Orange County Board of Commissioners

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Regular Meeting
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
7:30 p.m. 
Southern Human Services Center
2501 Homestead Road   
Chapel Hill, NC

Note: Background Material on all abstracts available in the Clerk's Office

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON AGENDA ITEMS - is available in the Clerk's office and complete copies of agenda material are located at the Orange County Library in Hillsborough and the Chapel Hill Library in Chapel Hill.  

1.  Additions or Changes to the Agenda


The Board of Commissioners pledges to the citizens of Orange County its respect. The Board asks its citizens to conduct themselves in a respectful, courteous manner, both with the Board and with fellow citizens.  At any time should any member of the Board or any citizen fail to observe this public charge, the Chair will ask the offending person to leave the meeting until that individual regains personal control. Should decorum fail to be restored, the Chair will recess the meeting until such time that a genuine commitment to this public charge is observed.  All electronic devices such as cell phones, pagers, and computers should please be turned off or set to silent/vibrate.

2.  Proclamations/Resolutions/Special Presentations

a.         Proclamation Recognizing UNC Women's Soccer 2006 NCAA Championship

The Board will consider a proclamation recognizing the UNC women's soccer team for winning the 2006 NCAA Women's National Championship and authorize the Chair to sign. 

b.         Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

The Board will consider recognizing the staff of the Orange County Budget Office for earning the Government Finance Officers' Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 2006-07 fiscal year budget document. 

c.         Ten (10) Year Plan to End Homelessness

The Board will consider acceptance of the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness in Orange County. 

3.  Public Comments

(We would appreciate you signing the pad ahead of time so that you are not overlooked.)

a.         Matters not on the Printed Agenda

b.         Matters on the Printed Agenda

(These matters will be considered when the Board addresses that item on the agenda below.)

4.  Consent Agenda

a.      Minutes

The Board will consider correcting and/or approving the March 13, 19, and 20, 2007, minutes as submitted by the Clerk to the Board. 

b.      Appointments - None

c.       Motor Vehicle Property Tax Release/Refunds

The Board will consider adoption of a refund resolution related to 45 requests for motor vehicle property tax releases or refunds in accordance with North Carolina General Statutes. 

d.      Property Tax Releases

The Board will consider adoption of a resolution to release property values related to two (2) requests for property tax release in accordance with N.C. General Statute 105-381. 

e.      Cool Cities Program

The Board will consider joining a national campaign of local governments sponsored by the Sierra Club to promote cleaner vehicles, energy efficiency and renewable energy.  This program is related to the Cities for Climate Protection program of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), of which the County is a member and authorize the Chair to sign the pledge. 

f.        Housing Bond Program

The Board will consider awarding housing bond funds in the amount of $450,000 to Habitat for Humanity to assist with the infrastructure costs for the Purefoy Drive subdivision in the Rogers Road community in Chapel Hill and authorize the Manager in consultation with the County Attorney to enter into a Development Agreement detailing the conditions of award. 

g.      Budget Amendment #1

The Board will consider approving budget and capital project ordinance amendments for fiscal year 2006-07. 

h.      Regional Value-Added Processing Center

The Board will consider appropriating an additional $3,000 for a feasibility study for an agriculture products regional value-added processing center and authorize the Chair to sign. 

i.        Approval of County Capital Funding Policy

The Board will consider approving the County's Capital Funding Policy to include use of the anticipated NC Education Lottery proceeds intent for funding for recurring capital and presentation of future Capital Investment Plans. 

j.        Durham Technical Community College Satellite Campus Property Ownership

The Board will consider executing a Special Warranty Deed from Orange County to Orange County and The Trustees of Durham Technical Community College and authorize the Chair to sign. 

k.      Change in BOCC Regular Meeting Schedule for 2007

The Board will consider one change in the County Commissioners' regular meeting calendar for the year 2007 by adding a Joint Meeting with the Chatham County Commissioners on Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, in Chapel Hill. 

l.        Energy Conservation Amendment to Board of County Commissioners Planning Principle #3

The Board will consider modifying a BOCC adopted planning principle to include energy conservation as a linchpin to promoting air quality and effective transportation. 

5.  Public Hearings

6.  Regular Agenda

a.      Orange County Speedway 2007 EMS Coverage Contract

The Board will consider contracting with Speedway Management for the provision of Emergency Medical coverage to ensure public safety at public events at the Orange County Speedway and authorize the Chair to sign upon review by the County Attorney.

b.      Final Approval of Projects for Alternative Financing

The Board will consider approving the list of School and County Capital projects to be included in the proposed alternative financing scheduled for Local Government Commission approval on June 5, 2007. 

c.      Approval of 2007 Goals

The Board will consider reviewing and approving goal statements for 2007. 

7.  Reports

a.      Proposal Regarding Historic Rogers Road Community Enhancement Plan

The Board will receive and discuss a proposal from BOCC Chair Moses Carey, Jr. regarding next steps related to the Historic Rogers Road Community. 

b.      Report on Website Evolution Project

The Board will receive a report on an Information Technologies initiative to improve the Orange County Website. 

8.  Board Comments

9.  County Manager's Report

10.  Appointments

a.      Northern Transition Area Small Area Plan Implementation Taskforce

The Board will consider making appointment(s) to the Northern Transition Area Small Area Plan Implementation Taskforce. 

b.      Animal Tethering Committee

The Board will receive information concerning the appointment and recent action of an Animal Tethering Committee member. 

11.  Information Items

        Waste Tarping Policy Follow-up Memo from Solid Waste Director

12.  Closed Session

13.  Adjournment

Orange County water supply reservoir water levels

Available information as of 2:00 PM, Thursday, April 19, 2007 

Lake Orange 

  • Water level full and spilling.
  • Water storage capacity remaining is 100% (475 million gallons)
  • Approximately 141 days of water supply remaining (at Capacity Use specified release rate)
  • Current Eno River flow at the Hillsborough gage is averaging approximately 70 cfs (45 million gallons per day).
  • There are no Eno River Capacity Use Restrictions in effect at this time.

West Fork Reservoir  

  • Water level is full and spilling
  • Water storage capacity remaining is 100%  
  • In excess of 300 days of water supply remaining (assuming Town's current daily demand and releases for streamflow augmentation)

OWASA Reservoirs 

  • Water level at Cane Creek Reservoir is full and spilling
  • Water level at University Lake is full and spilling
  • Total remaining water storage capacity is approximately 100%
  • Approximately 415 days of water supply remaining (at current 7-day average daily demand [8.1 million gallons per day])

National Weather Service/NOAA Regional Precipitation data

(inches above [+] or below [-] normal)

RDU                                                      Piedmont-Triad 

+1.91" since April 1, 2007                      +2.60" since April 1, 2007

-1.14" since Jan. 1, 2007                         +0.72" since Jan. 1, 2007


Miscellaneous notes

The NC Drought Management Advisory Council drought map, updated April 17, 2007, shows Orange County to be in the area characterized as "normal" in terms of drought conditions.  The portion of the state west of Winston-Salem is classified as either "abnormally dry" or "moderate drought"..