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4The Daily Tar HeelMonday, April 24, 1989
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By BLAKE DICKINSON
A proposed N.C. 54 park-and-ride
lot on the University-owned Mason
Farm property could move one step
closer to reality Monday at the
Chapel Hill Town Council meeting.
The construction of the park-and-ride
lot depends on the council's
approval of an application by the
town for a special use permit to allow
the 512-space lot, which would be
accessed from the Laurel Hill Park
way. The parkway is under construc
tion by the University as part of the
Continuing Education Center.
This application was discussed by
the council at public hearings on
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By TOM PARKS
Chapel Hill's town manager will
officially present his preliminary
budget to the town council tonight.
Town Manager David Taylor's
report includes a proposal to increase
the town's annual property tax by 1.5
cents per $100 evaluation to 52.5
Council member Jim Wallace said
the proposed budget should not meet
with any great opposition from the
The council has confidence in
Taylor that it has not had in past
managers, but the council will go over
the budget with a "fine-toothed
comb," he said.
The council will quickly pass over
the budget tonight and save the
greater part of the budget discussions
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The focus of discussion at the
hearings was the possible impact of
the lot on Finley Forest residents.
During the meetings, council
members requested consideration of
alternate sites on University-owned
property and a redesign of the lot to
provide additional buffers for the
Finley Forest development.
In response to these recommenda
tions, the town staff contacted Uni
versity officials. The University
agreed to slight alterations in the, lot
location but could not provide a
The changes to the plan would shift
the paved area of the lot from Finley
for later work sessions, Wallace said.
The council will hold a public
hearing on the budget in May to allow
residents the opportunity to discuss
the recommended budget.
The council is scheduled to adopt
the budget on May 22, a month
before the deadline of June 23.
Council member Art Werner said
Taylor has done a good job of holding
down expenditures in town budgets
in past years.
"We're the only governing body (in
the area) that has not raised taxes
in the last seven years," Werner said.
Chapel Hill has not raised taxes
since Taylor became town manager
"WeVe had several years without
any increase because of a rapidly
increasing tax base," Wallace said.
Now the rate of the tax base
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Forest and would provide a 163-foot
buffer between the lot and the
Construction of the parking lot
would begin by April 24, 1990, and
be completed by April 24, 1992, if
the town council grants the special
use permit Monday.
According to a memorandum from
the town manager, the lot's cost to
the town would be small due to the
provision of the land by the Univer
sity and grants from the federal
government's Urban Mass Transit
This project is one of four park-and-ride
facilities included in the five
year Capital Improvements Program
increase in development is decreasing,
and the town must raise its revenue
in other ways to provide the high level
of service town residents expect, he
One possibility the council may
consider to reduce expenditures is
curbside garbage pickup.
In the past, whenever curbside
pickup has been proposed it has met
great opposition, Wallace said.
Taylor's budget report said the
town could save $150,000 a year by
picking up trash at the curb instead
of from backyards.
Wallace said the town's elderly
have opposed curbside pickup, as
have others who feel backyard pickup
is a service the town should provide.
Curbside pickup "does not seem
politically popular in this town,"
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adopted by Chapel Hill in 1988.
The council will also receive a
presentation from The Rosemary
Group on the Rosemary Square
Rosemary Square is a hotel-parking-shopping
for the corner of Rosemary and
Henderson streets behind the Frank
lin Street Post Office.
The council has extended the life
of the project four times since its
original deadline for closing
December 31, 1985. The current
Monday, April 24
Chapel Hill Town Council
7:30 p.m. Municipal Building 306 N. Columbia St.
Included on the agenda: Presentation of the recommended budget for 1989
90, a public hearing on the proposed park-and-ride lot at N.C. 54 and the
Rosemary Square monthly report. '
Orange County Board of Commissioners
6:30 p.m. Orange County Courthouse Margaret Lane and Churton Streets,
Included on the Agenda: A work sesson on a site for the new airport.
Tuesday, April 25
Carrboro Board of Aldermen
7:30 p.m. Town Hall 301 W. Main St.
Included on the agenda: Public hearing on the county's transition area and
recommendations on development in the rural buffer.
Thursday, April 19
Orange Water and Sewer Authority
7:30 p.m. Carrboro Town Hall 301 W. Main St.
Included on the agenda: Monthly meeting of the board of directors.
Discussion of the preliminary budget for 1989-90.
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closing date is September 30, 1989,
and it includes a termination clause
that would release the town from "any
and all obligations to close." This
clause would end the agreement
between the town and the developers
if the new deadline is not met.
James Adams III, the executive
officer of The Rosemary Group, is
expected to discuss design alterna
tives and the program's financial
The Rosemary Group has received
little response from investors on the
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sale of 188 hotel-condominum units
which was expected to provide
$32,612,850 to finance the projects
Monday s presentation is no cause
for undue concern, said W. Whitfiejd
Morrow Jr., president of Fraser
Development Company of Npr.th
Carolina, one of the three grpups
currently working to develop fte
"It's really just a chance for us to
get together with the town council
and see where we go from here.nor.
By CHARLES BRITTAIN
The Chapel Hill Town Council will
discuss an ordinance Monday con
cerning sidewalk vending by down
town merchants and other spal
The ordinance was proposed hylhe
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Down(pn
Commission's vending committee
following discussions with the Down
town Chapel Hill Association and a
group of West Franklin Street
In August 1988, the coqneil
amended the sidewalk ordinance, to
allow sidewalk vending on Thursdays
through Saturdays of paintings, and
sketchings, flowers and the merchan
dise of downtown merchants. TJijs
amendment expired in December,.
The Downtown Commission
requested in January that the jo,wn
extend the sidewalk amendment.
Town Manager David Taylorhas
recommended that the council
approve the commission's request -to
allow sidewalk vending.
In a memorandum to the council,
Taylor said, "We believe sidewalk
sales and events have the potential
to attract some additional customers
downtown and, thereby, to
The proposed ordinance would
allow vending by merchants "and
performances by musicians and other
artists on downtown sidewalks, any
day of the week. v.n
Many merchants are concerned
that sidewalk venders will take
revenue from downtown businesses.
In a letter to the Downtown
Commission, R.H. White, general
manager of University Square, said,
"Our experience has been that per
mitting street venders to operate
competes unfairly with many of our
merchants either directly,:r or