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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(919) 245-2126
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January/February 2008

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Manager 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 29, 2008

Contact: Laura Blackmon, Orange County Manager, 245-2300

Gary Humphreys To Lead Orange County Financial Services

Laura Blackmon, Orange County Manager, announced the appointment of Gary Humphreys as Financial Services Director for Orange County Government starting March 3, 2008.

As the Director of Financial Services, Humphreys will be responsible for Finance, Budget and Purchasing operations. 

Humphreys has served the public sector for over thirty years, spending the last sixteen years as Deputy Finance Director in Guilford County.  His educational background includes an undergraduate degree in business with a major in accounting from the University of Florida and a Masters in Public Administration from Georgia State University.  His is also a Certified Public Accountant in North Carolina.

“Gary’s extensive experience in finance and budget will greatly benefit Orange County going forward,” Blackmon, said. 

Humphreys is excited about the new challenge.  “One of the things that impressed me during my visits was the great team of people that I will be working with.  I am looking forward to coming to Orange County and the opportunity to contribute and meet the challenges which lie ahead,” Humphreys said. 

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Emergency Services  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 29, 2008

Contact: Mike Tapp, Orange County Fire Marshal, 968-2050 or Jacob Pressley, Orange County Forest Ranger, 732-8152 

Burning Ban for Orange County to be Lifted

The statewide and Orange County open burning bans will be lifted at noon on Saturday, March 1, 2008. 

It continues to be illegal to burn trash, lumber, tires, newspapers, plastics or other non-vegetative materials. 

For additional information, contact the Orange County Fire Marshal, 968-2050 or the Orange County Forest Ranger, 732-8152. 

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Manager 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 27, 2008

Contact: Pam Jones, Orange County Purchasing Director, (919) 245-2650 

Orange County Services are Moving

The Orange County Government offices of Register of Deeds, Revenue (Tax Collections) and Tax Assessor / Land Records are moving to the GATEWAY CENTER in Hillsborough. 

Orange County offices listed above will close Friday, March 14, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. at the Link Government Services Center and will reopen for business on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 8:00 a.m. in The Gateway Center at 228 South Churton Street, Suites 200 & 300, Hillsborough, NC  27278.

Please note that these offices will be CLOSED Monday, March 17 and Tuesday, March 18, 2008. 

Orange County thanks you for your patience and understanding during this transition in service. 

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Market 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 27, 2008

Contact: Dr. Fletcher Barber, Jr., Cooperative Extension, (919) 245-2050 

Orange County Farmers' Market Opens

The Orange County Farmers’ Market at The Public Market House will open this Saturday, March 1, 2008.  The Market is located at 144 East Margaret Lane in Hillsborough.  (Behind the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.)  Hours for the Market are from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

Parking is available behind the Government Services Annex on South Cameron Street. 

The public is encouraged to attend and support our local producers and vendors.

For additional information, contact Dr. Fletcher Barber, Jr., (919) 245-2050.   

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 27, 2008

Contact: Angela Thompson-Rockett, Orange County Board of Commissioners' Office, (919) 245-2125 

Orange County Recruiting for Farmers' Market Oversight Committee

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is currently recruiting for the Orange County Farmers’ Market Interim Oversight Committee.  This committee will review the operations of the Market and provide guidance to the Market Manager.  Applicants for the five-member committee shall not sell or have a financial interest in products sold at the Market.

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 athompson-rockett@co.orange.nc.us to request an application, or for more information.

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Conservation 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 25, 2008

Contact: David Stancil, Orange County Environment and Resource Conservation, (919) 245-2590 

Drought Workshop for Rural Well Users

Orange County is holding an informational workshop entitled “Dealing with the Drought,” about ways to cope with the drought for well water users in rural areas. The workshop will be held on March  5, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the Stanback Middle School, at 3700 NC 86 South in Hillsborough.

