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January / February 2012

 

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BOCC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 23, 2012

Contact: Donna S. Baker, Clerk to the Board-Orange County Board of Commissioners 

(919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125

 

Applicants Needed for Orange County Planning Board - Bingham Township

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County advisory boards and commissions.

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is currently recruiting volunteers for the Orange County Planning Board for individuals residing in the Bingham Township.

 

The Orange County Planning Board is a 12-member board.  This board:

  • Makes studies of Orange County and surrounding areas;
  • Determines objectives to be sought in the development of Orange County;
  • Prepares and recommends plans for achieving these objectives;
  • Develops and recommends to the Board of Commissioners policies, ordinances, administrative procedures and other means for carrying out these plans in a coordinated and efficient manner;
  • Reviews development applications and makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners.
  • Exercises such functions in the administration and enforcement of various means for carrying out plans as may be assigned by this or other ordinances of the County.

The County is always looking for new applicants for the Planning Board; however, the Board of Commissioners is focusing currently on one vacant seat in the Bingham Township.  The Board is especially seeking individuals who are interested in planning and development issues.  General planning knowledge is preferred, but not required. 

If interested, please apply at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards .

 

Select "Orange County Planning Board" under "Boards and Commissions Listing" for additional information or call Donna Baker (919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125.

With over 20 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

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BOCC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 23, 2012

Contact: Donna S. Baker, Clerk to the Board-Orange County Board of Commissioners 

(919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125

 

Applicants Needed for Orange County Representative on OWASA Board

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County advisory boards and commissions.

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is currently recruiting for a volunteer to represent Orange County on the Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) Board of Directors. 

OWASA is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors. The Chapel Hill Town Council appoints five, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen appoints two and the Orange County Board of Commissioners appoints two Board Members. The OWASA Board adopts the annual budget; sets rates, fees and charges based on cost-of-service principles; approves bond issues to fund capital projects; makes policy decisions; and appoints the Executive Director, General Counsel and Independent Auditor.

Additional information on the OWASA can be found on the following website:

http://www.owasa.org.

If interested, please apply online at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards .

 

Select "Orange Water & Sewer Authority Board of Directors" under “Boards and Commissions Listing” for additional information or call Donna Baker (919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125.

With over 20 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

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BOCC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 23, 2012

Contact: Donna S. Baker, Clerk to the Board-Orange County Board of Commissioners 

(919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125

 

Applicants Needed for Orange County Animal Services Advisory Board

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County advisory boards and commissions.

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is currently seeking a volunteer for the Orange County Animal Services Advisory Board, specifically for an individual with professional experience as an animal handler, trainer or technician.

The Animal Services Advisory Board (ASAB) is charged to provide input and advice to the staff of the Animal Services Department.   Animal Services has animals available for adoption, and also partners with area rescue organizations to place as many animals as possible with loving homes.  The department also manages licensing and offers low-cost rabies clinics, spay/neuter programs and other services.

In addition, the department provides Animal Control services to the unincorporated portion of Orange County, Hillsborough, and Chapel Hill.   Responsibilities include enforcing North Carolina General Statutes as well as County laws that apply to animals.

If interested, please apply at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards .

 

Select "Animal Services Advisory Board" under “Boards and Commissions Listing” for additional information or call Donna Baker (919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125.

With over 20 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

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Manager

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 19, 2012

Contact: David Hunt, Orange County Information Specialist, (919) 264-6464

 

Orange County Government Offices on Two Hour Delay Monday

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Based on continued precipitation, predicted overnight temperatures and challenging travel conditions on Monday morning, Orange County Government offices will operate on a two hour delay the morning of Monday, February 20, 2012.  Offices that normally open at 8:00 a.m. are now scheduled to open at 10:00 a.m.  (This does not include the Orange County Court system.)

Recorded updates on operating hours will be provided on the main Orange County phone number at (919) 732-8181. 

Drivers are urged to use extreme caution when traveling on snow and ice.  Allow extra travel time on Monday morning. 

As always, emergency services are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

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BOCC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 16, 2012

Contact: Donna S. Baker, Clerk to the Board-Orange County Board of Commissioners 

(919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125

 

Applicants Needed for Orange County Board of Equalization and Review

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County advisory boards and commissions.

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is currently recruiting for the Orange County Board of Equalization and Review. This board hears appeals from citizens who are protesting assessed property values.  The Board of Equalization and Review is charged with ensuring that all taxable property is 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.

Interested Orange County citizens with knowledge of real estate are encouraged to apply.  Other interested citizens will also be given consideration.  If interested, please apply at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards .

