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


News Releases

January/February 2003

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  • Fifth Annual Agricultural Rescheduled for February 24 - February 19, 2003

  • Landfill Resumes Normal Operating Schedule - February 18, 2003

  • Human Relations Commission to Present 2002 Awards - February 18, 2003

  • Fifth Annual Agricultural Summit is February 17 - February 10, 2003

  • Todd Jones Appointed Chief Information Officer - February 4, 2003

  • County to Open 12th Recycling Drop-off Site at Meadowmont - February 4, 2003

  • First Household Hazardous Waste Collection of the Year is Saturday February 1 - January 30, 2003

  • Missed Recycling Collections to be Collected Jan. 30 and 31 - January 22, 2003

  • Thursday’s Curbside Recycling Routes will be Run on Saturday - January 22, 2003
    Orange County First in North Carolina to Reduce Waste 40 Percent - January 22, 2003

  • Change in Landfill Hours Effective Jan. 26 - January 21, 2003

  • Nominations Sought for Pauli Murray Award - January 15, 2003

  • February is Human Relations Month - January 15, 2003

  • Free Tax Help Available - January 13, 2003

  • No Change in Curbside Recycling for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - January 17, 2003

  • No Hazardous Waste Collection Saturday January 4 - January 3, 2003

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    County Lands Legacy Program Receives $142,000 Grant for Scenic Vista Conservation Easement

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    February 27, 2003

    Contact:  David Stancil 245-2590, dstancil@co.orange.nc.us; Rich Shaw 245-2591, rshaw@co.orange.nc.us

    Orange County’s Lands Legacy Program has received a $142,000 grant from the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT), for the purchase of a conservation easement to protect an area of scenic vistas along St. Mary’s Road northeast of Hillsborough.

    The grant, from the NCDOT Enhancement Grants program,  would cover 80% of the projected purchase cost and acquire the County’s first conservation easement for a scenic vista. The County currently holds easements for farmland preservation and natural resource conservation.

    St. Mary’s Road, which roughly parallels the colonial era “Trading Path” from Petersburg, Virginia to the South Carolina line, has long been recognized as among the County’s most scenic roadways, with several noted vistas of rolling hillsides and historic farmsteads and churches. A 1999 Architectural and Archaeological Study of the St. Mary’s Road corridor resulted in the road being named by the State Historic Preservation Office to the National Register of Historic Places Study List, as a potential historic corridor.

    Staff from the County’s Environment and Resource Conservation Department, with assistance from the County Transportation Planner, prepared the grant request in fall of 2002 for the Enhancement Grants program, with an eye to a pilot project for a scenic vista easement. Several potential easement purchases were identified as having significant scenic and/or historic resource value.

    The County’s Lands Legacy Program (LLP) seeks to preserve the County’s most significant natural and cultural resource lands and future park sites, often partnering with other conservation agencies or grant programs. This voluntary program acquires identified priority lands by outright purchase or by conservation easement. To date, the LLP has acquired 794 acres, with an additional 424 acres currently under negotiation. These acquisitions have been funded with County funds and several State and Federal grants, the latter of which now total over $2 million. 

    "Orange County contains many scenic vistas, and we are delighted that this grant will offer us an opportunity to create a pilot project for a scenic vista easement, the first of its kind in the County," stated County Commissioners Chair Margaret Brown. "The St. Mary's Road corridor has long been recognized as an area of great natural beauty, and this presents an opportunity to help ensure some of those rolling, historic views will  continue to exist for future generations to enjoy."

    The N.C. DOT Enhancement Grants program is designed to provide financial assistance to cities and counties in the State for projects that enhance existing road networks, “moving beyond concrete, asphalt and steel to build a better America by improving safety, protecting the environment and public health, and creating an opportunity for all Americans to improve their quality of life.”

    More on the Enhancements Grant program can be found at the NCDOT web site, www.ncdot.org/planning/development/enhancement. 

    For more information about the Orange County Lands Legacy Program, please visit the Environment and Resource Conservation website at www.co.orange.nc.us/ercd

     

     


    The Commission for Women Sponsors Colloquium on Local Activism in Honor of Women’s History Month

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Date: February 26, 2003

    For more information: Milan Pham, (919) 245-2255, mpham@co.orange.nc.us

    The Orange County Commission for Women will celebrate Women’s History Month with local community activists from all walks of life on Saturday March 15, 2003 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at New Hope Elementary School Little Theatre.  Sponsoring organizations include N.C. Women United, Chapel Hill Women’s Service League, Triangle Native American Society, The Women’s Center, Chapel Hill Carrboro Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Family Violence Prevention Center.

