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April 2013

 

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County Confirms Fifth Rabies Case

Media Contact

Robert A. Marotto, Director

Orange County Animal Services

Phone: 919.968.2287

www.orangecountync.gov/animalservices

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY REPORTS FIFTH POSITIVE RABIES TEST FOR 2013

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 25, 2013)—The Orange County Animal Services Department is reporting its fifth positive rabies result of the year from the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health. Last year, the County recorded a total of 12 positive cases.

The case originated on April 22, when a two-month-old goat belonging to a small family farm in northern Orange County, passed away.  The goat was one of seven in a small herd on the farm and had begun showing symptoms of illness at the end of March. 

It had been treated for various possibilities during March and toward mid-April, several family members and one neighbor began taking turns bottle feeding the sick animal.   Upon its death, the goat was sent to the State Laboratory for rabies testing, and results were shared with Animal Services, the Orange County Health Department and the Department of Agriculture, which has jurisdiction over livestock matters throughout the state.

A Communicable Disease Nurse from the Orange County Health Department has been in contact with the family to discuss post-exposure prophylaxis that protects people from rabies.  At least three people who had contact with the goat have begun treatment.  Anyone with questions regarding rabies exposure to humans can contact Communicable Disease Nurse Cathy York at 919.245.2343.

A veterinarian from the Department of Agriculture has placed the remaining six goats under a six-month quarantine for observation.  Other family pets include a dog and cat, neither of which had any exposure to the goat or spend unsupervised time outdoors.

There are now approved vaccinations for horses, cattle and sheep. The Department of Agriculture recommends people who keep such livestock have their animals vaccinated.  The sheep vaccine can also be administered to goats and the Department of Agriculture recommends goat owners have this done.  The vaccines must be administered by a licensed veterinarian in all circumstances. 

In North Carolina, livestock exhibited as part of a petting zoo or in a setting where there will be contact with the public are required to be vaccinated against rabies. 

Questions about rabies in livestock can be directed to Carol Woodlief, veterinarian for the Department of Agriculture at 919.733.7601.

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County Directors Graduate From UNC School of Government

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY DEPARTMENT DIRECTORS COMPLETE

UNC COUNTY ADMINISTRATION COURSE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 24, 2013)—The Orange County Manager’s Office is pleased to announce two department directors have met the requirements to graduate from the County Administration Course of the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Human Resources Director Nicole Clark and Orange County Library Director Lucinda Munger are among the 98 officials in the 2012-2013 graduating class.

The County Administration program is designed for managers, department heads and officials whose responsibilities require a broad understanding of functions beyond individual areas of specialization.

Participants commit to 150 hours of instruction in the areas of North Carolina local government law, organization and management, finance and budgeting, employment law and administration, planning and regulation of development, and the delivery of specific city or county services.

Since this course began in 1964, more than 2,900 officials have completed the program.     

For more information about the Administration Course of the School of Government, please contact Gregory S. Allison, director of municipal and county administration at 919.966.4376.

 

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Emergency Services FEMA Grant

Media Contact

Captain Darshan Patel

Emergency Management Coordinator

Phone: 919.245.6135

Cell: 919.332.3782

dpatel@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES TO RECEIVE $83K FEMA GRANT

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 18, 2013)–Orange County Emergency Services is scheduled to  receive an $83,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance for Firefighters Grant (AFG) to support emergency medical services.

Representative David Price (NC-04), the top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, has been the leading supporter of first responder grant programs.

“I’m proud to announce this funding because it will help Orange County enhance its response capabilities and more effectively protect the community,” said Rep. Price. “Ensuring our first responders have the tools they need to keep our communities safe is a central part of overall preparedness for every type of emergency.”

The grant will allow the County to purchase advanced equipment that will keep first responders safe while transporting patients.  The County plans to purchase eight “power lift” stretchers, which have battery-powered hydraulic lifts that raise and lower patients with the touch of a button.  The new equipment is expected to reduce repetitive lift injuries and worker’s compensation claims.

“As call volume increases and the obesity epidemic continue to grow, this new equipment will dramatically reduce strenuous lifting and the associated risk of back injury in addition to saving the County hundreds of thousands of dollars in worker’s compensation claims. Purchasing safer equipment is an investment in our staff’s future,” said Captain Kim Woodward, Orange County EMS operations manager.

