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February 2014

 

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County to Host Composting Class

Media Contact

Muriel Williman

Orange County Solid Waste Management

Phone: 919.968.2788

recycling@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO OFFER COMPOSTING CLASSES

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 28, 2014)—The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department is hosting its Spring 2014 Composting Classes.

The class will be taught by seasoned composting expert, Muriel Williman, with the County’s Solid Waste Management.

Class Schedule
Saturday, March 8

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The Community Center Learning Garden on Estes Drive, Chapel Hill

Wednesday, March 19

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Carolina Campus Community Garden, Wilson Street (off Cameron) in Chapel Hill.  Register with Paula Cook: 919.843.8524 or E-mail ncbgregistrar@unc.edu


3) Saturday, March 22

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The Solid Waste Administrative Office, 1207 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill 27516

The composting classes are FREE. Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult. These classes demonstrate the basics of indoor composting using worms and outdoor composting using a variety of containers and recipes. 

Anyone can compost, anywhere… Honest!


Worm Bin Make and Take

Sunday, March 16
2:00 p.m. - 4:00p.m.

The Scrap Exchange, 923 Franklin St., Durham 27701


Cost: $35
Ages: 13 - Adult (kids welcome if accompanied by an adult)

To register, please call 919.213.1278 or E-mail events@scrapexchange.org or register online: https://scrapwormbin.eventbrite.com

In this hands-on workshop, participants make a tidy and efficient indoor composting bin specifically designed for composting in apartments, classrooms or other indoor spaces. The workshop includes everything needed to construct and take home a bin, including worms! Learn all you need to know to recycle your food waste, care for your worms, harvest the compost, and feed your plants.

Public school teachers receive a $10 discount!

Since worm bins make great gifts, each attendee can make and take two worm bins for an additional $20. 

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County Earns Triple-A Bond Rating

Media Contact

Tonya Walton

Budget and Management Analyst

Phone: 919.245.2153

twalton@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY EARNS STABLE BOND RATING OUTLOOK

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 28, 2014)—Orange County has been assigned an ‘AAA’ rating by Fitch, Inc. This is the highest possible bond rating the County can obtain. 

The Triple-A rating applies to the following Orange County bonds:

 

  • $86.2 million General Obligation (GO) bonds (various series) at 'AAA'
  • $14.3 million Certificates of Participation (COPs), series 2006 at 'AA+'

 

Fitch also affirms the 'AA+' rating on $86 million of Limited Obligation Bonds (LOBs), series 2011 and 2012, issued by the Orange County Public Facilities Company.

The Rating Outlook is Stable.

“This exceptional rating is the result of several very positive steps taken by the Board of County Commissioners, such as establishing sound fiscal policies, limiting unfunded liabilities, acting prudently to reduce debt financing costs—in turn, improving economic conditions and maintaining sufficient reserves to ensure cash flow and the ability to respond to unexpected financial demands,” said Clarence Grier, the County’s Chief Financial Officer.

The GO bonds are secured by the full faith, credit and unlimited taxing power of the county. The COPs and LOBs are secured by installment payments by the County, equal to debt service and payable from any legally available funds of the county, subject to annual appropriation. The COPs and LOBs are additionally secured by respective deeds of trust on certain essential governmental properties, including several school buildings, a County justice facility, and administration building.

The following is a list of key rating drivers (refer to attachment for full description):

  • Stable Operating Performance
  • Healthy Balance Sheet Position
  • Low Debt
  • Favorable Economic Position
  • Appropriation Risk And Essentiality
  • Credit Profile
  • Rating Sensitivities
  • Operations Remain Structurally Balanced
  • Strong Balance Sheet Position
  • Affordable Debt Position
  • UNC Anchors Stable Area Economy

In addition to the sources of information identified in Fitch’s Tax-Supported Rating Criteria, this action was also influenced by information obtained from Creditscope, University Financial Associates, S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, and IHS Global Insight.

For more information, please visit www.fitchratings.com

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County Reports Fourth Rabies Case

Media Contact

Bob Marotto, Director

Orange County Animal Services

Phone: 919.942.7387 ext. 219

bmarotto@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY RECEIVES FOURTH POSITIVE RABIES TEST FOR 2014

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 28, 2014)—Orange County Animal Services has received its fourth positive rabies test result of the year for a raccoon, according to the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health.  The County recorded 12 positive cases last year and also in 2012.