    “Our celebration is focused on women’s struggles to organize and overcome despite gender based oppression,” says Frances Shabazz, Chair of the Women’s History Month Subcommittee. “The activists we have gathered offer a wealth of information about struggle and liberation and they are working right under our noses.”  Local activists will discuss what they have learned from their predecessors and what they are doing to carry on women’s liberation work within their own communities.

    The Commission for Women is a volunteer advisory board to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners dedicated to assessment, advocacy and research towards the ends of improving the quality of life for women in Orange County.  It has a twenty seven-year history of advocating for women, initiating and implementing programs that women need including Wheels for Work.  The Commission is currently concentrating its efforts on researching economic equality for women in Orange County. 

    New Hope Elementary School is located at the intersection of New Hope Church Road and Highway 86 (Airport Road).  New Hope Church Road and Highway 86 are both accessible from Interstate 40.   New Hope Church Road is located at Exit 263 off I-40. 

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    Next Household Hazardous Waste Collection is Saturday, March 1

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Date: February 25, 2003

    For more information: Solid Waste Management, (919) 968-2788, recycling@co.orange.nc.us

    The household hazardous waste collection (HHW) will be open on Saturday, March 1, from 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. at the Orange County landfill, Eubanks Rd. in Chapel Hill. Residents of Chatham, Durham, Orange, and Wake Counties can bring toxic, flammable and corrosive items from home such as anti-freeze, gasoline, paint, lawn and garden chemicals, fluorescent lights or other items that contain mercury, cleaning chemicals or solvents.  No medical, explosive, radioactive or business wastes should be brought to the collection.

    The Paint Exchange, where free latex paint in good condition is diverted from the collection and offered for free to the public, will not have paint available for giveaway until later this year.  The Household Hazardous Waste Collection will accept used paint that is dropped off.

    If latex paint is the only hazardous waste you have stored at your house, consider drying it out at home to save time in line at the special collection. Remove the lid and let the contents evaporate, or help speed the drying process by stirring in cat litter or dirt. Once latex paint is completely dry, it can be disposed of in the regular trash.  Be sure to keep the lid off when disposing of the dried paint.

    Household batteries, motor oil and oil filters don’t have to wait for a special collection either. They can be recycled at one of the County’s solid waste convenience centers. The six centers are located throughout the County at Bradshaw Quarry Road, Eubanks Road, Highway 57, Ferguson Road, High Rock Road and Walnut Grove Church Road. They are all open the following hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 7 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and, Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The centers are closed on Wednesdays.

    Contact Orange County Solid Waste Management, (919) 968-2788 or recycling@co.orange.nc.us for more information.

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    Health Department Thanks Independent for Coverage of Latino Issues

    The following letter was published in the February 12 issue of the Independent newspaper.

    Thank you for your quality coverage of the Triangle's growing Latino population and the numerous assets that immigrant families bring to our area [Latino culture issue, Jan. 22]. Many successful immigrant health programs in North Carolina have emerged in the last decade, several of which you featured last week. We want to bring to your attention three additional examples of Latino leaders who are promoting public health and safety.

    Two Orange County Health Department programs--the Child Health Awareness Program (CHAP) and the Woman to Woman Promoter Program--and the American Social Health Association (ASHA) through its ¡SALSA! youth project, all train Latino natural helpers to promote health through their informal community networks. They are teens, mothers, grandmothers, and child care providers who are active in their schools, churches, neighborhoods and work sites. On Saturday, Jan. 25, the three groups joined forces in a multigenerational health workshop.

    The "Salseros" (¡SALSA! peer educators) trained the health department Promoters about sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, and safe sex practices, as well as health disparities. One of the Promoters in the class (pictured in your article last week), who works with both health department programs and is a Doula, had the special experience of being taught by her grandson, who is a Salsero.

    Family connections, community links and a common goal brought these public health advocates together to make a difference. We commend all of the great programs out there that are building on strengths, while also fighting disparities. For more information please contact the Orange County Health Department at 968-2022 or 968-2042; or ASHA's ¡SALSA! project at 361-4821.

