The Chapel Hill Town Council is committed to a new community center and sewer lines in the Rogers Road neighborhood, but how much will the town pay?
Town Council members did not answer that question last week, although some did wonder if those projects will make up for 40 years of living beside the Orange County Landfill.
Council member Jim Ward, who serves with Council member Penny Rich on the Historic Rogers Road Task Force, said the council has a lot of questions as it moves forward.
The center should be the first priority, because it will have “more impact on kids and is the easier problem to solve,” Ward said.
The center was forced to close in August because of fire and building code issues.
The County Commissioners have pledged $500,000 for a new center – roughly the cost for a 3,000-square-foot building.
The commissioners also suggested that Chapel Hill and Carrboro consider paying to equip the center, its first year of utilities, and permitting and connection costs.
Carrboro recently committed $900,000 toward the roughly $6 million sewer project. The commissioners have postponed discussion of sewer costs to a future meeting.