Triangle Politics

The pulp has been moved

Staff WritersJune 24, 2006 

SOME PULP: At the last Carrboro Board of Aldermen meeting, board members finally approved a measure they had been been discussing for the past five months.

After sending the proposal back to town staff to work on several times, the board adopted architectural standards for future developments being built in downtown Carrboro.

In a gruesome way of saying "That's all, folks," Alderman Alex Zaffron likened the measure to a horse.

"We've beat this horse to a bloody pulp. Let's move on," he said as he made a motion to adopt the standards.

"The 'bloody pulp' has been moved," joked Mayor Mark Chilton, obviously amused.

CUTTING THE CORD: Orange County Commissioner Steve Halkiotis finally learned this week why one local nonprofit formerly had the same address as the local mental health agency.

The Chrysalis Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was initially created to raise money for certain programs directed by the Orange-Person-Chatham Area Program.

With the state's spinoff of mental health services, the foundation has completely separated from the mental health agency and is now requesting county funds.

"We need to have some kind of tracking device," Halkiotis said.

"Whenever there's a birth of a new agency, maybe the product of a publicly funded group, ... then the umbilical cord gets cut and they want to be part of the publicly funded group and we nurture them."

NEW JERSEY? Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker, meanwhile, can be forgiven for not throwing on the autographed Canes jersey handed to him at the downtown celebration this week.

It was noon in Raleigh on the first day of summer, after all, and the temperature hovered in the mid-90s.

Meeker said he wanted to be sure that given the jersey's value, historic and otherwise, that it stays in the finest, non-sweaty condition. Look for it on framed display in City Hall soon.

POLITICALLY SPEAKING

"That's a public hearing I don't want to have," said Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton, speaking hypothetically about a possible moratorium on development that could pit advocates of the public schools against the real estate community. A local law requires a moratorium on development if schools reach 105 percent of capacity. That could happen if a new school does not open in time, according to projections.

POLITICAL TRAIL

* WESTERN WAKE REPUBLICAN CLUB will meet Monday at the Salem Tavern at 6464 Tryon Road in Cary.

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