Mr. Stancil’s memorandum
From: Roger Stancil
To: Donna Bell , Ed Harrison , “Gene Pease ” , Jim Ward , Jim Ward2 , “Laurin Easthom ” , “Lee Storrow (LeeStorrow.CH@gmail.com)” , Mark Kleinschmidt , Mark McCurry , Matt Czajkowski , Town Council , Penny Rich
CC: Amy Harvey , Catherine Lazorko , Dwight Bassett , Flo Miller , Jason Damweber , John Richardson , Ralph Karpinos , Roger Stancil , Sabrina Oliver , Toni Pendergraph
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:11:53 -0500
Subject: Ordinances and policies regarding use of public space
When the Occupy Chapel Hill/Carrboro Movement began occupying the public space at the Peace and Justice Plaza in October 2011, we opted to observe and monitor the area without actively enforcing some of the aforementioned regulations, including requiring permits for use of the space, limiting the length of time the space could be used by the same organization, and banning camping and staying on public property overnight. We also did not actively enforce regulations related to smoking in front of the Post Office/Court Building and affixing signs to public buildings.
The Occupy Movement vacated the Peace and Justice Plaza on January 10, 2012. The group’s decision to vacate the Plaza presents a timely opportunity for us to consider enforcement of adopted ordinances and established policies and procedures regulating the use of the Peace and Justice Plaza and all other public spaces and facilities.
The Town’s relationship with the Occupy Chapel Hill/Carrboro Movement has been positive and a constructive dialogue has been established with the group that we expect will continue into the future despite their lack of long-term presence at the Peace and Justice Plaza. Moving forward, I plan to ensure that all adopted ordinances and established policies and procedures regulating the use of public spaces and facilities, including but not limited to those mentioned in this report, are enforced by Town staff to the extent possible.
If the you need additional information, please let me know. If you have a different view or desire to review and possibly amend any of the existing regulations, please let me know so can add an item to a future agenda for discussion and guidance.
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