Speakers will present a current update and forecast on the drought situation, information about wells and water production in Piedmont North Carolina geology, how to use sustainable landscaping practices, as well as other basic tips and ideas on conserving ground water.

For more information, contact David Stancil, Environment and Resource Conservation Director, at 245-2590 or dstancil@co.orange.nc.us.

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Solid Waste 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 19, 2008

Contact: Muriel Williman, Orange County Solid Waste, (919) 968-2885 

Commercial Recycling Survey

Orange County Initiates On-Line Survey for Businesses Regarding Commercial Recycling and Waste Services. First 150 survey-takers are eligible for prizes!

Orange County is developing a plan to increase waste reduction rates and evaluate the efficiency of garbage services operating in the county. As part of that effort, the County Solid Waste Department has issued an on-line survey for businesses to state their preferences regarding recycling and waste collection services.

Any owner, manager or operator of a business or non-profit in Orange County , or the Chapel Hill part of Durham County may take the survey. Go to the Solid Waste Management department’s website www.co.orange.nc.us/recycling/news.asp to link to the survey site.

Survey data will be used to develop options on how best to collect commercial recyclables and solid waste in Orange County .  Those options will be reviewed by the County’s Solid Waste Plan Work Group and incorporated into their overall integrated solid waste plan recommendations to be presented to the public and the Board of Orange County Commissioners later this year.

The first 150 respondents to the survey will be eligible for prizes including: a night’s stay and breakfast at The Franklin Hotel, a one hundred dollar gift certificate from the Chapel Hill Restaurant Group good at Spanky’s, 411 West, Squids, 518 West in Raleigh and their newest restaurant, Mez near Research Triangle Park, a fifty dollar gift check from the Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce, 100 parking tokens for the Rosemary Parking Deck from the Chapel Hill downtown partnership and local shirts, caps and mascot bears from the Orange County Visitors’ Bureau.  Prize winners will be drawn after the first 150 surveys are collected on-line.

This project has been made possible through the cooperation of the Chambers of Commerce, the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, the Carrboro Business Association, the Orange County Economic Development Office, the Orange County/Chapel Hill Visitors Bureau, and the Chapel Hill Office of Economic Development.

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Human Relations 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 18, 2008

Contact: James Spivey, Orange County Human Rights and Relations, (919) 968-2288 

Pauli Murray Awards Ceremony

The Orange County Human Relations Commission will present the Pauli Murray Awards and Human Relations Essay Contest winners from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, February 24, 2008, at The Little Theater of New Hope Elementary School (1900 New Hope Church Road, Chapel Hill).  Additionally, the student winners of the 2007 Human Relations Month Essay Contest will be acknowledged and the winners will read their essays.  This annual contest is open to students from all schools in the County and offers cash awards of up to $100.  During this ceremony, Durham’s Instruments of Praise Dance Ministry and The Newman Center Choir of Chapel Hill will provide entertainment.

The award is in recognition of the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray.  The Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray was a remarkable woman who never let racial and gender discrimination and intolerance keep her from achieving her goals. Instead, these events were a catalyst for a life of activism.  Former recipients include Rebecca Clark, Lightning Brown, Joe Herzenberg and Shirley Marshall; Balloons & Tunes (Carrboro) and Sports Endeavors (Hillsborough).

This event is free and opened to the public.

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Emergency Services  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 15, 2008

Contact: Mike Tapp, Orange County Fire Marshal, 968-2050 or Jacob Pressley, Orange County Forest Ranger, 732-8152 

Ban on Open Burning in Orange County

The Orange County Fire Marshal has issued a countywide ban on open burning. 

On February 14, 2008 the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources issued an open burning ban for all 100 counties in North Carolina.  The state ban prohibits all open burning 100 feet or more from an occupied dwelling.  Orange County expanded the ban to all open burning regardless of the distance from a structure. 

The rash of wildfires across the state last weekend prompted both bans.  Orange County fire resources were spread thin as trucks and firefighters moved from one fire to the next on Sunday afternoon in high wind conditions.   

