Chapel Hill Council selects new member

Posted December 14, 2009

— The Chapel Hill Town Council selected Donna Bell to fill its vacant seat Monday evening.

She will serve the last two years of former council member Bill Strom's term. Strom resigned in August so it was too late for his seat to be filled by last month's election.

Bell has previously served on Chapel Hill's Planning Board, the EmPowerment Board of Directors and the Town's Sustainable Community Visioning Task Force.



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  • inventor61 Dec 16, 2009

    Actual democracy is a pesky inconvenience in Chapel Hill. Not all Town Council positions are filled by elected individuals. Just some positions.

    The new mayor there said if he were to want to approach town leadership, he would be most likely to seek out a representative who looked like him. Wow. So, personal appearance - rather than votes - seems to be a major factor in being appointed to one of the unelected seats on the council.

    Apparently, if you have the correct amount of melanin in your skin, you're a shoo-in for at least one of the council seats ... which, in Chapel Hill, also conveniently open up at the most opportune times.

  • djcgriffin Dec 15, 2009

    ncguy - when I was in school at UNC I thought the same thing!

    What is the reason for not allowing large stores in CH? Are they trying to keep the community/home feel of the town?

  • ncguy Dec 15, 2009

    A conservative should be on he board to balance this leftist regime!

    They will all see shortly the tax base decline as there is no growth!
    Everyone shops in Durham county because Chapel Hill won't allow any big retailers such as Target or Wally world.

    I doubt whole foods will carry the tax burden alone.