Thursday, January 26, 2012
The Daily Tar Heel
County extends tax listing deadlinedue to delay in mailing notifications
Orange County Board of Commissioners voted to extend the property tax deadline forthis year.Property tax listings are usually due onthe last day of January, but due to a delay inmailing notifications, the deadline is extend-ed to Feb. 29.
Student Congress special electionvoting is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today
Student Congress is holding its specialelections today to fill vacant seats for the body’s spring session.Election voting will take place on studen-tlife.unc.edu, and will be open from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m.There is one open seat in the NorthCampus district, one in the off-campusdistrict and two in the graduate studentdistrict.There are six students who will appear onthe various district ballots.Connor Brady, Peter “Mac” McClelland,and Jonathan Stupak are on the ballot forNorth Campus.Travis Crayton, Burke Edwards, and RossHardeman are on the ballot for off-campus.No one is on the ballot for the graduatedistrict seat.The winner will be announced tonight.
- From staff and wire reports
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By Jenny Surane
After much waiting, Rogers Roadresidents expect to see Orange County Landfill close in June 2013 — andtonight, they will ask county commis-sioners to give them more to makeup for the years their community hashosted county waste.The Orange County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight todiscuss the impending closure of thecounty landfill on Eubanks Road. Afterit closes, all waste will be transportedto a Durham waste transfer station by truck.The Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association has made several requestsfrom the county in addition to closingthe landfill, which has operated in thecommunity since 1972. According to agenda items, com-
By Elizabeth Straub
Chapel Hill trash could be dumped onDurham as soon as next year.But because of environmental concerns,Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton opposesthe plan to move local waste to the City of Durham Transfer Station when OrangeCounty’s landfill reaches capacity — andtonight, he’ll share his views with OrangeCounty Commissioners.The Orange County Board of Commissioners will meet today to discussthe future of the Orange County landfill, which could reach capacity between 2013and 2017, forcing it to close.Chilton, who has proposed building anew waste transfer station in Chapel Hill,said he hopes the board will reconsider theplan because it would take more fuel to ship waste to Durham, and because the Durhamstation does not require as many materials to be recycled. While Orange County bans corrugatedcardboard and scrap metal from its landfill,the Durham transfer station does not.Gayle Wilson, Orange County solid wastemanagement director, said incoming wasteat the Orange County landfill is inspected todetermine if it contains banned materials, but the county would no longer control theseinspections if waste is sent to Durham.“Waste would not be scrutinized to verify if the waste was being properly managedaccording to Orange County’s standards,” hesaid. “I would suspect that it is possible less waste would be recycled or diverted from the waste stream.”Chilton said Orange County was the firstcounty in North Carolina to reach mandated waste reduction goals, and switching to theDurham station would undo the progress.Though Durham’s plant doesn’t requireas many materials to be separated, ChrisMarriott, solid waste disposal manager atthe City of Durham, said the transfer stationadheres to North Carolina’s laws on waste.“The City of Durham already encouragesthe recycling of cardboard and scrap metalat its transfer station,” Marriott said in anemail.Una Sammon, co-chairwoman of Students Working for Environmental Actionand Transformation at UNC’s Campus Y,said in light of the different trash policies,she thinks transferring waste to Durham isnot a long-term solution for Orange County.“It’s a problem that needs a bigger solu-tion, and there isn’t one that people are will-ing to adopt,” she said.Chilton also said the increased fuel use of transporting waste to Durham would lead toincreased air pollution. He is also concernedabout the financial impact, he said.Chilton said Carrboro and Chapel Hill willpay an additional $200,000 and $700,000in fuel costs, respectively, if Orange County waste is transferred to Durham.“The main concern is about the additionalcost, about transporting all Carrboro andChapel Hill’s waste to that facility,” he said.
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Eric Montross, former UNC and NBA basketball player, reads to children at Read-a-thon Night at Frank Porter Graham Elementary School on Wednesday.
