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housing department and the student
n Gaining support and coopera
tion for the department's mission
from all segments of the University
Kuncl said Thursday that Boulton
will appoint five students and five
faculty or staff members to the
board. From the group, Boulton will
appoint a chairperson to serve for
a specified length of time.
Five non-voting members will also
serve on the board. Kuncl said the
ex-officio members will be the
student body president, the Resi
dence Hall Association president,
the director of Housing and Resi
dential Education, a representative
from the Office of Admissions and
a representative from the Depart
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WFRE FIGHTING FOR
By BILL YARDLEY
Students driving out of town for
Easter weekend may want to with
draw a little extra money with their
bank, cards in order to pay for gas.
v It seems that the short-lived break
from skyrocketing pump prices may
be coming to an end.
"Average gas prices are eight cents
a gallon higher than they were in
December (1986)," said Ralph
Peters, the American Automobile
Association (AAA) president for
North and South Carolina. "With
the summer vacation season coming
up, many people will be driving and
the demand for fuel will be heavy,
causing prices to increase."
The average price of a gallon of
gas in North Carolina, based on both
self-service and full-service pump
prices, rose to just above a dollar,
marking the first time in a year that
the average price has reached the
dollar mark, according to figures
released by AAA earlier this week.
Despite the high average price,
self-serve prices remain well below
a dollar at 83.6 cents per gallon for
regular and 89.4 cents pe gallon for
"What is causing the price increase
is that there is no longer a plentiful
supply of oil coming from the OPEC
nations," Peters said.
"In the past couple of years, all
of the OPEC nations have not been
able to form a completely unified
cartel because of renegade nations
AVERAGE GAS PRICES IN NORTH CAROLINA
V 7 A $1.17 i l-lo'
1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987
Source: AAA Carolina Motor Club
that were willing to lower their prices
in an attempt to underprice the
unified nations," he said. "By under
pricing the other nations, the rene
gade nations forced the rest of the
OPEC nations to compete with
Peters said that the competition
between the nations for buyers was
what caused gas prices to fall last
"However, the countries that were
underpricing the cartel in previous
years have now rejoined the majority
of OPEC nations to demand a higher
price and offer less oil at the same
time to increase demand and there
fore force buyers to pay the high
prices," he said.
Peters said that about 70 percent
of the state's 148 service stations will
be open for the holiday weekend,
compared to only about 50 percent
of the stations that were open last
year at this time.
"Our prices will stay the same
through the weekend unless we hear
something hew from our supplier,"
said Freddy Ivey, an employee at
McFarling's Exxon on West Frank
Nelson Morrow, of East Gate
Amoco at East Gate Shopping
Center, said it was hard for the
stations to know when prices would
change. "We dont know that prices
are going to change until we receive
a call from Amoco's headquarters,
which is usually the day before the
Town Council to consider proposal
for development of low-cost housing
By LEIGH ANN MCDONALD
A development group will build
34 lower-priced houses for the town's
affordable housing pilot program if
the Chapel Hill Town Council
approves the project.
The town would sell the houses
built for the program with mortgages
between $44,807 and $48,717, which
is about a 13 percent price reduction.
,The development group, com
prised of Isler and Associates of
Durham and Capricorn Construc
tion Company of Carrboro, agreed
to lower architectural fees, market
ing costs and developer's fees for the
program after negotiating with town
manager David Taylor.
"When the council first looked at
the prices for the proposed project,
they said the fees needed to be
lowered," said Chris Berndt, long
range planning coordinator for the
town. "We passed this information
on to the developers, and they agreed
to lower their fees."
"Fees are associated with risks,"
said Marshall Isler of Isler and
Associates. "We negotiated by dis
cussing who's going to take which
risks, the town or the developers."
Berndt said the council will exam
ine the project on May 11. Adver
tising for the houses will begin about
two weeks after the council approves
the development agreement.
"We will advertise for a one
month period in which people can
call and ask for an application for
the houses," Berndt said. "When we
receive the applications, we will sell
people houses on a first-come, first
serve basis, taking out the applica
tions that do not fit the criteria," he
said. , .
The criteria are: .
B Families must have an income
of less than $26,720, which is 80
percent of the area median income.
B Families must have an income
of at least $17,000.
B Families must live or work in
"Our objective is to reach the
working people such as the police,
teachers and firemen," Isler said..
Berndt said another objective of
the program is to provide housing
for the people who work in Chapel
Hill, but cannot afford to live in the
The average price of a new house
in Chapel Hill is more than $ 100,000,
but the appraisal price for the houses
in the program is $75,000 to $80,000,
The houses will be single-family
detached houses, Isler said.. People
can buy the houses in one of three
basic designs. Two-thirds of the
houses will have three bedrooms,
and one-third will have two bed
rooms. Some of the houses will also
have a garage, he said.
Berndt said some of the houses
should be completed by late fall
Duke Power initiates new meter system
By TONI LYNN CREECH
Duke Power has initiated a new
hand-held computer system for
reading meters, which the Chapel
Hill office started March 30. By the
end of May, all Duke Power offices
Time is running out this
semester! Get your
P.S. Don't say we didn't warn youh
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should be using the new system.
"The meter, before ... you're
going to have a problem, is going
to beep and tell you what you Ye got
to do at that next account, whether
it's a bad dog, leave a notice or
whatever, said Earl Turner, meter
reading supervisor for the Chapel
Hill Duke Power office.
The computers are programmed
with a year-long history of each
meter and shows the average meter
reading for each account.
"If the meter reader punches in a
high reading or a low reading, the
computer will tell him that some
thing is wrong," Turner said.
"This (new technology) won't
cause an increase in a person's light
bill," he said.
When Duke Power used paper
cards to read meters, a courier
service had to drive them to the main
office in Charlotte, which usually
took up to 2 days. Now the Duke
office sends readings directly to
Charlotte with the computers in 4
to 5 minutes, Turner said.
"Duke Power looked into this idea
six years ago, and it's slowly . . .
taken that long to get it on the road
and get it started," said Natalynn
McClean, training specialist at the
Chapel Hill office.
Duke Power's computerized sys
tem was initiated last January in
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office followed in February, Turner
"Now all of the eastern division
(including Durham, Chapel Hill,
Burlington and Greensboro) is using
it," Turner said.
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