Board of County Commissioners
200 South Cameron Street
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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Board of Commissioners Meeting Change for May 5th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 30, 2003

For more information: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board, dbaker@co.orange.nc.us

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will add a Work Session on Monday, May 5, 2003 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Government Services Center, 200 South Cameron Street, Hillsborough, North Carolina.

The Joint Meeting of the Board of Commissions and the Town of Hillsborough will begin at 7:30 p.m. (after the BOCC work session) on Monday, May 5, 2003 at the Government Services Center, 200 South Cameron Street, Hillsborough, North Carolina.

If you have any questions, please call Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board, at 245-2130 or email at dbaker@co.orange.nc.us.

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday, May 3rd

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 29, 2003

For more information: Solid Waste at (919) 968-2788; or Gayle Wilson, (919) 968-2885, recycling@co.orange.nc.us

The Household Hazardous Waste Collection (HHW) will be open on Saturday, May 3, from 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. at the Orange County Landfill, Eubanks Rd. in Chapel Hill. This is the last Saturday that the HHW event will be held all day from 8-4 on a Saturday.

The HHW collection has changed its hours and will now be open every Wednesday-Friday, 10:00 am-6:00pm and every Saturday from 7:30-12:00 noon.

Residents of Chatham, Durham, Orange, and Wake Counties can bring toxic, flammable and corrosive items from home such as anti-freeze, gasoline, paint, lawn and garden chemicals, fluorescent lights or other items that contain mercury, cleaning chemicals or solvents. No medical, explosive, radioactive or business wastes should be brought to the collection site.

The Paint Exchange and Re-Use Shelf, where free latex paint and other household items in good condition are diverted from the collection and offered for free to the public, will not have materials available for give away until later this year. The Household Hazardous Waste Collection will accept used paint that is dropped off.

If latex paint is the only hazardous waste you have stored at your house, consider drying it out at home to save time in line at the special collection. Remove the lid and let the contents evaporate, or help speed the drying process by stirring in kitty litter or dirt. Once latex paint is completely dry, it can be disposed of in the regular trash. Be sure to keep the lid off when disposing of the dried paint.

Household batteries, motor oil and oil filters do not have to wait for a special collection. They can be recycled at one of the County's Solid Waste Convenience Centers. The six centers are located throughout the County at Bradshaw Quarry Road, Eubanks Road, Highway 57, Ferguson Road, High Rock Road and Walnut Grove Church Road. They are all open the following hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 7am to noon and 1pm to 7pm. Saturday 7am to 5pm. Sunday 1pm to 5pm. The centers are closed on Wednesdays.

Contact Orange County Solid Waste Management, (919) 968-2788 or recycling@co.orange.nc.us for more information.

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Board of Commissioners April 24th Meeting to be Continued on April 29th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 25, 2003

For more information: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board, dbaker@co.orange.nc.us

The Orange County Board of Commissioners Work Session of April 24, 2003 will be continued starting at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The Assembly of Governments Meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. (after the brief BOCC work session) on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

If you have any questions, please call Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board, at 245-2130 or email at dbaker@co.orange.nc.us.

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Board of Commissioners Meeting Changes for April 24th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 22, 2003

For more information: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board at (919) 245-2130

CHANGE IN LOCATION of the
ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
APRIL 24, 2003 WORK SESSION

The Orange County Board of Commissioners Work Session will be April 24, 2003 at 7:30 p.m. and the location has changed to the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The public is invited to attend.

CANCELLATION OF MEETING NOTICE
(of the 5:30 Regular Meeting for Closed Session)

Notice is hereby given that the Regular Meeting (for Closed Session) of the Orange County Board of Commissioners that was scheduled for Thursday, April 24, 2003 at 5:30 p.m. at the Government Services Center, 200 South Cameron Street, Hillsborough, North Carolina has been cancelled.

The Work Session will still be held on Thursday, April 24, 2003, beginning 7:30 p.m. and the location of this meeting has been changed to the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, in Chapel Hill.

If you have any questions, please call Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board, at 245-2130 or email at dbaker@co.orange.nc.us.

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Outdoor Compost Bin Sale on April 26th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 10, 2003

For more information: Orange County Solid Waste Management at (919) 968-2788,

Orange County Solid Waste Management presents the annual Compost Bin Sale on Saturday April 26, 2003 from 9:00am-4:00pm. The sale will be held at the Park and Ride Lot on Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill. Back by popular demand, the sale will feature "Home Composters" for $39 each (tax included). Sale-goers will also have the opportunity to purchase compost turning tools for $10.00 each. Both are being sold for considerable savings compared to on-line or catalog sources. There will be experienced composters and master gardeners at the sale to answer composting questions.

