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


Contact: Buck Tredway
Communications Specialist
(919) 245-2126
Fax: (919) 644-0246
e-mail:
btredway@co.orange.nc.us


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Gwen Harvey Appointed Assistant County Manager

April 26, 2002

For Immediate Release

Contact:  John Link, County Manager, 245-2300

Orange County Manager John Link has appointed Gwen Harvey as Assistant County Manager.  Harvey will begin work Monday, June 24, 2002.

Harvey will assist the County Manager in directing departments and programs in the County government.  A major focus for Harvey as Assistant County Manager will be oversight and coordination of human services and the nine human services departments.  These are Aging, Child Support, Cooperative Extension, Library, Health, Housing, Human Rights and Relations, Recreation and Parks and Social Services.  She also will provide leadership and guidance to the County’s collaboration with outside human services agencies.  

Harvey, a native of Northampton County, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

Harvey has over 20 years work experience, including a variety of experience in local and State government in North Carolina, Georgia and Oregon.  She started her career with the City of Charlotte working as a Budget and Evaluation Analyst, then serving as Assistant to the City Manager and Administrative Assistant to the Mayor.  She has served as Assistant County Manager for Chatham County, Georgia, Interim Housing Director for Hillsboro County, Oregon and Assistant City Manager for Gresham, Oregon.  

In other capacities Harvey has worked as a Senior Associate managing recruitment for executive service positions in the State of Oregon.  She also directed corporate diversity planning and programs for Key Corp/Key Bank of Oregon.  She presently owns and operates her own business, specializing in search and selection for public and private non-profit organizations in Oregon.

Link named an Assessment Panel to assist him in the selection process.  The Panel was made up of Orange County Commissioner Moses Carey, Leo Allison, member of the Orange County Board of Social Services, Kevin FitzGerald, Planning Director for the Center for Public Technology at the Institute of Government, Florence Soltys, member of the County’s Advisory Board on Aging and Rod Visser, Assistant County Manager.  

The search process included national recruitment.  It yielded 84 candidates.

Link said:  “Throughout Gwen’s career, she has demonstrated that she is a consummate professional who manifests vitality, expertise, experience and vision in her approach to her responsibilities.  I enthusiastically welcome her to our management team and to the Orange County community.”

Commissioner Carey said:  “Gwen Harvey is an excellent candidate and she will be a great asset to Orange County in the years to come.”

Harvey said:  “I am delighted to be returning to North Carolina for the chance to serve and contribute to Orange County government.  It will be wonderful joining the excellent team of managers and becoming a part of the greater community. “

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Lyman to Replace Alvarez as Panelist at Public Forum on Planning for Nuclear Terrorism

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: April 26, 2002

For more information: Paul Thames, (919) 245-2300, pthames@co.orange.nc.us

Former senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy and the U.S. Senate, Robert Alvarez, will not participate in a public forum to address planning for nuclear terrorism due to a scheduling conflict.

Taking his place on the panel of experts is Edwin Lyman, Ph.D., scientific director of the Nuclear Control Institute, a Washington D.C.-based nuclear non-proliferation research and advocacy organization.

Dr. Lyman has held the position of scientific director at NCI since 1995. He earned a doctorate in physics from Cornell University in 1992, where he was an A.D. White Scholar.

From 1992 to 1995, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University's Center for Energy and Environmental Studies. His research focuses on security and environmental issues associated with the management of nuclear materials and the operation of nuclear power plants. 

He has published articles in journals and magazines including The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and Science and Global Security.  He is an active member of the Institute of Nuclear Materials management. 

In the spring of 2001, he served on a Nuclear Regulatory Commission expert panel on the role and direction of NRC's Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research and briefed the Commission on his findings. In July 2001, he was again invited to a Commission meeting to present NCI's position on the licensing of new nuclear reactors in the United States. 

On June 1, Dr. Lyman will succeed Paul Leventhal as president of NCI.

Risks and Response: Terrorism in the Triangle – A Public Forum to Address Emergency Planning and Risk Minimization, will be held Thursday, May 2, 7:30 p.m., at the William Friday Center in Chapel Hill. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

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Orange County Sponsors
250th Anniversary Logo Contest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: April 23, 2002

For more information: Dianne Reid, (919) 245-2325; dreid@co.orange.nc.us

On September 9, 1752, the first court of the County of Orange was held at John Gray’s house on the Eno River. Accordingly, beginning this September and continuing for a year, Orange County will celebrate its semiquincentennial – the 250th anniversary of our county.

The theme of the anniversary celebration will be:  ORANGE COUNTY – CELEBRATING 250 YEARS OF DIVERSITY, FREEDOM, PRESERVATION AND EDUCATION.  The County is sponsoring a contest for development of a logo design to be used to identify all anniversary events throughout the year’s celebration.

Anyone who lives or works in Orange County is eligible to enter.  There are two categories – students and professionals – with a “best of” selected for each group. The winner in each category will receive a prize of $100. From these two selections, one will be selected as overall winner and anniversary logo design. 