The case originated on Thursday, February 27, when a Chapel Hill resident spotted his dog near a raccoon that appeared to be almost dead.  The resident removed his dog from the area and called Animal Control to remove the raccoon for testing.  The dog was not observed having direct contact with the raccoon, but the possibility of exposure before the owner’s arrival cannot be ruled out.

As the dog involved in this case was not currently vaccinated against rabies, North Carolina law requires that it must be either destroyed or quarantined for a period of six (6) months.  Under this same law, by contrast, a dog or cat that does have a current rabies vaccination must only receive a booster shot within 120 hours (5 days) of any suspected rabies exposure.  The dog’s owners have yet to make a decision regarding the dog involved in this case.

“Prevention is the best measure for effective rabies control for pets and people alike,” 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 for their pet and protect the public from rabies.” 

Raccoons are a host (or reservoir) species to rabies in our area and the region.  Any other animal that becomes rabid in this area is likely the victim of the “spillover effect.”  When an animal other than the dominant reservoir species, which is the raccoon in North Carolina, contracts the virus, it is called “spillover.” The other species that are most susceptible to getting rabies from raccoons are dogs and cats, groundhogs, skunks, and foxes.

The other host species of rabies in our own region and others is bats.  Of the few cases of rabies in humans in our country in recent years, most have been traced to bats.  If there is any possibility of exposure from a bat, it is critical that citizens immediately contact their animal control program. If an incident involving a bat –   or other rabies vector, such as a raccoon or skunk – should occur outside regular hours of service, an Animal Control Officer should be reached right away through Emergency Communications (9-1-1).

2014 LOW-COST RABIES VACCINATION CLINIC SCHEDULE

The next Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic will take place on Thursday, March 20, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Farmer’s Market in Hillsborough. 

The cost for rabies vaccinations is $10 and only cash will be accepted at this clinic. 

Clinic dates for the rest 2014 are posted at http://orangecountync.gov/AnimalServices/rabies.asp 

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

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County Reports Third Rabies Case

Media Contact

Bob Marotto, Director

Orange County Animal Services

Phone: 919.968.2287

bmarotto@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY RECEIVES THIRD POSITIVE RABIES TEST FOR 2014

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 27, 2014)—Orange County Animal Services has received its third positive rabies test result of the year for a raccoon, according to the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health.  The County recorded 12 positive cases last year and also in 2012.

The case originated on Sunday, February 23, when a Carrboro resident witnessed a raccoon outside her house behaving strangely.  The resident immediately moved all people inside the house and called 9-1-1 to have Animal Control remove the raccoon for testing.

While no animals or humans had any direct contact with the raccoon in question, the raccoon in this case was tested because of the resident’s concern about the possibility of its saliva being on any of the outside toys or objects that could have been handled by the children and adults at the home around that time.

A Communicable Disease Nurse from the Orange County Health Department will contact the resident to assess the risk of rabies exposure. A decision about the post-exposure prophylaxis that protects people from rabies is made by those involved based upon an assessment of all the factors involved in this type situation.

Raccoons are a host (or reservoir) species to rabies in our area and the region.  Any other animal that becomes rabid in this area is likely the victim of the “spillover effect.”  When an animal other than the dominant reservoir species, which is the raccoon in North Carolina, contracts the virus, it is called “spillover.” The other species that are most susceptible to getting rabies from raccoons are dogs and cats, groundhogs, skunks, and foxes.

The other host species of rabies in our own region and others is bats.  Of the few cases of rabies in humans in our country in recent years, most have been traced to bats.  If there is any possibility of exposure from a bat, it is critical that citizens immediately contact their animal control program. If an incident involving a bat – or other rabies vector, such as a raccoon or skunk – should occur outside regular hours of service, an Animal Control Officer should be reached right away through Emergency Communications (9-1-1).

2014 LOW-COST RABIES VACCINATION CLINIC SCHEDULE

The next Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic will take place on Thursday, March 20, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Farmer’s Market in Hillsborough. 

The cost for rabies vaccinations is $10 and only cash will be accepted at this clinic. 

Clinic dates for the rest 2014 are posted at http://orangecountync.gov/AnimalServices/rabies.asp 

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

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Library's March Adults Programs

Media Contact

Lucinda Munger, Director

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2525

lmunger@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNOUNCES

MARCH PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 27, 2014)—Whether you need help revamping your resume, learning new computer skills, sticking to your new year resolutions, or just want to hear about a good book, Orange County Public Library (OCPL) offers these and many other activities.