    –Ellen Young, MPH, Sr. Public Health Educator, Orange County Health Department


    Board to Address Agenda Items from
    Canceled Meeting

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Date: February 18, 2003

    For more information: John Link, (919) 245-2300, jlink@co.orange.nc.us

    The Orange County Board of Commissioners has carried over items it was scheduled to hear at Monday’s meeting, which was canceled due to the weather. 

    Most agenda items from the Feb. 17 meeting will be heard following the scheduled quarterly public hearing on Feb. 24. The meeting will be held at the F. Gordon Battle Courtroom, 106 E. Margaret Lane, Hillsorough. The meeting was originally scheduled to be held at the Southern Human Services Center in Chapel Hill.  

    Item 5a, Resolution of Appreciation for Tommy Thompson, item 6a, Orange County Arts Grants Recipients (Fall 2002), and item 9a, Establishment of a Board Goal to Examine Possible School Merger, have been scheduled for the Board’s regular meeting on Wednesday March 5 at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Rd., in Chapel Hill.

    Rescheduled agenda items that cannot be addressed in the time allowed will be rescheduled for a later date.

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    Fifth Annual Agricultural Rescheduled 
    for February 24

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Date: February 19, 2003

    For more information: Fletcher Barber, (919) 245-2050, Fletcher_barber@ncsu.edu 

    Orange County’s fifth annual Agricultural Summit, which was postponed Monday February 17 due to weather, has been rescheduled for Monday February 24, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Schley Grange Hall, intersection of Hwy. 57 and Schley Road, in northern Orange County. 

    J. Philip Gottwals, an agricultural and development consultant with Claggett, Wolfe and Associates in Columbia, Md., will be the keynote speaker for the event, which will provide agricultural producers with farm preservation strategies in a time of agricultural transition. Gottwals, who appeared at the Agricultural Summit three years ago, has helped a number of governmental entities develop programs and policies to help increase farm profitability.  

    Speakers will discuss possible changes to agricultural use value taxation, easements and a new program for the purchase of development rights, and the Farm Bill. The summit will also feature exhibits and information on commodity and grower associations, and agricultural resource agencies.  

    A farmers’ panel will be on hand to answer questions and discuss how its members have diversified their farming operations. Panel members include Leigh and Susan Loraine, operators of the Nu Horizons farm south of Pittsboro. Nu Horizons raises pigs, chicken and beef without the use of animal byproducts, hormones or antibiotics.  

    The panel also includes Elise Margoles, operator of the Elysian Fields farm, a community supported agriculture (CSA) venture in Cedar Grove. Through the CSA, consumers purchase shares of the season’s harvest of organic vegetables, which Margoles delivers to participants weekly.
     

    Registration for the Agricultural Summit will begin at 8:30 a.m. and a sponsored lunch will be served at 12:10 p.m. For more information or reservations, contact N.C. Cooperative Extension – Orange County Center, (919) 245-2050.

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    Landfill Resumes Normal Operating Schedule

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Date: February 18, 2003

    For more information: Orange County Solid Waste Management, (919) 968-2788, recycling@co.orange.nc.us

    Effective Monday, February 17, the Orange County Landfill will resume it’s normal hours of operation, Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 a.m.-12:00 noon.  

    The landfill will no longer be open Saturday from 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.,  as storm debris cleanup has eased over the last couple of weeks.

    Residents and businesses can bring storm related debris as well as all other materials usually brought to the landfill during the regular hours.

    Questions? Contact Orange County Solid Waste Management, (919) 968-2788, recycling@co.orange.nc.us

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    Human Relations Commission to
    Present 2002 Awards

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Date: February 18, 2003

    For more information: Annette Moore, (919) 245-2250, amoore@co.orange.nc.us

    The Orange County Human Relations Commission and the Orange County Board of Commissioners will award the 2002 Pauli Murray Awards to Ms. Shirley Marshall, Ms. Rachel McCook, and the Carol Woods Retirement Community.  The award ceremony will take place on Sunday, February 23, 2003; 2:00 p.m. at the Little Theater of the New Hope Elementary School; located at 1900 New Hope Church Road, in Chapel Hill.