Rules:

  1. Entrants give up ownership and copyright for all submissions.

  2. The colors may change from the original submission and final design could be altered.

  3. The words, “Orange County, NC” must be incorporated into the logo.

  4. Original submission will not be returned.

  5. The logo must be submitted on an 8 ½ x 11 inch placard with true colors (preferably one color and no more than two colors), on another 8 ½ x 11 inch placard in black and white, and in an electronic version on cd or floppy, none of which should identify authorship.

  6. Submissions should be designed to retain visibility and detail when reduced in size as for use on stationery.

  7. Anticipated uses for the logo include miscellaneous printed material, including letterhead, use on an anniversary event website, and replication on t-shirts, hats and other souvenir items.

  8. Only one entry per person.

  9. Entry must specify category (student or professional).

  10. Entry must include a release form stating that the entrant has read and agrees to all the rules governing the logo contest and certifying that entrant lives or works in Orange County.

  11. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, May 24.

Entries should be mailed or delivered to: Orange County Economic Development Commission, P.O. Box 1177, 110 East King Street, Hillsborough, NC  27278.

A five-member selection committee that includes a design professional, an elected official, a citizen, and two members of the 250th Anniversary Planning Committee will select the winning entry for each category and the overall winner. The committee’s decision is final.

For more information, Contact the Economic Development Commission, (919) 245-2325.

 

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Nationally-Recognized Experts Confirmed for “Risks and Response: Nuclear Terrorism in the Triangle” Conference

April 19, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Paul Thames, (919) 245-2300 , pthames@co.orange.nc.us

Orange County Engineer, Paul Thames has confirmed three nationally recognized experts to participate in the upcoming conference sponsored by Orange and Chatham Counties.  Scheduled for Thursday, May 2, 2002, panelists for The Risks and Response: Nuclear Terrorism in the Triangle, A Conference to Address Emergency Planning and Risk Minimization will include David Lochbaum, Robert Alvarez and Steven Wing.

David Lochbaum has worked for seventeen years in the nuclear power industry.  He is currently the Nuclear Safety Engineer for the Union of Concerned Scientists and is considered a nationally prominent expert on various aspects of nuclear safety.

Robert Alvarez is a former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy and the U.S. Senate.  He specializes in commercial and military nuclear facilities and high-level waste management.  This past March, he was featured on the CBS “60 Minutes” television show regarding the challenges associated with military high-level wastes.

Steven Wing, Ph.D., is a faculty member at the UNC School of Public Health.  He is a leading researcher in the field of radiation health effects.  He has conducted numerous studies of radiation and cancer risks for nuclear industry workers, and of cancer incidence in relation to the 1979 accident at Three Mile Island.

Orange County Commissioner, Stephen Halkiotis states that  “The purpose of this conference is to discuss emergency planning and other aspects of risks related to possible terrorism in the Triangle area.”  Since September 11, there have been broad efforts across the nation to rethink security and planning strategies for emergencies caused by terrorism.  “The May 2 conference represents the initiation of a systematic regional approach to improving emergency planning in the event of a terrorist attack, and to identify opportunities to minimize or eliminate risks wherever possible,” said Halkiotis.

The conference will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2002, 7:30p.m. at the William Friday Center, Highway 54 East, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  The public is encouraged to attend.

For more information or to register, please call the Orange County Commissioner’s Office, at (919) 245-2130.

 

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Carrboro Plaza Recycling Site
Grand Reopening is April 22

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: April 18, 2002

For more information: Orange Community Recycling, (919) 968-2788, recycling@co.orange.nc.us

After not having a recycling dropoff site within the Town of Carrboro since 1995, the former site is set to reopen at Carrboro Plaza, April 22 in honor of Earth Day.  The site is located directly behind the ABC store, just off Highway 54 bypass. Mayor Michael Nelson of Carrboro and Chairman Barry Jacobs of the Orange County Board of Commissioners will host the site's grand opening at 1 p.m. Citizens are welcome to attend the opening.

This is the fifth unstaffed site in the Orange County Solid Waste Management recycling dropoff system. There are six staffed sites as well. “We are grateful to Aventis, the owners of Carrboro Plaza for allowing us to reestablish a recycling site in Carrboro. It will really help the Town in our efforts to minimize waste and reduce landfill fees,” Mayor Nelson said.  “If this site is used as much as the other ten sites, we expect 300 to 500 tons of recyclables to be dropped off next year,” added Solid Waste Management Director Gayle Wilson. 

The site will be open all the time for recycling only. No waste containers will be provided. At all unstaffed dropoff recycling sites citizens can recycle newspapers, glossy magazines, old telephone books, corrugated cardboard, mixed paper, metal cans, aluminum foil, glass bottles and jars, and all plastic bottles. Businesses may use the sites for everything except large amounts of corrugated cardboard boxes. There is a limit of fifty boxes per week. Those generating more than that should acquire recycling service.