The following events are all held at the OCPL Main Library at 137 W. Margaret Lane in Hillsborough, unless otherwise noted, and are free to the public. 

Financial Education Workshop: Sat., March 1, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

What does your credit report say? Who gets to read it and why? How is a credit report different from a credit score? The Take Control of Your Credit workshop will answer these questions and ensure you know how to get free credit reports. It will also provide information about how to improve your credit report and credit score.

 

OCPL Cybrary Computer Classes: Sat., March 1, 8, 22, 29, 10:00 a.m.

Introductory computer classes presented in partnership with the UNC University Libraries. All classes are free and open to the public, but space is limited; please pre-register in person at the Cybrary (located inside The Century Center at 100 N. Greensboro St. in Carrboro) or by calling 919.918.7387. 3/1 – Doing More with Excel; 3/8 – Open Lab; 3/22 – PowerPoint Basics; 3/29 – Online Job Searching and Resume Writing.

 

Drop-In Resume Review: Sun., March 2, 16 and 30, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

A strong resume makes any job application better. Free drop-in resume review services are held every other Sunday with volunteers available to help you improve format, spelling, grammar, and effectiveness. Don’t have a resume yet? We’ll help you get started!  Sessions are held in the Group Study Room on the second floor. All sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Read the Classics for Fun with Your Local Authors: Mon., March 3, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Come talk classics with fellow readers and writers, and get a fresh perspective on the classic books you've read and loved, or always meant to read. Book discussions are open to everyone. This month, authors Clay Griffith, Nathan Kotecki, and James Maxey discuss H.G. Wells' The Island of Doctor Moreau. Want to read it before the discussion?  Find free copies of the e-book and audiobook are available online.

OCPL Main Library Computer Classes: Mon., March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 6:00 p.m.

Computer classes are free and open to everyone – no registration required. We'll meet in the large study room on the second floor. The library has 6 computers available for class participants on a first-come, first-served basis. 3/3 – Computer Basics; 3/10 – Excel Basics; 3/17 – Open Lab; 3/24 – Tablets; 3/31 – Library Resources

 

Ask-A-Librarian: One-on-One Computer Training: Mon., March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Free, one-on-one computer assistance at the OCPL Carrboro Branch (inside McDougle Middle School at 900 Old Fayetteville Rd. in Chapel Hill) on the topics of your choosing. Come with specific questions or get some general tips. Possible topics include (but are not limited to) email, the internet, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, resumes, and social media. Walk-ins are accepted, but pre-registration is preferred to allow the librarian to prepare for your chosen subject. Register in person at the Carrboro Branch Library or call 919.969.3006.

 

Darn Good Yarn: Wed., March 5, 6:00 p.m.

Who doesn't like a darn good yarn? Come to knit, crochet a while, and enjoy the company of fellow yarn enthusiasts of all ages.

Evening Book Club: Tues., March 11, 6:30 p.m.

Join the club!  The Evening Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of the month and meetings are open to all. March’s selection is My Black Family, My White Privilege: A White Man’s Journey Through the Nation’s Racial Minefield by Michael R. Wenger.

Make It Stick! An Evening with Wellness Coach Marit Weikel: Wed., March 12, 6:30 p.m.

Barely holding on to your New Year’s Resolution? Don’t let 2014 be the year that happened to you. Make it the year that you made happen! Join health and wellness coach, Marit Weikel, for a lively presentation that will give you information and tools to understand what makes change difficult and how to navigate the obstacles in your way.

 

Carrboro Branch Book Club: Tues., March 18, 6:30 p.m.

Free to join and open to the public, this book club meets monthly for a librarian-led discussion of the latest book selection. Copies of this month’s selection—The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson—are available. Please call the OCPL Carrboro Branch Library at 919.969.3006 for more information.

 

Community Read 2014 and Author Talk: My Black Family, My White Privilege: A White Man’s Journey Through the Nation’s Minefield with Michael R. Wenger, Mon., March 31, 6:00 p.m.

Michael R. Wenger, a white, Jewish man from a working-class neighborhood in New York City, has a unique perspective on race relations. He was married to an African-American woman who grew up poor in a small, segregated town in North Carolina. As a result of their union, he has three children, four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a host of stories about race in this country. His book, My Black Family, My White Privilege, shares the issues Wenger and his family faced, particularly in the South, and illuminates the privileges he experienced that his wife and bi-racial children were deprived of in their lives.

