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BOCC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: August 30, 2012

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

BOCC Special Meeting Notice

 

ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

FOR

September 4, 2012

 

The Orange County Board of Commissioners has been invited to attend, on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, two Southern Human Services Center Master Plan Information Meetings:

3:30-5:30pm at the Seymour Senior Center at 2551 Homestead Road and 7:00-9:00pm at the  Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, in Chapel Hill, N.C.

This special meeting notice is being given because four or more of the Orange County Board of Commissioners may attend one or both of these events.

 

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Transportation

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: August 27, 2012

Contact: Darcy Zorio, Orange County Transportation Planner, (919) 245-2582 or

Andy Henry, DCHC MPO Staff, (919)560-4366, EXT. 36419 

 

Public Comment Period on Future Transportation Projects

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Orange County is a part of the the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO). The MPO is inviting all citizens to review and comment on several alternatives for their future transportation infrastructure.  The DCHC MPO programs state and federal transportation projects in our region.  The MPO is reviewing different alternatives for meeting future transportation needs and inviting citizens to participate.  The public comment period will run through Wednesday, October 10, 2012.

There are several options for citizens to participate, including:

 

  • The DCHC MPO Website www.dchcmpo.org  provides:
    • A description and presentation (tables and maps) of the alternatives – See “Alternatives Analysis”
    • An email link for making comments

 

  • A Public Hearing where citizens can provide feedback to local elected officials on the Technical Advisory Committee of the DCHC MPO:
    • Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at 9:00AM in the Committee Room (2nd Floor of Durham City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza).  Persons with disabilities will be accommodated -- provisions must be requested at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

 

  • Public Workshops where citizens can learn about the Plan and ask MPO staff questions:
    • Hillsborough -- 9/13, The Town Barn, 4-7 PM;
    • Durham -- 9/18, Durham Station Transportation Center, 4-7PM
    • Chapel Hill -- 9/20, Chapel Hill Town Hall, 4-7PM.
  • Regularly scheduled meetings of elected officials where the MPO will present the Alternatives:
    • Chapel Hill Town Council – 9/24 or 10/8, Town Hall Council Chamber, 7PM
    • Orange County Commissioners -- 10/02, Department of Social Services 7PM;
    • Carrboro Board of Aldermen – 9/11(Work Session) and 10/2 (Regular Public Meeting), Carrboro Town Hall, 7:30PM
    • Hillsborough Town Board – 9/24 (Work Session), The Town Barn, 7PM

 

Comments and questions should be directed to the MPO should be sent to:

               Andy Henry, City of Durham, Transportation Department

               101 City Hall Plaza

               Durham, NC  27701

               E-mail:  andrew.henry@durhamnc.gov    Phone:  (919) 560-4366, ext. 36419

Comments and questions specific to Orange County should be sent to:

              Darcy Zorio, Orange County Transportation Planner

              131 W. Margaret Lane

              Hillsborough, NC

              Email: dzorio@orangecountync.gov Phone: (919) 245-2582

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Solid Waste

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: August 24, 2012

Contact: Blair Pollock, Orange County Solid Waste Department, (919) 968-2788  

 

Improvements Scheduled for Walnut Grove Convenience Center, Limited Services Begin September 21

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – On August 21, 2012, the Orange County Board of Commissioners approved construction improvements for the Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Center at Walnut Grove Church Road and Highway 86 North.  The construction will temporarily reduce services at this site.

Beginning September 21, 2012 and continuing for four to six months, services at this convenience center will be limited to disposal of bagged household garbage and recycling of motor oil, antifreeze and batteries only. 

The four other solid waste convenience centers will continue to offer disposal services for bulky items, electronics, yard waste (not at Bradshaw Quarry Rd. site), white goods, tires, scrap metal, clean wood and construction waste as well as recycling of paper, cans, bottles, cartons, clean foil, rigid plastics #2, #4 and #5 and corrugated cardboard. The operating schedule for those centers is provided in the following chart.