The site required extensive repaving, relocation of water lines and other improvements.  Orange County Solid Waste Management Department spent about $45,000 for new concrete, bollards and other improvements. The Town of Carrboro and Orange County will combine forces to provide site-cleaning services. Citizens are urged to report any illegal dumping to the Town of Carrboro.

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Orange County Household Hazardous Collection is Saturday, May 4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: April 17, 2002

For more information: Orange Community Recycling, (919) 968-2788, recycling @co.orange.nc.us

The Orange County household hazardous waste (HHW) collection will be open Saturday May 4, 2002 at the Orange County landfill on Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill. The event is open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. to residents of Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake Counties. This regularly scheduled event will continue to be held the first Saturday of each month until the end of 2002.

What better way to get ready for summer than to remove hazardous materials that might be stored in your home and to dispose of them responsibly!  Citizens can bring paints, pesticides, automotive fluids (such as antifreeze, diesel fuel, gasoline,and brake fluid), chemicals, fluorescent lights, and other hazardous materials from their households to the collection. Wastes should not be mixed together but kept in separate, non-leaking containers with the original label intact whenever possible.  No radioactive, medical, or business wastes are accepted.

Household batteries including dry-cell, button, and any other batteries, automotive (wet-cell) batteries, used motor oil and oil filters do not need to be brought to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection.  Save time in line by bringing these items to be recycled at any Orange County solid waste convenience centers.  Locations of convenience centers can be found at: http://www.co.orange.nc.us/pubworks/publicworks.htm

They are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 7 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturdays from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. 

Many residents over the years have enjoyed the Paint Exchange at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection. The Paint Exchange offers free latex paint in good condition that has been diverted from the HHW collection.  The Paint Exchange will be open during the May 4 HHW event

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Computer and Electronics Recycling Collection
to be held April 27

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: April 17, 2002

For more information: Orange Community Recycling, (919) 968-2788, recycling @co.orange.nc.us

Orange County residents can recycle their old computers and certain other electronics items for free at a special collection event to be held on Saturday, April 27, from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Eubanks Road park and ride lot in Chapel Hill.

Accepted items include computer monitors, computers (CPU’s), keyboards, mice, scanners, printers, external drives, speakers and computer cables.  We will also be accepting photocopiers (toner cartridges removed), cell phones (batteries removed), telephones, telephone systems, radios, stereo receivers, compact disc players, cassette players, VCR’s, and laser disc players.  No televisions will be accepted at this time, nor can we accept any of these items from businesses at the April 27 collection event. 

The Computer and Electronics Recycling collection event is for Orange County residents only.  If residents miss this collection, there is another one scheduled for Saturday, July 27.  Businesses should contact Orange Community Recycling at (919) 968-2788 or email recycling@co.orange.nc.us for information on how to properly manage their electronic wastes. 

Citizens bringing computers to this event should take care to remove any sensitive or confidential data from their hard drives before bringing them to the collection.  Programs for cleaning your hard drive are readily available on the Internet.

This electronics-recycling event is part of a larger effort by the Orange County Department of Solid Waste Management to reduce the amount of toxic material going into the Orange County Landfill.  A computer monitor can contain up to eight pounds of lead, and other potentially toxic or harmful materials are found in many electronic devices.  Diverting these items from landfill disposal reduces the chance that harmful materials will contaminate our environment.  Materials collected at this event will either be refurbished and reused, or recycled.

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Commissioners to Hold Second Public Hearing on 2002-12 Capital Investment Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: April 5, 2002

For more information: Donna Dean, Budget Director, (919) 245-2151; ddean@co.orange.nc.us

The Board of County Commissioners will conduct its second public hearing to receive citizen comments regarding the County Manager’s Recommended 2002-12 Capital Investment Plan (CIP).

The public hearing will be held Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at the Southern Human Services Center located at 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Funding for the plan comes from a variety of revenue sources (examples include 2001 voter approved bonds, alternative financing methods such as loans, school construction impact fees, ½ cent sales taxes).

Copies of the proposed CIP are available at the following locations:

  • Orange County Budget Office, Government Services Center Annex, 208 South Cameron Street, Hillsborough

  • Clerk to the County Commissioners, Government Services Center, 200 South Cameron Street, Hillsborough

  • Orange County Public Library, Whitted Human Services Center, 300 East Tryon Street, Hillsborough

  • Orange County Public Library Branch, 900 Old Fayetteville Road, Chapel Hill (located inside of McDougle Middle School)

  • Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill

The document is also available via the Internet at: http://www.co.orange.nc.us/budget/cip/cipcontents.pdf 

Further discussion and adoption of the 2002-12 CIP are tentatively scheduled for Board of Commissioner work sessions in April, May and June 2002.

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Want to volunteer?

