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Student Body President Scott Norberg said
one of his go-fs for 1931-82 was to increase
student involvement in local government
"I'd like to see students play an active role
in town decisions," he said.
University students living in Carrboro and
Chapel Hill, like other residents of the neigh
boring towns, have the opportunity to parti
cipate in local government by attending
Chapel Hill Town Council and the Carrboro
Board of Aldermen and serving on local
But Norberg said that it was often difficult
to get students to serve on town boards.
Chapel Hi'l Town Council member ancj
University professor Joe Straley agreed. "The
number of students on the boards is not over
whelming, but we like to have students on
the boards'.,: v .
In both Carrboro and Chapel Hill, residents
interested in board positions can fill out ap
plications at the town clerk's office. When a
vacancy occurs on the boards, members re
view the applications, and the board selects
the new member.
"When there are vacancies on my board, I
push for interested students," said Robert B.
McDuffee, chairman of Carrboro's planning
Former Student Body President Bob Saun
ders presently serves on the Carrboro Plan
ning Board, but could not be reached for
Straley, who has served on the town coun
cil for two years, suggested students get to
know board members informally before sub
mitting a resume.
"Some members might discriminate against
students, but I think anyone who wants to be
on a board and is qualified can get on it" he
Council member Marilyn Boulton said she
liked to see students apply for board posi
tions. "Very often when the council sees a
student who is interested, they vote for that
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BY REN A ZEYA
The contract agreement announced Tuesday after a marathon
30-hour bargaining session between the U.S. Postal Service and its
two largest unions was met with low-key reaction in the local area.
In Raleigh, postal service spokesman Nancy Wood predicted
minimal effects from the agreement. "We did not expect any prob- -lems
in the Raleigh Sectional Center," she said. "Most of the workers
wanted to work and planned to work."
Moe Biller, president of the American Postal Workers Union, was .
joined by U.S. Postmaster General William Bolger and Vincent Sam
broito, presidentof the National Letter Carriers Association, in an
nouncing the agreement on the new three-year contract which
averted the threat of a national mail strike.
The final agreement, worth an estimated $4.8 billion in extra pay
and benefits, includes unlimited cost-of-living adjustments, and
health benefit premiums for the 500,000 workers in the two unions.
These issues were major points of dissension in earlier discussions.
The average: postal worker will receive an extra $300 in wages each
year, besides the cost of living adjustments, Biller said.
person," she said. But Boulton said she did
have one objection to students serving on
. "The worst thing is to have a student sent
to us as a representative of the entire student
body," she said. "That person should not have
to vote as the students want but rather as an
individual. A student member should serve
as a person who incidentally is a student"
Straley said student members were repre
sentatives of "interests which otherwise would
not be voiced." Two specific interests con
cerning University students within the last
year include the new noise ordinance and
the zoning for fraternity and sorority courts.
Norberg said student government repre
sentatives had worked very closely with the
council on these issues, "not as members,
but as constituents."
. Student Government Town Relations Chair
man Tony Lathrop said such student involve
ment served as an indicator to the towns
people that students were aware of public
Local postal service employees were reluctant to outline possible
consequences of a mail strike before the settlement was reached.
"It will be business as usual until we get the final word on the
agreement," one Chapel Hill postal employee said Monday.
Robert Mackey, the officer in charge of Durham's postal opera
tions, stressed the need to avoid premature forecasts in the unsettled
negotiations. : . "
. "We don't anticipate any type of job actions that would affect our
operations." he said Monday. He is substituting for Postmaster Frank
Copeland, who is recovering from an illness.
Leon Phuse, vice-president of the American Postal Workers Union
in Raleigh, said he did not forsee any problems in an eventual settle
ment, but said Raleigh workers would be ready "to contend with the
situation after getting the official word from Washington."
Union officials in Washington were generally pleased with the final
"We didn't get what we wanted and that's a fact," Biller said
"However, we got enough for me to say it's a good contract and I
Lathrop serves on the Chapel' Hill Parks
and Recreation Board. He just began a three
year term on the board. "The Chapel Hill
boards are competitive, but I'm hoping that
some students on my town relations staff will
apply," he said.
McDuffee said students did not realize
what an impact they could have on local
government "In a town as small as Carrboro,
one person can have an awful lot of influence
on issues that are important to him," he said.
"Going to a town meeting is one of the
most effective things a student can do. Who-' '
ever shows up at the public meetings is the .
constituency. And you can bet the council
members aren't going to say 'no' to a group
of students who care enough to show up."
Graduate student Lee Rafalow serves on
the Carrboro Board of Adjustment "The town
recognizes that a significant part of the pop
ulation is students," he said. .
McDuffee said apartment complexes
brought much of the student population into
Carrboro. He also said Carrboro was planning
more construction, possibly for student hous
ing. This would mean even more students
coming into the community.
"They really count on a lot of students
voting in Carrboro although maybe not as
much as in Chapel Hill," Lathrop said.
Because students have not been active
voters for local elections in the past Lathrop's
town relations staff is planning a campaign
this fall to encourage higher student voter .
registration. The staff will also distribute a
brochure entitled Chapel Hill: A Town Too!,
and will set up additional polling sites on
campus for local elections.
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