 

Location

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

6705 Bradshaw Quarry Rd.  

NO YARD WASTE HERE

CLOSED

7am-6pm

CLOSED

CLOSED

7am-6pm

7am-5pm

1pm-6pm

1616 Ferguson Rd.

CLOSED

7am-6pm

CLOSED

CLOSED

7am-6pm

7am-5pm

1pm-6pm

7001 High Rock Rd.

CLOSED

7am-6pm

CLOSED

CLOSED

7am-6pm

7am-5pm

1pm-6pm

1514 Eubanks Rd.

7am-6pm

7am-6pm

CLOSED

CLOSED

7am-6pm

7am-5pm

1pm-6pm

3605 Walnut Grove Church Rd.

7am-6pm

7am-6pm

CLOSED

CLOSED

7am-6pm

7am-5pm

1pm-6pm

 

Twenty-four hour drop-off sites for recycling only of mixed paper, magazines, newspaper, plastic bottles, glass bottles, aluminum & steel cans, aerosol cans, clean foil, cartons and cardboard are located at:

  • Hampton Pointe, behind Home Depot in Hillsborough  and
  • Cedar Grove Park, four miles north of the Walnut Grove Convenience Center on Highway 86 North.  (This recycling site is temporary and will be available only during the Walnut Grove Center construction.) 

 

Planned Improvements at the Walnut Grove center include:

  • Paved surfaces to reduce dust, mud and control storm water runoff,
  • Compactors for bagged household waste with low loading height for easier disposal of wastes,
  • Improved entrance and exit,
  • Hazardous household waste collection center for paint, pesticides, chemicals, fluorescent bulbs and other toxic or hazardous materials from households only,
  • Large compactor at a lower level for easier, more efficient and safer disposal of bulky items and home renovation wastes,
  • Food waste and waste vegetable oil (grease) recovery bins,
  • Separate routing for large County collection trucks,
  • Cardboard compactor to make loading easier and hauling more efficient,
  • Plastic bag and film collection,
  • Textiles (clothing and shoes).

 

Orange County is making these changes to improve efficiency and safety of collection as well as expand recycling opportunities for County residents.

The Walnut Grove site was the first site chosen because the County owns the property.  The site changes provide improved services for recycling and waste collection within reach of the northern County residents.  The overall plan concept the Board of Commissioners adopted in 2010 includes two larger district Centers and three neighborhood centers. Improvements to the remaining convenience centers will take place in phases over the next several years.

Call the  Solid Waste office at 919 968-2788 or see the Orange County Solid Waste web page for convenience center maps and more detailed information.    http://www.orangecountync.gov/recycling/centers.asp

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Manager

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: August 22, 2012

Contact: Frank Clifton, Orange County Manager, (919) 245-2300  

 

Orange County Names New Public Affairs Officer

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Orange County Government is pleased to announce Ms. Carla Banks will join Orange County as its Public Affairs Officer. She will officially start on September 17, 2012, and report directly to County Manager, Frank Clifton.

"I am enthusiastic about this new administrative position and the positive impact it will have on our residents. We now have someone with the expertise to effectively manage public relations and share vital information about the County’s day-to-day operations,” said Clifton.

As the Public Affairs Officer, Banks will be responsible for informing and educating the public about Orange County Government programs, services and activities. In addition to news releases and collateral materials, Banks will include social media and video production as part of the tools used to disseminate information. During emergencies, such as a crisis or natural disaster, the Public Affairs Office will be the source for rapid and accurate news updates, outlining the County's response with emphasis placed on public safety.

Banks says she looks forward to moving to the community and being part of the Orange County team. "This job is an ideal match for my background, knowledge and skills. I welcome the challenge of creating a multi-faceted communications program aimed at engaging the public in their County government,” added Banks.

For the past 6.5 years, Banks served as the Manager of Communications for the City of Kissimmee, Florida. Prior to joining the public sector, she worked as a news anchor/reporter for TV stations in Missouri, Georgia and Florida.

Banks’ educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications and a Master’s degree in Public Relations Management & Administration from Mountain State University in Beckley, West Virginia.