Rep. Price is the Chair, and now ranking member, of the subcommittee responsible for funding the Department of Homeland Security. Since 2001, the AFG has provided approximately $5.25 billion in grants to first responder organizations to obtain much-needed emergency response equipment, protective gear, firefighting and emergency response vehicles, and training. During FY2012, the AFG awarded $337.5 million to first responder organizations in need of support.

Rep. Price has also supported a coordinated effort, overseen by FEMA, to increase the nation’s ability to prevent, protect, respond to and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. In the wake of Superstorm Sandy earlier this year, Rep. Price spoke to CBS News about how recent budget cuts have drastically, and unwisely, scaled back disaster preparedness efforts.

“As Appropriators, we need to focus on preparing for disasters, because relatively modest investments can save a lot of money and a lot of lives when a disaster hits,” said Rep. Price. “In my experience, the old saying ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ applies here.”

For more information about the hydraulic lift stretcher, please contact Orange County Emergency Services at 919.245.6100.

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Solid Waste Shredathon

Media Contact

Muriel Williman

Orange County Solid Waste Management

Phone: 919.968.2788

recycling@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY INVITES PUBLIC TO SHREDATHON 2013 

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 18, 2013)—The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department will sponsor two free “post tax” Shred-A-Thon events in partnership with University Mall, the Chapel Hill Police Department and the Partnership for a Sustainable Community.

Orange County residents and businesses including those in Chapel Hill in Durham County, and government employees who work within Orange County can securely destroy their personal confidential documents at no cost.  

Both events will take place from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Thursday, April 25 -- University Mall, Estes Drive in Chapel Hill, near Dillard’s.
  • Saturday, April 27 -- Hampton Pointe Shopping Center, Highway 86 in Hillsborough at the 24-hour recycling drop-off site located behind Home Depot.  

There is a limit of 10 “banker-box” sized containers or 10 large bags of paper/ person, and a limit of one trip/person or business.

Please remove any non-paper materials prior to bringing loads to the Shred-a-thon, such as plastic bags, plastic binders, plastic folders, metal tabs, laminated paper, computer disks, or other electronic media.  The shredded paper will be recycled and these materials are contaminants as well as being potentially harmful to the shredder blades. 

Shredding will take place on-site in full view of the people delivering paper. 

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Libraries Fee Forgiveness

Media Contact

Lucinda Munger, Director

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2525

lmunger@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY LIBRARY OFFERS FINE FORGIVENESS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 12, 2013)—Orange County Libraries will recognize National Library Week by kicking off a month-long fine forgiveness for all overdue items, beginning on Sunday, April 14. 

In addition to giving library customers an opportunity to do some spring cleaning, this will assist staff in the transition to the new library catalog system, Sierra, scheduled to go live on Wednesday, May 1. 

From April 14 to May 12, fines for overdue books, CDs, DVDs and other library materials will be waived, no matter how late.

“Did you find a library book under your sofa or in a closet? If so, now is the time to return that item to the library,” said Circulation Supervisor Steven Lorenz. “During this month-long period, we will waive the fines for outstanding items.”

According to library records, there are more than 750 overdue items and nearly 1,600 lost items. Items are considered lost if they are overdue by more than 30 days. 

Customers may return overdue or lost items to any of the three branch locations in Hillsborough and Carrboro, during the April 14-May 12 timeframe. Items returned in the overnight drop box are also eligible for fine forgiveness.

Fines for items returned prior to the fine-forgiveness period, as well as replacement fees for damaged materials or lost items that cannot be located, cannot be waived.

For more information, please visit http://orangecountync.gov/library/checkitin.asp

Orange County Library Locations

  • Orange County Main Library – 137 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough
  • Carrboro Branch Library – 900 Old Fayetteville Road, Carrboro

           (located inside McDougle Middle School)

  • Carrboro Cybrary – 100 N. Greensboro Street, Carrboro

           (located in the Carrboro Century Center)

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National Volunteer Week

Media Contact

Myra Austin, Senior Centers Administrator

Orange County Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.2050

maustin@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY RECOGNIZES NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 12, 2013)—The Orange County Department on Aging is inviting the public to celebrate National Volunteer Week, from April 21 - April 27.

Orange County is encouraging students at UNC-Chapel Hill as well as members of the community to volunteer at either the Central Orange Senior Center or the Seymour Center. The Department on Aging provides programs, recreational activities and other services to assist adults age 55 and older with adapting to the aging process.

