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2 The Tar Heel Thursday, May 29, 1980
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By Cathy Sheets
The Chapel Hill Town Council's
Committee on Streets and Public Safety
Monday recommended tcTthe full Council ,
that a crosswalk and traffic signal be placed
on East Franklin Street in front of the
The committee also suggested a traffic
light at the existing crosswalk in the 100 .
block of East Franklin Street, in front of the
Efforts by residents in the Planetarium
area to get a crosswalk put in were renewed
after two UNC students were struck by
vehicles and injured at that location during
the first four months of this year.
There are a number of sorority and
fraternity houses in the area.
The idea of a stoplight in the 100 block
had been rej ected earlier with the argument
that it would not be attractive. "We're
going to have to stop fooling ourselves
about aesthetics," Councilman and former
Chapel Hill Mayor Jim Wallace said. "Itis
not only a safety hazard, but it has
i thoroughly clogged traffic on Franklin and
Policemen currently direct noontime
traffic at the crosswalk in front of the
Town Engineer Bill Morris said that the
lights could be synchronized between
Boundary and Columbia streets, but that
the light at the corner of Frauklin and
Columbia streets could not be
synchronized because of its two-minute
There was some question as to how.
quickly the crosswalk and lights could be
installed, because Franklin Street ,.is
maintained by the state, but committee
chairman Marilyn Boulton said she
believed that the issue could be pushed
through before the fall semester.
Town engineer Morris suggested that
street-side parking be eliminated between
the Planetarium driveway entrances, so
that pedestrians would no longer have to
walk out from between cars.
The Committee will also recommend to
the Council that the speed limit be
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. ..proposed crosswalks may help eliminate some fatalities
decreased from 55 to 25 mph between
Boundary and Hillsborough streets so that
travelers will have more warning that they
are entering a congested area.
The full Council will also consider the
committee's recommendation that the bus
stops clogging traffic on Columbia Street
in front of the Carolina Inn be moved.
Some committee members said that
widening Columbia Street in front of the
CarolinaImTAvas another possibility.
The committee will also recommend
that the speed limit on Columbia Street
between Cameron Avenue and the
Highway 15-501 by-pass be reduced from
35 to 25 mph, because persons turning off
intersecting streets have very poor visibility
on the winding parts of the road.
Existing crosswalks around campus are
on Columbia Street between Cameron
Avenue and Raleigh Street; South Road on
either side of the Bell Tower; the
intersection of Cameron Avenue and
Columbia Street; and at the Dental School
on South Campus.
By Rochelle Riley
Chancellor Christopher Fordham has
appointed a search committee to interview
and recommend candidates for the position
of affirmative action officer. The names of
the committee members cannot yet be
released because all of the appointees have
not been notified of their selection.
Fordham announced in April that he
would appoint a full-time affirmative
action officer. The position was
recommended by the Faculty Council
Committee on the Status of Women in its
report to the council in March.
The appointment of a full-time
affirmative action officer will not be an
immediate cure for employment
inequities, but it will take the University to
a new level of achievement, Fordham said.
Fordham was yesterday in the process of
contacting the chairman of the selected
committee so that the two can review and
reapprove the appointed search committee
members. The committee will begin its
search .this summer in a series of meetings
and advertiseirients in state and national
The duties of part-time affirmative
action officer have belonged to Douglass
Hunt, vice chancellor for administration
for the past 8 years.
The University has never had a full-time
affirmative action officer so there is no
special place set up to facilitate it. Vice
Chancellor Donald A. Boulton' said that
the position would benefit the entire
"An affirmative action officer helps us in
our recruiting practices, opens new
channels and makes sure that we are open
to pools of people. The official is also there
for compliance. The office of the
affirmative action official will be
somewhere where people can go and say
'I'm not being treated fairly,' " Boulton
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