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: April 4, 2002

CONTACT: Vicki Hill 919.968.2056 or vhill@co.orange.nc.us

The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program can help people 55 and over find a place to volunteer in Orange County. RSVP volunteers receive certain benefits to make their volunteer experience more rewarding. RSVP 968-2056 or vhill@co.orange.nc.us.

  • Senior Games volunteers to serve refreshments, keep times, holler. Lots of choices and places to be. Your few hours will help these fun events run smoothly. Call Soon.

  • Wheels for Work volunteers for bookkeeping, car repair, and financial counseling. This donated-car project repairs then provides cars to working families in need of transportation to work. Training provided.

  • Alzheimers’ residents would like to sing-a-long, listen to music, play cards. Need volunteers to assist or perform.

  • Want to help people who have experienced sexual harassment or abuse? Companions needed to respond to callers’ concerns, Community Educators to present prevention programs. Training May 21.

  • Caregiver’s Day Out program needs volunteers to buddy with seniors for 2-5 hours on Fridays. Your help will give other caregivers some personal time.

  • Volunteers interested in tutoring adult learners, esp. at OC Correctional Center or in computer-based GED classes. One-hour introduction in April; 12-hour training May 4, 6, and 8.

  • Special Olympics volunteers to help people of all ages with developmental disabilities prepare for seasonal sports events. No prior sports experience necessary.

  • Meals on Wheels needs cookers, bakers, drivers to prepare and deliver meals to our homebound friends. Routes are approx. 1 hour any day(s).

  • NC Botanical Garden needs volunteers from green thumbs to greeters. Lots of choices. Flexible schedules.

  • Help others be prepared. Join Red Cross volunteers as a disaster equipment specialist, special events coordinator, health and safety instructor, office support (desperate need), or for blood drives.

  • Inter-Faith Council volunteers help individuals, families, and children meet some of life’s challenges. Help with fundraising, data entry, story reading, food sorting and pick-up, interviewing. Spanish speakers needed. Information sessions each 1st and 3rd Tues. 7:30 p.m.

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Orange, Chatham Counties to Sponsor Conference on Regional Planning for Terrorism

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: April 3, 2002

For more information: Paul Thames, County Engineer, (919) 245-2300, pthames@co.orange.nc.us

The Orange and Chatham County Boards of Commissioners have announced that they will initiate a regional effort to address emergency planning and other aspects of risks related to possible terrorism in the Triangle area.  A conference will be held at 7: 30 p.m. on May 2 at the William Friday Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Since September 11, there have been broad efforts across the nation to rethink security and planning strategies for emergencies caused by terrorism. A number of discussions between local emergency management officials in the Triangle have identified serious shortcomings in the present capacity to manage a regional emergency stemming from a nuclear, biological or chemical attack, or an attack on the Shearon Harris nuclear power facility. The conference represents the initiation of a systematic regional approach to improving emergency planning in the event of a terrorist attack, and to identify opportunities to minimize or eliminate risks wherever possible.

Orange and Chatham officials believe that initially focusing on an event with the largest potential impact -- an atmospheric release of radioactive material from the Harris facility -- will facilitate the process of adapting regional strategies for multi-hazard emergencies with the greatest potential for the loss of life and property. The conference will feature regional emergency response officials and nationally prominent experts in the field of nuclear risks.

The importance of addressing regional risks and emergency planning was heightened by FBI warnings in January that terrorists might be planning to attack U.S. nuclear plants.  Also, on March 12 it was revealed that federal officials knew in 1995, but did not notify the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, that al-Qaeda operatives were threatening nuclear plants.

In addition to state and local elected officials and emergency management personnel, the conference will call together others in related fields, including medical, public health, human services, and transportation. Other stakeholders, such as leaders of educational institutions, will be invited to participate, as will officials from Carolina Power & Light, which operates the Harris nuclear plant, located on the southern edge of the Triangle. The general public is encouraged to attend and participate.

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Rabid Raccoons increasing in number…  
Fourth and Fifth Cases of Raccoon Rabies Confirmed in Orange County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 2, 2002

Contact: John Sauls, Animal Control (919) 245-2081 ; jsauls@co.orange.nc.us

Two more Orange County families have experienced the effects of an encounter between their dog(s) and a rabid raccoon.

In the first case, a mother and her teenage daughters came home from work and school last Monday afternoon to their Northern Orange residence on Terry Rd. They greeted their dog, a lab chow mix in the front yard by petting it on the head before going into the house. Almost immediately, one daughter went out the back door to release their other dog from its pen.  She discovered a carcass of a raccoon on the ground between the house and the dog pen. The raccoon had a few flies buzzing around it. It was presumed that the lab chow mix had killed the raccoon earlier in the afternoon. Both dogs had current valid rabies vaccinations and the lab chow was boostered within 72 hours of the incident in compliance with state law. Due to possible exposure to infected saliva, the mother and daughters were referred to a communicable disease nurse in the Health Department.