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(photo linked below)

 

http://www.co.orange.nc.us/OCCLERKS/temp37/CarlaBanks.jpg

 


 

DEAPR

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: August 22, 2012

Contact: Rich Shaw, Orange County Land Conservation Manager, (919) 245-2514 or Beth Young, DEAPR Communications Manager, (919) 245-2518 

 

Orange County Announces Photography Contest Winners

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Orange County Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation (DEAPR) recently announced the winners of its inaugural nature photography contest. The contest was co-sponsored by the Orange County Commission for the Environment, Orange County Parks and Recreation Council, and Orange County Cooperative Extension. The goal of the contest was to inspire exploration, celebration and appreciation of Orange County’s diverse landscapes and outdoor experiences.

“The Nature of Orange” Photography Contest challenged photographers to capture the beauty of Orange County’s wildlife, waterways, natural resources, and people connecting with their environment. Three judges comprised of professional photographers chose first, second and third place winners from both the youth and the adult divisions from over 50 entries.  Winners received a certificate, small monetary award, and recognition of their accomplishment by the Orange County Board of Commissioners.

Prizes were awarded as follows:


First Place Adult - Richard Robinson of Hillsborough for “Fews Ford,” showing Hayden Poe playing in the Eno River at Fews Ford.  According to one judge this photo “captures this photo contest, to celebrate Orange County…the little boy exudes pure joy in being in this space.”


Second Place Adult - Lisa Tate of Efland for “Early Morn Swing.”   Lisa’s describes the photograph as “The sun is rising on a cold January morning. Fog slowly gives way to sun as the farm awakens to another busy day.”


Third Place Adult - Steve Cook of Chapel Hill for “Yard Critter.” Steve captured this dragonfly that was “clinging to a stick in our backyard & managed to sit still long enough to take this photo.”


First Place Youth - Kirby Lau of Hillsborough for “Butterfly Blues.”  Kirby explained that “Butterfly Blues features a dusty brown butterfly with striking blue eyes resting on a weed in my yard.”


Second Place Youth - Delaney Morley of Chapel Hill  for “My Home Road.” Delaney described her photograph as “a beautiful road leading to my wonderful house.”


Third Place Youth - Kirby Lau of Hillsborough for “My Paintbrush,” which shows Kirby’s hand holding a dandelion up against the sky. According to Kirby her inspiration came from the “perfect lighting and the summery air.”


About the sponsor
The Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation (DEAPR) works to conserve and manage the natural and cultural resources of Orange County. Included within this “green infrastructure” are natural areas and nature preserves, open spaces, parks and recreation facilities, water resources, and agricultural and cultural resource lands. Consistent with the strong environmental ethic of the community, DEAPR also strives to bring environmental education, recreation, athletics and other programs to residents of the County - with a goal of promoting cultural, physical and natural stewardship and wellbeing.

Winning photographs, along with a selection of honorable mention photos, will be on display:

  • August 20 – September 10, 2012: Orange County Public Library, 137 W. Margaret Ln., Hillsborough, NC
  • September 11 – October 10, 2012: John Link Government Services Center, 200 S. Cameron St., Hillsborough, NC
  • October 11 – November 10, 2012: Orange County Visitor’s Center, 501 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC

To view the photographs, visit the Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation website linked below. 

http://orangecountync.gov/deapr/photographycontestwinners.asp

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Asset Management

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: August 17, 2012

Contact: Jeff Thompson, Orange County Asset Management Services, (919) 245-2658 

 

Orange County Government Southern Campus Master Plan Information Meetings

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – A set of Public Information Meetings has been scheduled for September 4, 2012, to present a draft Concept Plan for future development of the Southern Orange County Government Services Campus on Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

In an effort to prepare for the public service needs of future residents in the southern portion of the county, Orange County has initiated development of a long range master plan for this campus.  Located at 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill, the campus site is the current location for the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center and the Southern Human Services Center. 

 

The County is hosting two Public Information Meetings on Tuesday, September 4 to provide the public with an opportunity to review a conceptual plan for the campus.  An afternoon meeting will be held at the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center at 2551 Homestead Road from 3:30pm – 5:30pm, with a scheduled presentation at 4:00pm.  The evening meeting will be held at the Southern Human Services Center at 2501 Homestead Road from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, with a scheduled presentation at 7:30pm.