Younger residents can do their part and see firsthand that an active life doesn’t stop with advanced age. Sign up to be paired with a senior as a “Grandchild of the Week.”  Have lunch, then support and encourage the grandparent throughout the week. 

On Friday, April 26, both senior centers will host an event entitled, “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing.” The Chris Reynolds Swing ‘N Jazz Band will be performing. Volunteers are needed to coordinate this event, which will include hors d'oeuvres and an opportunity to burn up the dance floor.

A $10 registration fee is required in advance and the deadline to volunteer is on Saturday, April 20.

There is no specific amount of time required to volunteer and all volunteers are welcome: Individual, Organization or Group sign-up is available. Your time and encouragement are the only things needed to make an impact on someone’s life and to ensure that the dance is a successful event.

To volunteer for this or other events, please contact Myra Austin at 919.245.2020.

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Animal Services Loses POP-NC as Partner

Media Contact

Sarah Fallin, Program Coordinator

Phone: 919.942.7378 ext. 224

sfallin@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY ANNOUNCES POP-NC TO CLOSE OPERATIONS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 12, 2013)—Orange County Animal Services is announcing Pet Overpopulation Patrol of North Carolina (POP-NC) is closing its doors. The agency has been providing mobile veterinary and low-cost spay/neuter services to the triangle area for the past nine years. 

POP-NC has been a pivotal partner for Orange County Animal Services and its Community Spay/Neuter program, participating in many of the department’s Spay/Neuter Day events and using the Animal Services parking lot as one of its regular surgical sites. 

Dr. Wendy Royce and her team at POP-NC have performed more than 30,000 spay and neuter surgeries since opening and have made a major impact on the progressive spay/neuter education and progress in Orange County. 

Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) will be filling the void for many of the counties and organizations POP-NC has worked with throughout the years, including Orange County Animal Services. 

POP-NC’s last day at the Animal Services Center will be on Wednesday, April 17.  SNAP’s first appearance at the Animal Services Center will be on Friday, April 26.  To review the full schedule or to make an appointment with SNAP, please visit www.snap-nc.org or call 919.783.7627.

For a list of upcoming events at Animal Services, including dates SNAP will conduct surgeries at the facility, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/animalservices

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Update: Rogers Road and Solid Waste/Recycling Options

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY MOVING FORWARD WITH ROGERS ROAD COMMUNITY CENTER AND NARROWS OPTIONS FOR SOLID WASTE/RECYCLING PROGRAMS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 11, 2013)—The Orange County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) is moving forward with the plans to build the Rogers Road Community Center. On Tuesday, the BOCC reviewed the schematic design and authorized staff  to proceed with preparing construction documents and the construction bid process.

The BOCC authorized the County Manager to award a bid for construction and any unforeseen conditions change orders for the Rogers Road Community Center in an amount not-to-exceed $650,000 approved within the FY2012-13 Capital Investment Plan in the event that the bid award occurs during the summer break.

This bid award and subsequent construction start would be contingent upon the execution of a Lease Agreement between Orange County and Habitat for Humanity, as well as the execution of an Operating Agreement between Orange County and the Rogers Eubanks Neighborhood Association (“RENA”).

The BOCC Chair will send a letter to the Town of Chapel Hill requesting the Town confirm its plans to expedite the site plan review, permitting and other associated processes for the project as well as waive all associated Town fees.

Also on Tuesday, the Board considered operational and funding options for Orange County Solid Waste and Recycling Programs.

The County’s Reduce, Reuse & Recycle (3-R) Fees consists of four annual recycling fees adopted by Orange County in 2004, which  are billed in conjunction with the annual property tax.  Not related to recycling, the County also assesses a county-wide Solid Waste Convenience Center Fee that is billed in conjunction with the annual property tax.

A recent court decision, Lanvale v Cabarrus County, essentially says that where there is no direct statutory authority to levy a fee, a local government cannot levy a fee.  Since the Lanvale opinion was issued, Orange County’s staff has been engaged in discussions regarding how, going forward, the County can best address the new challenges.

A county-wide Franchise agreement for curbside Solid Waste and Recycling Services in the unincorporated areas of Orange County is no longer an option for consideration. Instead, the BOCC is considering the following three options:

Option 1: creates an Authority similar to the Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA). This would require the cooperation of two or more local governments to form an Authority.  An Authority would not be included in the County’s General Fund budget and would be governed by an independent board.

