Center: Lydia Lavelle - Mayor. Town Council from left to right: Barbara Foushee, Damon Seils - Mayor Pro Tem, Randee Haven-O'Donnell, Jacquelyn Gist, Sammy Slade, Bethany Chaney
Read bios of our Council Members by clicking their names on the left.
Mayor’s Welcome Message
Hello and welcome to Carrboro! Whether you’re looking for a place to spend the day, or a place to call home, you will find it here. We are proud to be a progressive, engaged, and forward thinking community with a relaxing small town atmosphere.
Carrboro has come a long way from its roots. Originally established as a rail spur for the nearby University of North Carolina, we soon became a company town for workers at the Alberta Cotton Mill. Where we were once thought of as “the wrong side of the tracks,” we have since become a progressive haven and a remarkable example of a diverse, exciting, town with a difficult to articulate but easy to feel identity. Here, mill houses anchor our walkable, wireless downtown which is the heart of our community. We embrace the arts and a wide variety of cultural activities. The ArtsCenter hosts national and local performers, theatrical productions, art exhibits, classes for children and adults, and summer camps for kids of all ages. Catch a show at the iconic Cat’s Cradle – a fixture of downtown Carrboro that features established and local bands in a cool, intimate setting. Visit our local galleries and venues during the monthly 2nd Friday ArtWalks, and enjoy listening to live music on the lawn of Weaver Street Market on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings.
Carrboro loves to gather! Our annual Music Festival, held every September, is one huge musical block party. We also have a Film Festival, West End Poetry Weekend, a Halloween Carnival for children, an Open Streets Celebration, a 4th of July Peoples’ Parade, and our very own Carrboro Day. We have our own volunteer-run radio station, WCOM, which offers a wide variety of programs. Carrboro’s Annual Community Dinner (“Sit Down with a Stranger and Leave with a Friend”) was recently honored with a 2nd place National League of Cities NBC-LEO Cultural Diversity Award.
We also love to exercise. Miles of sidewalks and trails, a disc golf course, beautiful Bolin Creek, and a vibrant running and cycling community keep us fit. In fact, we are the only “Silver Level Bicycle Friendly” municipality in North Carolina!
Shopping local is important to us, as evidenced by our many unique restaurants, coffee shops, and stores. The Carrboro Farmer’s Market has been touted in Bon Appetit Magazine as the best in North Carolina, and recognized by Martha Stewart Magazine as one of the six “Great Markets” in the country. The market slogan, “Locally Grown, Nationally Known” says it best. All farms must be within 50 miles of town, one of the ways we respect our farmers and strengthen the local economy. We are a foodie haven, offering everything from food trucks to fine dining and a local brewery.
Finally, we recently welcomed our very first hotel, the beautiful Hampton Inn & Suites. Now when you come to play, you will have a place to stay. Whether you bike, “Walk Carrboro” (www.walkcarrboro.com ) or take advantage of our free bus service, I hope you will enjoy all that our community has to offer.
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Public comments are accepted at most meetings. Speakers are limited to three minutes but can speak to the Council on any topic.
To see if public comments are being accepted at the meeting and to see what other items will be discussed, you can find the agenda by clicking here. If the agenda includes "Requests From Visitors and Speakers From the Floor," then public comments are welcome. Public comments are also welcome for items listed as "Public Hearing."
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