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 In the News, May 15, 2017 

Carrboro to see how tiny houses might fit into town fabric

From “granny flats” to mini-cottages on wheels, the Carrboro aldermen are looking at how tiny homes might fit into the fabric of the town. “This is a topic we’ve been interested in for a while,” said Mayor Lydia Lavelle. “It would be a good addition to our housing stock in Carrboro, where we’re so dense and we’re only 6.4 square miles. We’re looking for opportunities for our citizens be able to age in place and or be able to have an additional income stream by [having] an accessory unit or tiny house.” With roughly 20,000 residents within town limits, Carrboro boasts the highest municipal population density in the state.

Downtown Washington now alight with creativity

Art is creeping up the alleyways of Washington courtesy of a City of Washington grant and Arts of the Pamilco. The recently installed work is a part of a $10,000 Main Street Grant to bring art to the downtown outdoors. The new artwork arches over the length of Harris Lane, an alley on the south side of West Main Street that links Main Street to parking lots on the waterfront.

Wilmington firefighters go high-tech to improve response times

City firefighters are planning to use a high-tech approach to help them beat Wilmington’s growing traffic congestion woes and improve response times. The city will install GPS devices on fire trucks allowing them to control traffic signals. Wilmington Assistant Fire Chief Frank Blackley said the GPS-powered devices would be installed on traffic signals at often-congested intersections and on all city fire engines.

Mount Airy water plants honored for quality

The city’s water quality is a huge source of pride in Mount Airy, and further evidence for that came this week through special recognition by a state agency. Both water-treatment facilities in town — F.G. Doggett Water Plant in the Laurel Bluff area and S.L. Spencer Water Plant on Orchard Street — were named recipients of the annual N.C. Area Wide Optimization Award. It was given by staff members of the N.C. Division of Water Resources’ Water Supply section in Raleigh in honor of those facilities surpassing federal and state drinking water standards.

Goldsboro earns award from National Main Street Center

The Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. received national recognition with a One to Watch Award presented by the National Main Street Center. The national recognition places downtown Goldsboro as the first national finalist and runner-up award winner in North Carolina, said Julie Metz, Goldsboro downtown development director and DGDC executive director. "It is quite the honor to be acknowledged by your peers, especially at the national level, for the efforts we have made to improve downtown Goldsboro," Metz said. "Our Goldsboro Main Street community consists of many partners led by two organizations, the City of Goldsboro and the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation.”