6 The Daily Tar Heel Friday, November 4,
Editor's Note: The Daily Tar Heel asked the seven candidates for the Carrboro
Board of Aldermen and the two candidates for Carrboro mayor to respond to a
questionnaire on issues affecting Carrboro. Alderman candidate Mary Riggsbee
did not submit a picture. The questionnaire and responses follow.
1) What do you see as the biggest problem facing the town of Carrboro during the
coming four years?
2) Do you feel students should be able to vote in the Carrboro elections and take
an active role in municipal affairs?
3) Do you favor expanding, continuing at the present levels or eliminating bus
service in Carrboro?
4) Would you favor an increase in town taxes to provide an adequate subsidy for
5) What are your feelings on a possible merger of the towns of Chapel Hill and
6) Where should the town board's priorities lie with the transient student
population that comprises 80 percent of Carrboro's population or with the more
stable residential population?
7) What steps to solve the local water problem do you advocate?
8) What action, if any, can the town board take to insure that students are
provided their fair share of town services?
1) Carrboro has grown tremendously in
recent years and continues to grow. The
manner in which the town manages and
guides that growth is the key issue. With
thoughtful, sensitive town involvement,
private property rights and the public
interest can be balanced in a fashion which
preserves small town amenities (the Carr
M ill Mall) while promoting environmentally
and socially sound development. As a
professional planner, as former chairperson
of the Carrboro Planning Board and as an
organizer of the 1975 Growth Options for
Orange County Conference, I believe I am
qualified by training and experience to help
direct the town's efforts.
2) Most definitely. 1 have supported every
effort to make participation easier, such as
full-time registration at Town Hall. Also, the
current board has appointed students to
every board and commission in town.
3) I have fought since 1973 for adequate
bus service. Our current effort is good but
must be expanded this year to provide better
peak-period service plus night service. With
careful study of needs I would support
consideration of additional routes as well as
weekend and holiday service.
4) If necessary, I would support up to a
ten-cent tax to subsidize the bus service. I
have worked hard to pass such a referendum
in the past and would do so again.
5) I do not feel a merger would be
advantageous at this time. However, 1 do
support efforts to increase coordination of
municipal services as a means of reducing
6) The board of aldermen must address the
1) The single most important issue is
Carrboro's future. Carrboro's diverse citizen
composition and the limited growth
capabilities of Chapel Hill have placed
Carrboro in a unique position. This
opportunity will be lost unless fiscally sound
and reasonably flexible management
policies are developed and implemented.
Aldermen should listen to and work with all
citizens and not create a myopic atmosphere
as has been experienced in the past.
2) Regardless of status, every person
meeting constitutional requirements should
register and vote in all elections.
Unfortunately, there are too many people in
Carrboro, Orange County, North Carolina
and the United States who do not exercise
their privilege. All people, whether students
or not, should actively participate in all
levels of the governmental process.
3) The long overdue bus system in
Carrboro is inadequate. It is important to
continue the bus system with improvements
in the area of night and weekend service. We
should establish a sound method to finance
the bus program so future service can be
secure and, if so desired, extended to other
areas of Carrboro.
4) Adequate bus service can be provided
by our present budget without an increase in
the tax rate. A reduction in aldermen's
salaries coupled with contingency and
revenue-sharing funds would be one way of
financing the bus system, A tax rate increase
would invariably increase apartment rents as
well as place undue hardships on people
living on a limited income.
5) I do not favor merger of the towns of
Carrboro and Chapel Hill.
6) To provide one segment of the
population with all programs and provide
few or none to the other segments would not
be in the best interest of the town. Although
programs cannot be provided as fully as
desired, an alderman must insure that
1 ) The biggest problem that Carrboro
faces in the next four years is planning
for the growth that will take place and
managing this growth to maximize the
benefits it can bring to Carrboro and
minimize the harm to the quality of life
in the town. The elements this planning
should address are: 1) providing
housing that is low-cost, energy
efficient, aesthetically pleasing and in a
variety that can fill the needs of
students, low income workers,
professors and other citizens and 2)
channeling growth away from the
watershed into other areas west of
Carrboro. This will minimize the danger
to the future water supply of the area.
The fact that I have professional
training in planning and public health
(both at L'NC), augmented by my
professional experience at the N.C.
Department of Human Resources,
qualifies me to lead the town in these
aldermen and mayoral candidates discuss issues facing town
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needs of all members of the community. In
the past, attention has been focused on the
more stable population. I have worked to
balance our efforts towards all segments of
town whether homeowner or apartment
dweller, white or black, transient or long
7) I support the good faith efforts of
OWASA to meet both our short- and long
range needs. 1 support development of Cane
Creek Reservoir but feel we should also
consider possible use of Jordan Reservoir if
the water quality permits.