Options: 2, 3, and 4: (variations of a single concept) explore the creation of a Solid Waste Tax Service District which would function much like a Fire District. The size of the district and scope of services provided by the district would be determined by the Board. A Solid Waste Tax Service District would not impact the County General Fund, but would be an independent special revenue fund.

Option 8: could remove rural curbside recycling relying on Convenience Centers and Drop-off sites. Urban and Multi-family Urban and Multifamily curbside recycling would be left up to the Towns. 

The Board will continue to receive information, evaluate and discuss this matter. Meantime, a   Public Hearing is scheduled on Tuesday, April 23, on the three remaining possible options. The Public Hearing will take place during the 7:00 p.m. Board of County Commissioners meeting at the Southern Human Services Center located at 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

To watch the re-broadcast of the Orange County Board of Commissioners meetings, please visit the County’s Web site at www.orangecountync.gov

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National Telecommunicators Week

 

Media Contact

Jeryl Anderson

EMS Staff Officer

Orange County Emergency Services

Phone: 919.245.6100

jandersin@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY TELECOMMUNICATOR WEEK

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 10, 2013)—The Orange County Emergency Services Department is inviting the public to participate in National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week from April 14 – April 20, 2013. 

As a kick-off, the Emergency Services Communications team will open its doors to both the media and the public. The following events will be hosted in an effort to demonstrate what takes place in a 9-1-1 Communications Center, explain the role of the Emergency Operations Center, when it is activated and how it is staffed and conclude with a tour of the center. This will prove to be a very educational and eye-opening experience. 

Media Day: Wednesday, April 17, from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Public Tours: Tuesday, April 16, from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

                        Thursday, April 18, from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

                        Thursday, April 18, from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

These activities will take place at the Orange County Emergency Services Communications, located at 510 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough (off U.S. 70A behind the Sportsplex).

This event is open to the public, high school seniors, community college students, emergency services students to include EMS, Emergency Management, Fire services and Basic Law Enforcement Training students.

The media will be allowed to tour the center, capture video (as policy allows) and interview telecommunicators about their duties. Media personnel should RSVP prior to April 14, 2013, via e-mail to Staff Officer, Jeryl Anderson at janderson@orangecountync.gov   

The goal is to educate the public and showcase that 9-1-1 Telecommunicators are the first line of defense against crime, sickness and disaster.  These are public servants who, by their own choice, staff the center 24/7 and deal with stress levels that are second only to the stress levels endured by air traffic controllers. 

Telecommunicators give up family time, holidays, and weekends to answer more than 600 calls for service per day, by way of more than 21 phone lines and respond to an equal or greater amount of radio traffic generated from approximately fifteen field units, which are the sole responsibility of one Telecommunicator. 

For more information, please call Staff Officer, Jeryl Anderson at 919.245.6100 or send an e-mail to janderson@orangecountync.gov

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BOCC

 

Media Contact

Donna Baker

Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners

Phone: 919.245.2130

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR JURY COMMISSION

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 9, 2013)—One significant way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on various County advisory boards and commissions.

Currently the Board is accepting applications for the Orange County Jury Commission. 

This three person commission reviews a list of Orange County citizens to serve as potential jurors in our local court system from which it prepares the Orange County Master Jury List.  One citizen appointment is made by the Board of Commissioners, one appointment is made by the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge, and the third appointment is made by the Clerk of Superior Court.

If interested, please apply at www.orangecountync.gov/boards/apply.asp  

For more information, please call Donna Baker at 919.245.2130 or Jeanette Jones at 919.245.2125.

With more than 20 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

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Orange County Main Library Book Signing

 

Media Contact

Jessica Arnold

Teen & Adult Programming Coordinator

Phone: 919.245.2537      

jarnold@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY MAIN LIBRARY TO HOST AUTHOR JILL McCORKLE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 8, 2013)—The Orange County Main Library is hosting a reading and book signing by nationally known local author Jill McCorkle. The community is encouraged to attend.

McCorkle's new book entitled, Life After Life, is in book stores now and receiving positive reviews.  Her appearance is part of Downtown Hillsborough’s Last Friday events and will take place at 6:00 p.m. on April 26.  

