Orange County Board of Commissioners

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Regular Meeting
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
7:00 p.m. 
Department of Social Services, Hillsborough Commons
113 Mayo Street., Hillsborough, NC

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

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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.  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 (THREE MINUTE LIMIT PER SPEAKER – Written comments may be submitted to the Clerk to the Board.)

Petitions/Resolutions/Proclamations and other similar requests submitted by the public will not be acted upon by the Board of Commissioners at the time presented.  All such requests will be referred for Chair/Vice Chair/Manager review and for recommendations to the full Board at a later date regarding a) consideration of the request at a future regular Board meeting; or b) receipt of the request as information only.  Submittal of information to the Board or receipt of information by the Board does not constitute approval, endorsement, or consent.

b.         Matters on the Printed Agenda

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

3.  Petitions by Board Members (Three Minute Limit Per Commissioner)

4.  Proclamations/ Resolutions/ Special Presentations

a.      Orange County Arts Grant Recipients PRESENTED

The Board will present checks to local artist and arts organizations receiving Orange County Arts Grants. 

b.     NC 10% Campaign – Helping to Build North Carolina’s Local Food Economy RECEIVED

The Board will receive a presentation from the Center for Environmental Farming Systems at N.C. State University on the NC 10% Campaign to help build North Carolina’s Local Food Economy. 

c.      Resolution Acknowledging February 28, 2012 as Spay Neuter Day USA in Orange County, and Community Spay and Neuter Program Presentation APPROVED

The Board will consider designating February 28, 2012 as “Spay Neuter Day USA” in Orange County and receive an update on the County’s Community Spay and Neuter Program. 

5.  Consent Agenda

a.      Minutes APPROVED

The Board will consider correcting and/or approving the minutes from November 21 and December 5, 2011 as submitted by the Clerk to the Board. 

b.      Appointments – None

c.       Motor Vehicle Property Tax Release/Refunds APPROVED

The Board will consider adoption of a release/refund resolution related to thirty-six (36) requests for motor vehicle property tax releases or refunds in accordance with NCGS. 

d.      Property Tax Releases and/or Refunds APPROVED

The Board will consider adoption of a resolution to release property values related to forty-7 (47) requests for property tax release and/or refund in accordance with North Carolina General Statute 105-381. 

e.       Applications for Property Tax Exemption/Exclusion APPROVED

The Board will consider two (2) untimely applications for exemption/exclusion from ad valorem taxation for the 2011 tax year. 

f.       Advertisement of Tax Liens on Real Property APPROVED

The Board will consider a report on the amount of unpaid taxes for the current year that are liens on real property as required by North Carolina General Statute 105-369 and to request March 14, 2012 as the date set by the Board for the tax lien advertisement and authorize the Chair to sign. 

g.      NC State Firemen’s and Rescue Squad Annual Certification Roster APPROVED

The Board will consider approving the certification requirements for Life Safety Management Inspector/Investigators (Assistant Fire Marshals) to participate in the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association for the year 2012 and authorize the Chair to sign. 

h.      Orange County Arts Commission Annual DCP Renewal with NC Arts Council APPROVED

The Board will consider authorizing the Orange County Arts commission and staff to apply by the March 1, 2012 deadline for annual Designated County Partner renewal with the NC Arts Council in order to receive state Grassroots Arts Program funds for Orange County. 

i.        Amendment to Orange County Code of Ordinances Regarding Weapons DEFERRED

The Board will consider amending the Orange county code of Ordinances and prohibit the carrying of concealed weapons on certain Orange County property and authorize the Chair to sign. 

j.        Legal Advertisement for Quarterly Public Hearing – February 27, 2012 APPROVED

The Board will consider the legal advertisement for items to be presented at the joint Board of County Commissioners / Planning Board Quarterly Public Hearing scheduled for February 27, 2012. 

k.      Intergovernmental Agreement APPROVED

The Board will consider approving an intergovernmental agreement and authorize the County Manager to sign. 

l.        Changes in BOCC Regular Meeting Schedule for 2012 APPROVED

The Board will consider two changes to the County Commissioners’ regular meeting calendar for 2012. 

m.    Boards and Commissions – Commissioner Assignments APPROVED

The Board will consider approving the list of boards and commissions on which members of the Board of County Commissioners have chosen to serve. 

6.  Items Removed From Consent Agenda

7.  Public Hearings

a.      Orange County Consolidated Housing Plan Update APPROVED

The Board will receive comments from the public regarding the housing and non-housing needs to be included in the Annual Update of the 2010-2015 Consolidated Housing Plan for Housing and Community Development Programs in Orange County and proposed uses of 2012-2013 HOME funds. 

b.     Public Hearing on the Financing for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Elementary #11 and Other County Capital Projects and Refinancing of Existing Obligations APPROVED with CHANGES

The Board will conduct a public hearing on the issuance of approximately $25.5 million in alternative financing for Elementary School #11 for Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools, for other County capital projects and to refinance existing obligations, and consideration of related resolution supporting the County’s application to the Local Government Commission for its approval of the financing arrangements. 

c.      2030 Comprehensive Plan Map Amendment (CP-2011-05) Efland Area APPROVED

The Board will receive the Planning Board’s recommendation, close the public hearing, and make a decision on a County initiated amendment to the 2030 Comprehensive Plan Land Use Element Map affecting approximately 47-acres near Efland and Brookhollow Road, along the south side of McGowan Creek (areas are currently classified as Agricultural Residential and proposed for 10-Year Transition). 

d.     Amendments to 2030 Comprehensive Plan Text (CP 2011-06) APPROVED with CHANGES

The Board will receive the Planning Board recommendation, close the public hearing, and make a decision on Planning Director initiated amendments to certain sections of the Orange County 2030 Comprehensive Plan. 

e.      Amendments to Unified Development Ordinance Text (UDO/Zoning 2011-06) APPROVED with CHANGES

The Board will receive the Planning Board recommendation, close the public hearing, and make a decision on Planning Director initiated amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance. 

8.  Regular Agenda

a.      Timeline for the Emergency Services Workgroup APPROVED

The Board will consider approving the timeline for the Emergency Services Workgroup. 

b.     Follow up: General Policy for Board of County Commissioners Advisory Boards DEFERRED

The Board will consider approving the draft Board-approved General Advisory Board Policy and authorize the Chair to sign. 

c.      Update on Triangle Regional Transit Program – Alternatives Analysis and the Locally Preferred Alternative Decision APPROVED


d.     Recommendations to NCACC Regarding Priority Federal Issues APPROVED

The Board will consider approving recommendations to the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners on priority federal issues of importance to all counties. 

9.  Reports

10.  County Manager’s Report

11.  County Attorney’s Report

12.  Appointments

13.  Board Comments (Three Minute Limit Per Commissioner)

14.  Information Items

·         January 24, 2012 BOCC Meeting Follow-up Actions List

15.  Closed Session

16.  Adjournment

 A summary of the Board’s actions from this meeting will be available on the County’s website the day after the meeting.