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The Daily Tar HeelThursday, October 13, 19883
Chapel Hill Police Roundup
By MARY PARSONS
For those who have resided in
Orange County for the past 10 years,
water or the lack thereof has
become a crucial problem that the
county has been forced to address,
commissioner John Hartwell said.
In an effort to remedy this and
other problems the Orange County
commissioners have proposed a $1
million bond issue that would enable
the county to purchase land for a new
The need for additional raw water
supplies in Orange County is evident
and the environmental situation in
the upper Eno River is desperate,
"The future generation should
judge us very harshly if we let the
river die," he said.
Orange County is following a
management plan designed for the
river as instructed by the state, which
provides too little water to each user
and too little water to the river itself, .
On Nov. 8 Orange County voters
will decide whether or not to provide
the money to purchase land for a
reservoir. It is imperative that when
land becomes available, there is
money easily accessible to purchase
it, Hartwell said.
Two sites for the reservoir are being
considered, he said. One is at Seven
Mile Creek, and the other is above
Corporation Lake on the Eno River.
Engineers have been hired to study
both locations and make topographic
assessments before deciding on the
best site for the reservoir. He said he
does not know whether a final
decision will be made before the bond
issue is voted on.
Joyce Brown, a Chapel Hill res
ident and member of Citizens" for
Sensible Growth, said there are a lot
of indications that the reservoir will
be used for growth and development
rather than water.
Brown said she is not against
sensible growth, but Orange County
already has problems with transpor
tation, landfills, increases in crime
and overcrowding in schools.
Hartwell said the extension of
Interstate 40 will encourage growth,
and the county should be prepared
to meet the additional needs for
"I think saying that we shouldn't
have a reservoir because of growth
is like saying we shouldn't have a
hospital because of disease," he said.
Orange County is the most regu
lated county in land use planning,
Hartwell said. It is not possible that
growth in Orange County in the next
10 years will be as rampant as the
past 10 years of growth in Chapel
Hill, he added.
Citizens for Sensible Growth
member Jane Sharp said she is
concerned about the kind of growth
and development that the county will
undergo. She said her primary con
cern is pollution prevention.
"I think that there should be
regulations up front to conserve water
and to regulate industries coming into
the community which should be
guided by the Pollution Prevention
Pays Office," Sharp said. "Only after
the regulations are in place would I
feel comfortable with a reservoir."
Hartwell said commissioners are
considering environmental assess
ments and environmental impact
statements, and an ordinance will be
proposed with these concerns, in
mind. Building a reservoir is no! as
important now as buying the land,
"I don't think that the county
should wait until all the problems are
resolved to buy the land,' he said.
The water supply should be paid
for by the people who use the water,
Hartwell said. The county would
borrow money temporarily from the
general fund to pay for the land and
it would need to be paid back by those
who benefit from it. .
The only tax implication for a
current taxpayer would be one-tenth
of one cent for land valued at
$100,000, he said. That would
amount to $1 per landowner each
ABnimmal protection ordinance amended
By AMY WE1SNER
A dog is man's best friend. In
Chapel Hill, a dog is also one of man's
The Chapel Hill Town Council
passed an amended animal protection
ordinance Monday that prohibits
unrestrained and unsupervised dogs
from roaming freely and outlines
more specific definitions for declaring
"The animals need to be protected,
and the ordinance needs to reflect
that," said Pat Sanford, director of
the Orange County Animal Protec
tion Society. "I dont want to see pets
punished for their owners
The actions were taken in response
to calls the Animal Protection Society
had received to pick up unrestrained
dogs that had been hit by cars,"
"Our main concern is to keep the
dogs from getting hurt," she said.
But another part of the amendment
keeps people and smaller pets from
New definitions for "provocation"
and "life-threatening injury" require
owners of pets that may pose a risk
to the public to provide warning signs
and to provide safe access onto the
Chapel Hill police planner Jane
Cousins said, "A nationwide concern
about the dangers of pit bulls has
brought about these definition
But she said there are very few, if
any, pit bulls in town.
Sanford said she was pleased with
the changes, especially the clearer
definitions, because they will make it
easier to take cruel pet owners to
"In the past it has been very
difficult to prosecute in cruelty to
animals cases," she said. "The terms
of the old ordinance were too
The new ordinance also includes
a clause concerning standardization
of area pet shops and kennels,
Sanford said she has heard many
stories of possible cruelty to animals
in these locations.
The clause allows the Animal
Control Division to inspect these,
kennels on a local level, in addition
to state inspection boards.
Cousins said the Animal Protec
tion Society, along with the police
department, will launch an awareness
campaign later this month to tell pet
owners about the new restrictions.
A Franklin Street resident
reported that Monday between
5:35 p.m. and 5:51 p.m. someone
entered his unlocked vehicle while
it was parked on Pickard Lane and
took several items of clothing. The
stolen items were valued at $720.
n A disturbance was reported
Tuesday at the Fast Fare on
Rosemary Street, but when police
arrived at the scene, the clerk said
the usual crowd had been in
earlier, but he did not consider it
b A Longleaf Drive resident
called police Tuesday and said a
baby squirrel had fallen out of a
tree, and a cat had gotten it. But
the woman said she rescued the
squirrel and wanted the police to
pick it up. An officer came by and .
picked the squirrel up and took
it to the animal shelter.
D A man attempted to steal two
rib-eye steaks, valued at $11.94,
from Fowler's Food Store on
Franklin Street Tuesday night, but
he was caught and arrested, and
charged with shoplifting.
n An employee of the Sunoco
on Fordham Boulevard reported
Monday that the soda machine at .
the gas' station had been opened,
apparently with a key, and the
phange box had been stolen. The
amount of money stolen was
n A Partin Street resident
parked her car and left the engine
running Tuesday, and her 2-year-old
child, who was not restrained,
knocked the car into gear. The car
then rolled down the driveway,
across the street and into a ditch.
The child was not hurt, and her
mother was charged with failure
to secure her child adequately.
Damage to the car was estimated
An employee of Top of the
Hill on Franklin Street reported
Monday that two females entered
the store and took two bags of
chips, one beer and one soda, and
then left the store without paying.
B A Maxwell Road resident
reported Tuesday that a juvenile
had been ringing her doorbell, but
when she went to the door no one
a The vehicle lift at West
Franklin Street Gulf was left
raised with a car on it Tuesday
night, but Wednesday a police
officer found that during the night
the lift had failed, and lowered the
car onto a rack of tires. The rack
was damaged, but the car was not.
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