8) The board needs only to pledge itself to
fairly allocate its resources. As a current
board member, I am working to insure that
students get their fair share.
services are provided as objectively and
equitably as possible.
7) 1 would favor a combination of the
pipeline to Hillsborough, wells and filling
the rock quarry to temporarily offset our
water crisis. It is also important for everyone
to continue conservation efforts so they will
be conditioned for next year's shortage.
Long-term solutions should not be geared
only to increasing our impoundment
capacity but should insure adequate water
8) It is the aldermen's inherent
responsibility to insure all citizens are
provided a fair share of town services. This
applies to students, long-term residents,
blacks, whites, women, men, old, young, the
physically able and the physically disabled.
Aldermen should consider all people when
seeking citizen input and making
appointments to the various committees. It
is important, though, for citizens to make
their voice heard if they feel' they are not
receiving a fair share.
2) Students comprise 50 to 70 percent
of the town's population, and since they
are in the majority, the student interests
should be high on the town's priorities.
All citizens should have the opportunity
to vote. Students are a vital part of our
town, and a student is as much a citizen
as anyone else in Carrboro. Students
have and should take a vital part in our
town affairs. Students should be on all
the boards and commissions the town
3) 1 favor expanding the existing
service to provide night service, more
peak-hour buses, an additional route to
cover the areas not covered presently
and study into some types of very early
service (4:30 a.m.) for workers who have
to go to work at that hour.
4) 1 would favor an increase in town
taxes to subsidize the bus system. 1 don't
think an additional tax will be needed to
finance the current svstem or an,
expanded service. The use of revenue-
1) The biggest immediate problem is
getting increased bus service on an assured
financial basis. On a more abstract level, we
must recognize the changing makeup of our
population, the probable growth of the town
and the increasing energy shortage and plan
accordingly in using our resources.
Recognition of the scope of our problems is
requisite for solving them.
2) Yes. Occupation should be irrelevant in
determining residency. I want those students
who vote here to take an active role in town
3) I favor expanding the level of bus
service by extending the hours of service, by
providing weekend service, by providing
year-round service and by providing at least
one more bus route in Carrboro.
5) I am in favor of merging the two towns.
With our small tax base Carrboro cannot
provide all the services its citizens need.
6) The needs of students and other citiens
are not all that different. The whole town
needs bus service, street paving, bikeways
and recreation facilities. 1 think it reasonable
for the town to pay most of the cost of mass
transportation and for property owners to
pay most of the cost of street paving.
7) Water decisions are made by OWASA.
not by aldermen. I trust the board members
of OWASA to make informed judgements.
1) The biggest .problem facing C arrboro
now is financial: management, tax rates and
tax base. Projections show that the 1980-81
tax rate will reach $1.40. The county tax
assessor sees' little hope lor a tax base
increase in Carrboro and agrees that we have
a problem. Financial management now is
2) Yes. students should be active in politics
in Carrboro. Student Government should
maintain an active list of students who wish
to be involved in party politics and in city
government. Business school and regional
planning students, particularly, could
contribute ideas to the budget input. A
balanced consensus will produce better
3) Presently the level of bus service is
inadequate and should be adjusted to
provide additional services. I have requested
through channels that Student Government
appoint three upper-level students who live
in an apartment complex to serve on a
transportation advisory committee. Their
input would be necessary to determine the
best bus service level.
4) I believe that the tax rate is adequate to
provide the necessary bus service. The
budget has an extremely large contingency
line w hich has no planned or stated purpose.
The contingency is equivalent to ten cents.
Presently Carrboro is borrowing cash to pay
the payroll, and OWASA will not install
hydrants because of unpaid bills.
5) This question deserves exploration by
the boards of both towns. In two years
Carrboro could benefit by receiv ing a much
lower tax rate. I would like to see this subject
discussed rationally and in a nonpolitical
part of the year.
6) The town board should strive to
represent all people in the town. In the
current campaign there has been an
unsuccessful effort to pit the students and
1) All the important questions that
Carrboro will face in the future economic
development, managed growth, streets, etc.
will be resolved only if each alderman is
commited to the good of the whole
community. 1 have a master's degree in
public affairs and several years experience in
governmental administration. I believe that
my knowledge of government and my
commitment to nonpartisan allegiances will
allow me to make the fight decision on
2) Absolutely. Students should be able to
vote as long as they meet the requirements
that any citiens needs to vote. The qualities
that make a good citizen are transferable
from one community to another. Just
because a student lives in Carrboro for only a
few years is no reason that he or she can't
contribute to the good of te community.
