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TPAC Chairman: Directives Didn't Come From Moeser
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Transportation and Parking Advisory Committee Chairman Bob Knight
leads a TPAC meeting. TPAC is now in the midst of developing a budget.
A daylong public discussion
on future development
in Chapel Hill will be held
Saturday at the Town Hall.
By Colin Siitker
The Chapel Hill Planning
Department will host a workshop
Saturday to discuss the development of
the downtown area, primarily locations
around Franklin Street.
The meeting, which will be held
from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chapel
Hill Town Hall, 306 N. Columbia St.,
will focus on redesigning certain loca
tions. Potential topics include discussing
ways to handle Parking Lot No. 5, locat
ed between Michael Jordan’s
Restaurant-23 and the Exxon station on
Franklin Street. “The emphasis is on
planning and new development in the
downtown area,” said Planning Director
The session, which is open to the
public, will give residents a chance to
provide their input on the development
of these ideas, said Town Council mem
ber Bill Strom.
“The workshop is really (designed) to
receive guidance on planning from cit
izens,” Strom said.
Waldon said the planning depart
ment has been working for two months
on computer-generated sketches that
are meant to provide a better idea of
how development will look.
“We’ve got some computer models
to allow' us to play ‘what if,’” Waldon
said. “What we’re going to do is to put
some visual into some ideas that people
have been talking about for years.”
Strom said he hopes the workshops
will focus on issues like improving
Parking Lot No. 5 to make it a more
“I’d agree that (Parking Lot No. 5) is
an underutilized town asset," Strom
said. “I’d like us to use that asset to
spark a more vibrant downtown area.
By vibrant, I mean both economically
and, as well, promoting town life.”
Strom said he believes that
Rosemary Street could be better
planned to provide both business and
“I see this as functioning like a
mixed-use downtown area and not sole
ly surface parking,” Strom added. “We
need to reshuffle the existing land
parcels and see what is available."
Council member Dorothy Verkerk
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N.C. Legislature Likely to Consider Budget Cuts to Ease Deficit
By Daniel Blank
N.C. legislators faced with a budget
deficit estimated at more than $ 1 billion
are debating how the state will raise the
money it needs to balance the budget
when lawmakers head back into session
Rep. David Redwine, D-Brunswick,
co-chairman of the N.C. House
Appropriations Committee, said the
N.C. General Assembly might need to
cut the budgets for some programs and
eliminate others to raise money. But
Redwine could not specify how the fis
cal hole will be filled.
Nearly Every State Faces Revenue
Deficits, Will Have to Cut Spending
By Mike Gorman
Forty-five states and the District of Columbia are
experiencing recession-driven revenue shortfalls in
the 2001-02 fiscal year after almost a decade of
uninterrupted economic growth.
Thirty states, including North Carolina, have
recently announced cuts to reduce their budget
deficits. Another nine are considering budget cuts
before the end of the fiscal year.
N.C. Gov. Mike Easley recently announced that
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By Meredith Nichoison
and Jeff Silver
Transportation and Parking Advisory
Committee Chairman Bob Knight
admitted Thursday that the budget
guidelines he presented at Wednesday’s
meeting were not, as he originally stated,
directives from the chancellor’s office.
Knight said Thursday that he had
hoped TPAC members would be able to
reach an agreement on a budget recom
mendation if he told them the five ele
ments of an acceptable Department of
Public Safety budget proposal that
Knight oudined at Wednesday’s meeting
came from Chancellor James Moeser.
“I was trying to do something dra
matic to get them to come to a consen
sus,” Knight said. “These five things
came from me. I did misrepresent that."
Many TPAC members at
Wednesday’s meeting expressed outrage
after Knight said Moeser and his
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He said he suggested that both the
House and Senate Appropriations
Committees meet before the legislature’s
scheduled day to convene, May 28.
“The Appropriations Committee
might want to go in early and prepare a
plan for when the General Assembly
comes back in late May," Redwine said.
Danny Lineberry, spokesman for
House Speaker Jim Black, D-
Mecklenburg, said Black might recon
vene the Appropriations Committee
early but that he has yet to mention any
specific dates. “It’s under consideration,
but there’s been no discussion," he said.
“There has been no timetable set.”
Sen. Jim Forrester, R-Gaston, vice
the state is facing a S9OO million shortfall and has
ordered a series of cuts to deal with the problem.
Only five states - Wyoming, Texas, Louisiana,
West Virginia and North Dakota - met or exceed
ed budgeted revenues for the upcoming fiscal year.
Arturo Perez, budget analyst for the National
Conference of State Legislatures, said the revenue
shortfalls follow basic economic patterns. “The econ
omy follows a series of peaks and troughs,” he said.
“The early ’9os was a growth period - an almost 10-
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Cabinet had drafted the five guidelines,
saying they felt the administration was
encroaching upon their responsibilities.
The meeting was scheduled to be
TPAC’s final session before members
presented suggestions to the chancellor’s
office regarding the DPS budget. DPS is
facing a projected $2 million shortfall for
the 2002-03 fiscal year, and the budget
recommendations are intended to
increase revenue sources.