That same afternoon, on Kimbro Rd. south of Hillsborough, two dogs killed a raccoon in a field adjacent to a family’s home. The incident was witnessed by the grandfather, who was watching his two young grandsons. The grandfather and the young boys themselves reported no contact between the dogs and any of the family members.  However a question remained about whether or not the family’s dog could have made brief contact with the older of the two boys without anyone really noticing or remembering. Again, in this case, both dogs were currently vaccinated and received their boosters. The mother of the boys was referred to the communicable disease nurse for consultation.

Animal Control Director John Sauls noted that there were four confirmed cases of raccoon rabies in the county and one just across the line in Chatham in the month of March. “This higher number of confirmed cases should indicate to all of us that we should anticipate even more cases of rabid raccoons this Spring. I want to caution all dog owners that it is absolutely critical that ALL dogs be vaccinated against rabies and that their owners be able to find their rabies vaccination certificates. The same goes for cats, which can also have encounters with raccoons when they are outside at night. And again I want to repeat that family members should avoid contact with their dog(s) when they think their dog has had such an encounter. Whenever you see a raccoon that is out in the daytime or is otherwise acting strangely, put the dogs up and call Animal Control or 911.”

Animal Control will sponsor a reduced cost rabies vaccination clinic on Saturday, April 6, from one p.m. until two p.m. at two locations. The first, as always, is the parking lot beside the county courthouse in Hillsborough. The second is the Caldwell Community Building on Highway 157 N. Dogs must be held on leashes and cats should be in carriers or boxes. Fractious animals should be left in the vehicle and the veterinarian will vaccinate them there.

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Recycling Collections, Landfill to Operate
on Regular Schedules for Good Friday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 28, 2002

For more information: Orange Community Recycling, (919) 968-2788, recycling@co.orange.nc.us

All recycling programs will operate on their normal schedules on Friday March 29, 2002 although the County’s solid waste office will be closed for the Good Friday holiday.  Curbside recycling customers whose recycling day is Friday should place their bins at the curb as usual, before 7 a.m. that day.  The Orange County Landfill will also be open as normal from 7:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

While solid waste collections in the three towns may be on altered schedules, recycling will not change on Good Friday.  “Placing bins out on the designated day helps us avoid collection delays the week following the holiday,” said Recycling Programs and Services Coordinator, Rob Taylor.

For further information, contact Orange County Solid Waste Management at 968-2788. 

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Commissioners to Hold Two Public Hearings on 2002-12 Capital Investment Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 28, 2002

For more information: Donna Dean, Budget Director, (919) 245-2151; ddean@co.orange.nc.us

The Board of County Commissioners will conduct two public hearings to receive citizen comments regarding the County Manager’s Recommended 2002-12 Capital Investment Plan (CIP).

The first public hearing will be held April 2, 2002 at the F. Gordon Battle Court Room located at 106 East Margaret Lane, Hillsborough. At that meeting, Commissioners are expected to schedule another public hearing for April 16, 2002 at the Southern Human Services Center located at 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill.

Both meetings begin at 7:30 p.m.

The ten-year capital plan totals $278.5 million and includes funding for the following:

Funding for the plan comes from a variety of revenue sources (examples include 2001 voter approved bonds, alternative financing methods such as loans, school construction impact fees, ½ cent sales taxes).

Copies of the proposed CIP are available at the following locations:

  • Orange County Budget Office, Government Services Center Annex, 208 South Cameron Street, Hillsborough

  • Clerk to the County Commissioners, Government Services Center, 200 South Cameron Street, Hillsborough

  • Orange County Public Library, Whitted Human Services Center, 300 East Tryon Street, Hillsborough

  • Orange County Public Library Branch, 900 Old Fayetteville Road, Chapel Hill (located inside of McDougle Middle School)

  • Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill

The document is also available via the Internet at: http://www.co.orange.nc.us/budget/cip/cipcontents.pdf

 

During the public hearings, staff will provide a brief presentation highlighting major components of the proposed long-range capital plan.  Following the public comment period, staff will be available to respond to citizen and Commissioner comments or questions.  Further discussion and adoption of the 2002-12 CIP are tentatively scheduled for Board of Commissioner work sessions in April, May and June 2002.

 

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Orange County Government Recognizes Employees for Service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 22, 2002

CONTACT: Darlene Jacobs  (919) 245-2555

On Friday, March 22, 2002, Orange County held its 14th annual employee Service Awards program at the Southern Human Services Center in Chapel Hill at noon today.  Orange County honored County employees who reached a service milestone during 2001.  The County also honored 16 employees who retired during 2001 and through February 2002.

The employees being honored represent 1,030 years of service to Orange County.  Orange County recognizes employee service at five year intervals, beginning with five years of service.

Employees who were honored include:

Retirees:  Joanna Bradshaw, Kenneth Brown, Susan Carter, Benjamin Clark, Pearl Cole, H. Buster Davis, Kathryn Gillespie, David Hughes, Albert Kittrell, Robert Mangum, Don McAdoo, Ray Nichols, Daisy Scott, Deanna Shoffner, Donald Thompson, and Sarah Upchurch.

