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Town Council Supports Keeping Chapel Hill's Halloween Bash

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The Chapel Hill Town Council discussed a report on Monday night that describes large-scale events that generate large crowds, public safety concerns and substantial traffic management problems in downtown Chapel Hill.

The report, by the Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation Department, recommended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hold victory parties related to sporting events on campus and also for the town to stop hosting the annual Halloween celebration, in which an estimated 80,000 people gather each year.

The Council expressed support for continuing town management of many events including Festifall, consideration of a smaller community event to replace Apple Chill perhaps at a different time of year, UNC basketball victory celebrations and Halloween.

Chapel Hill Police Chief Gregg Jarvies proposed stricter enforcement measures that could result in more citations issued and arrests made to improve public safety at Halloween.

The Council requested a report on the management plan for Halloween closer to the event to inform the public of any changes.

Past trouble with events, such as last month's Apple Chill after-party, prompted the report. Chapel Hill Mayor Kevin Foy asked the Town Council to end the spring street festival after three people were shot following the event's ending.

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