Board of County Commissioners
200 South Cameron Street
P.O. Box 8181
Hillsborough, North Carolina 27278
(919) 245-2130
Fax: (919) 644-0246


Contact: Buck Tredway
Information Specialist
(919) 245-2126
Fax: (919) 644-0246
e-mail:
btredway@co.orange.nc.us



News Release

March/April 2001

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County Commissioners to Consider Potential Purchase
of Lands for Park and Schools Site

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

4/27/01

Contact: David Stancil 245-2590 (dstancil@co.orange.nc.us)

On May 1st, the Board of Commissioners will consider contracts to purchase lands north of Carrboro for park purposes, with the potential to accommodate co-located future schools. Consideration of these contracts to purchase comes after a thorough process of site identification, evaluation and the negotiation of terms of purchase.

Land for parks and school sites has been identified as a top priority by a number of advisory work groups and the County itself.

In particular, the 1999 Joint Master Recreation and Parks Work Group report, and the 2000 Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (CHCCS) Long Range Facilities Task Force Report noted acquisition of sites as a pressing need.

A total of 193 acres is being considered for acquisition. The proposed purchase would acquire four contiguous tracts of land near the intersection of Eubanks Road and Old NC 86, owned by Malcolm and Matrena Hunter of Greensboro, and Henry Cate and Rod Cate, both of Carrboro. The land is strategically located in a fast-developing area north of Carrboro, easily-accessible to residents in Carrboro and Chapel Hill, as well as Hillsborough.

County Environment and Resource Conservation staff have worked with Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools staff to coordinate acquisition of the Hunter property, which was identified in the CHCCS Long Range Facilities report as a recommended site.

At the same time as investigations were underway for a potential schools site in this area, the County – through its Lands Legacy program for park and resource land acquisitions – was identifying and evaluating sites for a Chapel Hill Township District Park. This park of 100-200 acres in size was identified as a top County parks priority in the Lands Legacy Annual Action Plan for 2000-2001. After identifying nine sites and evaluating four finalist sites, lands adjacent to the proposed schools site were identified as the top candidate for the park – with the potential for school/park co-location a prime consideration. At that point, apprised of the concurrent activity for purchase, the CHCCS School Board and the County Commissioners coordinated efforts for acquisition with the County staff taking the lead in the negotiations.

The potential park/schools site offers a number of opportunities for use of the property. Among these opportunities are the potential for sharing playing fields between the park and schools, the suitability of the land for a mixture of active and low-impact recreation uses (including needed soccer fields), and the potential for eventual water-based recreation and renovation of a farm barn and historic property. Much of the land proposed for purchase was a dairy farm prior to 1990. Because of its location in the headwaters of the Bolin Creek basin, the potential park site has tentatively been given a working title of "Bolin Creek Park."

"These potential acquisitions exemplify the need to acquire good sites for parks and schools before they are gone," noted Commission Chair Steve Halkiotis. "The presence of a large park in this growing area would represent an investment that will pay dividends - not only for current citizens, but future generations of County and Town citizens as well."

"This is a farsighted move by Orange County to acquire key sites for schools and parks while they are still available," stated Commissioner Alice Gordon. "It is also part of a larger County plan to purchase land for parks and open space through our Lands Legacy program, and to develop recreational facilities all over Orange County."

"The acquisition of these properties is another important step toward realizing Orange County's visionary land preservation and parkland acquisition goals," added Commission Vice-Chair Barry Jacobs. "Thanks to the foresight of county voters, we have the necessary funds to protect the environment and to cost-effectively promote key public uses -- a major recreational facility within easy reach of the vast majority of folks in our community, with the distinct possibility schools can be part of the mix."

"The potential acquisition of these properties will provide an excellent opportunity for the co-location of public facilities," said Commissioner Margaret Brown. "Not only is this type of planning wise stewardship of taxpayer money, it provides wonderful recreation opportunities for the citizens of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and all of Orange County. I think it shows we are looking toward the future and anticipating the needs of our citizens."

The cost of the potential acquisitions is $4.6 million in total, or approximately $23,500 per acre. This price is consistent with land prices in this area, which is in the Town of Carrboro’s Northern Transition Area and the OWASA Water and Sewer Service area, and is also consistent with recent land acquisitions for schools and recreational sites in the general area.

Additional information about the potential acquisitions may be found at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/OCCLERKS/010501.htm

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County to Coordinate Chapel Hill
Deconstruction Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: April 26, 2001

For more information: Gayle Wilson, (919) 968-2885, gwilson@co.orange.nc.us

The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department is coordinating a deconstruction and salvage project at Lindsey Street Apartments, a public housing complex in Chapel Hill.