For more information on events at OCPL, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/library or call Jessica Arnold for Adult events at 919.245.2537 and Erin Sapienza for Carrboro Branch and Cybrary activities at 919.969.3006.

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Library's March Kids-Teens Programs

Media Contact

Lucinda Munger, Director

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2525

lmunger@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNOUNCES

MARCH KID AND TEEN PROGRAMS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 27, 2014)—Orange County Public Library (OCPL) invites youth of all ages to participate in a variety of free and fun activities in March.  From LEGOs, storytimes, and science experiments, to gaming and crafts, there’s something for everyone!

The following events are all held at the OCPL Main Library at 137 W. Margaret Lane in Hillsborough, unless otherwise noted. 

Teens Make: Sat., March 1, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Drop by the library any time between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to make a button that shows off your interests. Button-making will take place near the Teen Room on the second floor. For ages 13-18.

Movie Matinee: Sat., March 1, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Watch the latest installment in the battles of Asgardian brothers, Thor and Loki, on the big screen. Movies are free and open to everyone. Rated PG-13.

Kids Explore: Tues., March 4, 11, 18, and 25, 3:30 p.m.

This 45-minute interactive program for children ages 5-8 explores LEGOs, art, science, and literature.

Tweens Discover: Thurs., March 6, 13, 20, and 27, 3:30 p.m.

This 45-minute program for tweens ages 9-12 promotes discovery through LEGOs, art, science, and literature activities.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Meeting: Wed., March 12, 6:00 p.m.

The Orange County Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is made up of teen volunteers (ages 13-18) who are interested in being a part of the library’s programs and services aimed at a middle and high school aged audience. Learn more about TAB at www.orangecountync.gov/library/TAB.asp

 

Save the Planet with Science: Sat., March 15, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

Women in Science and Engineering at UNC present hands-on experiments to learn about the importance of taking care of the environment inspired by the life of environmental activist and Nobel Prize-winner Wangari Maathai. For ages 7-13.

 

Game Day: Wed., March 19, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Get your game on! Bring your friends and come meet new ones as we play on the Wii, Xbox Kinect, and laptops or, try out a board game or card game. All ages are welcome; kids younger than 10 need an adult.

Teens Talk Books: Wed., March 26, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

This is not your grandma's book club. We won't tell you what to read - but we do want to know what YOU want to read! Come share what you've read and liked, or didn't like, and hear about the good, the bad and the ugly that other teens are reading.  March theme: Characters dealing with tragedy. 

OCPL Main Library Storytimes

  • Baby Lapsit – Mondays at 10:00 a.m. – 20-minute program for babies and their caregivers that incorporates age-appropriate books, rhymes, music, and movement. 
  • Tiny Tots Storytime – Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. – 25-minute program for children from walkers to age three and their caregivers.
  • Preschool Storytime – Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. – 30-minute program for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers.
  • And join us for “Stay and Play sessions after the Tiny Tots and Preschool  morning storytimes. These free-play sessions offer educational toys, puppets and games to engage your child in early literacy learning and build social skills.

 

OCPL Carrboro Branch Storytime: Sat., March 8, 15, 22 and 29, 10:30 a.m.

Join our librarians for engaging stories and fun crafts on Saturday mornings. The OCPL Carrboro Branch is located inside McDougle Middle School at 900 Fayetteville Road in Chapel Hill.

 

For more information on events at OCPL, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/library  or call Jessica Arnold for Teen events at 919.245.2537; Debbie Shreve for Youth Programs at 919.245.2531; and Erin Sapienza for Carrboro Branch activities at 919.969.3006.

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Solid Waste Recycling 101 Class

Media Contact

Muriel Williman

Orange County Solid Waste Management

Phone: 919.968.2788

recycling@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO OFFER RECYCLING 101 CLASS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 27, 2014)—The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department is offering a Recycling 101 Class for interested residents.

Learn the inside scoop on what can be recycled in Orange County, why, why not and where! 

The class will take place on Saturday, March 1, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Orange County Solid Waste Management Administrative Office located at 1207 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill.

The class will explain “What happens to recycled items after they get picked up?” Learn what the numbers, arrows and letters on a plastic item really mean. Take the guess work out of deciding what goes into the recycling bin, or does not.

This multi-media, interactive class is FREE and open to the public.  Whether you live in a single family home, a condo, an apartment complex, within Town limits, or out in the County, you can bring your “difficult to recycle” items and challenging questions to this class.  Kids are welcome to attend with an accompanying adult. 