    Ms. Shirley Marshall will receive the 2002 Pauli Murray Human Relations Award.  The award, originally established in 1990, is given to an Orange County resident who has served with distinction in the pursuit of equality, justice and human rights for all citizens.

    Ms. Rachel McCook will receive the 2002 Pauli Murray Human Relations Youth Award.  The youth award was established in 1996, and is given to recognize an outstanding young person who has, through recognized actions, demonstrated a concern for the rights of all people.

    The Carol Woods Retirement Community will receive the 2002 Pauli Murray Human Relations Business Award.  This award recognizes an outstanding business that has encouraged diversity in the workforce; provided leadership and direction for upward mobility for all employees; had programs which enable employee self-improvement; promoted and participated in community activities related to human relations issues; and demonstrated positive roles in human relations.

    The award ceremony will take place on Sunday, February 23, 2003; 2:00 p.m. at the Little Theater of the New Hope Elementary School; located at 1900 New Hope Church Road, Chapel Hill. The public is invited to attend.

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    Fifth Annual Agricultural Summit is February 17

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Date: February 10, 2003

    For more information: Fletcher Barber, (919) 245-2050, Fletcher_barber@ncsu.edu

    Orange County’s fifth annual Agricultural Summit will be held Monday February 17, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Schley Grange Hall, intersection of Hwy. 57 and Schley Road in northern Orange County.

    J. Philip Gottwals, an agricultural and development consultant with Claggett, Wolfe and Associates in Columbia, Md., will be the keynote speaker for the event, which will provide agricultural producers with farm preservation strategies in a time of agricultural transition. Gottwals, who appeared at the Agricultural Summit three years ago, has helped a number of governmental entities develop programs and policies to help increase farm profitability.

    Speakers will discuss possible changes to agricultural use value taxation, easements and a new program for the purchase of development rights, and the Farm Bill. The summit will also feature exhibits and information on commodity and grower associations, and agricultural resource agencies.

    A farmers’ panel will be on hand to answer questions and discuss how its members have diversified their farming operations. Panel members include Leigh and Susan Loraine, operators of the Nu Horizons farm south of Pittsboro. Nu Horizons raises pigs, chicken and beef without the use of animal byproducts, hormones or antibiotics.

    The panel also includes Elise Margoles, operator of the Elysian Fields farm, a community supported agriculture (CSA) venture in Cedar Grove. Through the CSA, consumers purchase shares of the season’s harvest of organic vegetables, which Margoles delivers to participants weekly.

    Registration for the Agricultural Summit will begin at 8:30 a.m. and a sponsored lunch will be served at 12:10 p.m.

    For more information or reservations, contact N.C. Cooperative Extension – Orange County Center, (919) 245-2050, by 5 p.m. Friday February 14.

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    Todd Jones Appointed Chief Information Officer

    For Immediate Release

    February 7, 2003

    Contact:  John Link, County Manager, 245-2300, jlink@co.orange.nc.us

    Orange County Manager John Link has appointed Todd Jones as Chief Information Officer.  Jones will begin work Monday, February 24, 2003.

    As Chief Information Officer Jones will provide direction and oversight for all aspects of information technology and services in the County and facilitate the integration of technology with the County’s functions.  Jones will lead a strategic planning process to assess needs, develop goals and develop the specific business plans to accomplish the County’s goals.  One area Jones will be leading is the County’s transition into the expanded use of “e-Government” to make more information and services available to citizens through technology. 

    In carrying out these responsibilities, Jones will be collaborating with the County departments, the County Manager, the County Commissioners and the County’s Information Technology Advisory Committee. 

    Jones, a resident of Orange County, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Philosophy from Duke University.  Jones has over 18 years work experience in information technology.  His career includes 16 years at Nortel Networks in the Research Triangle where he rose from Technical Writer through a variety of positions to Senior Manager for Training and Documentation Systems.  Most recently Jones served as Senior Program Manager for Computer Sciences Corporation managing multi-site and cross functional project teams.

    Link named an Assessment Panel to assist him in the selection process.  The Panel was made up of Orange County Commissioner Margaret Brown, Joel Dunn, Chair of the Orange County Information Technology Committee, John Smith, Information Technology Committee member, Janet Sparks, Child Support Director and Rod Visser, Assistant County Manager.