The objective of the master plan effort is to develop a general, long-range site plan for the campus that outlines additional locations for development of government services facilities.  The campus site offers opportunities for centralized, convenient, accessible, and co-located government facilities within one campus that is served by public transportation. 

The County’s goal is to adopt a master plan in 2012 that will provide a development framework for future government service developments on the campus.

For more information about the Southern Orange Government Services Campus Master Plan, please contact Jeff Thompson (919) 245-2658.

 

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Elections

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: August 14, 2012

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

 

Orange County Board of Elections to Open Five One-Stop Early Voting Sites

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Orange County residents who wish to vote early for the November 6, 2012 Election may choose one of five sites: Board of Elections Office, Carrboro Town Hall, Mt. Zion AME Church Fellowship Bldg., Rams Head Dining Hall and the Seymour Senior Center.

Board of Elections Office - 208 S. Cameron St, Hillsborough and Carrboro Town Hall - 301 W. Main St, Carrboro will be open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays beginning Thursday, October 18 to Friday November 2. 

Mt. Zion AME Church - 5124 NC HWY 86 N, Hillsborough,  Rams Head Dining Hall - 320 Ridge Rd – UNC Campus, Chapel Hill and Seymour Senior Center - 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill will be open from Noon – 7 p.m.  beginning Thursday, October 18 to Friday November 2. 

Saturday voting will be available from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on October 20, 27 and November 3 at all sites with the exception of Rams Head Dining Hall on October 27 due to UNC/NC State football game.

Residents who have not registered to vote but who are eligible to register to vote may do so during the early voting period.  Proper ID must be provided.  This option is not available on Election Day.

All Election Day polling sites will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on November 6.

Please contact Tracy Reams, Director at (919) 245-2350 with any questions.

 

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DSS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: August 9, 2012

Contact: Jonathan Yeomans, Orange County Department of Social Services, (919) 245-2885 

 

Orange County Holds Focus Groups To Improve Veterans Services

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – The Orange County Department of Social Services will hold four focus groups to gather feedback about how the county can improve the services it provides to area veterans.

There will be two focus groups in Chapel Hill and two in Hillsborough over the next two weeks.  The focus groups will be located at Social Services buildings in each town, and there will be both afternoon and evening sessions. The times and addresses of the focus group session are:

Chapel Hill:          Monday, Aug. 13, from 6-7 p.m.

                          Wednesday, Aug. 15, from 1-2 p.m.

Location:              

Southern Human Services Center

2501 Homestead Road

Chapel Hill, NC  27516

 
Hillsborough:      Friday, Aug. 17, from 1-2 p.m.

                         Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 6-7 p.m. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location:              

Department of Social Services

113 Mayo Street

Hillsborough, NC 27278

If you would like to participate in a focus group, please contact Jonathan Yeomans at 919-245-2885 or jyeomans@orangecountync.gov; or Rebekah Rapoza at 919-245-2869 or rrapoza@orangecountync.gov .

The position of Veterans Service Officer at the Orange County Department of Social Services in Hillsborough was recently vacated.  The department plans to use the focus groups to get feedback about services and functions of the Veterans Service Officer that are the most important to the veteran community.

District Veteran Service Officer Terry McMillan will be available at the Orange County Social Services office in Hillsborough from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday until the position is filled.

 

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Manager

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: August 8, 2012

Contact: Clarence Grier, Asst. Orange County Manager, (919) 245-2453 or

Steve Brantley, Orange County Economic Development Director, (919) 245-2326

Orange County Sales Tax Update

 

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – The Article 46 One-Quarter Cent (1/4 cent) County Sales and Use Tax was approved by Orange County voters in the November 2011 election, and became effective April 1, 2012.  Orange County has received $228,952.89 and $20,000 has been spent by the Economic Development Office.

The State of North Carolina collects the sales tax and distributes it to Orange County. The funds are tracked by Orange County in a Special Revenue Fund, to allow for accurate accounting of revenues and expenditures related specifically to the ¼ cent sales tax.  The sales and use tax is estimated to generate approximately $2.5 million annually.