Muriel Williman, Orange County’s recycling educator will lead the class through a “bag of trash,” discussing how materials are sorted, processed and marketed, what types of products are made from recycled materials, and other special programs.

For more information, please call 919.968.2788.

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BOCC

Media Contact

Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners

Phone: 919.245.2130 or Thom Freeman 919.245.2125

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

APPLICANTS NEEDED FOR ORANGE COUNTY ARTS COMMISSION

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 27, 2014) - One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County advisory boards and commissions.

Currently there are several vacancies on the Orange County Arts Commission. 

The Orange County Arts Commission recommends strategies to promote the artistic and cultural growth of Orange County, advises the Board of Commissioners on matters involving the arts, and acts as the granting panel for two annual funding programs available to individual artists and non-profit groups sponsoring arts projects in Orange County.

For more information about the Arts Commission, visit www.artsorange.org

If interested in serving, apply at www.orangecountync.gov/boards

Volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

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BOCC

Media Contact

Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners

Phone: 919.245.2130 or Thom Freeman 919.245.2125

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

APPLICANTS NEEDED FOR ORANGE UNIFIED TRANSPORTATION BOARD

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 27, 2014) – One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County advisory boards and commissions.    

There are currently openings on the Orange Unified Transportation Board. 

The Orange Unified Transportation Board provides information and comments on major transportation issues.  The Board also provides recommendations regarding the overall planning and programming of transportation improvements in Orange County, including identifying and prioritizing the county’s roadway and transit needs along with associated costs and specific sources of funding.  The Board assists in development and review of the transportation component of the Comprehensive Plan.  There are currently openings for representation from the Cheeks Township and a Pedestrian Access Advocate.

If interested in serving, apply at www.orangecountync.gov/boards.

Volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

 

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Wild Animal Encounters

Media Contact

Robert A. Marotto, Director

Orange County Animal Services

Phone: 919.968.2287

bmarotto@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY REMINDS CITIZENS TO REPORT WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS

Orange County, NC (February 20, 2014)— Orange County Animal Services has recently been informed of several cases involving domestic pets that have been injured, killed or are missing.  It is believed that many of these may involve wildlife, including the possibility of coyotes. 

It is highly important that citizens whose pets have been discovered with injuries of unknown origin, or whose pets have disappeared from a setting that could potentially involve wildlife, contact Animal Services immediately.  This will allow the department to track and collect data regarding wildlife attacks.  It will also allow Animal Services to refer the residents involved to healthcare officials for consultation and guidance, always a very important step in assuring individual and community health.

Rabies is typically transmitted from the bite of a rabies-infected animal, and less commonly by direct contact with the wet saliva of a rabies-infected animal on an open wound or mucous membrane (nose mouth eyes).  Coyotes are not a common rabies vector, but possibility cannot be ruled out that they could transmit rabies.  Raccoons and bats are the main carriers of rabies in the mid-Atlantic states, but many other animals can contract, carry and transmit rabies.  Any physical contact with raccoons or other wildlife and any potential contact with bats should be reported.

The recent cases have underscored the need for a general reminder to citizens of Orange County about the importance of rabies control and of coexisting with wildlife in a safe and humane way. 

For questions about a potential human exposure, contact a communicable disease nurse at the Orange County Health Department at 919.245.2400. 

To report a physical encounter between a pet and wild animal or between a person and a wild animal, call 919.942.7387. 

For more information about wildlife, please visit the Animal Services Web site at www.orangecountync.gov/animalservices

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Spay Neuter Day

Media Contact

Sarah Fallin

Orange County Animal Services

Phone: 919.942.7387 ext. 224

sfallin@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES TO HOST SPAY NEUTER DAY

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 19, 2014)—The Orange County Animal Services Department received a  Resolution during the Board of Orange County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, acknowledging February 25, 2014, as Spay Neuter Day in Orange County.

Animal Services is working to combat pet overpopulation by hosting another “Spay Neuter Day.”  This event coincides with the national Spay Day USA event each February.

The event will take place on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at Animal Services, which is located at 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill.   The purpose is to raise awareness and help to eliminate the need for euthanasia as a means of population control. 

For the event, Animal Services has partnered with Spay Neuter Assistance Program or North Carolina (SNAP-NC) to offer no-cost spay and neuter surgeries to pets of households that receive services from the Orange County Department of Social Services or who qualify by their combined income. 

