Board of County Commissioners
200 South Cameron St.
P.O. Box 8181
North Carolina 27278
(919) 245-2130
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January/February 2005

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February 21, 2005

Contact: Donna Baker 
Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners

Meeting Updates for Orange County Commissioners

Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 153A-40, the Board of County Commissioners provides notice of the following changes in the 2005 meeting schedule.   

The Board of County Commissioners amended their regular meeting schedule by changing the locations of the two Budget Public Hearings: the location of the May 31st Budget Public hearing has been changed to Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill (it was previously scheduled for Hillsborough) and the June 2nd Budget Public Hearing has been changed to the F. Gordon Battle Courtroom in Hillsborough (this was previously scheduled for Chapel Hill). 

The Board of County Commissioners also added a 5:30 pm Work Session on March 15 at the Southern Human Services Center, prior to the 7:30 pm Regular Meeting at the same location.   

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February 21, 2005

Contact: Donna Baker 
Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners

Orange County Listening Session #2

Orange County Commissioners are hosting a series of “listening sessions” during 2005.  

The next session will be on Thursday, February 24, 2005 at 7:00 pm, at the Schley Community Center Building, at the intersection of Schley Road and Hwy 57, north of Hillsborough.     

The sessions provide an informal and relaxed opportunity for residents to share their concerns and thoughts related to county government. 

Residents who do not feel comfortable making a presentation to the Board in a public meeting may feel free to share their issues in a more casual setting near local neighborhoods.  Whether the topics are operations, programs, or services, here is a chance to share your thoughts with the Chair and one other Commissioner. 

Any county resident may attend any meeting.  Results of the sessions will be shared with members of the Board and Orange County Staff. 

Remaining 2005 Orange County Listening Sessions

All meetings begin at 7:00 pm and last until 8:00 pm. 

February 24 – Schley Community Center Building

March 21 – Orange Grove Community Center

April 18 – Pleasant Green Community Center

May 16 – Northern Orange Human Services

August 10 – Carrboro Century Center

September 15 – Efland Community Center

October 5 – Government Services Center

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February 21, 2005

Contact: Tara Fikes 
Orange County Housing and Community Development

Orange County Consolidated Housing Plan Recommendation Meetings

Orange County will hold two community meetings to obtain input into the development of the Orange County Five-Year Consolidated Housing Plan, which affects the program and funding for housing and community development projects from 2005 to 2010.  The meetings will be held at the following times and locations:

Tuesday, February 22, 2005 at 7:00 PM

Orange County Library Conference Room

300 W. Tryon Street

Hillsborough, NC   27278


Tuesday, March 1, 2005 at 7:00 PM

Orange County Southern Human Services Center

2501 Homestead Road

Chapel Hill, NC   27514

All citizens of Orange County, including Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough residents, are invited to attend and offer comments and recommendations on the housing and community development needs of the County.

Any non-English speaking persons or persons with mobility, visual, hearing impairments or special needs who wish to attend the public meetings, please notify the Orange County Housing and Community Development Department at 245-2490 in advance so that appropriate accommodations may be made.

For additional information, please call 245-2490 or 644-3045 TDD

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Emergency Response


February 9, 2005

Contact: Mike Tapp 
Orange County Emergency Management

Orange County Emergency Responders Prepare for Hazards of Clandestine Drug Labs

HILLSBOROUGH - On Tuesday February 8th, Orange County emergency response agencies including the Department of Social Services and the Health Department learned how to respond to situations involving clandestine drug laboratories such as those involving methamphetamine. The class, hosted by Orange County Emergency Management and taught by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, brought together all agencies within the county that may be involved in the initial discovery of hidden drug laboratories, which are frequently found in residences.

Over 170 participants from fifteen county and municipal agencies attended the training session at the Hillsborough Moose Lodge. 

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that can be made with household chemicals. However, for each pound of drug manufactured, up to five pounds of hazardous waste is created including the release of poisonous gasses and toxic metal residue.