    The search process focused on recruitment in the Research Triangle area.  It yielded a strong pool of 85 candidates.

    Link said:  “We are delighted that Todd Jones is joining our Orange County management team.  His experience has demonstrated that he can lead Orange County government in responding to our citizens’ needs with up to date information and electronic response to their service expectations.”

     

    Jones said:  “I’m very excited by this opportunity.  I look forward to being part of Orange County’s ongoing mission to provide constituent services that are accessible, responsive and efficient for all who call Orange County home.”

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    County to Open 12th Recycling Drop-off Site at Meadowmont

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Date: February 4, 2003

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

    On February 6, the Orange County Solid Waste Management Department opens the County's 12th recycling drop-off site at Meadowmont Village in Chapel Hill off of Highway 54.

    The unstaffed site is located behind the Harris Teeter grocery store on West Barbee Chapel Road. This site is open 24 hours and accepts mixed paper, newspaper, glossy magazines, telephone books, corrugated cardboard, glass bottles and jars, metal cans and foil and plastic bottles whose neck is smaller than the base.

    The developer, East West Partners, donated the recycling site property as a community amenity. The County paid for site improvements.

    Chapel Hill Mayor Kevin Foy and a representative of East West Partners, the project developers, will formally open the site on February 6 at 1:00 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Once open, the site is available for use by all Orange County citizens.

    This is the County’s sixth 24-hour recycling drop-off site. There are also six staffed recycling sites at the Orange County solid waste convenience centers. The drop-off sites have been a successful component of the integrated recycling program, accounting for about 5,000 tons of material collected at 11 locations last year. That is almost as much as the curbside and multifamily recycling programs combined. Staff projects that at least 200 tons per year will be collected from this new site.

    Field Operations Coordinator, Joe Clayton said, “The public can help keep the cost of operating the drop-off sites down by properly sorting materials and not leaving garbage at the site. Every bit of garbage we don’t have to clean up means more time and resources that we can concentrate on recycling. It’s important to remember, it’s illegal to leave garbage at the recycling drop-off site.”

    Paper and cardboard collected from the sites are hauled directly to local markets where they are baled and sent to mills to be remanufactured into new paper and other industrial products such as insulation.

    The large blue metal roll-off containers with separate compartments for cans and bottles are hauled to the County's processing facility at the landfill where any contaminants have to be picked out. The materials are then baled or crushed and shipped to markets for reprocessing into finished goods.

    For the fiscal year 2001-02, Orange County landfilled 40.2 percent less waste per person than in 1991-92, becoming the first County in North Carolina to reach the goal of a 40-percent waste reduction through recycling established by the State in 1991. The Solid Waste Management Department hopes that providing more drop-off sites in convenient locations will only improve the already impressive rate of recycling in the County.

    A number of factors contribute to Orange County’s success in waste reduction according to Solid Waste Management Department Director, Gayle Wilson. “The broad range of recycling programs available to citizens of Orange county, citizens’ high level of participation in those programs and the ongoing political and financial support by the Orange County Board of Commissioners, rank highest in my book for reasons we’re successful,” Wilson said.

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    First Household Hazardous Waste Collection of the Year is Saturday February 1

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Date: January 30, 2003

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

    After one-month hiatus, the household hazardous waste collection (HHW) reopens its doors at the Orange County landfill on Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill on Saturday, February 1, from 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.  Residents of Chatham, Durham, Orange, and Wake counties can bring anti-freeze, gasoline, paint, lawn and garden chemicals, fluorescent lights or other items that contain mercury, cleaning chemicals, and other toxic, flammable or corrosive items from home to the collection. No medical, radioactive or business wastes, please.

    The paint exchange, where free latex paint in good condition is diverted from the collection and offered for free to the public, will not have paint available for give away until later this year. Residents are still welcome to bring paint to drop off.

    If latex paint is the only hazardous waste you have stored in your house, consider drying it out at home to save time in line at the special collection. Once latex paint is completely dry, it can be disposed of in the regular trash. Remove the lid and let the contents evaporate, or help speed the drying process by stirring in cat litter or dirt. Be sure to keep the lid off when disposing of the dried paint.

