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Posted on: October 18, 2022

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Carrboro Yard Waste Collection Info

Have you noticed leaf piles around town? It’s certainly that time of year. The Town of Carrboro would like to remind everyone that leaves should not be piled into traffic lanes, bike lanes or sidewalks, as they become a dangerous public safety hazard.

“Please help our community improve travel safety for all, especially cyclists and pedestrians, by putting out your leaves close to your collection day, and not placing leaves in the street or blocking sidewalks, bike lanes, or storm drains,” said Interim Public Works Director Daniel Snipes. 

Residents should also check collection schedules for yard waste and leaves, so that piles do not remain at the curb longer than necessary. 

Typically, residents receive yard waste and loose-leaf collection twice per month, either on the first and third Mondays of the month or the second and fourth Mondays of the month. It’s important to note that although the collection day is Monday, depending on the volume of material placed at the curb, the routes may take more than one day to complete.  

Requirements for Leaf Pickup

  • Don’t put leaves in the street or block sidewalks, bike lanes or storm drains.
  • Optional use of a roll-out cart which is collected with an automated side loader refuse truck. 
  • No plastic or paper bags are allowed.
  • Keep the gutter clear. Allow at least 1 foot between the curb and the leaves.
  • Don't block stormwater grates.
  • Loose leaves waste must be free of all debris.  No dirt, sod, rock, or concrete. 
  • Separate loose leaves and brush. Piles that contain limbs, brush or other yard waste will not be picked up.
  • Place your leaf piles away from trees that have overhanging branches less than 14 feet from the ground, or lower branches that protrude into the lane of travel. These branches pose hazards to our equipment.
  • Park vehicles at least 10 feet away from piles.
  • Do not place leaves in lanes of travel (bike lanes/travel lanes).
  • Help keep your neighborhood safe for people walking, biking, and driving by placing your trash, recycling and yard waste carts where they don't block the sidewalk, bike lane, or traffic flow.

Facts

  • Loose leaves are picked up at no extra charge to our residents. 
  • This program helps to keep gutters and storm drainage grates clean and working properly through the winter.
  • Carrboro’s Loose Leaf Collection Program is year-round. 
  • Often, when residents see our machinery approaching, they will come out and move their parked vehicles so we can access their leaf piles more easily. The crews appreciate this, as it makes the process go more smoothly.
  • The Town recycles leaves as compost. Diverting these natural materials from the solid waste stream helps extend the usable landfill space and keeps methane-producing materials out of the landfill. FREE leaf compost is available to Carrboro residents. http://www.ci.carrboro.nc.us/2300/FREE-Leaf-Compost 
  • With appreciation and recognition to the New Hope Audubon Society, the Town is encouraging residents to follow their "Leave the Leaves" initiative. Leaving leaves where they fall, or close thereby, saves time and money and recycles nutrients into the local ecosystem. http://townofcarrboro.org/2610/NEW-Leave-the-Leaves 

More information is available at http://townofcarrboro.org/2615/Loose-Leaf-Collection   Contact Carrboro Public Works at (919) 918-7425 or PWorks@townofcarrboro.org   

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Welcome to Carrboro

Carrboro residents to benefit from major investments approved by Town Council

Carrboro residents to benefit from major investments in affordable housing, community infrastructure including bike-ped improvements, improvements to parks and economic development 

Projects advance Council goals and policies; racial equity and inclusion; and environmental justice

CARRBORO, N.C. -- Carrboro residents will benefit from major investments in affordable housing, infrastructure, and bike-ped and parks projects following this month’s Town Council approval of a $6.7 million spending plan for American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) funds.

Highlights of the spending plan include improvements at parks across town including renovation of Baldwin Park; bike-ped improvements; grants to local small businesses and training for minority businesses and entrepreneurs, and investments to create new units of affordable housing and home energy efficiency renovations.

The funds were provided to the town under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021/Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, approved by Congress in spring 2021. The Act authorizes specific projects related to mitigating the impacts of COVID-19, addressing the negative economic impacts, replacing lost public sector revenue, and making investments in infrastructure such as water, sewer and broadband. All funds must be spent by Dec. 31, 2026.

