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July 22, 2016

Residential Parking Permit Renewals Have Begun

If you live in a Town of Chapel Hill residential parking district, your parking permit is scheduled to expire on July 31. Applications for the 2016-2017 year are now being accepted

Residents may apply if they live on a street where parking is prohibited and there is no practical way of parking off the street. The fee for a residential parking permit is $25 per year. Fees will be waived for those age 65 or older (proof of age must be provided).

Also available are 3-day and 14-day Temporary Residential Visitor Parking Permits. Temporary Residential Permits are available with proof of residency. Up to 10 three-day permits may be purchased in a year for $2 each. Up to five 14-day permits may be purchased each year for $10 each. Guest permits are still available for short-term parking of 24 hours or less within residential parking zones.

The Residential Parking Permit Program was created in 1978 and has since grown to include more than 15 neighborhoods. The program helps to manage parking in residential areas where nonresident parking is impacting the ability of residents to park. The goal is to protect and improve the quality of life and character in the neighborhood by reducing the amount of overflow parking, discouraging cut-through traffic and ensuring adequate parking spaces for the residents.

The Parking Office has moved to the Chapel Hill Police Headquarters at 828 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Contact the Parking Office at 919-968-2758 or

For more information, visit, download the brochure at or call 919-968-2758.



April 16, 2015

As the school year winds down at colleges and universities across the country, students are looking at off-campus apartments and housing for next year. In most college communities, there are always more students looking for rentals than there are properties available, so the choices for safe, affordable housing are often limited and compromises may have to be made.

A choice in housing may hinge on three factors:
1. Is it close to campus?
2. Do I get my own room?
3. Is it affordable?
These are certainly important things to look for, but when it comes to fire safety, there are other considerations as well. The potential list is long, but I would distill it down to what I think are the top three priorities based on the fires I have seen over the years in off-campus housing:
1. Does it have two ways out from each floor? Sometimes this might have to be an escape ladder.
2. Does it have working smoke alarms, one on each floor, and one in each bedroom?
3. Is smoking not allowed? Smoking is the leading cause of fatal fires, particularly when they start in couches out on the front porches or decks.
Students were killed in fires in Boston and Cincinnati because they were trapped in their third floor rooms. Students were killed in fires in Madison and Ann Arbor because a fire started in a couch on the front porch and then swept into the house in the middle of the night. Students have died in fires where the smoke alarms were missing or the batteries had been taken out.

I have two sons in college, and we all want to give our kids the freedom to make decisions, including picking where to live, but this is something that they just may not think about. Last September I spent move-in weekend going around Boston talking with parents, and for every single one I talked with, this was the first time they were seeing where their son or daughter was going to be living. Many were appalled at the choices that had been made, but it was too late.

This is something you can be a part of, and even if they have already picked a place, you can still make a difference when you are helping them move in next fall. Not enough smoke alarms? You can talk with the landlord or, even faster, just go out and buy them and put them up yourself. It's cheap, quick and easy.

Is your child living on a second or third story with only one way out? Give them a fire escape ladder. I just came back from an off-campus fire in Columbus, Ohio. All of the students got out safely through the stairway, but in one of the rooms there was a box with an escape ladder in it. She was ready-is your son or daughter?

Yes, we want to let them make choices, but they also need to learn how to make good choices, and this is an opportunity to help them before they head off on their own. Whether it is now, when they are picking an apartment, or next fall, when they are moving in, I encourage you to be a part of it!


Ed Comeau
Campus Firewatch




Orange County Public Places are Smoke-Free


January 2014 also marked the one year anniversary of Orange County’s Smoke-Free Public Places Rule, initiated and passed by the Orange County Board of Health and later approved by the Board of County Commissioners. The Smoke-Free Public Places Rule prohibits smoking indoors anywhere the public is invited or allowed regardless of private business ownership and outside on property owned and/or controlled by the County or municipalities.The emphasis of the rule, rather than issuing citations, has been to educate the public on the effects of secondhand smoke, minimize exposure to secondhand smoke, and reduce the number of youth exposed to and subsequently taking up smoking. In the past year, the Orange County Health Department undertook an extensive education and awareness campaign to promote cessation services and make people aware of the Smoke-Free Public Places Rule.

Important Information for Students Living Off Campus

Orange County NC
Solid Waste and Recycling News
April 2014

SPRING SHRED-A-THONS for confidential paper destruction will be held Thursday, April 24 in Chapel Hill at University Mall and Saturday , April 26 in Hillsborough at the Hampton Pointe Recycling drop-off site, behind Home Depot.  Both events from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and are limited to Orange County residents, small businesses and local government employees. The amount of paper a representative can bring is limited to five “banker” boxes or 5 bags. 
Please remove any non-paper materials prior to bringing loads to the Shred-a-thon such as plastic binders, plastic folders, metal tabs, laminated paper, computer disks or other electronic media. The shredded paper will be recycled so we want to keep it clean! Shredding will take place on-site.
2ND ANNUAL SPRING REUSE RODEO   If you are moving out or cleaning out, this four day event is for you.  Bring your used but useful items to this special collection to benefit local non-profits, reduce waste and support reuse in our community
Wednesday, April 30 – Saturday, May 3
9:00a.m. ‐ 2:00p.m.
Hargrave’s Center “lower lot” on Mitchell Lane in Chapel Hill