The Raleigh Habitat for Humanity reuse center will be collecting materials separated for salvage by the project’s general contractor, Carl Garris and Sons Construction Inc., Tuesday, May 1, at 10:00 a.m.

The Lindsey Street apartment complex dates from the 1970s and is in need of renovation. While most of the structures (three buildings containing a total of nine 2-bedroom units) will remain intact, many interior items are scheduled for replacement.

The items that are to be replaced include tubs, toilets, kitchen cabinets, and doors. The contractor has been carefully removing these items so that they may be recycled and given a second life.

The Habitat for Humanity reuse center sells second-hand building materials to the general public to raise money for their homebuilding efforts. The contractor is also recycling other materials from the job site, including metal railings and gutters, and concrete from walkways.

This is a situation where everyone wins: The contractor minimizes waste disposal costs, Habitat for Humanity raises money for its programs, and Orange County saves space in its Construction and Demolition landfill.

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Health Department Offers Tips for a "No Bite" Safe Summer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 25, 2001

Contact: Rosemary Summers, Health Director, (919) 245-2411, rsummers@co.orange.nc.us, or Ron Holdway , Director, Environmental Health Services, (919) 245-2371, rholdway@co.orange.nc.us

In the late summer of 2000, West Nile virus, a mosquito-borne infection that can cause encephalitis, was found in a dead bird at Jordan Lake. In anticipation of West Nile virus arriving in our community, the Orange County Health Department wants local residents to have a "No Bite" Safe Summer by reducing the number of mosquitoes in their yard and homes.

Mosquitoes are small flying insects that feed on human and animal blood or plant juices. Only female mosquitoes bite to get blood meals for their growing eggs. "Mosquitoes are generally considered a nuisance pest, but occasionally can transmit disease," said Rosemary Summers, Health Director. "There are about 56 different species of mosquitoes in North Carolina. While most mosquitoes do not transmit West Nile virus, at least one mosquito species is associated with West Nile Virus," added Environmental Health Services Director, Ron Holdway.

Mosquitoes can develop in any stagnant water that lasts more than four days. "Weeds, tall grass and shrubbery provide outdoor homes for adult mosquitoes, which may also enter houses through unscreened windows and doors, or broken screens," noted Holdway. To reduce the mosquito population around the home and property, Orange County Health Department advises residents to take a few simple environmental prevention steps:

  • Tip, drip & drain flowerpots, birdbaths, pet bowls, wading pools, tree holes, wheelbarrows…any item that may hold water.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling bins, trashcans, tire swings, and other outdoor containers.
  • Clean up and remove trash and debris that may trap water…like old tires.
  • Unclog gutters regularly.
  • Keep window & door screens in good repair.
  • Properly maintain swimming pools.
  • Eliminate or report standing water in yard, ditch or roadway.
  • Keep shoreline vegetation & floating vegetation out of ponds and lagoons.
  • Use Bti for larval control in ‘still’ water and other bodies of standing water.
  • Stock ponds with fish.
  • Consider adding minnows to water gardens and erosion control structures.

Most mosquitoes do not transmit disease. "Although it is not necessary to limit any outdoor activities, unless there is evidence of mosquito-borne disease, you can help reduce your risk of being bitten by mosquitoes," stated Holdway. In addition to environmental prevention measures, Health Director, Summers advises residents to take simple personal protection measures for a safer summer:

  • If possible, limit outdoor activity at dusk and dawn when mosquito activity is at its highest.
  • Wear long pants and long sleeves as much as possible.
  • To prevent heat stress, wear light-colored, breathable fabrics and drink plenty of water.
  • Remember some mosquitoes can bite through clothes.
  • Apply 35% DEET (insect repellent) to the outside of clothing and exposed skin.
  • Do not spray repellent in your face. Use hands to apply to the head and neck area.
  • Use 10% DEET on children and NO DEET products on infants.
  • Skin-so-Soft and plant oil products can provide an oily barrier to deter mosquitoes, but are not as effective as DEET and may not provide adequate bite prevention.
  • Report unusual illness, rash or flu-like symptoms to your physician.

To request information about mosquitoes, West Nile virus and insect repellents, visit the Health Department web site or call the Orange County "No Bite" West Nile Information Line at 245-2399.

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County Recognizes Citizen Volunteers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: 4/25/01

For more information: Nancy Paciga, (919) 245-2125, npaciga@co.orange.nc.us

Over 100 volunteers from Orange County worked on the Orange County Master Aging Plan which was finalized by the volunteer committee last fall. The Committee is one of over 33 advisory Boards and Commissions and short-term Task Forces, with over 320 volunteer members who have been appointed by the Orange County Board of Commissioners to study issues ranging from the need for soccer fields to advocating for residents' rights in nursing homes to environmental protection issues.

