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Housing ordinance debated
By LISA BRANTLEY
The Orange County Commissioners
conducted a second public hearing this
week on a proposed minimum hous
ing code, postponing a vote on its
adoption until their next session on
The proposed code is designed to
improve the quality of renter-occupied
dwellings where sub-standard condi
tions exist and includes minimum re
quirements for plumbing, heating
electrical equipment, lighting and ven
tilation, and the use of floor space.
Among its articles, if adopted, are
provisions for the locking and secur
ing of all windows and doors, the re
painting of peeling lead-based paints
in dwellings where there are young
children, and the maintaining of a
temperature of 68 degrees in all
habitable rooms whenever the out
door temperature is 55 degrees or
Among other requirements, the or
dinance would also ban dirt floors in
any habitation and require at least one
window in all rooms opening to the
If adopted, the new ordinance,
. which would take effect in early July,
would be complaint-triggered, meaning
that inspectors would" not check
routinely for compliance but would
respond only to complaints. Failure of
the owners to correct the complaint
within 90 days after a hearing would
result in a misdemeanor and eventual
closure of the rental dwelling.
Sixteen people, including local
ministers, representatives for
Children's Protective Health Services
of Orange County, Orange County
Public Health nurses and
spokeswomen for the Orange County
Commission for Women, spoke in
favor of the ordinance during the
One Chapel Hill rental property
owner opposed passage of the or
dinance, saying that its standards were
not stringent enough and that the
county would be spending money to
accomplish little unless the re
quirements were made stiffer. He said
local landlords should have had more
input in the drafting of the ordinance,
a position that was shared by commis
sion member Shirley Marshall. "I
think we should go ahead and pass
this ordinance and see how it works
for several months and then work out
the details with those involved to
make it as effective as possible," Mar
The need for immediate implemen
tation was echoed by one of the or
dinance's authors, Keith Aldridge,
"There's not a one of us here who
believes in these standards being ade
quate, but we must strike a balance
between the ordinance and what is
now. This minimum code may be ad
ded to or changed later."
When the ordinance comes back
before the county commission in Feb.,
several parts will have been clarified in
accordance with recommendations by
Dorothy Bernholz, Director of Legal
Services for Orange County.
"Landlords tend to hang their hats,
on minimum standards and the ordi
nance as it is will produce needless
litigation because of definitional prob
lems," Bernholz said.
In the meeting Bernholz also added
a concern for the unspecified maimer
in which complaints are to be filed.
"If a tenant has to go to Hillsborough
to file a complaint, I don't think
they'll do it," she said. "Tenants will
feel that they'll be met at the door by
the landlord's lawyer."
In other decisions reached Tuesday,
the county commission denied two
separate rezoning request from land
owners James P. Goforth and Dennis
Howell. The first request involved a
proposal to rezone approximately 45
acres north of the Weaver Dairy Road
and south of the 1-40 corridor from
residential-1 to residential-8 for the
purpose of commercial development.
The second denied petition involved
a three-acre lot south of Weaver Dairy
Road and east of North Carolina 86
which the owner had requested to
have changed from residential-1 to
tion. The arguments for denying the
requests centered largely on right-of-way
into Weaver Dairy Road and the
problem of traffic capacity in the area
until the road is widened to four lanes
under Chapel Hill's adopted
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UNC-Duke propose consumer safety plan
By MELISSA HOLLAND
A proposal which would eventually lower costs and in
crease i he safety of consumer products has been
developed by researchers at UNC in coordination with
researchers at Duke University.
Ellen Peirce, a lawyer on the faculty of the UNC
School of Business Administration, along with her hus
band, Daniel Graham, a professor of economics at
Duke, devised the plan and presented it at a conference
dealing with "policy options for catastrophic losses" at
Stanford University in October.
Their proposal challenges current liability laws which
often award consumers full compensation in accident
cases, even if the consumer contributes to the cause of
Titled "trirt Hhilitv " the current liability law fails to
recognize what is known in legal circles as "contributory
negligence," which means that the consumer is, at least
in part, responsible for an accident involving a manufac
Peirce and Graham proposed that a better rule would
tax producers for only a percentage of the amount of the
cause of the accident.
"Most states hold that if a product injures a consumer
and is defective, the manufacturer is liable for the in
juries," Peirce said. "So in order to protect himself in
case of lawsuit, the manufacturer builds the price of the
insurance into the cost of the product. When you buy a
lawnmower, you're really buying two things, the
lawnmower plus insurance from the manufacturer."
Peirce and Graham also proposed that a better rule
would be one that encouraged the consumer and the pro
ducer to share the risk of an accident. Instead of the
courts assuming that the manufacturer was always at
fault, they would determine to what extent each party
contributed to an accident.
"Suppose you were mowing your lawn and cut off
toe on the mower," Peirce said. "Suppose there was a
defect in the lawnmower and that you were wearing san
dals rather than shoes while mowing. Both of you helped
increase the chance of the accident the manufacturer
by creating the defect and you by wearing unsafe
. Thus, the proposal would urge both buyer and seller
to use extreme care in operating and manufacturing a
product, which in turn would bring down the price of
"insuring" a product and increase the safety of the pro
duct, added Peirce.
Peirce and Graham are in the process of revising their
proposal and plan to publish it in the Journal of Legal
Clinic offers comprehensive, economical care
By HEATHER HAY
Wellness and a comprehensive ap
proach to health care are the main con
cerns of the nurse practitioners who staff
the Health Maintenance Clinic, according
to the clinic's coordinator,
i The Health Maintenance Clinic, run by
the UNC School of Medicine, was
established in 1980. It is geared toward
teaching people how to take care of their
health, according to Mary Lyn Fields, the
program's coordinator and instructor in
the School of Nursing. Treatment is also
available for tbrc wYr have minor acute
or chronic stable illnesses, such as
diabetes and hypertension, Fields said.
Services, which are primarily paid for by
a grant and minor patient charges, are
available to anyone.
The services offered by the clinic,
located in the North Carolina Memorial
Hospital include complete physicals, lab
tests, contraceptive and sexuality counsel
ing. "The nurse practitioners here are
concerned with the patient's total well
being, not just what diseases he or she
may have," Fields said.
Fields said services offered by .the
clinic that students may be interested in
include breast exams. Pap smears, and
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The clinic does not insert IUD's, but it
does fit diaphragms and prescribe birth
control pills, she said.
A student visiting the center for a
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weight, or need to reduce tension, Fields
said. "As factors that influence that per
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important to a nurse practitioner," she
said. "An entire visit may consist com
pletely of talking."
The clinic is not affiliated with the Stu
dent Health Service but is run by the
Department of Medicine. A 15-minute
appointment costs $15, a half-hour costs
$30, and an hour costs $40. Those costs
do not include lab. work, Fields said.
The clinic is staffed completely by
women, which distinguishes it from other
health care facilities. Fields said.
The clinic is ?!ao different from other
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nurse praakioners who work in consulta
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who are certified to perform selected
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