    Household batteries, motor oil and oil filters don’t have to wait for a special collection either. They can be recycled at one of the County’s six solid waste convenience centers. The centers are located throughout the County at Bradshaw Quarry Road, Eubanks Road, Highway 57, Ferguson Road, High Rock Road and Walnut Grove Church Road. They are all open the following hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 7 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The centers are closed on Wednesdays.

    Contact Orange County Solid Waste Management, (919) 968-2788 or recycling@co.orqange.nc.us for more information.

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    Missed Recycling Collections to be Collected
    Jan. 30 and 31

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    January 26, 2003

    For more information: Orange County Solid Waste Management Department, (919) 968-2788 recycling@co.orange.nc.us

    Curbside Recycling that was not collected Thursday or Friday will be collected on the next Thursday and Friday scheduled for recycling.

    Orange County Solid Waste Management Department announces that curbside recycling collections scheduled for Thursday January 23 and Friday January 24, that were not collected due to inclement weather will be serviced on the next regularly scheduled collection dates. For in-town routes, those dates are Thursday January 30 and Friday January 31, 2003, weather conditions permitting. For rural routes #4 and #5, the next regular collections will be Thursday February 6 and Friday February 7. As usual, bins should be placed at the curb by 7a.m.

    Citizens who cannot wait for the next recycling day for curbside collection, are encouraged to use one of the eleven recycling drop-off locations throughout the County. Five of those sites are not staffed including locations at Animal Shelter, Chapel Hill, Carrboro Plaza, Cedar Falls Park, Chapel Hill, University Mall, Chapel Hill and Wal-Mart, Hillsborough. The six staffed sites are at the County solid waste convenience centers at Bradshaw Quarry Road, Eubanks Road, Ferguson Road, Highway 57, High Rock Road and Walnut Grove Church Road. Staffed sites are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m. to noon and again from 1p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Wednesday.

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    Curbside Recycling in Orange County is
    Operating Today
    Thursday’s Curbside Recycling Routes will be Run
    on Saturday
    Solid Waste Convenience Centers are Operating on a Delayed Schedule Today
    Landfill Operating Normally

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Date: January 24, 2003

    For more information: Solid Waste Management, (919) 968-2788; recycling@co.orange.nc.us

    Orange County Solid Waste Management Department announced this morning that curbside recycling collections scheduled for Friday January 24 will be serviced today where streets are accessible. Routes that were scheduled for Thursday, January 23 as well as recycling not collected on Friday January 24, will be serviced on Saturday, January 25 road and weather conditions permitting.

    However, the drivers will be using caution, and any roads that the driver feels will be too dangerous to drive on will not be serviced this week. If a recycling bin is not collected by Saturday at dusk, it will not be collected until the next regularly scheduled service day.

    The Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers opened on a delayed schedule on Friday. The operating schedule should return to normal schedule for Saturday and Sunday. 

    The Orange County Landfill will operate on its regular schedule on Friday, January 24 closing at 4 p.m. Saturday operating hours will be extended until 4:00 p.m, although only brush will be accepted after 12:00 Noon. The landfill is closed Sunday.

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    Orange County First in North Carolina to
    Reduce Waste 40 Percent

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Date: January 22, 2003

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

    For the fiscal year 2001-02, Orange County landfilled 40.2 percent less waste per person than in 1991-92, thus becoming the first County in North Carolina to reach the State goal established in 1991.

    “We constantly hold Orange County up as an example of a County that doesn't sit still as it tries every angle to aggressively reduce waste,” said Scott Mouw, North Carolina’s Chief of the Community and Business Assistance Section of the Division of Pollution Prevention.

    According to the State-issued County Waste Disposal Report for 2001-02, 98,415 tons of municipal solid waste and mixed construction waste that originated in Orange County were landfilled either at the Orange County landfill or elsewhere. That translates to 0.81 tons landfilled per person, compared to 1.36 tons per person in the base year of 1991-92.

    “The reduction achieved by Orange County is all the more remarkable given that the State continued growth in solid waste disposal, both per capita and absolutely. That’s despite all experts predicting a decrease due to recession,” said Environmental Programs Manager for the N.C. Solid Waste Section, Paul Crissman.

    Multiple factors contribute to Orange County's success in waste reduction according to Solid Waste Management Department Director, Gayle Wilson. “The broad range of recycling programs available to citizens of Orange county, citizens’ high level of participation in those programs and the ongoing political and financial support by the Board of Orange County Commissioners, rank highest in my book for reasons we’re successful,” Wilson said. “Our County’s long-term ban on landfilling corrugated cardboard and more recently introduced prohibitions on landfilling clean wood and scrap metal probably contribute several more percentage points towards the waste reduction goal.

