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


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January/February 2007

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 21, 2007

Contact: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Orange County Board of Commissioners (919) 245-2130

Orange County Board of Commissioners Notice of Changes in the Regular Meeting Schedule

Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 153A-40, the Board of County Commissioners provides notice of the following changes in the 2007 meeting schedule.   

  • The Quarterly Public Hearing for the Orange County Board of Commissioners and the Orange County Planning Board, scheduled for Monday, February 26, 2007 has been canceled.
  • The Board of County Commissioners rescheduled the Joint Meeting with the Town of Hillsborough for Monday, March 19, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. at the Link Government Services Center, 200 South Cameron St. in Hillsborough.
  • The Board of County Commissioners moved the Clerk’s evaluation from Thursday, May 31, 2007 to Monday, June 4, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Rd. in Chapel Hill. 
  • The Board of County Commissioners moved the Budget Public Hearing scheduled for Tuesday, May 29, 2007 to Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. at the F. Gordon Battle Courtroom, 106 East Margaret Lane in Hillsborough. 

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SOLID WASTE 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 20, 2007

Contact: Muriel Williman, Orange County Solid Waste Management (919) 968-2788

Hwy 57 Convenience Center Closing Extended

Due to an extension of the lease on the land where the Highway 57 Solid Waste Convenience Center is located, the Center will close on Tuesday April 24, at 7:00 pm. 

 

Previous reports did state that the Center would be closing at the end of March, but that date has been extended to provide for additional time for construction at the Walnut Grove Church Road Solid Waste Convenience Center.  Residents who use the Highway 57 Convenience Center should plan to use one of the other 5 sites located around the County when the Highway 57 Center closes on April 24:

 

-         Walnut Grove Church Road (nearest alternative location, 4 miles north just off Highway 86)

-         Bradshaw Quarry Road,

-         Eubanks Road,

-         Ferguson Road, and

-         High Rock Road.

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MANAGER 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 19, 2007

Contact: Laura Blackmon, Orange County Manager (919) 245-2300

Director of Human Rights and Relations Leaving Orange County

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Milan Pham, Director of Human Rights and Relations will be leaving Orange County Government to take the position of Director of a new statewide probono law initiative NC LEAP. 

Milan joined the Orange County Human Rights and Relations Department in 1999 as a Civil Rights Specialist.  In November 2004 she was promoted to Director of the department after having served the previous year as interim director. 

During her tenure Milan tackled social justice issues for Orange County residents.  This included individuals and families within the Limited English Proficiency (LEP) community who had challenges speaking in support of themselves.  Milan drove the development and implementation of community education, training, and outreach programs related to civil and human rights, including women’s issues and initiatives.  She also provided leadership in supporting the Commission for Women and the Human Rights Commission.

“It has been an honor to work for Orange County government and with the dedicated members of the Human Rights Commission and the Commission for Women.  What I have learned in Orange County will serve as a lynchpin for the work that I will undertake in the coming years to improve social justice in the state of North Carolina,” Pham said. 

Bill Hendrickson, Chair of the Human Rights Commission had nothing but praise for Milan. “We are going to miss her,” Hendrickson said.  “Milan inspired the Human Rights Commission to reaffirm our mission. She put a great amount of vigor into her work. But, at the same time, I am also thrilled with the work she will be doing in the future,” Hendrickson added. 

Milan’s last day will be Sunday, February 25, 2007 following the Pauli Murray Awards Ceremony. 

James Spivey, Civil Rights Specialist with the Department of Human Rights and Relations will serve as interim Director starting Monday February 26, 2007.   

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SOLID WASTE 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 7, 2007

Contact: Muriel Williman, Orange County Solid Waste Management (919) 968-2788

Recycling Bin Distribution Extended

Today Orange County Solid Waste Management announced that its distribution of the new second recycling bin for mixed paper to 11,000 households will be extended by about five weeks. “Bin distribution has taken longer than expected,” stated Rob Taylor, Recycling Programs Manager. “We are out working six days a week, but with some inclement weather and a slower than projected rate of distribution, we now expect to have all the bins out by early March.”

 

In December, the County had mailed a card to all residents eligible for rural curbside recycling indicating  that the distribution of new bins in the unincorporated area serviced by the rural curbside recycling program would be complete by the end of January 2007. While distribution of 18,000 blue bins within Town limits has been completed, only about forty percent of orange bins in the unincorporated areas have been distributed. 

 

Receipt of the new bin signals the opportunity to recycle all paper at the curb. “We request that citizens who have not yet received their new bin not put out any paper except newspaper, magazines and phone books, but continue to take all other types of paper to drop-off sites or convenience centers,” noted Taylor. “If you do not wish to get or use a second bin, but still want to recycle mixed paper at the curb, just note when your immediate neighbors receive their bins and then you may put all clean, dry paper in your bin. Stack it all together and separate it from cans and bottles for efficient and safe collection”  Taylor added. 