Twenty-Five Years Service:  Deborah Brooks, Bobby Collins, David Hughes, and David Seagroves.

Twenty Years Service:  Donna Dean, Mike Freeman, Katherine Glassock, Albert Kittrell, Wilbert McAdoo, Jr., Blondella Mitchell, Regina Richardson, Dalton Riley, Jr. and Pat Sanes.

Fifteen Years Service:  Vanessa Alston, Anette Atwater, Deborah Cassidy, Henry Daye, Debra Graham, Janice Latta, James Lehrer, William Neighbours, Garl Nichols, Pamela Oakley, Beverly Stewart, Donald Tapp, Sarah Upchurch, Carolyn Wade and Carolyn Williams.

Ten Years Service:  Lloyd Bradsher, Susan Carter, Evelyn Cecil, Pearl Cole, Tammy Comar, Donna Daniels, Betty Davis, Kathryn Gillespie, Ann Hill, Sharron Hinton, Patricia Keck, Robert Mangum, Wanda McCain, James Robinson, Barbara Stokes, Raeford Thompson, Terrell Tripp and Bobbie Underwood.

Five Years Service:  Joseph Blake, Jim Brown, Daniel Bruce, Pamela Buckner, Peg Carmody, Oliver Collier, Michael Edmonds, Eddie Eubanks, Marilyn Fletcher, Julian Freeman, Sandy Garrett, Dave Hill, Virginia Honeyblue, Alton Hunt, Angela Hurdle, Dorothy Hurdle, Ren Ivins, Jan Jackson, Marion Jackson, Elgin Lane, Joyce Lee, Thomas Linster III, Roberta Lloyd, Janet Martin, Kent McKenzie, George Millard, Gary Morrison, Darrell Renfroe, Jo-Anne Roy, Lori Anne Shapiro, Dick Taylor and Grover Wrenn III.

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Outdoor Compost Bin Sale, One Day Only,
Two Locations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 20, 2002

For more information: Orange Community Recycling, (919) 968-2788; recycling@co.orange.nc.us

Orange County Solid Waste Management and Chatham County Solid Waste Management present the annual Compost Bin Sale on Saturday April 6, 2002 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sales will be held at the Park and Ride Lot on Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill, and behind the Cole Park Plaza Texaco Gas station, Hwy. 15-501 South, in Chatham County.

This year the sale will feature “Home Composters” for $37 each (tax included).  Sale-goers will also have the opportunity to order another model called the “Bio-Stack” for $62 (tax included), to be delivered the week following the sale.  Both models are being sold at cost for considerable savings compared to on-line or catalog sources.

“Home Composters” are round units about two feet in diameter and three feet tall. They come in two halves for easy loading in just about any vehicle, and easy disassembly.  The two halves are clipped together on the vertical axis to form a cylinder with a lid that snap-locks shut to complete the tidy looking bin.  The “Bio-Stack” is a square unit comprised of three stackable tiers that can be removed or added on for easy access to turn the material and to harvest finished compost.  It also stands about three feet tall and has a hinged lid.  Both units are open at the bottom so that worms and other decomposing organisms can come up through the soil to help accelerate the composting process, and to allow drainage of liquid from the composting material. These bins can be used to compost both yard waste and vegetable or fruit scraps from the kitchen.

Composting at home can divert close to 20% of waste being landfilled needlessly. Compost creates a rich, all natural soil amendment that landscapes, gardens, and houseplants love.  Compost improves nutrient content of the soil, enhances soils’ ability to retain moisture, and can reduce reliance on chemical fertilizers. Make every day Earth Day, compost!

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Second Confirmed Case of Raccoon Rabies in Orange County for 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 18, 2002

For more information: John Sauls, Animal Control Director, (919) 245-2081; jsauls@co.orange.nc.us

Orange County Animal Control has confirmed that a second raccoon has tested positive for rabies for this calendar year. Meanwhile, just across the line in Chatham County, another rabid raccoon also was found.

In the first case, a woman and a friend were arriving at her home on Efland-Cedar Grove Rd. Sunday afternoon about six o’clock. Her dog, a female German Shepherd, was blocking the front door, wanting to be let in. The friend picked up the dog and set her aside so they could get in the House. Once inside, they talked with her 17 year old son who told them that an hour or so earlier he had found the dog and a raccoon fighting inside the fenced yard. The young man then shot the raccoon and picked up its carcass with a shovel and placed it high on top of a rabbit box.

The son had had no contact with the raccoon and had only touched the top of the dog’s head once, after the incident. He washed his hands after the incident. The friend, who had handled the dog by touching it just behind the shoulders, did not believe that he could have been exposed to the raccoon’s saliva. The dog was currently vaccinated against rabies and the owner had it boostered Tuesday.