Carrboro owes much to her .student
population, and she has an obligation to
allow her students to develop into good
3) I support the present levels of bus
service that we have but would not favor
extending the bus service into
comprehensive' coverage of the town. I
believe that the bus service that we now have
is serving the population most in need of it.
sharing and sources of revenue other
than tax dollars could be used to finance
5) The two towns are not alike in the
way they operate politically and
governmentally. The viewpoints in the
two towns differ greatly on many issues,
and it would not serve the interests of
either town to merge governmental
units. There are good reasons for
combined services, joint bidding and
mutual cooperation of departments.
These joint efforts could save money
and provide better services for Southern
Orange. 1 am against merger but for
6) The town has got to do what the
vast majority of its citizens want in all
actions it takes. The student majority
has to be heard and responded to. The'
minority or non-university personnel
should also be hear'd and treated fairly
but not at the expense of the majority.
The board's priorities therefore should
lie with the students.
7) Building Cane Creek, building a
pipeline to Hillsborough, joining in a
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As an interested bystander. I lavor the Cane
Creek Reservoir and do not think it wise to
close the Jordan Dam or to take water from
the Haw River as long as purer sources of
water are available.
8) Such action can best be taken by
students themselves in their choice of
candidates lor whom to vote. Then
interested students can call their aldermen
and make their opinions known on issues
before the board.
blacks against the stable residential
population. I.ove and concern for all
constituents is necessary if people in each
section of town are to understand the needs
7) Chapel Hill and Durham's sewage
should be cleaned up and Jordan Lake filled
for future w ater usage. Cane C reek should be
impounded, wells dug and University Lake
should be enlarged. A large reservoir should
be built in north Orange County for future
demands. Jordan I ake would be a fine
. 8) It would be hard to determine the lair
share due to any segment of a population. I
do plan to determine the property tax
revenue received from apartments, utilities,
businesses and residential areas.'
Comprehensive decisions by the town board
w ill best prov ide lor the needs of the citizens
and. hopefully, will result in fairness to all.
4) 1 am not opposed to using the tax dollar
to finance the bus system as long as the
majority of Carrboro's citiens are in favor
of it . But even with trie consent of Carrboro's
citizens to use the tax dollar, 1 think we
cannot afford a comprehensive bus service. 1
would still advocate only a limited bus
service to those routes that would most likely
have a high ridership.
5) I would not like to see a merger of
Carrboro and Chapel Hill. Carrboro has a
charm all its ow n that is appealing to me. 1
would like to see our downtown area
continue to develop an identity distinct from
that of Chapel Hill. 1 his is not to say that I
wouldn't favor cooperation between the
towns on some governmental functions such
6) The town's priorities should lie with the
good of the entire community. This means
that priorities should be established as each
particular issue is raised after all available
information has been evaluated.
7) I advocate a complete review of the
Orange Water and Sewer Authority's
history, starting with the sale of the utilities
by the University. This study should include -a
review of the financial history and
structure of the authority - its rates, its
bonded indebtedness, etc. - - and a review of
regional water venture.
8) Mandating that students are on
every board the town has. moving board
meetings to apartment complexes
periodically . establishing dialogues with
student leaders to insure the town's
shortcomings are redressed.
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I ) The biggest problems facing Carrboro
in the coming four years are busing, street
paying, planning and growth and recreation.
My eight and one-half years on the board
and being a lifetime resident of Carrboro
make me a qualified candidate.
2) Students are part of all elections and
should take part in them because it is their
right. I have tried to get them to take an
active role in Carrboro affairs.
3) 1 support expanded peak and night
service in Carrboro.
4) I w ill support a ten-cent tax to subsidize
the bus service.
5) I think that Carrboro and Chapel Hill
will merge in the next 20 to 30 years.
6) I look at all the population of Carrboro
when looking at priorities. One cannot look
at a piece of the pie without looking at the
w hole pie.
7) Cane Creek will meet the needs of
Carrboro and Chapel H ill for the next 25 to
30 years. So I will favor Cane Creek.
8) If I am re-elected. 1 will see that the
1) Carrboro must solve the many
problems it has incurred as a direct result of a
phenomenally explosive growth in
population in recent years. This explosive
growth has tremendously increased the
demands for services and facilities to be
provided by the town without a
commensurate increase in the town's tax
base, which is the primarysource of revenue.