Open burning includes burning leaves, branches and other plant material.  In all cases, it is illegal to burn trash, lumber, tires, newspapers, plastics or other non-vegetative materials. 

Other factors taken into consideration include the diminished water supply and water table due to the drought.  “Most of the rural fire departments depend on local ponds as a water source.  Many of those ponds are now dry or so low they are no longer a viable option for water,” Tapp said. 

Jacob Pressley, Orange County Forest Ranger, also expressed concerns for homes next to woodlands.  “Homeowners should use extra precaution in removing combustible materials next to their house,” Pressley said.  Firewood, pine straw, leaves, dead limbs and other combustible materials should be moved 30 feet or more away from the structure. 

For additional information, contact the Orange County Fire Marshal, 968-2050 or the Orange County Forest Ranger, 732-8152. 

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 7, 2008

Contact: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board of Commissioners, 245-2130 

Meeting Updates for the Board of County Commissioners

Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 153A-40, the Board of County Commissioners provides notice of the following changes in the 2008 regular meeting schedule.   

The Orange County Board of Commissioners added a work session on February 19, 2008 starting at 5:30 p.m. (prior to the 7:30 p.m. regular meeting) at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, in Chapel Hill. 

The Orange County Board of Commissioners added a work session on March 18, 2008 starting at 5:30 p.m. (prior to the 7:30 p.m. regular meeting) at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, in Chapel Hill. 

The Orange County Board of Commissioners added a work session on April 15, 2008 starting at 5:30 p.m. (prior to the 7:30 p.m. regular meeting) at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, in Chapel Hill. 

The Orange County Board of Commissioners added a work session on May 20, 2008 starting at 5:30 p.m. (prior to the 7:30 p.m. regular meeting) at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, in Chapel Hill. 

The Orange County Board of Commissioners added a work session on June 24, 2008 starting at 5:30 p.m. (prior to the 7:30 p.m. regular meeting) at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, in Chapel Hill. 

The Orange County Board of Commissioners added a work session on September 16, 2008 starting at 5:30 p.m. (prior to the 7:30 p.m. regular meeting) at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, in Chapel Hill. 

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Human Rights 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 4, 2008

Contact: Shoshannah Smith, Orange County Human Rights and Relations, (919) 960-3875 

March is Women's History Month

March is National Women’s History Month.  The Orange County Commission for Women will celebrate Women’s History Month on Saturday, March 8, 2008 at the United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill; 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

This Commission will focus the community’s attention on domestic violence at this year’s event—“Domestic Violence is Not Just a Women’s Issues”.  The afternoon will begin with a catered lunch and a viewing and discussion of the film, “Tough Guise.”  Speakers at this event include Executive Director Rita Anita Linger of the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  This event is free and open to the public. If you have questions, contact the Office of Human Rights and Relations at 960-3875.

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.  The mission of the Orange County Commission for Women is to empower women and girls, and promote their equality in all spheres of life through advocacy, education, and outreach activities.  One way in which we carry out that mission is by building coalitions with, and acting as allies for, disadvantaged groups.

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Human Relations 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 4, 2008

Contact: James Spivey, Orange County Human Rights and Relations, (919) 968-2288 

Pauli Murray Human Relations Award Ceremony

The Orange County Human Relations Commission and the Office of Human Rights & Relations will host 2007 Pauli Murray Human Relations Awards on Sunday, February 24, 2008 in The Little Theater located at the New Hope Elementary School, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.  The Pauli Murray Award is presented annually by the Orange County Human Relations Commission to an Orange County youth, an Orange County adult, and an Orange County business that have served the community with distinction in the pursuit of equality, justice, and human rights for all citizens.

This year’s ceremony will include musical entertainment by the Newman Music Ministry of the Newman Catholic Student Center Parish; dance performance by the Instruments of Praise Dance Troupe; the winners of the 2007 Human Rights Student Essay Contest reading their winning essays; and the recipients of the 2007 Pauli Murray Human Relations Award being recognized.