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By Janie Sircey
Fifth-grader Bonnie Stolt says she has beenreading at least 100 minutes a day since her ele-mentary school began its 14th annual Read-a-thon.She and the rest of the students at Frank PorterGraham Elementary School are aiming to read thatmuch everyday from Jan. 20 to Feb. 3. Their effortis part of a two-week fundraiser that brought localcelebrity guest readers to the school for a specialevent Wednesday night.“It really gets people to read, considering thefact that most of the boys usually just play videogames,” Stolt said.The school’s overall goal is to read for a total of 680,000 minutes. Each student has a reading logto keep track of their minutes.“This sells itself,” Assistant Principal CrystalEpps said. “Kids look forward to it every year.”This year’s total number of minutes will be cal-culated in either March or April, said Kathy Irvin,co-chairwoman of the fundraiser.During the Read-a-thon students ask neighbors,friends and family members to pledge a set amountof money per minute or contribute a one-timedonation at the end of the fundraiser.Last year, the school raised more than $13,000,and the goal for this year is to maintain or exceedthat amount, Irvin said.The money raised goes to the PTA, which plansto use it to purchase items for the students includ-ing a new sound system for the gym.“It goes to some pretty important things that, inthese tough times, are difficult to buy,” Irvin said.Parents and children all said they were excitedabout the Read-a-thon. Wednesday’s Read-a-thon event had a “Go Wildfor Reading” theme that included a petting zoo inthe science lab and jungle-style decorations.“I really like ‘Jessica’s Jungle,’” student LoreleiPyun-Christian said of the display.The school also invited local “VIP” readers,including former UNC and NBA basketball playerEric Montross, Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton andChapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, to readaloud at the event.“I had a hard time learning to read as a child,and my grandma who was a school teacher helpedme learn,” Chilton said. “I do this in memory of my grandma.”Montross stressed the importance of books to
By Josie Hollingsworth
Lifetime Fitness classes and stu-dent groups that rely on BowmanGray pool have been without a placeto swim this semester, due to safety concerns. Administrators declined to com-ment further on the condition of thefacility, and Aquatics Director DebMurray said the pool will remainclosed indefinitely.“The coatings that were applied tothe structural supports in the ceil-ing were starting to fail,” said JohnMurphy, occupational and environ-mental hygiene manager. A year-long renovation to makethe facility compliant with safety and disability regulations ended inOctober 2010. A little more than a year later, the pool has closed again.Students, including those inLifetime Fitness classes and mem- bers of the club swimming team,have voiced concern about the clos-ing of the pool.Freshman Bailie Walters, who isenrolled in swim conditioning, saidshe took the swimming class becauseof a knee condition.“This seems to be something thatshould have been foreseen and wasprobably a health risk to begin with,” Walters said in an email.Freshman Richard Mull, who isin the same class, said instead of swimming, the class has been play-ing ultimate Frisbee, tag and runningstadium stairs.Freshman David Galindo, anothermember of the class, said he wasnot satisfied with the University’sresponse to the pool’s closing.“They just want to change the classto exercise and fitness or have usdrop,” Galindo said.
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missioners received recommendationsin May from association asking thecounty to consider measures to mini-mize the long-term health effects of thelandfill on the neighborhood. Among other requests, the organi-zation has asked the county to builda community center and to connectremaining homes to public water andsewer lines.
Many houses in the Rogers Roadcommunity rely on backyard wells, andresidents worry that seepage from thelandfill could contaminate their water. A survey by the Orange County Health Department last year foundnine of 11 wells in the Rogers Road
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community are contaminated anddon’t meet Environmental Protection Agency standards.The county has been working tocorrect what has been labelled aninjustice by residents and other com-munity members. In October, com-missioners confirmed they wouldextend water services to 67 proper-ties in the Rogers Road community,though Commissioner Earl McKeesaid some non-historic homes weren’tconnected.Since the county took control of thelandfill about 10 years ago, they havealso built sidewalks through the histor-ically minority and low-income RogersRoad community, extended bus linesto the area and planted trees, County Manager Frank Clifton said.Despite the county’s past efforts tofix the problem, not all of the requestson tonight’s agenda have been well-received by county staff in their recom-mendations to commissioners.“The problem the county has withsome of the requests is that they arenot necessarily affiliated with the land-fill,” Clifton said.The agenda states that it would not be appropriate to use money generated by a tipping fee applied to the landfill’suse to build a community center.The staff recommendation doessupport funding water hook ups withlandfill money. It also notes that thecounty and towns of Chapel Hill andCarrboro could address funding and building a community center in other ways.Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton saidhe hopes many of the requests pass.“I think we owe them the sewersin the neighborhood for putting up with our garbage for the last 40 years,”Chilton said.He said he is worried, though, that if the county funds the new sewage lines,it will inspire new development in thearea that might cause gentrification.“I hope we will find a way to pre-serve the affordable housing on RogersRoad,” Chilton said. “We don’t wantmembers of the black community tofeel like they are being pushed out.”
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the students at the end of his reading.“I know movies and video games are fun, but when you read you can imagine things,” he said.“Sometimes movies don’t do the trick,”Montross said he loves reading to the studentsat the school because his own children went there.“My favorite part is watching the kids’ eyes go wide,” he said.Reader and former chairman of the Read-a-thonGlenn Simon said the event brings back memories.“I used to read aloud to my kids, and I know it was always an attention-getter for them,” he said.“It helped them focus and worked on their verbalskills. I love revisiting that with the children.”
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“I’m sick of having to drop, andI don’t want to switch around my schedule.”Kendra Loch, vice president of theclub swimming team, said the grouphas a meet on Feb. 11 but hasn’t beenable to use the pool to practice.“Practice is how we get to knoweach other,” she said. “It’s crucial to what our team is.”Other students use Bowman Gray for intramural sports and recreation.Some said they are disappointedin the status of the facility.“I just got into swimming over thesummer,” said senior Dean Segal. “I was told to swim because of physicaltherapy. Part of the reason I came toUNC was to use facilities.”“We’ve tried swimming at Koury,and we’ve been denied. That’s wherethe varsity team practices,” Segalsaid.Rich DeSelm, UNC’s varsity swim-ming coach, said in an email thatKoury Natatorium is allowing rec-reational swim hours usually held atBowman Gray. Recreational hours atKoury are noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.“I guess it’s a good thing that they closed it,” said freshman Ryan Joyce,a member of the swim conditioningclass.“It’s safety before anything else.”
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