“Animal Services hopes events such as this, along with other longer-term programs developed by this department, will increase the number of pets that are spayed and neutered in Orange County, and in turn help to eliminate the ongoing problem of pet overpopulation we face as a community,” said Bob Marotto, director of Animal Services.

For more information or determine if you qualify, please call Sarah Fallin at 919.942.7387 extension 224.

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Public Hearings: Solid Waste Tax Service Tax District

Media Contact

Gayle Wilson

Orange County Solid Waste Management

919.968.2788

gwilson@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC HEARINGS:  PROPOSED SOLID WASTE SERVICE TAX DISTRICT IN UNINCORPORATED AREAS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 18, 2014)—The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department is providing a Notice of Public Hearing, in accordance with General Statute 153A-302, to all property owners that would be included in the proposed service district for rural curbside recycling in the unincorporated part of Orange County.

This is to notify residents of the upcoming public hearings regarding the establishment of a service district for recycling. This is being considered as a means to improve curbside recycling services. For the majority of properties within this proposed service district, it would replace the former annual 3-R Fee of $38/household, which was assessed on the property tax bill from 2004 – 2012 and has been discontinued.

March 18, 2014 – 6:00p.m.  

Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill

 

April 1, 2014 – 6:00 p.m.

Social Services Center – Hillsborough Commons, 113 Mayo Street, Hillsborough

North Carolina Statutes require notification of property owners at least 30 days prior to a public hearing. In addition, a report shall be available for public viewing in the Clerk to the County Board of Commissioners office 30 days prior to the public hearing.

Enclosed are links to the information available on the County’s recycling Web site identical to the hard copy on file at the Clerk to the Board’s office, located at 200 S. Cameron Street in Hillsborough.

Map of Proposed District    

http://www.orangecountync.gov/recycling/documents/Rural_District_Map_2_2014.pdf

Solid Waste District Report 

http://www.orangecountync.gov/recycling/documents/Solid_Waste_Service_District_
Report_Feb_2014.pdf

For more information, please call Gayle Wilson, director of Solid Waste at 919.968.2885 or send an e-mail to gwilson@orangecountync.gov

 

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County Opening at Noon

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Orange County

Phone: 919.245. 2302  

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ORANGE COUNTY TO OPEN AT 12:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 13, 2014)–The Orange County Manager’s Office and Emergency Services Department are announcing the County offices will open at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14.

The winter storm resulted in six to eight inches of snow in Orange County. As a result, the County will open late in the best interest and the safety of residents and County employees.

Orange County Emergency Services is monitoring the situation.

The latest weather updates can be obtained from the Emergency Services Twitter page at www.Twitter.com/ocncemergency

A ‘WARNING’ is issued when there is at least three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period.

An ‘ADVISORY’ is issued if there is less than three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period. 

 

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County Closing Early Due to Weather

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Orange County

Phone: 919.245. 2302  

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

4:30 p.m. Update


ORANGE COUNTY OFFICES TO CLOSE THURSDAY
DUE TO WINTER WEATHER STORM

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 13, 2014)–The Orange County Manager’s Office and Emergency Services Department are announcing the County offices will be closed on Thursday, February 13.

The Chair of the Board of County Commissioners has declared a State of Emergency.

Due to the winter storm causing freezing rain and an accumulation of more than two inches of snow, Orange County will be closed in the best interest and the safety of residents and County employees.

The Phone Bank Information number is 919.245.6111. Volunteers are available to answer questions about power outages and shelter locations. Shelters are not open at this time.

As of 4:30 p.m. Manning Drive, NC-54 at Columbia and north bound traffic on MLK at Hillsborough up to Estes Drive in Chapel Hill are impassable. No power outages, injuries or deaths to report.

Orange County Emergency Services is monitoring the progression of the storm and continues to coordinate the response and recovery efforts with appropriate stakeholders. Residents are asked to stay home, until the roads are safe for travel.

County offices are expected to be open on Friday, February 14, and employees will resume regular operating hours from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The latest weather updates can be obtained from the Emergency Services Twitter page at www.Twitter.com/ocncemergency

A ‘WARNING’ is issued when there is at least three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period.

An ‘ADVISORY’ is issued if there is less than three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period. 

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County Closing Early Due to Weather

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Orange County

Phone: 919.245. 2302  

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ORANGE COUNTY TO CLOSE AT 1:00 P.M.
DUE TO WINTER WEATHER STORM

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 12, 2014)–The Orange County Manager’s Office and Emergency Services Department are announcing the closure of County offices at 1:00 p.m. today.