The public is encouraged to attend this community event.  A light repast will be provided following the ceremony.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Human Rights & Relations at 960-3875.

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 30, 2008

Contact: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board of Commissioners, 245-2130 

Meeting Updates for the Board of County Commissioners

Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 153A-40, the Board of County Commissioners provides notice of the following changes in the 2008 regular meeting schedule.   

The Orange County Board of Commissioners’ Retreat, previously scheduled for January 26, 2008, has been rescheduled for Friday, February 8, 2008 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, in Chapel Hill. 

The Board also added a meeting on Monday, February 11, 2008 from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, in Chapel Hill to discuss the transfer station siting process. 

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Budget 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 29, 2008

Contact: Donna Coffey, Budget Director, 245-2151 or Rod Visser, 245-2302 

CIP and Local Revenue Option Public Hearings

2008-18 Capital Investment Plan (CIP)

The Board of County Commissioners will conduct a public hearing to receive citizen comments regarding the County Manager’s Recommended 2008-2018 Capital Investment Plan (CIP) for Orange County, Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools’ and Orange County Schools’ construction and renovation projects.  The meeting on February 5, 2008 starts at 7:30 p.m. at the F. Gordon Battle Courtroom, 106 East Margaret Lane in Hillsborough. Copies of the County’s capital plan and Schools’ identified needs are available in the following locations:

During the public hearing, staff will provide a brief presentation highlighting major components of the ten-year plan. 

Local Revenue Options Referendum

The Board will also hold a public hearing that night on the Local Revenue Options Referendum.  During its 2007 Session, the State legislature decided to allow all 100 counties to implement a .4% land transfer tax or a one-quarter cent sales tax to mitigate potential future property tax increases.  Only one of the two options can be implemented, and only if the county voters approve it.  If voters approve both taxes, the county governing board must decide which one will be implemented.  The Orange County Commissioners indicated last fall that they intended to put the local revenue option issue on the May 6, 2008 ballot for voter decision.  This February 5th public hearing will give Commissioners a chance to consider public comment before deciding later in February which local revenue option(s) to place on the May ballot.

During the public hearing, staff will provide a brief presentation highlighting major components of the Local Revenue Options. 

Community members are invited to submit written comments and questions about either or both the CIP and local revenue options to any of the following addresses:

  • Postal Mail:  Orange County Board of County Commissioners, Post Office Box 8181, Hillsborough, NC 27278
  • Email County Budget Director:  dcoffey@co.orange.nc.us
  • Email Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners:  dbaker@co.orange.nc.us

All written comments will be shared with the Board of County Commissioners.

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Social Services 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 29, 2008

Contact: Nancy Coston, Social Services Director, 245-2800 

Community Supporters Make Orange County Holiday Program a Success!

Thanks to the generosity of numerous individuals, civic and community groups, churches, and local businesses, over 2500 children and families had a much brighter Christmas.  Each Christmas the Orange County Department of Social Services (DSS) operates a Holiday Program to help low-income residents. 

Historically, DSS has coordinated “Share Your Holiday” which pairs community sponsors with children or families.  Sponsors are given wish lists and in turn, purchase holiday gifts.  With support from 313 local sponsors, DSS was able to provide gifts to 514 children and elderly/disabled adults in Orange County.

Additionally, this past Christmas DSS implemented the first annual “Orange County Toy Chest”.  The Toy Chest is coordinated in partnership with Toys for Tots, as well as through financial contributions received from the community.  This program allows low-income parents to select 2-3 toys per child.  The toys are donated by community members and area businesses.

“We are elated about the response we received from the community”, said Nancy Coston, DSS Director.   “People have just been so kind and generous.  There were times when we had concern about meeting the needs of our families.  But when we asked for help, the community responded,” said Coston. “We are truly fortunate to have such wonderful support.”