 

Residents can use a rigid plastic container similar in size and dimension to a recycling bin for all paper as an alternative to an additional recycling bin, or they can use a paper bag to separate all paper from bottles, cans and jars.  Shredded paper as well as any other small bits of paper MUST be enclosed in a paper bag to prevent them from blowing away.  The paper bag will be recycled with all other paper.    Do not put shredded or small paper bits in plastic bags or corrugated cardboard boxes, please!

 

Mixed paper that can be set out for curbside recycling includes not only the traditionally recycled newspaper, magazines, and phone books but also any other clean, dry paper that tears such as junk mail, office paper, cereal boxes (with plastic liners removed), gable top milk and juice cartons. Corrugated cardboard should still be taken to drop off sites as it is not accepted at the curb.

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SOLID WASTE 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 1, 2007

Contact: Muriel Williman, Orange County Solid Waste Management (919) 968-2788

Recycling Collections Delayed due to Inclement Weather

Residents whose normal curbside recycling collection day is on Thursday or Friday should put their bins out as usual to be collected. 

 

If your normal recycling day is Thursday and your recyclables are not collected today, continue to leave your bins out to be collected on Friday, February 2. 

 

If your normal recycling day is Friday, February 2, please put your bin out for service as usual by  7 AM Friday morning. 

 

It is anticipated that some areas of the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro that would normally receive recycling service on Friday, February 2 may not be serviced until Saturday, February 3.

 

Recycling staff is working to ensure that weather permitting all curbside recycling routes will be collected by the end of the day on Saturday, while ensuring public safety. We appreciate the patience of our customers.

 

Our administrative office will remain open while all other county offices are open. 

Call 968-2788 for more information.

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 31, 2007

Contact: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Orange County Board of Commissioners (919) 245-2130

Animal Services Facility Concept Design - Public Presentation and Discussion

CHAPEL HILL, NC – Members of the public are invited to join the Orange County Board of County Commissioners to receive information and to provide input regarding the County’s new Animal Services facility from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m., Monday, February 12th, 2007, at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill.

The public comment period will be preceded by a presentation focusing on a concept for the new Animal Services facility that supports varied service activities, meets community needs, achieves environmental soundness, and fits well with its natural setting.   The lead and consulting architects for this project will make this presentation and facilitate discussion.

Public comment is sought on various aspects of the project that include program elements, siting, and public appeal. 

The County’s new animal services facility will be located on Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill and it is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2008.   It will encompass the County’s animal control program as well as its shelter and include space for administrative staff and shelter volunteers.

Members of the public who are unable to attend may address their comments to the Office of the Clerk to the Board, by emailing dbaker@co.orange.nc.us or writing to the Clerk to the Board, P.O. Box 8181, Hillsborough, N.C.  27278.  

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 30, 2007

Contact: Monica Evans, Orange County Board of Commissioners' Office (919) 245-2125

Orange County Seeks Volunteers to Serve on the Board of Equalization and Review

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

            The Orange County Board of Equalization and Review will meet up to three days per week, for approximately three to four hours per meeting, for up to three consecutive months (April- June).  Members will be paid for all meetings attended.

            All interested Orange County citizens are encouraged to apply.  For more information, please visit the Orange County Web Site at www.co.orange.nc.us where you may complete an application online, by clicking on the “Volunteer Boards” icon from the Orange County homepage. 

You may also contact the office of the Clerk to the Board at (919) 245-2125 or email mevans@co.orange.nc.us to request an application, or for more information.

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Planning 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 19, 2007

Contact: Glenn Bowles, Orange County Planning Department (919) 245-2577

Public Hearing on Flood Ordinance and Insurance Maps

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – On January 23, 2007, the Board of County Commissioners will be holding a public hearing on an amendment to the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance.  The Public Hearing will be during the regular Board of Commissioners’ meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at the F. Gordon Battle Courtroom in Hillsborough.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has completed a technical reanalysis of the original 1981 Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM). Improved geographic and elevation data, coupled with over 25 years of new development has caused the need to update the maps. These new effective dates and new maps must be adopted by local government in order for the community to remain part of the FEMA flood insurance program.

This public hearing is the first step in the implementation process of ensuring that flood hazard potential is reduced. The new maps show little change in the ‘riverine’ flood plain, which is an area where new structures are not permitted.

As the process of implementation continues, additional community outreach, beyond what has been conducted by the State’s floodplain management branch and County staff, will be scheduled. Adoption of these maps into the zoning atlas and ordinance will subsequently be reviewed at a later date.