Due to the winter storm that could result in freezing rain and an accumulation of more than two inches of snow in Orange County, the County will close early in the best interest and the safety of residents and County employees.

Orange County Emergency Services is monitoring the progression of the storm as it approaches and  coordinating potential response and recovery efforts with appropriate stakeholders. The Asset Management department is salting County sidewalks and applying brine to the roads.

The Orange County Board of County Commissioners has canceled the Work Session scheduled for Thursday, February 13, 2014. 

The Animal Services Department is rescheduling the Microchip Clinic originally scheduled for Thursday, February 13. 

The clinic will be rescheduled for the following week on Thursday, February 20, from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Animal Services Center, 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill.  One-year rabies vaccinations will also be offered as part of the rescheduled event.

The volunteer orientation originally scheduled for Thursday will also be rescheduled for the following week.  It will now be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 20. 

For more information, please visit http://www.orangecountync.gov/animalservices

The Public Information Meeting regarding the “Agricultural Support Enterprises” program has been postponed to Monday, February 17, at 6:00 p.m.  The meeting will take place in the Food Lab of the Environmental and Agricultural Center located at 306 Revere Road in Hillsborough.

Information about the ASE program is posted online at: http://www.orangecountync.gov/planning/SpecialProjects.asp

The formal public hearing to hear public comments on the proposed amendments is scheduled for Monday, February 24.  Materials for the public hearing will be available on Friday, February 14, at http://www.orangecountync.gov/OCCLERKS/agenmenu.asp 

The latest weather updates can be obtained from the Emergency Services Twitter page at www.Twitter.com/ocncemergency

A ‘WARNING’ is issued when there is at least three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period.

An ‘ADVISORY’ is issued if there is less than three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period. 

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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 BOCC WORK SESSION CANCELED

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 12, 2014)— Based on the Winter Storm Warning and predicted afternoon and evening precipitation, the Orange County Board of County Commissioners has canceled the Work Session scheduled for Thursday, February 13, 2014. 

Updates on Orange County Government operating hours will be provided on the main Orange County switchboard number at (919) 732-8181. 

As always, emergency services are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day by calling 9-1-1. 

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Recycling Incement Weather Schedule

Media Contact

Muriel Williman

Orange County Solid Waste Management

Phone: 919.968.2788

recycling@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY INCLEMENT WEATHER

CURBSIDE RECYCLING SCHEDULE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 11, 2014)—The  Orange County Solid Waste Management Department will begin collecting curbside recycling as normally scheduled on Wednesday, February 12, and stop at 3:00 p. m. to avoid inclement weather. 

If Wednesday is your normal recycling day, please have your recycling bins out promptly by 7:00 a.m. or put them out the night before as trucks will start collecting at 7:00 a.m. sharp. 

Curbside recycling collection staff will make every effort to finish Wednesday’s routes by 3:00p.m., however all recycling trucks will stop at that time for safety reasons.  Any curbside bins that have not been collected by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday will not be collected that day.  Please bring your recycling to a drop-off site when safe to do so or wait until your next scheduled day. 

The Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility located at 1514 Eubanks Road will also close early at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

 

If you have a question regarding Solid Waste Management service schedule changes due to inclement weather in the coming days, please visit the Inclement Weather page www.orangecountync.gov/recycling/weather.asp or call 919.968.2788.   

 

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Aging in Communities

Media Contact

Mary Fraser, Aging Transitions Administrator

Orange County Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4276

mfraser@orangecountync.gov

Paul Klever, Executive Director

Charles House

Phone: 919.967.7570

paul@charleshouse.org   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST PART 1 OF “AGING IN COMMUNITY” SERIES

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 11, 2014)—The Orange County Department on Aging is inviting Orange County residents to explore creative housing options for seniors as part of its Master Aging Plan.

The three-part lecture and discussion series is entitled, “Aging in Community: Planning for Our Future.” The series will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill.  

The kick-off event on Tuesday, February 18, will feature developer and social entrepreneur, Tim Carpenter, who will present Aging Artfully. His presentation will highlight his experience of the Burbank Senior Artists Colony, a model of Aging in Community that he originated.  Winner of the 2011 James Irvine Leadership Award, Tim has been transforming the way people think about aging by turning senior apartment communities into vibrant centers of learning and creativity.

Part two is on Tuesday, March 18 when Dave Wann will present Sensible Lives, Sustainable Neighborhoods.