In fact, one organization started planning earlier in the year in anticipation of the holiday season.  The Hillsborough Moose Lodge donated $3,500 from the proceeds received from their 1st Annual Bubba & Earl’s Barbeque held last April.  This event, coordinated by Harold Wagner and Jeff Woods, included a cook-off by 10 teams from Hillsborough and the surrounding area.  They sold over 1,000 pounds of pork and pre-sold 700 tickets.  According to Mr. Wagner, “There’s nothing like kids at Christmas with a gift and there’s nothing like a kid without a gift. We really want to make sure as many kids as possible enjoy their holiday.”   Plans are already underway for their second event this spring to benefit the 2008 Orange County Toy Chest.

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Agriculture 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 25, 2008

Contact: Fletcher Barber, Jr., N.C. Cooperative Extension, Orange County, 245-2050 

Orange County Agricultural Summit

The Tenth Annual Orange County Agricultural Summit will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Orange Enterprises Building located at 500 Valley Forge Road off Highway 86 in Hillsborough. Registration will take place from 8:30-9:00 a.m. and refreshments will be available.

The Summit will provide agricultural producers in Orange and surrounding counties another opportunity to hear strategies for preserving their farms during this time of agricultural transition.  Our guest speaker this year will be US Congressman David Price.  Congressman Price will talk about the Farm Bill, the drought and other agricultural issues.   The Summit will feature a local grass-fed lamb operation run by Bob and Tommy Pope and representatives from Whole Foods, Weaver Street Market, and Lindley Mills who are in need of producers to supply them.  Local growers, including Renee Parker and Larry Sturdivant, will speak about their experience in supplying these businesses.  Issues related to coping with the drought will also be addressed.

A sponsored lunch will be served using locally grown meats and produce.  (For those registering from outside Orange County, there will be a cost of $12.00 for the meal.)  Please call North Carolina Cooperative Extension - Orange County Center at (919) 245-2050 to reserve your place.  Seating is limited, so please respond as soon as possible, and no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, February 8, 2008.

(Inclement Weather Date February 19, 2008)

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 23, 2008

Contact: Angela Thompson-Rockett, Office of the Orange County Board of Commissioners, 245-2125 

Orange County Recruiting for 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 athompson-rockett@co.orange.nc.us to request an application, or for more information.

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 18, 2008

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

Special Meeting Notice

ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

FOR

TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2008

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill, N.C.

The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss the solid waste transfer station site selection process, timeline and exclusionary criteria with the consultant. 

The meeting will be prior to the previously scheduled 7:30 p.m. Work Session at the same location. 

This meeting is open to the public.

The meeting notice was signed by Barry Jacobs, Chair, Orange County Board of Commissioners. 

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 14, 2008

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

Special Meeting Notice

ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

FOR

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2008

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will meet on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. at the Link Government Services Center, 200 South Cameron Street, Hillsborough, N.C.

The purpose of this meeting will be to receive an update from the transfer station consultant and discussion of the CIP, which will include the Space Needs Study, with an additional item -- a Closed Session:

“Pursuant to G.S. § 143-318.11(a)(3) "to consult with an attorney retained by the Board in order to preserve the attorney-client privilege between the attorney and the Board.”

The meeting notice was signed by Barry Jacobs, Chair, Orange County Board of Commissioners. 

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Conservation 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 14, 2008

Contact: David Stancil, 245-2590 or Rich Shaw, 245-2591, Orange County Environment and Resource Conservation  

Orange County Acquires Site for Future Park

On December 31 Orange County purchased 145 acres of land for a future county park in the northeastern part of the county near the rural crossroads community of Schley.  The Board of Commissioners approved the purchase at their December 11 meeting. 

The site is located five miles northeast of Hillsborough and 1/2 mile east of NC Highway 57.  It has road frontage on Schley Road to the north and along Mincey Road to the south.  The land was purchased from F.M. Kirby of Hillsborough. 