 

Select "Equalization and Review Board" under "Boards and Commissions Listing" for additional information or call Donna Baker (919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125.

With over 20 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

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Agriculture

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 16, 2012

Contact: Carl Matyac, Orange County Cooperative Extension Director, 919-245-2051

 

Pesticide Applicator Workshop for Growers and Landscapers

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – Orange County Cooperative Extension will host a Pesticide Applicator Workshop for Growers, Landscapers, Dealers, Bilingual Supervisors on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 in the Orange County Extension Office at 306 Revere Road in Hillsborough.  The session will start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. and will prepare agricultural professionals to use the Pesticides and Farmworker Health Toolkit.  

The workshop will offer 3 hours of pesticide applicator credit for the following categories:  Private Specialty Training (X), Dealers (D), Regulatory (I), Ornamental/Turf (L), Ag Pest Plant (O), and Demonstration and Research (N).  NC Cooperative Extension and the NC Farm Bureau Safety Team are excited to collaborate on this workshop.

The Pesticides and Farmworker Health Toolkit is a pesticide education resource for EPA-approved Worker Protection Standard (WPS) training of Spanish-speaking farmworkers.  It was developed by Extension specialists Dr. Greg Cope, Dr. Catherine LePrevost, and Julia Storm in the NC State University Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology with funding from NCDA’s Pesticide Environmental Trust Fund.  Toolkits are available in Spanish and English for 11 hand labor-intensive North Carolina crops, including apples, bell peppers, blueberries, Christmas trees, cucumbers, grapes, landscape/turf, strawberries, sweet potatoes, tobacco, and tomatoes.  The Toolkit features a colorful, illustrated flipchart with leaders guide, a one-page handout with essential safety messages, and interactive learning activities including jug-labeling and symptom charades.  A bilingual poster is also available for purchase.

Registration for this workshop is required and space is limited. Call Orange County Extension at 919-245-2050 to reserve your space.  A breakfast meal will be sponsored by County Farm Bureaus. 

 

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Agriculture

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 16, 2012

Contact: Carl Matyac, Orange County Cooperative Extension Director, 919-245-2051

 

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – Orange County Cooperative Extension will host a Peach and Apple Tree Pruning Workshop on Saturday, February 25, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The workshop and demonstration will be held at Orchard Creek Farm, 4812 Timberwood Trail in Efland, NC.

Dr. Michael Parker, NCSU Extension Specialist, will provide a hands-on demonstration on pruning established peach and apple trees and explain how to train young trees.  The workshop will also cover common insect and disease control options.

For additional information, contact Sandra Beal at 919-563-3643.

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Human Relations

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 9, 2012

Contact: James Spivey, Civil Rights Specialist, (919) 245-2488

 

Pauli Murray Human Relations Award Ceremony

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – The Orange County Human Relations Commission will host the Pauli Murray Human Relations Awards Ceremony on Sunday, February 26, 2012. The event will be held in the Central Orange Senior Center Ballroom at 103 Meadowlands Drive, Hillsborough, NC from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

The Pauli Murray Award is presented annually by the 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 residents.

This year’s ceremony will include musical entertainment, poetic recitals by the Sacrificial Poets, the winners of the Human Rights Student Essay Contest reading their winning essays and the recipients of the Pauli Murray Human Relations Award being recognized.

The public is encouraged to attend this community event.  A reception will follow the ceremony.

If you have any questions, please call (919) 245-2487 for more information.

 

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Economic Development

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 27, 2012

Contact: Steve Brantley, Orange County Economic Development Director  

(919) 245-2130

 

Orange County Economic Development Unveils New Website

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – Orange County Economic Development has launched its redesigned website (www.GrowInOrangeNC.com), offering a glimpse into the County’s renewed focus on economic development.   The new website is part of an overall strategic effort by the Economic Development Department to increase awareness of Orange County as a business location and provide the key types of information needed by businesses and site selection firms that are looking to expand or locate a business. 

The website provides up to date information on the  County’s three Economic Development Districts that have been targeted for commercial and industrial growth, highlighting opportunities in these areas.  The redesign also provides tools to allow users to search for available buildings and sites as well as current demographic data including labor force, wages, training availability, and information on Orange County’s quality of place.  With workforce skills and location being prime factors in the business site search process, the website showcases Orange County’s enviable position along major transportation corridors, and its proximity to several renowned research universities.  Prospective business investors can easily identify Orange County’s core positioning within the Research Triangle Region and the Research Triangle Park. 


While www.GrowInOrangeNC.com officially launched this week, the site will continue to grow and evolve.  Future developments will include an interactive property search feature, videos showcasing local businesses, and highlighting those economic development activities that will be funded by the Quarter Cent Sales Tax recently approved by voters.