"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 assembly. 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 unit is 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 needlessly landfilled. 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 Earthday, compost!

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April 9th JPA Meeting Cancelled

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 4, 2003

For more information: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board at (919) 245-2130

By the authority of the Chair of the Orange County Board of County Commissioners, notice is hereby given that the Joint Planning Area (JPA) meeting scheduled for April 9, 2003 at 7:30 p.m. at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, North Carolina is cancelled.

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Orange County Prepares for Possible Fall-out from Iraq Invasion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 25, 2003

For more information: Nick Waters at (919) 968-2050

Orange County has instituted preparations for possible consequences as a result of the invasion in Iraq. On Tuesday, March 18, 2003, Emergency Management staff and selected county departments reviewed their multi-hazard plans, contact lists, and staff assignments. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was prepared for activation, including staff assignments, duty rosters, and stocking of supplies. All of the Communications Division staff received special training in personal protection in case of an attack.

Emergency Management staff also started consulting with all the local law enforcement agencies, including the University and the Hospital about any threats, and/or activities that may be of concern. A meeting was held at the Emergency Management Center with the police departments from Hillsborough, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, UNC Hospitals, UNC Campus, the Sheriff's Office, and NC Highway Patrol.

Discussions focused on the intelligence each department had received on credible threats and on the planned demonstrations at UNC Campus in Chapel Hill. UNC Hospitals also provided information about their security plans.

The Orange County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) staff are on standby and the EOC will activate if a credible threat is received, and/or an actual attack occurs somewhere in the United States. The Center will remain open as long as a significant risk remains.

At this time, there have been no credible threats received that affect Orange County. Emergency Management continues to stay in contact with local law enforcement officials, state and federal officials, monitoring the situations and risks.

For more information, contact Nick Waters, Director, Orange County Emergency Management Services, at 968-2050.

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First Orange County Environmental Summit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 24, 2003

For more information: David Stancil 245-2590 or Rich Shaw 245-2591

The Orange County Commission for the Environment will hold the first Orange County Environmental Summit on Saturday, March 29. The summit will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Totten Center of the N.C. Botanical Garden on Old Mason Farm Road in Chapel Hill. The event, which concludes at noon, is open to the public and interested citizens are welcome to attend. A light brunch will be served.

The summit will feature a guest speaker, remarks from County Commissioners Chair Margaret Brown and Commissioner Alice Gordon, and Commission for the Environment co-chairs Cara Crisler and Richard Whisnant. The State of the Environment 2002 report, as compiled by the Commission for the Environment, will also be presented.

The guest speaker for the event is Reid Wilson, the new Executive Director of the Conservation Trust for North Carolina. Area environmental groups will have exhibits available for viewing, and there is an optional nature hike through the garden and adjoining trails following the summit.For more information, contact Carol Melton with the Orange County Environment and resource Conservation Department, at 245-2590 or

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Small Farms Week Begins March 24th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 14, 2003

For More Information:  Michael Lanier, 245-2330, mlanier@co.orange.nc.us

The week of March 24th is Small Farms Week in North Carolina.  The theme of this year’s event is Sustaining Small Farms Through Profitable Markets and Niches.  The weeklong event will honor the contributions that small farmers have made to our state and nation.

Statewide events will focus on strategies and research projects designed to help small farmers be more profitable.  The week’s events will culminate in an Annual State of Small Farms address at the Vance County Extension Center in Henderson.   The Dean of the NC A&T State University School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences will deliver the address.

Local events will also be held throughout the state.  In Orange County, there will be a demonstration of the new Orange County Farms website, http://www.orangecountyfarms.org.  This resource is designed for both farmers and consumers, and both are welcome to attend.

Orange County farmers can learn how they can benefit from the site, and consumers can find out how to support farmers by using the site to identify and locate products and services.  The demonstration will take place on March 24th at 10:00 a.m. in the Foods Lab at the Orange County Cooperative Extension Center at 306/E Revere Road in Hillsborough.

For more information about the week’s events, call Dr. Daniel M. Lyons, Sr., Chairperson of Small Farms Week 2003 at 336-334-7734.  For more information about the local event, please contact Mike Lanier at 245-2330 or mlanier@co.orange.nc.us.

