WHEREAS, Edith Wiggins served the Town of Chapel Hill as a member of the Town Council from October 7, 1996, to December 6, 2003; and as Mayor pro tempore from December 6, 2003, to December 5, 2005; and


WHEREAS, Mayor pro tem Wiggins has shown the skill of listening to others and accepting and respecting their points of view, believing that in the end the processes and discussions are just as important as the result; and


WHEREAS, Mayor pro tem Wiggins encouraged a broad community discussion on the renaming of Airport Road to Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., and supported with her fellow Council Members the renaming which was made official in May 2005 as an expression of the Town’s desire to be a model of progressive vision on civil rights, economic justice and racial harmony; and


WHEREAS, Mayor pro tem Wiggins consistently advocated for employees to receive the highest compensation possible each year, to be treated with dignity, and to have a workplace free of discrimination which in turn encourages employees to do a good job and makes the community we live in a better place; and


WHEREAS, Mayor pro tem Wiggins advocated for a process to obtain feedback from employees on work climates in the Town which resulted in the McKoy Report which recommended the creation of the Employee Forum, an advisory committee to the Manager; and


WHEREAS, Mayor pro tem Wiggins has diligently encouraged the Council and staff to find ways to help citizens participate in their Town government; and  


WHEREAS, Mayor pro tem Wiggins served the community and the Town Council with her active participation on the following committees and work groups, as well as, in many other ways:


Committee to Develop a Charge and Process Regarding Student Seats on Town Advisory Boards Election Financing Committee

Facilities Naming Committee

Firefighters’ Fund Committee

Montessori School Committee

Lobbying Petition Committee

Joint Orange-Chatham Community Action (JOCCA)

Library Building Committee

Mayor’s Committee on Campaign Finance

Mayor’s Committee on Council Communications

Mayor’s Committee on Habitat for Humanity Sunrise Project

Mayor’s Committee on Obeys Creek

Mayor’s Committee on UNC Development

Orange County Housing and Land Trust

Orange County Southern Orange Senior Center Design Committee

Orange County Visitors Bureau Board of Directors

Personal Appeals Committee

Public Transit Committee

Rental Licensing Committee

Consultation and Coordination Committee

Horace Williams Committee

School and Land Use Council

Memorandum of Understanding for Transportation Committee

Housing and Community Development Advisory Board

Horace Williams Airport Advisory Board

Board of Adjustment

Town Operations Center Design Advisory Committee


WHEREAS, Mayor pro tem Wiggins determination, belief in fair process, belief in a participatory democratic system, and dedication to the people of Chapel Hill will be missed; and


WHEREAS, Mayor pro tem Wiggins has decided to leave her seat on the Town Council in order to devote more time to her special interests;


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Town of Chapel Hill that the Council hereby honors and praises




for her outstanding service to the people of Chapel Hill and Orange County and her loving dedication to the betterment of the Town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


This the 5th day of December, 2005.