Proposed changes include charging
for night parking and increasing day
time parking fees.
Moeser said Thursday that he and
members of his Cabinet met Tuesday
but did not direct Knight to announce
any guidelines at the TPAC meeting, as
Knight suggested Wednesday.
Knight was not in attendance at
Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting.
“I have no idea where (the guidelines)
are coming from - they didn’t come
from me,” Moeser said. “1 think they,are
Bob Knight’s best judgment.” '
chairman of the Senate Appropriations
Committee, said it is up to Gov. Mike
Easley to balance the budget.
“The governor is elected to do it him
self, but I am surprised that he hasn’t
called an emergency session of the
(General Assembly),” Forrester said.
He said there are several ways the
state can raise money, including not
returning money to municipalities, as
well as taking money from the
Hurricane Floyd relief funds and tobac
co settlement funds.
He added he does not think the leg
islature will raise taxes.
Rep. Ruth Easterling, D-
Mecklenburg, chairwoman of the House
Moeser said it was possible that
Knight gathered the ideas from a later
discussion with Nancy Suttenfield, vice
chancellor for finance and administra
tion, whose office presides over TPAC.
But Knight denied Suttenfield’s
involvement, saying he had been given
the freedom to lead TPAC himself.
“(Suttenfield) is not a boss who micro
manages,” he said. Suttenfield could not
be reached for comment Thursday.
Sue Estroff, Faculty Council chair
woman and a TPAC member who was at
Wednesday’s meeting, said Knight’s state
ments gave her the impression that the
directives were from Moeser’s office.
“There is no question in my mind that
what was conveyed was that this is what
(the administration) expected,” she said.
Many members also said Wednesday
that they thought TPAC was being
stripped of its advisory role by what they
thought were the administration’s direc
Graduate student Emily Williamson,
May Be Matched
By Tina Chang
Convincing administrators to match
funds generated by the recently
approved child-care referendum is the
next step in subsidizing child-care costs
for all students.
A referendum that adds 75 cents per
semester to student fees passed with 70.5
percent of the votes in Tuesday’s student
But even before the referendum
passed, the chancellor’s Child Care
Advisory Committee made a formal rec
ommendation at its last meeting encour
aging the University to match any revenue
that might be generated from student fees,
committee member Marc David said.
Mikisha Brown, Graduate and
Professional Student Federation presi
dent, said she is writing letters and set
ting up meetings with key administrators
to ensure that Chancellor James Moeser
follows through on the recommendation.
Brown said she plans to meet with
Moeser, Provost Robert Shelton and Sue
Appropriations Committee, said the leg
islature will be forced to reduce spend
ing but will not be able to do anything
official until May.
Easterling said once legislators see
actual numbers, they will be able to
develop a strategy to help solve the bud
get problem. “All of us are aware of the
dire situation we are in, and we are
doing all we can to alleviate it,” she said.
UNC political science Professor Thad
Beyle said he expects the General
Assembly to do whatever possible to
avoid raising taxes to increase revenue
because of upcoming elections.
“They won’t want to raise taxes
because they’re all running for re-elec
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a TPAC member, said Thursday, “For
Bob Knight to come to the meeting and
say ‘these are the guidelines’ was inap
Knight said he regretted that many
TPAC members believed the hody con
tested directives came from Moeser.
“I didn’t mean to put words in the
chancellor’s mouth,” he said.
Knight said Thursday that he plans to
send an e-mail to TPAC members clearing
up any confusion he might have caused.
“If I said something that put (Moeser)
in a bad light, I didn’t mean to do that.”
Moeser said his administration is still
considering all options about transporta
tion and parking issues. “I think a lot of
people on this campus believe the whole
TPAC process is a charade, and some
where a decision already has been made
on all these issues,” he said. “I just want to
tell you that that is categorically not true.”
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Kitchen.vice chancellor for student
affairs, in the coming weeks, and said she
expects administrators to be receptive to
the idea. “I think because so many stu
dent organizations and some adminis
trators are behind the idea, it’s very fea
sible that they’ll match it,” Brown said.
“When it comes to money, the chan
cellor is going to make the final choice.”
But it is unknown at this point where
the University will get the matching
Shelton said administrators will look
into the usual state sources to match the
funds but that because of the state’s tight
budget, they have not yet determined
the source of the funds.
He said another option would be
seeking an endowment from a donor.
David said even though the
University is on a tight budget, money is
still coming in from contracts, tuition
increases and the Carolina First
Campaign. The match will call for about
$20,000 a semester, he said.
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tion,” he said.
“But a tax increase will probably be
proposed by some Democrat and then
the Republicans will take it and beat
them over their heads with it.”
Beyle said several state programs are
already facing cuts and added that the
budget burden has been forced on
He also said cuts will continue and all
the state’s citizens will feel their reper
cussions. “Everybody’s going to be hurt
by this because the economy is only
going to get worse.”
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