4 The Daily Tar Heel Monday, September
Trustees withold drafts of campus plans;
reporters claim rights to public records
By JAY JENNINGS
When the UNC Board of Trustees
refused to release, a draft of the latest
five-year plan for the Chapel Hill
campus at its most recent meeting, the
action sparked a controversy on the
definition of a public record.
University officials contend that the
draft is not a public record until it has
been discussed and finalized by the
trustees; members of the press argue
that any document becomes public
record when it is prepared and received
by a public office, as this one has been.
The draft of the five-year plan,
updated annually, was submitted by the
UNC Planning Council to the Board of
Trustees for consideration at its Sept. 16
The plan includes definitions of the
role and mission of the University,
projections for the physical
development of the campus, plans for
library services and enrollment statistics
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But discussion of the draft was
postponed until Oct. 3 at the request of
several board members, who said they
had not had a chance to read it. A
reporter at the meeting asked for a copy
of the draft, but the request was denied
on the grounds that the draft does not
become a public record until the board
has a chance to discuss and revise it.
Tom Lambeth, chairperson of the
Board of Trustees, said last week that he
has been advised by the N.C. attorney
general's office, which serves as lawyer
for the University, that a draft is not a
public record. Lambeth said he did not
intend to release the draft until it had
been discussed by the Board of Trustees.
Andrew Vanore, deputy attorney
general in charge of University affairs,
said the document "is nothing more
than a draft. Unless and until it gains
status as a final document. I don't
believe it's a public record."
N.C. General Statutes 132-1 defines
public records as "all written or printed
books, papers, letters, documents and
maps made or received pursuant to law
by the public offices of the State and its
counties, municipalities and other
subdivisions of government in the
transaction of public business."
"You've got it both going and
coming," said William C. Lassiter,
attorney for the N.C. Press Association.
"It's been both made by a public office
(the UNC Planning Council) and
received by a public office (the UNC
Board of Trustees).
When pressed on the wording of the
general statute, Vanore said, "1 just
don't believe that (drafts should be
public records) is what the legislature
intended. This was material for in-house
consideration. I simply don't agree with
the interpretation that others give."
C. Hugh Holman, chairperson of the
UNC Planning Council, which
compiled the draft, said the draft was
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the product of an exchange of ideas and
letters between the Planning Council
and University officials and faculty on
the future of the University at Chapel
The Board of Trustees "may turn
down everything we propose," Holman
said. "Plans of this sort involve policy
decisions. Only the board has the right
to make them.
"II these policy decisions are
, ..wished before discussion and later
changed, it would confuse the public
instead of enlighten them,"
Lassiter. -however, disagreed. "That's
his opinion, but the legislature writes the
laws, and they don't have anything to
say about revision," Lassiter said.
General Statutes 132-6 states, "Every
person having custody of public records
shall permit them to be inspected and
examined at reasonable times and under
his supervision by any person. . ."
"There's absolutely no question about
it," Lassiter said. "The Board of
Trustees are public officials, and they
have a legal duty to supply the draft."
Both Lassiter and Vanore said a law
suit may be necessary to finally resolve
the wording of the public records
Orville Campbell, publisher of the
Chapel Hill Newspaper, said last week
that he had contacted a lawyer who had
advised him that the University was in
violation of the public records statute.
Campbell said a suit by the Chapel Hill
Newspaper was a possibility.
Hospital burn center stresses complete effort
Continued from page 1
"Our society doesn't like people who
aren't pretty," he added. "I'd like to change
that attitude, but I can't. What 1 can do is
help people adjust to their new lives."
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Clarastine Evans (left) and Susan Delany, both RNs, care for a burned patient at the
NCMH burn unit. Most of the proceeds of the Derby Week activities will be going to
help fund the new Jaycee Burn Center. The present facility is located on the third
floor of Memorial Hospital and consists mainly of six beds and a treatment room. The
new burn center will have approximately 1 6,000 square feet of floor space and will be
able to aid burn victims with greater efficiency. Staff photo by Joseph Thomas.
Part of this adjustment is eased by letting
the patients have contact with their families
while in the unit.
"We think it's especially important for
children whose parents have been burned to
see them and to become accustomed to their
scars," said l.andis,
"We talk to family members and
encourage them to give the patient support,
but at the same time let the patient be
independent," she added.
Additional support is given by social
Tuesday and Wednesday
405 W. Rosemary St.
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workers at the hospital. Fred Forehand, a
pediatric social worker, deals with financial,
emotional and physical problems of burn
patients and their families.
Guilt feelings are common among parents
of children who have been burned at home,
Forehand said. They feel "that maybe they
could have prevented the accident. 1 try to
help them deal with that emotion."
Another problem that children especially
face is the taunts of other children.
"Children can be especially cruel," said
Forehand. "Often the first day back at
school is a traumatic experience. In the past,
I have talked to teachers and encouraged
them to pave the way for the returning
student. Often a teacher will turn the whole
experience into a lesson in fire prevention
Medical and support personnel alike are
enthusiastic about the new burn center.
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announces the moving
of his office to
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The Orange Water and Sewer Authority
(OWASA), anticipating a $266,000 deficit
due to the cost of buying Durham water, is
discussing plans to levy a temporary
surcharge on water bills.
The surcharge would add 30 cents to the
price of every 1 000 gallons of water used and
would apply uniformly to all levels of
consumption. The surcharge would add
$36,000 per month in revenue.
Everett BilUrtgsley, executive director of
OWASA, said that the surcharge would
apply to this fiscal year and that it would be
discontinued as soon as the expected deficits
The OWASA Board of Directors met
Thursday and discussed the surcharge but
withheld approval. Billingsley said,
however, that they hoped to get approval
within the next few weeks after the board
holds a public hearing.
Billingsley said that OWASA could not
handle the large amount of money being
spent on Durham water because it was not
originally included in the budget.
OWASA has asked for $1.8 million in
federal aid through a grant application, but
the expected return in grant money is only 20
per cent of the original request, with the rest
coming in the form of a loan.
Billingsley has expressed disappointment
with the ratio saying that OWASA had been
given an "unequivocal statement" that it
would receive 50 per cent grant and 50 per
OWASA officials are trying to arrange a
meeting about the grant with the federal
officials as soon as possible. The amount of
money OWASA receives from the grant
could determine how long the surcharge will
- GEORGE SHADROUI
Salisbury said it will include the latest
medical equipment and will also allow
clinical research on patients who now have
100 per cent mortality rate.
Most importantly, all the services for burn
victims will be centrally located, with room
for everyone to work together. And this is
necessary for the team concept that
Salisbury so firmly espouses.
The dedication of Salisbury and his staff
shows when asked how they felt about their
"Although there can be a lot of stress at
times," said Landis, "on the whole, it's very
rewarding. It's the only place where you can
stay with a patient through all the phases
acute, intermediate and rehabilitative. You
can see your progress."
For Salisbury, the greatest reward is
"seeing a little child like Yancey walk out
that door and know you have given i( your
all. It's not just your success; it's everyone's."