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Report to the Community: Fiscal Year 2010-2011

The Town of Carrboro would like to recognize the following noteworthy activities and milestones from Fiscal Year 2010-2011. For more information about this report, please contact Matt Efird at MEfird@townofcarrboro.org or call 919-918-7314.

Board Priority: Diversify revenue stream to maintain ethnic and economic diversity

  • Applied for and received a total of $940,872 in grant funds for various Town initiatives during FY 2010.
  • Awarded $75,000 from the Southeastern Energy Alliance/US Department of Energy in partnership with the Town of Chapel Hill
  • Awarded a $24,900 grant by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), Division of Public Health, for planning activities to encourage physical activity and active lifestyles.
  • Received $75,000 in grant funding from the Recreational Trails Program. The grant funding will be used for construction materials for Phase 1A of the Bolin Creek Greenway from Wilson Park to Estes Drive.

Board Priority: Improve walkability and public transportation

  • Approved Design of Smith Level Road Improvements, including pedestrian and bicycle improvements.
  • Approved Municipal Agreement with NCDOT and Capital Project Ordinance for Design and Construction of a Sidewalk on Rogers Road.
  • Approved Municipal Agreement with NCDOT for Design and Construction of Phase 1B of the Bolin Creek Greenway.
  • Approved “road diet” concept for W. Main Street and authorized related traffic and safety study.
  • Bicycle Facility Improvements:
    • Brewer Ln. – Added shared lane pavement markings (“sharrows”).
    • Pathway Dr. from Parkview Ave. to Cates Farm Rd. – Increased bike lane width on each side of the road to 6 ft., from 5 ft.
    • W. Poplar Ave. from W. Main St. to NC 54 – Increased bike lane width on each side of the road to 6 ft., from 5 ft.
  • Completed Bim Street and Ashe Street Sidewalk Construction.
  • Completed engineering design for Elm Street sidewalk project.
  • Completed Safe Routes to School Action Plan.
  • Designated May 2011 as Bike Month and May 16-20, 2011 as Bike to Work Week.
  • Designated October 2010 as Carrboro Walk/Bike to School Month and October 6th, 2010, as Carrboro Walk/Bike to School Day.
  • Entered into revised supplemental agreement with NCDOT for Morgan Creek Greenway Design.
  • Held Walk/Bike to School Day at Carrboro and McDougle Elementary October 6th.
  • Police Department designed and implemented Pedestrian Safety Operation Plan and conducted speed enforcement campaigns and directed patrols in order to improve walkability.
  • Provided extensive staff support for the Chapel Hill Transit Comprehensive Operations Analysis and Orange County Transit Planning process.
  • Started Weaver Street Reconstruction Project.

Board Priority: Encourage development that is compact, dense, and appeals to diverse lifestyles and incomes

  • Approved Conditional Use Permit for Veridia.
  • Approved Parking Lot Lease that paves the way for construction to begin on 300 E. Main Project.
  • Ballentine Architecturally Integrated Subdivision and Lloyd Harbor Architecturally Integrated Subdivision began construction.
  • Carrboro Inspections staff were early implementers of an important change in the building code that came into effect in the middle of the fiscal year.  This change requires Carbon Monoxide detectors in all single-family and multifamily residences whenever a building permit is needed and when any gas equipment is replaced.  Town staff made permit applicants and staff of other jurisdictions aware of the change.
  • Claremont, Winmore, and The Legends all continued steady construction.
  • Construction began on a daycare within the Winmore development.
  • Construction continues on Won Buddhism Temple.
  • Held Design Workshops for Northern Study Area/Eubanks Rd and Old NC 86 site.
  • Implemented use of Stormwater Review checklists to streamline engineering review of land use/development permit applications
  • Provided information online about major development applications and concept plan submittals. See Development Activity Report at http://www.townofcarrboro.org/pzi/zoning.htm

