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


Contact: Donna Baker
Clerk to the Board
(919) 245-2130
Fax: (919) 644-0246
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July/August 2004

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Recycle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 26, 2004

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

Solid Waste Services Schedule for Labor Day

Orange County Landfill Closed Labor Day, Curbside Recycling will Continue

The Orange County Landfill will be closed Monday September 6th in honor of Labor Day.  All services at the landfill, including Mulch Sales and Electronics recycling collections will also be closed.  The landfill and all other services will resume normal hours of operation on Tuesday September 7th.

Curbside recycling will be collected as normally scheduled on Labor Day. If your recycling day falls on Monday, September 6th be sure to have your bin to the curb by 7:00am that day or put it out the night before.

The Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be closed Monday September 6th and will resume normal hours of operation on Tuesday September 7th.

Questions?  Contact the Orange County Solid Waste Management Department (919) 968-2788 or email recycling@co.orange.nc.us.

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Finance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 27, 2004

Contact: Ken Chavious 
Orange County Finance Director
(919)
245-2453

Bonds Sold - County Saves $1.7 Million

On Tuesday, July 20, 2004 at the Office of the State Treasurer, State and Local Government Finance Division, $25.14 million general obligation bonds of the County of Orange were sold. 

The bond sale followed receipt and evaluation of bids submitted through the use of the electronic bidding process and sealed bids for their purchase.  The State Treasurer’s office received 8 bids, which is considered very competitive, and awarded $20.94 million in Public Improvement Bonds to Wachovia Bank, National Association at a net interest cost of 4.30%.  In addition, the Treasurer awarded $4.20 Million in Public Improvement Bonds to BB&T Capital Markets at a net interest cost of 4.28%.  Because of the County’s near excellent credit rating and good financial condition, both interest rates were well below the market rate of 4.85%, which resulted in significant savings for the County.

The Treasurer has estimated savings on these issues to be approximately $1.7 million.

The bonds will be used by the County in accordance with the purposes authorized to include:   $7.6 million for Schools, $10.8 for parks recreation and open space, $1.3 million for affordable housing, $1.2 million for the Efland Sewer Project and $4.2 million for County buildings which includes $300,000 for the Lands Legacy program.

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Recycle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 13, 2004

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

Recycling Drop-off Site in Hillsborough Closed

Effective Thursday, July 15, 2004, at the request of the owner of Hillsborough Commons on South Churton Street in Hillsborough, Orange Community Recycling will remove the recycling drop-off site in front of the former Wal-Mart store. 

Solid Waste Management Director Gayle Wilson said, "Orange County is grateful to the owners of Hillsborough Commons, Tricor Properties for their generous support and for use of the site for many years at no cost to the County.  It was a popular recycling location, handling over 400 tons of recyclables annually resulting in savings of over $20,000 per year in tipping fees at the landfill. We look forward to the future opening of the new site at Hampton Pointe this fall to better serve the citizens of Orange County.”

A new recycling site will be located near the new Wal-Mart at Hampton Pointe in Hillsborough and should be operational by the end of October 2004.  Notification will go out as soon as the site is operational. 

In the interim, citizens are urged to take their recycling to any other 24-Hour Recycling Drop-off Site, located at:

§         Carrboro Plaza, behind the ABC store, Carrboro

§         Cedar Falls Park, off of Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill

§         Meadowmont, behind the Harris Teeter, Chapel Hill

§         Municipal Drive, past the Orange County Animal Shelter, Chapel Hill

§         University Mall, Estes Drive, behind Texaco Station, Chapel Hill

or to one of Orange County's staffed Solid Waste Convenience Centers.  Locations are:

§         Bradshaw Quarry Road

§         Eubanks Road

§         Highway 57

§         Ferguson Road

§         High Rock Road

§         Walnut Grove Church Road

The Convenience Centers are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7am to noon and 1pm to 7pm. Closed Wednesday, open Saturday from 7am to 5pm and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. In addition to paper, glass, can and plastic bottle recycling, the Convenience Centers also offer motor oil, oil filter, antifreeze and battery recycling and household waste drop-off for county residents.

For a map of locations, visit http://www.co.orange.nc.us/recycling/centers

Citizens are urged not to leave recyclable materials at the old Wal-Mart site.  The materials will not be recycled and would be considered illegally dumped or litter. 

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Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 12, 2004

Contact: 
Brenda Stephens
(919)
245-2528

Carrboro Cybrary Celebration

The Orange County Board of Commissioners and the Carrboro Board of Aldermen will host a “Celebration” of the Carrboro Cybrary on Thursday, July 15, 2004, 11:00am, at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro Street, in Carrboro, NC.

The Carrboro Cybrary is scheduled to open in August 2004 and will primarily offer Internet access to NCLIVE resources and other World Wide Web based resources.  With a focus in technology, this branch of the Orange County Public Library will complement the existing resources currently available in southern Orange County.  

“We are extremely excited about this opportunity to greater serve the citizens of Orange County,” said Brenda Stephens, Orange County Library Director.  “Everyone has worked so hard to bring this resource to fruition and we look forward to addressing the needs of the community,” said Stephens.

The hours of operation beginning in August are Monday – Friday (9am to 3pm); and Saturday (10am to 2pm).

For additional information, please contact Brenda Stephens at (919) 245-2528.

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Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 12, 2004

Contact: 
Orange County Board of Elections
(919)
245-2350

Election Night Results On-Line

 www.co.orange.nc.us

Orange County residents need only go as far as their Internet connection for access to up-to-the-minute results of the July 20th Primary Election.

Orange County elections officials are once again using the World Wide Web to post elections results, which will be available in real time at the County’s web site by simply clicking on “What’s New” from the County’s home page www.co.orange.nc.us.

Results of absentee ballots, one stop and "no excuse" ballots, will be available as soon as the polls close at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday night. 

Election returns posted on the County’s Internet site are unofficial. Official returns will be available from the Board of Elections on Tuesday, July 27th.

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Recycle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 9, 2004

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

Recycle Old Telephone Books as New Ones are Delivered

New telephone books will be distributed across much of Orange County during the month of July. 

Orange County Solid Waste Management reminds residents that old telephone directories may be recycled with newspapers in curbside collections, at apartment complexes, 24-hour Drop-Off Sites and Solid Waste Convenience Centers located throughout the county.  Old phone books are recycled along with the newspaper to make new newsprint or other paper products.

If every household in Orange County recycled its phone book, about 60 tons of paper would be recovered.

Questions?  Contact the Orange County Solid Waste Management Department (919) 968-2788 or email recycling@co.orange.nc.us.

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Recreation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 6, 2004

Contact: Lori Taft
Orange County Recreation and Parks
(919)
245-2660

West Ten Soccer Complex Public Input Session

Orange County will hold a public input session on the design of the West Ten Soccer Complex near Buckhorn Road.  The session will be held on Wednesday, July 21, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. in the F. Gordon Battle Courtroom at 106 East Margaret Lane in Hillsborough.

The Design firm of Corley Redfoot Zack will present a brief overview of the existing property and the pre-concept plan.  The public will have the opportunity to offer design suggestions.

County Staff and representatives from Corley Redfoot Zack will collect public input for consideration in the final site plan to be presented to the Board of County Commissioners in August. 

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