Commenting on the launch, Steve Brantley, Economic Development Director for Orange County, summarized the importance of web presence in economic development -  “Today’s business site selection process is more competitive than ever.  The search increasingly begins on the Internet and includes much more than just looking at available properties – those involved in today’s business site searches are looking for a glimpse into the community - from demographics and work force availability to educational and cultural opportunities in the area.   This website was developed to showcase the assets Orange County can offer as a prime business location.” 

 

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BOCC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 26, 2012

Contact: Donna S. Baker, Clerk to the Board-Orange County Board of Commissioners 

(919) 245-2130

 

Pelissier Receives Public-Private Partnership Award

CHAPEL HILL, NC – Bernadette Pelissier, Chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners was recognized by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. 

Pelissier received the “The 2011 Chair’s Award for Public-Private Partnership” at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting. 

Marc Pons, past Chair of the Chamber, commented on the reasons for the award:

“Since her election to the Orange County Board of Commissioners, Chairwoman Pelissier has prioritized economic development and reached out to the Chamber and treated us as an important partner.  We appreciate how she worked to earn the Chamber’s support for the ¼ cent sales tax, listening to our concerns and helping adjust the proposal in a way we thought best served the needs of our business community.  Commissioner Pelissier reaches out when she has questions and invites Chamber feedback and partnership.” 

 

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BOCC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 26, 2012

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

 

BOCC Volunteer Appointments

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – On January 24, 2012 the Orange County Board of Commissioners appointed the following citizen volunteers to County advisory boards and commissions:

             

Volunteer Name                              Board Name

 

Mrs. Andrea Riley                     Orange County Arts commission

Ms. Jane Cousins                     Orange County Emergency Services Work Group

Ms. Mary Parrish                       Orange County Emergency Services Work Group

Ms. Ashley Tittemore                 Human Relations Commission

Dr. Mary Ann Peter                    Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee

 

Congratulations!  The Board of Commissioners appreciates your willingness to serve your community.

With over 30 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County. 

For additional volunteer opportunities check online at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards or call Donna Baker (919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125.

 

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BOCC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 26, 2012

Contact: Donna S. Baker, Clerk to the Board-Orange County Board of Commissioners 

(919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125

 

Orange County Seeking Applicants for Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County advisory boards and commissions.

Orange County is currently seeking applicants to serve on the Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee. 

This 12-member committee works to maintain the intent of the Adult Care Home Residents' Bill of Rights for those residing in licensed adult care homes. The members of this committee also promote community involvement and cooperation with these homes to ensure quality care for the elderly and disabled adults. Members are appointed by the Board of Commissioners to at-large positions. There is an initial one-year training term with subsequent eligibility for three additional two-year terms.

If interested, please apply online at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards/apply.asp

 

For additional information select “Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee” under "Boards and Commissions Listing" or call Donna Baker (919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125.

With over 30 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

 

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Human Rights

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 25, 2012

Contact: Tara Fikes, Orange County Housing, Human rights and Community Development Director, 919-245-2492

 

Orange County Commissioners Oppose North Carolina Constitutional Amendment Defining Marriage

HILLSBOROUGH, NC -- The Orange County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 opposing a North Carolina constitutional amendment to appear on the May 8, 2012 ballot. 

The ballot will offer voters the option to vote “for” or “against” a “Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State."

The full text of the BOCC resolution is printed below.

 

ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

A RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION TO AMENDMENT #1 THAT WILL APPEAR ON THE MAY 8, 2012 NORTH CAROLINA STATE PRIMARY BALLOT

 

 

WHEREAS, Amendment #1 will appear on the May 8, 2012 primary ballot asking voters to decide for or against a North Carolina constitutional amendment that provides that “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State”; and

WHEREAS, Orange County adopted social justice goals of which one goal is to foster a community culture that rejects oppression and inequity, thus the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race or color, religion or philosophical beliefs; sex, gender or sexual orientation; national origin or ethnic background; age, military services; disability; and familial, residential, or economic status; and

WHEREAS, Orange County along with its local municipalities has adopted the Orange County Civil Rights Ordinance with the purpose and policy to promote the equal treatment of all individuals; prohibits discrimination in Orange County based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, familial status, and veteran status; to protect residents’ lawful interests and their personal dignity so as to make available to the County their full productive and creative capacities, and to prevent public and domestic strife, crime, and unrest within Orange County; and

WHEREAS, Amendment #1, if approved by the voters, would prohibit marriage between people of the same gender, and further prohibit the recognition of any other form of domestic legal union; and

WHEREAS, Amendment #1, if approved by the voters, would be inconsistent with Orange County’s commitment to equal rights and opportunities for its residents and employees and would impact the County’s and its local municipalities’ domestic partner registry and benefits;

NOW, THEREFORE IT RESOLVED, that the Orange County Board of County Commissioners re-affirms its commitment to social justice, equal rights and equal opportunity for all residents of Orange County.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Orange County Board of County Commissioners opposes the proposed Amendment #1 that will appear on the May 8, 2012 North Carolina primary ballot.