Board Priority: Enhance and sustain quality of life/place issues for everyone

  • Adopted Resolution in Support of Earth Hour.
  • Capstone Presentation: Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report – September 2010-April 2011.
  • Completed Design for Wilson Park Bathroom Construction (will be constructed early FY11-12).
  • Continued Wi-Fi services for downtown and Town Hall area. A total of 28 wireless access hotspots are installed that support an average of 250+ users per day. 
  • Coordinated street closings for 4 road races.
  • Enacted state-required Jordan Watershed Riparian Buffer Protection Ordinance to improve environmental protection of the riparian buffers and streams that flow into Jordan Lake.
  • Engaged UNC Institute for the Environment Capstone Team in supporting climate action planning activities.
  • Expanded Recreation & Parks Offerings.
    • Financial & Healthcare Planning Fair
    • Zumba Classes
    • Family Fun Sunday
    • Intermediate Piano Classes
    • Advanced Digital Photography
    • No Sew Blanket Making
    • Active Life Ice Cream Social
    • Baseball Pitching Class
    • Community-Based Programs (Tennis and Soccer at Abbey Court and Estes Park Communities)
  • Held annual CD & Record Show.
  • Held Carrboro Centennial Celebration.
  • Held six major community events through Recreation & Parks Department: Carrboro Music Festival, Carrboro Film Festival, Carrboro Day/Centennial Celebration, July 4th Event, West End Poetry Festival, Orange County Egg Hunt.
  • Held Town-wide Energy Fair.
  • Implemented Carrboro WISE Program, approved design of residential retrofit program, approved 1st Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan.
  • Launched Prescription Discount Card Program.
  • Named Tree City USA for 26th Year – conducted annual Arbor Day observance.
  • Offered 252 Recreation & Parks Programs, serving 22,667 total participants.
  • Opened New Fire Station on Homestead Road.
  • Participated in Bolin Creek Watershed Restoration team for the past four years.
    • Installed cistern and bioretention area at McDougle School (with associated curriculum integration and community outreach/education).
    • Planned for streambank stabilization/restoration along a short section of Dry Gulch.
    • Continued monitoring of runoff from Pacifica to measure the effectiveness of stormwater management and low impact development (LID) practices.
    • Completed construction of Demonstration Rain Garden at Town Hall.
  • Partnered with other local law enforcement agencies, during narcotics investigations and anticipate receipt of $61,613 from narcotics seizures.
  • Provided Fire and Community Safety Programs.
    • Apartment safety program.
    • Area summer camps, including Victory Junction, and Jaycees Burn Camp.
    • Bicycle helmet program.
    • CPR and First Aid training to community businesses and other groups.
    • Fire prevention and safety for area schools and during all Town of Carrboro sponsored events.
    • Highway Patrol Stroll parade.
    • Installation of fire suppression sprinkler systems for Habitat for Humanity.
  • Recognized the completion of construction for the environmental restoration and stormwater management efforts at Baldwin Park (pursued collaboratively with Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University); held recognition ceremony and outreach events.
  • Submitted Google Application on behalf of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and UNC-Chapel Hill for initiative to identify "testbed" communities that will help the company demonstrate new capabilities enabled by faster and better broadband access.  
  • Using authority granted through a Town charter amendment in 2009, the Town enacted an ordinance to prevent subdivision restrictive covenants from prohibiting installation of devices related to energy generation and conservation or water conservation.

Other Items of Note

  • Approved FY 2011-2012 Budget with no tax increase for third straight year, while maintaining current service levels, avoiding layoffs, furloughs or reducing employee benefits.
  • Assisted the U.S. Census Bureau in communicating and encouraging participation in the 2010 Census.
  • Board of Aldermen adopted Code of Ethics and received Ethics training.
  • Hired New Finance Director - July 2010.
  • Hired New Town Clerk - October 2010.
  • Hired New Community & Economic Development Director – March 2011.
  • Hired New Planning Director - May 2011.
  • Town Employees answered the call to “give until it feels good” by donating $10,642 during the Town’s annual Combined Giving Campaign. This represents an approximately 25% increase over the previous year’s donations. These donations were pledged to Community Health Charities, North Carolina Community Shares, EarthShare of North Carolina and the United Way of the Greater Triangle.
  • Town launched Social Media pages to enhance communication with citizens.
  • Town Staff offered enhanced BOA Meeting Video Archives by segmenting the videos so clips are available for each item.

Awards and Distinctions

  • Former Planning Director Roy Williford selected as recipient of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association’s (NCAPA) Robert Reiman Professional Achievement Award.
  • Received Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association.
  • Received Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association.
  • Recognized as Bicycle Friendly Community (Silver-level) by the National Bicycle Federation.  Carrboro is only the second municipality in the southeastern US to have achieved Silver-level, or higher, recognition.
  • The Town of Carrboro received recognition in the Summary Report on the Opinion Survey of Vibrant Centers (Triangle Tomorrow and ULI Triangle). Carrboro was ranked as the second in the small, vibrant center category, as well as second in the single favorite vibrant center in the Triangle region. Carrboro was also identified as the fifth most vibrant, medium center in the region.

Town Operations- By The Numbers

  • Fire- Rescue Department
    • Completed 42 carbon monoxide and smoke detector installations
    • Completed 9 Fire Investigations
    • Installed 49 Address Signs
    • Provided 1,216 Home inspections and 1,006 Business Inspections
    • Provided 2 “Remembering When” safety classes for older adults
    • Provided 280 Car seat installations
    • Provided 9 Fire Extinguisher training classes  to community businesses and other groups
    • Responded to 1,392 Calls for Service
    • Serviced and Painted 1,120 Fire Hydrants
  • Planning/Zoning/Inspections (PZI)
    • 218 permits for additions, renovations and new residential construction totaling $14,243,661
    • 45 permits for additions, renovations and new commercial construction totaling $2,383,901 
  • Public Works
    • 4,203 solid waste customers
    • 4,014 single family rollout containers
    • 189 commercial/multifamily dumpsters
    • 43.21 Miles of streets maintained (Added 3.92 miles of streets to Town system)
    • 36.7 miles of sidewalks maintained
    • 3.41 miles of bike paths maintained
    • 96 acres of parks maintained
    • 6,438 tons of solid waste collected
    • 730 tons of yard waste collected
    • 5,207 cubic yards of loose leaves collected
    • 10.14% of streets (4.38 miles) resurfaced in 10-11, projects completed 3.19% under budget.
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