"These are important investments in the people of Carrboro,” said Mayor Damon Seils. “Many of the projects advance priorities the community has had for some time and that have become more pressing during the pandemic."

See full article here http://www.carrboronc.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2292 .

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Graphic shows new temporary traffic pattern for Roberson, Maple, and Carr St. beginning Oct. 31


Traffic Alert: New Traffic Pattern for Roberson, Carr and Maple streets

Beginning on Monday, Oct. 31, a new one-way traffic pattern will be implemented around the construction site of The 203 Project on S. Greensboro Street. 

This will affect traffic movement on Roberson (westbound only), Maple (northbound only) and Carr (eastbound only) streets. This will affect traffic movement around the project site only. 

For accessing the Libba Cotten Bikeway, cyclists are encouraged to use Carr Street to avoid oncoming traffic on Roberson Street. 

As a reminder, the public parking lot at this site is now closed. Alternative public parking lots are located around town and a parking map can be viewed here: http://www.carrboronc.gov/DocumentCenter/View/11225/Carrboro-Parking-Map-?bidId= 

The 203 Project development will be the future home of Carrboro Recreation, Parks and Cultural Resources; Orange County Southern Branch Library; Orange County Skills Development Center; WCOM Radio; a teen center and performance/multipurpose uses. The 203 Project will provide opportunities for education, art and community connection. 

More information is available at http://townofcarrboro.org/1151/The-203-Project 

Questions can be directed to the203project@carrboronc.gov

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Check out all our Halloween events coming up

Virtual Pumpkin Carving/Decorating Contest

The Carrboro Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Resources Department presents a Virtual Pumpkin Carving/Decorating Contest for 2022! 

How to Enter:

  • Submit a photo of your carved or decorated pumpkin to dhughes@townofcarrboro.org
  • Include in your photo a sign that reads, "Carrboro 2022"
  • Submit photo by 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26
  • Please remember that this is a kid-friendly event and CRPCRD reserves the rights to deny entries deemed inappropriate

Photos will be posted, and “Best of Show” winner will be announced on the Carrboro Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Resources Department Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/carrbororec/) on Friday, Oct. 28.

Music and Stories Under the Stars

The Carrboro Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Resources Department and Weaver Street Market –Carrboro present "Music and Stories Under the Stars" on Friday, Oct. 21, from 5 p.m. -7 p.m. at Weaver Street Market Lawn, 101 E Main St.

Grab a blanket and/or low back chair, sit back, and enjoy the music and stories! 

A costume contest will be held for children 12 and under, register onsite from 5 to 5:50 p.m. Winners announced before the stories begin.

Halloween Carnival

The Carrboro Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Resources Department would like to invite you and your family to come out and enjoy a fun night of carnival games on Friday, Oct. 28 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W Main St.

We boast a host of carnival style activities that reward the children’s participation with a wickedly good prize bag (while supplies last).

Popcorn, hot chocolate and apple cider will be sold at the concession booth and Ta Contento Mex Fast Food Truck will be on-site!

Halloween Movie Night

Join us for a Halloween Movie Night, 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. at Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W Main St. 

Bring a blanket and a few friends to watch Tim Burton's Corpse Bride. The movie starts at 7 p.m. and is free for all to enjoy.

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Thank you for slowing down for poetry

There was a great turnout for Carrboro’s 17th annual West End Poetry Festival this past weekend. Pictured here are poet laureates Fred Joiner (our existing poet laureate through January 2023) and Liza Wolff-Francis (newly selected poet laureate to begin in 2023). 

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Carrboro Town Council Group Photo June 2022

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

Coming Up
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 week's meeting was canceled in observance of Yom Kippur. 

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 publiccomment@carrboronc.gov to reach the Town Clerk.  

Past Meeting 
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 

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NAACP 75th


Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP Founding Day

 Mayor Damon Seils has proclaimed Sunday, Oct. 23, to be Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP Founding Day in Carrboro. 

The proclamation recognizes the 75th anniversary of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which first convened on October 23, 1947, in Chapel Hill at what is now called the Hargraves Community Center. 