This the 24h day of January, 2012.

 

 

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Bernadette Pelissier, Chair

Orange County Board of Commissioners

 

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Tax

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 25, 2012

Contact: Jenkins Crayton, Orange County Tax Administrator, 919-245-2735

 

Orange County Extends Tax Listing Deadline

HILLSBOROUGH, NC -- The Board of County Commissioners for Orange County voted to extend the property tax listing deadline for 2012.  The listing deadline is usually the last day of January.  Due to a delay in mailing notifications, the deadline has been extended 30 days.   

The deadline for Orange County property owners for listing property for taxation in 2012 has been extended until February 29, 2012. 

 

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Agriculture

 

(Released by the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau) 

Release Date: January 23, 2012

Contact: Michael Lanier, Agricultural Economic Development Agent, 919-245-2063

 

Orange County Agricultural Summit - February 13, 2012

HILLSBOROUGH, NC -- Agriculture makes a major contribution to the well-being of Orange County residents, both those living within, and outside the county. In addition to direct contributions to the local economy in the form of product sale receipts and expenditures on farm services and inputs, along with employment on farms and farm support businesses, farmers also make significant contributions as stewards of the remaining amounts of undeveloped land (often called "open-space") in the county. Their stewardship protects the county's soil and water resources, recharges groundwater and abates storm water runoff, connects wildlife habitat, and safeguards the scenic and historic vistas that have defined Orange County's character.

"It is in the county's best interest to safeguard, promote and maintain the local agricultural industry and protect farmland," says Board of Orange County Commissioners, Chair, Bernadette Pelissier.  "Enabling farmers who want to continue to farm is a cost effective way of maintaining the quality of life of everyone in Orange County."

To better understand key issues affecting the local agricultural industry, Orange County sponsors an annual Agricultural Summit to address geography, economic trends, and regulations governing farming.

"It is critical for all of us in Orange County to understand the values and concerns of the farmers themselves and this annual Summit helps all of us accomplish this," says Pelissier.

The Annual Orange County Agricultural Summit will be held Monday, February 13, 2012 at the Big Barn Convention Center in the Daniel Boone Village at 388 Ja-Max Drive off S. Churton Street in Hillsborough.  The day-long event is 8 am - 4:30 pm, including afternoon tours. Residents throughout the region are encouraged to attend.

Speakers include NC 4th District US Congressman David Price discussing the Farm Bill and other agricultural issues, local farmers, and experts in farm diversification, soil, water as well as apicultural experts.  Also on hand will be Orange County planning and economic development staff who will address new rules for farm enterprises in Orange County.


Additionally, Jack Tapp of Busy Bee Apiaries will speak about his fruit flavored creamed honey business, Vintage Bee Honey, and how it got to where it is today.

Afternoon tours include the new Piedmont Food and Agricultural Processing Center in Hillsborough and Walters Unlimited@ Carls-Beth Farm in Efland.

The summit fee is $10, which includes a catered lunch by Bob Compton.  On-site registration at the Big Barn will take place from 8:00 am – 8:30 am.  Bernadette Pelissier will welcome the group at 8:30 am, with the first session beginning at 8:40 am. 

To register for the summit, contact the Orange County Cooperative Extension office at (919) 245-2050.  For additional information, including the agenda and driving directions, visit http://orange.ces.ncsu.edu/ or http://www.orangecountyfarms.org/ .

 

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Agriculture

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 20, 2012

Contact: Carl Matyac, Orange County Cooperative Extension Director, 919-245-2051

 

Blueberry Pruning Workshop

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – Orange County Cooperative Extension will host a Blueberry Pruning Workshop on Saturday, January 28, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  The workshop and demonstration will be held at Hawk Hill Berry Farm, 3009 Hawk Hill Road, Mebane, NC. 

Bill Cline, NCSU Extension Specialist, will provide a hands-on demonstration on pruning mature blueberry plants and also explain how to train young plants.  The workshop will also cover common insect and disease control options. 

For additional information, contact Barbara S. Lee, 919-563-2322.   