The Commissioners Affordable Housing Task Force, which has 40 citizen volunteers, studied housing needs and produced a detailed report for the Board of County Commissioners recently. The Capital Needs Advisory Task Force is currently reviewing school and County capital needs in order to provide advice to the Board of County Commissioners concerning the proposed 2001 Bond Referendum.

In appreciation of the service the volunteer citizen advisory board members give and in appreciation for the efforts of all volunteers in Orange County, the Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution of thanks on

April 3, 2001, recognizing them for their community spirit, expertise, dedication and commitment to the citizens of Orange County.

In addition, the Commissioners are presenting each volunteer with a coffee/soup mug which says: "Thank You for Being an Orange County Volunteer," on one side, and "Orange County: Protecting & Preserving People & Resources, Quality of Life: YOU COUNT" on the other side. Also, each volunteer member will be given a discount card worth 10 - 20% off purchases at various Orange County businesses.

Two volunteer advisory board members, Ms. Cara M. Crisler of the Commission for the Environment, and Ms. Mary Bowe of the Board of Social Services and the Human Services Advisory Commission, won gift certificates to a local restaurant, also. Their names, along with all 320 Orange County Advisory Board members, were entered into a raffle on April 23rd, the second day of National Volunteer Week. The raffle was sponsored by Volunteer Orange.

The coffee mugs are being presented at the April and May meetings of the advisory boards and task forces to each volunteer as a small token of appreciation from the Board of County Commissioners.

Barry Jacobs, Vice-Chair of the Board of Commissioners, said, "One of the real pleasures of living and serving in Orange County is working with the large number of citizens who are willing to give of their time and energy to the larger community of Orange County."

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ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
RESOLUTION
VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION
IN
ORANGE COUNTY

Whereas, thousands of volunteers give of their time, energy and expertise to Orange County and other organizations to provide needed services to county residents; and,

Whereas, volunteers contribute greatly to the enrichment of our communities and help make Orange County a better place to live; and,

Whereas, volunteers are an invaluable asset to Orange County departments and agencies, and their service contributes to the cost effectiveness and efficiency of government operations; and,

Whereas, volunteers strengthen and reinforce the democratic process by giving of their time to help solve community challenges; and,

Whereas, during April the Board of County Commissioners will show its appreciation to its dedicated volunteers by presenting each with a mug with the inscription "Thank you for being an Orange County Volunteer - Protecting And Preserving People, Resources and Quality of Life - You Count!"

Therefore, the Board of County Commissioners thanks our volunteers for their community spirit, expertise, dedication and commitment to the citizens of Orange County.

This the 3rd day of April, 2001.

Stephen H. Halkiotis, Chair
Board of Commissioners


County Sponsors Pneumonia Vaccination Campaign for Seniors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 24, 2001

CONTACT: Pam McCall (919) 245-2428

Pneumonia kills over 2,000 people aged 65 years and older every year in North Carolina. The pneumococcal vaccine protects against 23 types of the most common bacteria causing pneumonia.

Seniors age 65 years and older are encouraged to receive a pneumonia vaccination. This is a one-time immunization if received after age 65 and it can be given any time of year. During the month of May, the Older Adult Immunization Program and the Senior Vaccination Season Coalition are sponsoring a campaign to educate seniors about the need for the vaccine and where they can obtain it.

The Orange County Health Department will administer the vaccine during walk-in immunization clinics. The clinics are scheduled on Mondays from 8:15am – 11:00am and from 1:00pm – 4:00pm in the Hillsborough office, located at 300 W. Tryon Street. The Chapel Hill office, located at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, holds walk-in immunization clinics on Tuesdays during the same hours and on Fridays from 8:15am – 11:00am. The vaccine is free for individuals with Medicare Part B; otherwise the fee is $15.00.

For more information, contact Pam McCall, Orange County Communicable Disease Program Coordinator, at 245-2428.

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Congressman Price Honors High School Artists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 24, 2001

CONTACT: Ann Kaplan, Director, (919) 245-2335, akaplan@co.orange.nc.us

The Orange County Arts Commission hosted a reception Monday, April 23rd at the Hillsborough House Inn to honor local high school artists. Five of these artists are the winners of the Orange County Congressional Arts Competition sponsored by Congressman David Price’s office. The Orange County Congressional Arts Awards were as follows:

1st Place: Anja Brinich and Steven McGinigle

2nd Place: Jayna Wilson and Emily Currier
3rd Place: Kristin Bishop

Orange County Congressional Arts Winners, left to right: Jayna Wilson, Anja Brinich, Kristin Bishop, Steven McGinigle. (Pictured with McGinigle's winning artwork.)