    “The future of waste reduction in our County, is in continuing to add marketable materials to recycling collections, thoroughly educate and motivate the public to reduce waste at the source and continue to innovate and find more efficient ways to manage and process these materials,” Wilson said.

     

    Orange County established its own long-term waste reduction goal of 61 percent per person. Its Solid Waste Advisory Board is developing recommendations on how to reach that goal and how to finance the methods for achieving it. A preliminary report from the Solid Waste Advisory Board is due to the Board of Commissioners at the end of February.

     

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    Change in Landfill Hours Effective Jan. 26

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Date: January 21, 2003

    For more information: Orange County Solid Waste Management, (919) 968-2885, recycling@co.orange.nc.us

    Effective January 26, 2003 the Orange County Landfill will no longer be open on Sundays to accept storm clean-up debris.

    The hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.  Saturday hours from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. are for the collection of tree branches, brush, yard waste and other vegetative debris only.  Residents of Orange County and it’s towns may continue to bring these materials to the Orange County Landfill for no charge until further notice.

    Please contact the Orange County Solid Waste Management Department for more information: (919) 968-2788 or email recycling@co.orange.nc.us.

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    Nominations Sought for Pauli Murray Award

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Date: January 15, 2003

    For more information: Human Rights and Relations Department, (919) 245-2250, jspivey@co.orange.nc.us

    The Orange County Human Relations Commission is inviting members of the Orange County Community to submit nominations for the 2002 Pauli Murray Human Relations Award.  The Commission is awarding the Pauli Murray Human Relations Award in three categories:  the youth category, the adult category, and the business category.  This award honors individuals who have a significant history of promoting and fostering better human relations among the diverse residents of Orange County.

    Originally established in 1990, the Pauli Murray Human Relations Award commemorates the life and achievements of the late Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray.  Dr. Murray’s family had deep roots in Orange County, where her grandmother was a slave and her great-grandfather was a slaveowner.

    With its solicitation for nominations for the Pauli Murray Award, the Human Relations Commission hopes that it causes the citizens of Orange County to really consider its collective efforts to “build bridges from tolerance to acceptance” in regards to our multi-faceted diversity.

    Nomination forms and criteria information can be accessed by visiting the Orange County website at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/  -- click on the “Department and Services” icon; choose “Human Rights and Relations” from the list; click on the “Pauli Murray Human Relations Award” icon.  The nomination information is also available from the Department of Human Rights and Relations; Orange County public libraries; and the Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough town halls.  The deadline for submission of nominations is January 31, 2003.  If additional information is required, please feel free to contact James Spivey at (919) 245-2250.

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    February is Human Relations Month

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Date: January 15, 2003

    For more information: James Spivey, Human Rights and Relations Department, (919) 245-2250, jspivey@co.orange.nc.us

    February is Human Relations Month.  The Orange County Human Relations Commission, the Orange County Department of Human Rights & Relations, and the Orange County Board of Commissioners will host a kick-off ceremony to acknowledge Human Relations Month in Orange County.  The Human Relations Month Kick-Off will take place at the Carrboro Century Center on February 2, 2003; 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. 

    As Orange County celebrates its 250th birthday, we reflect on the changes that have taken place over the years, including the faces of our citizens and the way we interact with each other.  Come and hear stores of the past and present, and express your hope for the future.  Participate in a rhythm circle facilitated by Music Explorium and enjoy the sounds of a gospel choir.

    Some of the speakers include Orange County Commissioners Alice Gordon and Moses Carey, Ms. Bonnie Davis, and Dr. Glenn Pickard.  There will be entertainment facilitated by Music Explorium of Carrboro.  Ms. Cathy Kielar of Music Explorium will facilitate a Drum Circle which is like a “rhythm party” where no musical expertise is needed to join the fun!  The Drum Circle creates a sense of community and an opportunity for self-expression.  While listening to each other, a “group song” is created with drumming, clapping, taping, shaking, scraping, jingling, vocalizing, dancing, and smiling --    great fun and an excellent community builder.