Bernadette Pelissier, Chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners commented on the new sales tax income.  "The BOCC is excited about using the 1/4 cent sales tax revenues to help create and maintain jobs in Orange County as well as providing additional financial support for the schools," Pelissier said. 

The Board of County Commissioners approved a ten-year commitment to distribute 50% of the proceeds (divided equitably) to the County’s two school systems and 50% to Economic Development initiatives.

Economic Development has allocated funding for several projects in process including:

  • Small business loans such as the one recently awarded to Hillsborough Gymnastics Company.
  • A project to establish a small business incubator facility on Rosemary Street in the office formally housing “3 Birds Marketing”.
  • Local funding with the Town of Carrboro as part of a matching “community development block grant”  provided by the State of North Carolina to repair a problematic sewer line used by Carrboro businesses. 

For additional information on the Sales Tax, see the Orange County webpage link below.

  orangecountync.gov/finance/Article46SalesTax.asp

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DEAPR

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: August 1, 2012

Contact: Rich Shaw, Orange County Land Conservation Manager, (919) 245-2514

Mountains-To-Sea Trail Plan Open House

 

ORANGE COUNTY , NC – Please join us on August 13th, 2012 for an open house to provide all partners and the general public the opportunity to learn about the Mountains-To-Sea (MST) State Trail through Orange County and neighboring counties and municipalities.

The meeting will be held Monday, August 13 from 6-8 p.m. at the Durham Technical Community College, Orange County Campus (Rm. 201), 525 College Park Drive, Hillsborough. 

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail is a linear State Trail, 1,000 miles in length, reaching from Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge State Park.  More than 500 miles of the trail have been completed and designated by the State of North Carolina, and most sections of those 500 miles were built and are maintained by volunteers. 

The Orange County Board of Commissioners endorsed the Mountain-to-Sea State Trail concept plan in April 2010.  The meeting on August 13th will provide a forum in which residents of Orange County, as well neighboring counties and municipalities, will have the opportunity to seek information, learn about trail progress and to provide comments/concerns regarding the trail.

Representatives from Orange County, North Carolina State Parks, Town of Hillsborough, Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, Alamance County, and Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail will be on hand with concept maps and segment plans to discuss the trail concept, trail corridor, trail construction, answer questions and receive any feedback on how completed or designated sections of the MST are working.

For more information regarding the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in Orange County and beyond please visit one of the following websites:

Orange County

 www.co.orange.nc.us/deapr/nat_cul_resources.asp  

North Carolina State Trails

 www.ncparks.gov/About/trails_mst.php 

Friends of the Mountains-To-Sea Trail

 www.ncmst.org

Or contact:

Rich  Shaw

Orange County Land Conservation Manager

919-245-2514 [unavailable 7/23 – 8/4]

rshaw@co.orange.nc.us

 

Darrell McBane

N.C. DPR – State Trails Program

919-707-9315

Darrell.mcbane@ncdenr.gov

 

Kate Dixon – Executive Director

Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail

kdixon@ncmst.org

919-698-9024

 

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BOCC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: July 23, 2012

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

Applicants Needed for Orange County Affordable Housing Advisory Board

 

ORANGE COUNTY , NC – Many opportunities exist for volunteer citizens who have a desire to become more involved with issues that affect the future of Orange County. 

Currently the Orange County Board of Commissioners is recruiting for citizen volunteers on the Orange County Affordable Housing Advisory Board. 

The Orange County Affordable Housing Advisory Board was established in 2001 by the Orange County Board of Commissioners to advise the Commissioners regarding the following matters:

  • Prioritizing housing needs
  • Assessing project proposals
  • Publicizing the County’s housing objectives
  • Monitoring the progress of local housing programs
  • Exploring new funding opportunities, and
  • Increasing the community’s awareness,  understanding of,  commitment to and involvement in producing attractive affordable housing.

If you are interested in serving on this board, you may apply online at: orangecountync.gov/boards/apply.asp.