Please call the Orange County Planning and Inspections Department, Current Planning Division (919) 245-2575 and ask to speak with our Certified Floodplain Manager or other knowledgeable staff. Reducing flood hazards are a benefit to the community at large.

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Human Rights and Relations 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 16, 2007

Contact: Milan Pham, Department of Human Rights and Relations (919) 960-3875

Community Civil Rights Educator's Application Date Extended

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – The Orange County Human Rights and Relations Department has extended the deadline for persons interested in applying for a Community Civil Rights Educator to February 12, 2007. 

The program is designed to empower community leaders and help residents understand their rights and responsibilities.  Additionally, the use of community leaders will increase the level of trust community members have in the process and the Department increasing the likelihood that individuals will seek to vindicate their rights.

Ten (10) Orange County residents will be selected to engage in a comprehensive civil rights and human relations training program including the following topics: fair housing, landlord tenant, predatory lending, employment discrimination, Title VI, wage and hour, hate crimes, violence against women and “Race: The Power of an Illusion.”  This training will take place over the course of six (6) weekends.  The educators will receive a stipend and sign a memorandum of agreement with the Department to conduct community outreach on civil rights for the period of a year.

In order to be considered, you must be 18 years old or older, a resident of Orange County, not employed by Orange County Government, and not related to current members of the Orange County Human Relations Commission or the Commission for Women.  Educators will be selected based on their knowledge, community involvement, commitment and interest in civil rights.

If you are interested in becoming one of the Civil Rights Community Educators, please complete an application and submit it by mail or fax to the Orange County Department of Human Rights and Relations at 501 W Franklin Street, Suite 104, Chapel Hill, NC 27516, fax number 919-960-3879 by February 12, 2007. 

You may obtain an application via web at www.co.orange.nc.us under the What’s New section; by calling Pamela C. Pagan at 919-960-3875; or you may pick up an application at the Government Service Center, Southern Human Services Center or any Orange County library.

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 12, 2007

Contact: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Orange County Board of Commissioners (919) 245-2130

Special Meeting Notice

The Orange County Board of Commissioners has been invited to attend a Landfill Neighborhood Community Meeting on Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 7:00 p.m., which will be hosted by the Orange County Solid Waste Management Department.  The meeting will be held at the Faith Tabernacle Oasis of Love International Church, 8005 Rogers Road, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

 

This special meeting notice is being given because three or more of the Orange County Commissioners may attend this event.

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 12, 2007

Contact: Monica Evans, Orange County Board of Commissioners' Office (919) 245-2125

BOCC Seeks Volunteers for Library Services Taskforce

The Orange County Board of Commissioners Office is currently seeking volunteers to serve on the Library Services Taskforce.  The purpose of the Library Services Taskforce is to update the recommendations of the 2004 Library Services Taskforce and to further develop recommendations for the future needs concerning library services in Orange County, including any preliminary studies for a southwestern Orange County regional library. 

 

All interested Orange County citizens are encouraged to apply.  For more information, please visit the Orange County Web Site at www.co.orange.nc.us where you may complete an application online, by clicking on the “Volunteer Boards” icon from the Orange County homepage.  You may also contact the office of the Clerk to the Board at (919) 245-2125 or email mevans@co.orange.nc.us to request an application, or for more information. We will send you an application immediately.

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SOLID WASTE 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 4, 2007

Contact: Muriel Williman, Orange County Solid Waste Management (919) 968-2788

Recycling and Landfill Schedule for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Curbside recycling will be collected according to the regular schedule on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  If your recycling day falls on Monday, January 15, 2007 be sure to have your bins out to the curb by 7:00 a.m. or bring them out the evening before to ensure prompt collection. 

 

The Orange County Landfill on Eubanks Road, and all associated services such as the household hazardous waste collection, electronics recycling and mulch sales will maintain normal business hours, 7:00 am-4:00 pm on Monday, January 15.

 

Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be CLOSED on the holiday and will resume normal hours of operation on Tuesday January 16th, 2007.

 

The Solid Waste Management Department Administrative office, located on Municipal Drive in Chapel Hill will be closed and will resume normal hours of operation, 8:00 am –5:00 pm, on Tuesday January 16th, 2007.

 

Recycling is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week at six Recycling Drop-off sites.  Locations are:

 

  • Animal Shelter (on Municipal Drive)
  • Carrboro Plaza (behind ABC Store)
  • Cedar Falls Park (on Weaver Dairy Road)
  • Hampton Pointe (behind Home Depot, Hwy. 86, Hillsborough)
  • Meadowmont (behind Harris Teeter)
  • University Mall (across from Southern Season)

Questions? Call Orange County Solid Waste Management at 968-2788 or email recycling@co.orange.nc.us

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