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


Contact: David Hunt
Information Specialist
(919) 245-2126
Fax: (919) 644-0246
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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 25, 2009

Contact: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board, (919) 245-2130

BOCC Special Meeting Notice

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Monday, March 2, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. at the Link Government Services Center, 200 South Cameron Street, Hillsborough, for the purpose of going into closed session “to consider the qualifications, competence, character, fitness, conditions of appointment, or conditions of initial employment of an individual public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee,” NCGS 143-318.11(a)(6).

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Human Rights 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 19, 2009

Contact: Shoshannah Smith, Office of Human Rights and Relations (919) 960-3875

Women Breaking Barriers

March is National Women’s History Month.  The Orange County Commission for Women will celebrate Women’s History Month on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

The Commission will focus the community’s attention on local women’s accomplishments at this year’s event—“Women Breaking Barriers”.  The morning will begin with a catered breakfast followed by a panel discussion featuring speakers Edith Hubbard, one of the first African American women to attend UNC-CH, the Honorable District Court Judge Beverly Scarlett, Linda Bourne and Karen Mills, co-owners of the Spotted Dog in Carrboro, and state Senator Ellie Kinnaird.  This event is free and open to the public.  Simultaneous Spanish interpretation is available.  

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.

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

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 19, 2009

Contact: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board, (919) 245-2130

BOCC Special Meeting Notice

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Monday, February 23, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. at the Central Orange Senior Center, 103 Meadowlands Dr., Hillsborough, for the purpose of going into closed session “to consider the qualifications, competence, character, fitness, conditions of appointment, or conditions of initial employment of an individual public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee,” NCGS 143-318.11(a)(6).

This meeting is prior to the scheduled 7:30 p.m. Quarterly Public Hearing at the same location. 

The OWASA Board of Directors has scheduled a Joint Meeting with the Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Orange County elected Boards on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill, NC to present its proposed changes in the Water Conservation Standards for OWASA customers.

This will be a 20-minute presentation, and the meeting will now begin at 7:00 p.m. (instead of 7:30 p.m.), followed by discussion.

Then, at approximately 8:45 p.m., Orange County’s greenhouse gas study consultant from Toronto will present the Countywide Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and Forecast. The County will be inviting the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners to attend this portion of the meeting as well. This initiative is a joint project of the County and towns.  

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 13, 2009

Contact: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board, (919) 245-2130

BOCC Special Meeting Notice

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at 12:00 noon at the Franklin Hotel, 311 West Franklin St., Chapel Hill, and 5:00 p.m. at the Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC, for the purpose of going into closed session “to consider the qualifications, competence, character, fitness, conditions of appointment, or conditions of initial employment of an individual public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee,” NCGS 143-318.11(a)(6).

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. at the Link Government Services Center, 200 South Cameron Street, in Hillsborough for the purpose of going into closed session “to consider the qualifications, competence, character, fitness, conditions of appointment, or conditions of initial employment of an individual public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee,” NCGS 143-318.11(a)(6).

Members of the Orange County Board of Commissioners will be taking a tour of some of the Orange County Schools on Monday, February 23, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. and will be departing from the OCS Administrative Offices, 200 East King Street, Hillsborough, at 9:00 a.m. This meeting notice is being given because four or more of the Orange County Commissioners may attend this event.

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 11, 2009

Contact: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board, (919) 245-2130

BOCC School Tour Postponed

Due to scheduling conflicts, the tour of some of the Orange County Schools on Wednesday, February 18th  by members of the Orange County Board of Commissioners has been postponed.

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 9, 2009

Contact: Angela Thompson-Rockett, Orange County Board of Commissioners' Office, (919) 245-2135

Advisory Board Appointments by Orange County Commissioners

At the January 22, 2009 meeting, the Orange County Board of Commissioners appointed the following citizen volunteers to county advisory boards and commissions.

Volunteer Name                           Volunteer Board

Haryo Marsosudiro                        Advisory Board on Aging

Heather Altman                              Advisory Board on Aging

Nannie Richmond                           Affordable Housing Advisory Board

Jim Parker                                      Chapel Hill/Orange County Vistors Bureau

Lucy Adams                                   Commission for the Environment

Loren Hintz                                    Commission for the Environment

Michelle Drostin                             Commission for the Environment

Chris Adam                                    Commission for the Environment

Renee Price                                    Commission for the Environment

Gary Saunders                                Commission for the Environment

Dawn Santoianni                             Commission for the Environment

Robin Moran                                  Historic Preservation Commission

Ronnie Torain                                 Human Services Advisory Commission

Christi Hurt                                     Human Services Advisory Commission

Nancy Park                                    Human Services Advisory Commission

Judith Wegner                                Orange County Planning Board

Mark Marcoplos                            Orange County Planning Board

Kurt Davies                                    Human Relations Commission

Rita Anita Linger                             Human Relations Commission

Barbara Prear                                 Human Relations Commission

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 9, 2009

Contact: Angela Thompson-Rockett, Orange County Board of Commissioners' Office, (919) 245-2135

BOCC Seeks Applicants for Advisory Boards

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is recruiting volunteer Orange County residents to fill vacant seats on the Recreation and Parks Advisory Council, Orange-Person-Chatham Area Program Board and Equalization and Review Board.