Volunteers appointed by the Board of Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.  For additional information call Donna Baker (919-245-2130) or Jeanette Jones (919-245-2125).

 

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BOCC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: July 23, 2012

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

Applicants Needed for Orange County Housing Authority

 

ORANGE COUNTY , NC – Many opportunities exist for volunteer citizens who have a desire to become more involved with issues that affect the future of Orange County. 

Currently the Orange County Board of Commissioners is recruiting for citizen volunteers on the Orange County Housing Authority. 

The goal of the Orange County Housing Authority is to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing for the low and moderate income families in the County. OCHA currently manages approximately 615 Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers in the County and provides leadership for other affordable housing initiatives in the County. 

The Authority is governed by a seven (7) member Board, appointed by the Orange County Board of Commissioners for staggered terms for periods of no more than five years each.  At least one member of the Board shall be a Section 8 voucher holder.  Other board members may represent the following areas of interest:  real estate; development; affordable housing; municipal and/or real estate law; and banking.

If you are interested in serving on this board, you may apply online at: orangecountync.gov/boards/apply.asp.

Volunteers appointed by the Board of Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.  For additional information call Donna Baker (919-245-2130) or Jeanette Jones (919-245-2125).

 

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Economic Development

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: July 18, 2012

Contact: Dottie Schmitt, Orange County Economic Development, (919) 245-2327

Orange County Small Business Loan Program Provides Funding to Hillsborough Gymnastics Company

Hillsborough, NC – After spending much time and effort looking for just the right facility for their growing gymnastics company, Tim and Jessica Baker were thrilled to finally find the perfect location in Hillsborough.  And just in time to share in the excitement sure to be created by the 2012 London Olympics!

Orange County Gymnastics (www.orangecountygymnastics.com) is just the type of business the County’s Small Business Loan Fund was created to help – a small company with local owners who are very much interested in becoming an active member of the community.  Their new temporary location, at 610 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough, is conveniently located near the SportsPlex and currently offers Summer Camps and Classes.  Orange County Gymnastics will operate at this location while the up fit of their new 9,600 square foot gym is being completed, just across the street.  This final location, at 505 Meadowlands Drive, will allow Orange County Gymnastics to offer a variety of opportunities for gymnasts of all ages – from tumbling for toddlers to competitive teams.   Other events include Family Fun Days, birthday parties, track out camps, and Parent’s Night Out.  Look for a Grand Opening Event later this summer!

Orange County’s Director of Economic Development, Steve Brantley states that “All of Orange County and the Hillsborough area are fortunate to have this exciting new gymnastics facility locate here."  Led by long-time local residents and gymnastics instructors, Tim and Jessica Baker, Orange County Gymnastics will enable local youth to learn and perfect their athletic abilities.  "The Orange County Economic Development team is proud to see its Small Business Loan Program help bring this super business to the northern part of the County.  This is great news, and perfect timing with respect to the excitement sure to be generated by the upcoming Summer Olympics,” Brantley added.

Orange County’s Loan Program is a revolving loan fund designed to foster small businesses development and the expansion of local companies that may have limited access to conventional financing.  This program is open to small businesses located in Orange County with gross revenues of less than $3 million.  The program is managed through the County’s Economic Development office and administered by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of local business owners, bankers and staff representing several Orange County departments.    

For more information on this program contact Dottie Schmitt at Orange County Economic Development, 919-245-2327 (dschmitt@co.orange.nc.us).

 

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Manager

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: July 9, 2012

Contact: Frank Clifton, Orange County Manager, (919) 245-2300

Orange County Purchases Eno River Parking Deck

 

Hillsborough, NC – On Friday, July 6, 2012 Orange County closed on the purchase of the Eno River Parking Deck in Hillsborough.  The property was purchased from Eno River Parking Deck, LLC for $1,000,000 plus the transfer of two properties, 112 and 118 North Churton Street, at a combined assessed value of $580,000.  The parking deck property has a stated value of $2,900,000. 

One of the driving factors of the purchase of the parking deck has been related to assuring available public parking after the expansion of the courthouse facilities and construction of the Orange County Main Library and the West Campus Office in downtown Hillsborough.  Prior to the purchase, Orange County was leasing approximately 200 parking spaces in the parking deck. 

