After a recent move and a decision not to enter the race for Chapel Hill mayor led to speculation about his future plans, Bill Strom announced today (Wednesday, July 29) that he is resigning from the Chapel Hill Town Council effective Aug. 1
Strom issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying he is leaving to pursue opportunities “outside the community.”
The statement reads:
After a decade of service on the Chapel Hill Town Council, the time has come for me to move on in my lifeâ€™s commitments and challenges. I am resigning my council position as of Aug. 1, 2009, to pursue other personal and professional opportunities outside the community.
Serving as a council member in Chapel Hill has been a great honor, and I am deeply thankful for my fellow citizensâ€™ trust and confidence in electing me three times.
Over the past 10 years, we have made much progress in addressing the goals I set out when I first sought elected office in 1999, after many years as a grassroots activist in Chapel Hill and Orange County.
My council colleagues and I have made decisions that consistently consider the entire community and protect the environment, support community based commerce and advocate for the interests of our friends and neighbors who are in need of economic support. We have assumed a national leadership position on environmental planning and land use policy. Investments weâ€™ve made in public transportation have paid dividends in the townâ€™s livability. We have expanded public infrastructure from recreation facilities to cutting-edge town operations. We have integrated comprehensive energy consumption reforms, emissions reductions and green building practices throughout town government. Relations with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the local business community have evolved from often-contentious to more collaborative efforts.
We have transformed our policies on both public and affordable housing, setting Chapel Hill up as a national model of which we can be proud. Our acquisition of open space ensures us a sustainable future and creates certainty that we will continue to embrace the environment. Public investments in downtown assure a bright future for the heart of our community, and encourage private dollars to flow toward its revitalization. Our town finances have been carefully managed, with no tax increases in four of the last six years, low debt ratios and more than adequate reserves. Community support for our bonds and public investments has been central to many of our approaches to public policy, and I wish to thank the community for embracing the importance of investing in our future together.
Chapel Hillâ€™s current leaders are in a great position to continue moving our community forward in a progressive manner, and I wish them much success.