The anniversary theme “Honor the Past. Build the Future” will be explored through several events designed to bring the community together during the month of October, including: 

  • 75th anniversary gala at the Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel on Oct. 22
  • Founding Day commemoration on Oct. 23 

“I encourage all residents to participate in the Diamond Anniversary events, to reflect on the history of the movement for equal rights in our community, and to recommit to the fight to end race-based discrimination in Carrboro and beyond,” Mayor Seils said. 

Local historian Mike Ogle stated that: “Black Americans had been fighting back for generations, during slavery and in the eight decades since, each successive generation making more gains and then demanding more. But progress had been slow and painful. Now it was becoming apparent that they did not intend to live under Jim Crow much longer. In Chapel Hill, we faced what would infamously be called ‘candy-coated racism.’ In Carrboro, a sundown town dangerous for Black people to venture into at night past the railroad tracks, there was nothing sweet about it.” 

Read the complete resolution at http://www.carrboronc.gov/DocumentCenter/View/11934/2022-Chapel-Hill-Carrboro-NAACP-Founding-Day and learn more about the anniversary at https://naacp75.com/

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Early Voting 2022 web

Early voting begins this week

Orange County offers early voting to all registered Orange County voters who wish to vote early, in-person rather than voting absentee by mail or on Election Day.

Visit the Orange County website ( https://orangecountync.gov/1116/Early-Voting ) to learn more and to view the full schedule.

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Culminating Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Attendees to the celebration at Carrboro Town Commons on Friday, Oct. 14, enjoyed music, crafts, food and a performance by Tlazothzin Dance Group. 

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Gallop & Gorge 8k 2022

Gallop & Gorge 8K Race coming to Carrboro

The Gallop & Gorge 8K is the third race in the 18th annual Le Tour de Carrboro race series.

Registration for this year’s race will be through RunSignUp, with on-line registration closing at 9pm on Tuesday, November 22nd. Bib pickup & registration will be available at Fleet Feet Sports in Carrboro on Wednesday, November 23rd, and race day morning.

Please refer to the race website for race day parking details.

The race starts at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, the course starts and finishes in front of Weaver Street Market, 101 E Weaver St.

Since the inception of the Le Tour series, over $600,000 has been donated to local non-profit organizations.

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Carrboro Recreation, Parks & Cultural Resources Department October Newsletter and Calendar

Carrboro Recreation, Parks & Cultural Resources October 2022 Monthly Newsletter and Calendar

The Recreation, Parks and Cultural Resources Department publishes a newsletter highlighting events and courses featured for the month ahead.  

Follow this link to see the October Newsletter: https://www.townofcarrboro.org/DocumentCenter/View/1913/Monthly-Events-Newsletter?bidId

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Paper Shredding in Orange County

The Shred Center, at the administrative building at 1206 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill, is available by appointment. Residents can call 919-968-2788 or email recycling@orangecountync.gov to schedule an appointment. Shredding for residents is on Wednesdays. The Shred Center has not replaced shred-a-thons, which will still be scheduled.

Orange County Shred-a-thons

Orange County Solid Waste Management will hold two free Shred-A-Thons in October. Bring your confidential documents for free, secure, and contact-free shredding and recycling. The event is open to residents of Orange County and Chapel Hill, local government employees, and small businesses.

There is a limit of four boxes or bags. Papers must be in clear plastic bags (up to 13 gallons) or boxes (no larger than a banker box). One trip per household or organization. No newspapers, magazines, or catalogs.

The first Shred-A-Thon will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, at the Eubanks Road Park & Ride Lot, 1768 Eubanks Road, in Chapel Hill.

On Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, another Shred-A-Thon will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the recycling drop-off site behind Home Depot at Hampton Pointe in Hillsborough.

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Walk & Roll to School 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined in to walk and roll to Carrboro Elementary on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. A large group of participants posed with Mayor Damon Seils at Wilson Park before they made their way to school.

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COMMUNITY PLANNING MONTH

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.”

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Diwali

Happy Diwali 

To all those celebrating, happy Diwali. May your Diwali be free from darkness and abundant with light.

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