The primary purpose of the acquisition is for a future district park for northeast Orange County, which will likely feature a combination of active and low-impact recreation, including playing fields on the open sections of the site.  Much of the southern half of the property is forested and may be conducive to nature trails and picnic areas.  

The County is also considering using a small portion of the site for a solid waste convenience center for residents in the northeast part of the County. This center would be embedded within the future park, and the entrance to that center would be from Mincey Road located on the southern end of the property.  This facility would replace the former center on NC 57 that closed in 2007.

Acquisition of this site met the identified need for a district park in north-central Orange County, which dates back to the 1988 Recreation and Parks Master Plan.

This site was identified following a comprehensive search for appropriate tracts by the Environment and Resource Conservation Department.  The Kirby property was the top candidate from among many sites that were considered during the search.  The land purchase was carried out through the County’s Lands Legacy Program. 

Current plans are to “land bank” this property for future use.  There are no funds identified for park development or for park operation at this site at the current time.  A master plan for the park will be developed at some point in the future, using a collaborative process that includes community input. In the meantime, the property will be managed by the Lands Legacy Program, and some of the agricultural fields will likely be leased for farming until the site is ready for park development. 

The purchase price for the property was $1,455,300 ($10,000 per acre), which was consistent with an appraisal of the property performed on behalf of both parties. Funds for the acquisition came come from voter-approved 2001 County Parks and Open Space bonds.

“Thanks to the support of Orange County voters, we continue to systematically provide for future recreation and open space needs throughout the county,” said Barry Jacobs, chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners. “The purchase of the Kirby property in northcentral Orange County is a key step in that direction, and could prove beneficial in expanding a variety of other services essential to the well-being of citizens in the area.”

 

With this acquisition, the Orange County Lands Legacy Program has now acquired more than 2,200 acres of critical natural and cultural resource lands and future park sites in the County. These acquisitions have been leveraged with Federal and State grants of over $4.0 million to date. The Lands Legacy Program, founded in April 2000, is a voluntary program that seeks to conserve the County’s most critical natural and cultural resource lands for future generations. The program works with other conservation organizations to acquire lands in the areas of farmland preservation, natural areas and wildlife habitat, prime forests, acquisition of future park sites, historic/cultural sites, and watershed buffers.

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Manager 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 10, 2008

Contact: Gwen Harvey, Orange County Assistant Manager, 245-2300

Gwen Harvey Credentialed

Gwen Harvey, Assistant County Manager, Orange County, recently received the Credentialed Manager designation from ICMA, the premier local government leadership and management organization.   Ms. Harvey is one of more than 1,000 local government management professionals currently credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program.

            To receive the prestigious ICMA credential, a member must have significant experience as a senior management executive in local government, have earned a degree, preferably in public administration or a related field, and demonstrated a commitment to high standards of integrity and to lifelong learning and professional development.

            Gwen Harvey is qualified by a combination of graduate education and professional local government executive experience.  Prior to her appointment in 2002 as one of two assistant county managers for Orange County government, she served as assistant manager in Chatham County (Savannah), Georgia and City of Gresham (Multnomah County), Oregon.

            Highlights of Gwen Harvey’s ICMA membership include chairing the Conference Evaluation Committee (2004) and serving as a member of the Sustainability Advisory Committee (2007-present). Ms. Harvey was also an at-large member of the ICMA Executive Board (1989-91).

            For more information regarding the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program, contact Amanda Relyea at ICMA, 777 North Capitol Street, N.E., #500, Washington, D.C. 20002-4201; arelyea@icma.org; 202-962-3556 (phone); 202-962-3565 (fax).

            ICMA is the premier local government leadership and management organization.  Its mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and advocating professional management of local government worldwide.  ICMA provides member support:  publications, data, and information; peer and results-oriented assistance; and training and professional development to more than 9,000 city, town, and county experts and other individuals throughout the world.

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