In 2004, over 300 methamphetamine laboratories were discovered in the state. According to emergency officials, labs will likely be found in Orange County in the future.

“While methamphetamine labs originated on the west coast of the United States, they have now been discovered in every state, including North Carolina because of the drug’s popularity. It is only a matter of time before we will discover them in Orange County,” said Mike Tapp, Deputy Director of Orange County Emergency Management and also the county Fire Marshal.

The Departments of Social Services and Health both had large groups attend the training because of the increasing frequency of children that are found in these hazardous environments and need special care. In previous situations around the state, many children were found malnourished and had been exposed to hazardous chemicals.

During 2004, over 115 children were discovered living in homes where meth was manufactured. These children were frequently neglected or abused.

First responders were also victims during some methamphetamine responses. During 2003, 27 first responders were injured during lab "busts". Emergency response officials hope that through this training, agencies will be more prepared to recognize and respond safely and appropriately to the hazards found in these environments and be better equipped to ensure the safety of the public.

“Methamphetamine labs are just as much of a danger to our responders as a live explosive event. We are doing everything we can to protect our first responders, and training such as this could save their lives. Having an incident end safely is of paramount concern to us,” said Jack Ball, Director of Orange County Emergency Management.




January 12, 2005

Contact: Muriel Williman 
Orange County Solid Waste Management

No Change in Recycling Schedule for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

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 17, 2005. If this is your regularly scheduled recycling day, please be sure to have your bin to the curb by 7:00 am or put it out the night before.

The Orange County Landfill will be open its normal hours, 7:00am-4:00pm on Monday, January 17.

Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers will also be open their normal hours, 7:00am- 12noon & 1:00-7:00pm.

Questions?  Contact the Orange County Solid Waste Management Department (919) 968-2788 or email

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Human Relations


January 5, 2005

Contact: Milan Pham 
Orange County Human Rights and Relations Director

February - Human Relations Month Kick-off

To acknowledge February as Human Relations Month, the Orange County Human Relations Commission, Orange County Commission for Women, and the Department of Human Rights and Relations will host a kick-off event on February 06, 2005; sponsor a student essay contest with the support of the school systems, and host the Pauli Murray Human Relations Awards ceremony.

The Sunday, February 06, 2005 kick-off event will be held at the Carrboro Century Center (100 North Greensboro Street; Carrboro, NC) from 3 PM until 5 PM.  The theme of the kick-off event is “Exploring the Prison Industrial Complex Through Literature and the Spoken Word”.

The Women’s Prison Repertory Company will present an abbreviated production of Hidden Voices.  The Women’s Prison Repertory Company consists of women serving time at the Raleigh Correctional Center for Women expressing their feelings about the life experiences and choices that brought them to their current situation.  The Women’s Prison Repertory Company is the only prison performance group in the U.S. that presents original work outside the prison walls.  Additionally, the NC Prison Writing and Performance Project is under the auspices of the Jordan Institute for Families at the UNC-CH School of Social Work.  Judith Reitman and Lynden Harris were instrumental in securing this group.  The performance will help raise public awareness about issues surrounding women and violence. 

Earl Smith, Ph.D.; Department Chair, Director of American Ethnic Studies & Rubin Professor of American Ethnic Studies at Wake Forest University, will discuss the “prison industrial complex” from a social justice perspective.  There will be a question and answer session following Dr. Smith’s presentation.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the band, Big Much.

With the spoken word performance by women clients of the “prison industrial complex” and the discussion about the “prison industrial complex”, dialogue will be fostered that will cause us to really consider our own personal value systems and possibly cause some of us to modify some of our internalized discriminatory opinions.  Literature and the spoken word have proven to be the most effective means of conveying controversial concepts and creating boarder understanding of the human experience.

For additional information, contact James Spivey (919) 960-3874 or Milan Pham (919) 960-3877. 

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