The winning artworks of these talented students will now travel on to the district-wide competition in Raleigh. Winners may have the opportunity to have their work displayed at the United States Capital Building or Congressman Price’s Raleigh office. Launched in 1982, the Congressional Arts Competition is an annual event that has been co-sponsored locally by the Orange County Arts Commission since 1985. The United States Capital exhibit will open on Tuesday, June 19, 2001 and the winning artists and their families are invited to attend. In the past, representatives of the arts community have also participated, including Tom Cruise, Sarah Jessica Parker, Billy Baldwin, and Dean Cain.

For more information about the Congressional Arts Competition or about Orange County Arts Commission, call (919) 245-2335 or see www.artsorange.org.

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Orange County Government Week Involves Youth

April 23, 2001

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Sharron Hinton (919) 245-2302, shinton@co.orange.nc.us

The week of April 22-28 is National County Government Week and in Orange County youth are in the forefront. The County’s 12th annual "Official for a Day" program is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24th. Approximately 40 students from Orange High School will be partnered with various county officials to gain an understanding of county government operations. The day culminates with a mock County Commissioner meeting and the students serving as the elected board charged with overseeing county government.

"We are always excited about this activity", said Sharron Hinton, Orange County Management Analyst. "I think it began as an idea to help educate our students about county government, but it’s actually a learning opportunity for both the students and county staff." "We provide them with information about the county and they share their thoughts and vision for the community. It’s really good for us to hear from our youth – after all, they are our future leaders," stated Hinton.

In addition to the "Official for a Day" program for high school students, Orange County is also sponsoring its Annual EARTH WALK. Approximately 500 seventh grade students from A.L. Stanback and C.W. Stanford Middle Schools will participate in this outdoor classroom event.

Beginning thirty-one years ago, to commemorate the 1st MoonWalk, EARTH WALK provides students with "hands-on" activities in science, nature and "everyday" occurrences in an outdoor setting. It will be held April 23 and 24, from 9a.m. to 2:30p.m. at the River Park, located in Hillsborough.

Elementary students will also get a closer look at county government this week. On April 25, 26 and 27 second graders will visit the County’s Emergency Management Operations Center. Approximately 200 students will have an opportunity to tour the 911 Communications Center and watch as operators dispatch emergency calls for help. In addition, they will be able to see the various emergency response vehicles, including ambulances, Hazmat trucks, fire trucks, and the Command Bus.

For more information about these events, please call Sharron Hinton at (919) 245-2302.

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Organic Compost Sales to Continue
in May and June

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: April 19, 2001

For more information: Orange Community Recycling, (919) 968-2788, recycling@co.orange.nc.us

Buoyed by the success of its March organic compost sales, Orange County is sponsoring two additional compost sales in May and June.

Compost will be available at the landfill on two Saturdays in May and June -- May 12 and June 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. All other landfill services will close at noon.

Compost will be sold on the north side of the landfill, near the mulch sales area. Customers buying compost will pay the loader directly. The compost costs $10 per scoop (approximately cubic yard) loaded. All loads of compost leaving the landfill must be covered with a tarp. Tarps are available for purchase at the landfill.

During March, the Orange County landfill in partnership with Brooks Contracting of Goldston sold over 600 cubic yards of high-quality compost containing Orange County’s food waste.

Following the June sale, the Orange County Solid Waste Management Department will evaluate the success of the program and determine its future.

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Curbside Recycling Schedule Unchanged
Friday, April 13 and Monday, April 16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: April 11, 2001

For more information: Call Orange Community Recycling, (919) 968-2788, recycling@co.orange.nc.us

Curbside Recycling Services for the Towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough, and for unincorporated Orange County will occur on their regular schedules on both Friday April 13 and Monday April 16. Curbside recycling services will be unaffected by any holiday schedule change.

Please have your recycling bin at the curb by 7:00 a.m. in order to avoid missing the recycling collection crew. At the curb you can recycle the following materials: green, brown, blue and clear glass bottles and jars; plastic bottles marked #1 (example: soda bottle) or #2 (example: milk bottle or laundry detergent bottle); aluminum and steel cans; and newspapers, phonebooks and glossy magazines. Please recycle mixed paper and corrugated cardboard at any recycling drop-off site. Call Orange Community Recycling at 968-2788 for more information.

"The recycling collection crews work hard to collect recycling in a timely and professional manner," said Rob Taylor, Recycling Programs and Services Coordinator. "Residents can assist the recycling program by making sure that they have their bins at the curb by 7 a.m., by placing only recyclable materials in their recycling bin, and by not using plastic bags to hold their recyclable materials."