The Recreation and Parks Advisory Council consults with and advises the Recreation and Parks Department and the Board of County Commissioners on matters affecting recreation policies, programs, personnel, finances, and the acquisition and disposal of lands and properties related to the total community recreation program, and to its long-range planning for recreation.  Positions to be filled are Cheeks, Bingham, Chapel Hill (Carrboro city limits) and Hillsborough township.

The Orange-Person-Chatham Area Program Board serves as the comprehensive planning, budgeting, implementing, and monitoring group for community-based mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse programs.  It is a local political subdivision of the state. To fulfill state statute and complete the membership of the OPC Board, we need an individual with financial management skills, a family member of a consumer with a developmental disability (the person does not need to be an OPC consumer), and a licensed physician in a field other than psychiatry.

The Board of Equalization and Review 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 Statures of North Carolina.  The Orange County Board of Equalization 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.

For an application, or for more information on this volunteer opportunity or other Orange County Advisory Boards, please contact the office of the Clerk to the Board at (919) 245-2125 or email: athompson-rockett@co.orange.nc.us.  If you would like to complete an application online, or download one in Adobe PDF format, please visit the County’s Website, http://www.co.orange.nc.us and click on the “Volunteer Boards” icon

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Human Rights 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 7, 2009

Contact: James Spivey, Office of 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 the 2008 Pauli Murray Human Relations Awards on Sunday, February 22, 2009 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The event will be held at New Hope Elementary School, 1900 New Hope Church Road, in the Little Theater. 

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.  Former recipients include Kristen Mattison, Aubrey Chris Nutter, Frances Jones, Dorothy Johnson, Balloons & Tunes and Sports Endeavors.

This year’s ceremony will include musical entertainment, a step performance by the Omicron Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; the winners of the 2008 Human Rights Student Essay Contest reading their winning essays; and recognition of the recipients of the 2008 Pauli Murray Human Relations Award.

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

Release Date: February 6, 2009

Contact: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board, (919) 245-2130

Changes in Board of Commissioners Start Time for Meetings

Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 153A-40, the Board of County Commissioners provides notice of the following changes in the 2009 meeting schedule.   

The Board of County Commissioners voted to adjust the start time of meetings from 7:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. beginning in March, 2009, (unless otherwise noted).  This change is temporary for the 2009 calendar year. 

During construction and facility improvements, meetings normally held in Hillsborough at the F. Gordon Battle Courtroom will temporarily be held at the new Central Orange Senior Center, 103 Meadowlands Drive, next to the SportsPlex. 

Please verify times and locations prior to Board of County Commissioner meetings. 

Meeting times and locations are available on the Orange County website, http://www.co.orange.nc.us/OCCLERKS/bocc2009.asp

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Manager 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 3, 2009

Contact: David Hunt, Deputy Clerk / Information Specialist, (919) 245-2126

Orange County Government Offices on Two Hour Delay

Based on current and predicted weather conditions, Orange County Government Offices will operate on a two hour delay the morning of Wednesday, February 4, 2009.  Offices that normally open at 8:00 a.m. are now scheduled to open at 10:00 a.m.

It is possible that weather conditions may warrant an additional delay.  Please monitor local media outlets or call the County’s main switchboard at (919) 732-8181 after 8:00 a.m. for updates in operating hours. 

Drivers are urged to use extreme caution when traveling on ice and snow. 

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 2, 2009

Contact: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board, (919) 245-2130

Special Meeting Notice

Members (4) of the Orange County Board of Commissioners will be taking a tour of the Waste Transfer Station in Greensboro, NC, which will be hosted by the Orange County Solid Waste Management Department, on Thursday, February 12th and will be departing from the Link Government Services Center, 200 South Cameron Street, Hillsborough, at 9:30am.

Members (4) of the Orange County Board of Commissioners will be taking a tour of some of the Orange County Schools on Wednesday, February 18th from 12:30-3:30 and will be departing from the OCS Administrative Offices, 200 East King Street, Hillsborough, at 12:30pm.

These special meeting notices are being given because four or more of the Orange County Commissioners may attend these events.

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Agriculture 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 27, 2009

Contact: Dr. Carl Matyac, Extension Agent - N.C. Cooperative Extension, Orange County Center, (919) 245-2050

Fruit Tree Pruning Demonstration

A fruit tree pruning demonstration sponsored by the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. 