This book signing and meet-and-greet is sponsored by the Friends of the Orange County Public Library. Since this is taking place after regular library hours, the public will need to enter through the side door. Admission is free.

The Orange County Main Library is located at 137 W. Margaret Lane.

For more information about this or other library programs, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/library or call 919.245.2537.

 

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County Commission Meeting Preview

 

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO DISCUSS RECYCLING/SOLID WASTE AND ROGERS ROAD COMMUNITY CENTER PROJECT

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 5, 2013)—The Orange County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will hold its regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, at the Department of Social Services building at Hillsborough Commons in Hillsborough.

Among the Agenda items, the BOCC will discuss several operational and funding options for Orange County’s Solid Waste and Recycling programs. This is in response to the recent ruling of the North Carolina Supreme Court in the Lanvale decision, which essentially states, “That where there is no direct statutory authority to levy a fee, a local government cannot levy a fee.” 

Since the Lanvale opinion was issued, Orange County has been engaged in discussions regarding how to best address the issues created by this action as it relates to the County’s Reduce, Reuse & Recycle (3-R) Fees.

"Regardless of the funding or operational program implemented by the Board, Orange County is committed to providing continuous robust public education services, recycling, and waste reduction programs, in keeping with the County's longstanding leadership in the state in waste reduction," said County Manager Frank Clifton.

The Board of Commissioners will also review the schematic design of the Rogers Road Community Center project. The bid award of $650,000 and subsequent construction start would be contingent upon the execution of a Lease Agreement between Orange County and Habitat for Humanity, as well as the execution of an Operating Agreement between Orange County and the Rogers Eubanks Neighborhood Association.

The County hopes to have the construction bid award presented to the BOCC for approval prior to June 18, 2013.

The Department of Social Services Building at Hillsborough Commons is located at 113 Mayo Street in Hillsborough.

The Agenda is available online at www.co.orange.nc.us/occlerks/agenmenu.asp

 

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Transportation Planning Workshop

 

Media Contact

Al Terry, Transportation Manager

Orange Public Transportation

Phone: 919.245.2002

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY INVITES PUBLIC TO

TRANSPORTATION PLANNING WORKSHOP

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 5, 2013)—Orange County Public Transportation is inviting residents to attend a half-day workshop for the Triangle Area Rural Planning Organization (TARPO) Locally Coordinated Human Service Public Transportation Plan. 

The workshop will take place from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26, at the County’s Southern Human Services Center in Chapel Hill.

The workshop will focus on the needs of rural Chatham and Orange Counties as a part of the larger TARPO region, and will be facilitated by RPO staff with assistance from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the local transit service agencies. 

This plan will not focus on the urban transit services provided by Chapel Hill Transit or Triangle Transit, but will instead be focused on the more rural services provided by Chatham Transit Network and Orange Public Transportation.

The recommendations that come out of this workshop will be incorporated into the Locally Coordinated Human Service Public Transportation Plan for the region and will identify the specific areas of need for individuals with disabilities, older adults, and persons with low incomes; to propose strategies for meeting these needs; and to prioritize public transportation services to meet these needs.

The public is invited to complete a survey that will be used to provide information for the Locally Coordinated Plan.  The survey is available online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9N3SNYF or at http://www.tarpo.org/topics/lcp.shtml  

The Southern Human Services Center is located at 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

For more information, please call Matt Day, TARPO senior planner, at 919.558.9397 or send an e-mail to mday@tjcog.org

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Retirement Community Discussion

 

Media Contact

Mary Fraser, Orange County Aging Transitions Administrator 

Orange County Department on Aging

Phone: 919.968.2070

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST: RETHINKING RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES

A Discussion on Self-Directed Intentional Community

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 4, 2013)—The Orange County Department on Aging is hosting a discussion for the growing number of older adults and boomers who are thinking about how they want to spend their later years.

Older adults and care givers are invited to attend a forum on Thursday, May 2, at 6:00 p.m. at the Robert & Pearl Seymour Center. The group will discuss Elder Self-directed Communities (ESC).

ESCs are planned residential communities, often organized as co-housing communities or housing cooperatives, intentionally designed to provide a high degree of social cohesion and teamwork.

This forum, facilitated by Mary Fraser, Orange County Aging Transitions Administrator, and Paul Klever, Executive Director of Charles House, is an opportunity for anyone interested in ESCs or Co-Housing to gather and talk about what is being developed elsewhere and explore the interest in forming more of these self-directed intentional communities in Orange County.