Orange County encourages its residents to help reduce the amount of material going into the Orange County Landfill and to help conserve natural resources by participating in their public recycling program. Residents who live in areas where curbside recycling service is not available may take their recyclable materials to any of the public recycling drop-off sites, or to the Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers.

The Orange County Landfill and Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be open during their regular hours on Friday April 13, and Saturday April 14. Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be closed on Sunday April 15.

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New Grants Announced by Arts Commission

Application Deadline is May 21, 2001

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 4, 2001

CONTACT: Ann Kaplan, Director, Arts Commission, (919) 245-2335

The Orange County Arts Commission is announcing new grant categories, demonstrating OCAC’s movement to applicant-specific arts grants. The new categories are more clear-cut to streamline the application process. Categories are:

  1. Arts Program Grant – Funds up to $1,500, available to non-profit organizations;
  2. General Arts Support Grant – Funds up to $5,000, available to Orange County non-profit arts organizations that consistently provide high quality programs;
  3. Arts in Education Grant – Funds up to $1,000, available to Orange County public/private schools and parent/teacher organizations;
  4. Arts in Education Coalition Grant – Funds up to $5,000, available to groups of at least three Orange County public/private schools or parent/teacher organizations;
  5. Artist Project Grant – Funds up to $1,000, available to professional artists coordinating arts projects that benefit the citizens of Orange County.

Applicants may request funds to support a variety of programs in the visual, performing, and literary arts. The spring cycle of grants will fund arts activities taking place from July 1, 2001-June 30, 2002. The Arts Commission’s fall cycle of grants will offer all categories except the General Arts Support and the Arts in Education Coalition grants, which will be available once annually.

The Orange County Arts Commission is accepting applications for all categories until Monday, May 21, 2001. Applications are available at the Arts Commission office and at all Orange County public libraries. The Arts Commission will hold a free grant-writing workshop, Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 5:30 PM at the Arts Commission. To register or for more information about grants or the Orange County Arts Commission, call (919) 245-2335 or visit www.artsorange.org.

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Orange County Department of Human Rights and Relations to Host Southeast Regional Civil Rights Summit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 30, 2001

CONTACT: Annette Moore (919) 245-2250

The Orange County Department of Human Rights and Relations, in association with the Southeast Region of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and human rights and community relations commissions and departments throughout the Southeast, will host the "Southeast Regional Civil Rights Summit", April 23-27, 2001 at the Sheraton Hotel in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The theme of the Summit will be "A Commitment to Fairness: The Path to Equality". Civil rights professionals, human rights workers, and advocates working with organizations like HUD, EEOC, community-based nonprofits, and state and local human relations commissions will receive training on issues of fair housing, employment, immigration, mediation/conciliation, and other topics including racial profiling, bridging the achievement gap, media strategies for civil rights groups, and inter-ethnic conflict. Additionally, there will be presentations on the changing demographics of the South and the role of the religious community in the past, present and future of the Civil Rights Movement, as well as a practical skills track offering CLE credit for attorneys who practice or are interested in practicing civil rights law.

"The purpose of this Summit is to alert and train new and experienced advocates, activists and attorneys on emerging civil rights issues and their impact on our communities," said Annette Moore, Director of the Orange County Department of Human Rights and Relations.

"We hope that this Summit will build on practical skills by providing attendees the tools, knowledge, and skills they need to ensure a fair and equal society."

Requests for registrations can be sent to the Orange County Department of Human Rights and Relations at P.O. Box 8181, Hillsborough, North Carolina 27278. If you have a disability and need accommodation, or to request a registration packet or further information, please call (919) 245-2250.

The Summit is co-sponsored by the Greensboro Human Relations Department, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee, the Durham Human Relations Department, the New Hanover Human Relations Commission, the North Carolina Human Relations Commission, the Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council, the Winston-Salem Human Relations Department, the Knoxville Department of Development, and the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission.

More info on the web:

Orange County Department of Human Rights and Relations:

www.co.orange.nc.us/hrr

HUD:

www.hud.gov

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Human Relations Committee:

http://www.charmeck.nc.us/cicrc/index.htm

Greensboro Human Relations Department:

http://www.ci.greensboro.nc.us/humrel/

New Hanover Human Relations Commission:

http://www.co.new-hanover.nc.us/HRC/HRCmain.htm

North Carolina Human Relations Commission:

http://www.doa.state.nc.us/doa/hrc/hrc.htm

South Carolina Human Affairs Commission:

http://www.state.sc.us/schac/

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Compost Bin Sale is Saturday April 7

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 29, 2001

For more information: Orange Community Recycling, (919) 968-2788, recycling@co.orange.nc.us

On Saturday April 7, Orange Community Recycling will sell backyard composting bins for $37 each. The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at East Chapel Hill High School parking lot on Weaver Dairy Road, The bins will also be sold by the Chatham County Solid Waste Management Department at Cole Park Plaza on 15-501 South, just south of the county line.

