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Volume 110, Issue 110
OWASA Eliminates All Water Restrictions
By Billy Ball
The Orange Water and Sewer Authority voted
Thursday to eliminate all water restrictions for Chapel
Hill and Carrboro in the wake of improving drought
A proposal to downgrade restrictions only from
Stage 2 to Stage 1 was defeated by a majority decision.
All of the board members except one, Mark
Marcoplos, agreed that dropping the restrictions entire
ly would be in the area’s best interest at this time.
Just over a month ago, the University Lake and
Cane Creek Reservoir were severely below full capac
ity in the midst of what many have called the worst
drought in 75 years. But a surge in October rainfall was
enough to return the reservoirs to more comfortable
Latest estimates placed University Lake at full
capacity, while Cane Creek was 6 feet below full.
“The key thing to remember is the reservoir system
is at 75 percent full capacity,” said OWASA Executive
Director Ed Kerwin.
Marcoplos was concerned that lifting all restrictions
Voter Turnout Up
Slightly in Election
By Laura Youngs
Voter turnout increased in Orange
County and across the state for
Tuesday’s general election, though
reports show that less than half of regis
tered voters statewide came out on
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maries, said Gary Bartlett, director of
the N.C. Board of Elections.
Bartlett said that at 46 percent, this
year’s voter turnout falls in the exact mid
dle of the historic range. Average turnout
in non-presidential election years usually
falls between 42 percent and 50 percent.
Though voters didn’t make a historic
showing at the polls this year, turnout
was up from about 42 percent in 1998 -
the last non-presidential election year.
“It’s clear the turnout went up from
1998, but it’s still below presidential
Martha Clark (left) votes Tuesday at Cameron Park Elementary School in
Hillsborough, where people voted in the halls because of high turnout.
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would result in a resurgence in water scarcity by next
year and that residents would think they do not need
to continue water conservation efforts.
Board Chairwoman Bernadette Pelissier said leav
ing restrictions in place would be unnecessary because
the reservoir system is almost full, although OWASA
officials are concerned about recurring water shortages.
“(OWASA) would lose credibility if it was main
taining restrictions meant for a water shortage,” she
Board member John Smith also said a downgrade to
Stage 1 restrictions would be unnecessary. Under Stage
1 restrictions, lawns could be watered three days a week.
Smith said Stage 1 restrictions had no significant
impact on water demand but was a serious drain on
certain area businesses, including local nurseries. “(A
Stage 1 restriction) precludes certain businesses from
operating,” he said.
Smith said Stage 2 restrictions triggered a significant
drop in local water usage, not Stage 1 restrictions.
Under Stage 2 restrictions, homeowners could water
outside one day a week and no commercial car wash
could use OWASA water.
While projections placed water levels low again by
(election) standards,” said Ferrel
Guillory, director of UNC’s Program on
Southern Politics, Media and Public
Life. “It’s not good; it’s not bad.”
President Bush might have been a
contributing factor in voter turnout this
year, as he campaigned heavily for
Republicans, Guillory said.
Preliminary data indicated that the
increased voter turnout can be attributed
largely to a
talk of high
ing the chances
voter - growth
seems to have
elections with about 1 million votes, a
number almost identical to the amount
cast for Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C.,
who won his seat in 1998.
That data indicate that the nearly
300,000 extra people who showed up at
the polls voted for Dole, Guillory said.
Along with a hefty Republican
turnout, Bowles’ and Dole’s experience
as national leaders also affected the elec
tions. North Carolinians saw the two
See TURNOUT, Page 4
Friday, November 8, 2002
next year, Smith said a downgrade to Stage 1 would be
ineffective in water preservation and too cosdy to the
He said that dropping all restrictions would give
much-needed aid to area businesses and that OWASA
could determine the impending future of reservoir levels
in six months. “(OWASA) will have a much more effec
tive set of measures in place in six months,” Smith said.
The board’s concerns about lowering all drought
restrictions were quelled by Smith, who argued that the
costs of continued water restrictions were too heavy for
OWASA officials say area residents can expect to
reap the benefits of unrestricted water usage immedi
According to the OWASA Web site, officials will
hold a public hearing Nov. 20 to continue drought dis
cussions, namely how OWASA and the community
should manage droughts and prepare for future ones.
They also will debate whether water-use restrictions for
droughts should be changed.
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Sen. Howard Lee, D-Orange, will leave the N.C. Senate in January after 10 years
in office. He previously served as the first black mayor of Cnapel Hill.
LEE REFLECTS ON
POLITICAL PAST, FUTURE
By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
Assistant State & National Editor
When the Democratic primary for Orange
County’s N.C. Senate seat pitted two longtime
allies against one another, one man’s decades
long career in politics was put on hold.
And although Sen. Howard Lee, D-Orange,
did not appear on the general election ballot
for the first time in more than a decade, he says
he’ll continue fighting for North Carolina.
For now, Lee says he is deciding where he
will go from here - or if he ever will run for
political office again.
Lee -a politician in Chapel Hill, Orange
County and the state for more than 33 years -
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made history in 1969 when he became the first
black mayor of a predominantly white town
south of the Mason-Dixon line.
But his seventh and most recent bid for the
N.C. Senate ended when he was defeated by
Sen. Ellie Kinnaird, D-Orange, in the Sept. 10
The 68-year-old statesman said he is consid
ering taking a position with the Hunt Institute, an
organization started by former Gov. Jim Hunt
that will focus on giving legislators a better under
standing of educational policy at the state level.
Lee said he has thought about becoming a
lobbyist for the UNC system but likely won’t
See LEE, Page 4
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Bernadette Pelissier (left), chairwoman of the OWASA board of directors,
and board member Peter Gordon discuss water restrictions Thursday.
Next in Line
By Alexandra Dodson
Officials at Yale and Stanford Universities announced
Wednesday their plans to eliminate binding early deci
sion programs beginning with fall 2003 applicants.
Under the new policies, students still will be able to
apply to the schools early but will not be forced to attend
if accepted. Early decision became popular with admis
sions officers at high-ranking universities in the mid-’9os
as a tool to ensure top students enrolled at their schools.
UNC officials made national headlines earlier this
year with their announcement that the school was dis
continuing its binding early decision plan.
Yale’s decision was based on what university admin
istrators believe is best for applicants, said Tom
Conroy, spokesman for Yale’s Office of Public Affairs.
He added that administrators, specifically Yale
President Richard Levin, were considering dropping
the program for about a year prior to the decision.
Binding early decision programs benefit a universi-
See ADMISSIONS, Page 4
To Make 2nd Try
At Seat on BOT
Claims it can offer a unique
perspective to trustees
By Caroline Kornegay
Although the UNC Board of Trustees made it clear
in September that faculty and staff would not have a
seat on the board, University employees want another
chance to make their case.
The Employee Forum passed a resolution
Wednesday vying for the opportunity to argue for
employee representation on the BOT.
Employee Forum Chairman Tommy Griffin said
Thursday that the group will submit a resolution to the
chancellor’s office asking for approval to go before the
trustees at an upcoming meeting.
The resolution also asked once again for the board
to provide employees a nonvoting seat and voice on
the board. Griffin said the resolution should be sub
mitted sometime next week.
Employee Forum members did not get an opportu
nity to present their case to the BOT at its Sept 26 meet-
See BOT VOTE, Page 4