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Child Support

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 17, 2012

Contact: Janet Sparks, Orange County Child Support, 919-245-2178

 

Orange County Child Support Offices Relocating

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – Over the weekend of January 28, 2012, Orange County Child Support Services will relocate services. 

The Child Support office on North Churton Street in downtown Hillsborough will close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27.  Child Support Services will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 1 at the new location in the Orange County West Campus Office.  The office building is located at 131 West Margaret Lane between the library and the parking deck in Hillsborough.  Child Support offices will be in the lower level of the building. 

Orange County Child Support strives to strengthen the family potential for economic independence and self-sufficiency.  Primary services included locating non-custodial parents, establishing paternity for children born outside of marriage and establishing and enforcing child support orders. 

The move is part of Orange County Government’s continued plan to consolidate services into Orange County owned facilities. 

As with several facilities in the general location, free public parking is available for government services visitors in spaces 40 – 80 of the ground level of the parking deck.

 

For additional information, contact Janet Sparks, 919-245-2178.   

 

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BOCC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 17, 2012

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

 

BOCC Meeting Notice

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute, the Board of County Commissioners provides notice of the following event.  A majority of the Orange County Commissioners may attend this event making the event subject to open meetings laws.

Members of the Orange County Board of Commissioners, along with other elected officials, have been invited by Judge Joe Buckner to attend a tour of the Hillsborough Courthouse.  The tour will be held on Monday, January 23, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. starting at the District Court Judge’s office at the Orange County Courthouse, 106 East Margaret Lane in Hillsborough. 

It is possible a quorum of the members of the Orange County Board of Commissioners may be present at this event.

 

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BOCC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 9, 2012

Contact:   David Hunt , Orange County Information Specialist, 919-245-2126

 

MLK Holiday Schedule for Orange County

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Orange County Government offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2012 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. 

Orange Public Transportation will operate the dialysis route from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Other Orange Public Transportation Services will observe the holiday. 

Little River Regional Park will be open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 16.   

As always emergency services are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. 

 

Schedule for Orange County Solid Waste Management

There will be no change in curbside recycling on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  If your recycling day falls on Monday, January 16, please have your bins to the curb as usual by 7:00 a.m. or bring them out the night before to ensure collection. 

The Orange County Landfill on Eubanks Road will be CLOSED on Monday, January 16.  All associated services such as the hazardous household waste collection facility and mulch sales will also be CLOSED.  Normal hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, January 17.

Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be CLOSED on Monday, January 16. Normal hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, January 17.

The Solid Waste Management Department Administrative office will be CLOSED on Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Normal hours of operation will resume on Tuesday January 17, 2012.

 

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Human Relations

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 5, 2012

Contact:   James Spivey, Orange County Housing, Human Rights and Community Development, 919-245-2488

 

Human Relations Forum 2012

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – The Orange County Human Relations Commission invites the public to the Human Relations Month Forum 2012 on Sunday, January 29, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The forum will be held at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 North Greensboro Street in Carrboro, NC. 

The theme for 2012 will be, “Defining Marriage in North Carolina by Constitutional Amendment: What are the Implications?”

Panelists for the forum include the following:  

 

     Stuart Campbell, Executive Director, Equality North Carolina

     Maxine Eichner, Reef C. Ivey II Professor of Law at the UNC-CH School of Law  

     Brett Webb-Mitchell, an Ordained Minister (Presbyterian Church, USA), and Visiting Associate Professor, English and Mass Communication, North Carolina Central University

The moderator for the panel discussion will be Milan Pham, Attorney with NicholsonPham Attorneys at Law. 

Entertainment will be provided by The Moaners from 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Refreshments will be provided.  For more information, call (919) 245-2487.

 

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BOCC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 5, 2012

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

 

Orange County Announces Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – On December 13, 2011 the Orange County Board of Commissioners appointed the following citizen volunteers to County advisory boards and commissions:

Volunteer Name                               Board Name

Ms. Judy Miller                 Animal Services Advisory Board
Dr. Lynn White                 Animal Services Advisory Board


Mr. Corey Davis               Orange County Board of Health


Dr. May Becker               Commission for the Environment
Mr. Jan Sassaman            Commission for the Environment
Mr. Gary Saunders           Commission for the Environment
Mr. Peter Cada                Commission for the Environment
Mr. David Welch              Commission for the Environment


Dr. Robert Ireland            Historic Preservation Commission


Dr. Tracey Yap                Orange County Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee

 

Congratulations!  The Board of Commissioners appreciates your willingness to serve your community.

With over 30 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County. 

For additional volunteer opportunities check online at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards or call Donna Baker (919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125.

 

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