These "Earth Machines" normally retail for $70 each. The bin is about 30 inches tall and 24 inches in diameter, holds about 80 gallons or 10.5 cubic feet and will fit in any backyard. Sample bins are on display at the Chapel Hill Public Library, N.C. Botanical Gardens and the Cooperative Extension Service in Hillsborough.

While a backyard compost pile can use any type of enclosure from a circle of chicken wire to old garbage cans with the bottoms removed to a simple heap, the engineered plastic bins provide both a sound structure and a way to regulate the amount of water reaching the compost and keep it from getting too cold. Compost can drown with too much rainwater. A drought will kill the microbes that "eat’ the garbage. Likewise a hard freeze will slow the process considerably.

Blair Pollock, Orange County recycling progams manager, said "Food waste is over 17 percent of Orange County’s household waste. Each family in Orange County could keep about 150 pounds of food waste out of the landfill each year by backyard composting. You can also compost coffee filters, wet paper towels and vacuum cleaner dirt."

Properly used, the bin can turn grass clippings, leaves, chipped brush and vegetable food scraps into a high-quality soil amendment within three months. Adding some manure or commercial fertilizer to the compost may speed up the process. Do not compost domestic animal waste from any meat-eating animals. Rabbit, chicken, goat and cow wastes are fine to add to compost.

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Orange County Hazardous Household Waste Collection and Latex Paint Exchange at Landfill Saturday, April 7

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 28, 2001

For more information: Orange Community Recycling, (919) 968-2788, recycling @co.orange.nc.us

On Saturday April 7, Orange County Solid Waste Management Department will conduct its monthly hazardous household waste collection at the Orange County Landfill located on Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill. The event is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to residents of Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake Counties.

Citizens may bring paints, pesticides, automotive wastes, batteries, chemicals and other hazardous materials from their households to the collection. Wastes should not be mixed together but kept in separate, non-leaking containers.

Usable latex paint is also available free of charge. Citizens bringing in usable latex paint should separate it for the re-use program.

No commercial wastes, infectious wastes, explosives or radioactive wastes are accepted. Call 968-2788 for disposal information on these materials.

Future hazardous waste collection events at the Orange County Landfill will be the first Saturday of each month through November 2001.

Call 287-8051 or 942-8158 for information about collection schedules and locations in Chatham, Durham and Wake Counties.

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Deadline for Orange County Photo Contest is April 6

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 23, 2001

Contact: Patty Griffin, Communications Manager, (919) 968-2060

The deadline is fast approaching to enter the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau 2001 "Be A Tourist in Orange County" Photography Contest.

Photographers of all ages and skill levels have until April 6 at 5 pm to enter photos in any or all of five categories. The five contest categories are: 1) Sports, Nature and Recreation; 2) Orange County’s Four Seasons; 3) Uptown and Downtown: Daytime & Nightlife Fun; 4) Historical Orange County; and 5) Orange County Images of Distinction. Entries may be submitted as color 35 mm slides, color prints (no larger than 8" x 10") or digital images.

First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in each of the five categories. First place winners will receive overnight accommodations and meal for two at an Orange County Hotel/B&B; second place wins a $75 gift certificate for camera equipment, supplies/services; and third place receives a dinner certificate. Also, the "Best of Show" will be awarded at the end of the contest for the single best slide, print or image. This winner shall receive two roundtrip airline tickets to anywhere Midway Airlines flies, sponsored by Meridian, the in-flight magazine for Midway Airlines.

For a complete set of rules and an official entry form drop by the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau at 501 W. Franklin St., Suite 104, Chapel Hill, NC 27516, call 919/968-2060 or visit the web site www.chocvb.org. Entry forms can also be picked up in Chapel Hill at the Chapel Hill Herald Office, 106 Mallette St., Photoquick, 1400 E. Franklin St., University Photo & Video, 1202 Raleigh Road; Wolf Camera (Chapel Hill North), 1804 Airport Road and in Carrboro at Southeastern Camera & Supply, 205 W. Main St.

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Fund for Young Dancers Commemorates
the Life of Kaia Parker

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 22, 2001

CONTACT: Ann Kaplan, Director, (919) 245-2335, akaplan@co.orange.nc.us

The family of Kaia Parker have joined in partnership with the Orange County Arts Commission, the Ballet School of Chapel Hill, and the Carolina Friends School to create a memorial fund that will support the artistic growth of young dancers in the Triangle region. The Kaia Parker Fund for Young Dancers will offer grants to deserving young dancers for projects that will benefit their futures in the art form.