    Come and help us celebrate Orange County’s many cultures.  Refreshments will be provided and this event is free and open to the diverse public.

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    Free Tax Help Available

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

    January 13, 2003

    For more information: Retired Senior and Volunteer Program (RSVP), (919) 968-2054

    WHO’S ELIGIBLE?

    The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program provides free tax assistance to any individuals with low- to middle-income whose returns are not complex or long. No age restrictions. Non-English-speaking clients need to bring an interpreter, although a limited number of trained VITA volunteers do speak Spanish and may be available by appointment. Beginning mid-January, Hispanic clients may call 245-2010 for information in Spanish or to schedule an appointment at any site.

    WHAT SERVICES ARE PROVIDED?

    Volunteers are trained and tested according to IRS and NC guidelines. VITA volunteers prepare FREE computerized returns (federal, state, 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, other schedules & forms) and provide FREE electronic filing. Hospital and home visits are arranged for the homebound or disabled. Service begins January 30 and ends the week of April 15. Preparers are specially trained and tested to deal with special schedules and topics such as child care, energy credits for the elderly, earned income, deductions and married couples. Last year more than 40 volunteers prepared 1,222 returns.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING WITH YOU?

    • Last year’s Returns

    • W-2 forms

    • All 1099 forms for interest, dividends, social security, other retirement income

    • Medical receipts already totaled up

    • Social Security Cards for yourself and ALL dependents

    • An Interpreter -- for non-English speaking clients

    VITA is sponsored by the IRS, Orange County RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program), Orange County Department on Aging, Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To make an appointment, contact the individual sites. For other information, call Orange County RSVP 968-2054.

    WHERE AND WHEN?

    ORANGE COUNTY
    Chapel Hill and Carrboro
    Call for Appointment 968-2070
    Carrboro Town Hall
    301 W. Main Street, Carrboro
    Tuesdays 10-2, February 4-April 15
    Appointments preferred
    Walk-ins accepted as schedule permits.

    Chapel Hill Senior Center
    400 A-1 South Elliott Road, Galleria Mall
    Thursdays 1-9, January 30-April 10 (Appts. only)
    Fridays 9-5, January 31-April 11 (Appts. only)
    Saturdays 9-1, February 1-April 12 (Appts. preferred; walk-ins accepted as schedule permits)

    Hillsborough -- Appointments Only  245-2015
    Hillsborough-Central Orange Senior Center
    515 Meadowlands, Suite 500, (near Triangle Sportsplex) Hillsborough
    Wednesdays 12-4, February 5- April 9 (Appts. only)
    Saturdays 10-2, February 1-April 12 (Appts. only)

    CHATHAM COUNTY
    542-4512 For Appointment and Location (Ellen Brooks)

    Pittsboro – Appointments Only
    Chatham Co. Council on Aging
    Every Other Wednesday 1-5, February 5-April 2
    Every Other Saturday 10-2, February 8-April 5

    Siler City -- Appointments Only
    Every Other Wednesday 1-5, February 12-April 9

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    No Change in Curbside Recycling for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Date: January 17, 2003

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

    There will be no interruption of curbside recycling service on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

    Recycling will be collected as regularly scheduled on Monday, January 20, 2003. If this is your regularly scheduled recycling day, please be sure to have your bin to the curb by 7:00 a.m. or put it out the night before.

    Questions?  Contact the Orange County Solid Waste Management Department (919)968-2788 or email recycling@co.orange.nc.us.

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    No Hazardous Waste Collection Saturday January 4
    Advertisement Error Cited

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Date: January 3, 2003

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

    An advertisement placed in error in this week's edition of  the weekly News of Orange County stated there would be hazardous household waste recycling this Saturday, January 4 at the Orange County landfill. The ad is incorrect. There is no hazardous waste collection in Orange County until February.  Do not take hazardous materials to the landfill this Saturday, January 4.  They will not be accepted.

    Residents of Orange County with hazardous waste to dispose of, may take it to the collection in Durham on Saturday, January 11 from  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the City's old wastewater treatment plant at 1900 E. Club Boulevard off Roxboro Road or I-85, or to Wake County facilities either this Saturday January 4 at the North Wake Landfill from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and  Saturday January 18 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the South Wake facility.

    Call 287-8051 or 942-8158 for directions to Wake or Durham.

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