It is my opinion that these growing pains
cannot be addressed in an effective manner
until a more responsible and truly
progressive board of aldermen is elected to
provide a broader base of representation
which will be sensitive and truly responsive
to the needs of all citizens. Therefore, one
must .conclude that the single most
important issue lacing the Town of Carrboro
during the next four years is the Nov. 8
election, which is the most critical in the
2) 1 definitely feel that students living in
Carrboro should take an active role in
municipal affairs. Through active
participation they will become better
informed citizens and will contribute greatly
to the election of responsible and effective
leaders who will administer the town's
business on a fair, equitable and
3) Carrboro is presently engaged in a
program which provides bus service to areas
where residents have the greatest need. This
level of service is an excellent way for the
town to address the problem of meeting its
citizens' transit needs, and I support it
It is my opinion that the present level of
service provides a sound basis for
determining the. extent to which bus service
should be expanded and the level of funding
which the town can afford to appropriate for
4) With sufficient justification of need, the
assurance that it would be within the town's
financial capability and that it would be in
accord with priorities outlined in an
organized plan of long-range goals and
objectives. I would support a tax increase or
a bond referendum which would improve the
quality of life for all residents of Carrboro in
a fair and equitable manner, i would not,
however, propose a tax increase to subsidize
all options to increase the storage capacity of
the water system. After having made this
review and with creative administrative
leadership, I believe that we will see a
solution to our water problem.
8) If the members of the town board keep
in mind that students are a part of the
constituency that they are serving, then
students will get their fair share of town
1) The biggest problem facing the
Town of Carrboro during the next four
years is unity in the town. Town
government and town people need to
unite together for one purpose, to work
for a belter Carrboro. I am a lifetime
resident of Carrboro; I have grown up
with the town. I think I can fairly
represent all citizens of Carrboro.
2) If a student or any other resident is
a citizen of the Town of Carrboro and
legally registered, I do not have
problems with them voting or taking
active roles in municipal affairs.
3) 1 don't think we need to expand the
present transportation system any
further than it is now. The system is
serving the purpose and the people it
was intended to serve.
4) No, I am not opposed to public
transportation. I am opposed to
subsidized public transportation.
5) 1 am not in favor of a merger for the
Town of Carrboro and the Town of
Chapel Hill. We each have our own
governmental unit and our own
identity. I don't see why we should
students get their fair share of all town
bus service until exhausting all possible
sources of funding available within the
5) I am absolutely opposed to a merger of
Carrboro and Chaper Hill.
6) Policy decisions which affect the quality
of life which a town provides its citizens
should be made in a nondiscriminatory
manner. Regardless of the imbalances which
exist in the town's population structure,
elected officials should strive for a
qualitative and a quantitative improvement
in the level of services and facilities in a
realistic and fiscally responsible manner.
' 7) Finding an adequate source to
supplement the shortage of water we will
experience during the spring and summer
months of the next several years is an
immediate priority in solving the local water
problem. The Hillsborough pipeline,
supplemental wells, the Haw River, the
gravel pit and Alamance County sources are
possible short-range solutions.
8) The appointment of a blue ribbon
advisory commission comprised of equal
representation from all segments of the
community, including students, would be an
appropriate action for the town board to
tatke to insure that all citizens receive their
fair share of town services.
1) The Town of Carrboro has many
problems: water, streets, obtaining an
identity, trash, dogs and much more, I am
sure. I will set priorities if elected to the
Board. I don't make any promises to solve
the problems but will do my best trying.
2) I do not feel the student should be
allowed to vote in our local elections.
Usually the student is interested in an issue
and not in the town as a whole. I just don't
believe anyone can be sensitive to the needs
of people in the short time a student is here.
3) The bus question was answered in 197 1 ,
1 973 and 1 976; therefore, I will do my best to
represent the majority of the public's wishes.
4) Since the tax increase has been voted
down three times, legally the board cannot
increase taxes for a subsidy purpose without
5) Merger of the towns hopefully will
6) If there were priorities, 1 would have to
go with the one that benefited the town and
7) 1 think the filling of Jordan Lake would
solve our water problem.
8) I don't know of any special action the
board could take toward assuring students
town services as I believe in treating
6) When town board priorities are
established they should be with all
citizens of the town.
7) We should fill the New Hope
reservoir and draw water from the Haw
River to help solve our water problems"
8) All tow n services are provided for
all people of Carrboro. Everyone gets
the same treatment.
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