The fund commemorates the life of Kaia Parker, a talented, 19-year-old dancer who studied at the Ballet School of Chapel Hill, was a rising freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill, and a graduate of the Carolina Friends School. A drunk driver tragically struck Kaia, whose name means "gift of life" in Hebrew, in August of 2000. Her family, friends, and peers contributed to the Kaia Parker Fund to demonstrate their love and respect for Kaia by aiding those young dancers with a similar appreciation for the expressive art form. Words in Kaia’s journal communicate her passion. "Dance to me is my saving grace. . . Dance turned my whole existence around."

The Kaia Parker Fund will support dance artists between the ages of 12 and 20 years old, residing in Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Orange, or Wake counties. Proposals may request funds for any dance project, activity, or course with a positive impact on the future dance career of the applicant. The application deadline is Tuesday, May 1st, 2001 at 5:00 PM. Applications to the Kaia Parker Fund for Young Dancers are available at a variety of dance schools in the Triangle Region and may also be requested from the Orange County Arts Commission at (919) 245-2335.

For more information, or to make a donation to the Kaia Parker Fund, contact the Kaia Parker Fund for Young Dancers, c/o Orange County Arts Commission, 110 East King Street, Hillsborough, North Carolina, 27510. (919) 245-2335.

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County Begins "Deconstruction" at
Former Orange Industries Site

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 20, 2001

For more information: Wayne Fenton, Public Works Department, (919) 245-2628, wfenton@co.orange.nc.us

The Orange County Public Works Department has embarked on a project that Commissioners hope eventually will result in a significant reduction in the amount of construction and demolition materials being placed in the County landfill.

The concept is called "deconstruction," and its aim is to encourage more sustainable approaches to construction and demolition projects, and lessen their impact on the environment. The County’s first deconstruciton project began March 12 at the former Orange Industries sheltered workshop site, part of the Whitted human services complex in downtown Hillsborough.

The building is not being demolished in the traditional sense. Crews are meticulously dismantling the building piece by piece, and salvaging the materials for future County building projects.

The County is documenting the entire project on videotape in the hope that other government agencies and private contractors will use it as a guide and see that deconstruction is a viable alternative to traditional demolition projects.

The video will feature valuable "how-tos" and insights into both the deconstruction and reconstruction projects, to demonstrate the value of reclaimed materials.

The old Orange Industries site consists of two separate but joined sections. The first is an older wood frame structure and the second is a newer two-story section constructed of concrete block and brick veneer. The upstairs has wood floors supported by large wooden floor joists. The roof is constructed of dimensional lumber with wood sheeting.

The building’s roof was seriously damaged in a storm several years ago. The County determined that while the age of the building and the extent of the damage meant that repair was not feasible, the structure did hold materials of value that could be reused in other projects.

The deconstruction project was inspired by the Construction and Demolition Recycling Task Force, chaired by Board of Commissioners Vice Chair Barry Jacobs. One of the task force’s recommendations in its August 2000 report to the Board was promoting deconstruction and "green-building" as sustainable alternatives to traditional approaches.

"Deconstruction is an emerging approach that’s based on good common sense," Commissioner Jacobs said. "If you dismantle a building rather than level it and throw it away, you save materials, you save expensive landfill space and possibly save money on the removal process."

Assisting the County in the project are Pete and Robin Hendricks of Wake Forest, two of the foremost deconstruction experts in North Carolina. They are coordinating the day-to-day deconstruction activities and the work of temporary laborers and Orange County Public Works Department staff, as well as providing guidance on preparing the reclaimed materials for reconstruction. The Hendricks advocated the deconstruction approach in a presentation to the C&D Recycling Task Force last year.

The Public Works Department plans to use the reclaimed materials for a new equipment shelter at its office and shop complex off Highway 86 North. Recovered brick will be used to reconstruct a retaining wall at another County building.

"We hope this project will serve as a valuable example of creative approaches to construction and demolition recycling and reuse," Commissioner Jacobs said.

Previous versions of the County’s Capital Improvement plan had set aside $50,000 for demolishing the structure and disposing of the materials. The total cost for the deconstruction project and the videotape documentation is estimated at $25,000.

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Payment Plan helps take the "Bite" out of Taxes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 15, 2001

For more information: Jo Roberson, Revenue Collector, (919) 245-2725, jrober@co.orange.nc.us

The Orange County Revenue Collector is offering a payment plan to citizens that spreads out their tax payments over time to help take the "bite" out of paying property taxes.