In the Chatham County case, a couple was walking in the woods Sunday afternoon near the WUNC broadcast tower off Jones Ferry Rd. With them were their own dog and a neighbor’s, their own walking on the left and the other to the right of the trail. Suddenly the dog on the right was attacking a raccoon. The woman grabbed her dog on the left while the man chased away the dog that was killing the raccoon. They stood and watched the motionless, mortally wounded raccoon for several minutes until the man draped a coat over the raccoon and picked it up. The woman then put her coat over it also and went to a nearby residence to get a cardboard box. They placed the bundled raccoon in the box, set it on the backseat, called the Orange County Animal Shelter from the car and drove to the shelter. It appeared from the report and the interviews with the involved parties that their had been no human exposure. The matter was turned over to Chatham County Animal Control, which ultimately requested Orange County Animal Control to submit the raccoon for testing. The dog that killed the raccoon was currently vaccinated and its owner had him boostered within the 72-hour time frame required. The man who handled the bundled raccoon was connected to a communicable disease nurse after the Animal Control Director informed him that the raccoon had tested positive.

Orange County Animal Control Director John Sauls acknowledged that, even ‘though there did not seem to have been an exposure, there would have been absolutely no possibility of exposure had the couple not handled the raccoon in any manner and simply called 911immediately. Had they called, an Emergency Animal Rescue (EARS) worker would have been dispatched to collect the raccoon and return it to the shelter for humane euthanasia.

 “Post exposure rabies treatment is expensive, time consuming, inconvenient and sometimes uncomfortable. It would be much, much better in all such cases were the parties involved simply to call 911. Either an Animal Control Officer or an EARS worker will be dispatched. That person will telephone the caller first to get additional information and offer whatever advice the caller needs before the officer or worker arrives at the scene. Animal Control would like to emphasize that people whose dogs have encounters with rabies suspects such as raccoons, skunks, foxes and bats, should neither touch nor handle the wild animal or the dog after such an encounter. Call 911.”

 The next county-sponsored low cost rabies vaccination clinic will be Saturday, April 6, from one until two P.M., at the county courthouse parking lot in Hillsborough and the Caldwell Community Center on Highway 157 North. Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers or boxes. Fractious animals should be left in the vehicle and the vet will vaccinate them there.

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Commissioners to Honor GE Plant as a
North Carolina Rising Star” for Safety
and Health Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 14, 2002

For more information: Dianne Reid, Economic Development Director, (919) 245-2325; dreid@co.orange.nc.us

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to consider a resolution at its meeting on March 19, 2002, honoring the General Electric Mebane plant for its recent award from the North Carolina Department of Labor as a “North Carolina Rising Star.” The award was presented March 11 in recognition of the plant’s comprehensive and ongoing safety and health programs.

The General Electric Mebane plant opened in 1973 and produces electrical distribution equipment.  It is the largest private employer in Orange County, with over 700 employees. The resolution notes that the Board of Commissioners “recognizes and honors the commitment of the General Electric Mebane plant to the health and safety of its workforce.”

This award marks the 100th time that General Electric has been recognized as an Occupational Safety and Health Voluntary Protection Program Star for one of its plants.

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Orange County Solid Waste Management Starts Compost Sales March 9, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 6, 2002

For more information: Orange Community Recycling, (919) 968-2788, recycling@co.orange.nc.us

Compost Sales will start Saturday March 9, 2002 from 7:30 am- 12:00 pm at the Orange County Landfill located on Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill, and will continue to be held each Saturday morning until further notice.  This rich soil amendment is being sold for $25.00 per cubic yard scoop. Landfill staff will load compost onto pick-up trucks for residents, but residents must bring their own tarp to cover their loads before they leave the landfill.

Orange County Solid Waste Management contracts with a local composting company to collect food waste from some Orange County businesses, diverting it from landfill disposal.  The compost sold at the Orange County Landfill is made in part from this food waste.  The compost sale program not only helps support the food waste recycling program which keeps clean organic waste from being needlessly landfilled, it also provides area residents with a locally produced, quality product and the opportunity to close the recycling loop right in their backyard…or garden.

Colored Mulch is also being offered at the Orange County Landfill for $25.00 per cubic yard scoop, Saturdays from 7:30 am- 12:00 pm, and Wednesdays from 8:00 am-4:00 pm. This red decorative mulch, made from locally collected and recycled material, can add a distinctive touch to your landscaping while naturally supressing weeds, protecting soil from erosion, and enhancing water retention of the soil.  Clean wood (non-painted and non-treated) has been diverted from the Construction and Demolition Landfill, ground to uniform size, screened for contaminants, and colored with a non-toxic, color-fast dye.  This mulch lasts longer than our conventional mulch made from yard waste because of the higher percentage of hardwood it contains.  

Delivery of compost or mulch is available!  Contact Boy Scout Troop #39 at 967-5331 for details. 