The series concludes on Tuesday, April 8, with Paul Klever, executive director of Charles House. He will present Eldercare Homes: Aging in Community When We Need Care.  

This series is $10/person or $25/person for all three sessions. Tickets can be purchased online at www.charleshouse.org

The Friday Center is located at 100 Friday Center Drive in Chapel Hill.

Space is limited to 200 seats, so early arrival is highly recommended.

This event is being sponsored by the Orange County Department on Aging, Charles House and Second Journey, with support from Carol Woods and Carolina Meadows Retirement Communities.

To register, please visit www.charleshouse.org and click on the link entitled, “Aging in Community” or call the Department on Aging Helpline at 919.968.2087.

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BOCC

Media Contact

Donna Baker

Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners

Phone: 919.245.2130

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

APPLICANTS NEEDED FOR ORANGE COUNTY PLANNING BOARD

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 7, 2014) — One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County advisory boards and commissions.

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is currently recruiting volunteers for the Orange County Planning Board for individuals residing in the Eno Township or the Hillsborough Township.

The Orange County Planning Board is a 12-member board.  This board:

  • Makes studies of Orange County and surrounding areas;
  • Determines objectives to be sought in the development of Orange County;
  • Prepares and recommends plans for achieving these objectives;
  • Develops and recommends to the Board of Commissioners policies, ordinances, administrative procedures and other means for carrying out these plans in a coordinated and efficient manner;
  • Reviews development applications and makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners.
  • Exercises such functions in the administration and enforcement of various means for carrying out plans as may be assigned by this or other ordinances of the County.

The Board of County Commissioners is currently focusing on two vacant seats on the Planning Board, one in the Eno Township and the other in the Hillsborough Township.   The Board is especially seeking individuals who are interested in planning and development issues.  General planning knowledge is preferred, but not required.

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

 

For additional information call Donna Baker (919) 245-2130 or Thom Freeman (919) 245-2125.

With over 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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County Reports First Rabies Case in 2014

Media Contact

Bob Marotto, Director

Orange County Animal Services

Phone: 919.968.2287

bmarotto@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY RECEIVES FIRST POSITIVE RABIES TEST FOR 2014

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 3, 2014) —Orange County Animal Services has received its first positive rabies test result of the year for a raccoon from the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health.  The County recorded 12 positive cases last year and also in 2012.

The case originated on Friday, January, 24, when two dogs belonging to a resident in the Buckhorn area killed a raccoon after it fell about 20 feet from the tree it had climbed. The collection of the raccoon for testing was delayed as a result of last week’s snowstorm, but the results were reported to Animal Services last Friday. 

The dog owner needed to separate the raccoon from her dogs.  She used a pitch fork to do so, but also grabbed the raccoon by one of its feet to throw it over the fence away from her dogs.  She then called Animal Control about the raccoon and an Animal Control Officer picked up the raccoon and had it tested for rabies.

“Prevention is the best measure for effective rabies control for pets and people alike,” 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 for their pet and protect the public from rabies.” 

Fortunately, both dogs in this case were currently vaccinated against rabies and they received a booster shot within days of their exposure pursuant to North Carolina’s rabies laws.  According to these laws, 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 has contacted the owner to assess her risk of rabies exposure. At issue is whether there is the possibility of secondary exposure from the resident handling the raccoon and/or her own dogs 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.

Raccoons are a host (or reservoir) species to rabies in our area and the region.  Any other animal that becomes rabid in this area is likely the victim of the “spillover effect.”  When an animal other than the dominant reservoir species, which is the raccoon in North Carolina, contracts the virus, it is called “spillover.” The other species that are most susceptible to getting rabies from raccoons are dogs and cats, groundhogs, skunks, and foxes.

The other host species of rabies in our own region and others is bats.  Of the few cases of rabies in humans in our country in recent years, most have been traced to bats.  If there is any possibility of exposure from a bat, it is critical that citizens immediately contact their animal control program. If an incident involving a bat –   or other rabies vector, such as a raccoon or skunk – should occur outside regular hours of service, an Animal Control Officer should be reached right away through Emergency Communications (9-1-1).

2014 LOW-COST RABIES VACCINATION CLINIC SCHEDULE

The next Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic will take place on Thursday, February 13, from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Animal Services Center on Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill.  This is also a microchip clinic.  The cost for rabies vaccinations is $10 and for microchips it is $25.  Clinic dates for the rest 2014 are posted at http://orangecountync.gov/AnimalServices/rabies.asp 

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

 

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