Roses to the Carrboro Police Department for its patient response last week when a man threatened to jump off the roof of the Hampton Inn on East Main Street.
Police Chief Walter Horton said Carrboro residents and businesses really deserve the thanks for understanding while streets around the hotel were closed for 18 hours. He also offered a shout-out to the Hampton Inn for giving emergency responders space in which to work and the Hickory Tavern for providing them with snacks and drinks.
Roses to the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and the Town of Chapel Hill for adding new pedestrian way finding signage to be installed throughout downtown this fall.
In partnership with the town, the Chapel Hill-Orange County Visitors Bureau, and UNC, the Downtown Partnership designed wayfinding signs to help visitors and residents find arts and cultural destinations throughout downtown Carrboro, Chapel Hill and the UNC campus.
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The signs will be placed in nine locations in downtown giving directional information on locations as well as average walking times to highlight downtown's walkability as well as its wide range of attractions.
Along with the way finding signs the Downtown Partnership has created a “Walk Chapel Hill” web page to highlight walkable downtown destinations at downtownchapelhill.com/walk.
Roses to Orange County’s Emergency Services office and volunteer and town fire departments for cutting the time it takes to get there when residents call for help.
Emergency crews are taking an average time of 14 minutes and 55 seconds to respond this year – the county’s first time below the 15-minute national standard, Emergency Services director Jim Groves said. In 2010, it took county ambulances roughly 17 minutes to respond to most calls.
The county’s 911 operators also improved their times, Groves said, answering 99 percent of 911 calls in under 15 seconds. The national standard is 95 percent of calls in 15 seconds or less. Local 911 operators could answer more than 93,000 calls this year, he said.
While seemingly small improvements, Groves and some local fire chiefs said that has made a life-or-death difference for residents in far reaches of Orange County.
New technology is helping, Groves said, but the biggest improvement was posting ambulances at strategically located volunteer fire stations. Orange County Commissioner Earl McKee led a task force last year that focused on resolving longtime conflicts, potential problems and ways the county and its rural partners can work together better.