Elementary School. The new bollards are on the northern end near the roundabout.
Carrboro observes Community Planning Month
The American Planning Association has designated the month of October 2022 as National Community Planning Month, and the Town of Carrboro is on board! Mayor Damon Seils has proclaimed the observance locally.
“I encourage all residents to celebrate the contributions made by the professional planners of Carrboro and our neighboring communities; and to recognize the dedication of the members of our numerous advisory boards and commissions and other community members who regularly contribute their time and talents to the improvement of Carrboro,” Mayor Seils said. “Furthermore, I encourage residents to become advocates for and participants in the implementation of our award-winning Carrboro Connects comprehensive plan.”
The ArtsCenter Celebrates Groundbreaking
Community gathered for a festive groundbreaking on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, to mark the beginning of renovations at its future home at 400 Roberson St.
The ArtsCenter's redevelopment has a target opening date of late spring-early summer 2023.
Mayor Damon Seils spoke at the groundbreaking, noting that the center will continue to enliven downtown and find synergies with the nearby civic building and branch library, which is under construction at 203 S. Greensboro St.
Learn more at https://artscenterlive.org/imagine-more/
A Path for Hope: Suicide Prevention and Awareness Walk
On Thursday, Sept. 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the suicide prevention and awareness walk will begin at Leigh Farm Park located at 370 Leigh Farm Road, Durham NC 27707. The event is hosted by Orange County Health Department, Durham County Department of Public Health, Alliance Health, Insight Humans Services and Healthy Carolinians of Orange County. Prior to the walk, community members will gather to hear featured speaker, Rwenshaun Miller, who believes that mental wellness begins with a conversation. Miller is an award-winning psychotherapist whose personal mission is to shift our society into one that acknowledges, addresses, and treats mental health challenges. Miller is the Founder and Executive Director of Eustress Inc., a non-profit based in North Carolina.
206 pairs of shoes will be on display to honor the 206 Durham and Orange County community members who lost their lives to suicide from 2016 to 2020. Gently used shoes, which will be donated after the event to those in need, are needed in advance of the event. To donate shoes or for questions about the walk, email Willa Robinson Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org for Durham County or Ashley Rawlinson at email@example.com for Orange County or call (919) 245-2440.
EV Rodeo coming to Carrboro
CARRBORO, N.C. – Saddle up, cowhands! The EV Rodeo is coming to Carrboro!
Explore various electric vehicles, test ride EV bikes, and bring the kids out for veggie-mobile races from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main St.
The event is sponsored by Climate Reality Orange County (CROCC), the Triad Electric Vehicle Association (TEVA) of North Carolina, and the Town of Carrboro.
The public is invited to explore multiple electric vehicles including the Chevy Volt and Bolt, Kia EV6, Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius Prime, Teslas and more. Owners of these electric vehicles will share mileage ranges, charging options, costs, and will answer questions about EVs.
Learn the difference between hybrid plug-ins and all electric vehicles. Diverse types of EVs including e-bikes and e-motorcycles will also be available.
Help your kids build their own veggie-mobiles and participate in races.
For more information, contact Margie Muenzer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Progress for affordable housing
Perry Place is really coming along! This CASA community straddling the Carrboro-Chapel Hill line will provide 48 homes affordable to households between 30% and 60% of our area’s median income. The project is made possible by housing tax credits, donors like Strowd Roses, and grants from local governments—including a $300,000 investment from the Town of Carrboro, NC. Look out for a ribbon cutting this winter!
Chag Sameach to all who are observing Yom Kippur!