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


Contact: David Hunt
Information Specialist
(919) 245-2126
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March/April 2006

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Planning 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 26, 2006

Contact: Glenn Bowles, Orange County Planning Department (919) 245-2577  
              

Transfer of Development Rights Feasibility

The Transfer of Development Rights Task Force will host a public meeting on Tuesday, May 9, 2006, at 6:30 pm in the F. Gordon Battle Courtroom in downtown Hillsborough.   Participants will discuss issues and concerns surrounding the feasibility of adopting a Transfer of Development Rights program in Orange County.  All members of the public, as well as the Orange County Planning Board, Commission for the Environment, Economic Development Commission, Agricultural Preservation Board, Affordable Housing Advisory Board, Efland-Mebane Small Area Plan Task Force, and Hillsborough-Orange County Strategic Growth Steering Committees are cordially invited to attend. 

The meeting format will include a brief introduction, a presentation from the consultants, Louis Berger Group/UNC-Charlotte Urban Institute, and various stations outlining aspects of consideration for the Transfer of Development Rights Feasibility Study, with the opportunity for questions and answers.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Glenn Bowles, Planner II at 245-2577.

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Recreation and Parks 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 21, 2006

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

Cool Jazz Festival

3rd Annual Cool Jazz Festival:  This FREE festival will showcase Latin Grammy Award winner David Sanchez and recording artist John Brown Quintet with special guest Lois Deloatch as well as local artists, Susan Reeves, Equinox, The Will McBride Group, the North Carolina Central Jazz Ensemble, Elon University Jazz Ensembles, and area high school and middle school jazz ensembles.  Orange County Recreation and Parks is hosting the festival at River Park (located off Margaret Lane next to the Orange County Courthouse) in Hillsborough, NC from 11am –7pm on April 29, 2006.  

For more information contact, 919-245-2660.  http://www.co.orange.nc.us/RecParks/index.htm

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Recreation and Parks 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 21, 2006

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

Efland-Cheeks Park Phase II

The Orange County Board of Commissioners and Orange County Recreation and Parks Department (OCRPD) proudly announce the Grand Opening Ceremony for Phase II of the Efland-Cheeks Community School Park.  The FREE event is open to the public and will take place on Friday, April 28, 2006 at 117 Richmond Road off of Hwy 70 in Efland, NC at 7:00pm.  The event will coincide with season opening games for OCRPD T-Ball and Softball programs.  Attendees will be treated with traditional hotdogs, cracker jacks, and popcorn as part of the Ribbon Cutting and Ceremonial ‘Lighting of the Field’ Ceremony.   The event marks the completion of construction for new field lights and walking track lights, the addition of a new picnic shelter, and a new playground adjacent to the playing fields.  The 2001 Parks and Open Space Bond approved by the citizens of Orange County made funding for the park project possible. 

For further information please contact Orange County Recreation and Parks Department at 919-245-2660.

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Housing 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 20, 2006

Contact: Tara Fikes, Orange County Housing and Community Development Department, (919) 245-2490  
              

Community Forum Seeking Solutions for Ending Homelessness

The Partnership to End Homelessness, a broad coalition of community groups and government officials will sponsor a forum to develop action steps and solutions for ending homelessness in Orange County. The Community Forum on Homelessness will be held Thursday, April 27, 2006 from 6-9pm at A.L. Stanback Middle School located at 3700 NC Highway 86 South in Hillsborough, NC. Dinner, door prizes and information about community resources will be provided.   Transportation and childcare can be arranged. All interested members of the community are invited to attend.

The purpose of the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness is to address the following goals:

  • To educate the community by dispelling myths and putting a face on the homeless;
  • To develop a long term plan to end homelessness in Orange County; and
  • To encourage personal responsibility by inviting the community to address this issue individually.

The Forum is a component of the development of our local Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness.  The purpose of the Forum is to develop personal action steps and community-wide solutions that will effect change and assist in the goal of ending homelessness.  We seek to involve a wide number of participants and new stakeholders including homeless individuals, consumers, community agency representatives, businesses, congregations, volunteers, civic clubs, neighborhood associations, elected officials, public employees, students, University officials and concerned citizens. Attendees will participate in small group discussions on the following topics:

  • Housing
  • Basic Necessities
  • Community Perceptions
  • Community Partnerships
  • Discharge Planning
  • Prevention
  • Employment/Education
  • Transportation
  • Connecting to Services
  •  Successful Models of Service

These topics were identified as recurring themes throughout the County during a series of nineteen focus group sessions held in late February and early March 2006.  In addition, an UNC-student team identified these themes during an intensive community assessment that involved individual interviews with people who are homeless or previously homeless, service providers and community members. 

To arrange transportation, call Orange Public Transportation at 919-245-2008 by 5pm on Tuesday, April 25, 2006.

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 20, 2006

Contact: Monica Evans, Orange County Board of Commissioners' Office, (919) 245-2125  
              

Orange County Board of Commissioners Seeks Volunteers for the Sportsplex Community Advisory Committee

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is currently recruiting for the Sportsplex Community Advisory Committee. 