Orchard Creek Farm, 4812 Timberwood Trail in Efland will host the session.  Dr. Carl Matyac and Dr. Mike Parker will lead the workshop with pruning demonstrations on Apple trees.  Attendees will also learn techniques to control disease and insects.  There will be plenty of time for questions and answers. 

To register or for additional information contact the North Carolina Cooperative Extension - Orange County Center at (919) 245-2050. 

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Agriculture 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 26, 2009

Contact: Fletcher Barber, Jr., County Extension Director, (919) 245-2050

Agricultural Summit

The 11th Annual Orange County Agricultural Summit will be held on Monday, February 9, 2009 starting at 8:30 a.m. until lunch.  The summit will be held at the old Orange Enterprise building, 500 Valley Forge Road in Hillsborough. 

This year the featured speaker will be Steve Troxler, the Commissioner of Agriculture for the State of North Carolina.  In addition, topics of discussion will include, youth in agriculture, farm diversification, government programs that assist farmers in energy conservation and how to enhance farm income with hunting leases. 

Lunch will be served using locally grown agricultural products as part of the $5 registration fee.  Seating is limited, please respond no later than February 5, 2009. 

To register and for additional information contact the North Carolina Cooperative Extension - Orange County Center at (919) 245-2050. 

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Emergency Services 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 24, 2009

Contact: Captain Dinah Jeffries, Orange County Emergency Services Operations Manger, Communications (919) 245-6100

Orange County 9-1-1 Communications Center Relocates

On Tuesday January 27th, the Orange County 9-1-1 Call Center is moving to the new Orange County Emergency Services Building located at 510 Meadowland Dr in Hillsborough.  The new facility, which was funded in large part by federal preparedness grants, will feature new equipment, a larger space and will allow for improved service and future growth.  The new 9-1-1 Center has been in development for several years and Orange County Emergency Services Staff have been preparing and training for the last 90 days to assure that service is provided seamlessly throughout the move.

Those calling 9-1-1 should see no change in service throughout the process.  However, if a caller has any problems connecting to 9-1-1 with an emergency, they should call 919-732-5063 and the request will be handled immediately. 

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Elections 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 12, 2009

Contact: Tracy Reams, Director of Elections (919) 245-2350

Orange County Updates Registered Voters

On January 16, 2009, the Orange County Board of Elections will begin mailing no-contact voter cards and address confirmation cards to registered voters who have had no contact since the last two federal general elections.  The cards are to identify those persons who have moved outside the county, and who may no longer be eligible to vote using their existing voter registration record. 

To ensure an accurate and current voter registrations roll, it is vital that the voter card not be discarded.  Should you receive a card in the name of another who does not reside at the address listed on the card, simply write “not at this address” and return.  No postage is required.  If the non-resident voter card is not returned by the U.S. Post Office, the non-resident will remain an active registered voter at that address.

In accordance with N.C. General Statute 163-82.14, List Maintenance is conducted each year following a federal general election to identify those active registered voters who have had no contact with the county board office since the registration cut-off of the federal general election prior to the last federal general election. 

The Orange County Board of Elections has identified a total of 12,941 voter registrants who have had no such contact.  A non-fowardable voter card will be mailed to the address appearing on the current voter record.  If the card is not returned to the board of elections office, no further action is taken and the registrant remains on the list of active registered voters.  If the voter card is returned as undeliverable by the U.S. Postal Service, the county board shall mail to the voter a forwardable address confirmation notice to the address on the current voter record. 

The forwardable address confirmation card includes a postage paid return card and required a response from the voter.  If the forwardable address confirmation card is returned by the U.S. Postal Service as undeliverable, or the return card is not returned at all within thirty (30) days of the date the card was sent, the registrant will be listed as inactive. 

Inactive voters whose address is not verifiable using the U.S. Postal Service, will remain on the list of registered voters for a period scanning two federal general elections.  If there is no contact from the inactive registrant during the inactive period through two federal elections, the registrant is removed from the list of registered voters as a result of list maintenance.

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Human Rights 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 7, 2009

Contact: James Spivey, Office of Human Rights and Relations (919) 968-2288

Orange County Celebrates Human Relations Month

February is Human Relations Month.  The Orange County Human Relations Commission and the Orange County Office of Human Rights & Relations 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, 100 North Greensboro St. in Carrboro, on Sunday, January 25, 2009 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. 

The theme this year will be “Power of the People: Race and the Environment in Orange County.” 

The Kick-Off will include a performance by the East Baile Latino Group.   

The key speaker will be Mr. Omega R. Wilson, President of the West End Revitalization Association. 

Come and help celebrate Orange County’s diverse cultures.  The event is free and open to the public.

For additional information contact the Orange County Office of Human Rights and Relations, 919-960-3875. 

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