The parking deck is located behind the Gateway Center which houses the Register of Deeds and Tax Administration offices. Adjacent to the parking deck is the Orange County West Campus Office Building which contains Planning and Inspections, Environmental Health, Economic Development, Child Support Services, Information Technologies and Asset Management Services.  The main Orange County Library is less than 50 yards away and the courthouse is just across Churton Street. 

For now, there will be no charge for parking in the public portions of the parking deck pending further discussion by Orange County officials.  Some sections of the deck have restricted gate access for Orange County employee parking. 

No unauthorized overnight parking will be allowed.  Privately owned vehicles left unattended greater than 24 hours are subject to towing at the owner’s expense. 

Orange County has installed signs reflecting the parking deck changes.

Four electric car charging stations are scheduled to be installed in the in the parking deck by the end of July. 

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BOCC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: July 2, 2012

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

Orange County Commissioners Make Appoints for Advisory Boards

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – On June 19, 2012, the Orange County Board of Commissioners appointed the following citizen volunteers to County advisory boards and commissions:

 

Volunteer Name                                                     Board Name

 

Ms. Deborah Rider                      Adult Care Home Community Advisory Board

Mr. Max Mason                           Adult Care Home Community Advisory Board

Ms. Heather Altman                    Advisory Board on Aging

Ms. Michelle Walker                     Animal Services Advisory Board

Mr. Noah Moore                          Carrboro Northern Transition Area Advisory Committee

Mr. Nicholas Thomas                    Economic Development Advisory Board

Mr. Donald Bryan, Jr.                    Economic Development Advisory Board

Ms. Cannie Lloyd                        Hillsborough Board of Adjustment

Mr. David L. Remington               Hillsborough Board of Adjustment

Dr. Christine Kelly-Kleese             Human Relations Commission

Rev. Rollin Russell                      Human Relations Commission

Dr. Dawn Brezina                          Orange County Planning Board

Ms. Mary Cay Corr                        OPC Operations Center Advisory Board

Mr. John T. Stewart                       OPC Operations Center Advisory Board

Mr. Mark Dorosin                          OPC Operations Center Advisory Board

Mr. Michael M. Hughes PE        Orange Water & Sewer Authority Board of  Directors

Ms. Nancy Coston                   Workforce Development Board – Regional Partnership

 

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

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Agriculture

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: July 2, 2012

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

Master Gardener Class Returns

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Have you ever wanted to learn more about growing plants?  Are you interested in fruits, vegetables, ornamentals or lawns?  Do you enjoy helping others?

If you answered yes to these questions, your opportunity may be just around the corner.

A horticulture program, called the Master Gardener, is being offered by the Cooperative Extension Service, Orange County Center to provide horticultural training for selected home gardeners.

Master Gardener is a title given to individuals that receive 40 hours of in-depth horticultural training from County Extension Agents and in return, agree to give 40 hours of volunteer service helping their local county Extension program.

Master Gardener training will be held at the Orange County Extension Center, 306 Revere Rd., Hillsborough on Wednesdays from September 6, 2012 thru January 2013.  Wednesday training sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. and last until 12:30 p.m.

Training will include topics such as basic plant botany and physiology, entomology, plant pathology, vegetable gardening, fruit culture, annuals and perennials, woody ornamentals, turf management, interior plants, pest control, basic landscaping and identification and usage of common landscape plants.

Master Gardeners give their volunteer hours to county Extension offices in many ways.  Here in Orange County, Master Gardeners help us by answering telephone calls in the Extension office, troubleshooting plant problems brought into the office, building community gardens and holding plant clinics at farmers markets and working with youth in 4H.

Applications for a limited number of openings in the class are now being taken in the county Extension office.  The program is open to anyone wishing to attend regardless of race, color, sex, handicap, or national origin.

The deadline for receiving applications is August 1, 2012.

For further information about the Master Gardener program, contact Carl Matyac at 245-2051 or send an email to carl_matyac@ncsu.edu.

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