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First Case of Wildlife Rabies in Orange County for 2003

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 3, 2003

For more information:  John Sauls, Animal Control, 245-2081

Orange County Animal Control is reporting that a skunk sent for testing to the state public health lab was found to be rabid.

A resident of McDade Store Road saw a skunk walk into his backyard. He tried to call his dog to him but it was too late. The skunk ran at the dog, a female Rottweiler. The dog then grabbed and killed the skunk. The man reported that it appeared to him that the skunk bit the dog on the lip during the attack.

 The dog owner called animal control the next day to report the incident, saying that he believed the skunk bit the dog. He was told to restrain the dog and an Animal Control Officer was dispatched. The man reported that the dog did not have a current valid rabies vaccination and animal control had no record of the dog in its database.  The man was told his options, according to North Carolina state law, were to quarantine the dog for six months at a place approved by animal control, or to surrender the dog for euthanasia. The man elected to surrender the dog. Shelter personnel later discovered that the dog had previously been vaccinated against rabies in May of 2001. The vaccination was reported to be the dog’s first rabies vaccination, which by law, is good for one year. Shelter and animal control personnel are continuing to attempt to find if there was another rabies vaccination in the dog’s history. If none is found the dog will have to be euthanized.

Animal Control Director John Sauls said that this case, the first of the calendar year, has been very upsetting to both the animal control and shelter staffs. “The needless killing of any dog simply because the owner failed to get it a rabies vaccination always upsets and disappoints our personnel. Both agencies go to great lengths to provide frequent low cost rabies vaccination opportunities. From our point of view, there is no excuse for failing to vaccinate against rabies in Orange County.”

Animal Control will sponsor a low cost rabies vaccination clinic date Saturday, March 8, from one until two pm or until all dogs and cats in attendance have been vaccinated. Two convenient locations will be available: the parking lot beside the new courthouse in Hillsborough, and Efland- Cheeks Elementary School.

Cats should be brought in cat carriers and dogs should be on short leashes. Fractious animals should be left in the owner’s vehicle and the veterinarian will vaccinate them there.

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Starting March 17th Residents Need Landfill Permit for Free Yard Waste Disposal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 3, 2003

For more information:  Solid Waste Management, (919) 968-2788, recycling@co.orange.nc.us  

Effective Monday, March 17, 2003, Orange County residents will once again be required to have permits to dispose of yard waste and brush at no charge at the Orange County Landfill.  Permits and fees have been waived for the last couple of months to help speed cleanup efforts and processing at the landfill following the severe ice storm in December.  Now that cleanup activity has slowed, the permit system will be reinstiuted.  Residents arriving at the landfill without a permit on or after March 17 will be required to pay the regular tipping fee associated with their load.  Loads must be covered with a tarp when they arrive at the landfill.

Residents of Carrboro, Hillsborough and the unincorporated areas of Orange County can pick up permits the Orange County Public Works Administrative Office or at Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers located throughout the County.   Town of Chapel Hill residents only can receive landfill permits at the Chapel Hill Public Works Office on Municipal Drive.

The six centers are located throughout the County at Bradshaw Quarry Road, Eubanks Road, Highway 57, Ferguson Road, High Rock Road and Walnut Grove Church Road. They are all open the following hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 7am to noon and 1pm to 7pm; Saturday, 7am to 5pm and Sunday, 1pm to 5pm. They are closed Wednesdays.  Loads brought to the Convenience Centers that are greater than 1/2  a pick-up or trailer load are referred to the Orange County Landfill. The landfill requires all loads to be covered with a tarp.

For more information regarding the landfill, landfill tipping fees, or the solid waste convenience centers visit www.co.orange.nc.us/landfill/ or contact the Orange County Solid Waste Management Department, (919)968-2788 or recycling@co.orange.nc.us

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Annual State of the Local Economy Breakfast is Tuesday, March 11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 28, 2003

Contact:  Dianne Reid, Economic Development Director, dreid@co.orange.nc.us  

The Orange County Economic Development Commission will present the annual State of the Local Economy Breakfast on Tuesday, March 11, beginning at 7:30 a.m., at the Carolina Club in Chapel Hill. 

In celebration of Orange County’s 250th anniversary, the theme of the Breakfast will be “Glimpses of our past…Overview of Orange County today.” 

Tickets for the event are $25 per person, or $225 for a table of ten.  For reservations, contact Yvonne Scarlett at 245-2325 or email her at yscarlett@co.orange.nc.us. 

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