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

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First Case of Rabies in a Bat in Orange County for 2002

 

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, March 5, 2002

 

Contact: John Sauls, Director Animal Control, 245-2081; jsauls@co.orange.nc.us

 

Orange County Animal Control reported it’s first confirmed case of rabies in a bat for this calendar year. The bat was submitted last week to the State Public Health Lab in Raleigh for testing for rabies and the positive results were phoned to Animal Control Friday at noon. The lab worker further informed Animal Control that this was the first bat submitted in North Carolina to test positive for rabies in 2002.

 

The incident began shortly after an elderly lady along with a friend returned to her home in Brookwood Townhouses off Estes Drive across from University Mall. About 7 pm they saw something flying around inside her townhouse. They thought it was a bird, and the friend suggested she call 911. She did and two Emergency Animal Rescue Service ( EARS ) workers and a trainee responded. Suspecting it could just as well be a bat, they searched the home but found no bird (or bat ) and finally left. Around midnight the resident again sited the animal flying around and this time was able to identify it as a bat. She called 911 again and the same lead worker responded, this time capturing the bat. At no time during the hours from 7 until 12 did the lady have any physical contact with the bat, nor did she sleep.

 

Upon conferring with both the resident and the EARS worker, Animal Control Director John Sauls submitted the bat to the lab for testing. The resident had not seen the bat come into her home and she had not allowed any unscreened doors or windows to stand open. She was not aware of any “hole” in her townhouse or place where a bat could get in, nor had there ever before been a bat inside her home. The possibility that the bat could have been in her home as early as the evening before and simply gone undetected could not be ruled out. That left open the possibility that the bat was in her home and was active during the previous night while she was asleep. The Centers for Disease Control ruled in 1995 that a bat flying or otherwise in a room where a person is sleeping constitutes an exposure to the possibility of a bite by a potentially rabid animal, and that such a bat should be tested for rabies if possible.

 

Mr. Sauls spoke to the resident on Friday to inform her of the positive result and connected her to the Health Department’s communicable disease nurse. He had previously advised her to have the maintenance workers thoroughly examine the exterior of her unit to determine how the bat may have gained access and to check all vents to the outside to make sure those screens are intact and in place.

Sauls said that residents throughout the county should be aware that an open, unscreened window or door is an invitation for a stray bat to enter, and that vents should be screened and attics should be otherwise “sealed” to prohibit entry by these very small creatures. Additionally he praised the EARS workers for their excellent work. “Very often, finding a bat at rest in someone’s home is like finding the needle in the haystack.”

 

The next scheduled low cost rabies vaccination clinic will be at the Orange County Animal Shelter on Saturday, March 16, from 2 to 4 pm.

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The Greater Triangle Area Women In Business

  2000 and Beyond: Responding to the Challenges

For Immediate Release

Date: 03/04/02

For more information:  Margaret Cannell, Economic Development Commission, 245-2327; mcannell@co.orange.nc.us

Are you a woman business owner looking for affordable workshops and networking opportunities?  Or are you currently employed and looking for ways to increase your knowledge?   The Greater Triangle Area Women In Business is presenting its 4th Annual Spring Conference, to provide you with educational and informative workshops and keynote speeches directed toward you, the woman in business.

2000 and Beyond:  Responding to the Challenges, will be presented at the Holiday Inn Research Triangle Park on Wednesday, April 17 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  The program will feature, as keynote speakers, The Honorable Jeanne Hopkins Lucas, NC Senate, and Carmen Hooker Odom, North Carolina Secretary of Health and Human Services.  In addition to these speakers, noted professionals will conduct 12 workshops on subjects ranging from perfecting your elevator speech to financial planning for women. 

At a cost of $99 for a day of workshops, information, and networking, this ranks as one of the Triangle’s best values.  And lunch is included in the price too! In addition, there is a limited number of booths available for tabletop displays for your business, at additional cost.

Deadline to register is April 5, 2002 – to qualify for early bird prizes, submit your registration before March 15th.  For more information, call Jess McLamb (782-8956) or Celia Dickerson (490-4740) or visit  www.WakeCountyWBON.org.

2000 and Beyond:  Responding to the Challenges is the fourth annual conference presented by the Greater Triangle Area Women In Business, a non-profit group formerly known as the WBON Conference Committee.  This group is a consortium of groups across the Triangle area including:  Business & Professional Women (BPW), Durham Chamber Professional Women’s Network (PWN), Durham Tech Small Business Center, National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), NC Small Business Technology and Development Center (SBDTC), Orange County Economic Development Commission, the Women’s Business Center in Durham, and Wake County Women Business Owners Network (WBON).  The organization is proud that past conferences have been successful in bringing top quality workshops and professional speakers to Triangle women in business.   Corporate sponsors for 2000 and Beyond:  Responding to the Challenges include Duke Power, Progress Energy, Capitol Broadcasting, Central Carolina Bank, Mechanics and Farmers Bank, The Roper Group, and Carolina Woman.

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