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Mayor Lavelle has many priorities as the leader of Carrboro. Several are summarized below:

Getting around Carrboro

Getting into town and moving around easily and safely is a must for residents and visitors to Carrboro. During Mayor Lavelle’s time as mayor, recent infrastructure improvements that have been approved or are currently being designed or built for Carrboro include new sidewalks for Rogers Road, a roundabout improvement at Estes Drive, construction of Phase 1B of the North-South Greenway, new sidewalks for S. Greensboro Street, and continuing planning for the Morgan Creek Greenway.

An early supporter of the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail line, Mayor Lavelle has been a member of the planning process for the project for many years. To serve the population of Carrboro-to-Durham (and back) commuters more immediately, Mayor Lavelle supported Go Triangle’s extension in 2016 of the 405 bus route from Durham to downtown Carrboro. During her time on the Transit Partners Committee, she advocated for the extension of Chapel Hill Transit’s HS Route to Rogers Road and Morris Grove Elementary School in Carrboro.

Mayor Lavelle currently serves on the Carrboro Greenways Commission. As a member of this commission, she participates in policy discussions about greenways, and seeks to balance the town’s goals of identifying bicycle and pedestrian connections while minimizing disruption to preserved open space.

The town recently completed a parking study that identified ways to improve parking options for visitors. Mayor Lavelle supports the idea of finding ways to bring private parking into the public inventory at appropriate times. Additionally, she is working with staff to address the finding of the study that better wayfinding is necessary in the town.

A safe, just and welcoming Carrboro

Consistently, Mayor Lavelle is one of the first (and often only) mayors in North Carolina to issue proclamations, introduce local policy or law, or speak out as a member of a statewide or national mayors group in a way that makes clear the Town’s commitment to be a welcoming and safe place for all its residents.

The Board of Aldermen has a history of supporting immigrants’ rights. For example, the Board voted to reaffirm Carrboro as a place that is committed to supporting and welcoming unaccompanied immigrant minors fleeing violence. In 2016, Mayor Lavelle went through the process of obtaining a Faith Action ID to support El Centro Hispano and the Carrboro Police Department in their efforts to urge identification for members of the Carrboro community who many not have had access to government-issued forms of ID. With recent action by President Trump to end the DACA program, Mayor Lavelle is investigating ways the Town can support its residents who will be affected by this decision.

Mayor Lavelle is also committed to combatting racism, explicit and institutional. She has participated in a two-day Racial Equity Institute (REI) anti-racism workshop. She signed on to the U.S. Conference of Mayors “Compact to Combat Hate” and attended a vigil against white supremacy in Hillsborough following the recent supremacist events in Charlottesville, Virginia. During her most recent term as mayor, Carrboro has hosted several third-party mediated community conversations with the Carrboro Police Department in order to increase trust between residents of Carrboro and their police force. The town has hosted larger discussions regarding the investment of body-worn cameras and departmental policy regarding profiling and disparities in traffic stop data. Mayor Lavelle has also helped organize Carrboro’s annual community reading of “What the Fourth of July Means to the Negro” by Frederick Douglass, an idea proposed to the town by former Orange/Chatham County Public Defender James Williams.

Following the passing of House Bill 2, Mayor Lavelle took the lead by immediately and unequivocally denouncing the law as well as bringing the community together to hear the concerns of those affected by this hateful law, particularly transgender people of color.

In June 2017, Mayor Lavelle pledged that Carrboro would uphold the climate goals set forth by the Paris Agreement despite President Trump’s decision to formally withdraw the United States from the agreement. This act was not just symbolic, but followed the hard work of community members to put together Carrboro’s Community Climate Action Plan adopted by the board in January 2017.

Mayor Lavelle often signs amicus briefs for federal cases on appeal that address issues of importance in Carrboro. Recent cases have centered on LGBT rights, housing issues, and immigrant rights. 

Supporting a growing Carrboro

As Carrboro grows and thrives, Mayor Lavelle has paid particular attention to not only development, but how resources are invested within Carrboro. Serving on the Orange Country Visitors Bureau Board of Directors and as a liaison to the Carrboro Appearance Commission, Mayor Lavelle balances strategizing how to make Carrboro an even more attractive and welcoming destination for visitors, but also how to preserve both the historical elements of the town and the unique personality and “quirkiness” of Carrboro. This has meant supporting and maintaining relationships with local businesses and other stakeholders in downtown Carrboro, as well as encouraging responsible economic growth.

Mayor Lavelle has also been a strong advocate for the future Southern Branch Library, which after years of discussion and partnership with Orange County has resulted in a location at the town-owned property at 203 South Greensboro Street, a resource that will accessibly serve community members for generations to come, and that will contribute to the positive vibe of the downtown.

Growth and development in Carrboro also necessitates the regular monitoring and improvement of infrastructure. Mayor Lavelle has supported conversations about flooding and stormwater management, and was one of several board members to hit the ground with a tour of properties in Carrboro that have been affected by recent rain events. She is looking forward to the hiring of a Stormwater Utility Manager and supported the implementation of a stormwater fee in order to start to address these concerns.

The community around Carrboro

Having a successful community means working with neighboring communities as well as other local and state-wide leaders, and understanding their perspectives. For several years, Mayor Lavelle has been a member of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, comprised of elected officials from throughout Orange County. Her leadership led the group to adopt an equal per-household recycling fee throughout the County in an effort to increase recycling.

Mayor Lavelle is also a member of the North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, and was recently nominated to serve on its Executive Committee. This partnership of mayors from across the state focuses on the special interests of the largest cities in North Carolina, as well as cities with transit systems, using the voices of mayors to advocate to the North Carolina General Assembly and Governor for job creation, revenue streams and increased statutory authority. In recent years, the work of this coalition has become even more important. 

The Chatham/Orange Joint Task Force is a body that was recently established by the Orange County Board of Commissioners to discuss issues of mutual interest to participating members, particularly in light of the coming Chatham Park development. Recognizing the importance of this task force, Mayor Lavelle offered to serve as Carrboro’s appointment to this group.

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