2 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2004 Council hearing on utility raises billing concerns BY DAN SCHWIND ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR Questions over billing methods and University involvement were the predominant theme of Monday’s Chapel Hill Town Council public hearing regarding the potential establishment of a storm water utility. The proposed utility received generally good comments, but sev eral citizens and council members expressed concern over how resi dents would be billed for it. AMEC Earth and Environmental Inc., the town’s consultant on the project, recom mended a fee structure that calls for a fee of $2.92 per month per 2,000 square feet of impervious surface. That would add up to $35.04 a year for a unit with 2,000 square feet of impervious surface. But many residents believed the fee structure was not well designed with one resident even going so far as to call it a “rain tax.” Resident Don Liner said that he thought the billing system was unfair and that the flat rate served as a burden on members of the lowest tax bracket. “It’s an unprincipled, highly regressive, unnecessary tax bur den,” he said. “How can anyone possibly agree with the consul tant’s statement that this is equi table?” Virginia Knapp, associate direc tor of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, also ques tioned the structure, asking if it was possible to include a credit program that would grant rebates UN® HEART CENTER Mf Ik, M m CM Hearts are being sold in the Pit today and Thursday. For every $5 red heart | contribution, you can get a coupon for a free Katie's pretzel! For information, please contact Christine M. Cotton at 919-966-4601 Supported by AEA Show Your Heart. Brains beauty, and a big, generous heart...honey, you've got it all. 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Another major concern raised at the hearing was University involve ment in the program. So far, UNC has indicated it will not take part in the town’s utility, saying that it already has its own program in place and that it does not con tribute to runoff into the town. Linda Convissor, coordinator of local relations for UNC, said that the University already has spent $lO million in taxpayer money to that effort and that any money the University would contribute to the utility also would have to come from tax revenues. “(Taxpayers) should not have to pay twice,” she said. Council member Cam Hill said that despite the University’s suc cess in runoff management, it still should have to contribute to the program. “Just because you’re doing a good job doesn’t mean you should be excused.” Council member Ed Harrison shared similar sentiments, point ing out that some parts of the University sit uphill from residen tial areas, meaning storm water runs off into town jurisdictions. The council will review com ments on the proposal March 24 at its public forum on development of the 2004-05 budget. Contact the City Editor at email@example.com. Specifics sought in APS case BY DAN SCHWIND ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR An Orange County Superior Court judge ordered both sides Tuesday to release additional infor mation for discovery in the ongo ing legal battle between the Animal Protection Society and critics Elliot Cramer and Judith Reitman. Judge John R. Jolly Jr. gave each side 20 days to provide the other with the additional evidence to prepare for the libel and defama tion countersuit filed by APS against Cramer and Reitman. Specifically, Jolly ordered APS to release the details of their contract with former APS director and vet erinarian Bobby Schopler. Barry Nakell, attorney for Cramer and Reitman, said the Alpine Bagel off to promising start New shop complements CDS options BYTORRYE JONES STAFF WRITER Senior Caroline Cogdell said she didn’t even realize there was anew place to eat on campus. But after her first visit to the Alpine Bagel Cafe, Cogdell said she would come again. “The service was fast, and the food was awesome,” she said. “The coffee was good, too.” Like Cogdell, students, faculty and staff have discovered the new late-night eatery located in the heart of campus. The bagel shop opened Feb. 10 as part of the rededication of the Frank Porter Graham Student Union. It offers a variety of items including bagels, coffee, sandwich es and salads. The shop is open until 1 a.m., except on Saturdays, when it clos es at 8 p.m. Ira Simon, director of Carolina Dining Services, said he is excited about the new business. “We’ve been trying to open it up for two years,” he said. “I’m glad it’s finally here.” He said that so far, the eatery serves between 1,200 and 1,300 customers per day. “We’ve had very positive feed back,” Simon said. “We are meeting our expectations, and that is very Is the Carolina Spirit in youP Yes? Let us hear from you... Apply to serve as 2004 Homecoming Chair Application Deadline: 3 p.m. Wednesday, February 25 Applications are available at the CAA office, Student Union Room 3508-F, or at the front desk of the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. ® (ffjii CAROLINA ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION News information was crucial to their defense that they did not commit libel and would allow them to have the case thrown out. Jolly also ruled that Nakell must provide all correspondence between the two critics to APS attorney Ron Merritt, as well as notes on the specific passages of depositions being used as defense by Cramer and Reitman. Jolly made the ruling saying that both sides needed a “full and fair opportunity for discovery” before the case could continue. Nakell said that despite the rul ing, the hearing was not a big deal and was simply a formality in the ongoing legal battle. “It was not a significant event,” he said. “It’s really just putting encouraging to us.” Simon said the new bagel shop, like any other business in Mainstreet Lenior, has a sub-con tract with CDS. “Students and staff can use their flex dollars and expense account there, like at Subway, Chick-fil-A or any other place on campus,” he said. Because the new dining addi tion is open late, officials decided to close Mainstreet Lenior earlier in the evening. The businesses now will close at 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Simon said new hours have not affected businesses or employees at Mainstreet Lenior thus far. “It’s all a part of CDS,” he said. “We reallocated employees (who were affected by the time change) to other jobs on campus or gave them earlier work times. Alpine also offered positions to our (Mainstreet) employees.” He added that all of the dining locations on campus are financial ly independent from one another, but they are all under the umbrel la of CDS. “Alpine Bagel is here because CDS asked them to be here,” he said. Darrell Gaffin, general manager of Alpine Bagel Cafe, said the shop is doing better than he initially things off.” The hearing was scheduled after Nakell motioned for summary judgement on the countersuit in hopes that it would be thrown out because of a lack of evidence for the plaintiff. “Under the New York Times v. Sullivan standard, (APS has) the burden of proving these state ments are false,” he said. “We can show a substantial basis that they have no evidence.” Nakell said his clients did not commit libel, as many APS mem bers made the same statements as Cramer and Reitman. “These are all First Amendment issues.” Merritt argued the case should not be thrown out because the motion had been filed before he Ifeter* —■— _ M DTH/KATHY SHUPING Chris Roberts, a junior from Charlotte, puts out baked goods at the new Alpine Bagel Cafe that opened last week in the Student Union. thought it would. “I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback from (CDS officials),” he said. “There were a few issues with pricing at first, but we got it worked out” He cited the location as a key reason for their success. Applications available for editor selection committee STAFF REPORT The Daily Tar Heel is now accepting applications for its edi tor selection committee. 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Those selected for the commit tee will be notified by March 4. Please contact DTH Editor Elyse Ashbum with questions at eashbum @ email.unc.edu. She also may be reached at 962- 0750. CORRECTIONS A page 1 story in Thesday’s paper should have stated" that the Carolina Union Activities Board helps run various jazz festivals, but that the Carolina Jazz Festival is organized by the UNC Department of Music. The article also should have stated that Women’s Week is organized by the Women’s Center of UNC and that CUAB is one group that helps with the event Another page 1 story in Tuesday’s paper should have said that Justin Guillory is the presi dent of UNC Young Democrats. To report an error, contact Managing Editor Daniel Thigpen at firstname.lastname@example.org. 5Uf? Saily (Bar Hrcl P.O. 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