The Reuse Rodeo is timed and located to cater to departing students, but anyone is welcome to participate in this one-stop drop!  Check the list below and bring the following items to these participating non–profits:

PTA Thrift Store and local schools:
• Clean clothing, belts, bags, shoes and accessories
• Small appliances: toasters, microwaves, blenders, heaters (must be in working order)
• Housewares: shelving, lamps, area rugs, dish sets, sheets
• Furniture in good condition
Too large to move? Call the PTA Thrift store at 919.417.0553 to make a pick-up appointment for large items and furniture
Back‐to‐School supplies for kids at the Hargrave’s Center:
• Blank notebooks and binders
• Unused paper of all colors and types
• Lightly used book bags
• Calculators
• Pens, pencils, erasers, glue sticks, and other unused school supplies
The Inter‐Faith Council:
• Clean, reusable cloth bags
• Unopened cans and boxes of food
• Unopened personal hygiene products (shampoo, lotion, feminine products)

Compass Center for Women and Families:
• Cell phones (with chargers if possible)

Electronics equipment, such as computers, TVs and stereos:
• The equipment will be triaged, donated or recycled

If it is not on this list, do not bring it to the collection. Do not leave items before or after collection hours. The goal is to reduce move‐out waste and support local re‐users. Volunteers from the participating non-profits will be on hand to assist with unloading. For more information, please call 919.968.2788 or e-mail

WANT MORE?  HOW ABOUT REUSE BOOT CAMP!  Learn how to start and operate a CREATIVE REUSE CENTER from the industry leader.  The2nd Annual Creative Reuse Center Boot Camp program is May 13-16 at The Scrap Exchange in Durham. Whether you are just getting started developing a center, or need help growing an existing program, this four-day immersion program based on 22 years of experience is for you. More details here.

WANTED: A FEW GOOD DRIVERS! The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department has three driver positions available in the Sanitation Division which operates the Solid Waste Convenience Centers.  Possession of a minimum class B commercial driver’s license (CDL) issued by the State of North Carolina is required. Other details, requirements  and application information can be found on Orange County’s Human Resources website.

EARTH DAY EVERY DAY AND NIGHT!  In celebration of the 44th annual Earth Day, Orange County will be hosting  the 2nd annual informative and entertaining “Earth Evening” on Friday, April 25, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in conjunction with Hillsborough’s Last Friday Art Walk.  This special event will be located at the Farmers’ Market Pavilion, 140 E. Margaret Lane in Hillsborough and will include events and demonstrations for all ages, and kids can participate in hands-on earth day related crafts and activities. Visit the Solid Waste Management booth to talk about what’s new, old and interesting in recycling and composting.  We will also have a special collection for fluorescent light bulbs (no tubes please!), used cooking oil, and cell phones. They will be recycled or donated for reuse.

Other participants include Orange County Departments of Animal Services; Cooperative Extension; Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation; Environmental Health; and the library, the Eno River Association; NC Forest Service; Hillsborough Stormwater Management; Orange County Beekeepers Association, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.   Join us!

For more information, contact Marabeth Carr at 919.245.2516.


Posted Date: 12/11/2013

Do you live off-campus or are you considering living off-campus next year? If so, please be aware of several Town of Chapel Hill regulations that you should know about...

  • No more than four unrelated people can reside in a single-family house or four unrelated people per side of a duplex.
  • Be sure that your parking areas are clearly defined by an all-weather surface or gravel and that the parking area only takes up 40 percent of your front yard.
  • Don't forget to roll your garbage bin out to the curb by 6 a.m. and remove by 7 p.m. on trash collection days (check with your landlord or the Town's website for your trash collection day).
  • Contact Public Works at 919-969-5100 to schedule a pick-up of furniture, appliances and other bulky items.
  • Lock all doors and windows in your house and car, especially when out of town.

Also, if you live in the Northside or Pine Knolls neighborhoods please be aware that a maximum of four cars are allowed to be parked on a lot (includes parking in the side and back yard). Owners of duplexes and triplexes may apply to the Planning Board for an exception to this regulation to allow up to six cars on a lot.

The Town has increased enforcement of these and other regulations. If a property is found to be in violation, the Town could seek formal action that could include fines of up to $100 per day until the violation is corrected.

For more information, please visit the Town's Off-Campus Student Life Webpage at  or contact the Chapel Hill Planning Department at


Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness Real Change Campaign

The Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness is a coalition of homeless
service providers, local government and the broader community working
together to create REAL CHANGE in the lives of people experiencing or at risk
of homelessness by increasing access to Housing, Employment & Services.

Join our work by volunteering and/or donating to our initiatives:

*  Job Partners—helping people become employed
*  Support Circles—supporting people to become stably housed
*  Project Connect—connecting people to essential services

Donate to HOMELESS SERVICE PROVIDERS instead of giving to
panhandlers in order to make REAL CHANGE in people’s lives—
find a list of providers on our website.