The Seymour Center is located at 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

For more information or to register, please call the Seymour Center at 919.968.2070.

 

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Positive Rabies Test

 

Media Contact

Robert A. Marotto, Director

Orange County Animal Services

Phone: 919.968.2287

bmarotto@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY RECEIVES FOURTH POSITIVE RABIES TEST FOR 2013

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 4, 2013)—The Orange County Animal Services Department received its fourth positive rabies result of the year, from the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health. Last year, the County recorded 12 positive cases.

The case originated on Monday, April 1, when a resident in the vicinity of 15-501 and Bennett Road in Chapel Hill heard his dog barking and then fighting with an unseen animal at a nearby creek.  Moments later, his dog returned to the yard carrying a dead raccoon.  Animal Control responded to the house and removed the raccoon for testing.

“Prevention is the best measure for effective rabies control,” said Bob Marotto, director of Animal Services.  “Ensuring cats, dogs and ferrets are current on their rabies vaccinations is one of the most important responsibilities of a pet owner, since it can quite literally be the difference between life and death.” 

Fortunately, the dog in this case was currently vaccinated against rabies and will receive a booster shot pursuant to North Carolina statute.  According to the state’s rabies law, if there is “a reasonable suspicion of exposure,” a dog or cat with a current vaccination must receive a booster shot within 120 hours (5 days).  By contrast, an unvaccinated animal must either be destroyed or quarantined for a period of six (6) months.

A Communicable Disease Nurse from the Orange County Health Department is contacting the animal owner to evaluate their risk of rabies exposure. At issue is whether there is the possibility of secondary exposure from the owner handling his own dog after the incident.  A decision about the post-exposure prophylaxis that protects people from rabies is based upon an assessment of all the factors involved in this type situation.

Rabies is rooted in reservoir species, such as raccoons and bats. If there is any possibility of exposure, citizens should immediately call Animal Control or 9-1-1.

 

 

2013 LOW-COST RABIES VACCINATION CLINIC SCHEDULE

The 2013 Low-Cost ($10) Rabies Vaccination Clinics are underway and the next clinic will take place on Thursday, April 18, from 3:00 p.m. – 5: 00 p.m. at the Animal Services Center in Chapel Hill.  The cost for rabies vaccinations is $10.  Microchips will also be offered at this clinic for $25. For future clinic dates, please visit www.co.orange.nc.us/animalservices 

For more information, please call Orange County Animal Services at 919.942.7387.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • It is a law in North Carolina that dogs, cats and ferrets older than four months must have a current and valid rabies vaccination at all times
  • Orange County’s ordinance also requires that all pets wear a rabies vaccination tag
  • Pets with current rabies vaccinations that may have been exposed to rabies must be revaccinated within five days (120 hours) or they will be treated as unvaccinated pets
  • Unvaccinated pets that may have been exposed to rabies must either be destroyed or quarantined at a veterinary office for six months at the owner’s expense
  • Rabies can be transmitted through secondary exposure as well, so do not touch your animal without gloves if it has had any possible exposure to a rabies vector
  • If a rabies suspect is alive, do not attempt to capture the animal.  Keep visual contact with the animal until Animal Control arrives. 
  • If you discover a bat inside your house, be sure not to release it, but do remove yourself and any animals from the area
Always call Animal Control immediately if you find a bat in your home even if there is no evidence of a bite.  

 

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Pet Micro-chip Clinic

 

Media Contact

Robert A. Marotto, Director

Orange County Animal Services

Phone: 919.968.2287

bmarotto@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES TO OFFER PET MICROCHIP CLINIC

Orange County, NC (April 3, 2013)—The Orange County Animal Services Department will offer a Microchip Clinic for cats and dogs from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18.

The clinic will take place at the Animal Services Center, 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill.  One-year rabies vaccinations will also be offered as part of the event.

Cat and dog microchips will cost $25.00/pet, which includes registration with 24PetWatch’s national database.  Rabies vaccinations will cost $10.00/pet to include a tag and rabies certificate.  Pet owners do not have to pay for both services in order to attend the clinic. 

Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be housed inside of an individual carrier.  Animals that may be nervous or unsettled should be kept inside of a vehicle, until instructed otherwise.

For more information about this and other Animal Services events, please visit http://www.orangecountync.gov/animalservices

 

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