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Frank Abernethy 

Candidate for Carrboro Alderman

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Name as it appears on the ballot: Frank Abernethy
Full legal name, if different: Darrell Frank Abernethy
Date of birth: Jan. 06, 1958
Home address: S-6 Villages Apt. 1000, Smithleavel Rd. Carrboro NC, 27510
Mailing address, if different from home: N/A
Campaign Web site: N/A
Occupation & employer: N/A
Home phone: 1-919-932-1314
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1) What do you believe are the most important issues facing Carrboro? If elected, what are your top priorities in addressing those issues?

The fire department being built sooner rather than later.

The police department of Carrboro grows with the community and can enforce the federal detainer, and also grow the tax base, which entails the Weaver Street Market area, Carr Mill Mall area, where the old hardware store on Greensboro Street building condominiums in that area to help increase taxes.

To make sure that the town of Carrboro can make certain that these projects can meet the proper drainage, sewer, and water requirements.

2) What is there in your record as a public official or other experience that demonstrates your ability to be effective on the board? This might include career or community service; but please be specific about its relevance to this office.

I came to Chapel Hill in 1984 and got my undergraduate degree in psychology. I volunteered for several non-profit organizations, won the governor’s award for volunteer services and the Orange County award for volunteer services, and was the president of the Disabilities Awareness Council before stepping done, from the time that I have been disabled I have interviewed, trained, kept up with payroll. So I understand the need for a tax base and what you need to spend as a community, you have to increase that tax base or income and have to grow as a community. I feel as though I am a candidate that is a candidate for the people of the community because I was 23 years old and broke my neck and have been a quadriplegic for 26 years and feel that I have a unique understanding for people and a diversity that will add to the diversity of the town of Carrboro.

3) How do you define yourself politically and how does your political philosophy show itself in your past achievements and present campaign platform?

To be honest, I have no previous political endeavors, but I feel as though that could be a positive thing that I am not possibly tainted and am a person that is for the people of the community, understand the problems or issues for lower class people, and also people trying to build housing developments and condominiums act. and the need to keep the small town feeling or atmosphere of our town and that we do not have a very broad expansion, due to the lack of land, but I am very open-minded to everyone and will try to meet the needs and understanding of every person that comes before the Alderman Board of Carrboro.

4) Identify a principled stand you might be willing to take if elected that you suspect might cost you some popularity points with voters.

I am certain that trying to give the right for the Carrboro Police Force to enforce the Federal Detainer Law is surely going to bring negativity to some people that are willing to vote for me, but I feel that for the safety of our community, the Carrboro Police Department needs to be able to enforce that law and that I am not speaking about only Hispanics, but if the F.B.I., C.I.A., Homeland Security, or any other federal department has that person on their list as a federal detainee, the Police Department of Carrboro should at the very least be able to identify those people and be able to contact the proper agency.

5) Large building projects like that under way by Main Street Partners and the Green bridge development just across the line in Chapel Hill will change Carrboro’s landscape and it character in the near future. What is your vision for the town’s long-range development? What are the pros and cons of commercial and residential development?

6) How will you deal with growth in Carrboro given its limited physical boundaries? By extension, what are your viewpoints regarding high-density housing and its placement?

I realize that Carrboro is definitely limited by their boundaries and that only possible growth is toward Chatham County. But, if we plan properly, we can always annex land and community into our tow, but we have to make sure that we offer them something to be willing to annex into our community and grow as a bigger town of Carrboro and make sure that we can supply them with public works, school, police, safety, and also fire safety.

7) How should development be handled in the Northern Study Area, and would you support any future moratoriums there?

The Northern Study Area is on a fifty year growth period and I hope that it will bring employment for the population of Carrboro and that the growth of the Northern Study Area will more than likely bring more traffic to the town of Carrboro, big trucks supplying products for the growth of that area will possibly break down our infrastructure faster than normal so in the fifteen years for which Carrboro has a repavement plan for the roads may have to be reevaluated and the police department may have to increase the size of their officers as well.

8) What important town departments or agencies have been, in your opinion, chronically under funded? What have been the ramifications of that shortage? If elected, where would you find the money to more fairly fund these areas? Conversely, what department or agency budgets could be cut?

The ten year expanded budget has not included the Carrboro Police Department and I feel as though to make sure that the safety of our community, the police department needs to grow in technology, more police officers, and make sure that there is asphalt on the roads for the community to make certain that the police department and fire departments have proper access so that they can save and protect lives in the future.

9) Earlier this year, the board heard a fiscal presentation about a pay-as-you-throw trash system. What do you think of the system from a financial, environmental and practical standpoint? If you approve, how would any additional costs be covered? If you disapprove, what are some alternatives?

I feel as though an individual should not have to pay for the disposal of trash and the everyone needs to be on a equilibrium, and that there should be free public works to make sure that the trash gets deposited and that recycling continues to be recycled and that no one should have to pay more than another person for their trash to be deposited.

10) Carrboro emphasizes locally owned, import-substituting economic development. What is your opinion of that policy? Has it, in your view, succeeded? How can it be improved?

I believe that we should definitely use local businesses instead of other countries that if we buy from local companies in the community, such as Fitch Lumber, Phydose, Southern States, etc. that if we buy in the community, we add to the tax base of the community and us giving to the community in the long-run, the community will give back to us.

11) Carrboro is participating in the Jordan Lake Stakeholder Project to help manage this resource, which is polluted and threatened by growth and development. What is Carrboro’s responsibility in mitigating these threats? What policies should the Board of Aldermen enact to help protect water quality and quantity in Jordan Lake?

The town of Carrboro needs to make carton that the amount of roof, road run off and sewer doesn’t add to the Paulson of Jordan Lake.

I came to UNC-CH in 1984 and earned a BA in Psychology

I moved to the Villages Apt in 1987 and have lived there to the present.

I whone the Governors award for outstanding volunteer services.

I admit that I have never ran for or held a political offish before but I feel that I wile bring a fresh open mind and will work hard to make the town of Carrboro a place that people will wont to live and work.

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