The payment program is available to all County residents. The program does not cover motor vehicle taxes, and does not apply to taxes that are already delinquent.

"This program is intended to assist citizens in meeting their tax obligation in a timely fashion," said Jo Roberson, Orange County’s revenue collector. "It is intended to help taxpayers avoid delinquency, not as a payment plan for taxes that are already delinquent."

The Revenue office works with citizens to set up a customized payment plan based on their individual needs. Monthly payments are estimated based on the previous year’s property taxes. If someone underpays or overpays, statements or refunds are sent when tax bills are produced in August.

The County mails property tax statements in early August. Taxes are due September 1. Taxpayers have a four-month grace period before their accounts become delinquent on January 5.

Citizens may set up a payment plan at any time. But the beginning of the tax year is the best time to set up a payment plan. "It’s a great way to help make sure you don’t get caught short right after the holidays," Roberson said.

For more information, or to set up a payment plan, contact the Revenue Collector’s office, (919) 245-2725.

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First Compost Sale at Landfill is a Success

Organic compost will be available on the next three Saturdays

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 15, 2001

For more information: Orange Community Recycling, (919) 968-2788, recycling@co.orange.nc.us

Orange County’s first sale of organic compost made from recycled food waste was so successful that the contractor twice had to make return trips to its Goldston processing facility for more.

On Saturday March 10, Orange County Solid Waste Management, in partnership with Brooks Contracting, sold 135 cubic yards of premium compost containing food waste collected from 13 Orange County restaurants.

John Craig, projects manager for Brooks Contracting, said, "We promise the public we will not run out of compost again and thank those who were here last time for their patience with our first sale."

Retail sale of this compost for $10 per cubic yard scoop will continue at the landfill over the remaining three Saturdays in March 17, 24 and 31, from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Contractor sales of a minimum three cubic yards for $60, cash only, will take place on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. No credit sales will be allowed for the compost.

At the end of March, Orange County will determine if it will continue sales of this product at the landfill and if the County will be able to maintain the current price.

Orange County sales of its yard waste mulch will continue on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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Compost Made from Food Waste to be
sold at County Landfill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 8, 2001

For more information: Orange Community Recycling, (919) 968-2788

Beginning Saturday March 10 from 7:30 a.m. to noon, and continuing every remaining Saturday in March, Orange County Landfill will sell premium compost made using food waste collected in the food waste recovery program. The compost, made by Brooks Contracting of Goldston North Carolina, will cost $10 per scoop (approximately cubic yard) loaded.

Compost will be sold on the north side of the landfill, near the mulch sales area. Customers buying compost will pay the loader directly. All loads of compost leaving the landfill must be covered with a tarp. Tarps are available for purchase at the landfill.

This compost sale is an experimental program that may be continued if successful. Brooks Contracting has been making and selling 4,000 tons a month of their organic compost-based soil products from their Goldston location for the past five years.

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County Seeks Volunteers to Serve on
Board of Equalization and Review

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 6, 2001

For more information: John Smith, Orange County Tax Assessor, (919) 245-2100

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is recruiting for volunteers for the Board of Equalization and Review. This board examines and reviews the tax lists of the County for the current year with the intent that all taxable property shall be listed on the abstracts and tax records of the County and appraised according to the standards required by the General Statutes of North Carolina.

The Board of Equalization and Review will meet up to three days per week, for approximately three to four hours per meeting, for up to two consecutive months, with additional meetings possible through November, 2001.

For an application, or for more information, please contact the office of the Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners at 245-2125 or 245-2130 or email: npaciga@co.orange.nc.us. Or an application may be filled out online at www.co.orange.nc.us.

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Orange County Hazardous Household Waste Reopens
at Landfill Saturday March 3

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 1, 2001

For more information: Solid Waste Management, (919) 988-2788, recycling@co.orange.nc.us

On Saturday March 3, Orange County Solid Waste Management Department will reopen its hazardous household waste collection at the Orange County Landfill located on Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill. The event is open from 9am to 3pm to residents of Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake Counties. Citizens may bring paints, pesticides, automotive wastes, batteries, chemicals and other hazardous materials from their households to the collection. Wastes should not be mixed together but kept in separate, non-leaking containers. Usable latex paint should be separated for the re-use program.

No commercial wastes, infectious waste, explosives or radioactive wastes are accepted. Call 968-2788 for disposal information on these materials. Future hazardous waste collection events at the Orange County Landfill will be the first Saturday of each month through November, 2001. Call 287-8051 or 942-8158 for information about collection schedules and locations in Chatham, Durham and Wake Counties.

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