The Sportsplex Community Advisory Committee will:

 

§         Serve in an advisory capacity to the BOCC and County Management on community issues and interests concerning the Sportsplex facility.

§         Be a conduit to the BOCC and County Management for questions, suggestions, special requests, and other items that emerge from the community about Sportsplex operations

Areas of potential input/feedback include: customer satisfaction, member rates/fees, operating hours, community use, parking, building upkeep, food services and programming options.

Member Composition

Advisory of Aging- 1 member

Recreation and Parks Advisory Committee- 1 Member

Cooperative Extension Advisory Board- 1 Member

Orange County Employee Consortium- 1 Member

Orange County Schools (Student Health/Athletics)- 1 Member

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (Student Health/Athletics)- 1 Member

Community Members- 6 Member

The Board of Commissioners encourages all Orange County residents to apply for this taskforce. For more information on this and other Orange County Volunteer opportunities, visit the Orange County website, www.co.orange.nc.us or Contact the Office of the Clerk at 245-2125 or mevans@co.orange.nc.us for more information.

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 20, 2006

Contact: Monica Evans, Orange County Board of Commissioners' Office, (919) 245-2125  
              

Orange County Commissioners Seek Volunteers for Board of Adjustment

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is currently seeking volunteers for the Orange County Board of Adjustment.

All Orange County Board of Adjustment members are appointed by the Board of Commissioners. The Board of Adjustment hears and decides all appeals from, and reviews any decisions made by the Zoning Officer.   The Board of Adjustment also hears and decides upon applications for Special Uses that require the Board's approval.   The Board of Adjustment will hear and decide appeals for variance from the dimensional regulations in the Zoning Ordinance.  All member of the Orange County Board of Adjustment must live in Orange County’s Planning Jurisdiction.

The Board of Commissioners encourages all qualified Orange County residents to apply for this taskforce. For more information on this and other Orange County Volunteer opportunities, visit the Orange County website, www.co.orange.nc.us or Contact the Office of the Clerk at 245-2125 or mevans@co.orange.nc.us for more information.

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Emergency Management 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 18, 2006

Contact: Mike Tapp, Orange County Fire Marshal, (919) 968-2050  
              

Wildfire Danger High in Orange County

HILLSBOROUGH – The risk of a dangerous brush or woods fire is extremely high locally, according to Orange County Emergency Management.

“Orange County has had a higher than normal number of red flag days so far this year,” said Mike Tapp, Orange County Fire Marshal. 

A red flag warning is issued when an area is expected to have sustained winds of 20 mph or greater with wind gusts of 30 mph or greater and the relative humidity is less than or equal to 25 percent.  Any fire that does start has the potential to spread rapidly and could quickly become uncontrollable.

From January 1, 2006 to April 1, 2006 firefighters have responded to over 200 brush, grass, and woods fires in Orange County.  This is more than double the 86 calls during the same time frame last year. 

“We are asking Orange County residents not to burn leaves or brush piles until the area receives a good soaking rainfall,” Tapp said.

Spring is typically North Carolina’s busiest season for wildfires because dry, windy and warm conditions persist. Also, fuels such as dried out pine straw and storm-downed timber make forests particularly vulnerable if fires start.

Burning trash and household waste is a violation of local, state and Environmental Protection burning regulations. Only residential yard debris, which includes leaves and brush, can be burned legally. If people are considering burning yard debris, they should:

  • Check local city and/or county laws on open burning.
  • Obtain required burning permits.
  • Clear a perimeter around the area where you plan to burn.
  • Keep fire tools available. To control the fire, residents will need a garden hose to extinguish a fire or a shovel for tossing dirt on the fire.
  • Never use flammable liquids such as kerosene, gasoline or diesel fuel to speed debris burning.
  • Stay with the fire until it is completely out and never leave a fire unattended.  If the fire becomes uncontrollable, call 9-1-1.

Contact the Orange County Fire Marshal’s Office at 919-968-2050 for additional information or assistance.

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 17, 2006

Contact: Monica Evans, Orange County Board of Commissioners' Office, (919) 245-2125  
              

Orange County Boards and Commissions Recent Appointments

At its April 10, 2006 meeting, the Orange County Board of Commissioners appointed the following citizen volunteers to County Advisory Boards and Commissions.

Volunteer

Board

Ted Triebel

Orange County Board of Adjustment

At its April 10, 2006 meeting, the Orange County Board of Commissioners appointed the following Commissioners to County Advisory Boards and Commissions.

Commissioner

Board

Moses Carey Jr

Rogers Rd Small Area Plan Taskforce

Valerie Foushee

Child Care Taskforce

Steve Halkiotis

Child Care Taskforce, alternate

Barry Jacobs

Child Care Taskforce, alternate

At its April 10, 2006 meeting, the Orange County Board of Commissioners reappointed the following citizen volunteers to County Advisory Boards and Commissions.

Volunteer

Board

Barrie Wallace

Hillsborough Planning Board

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Inspections 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 13, 2006

Contact: Susan Mellott, Orange County Planning and Inspections Department (919) 245-2600  
              

Buckhorn Road Flea Market Building Condemned

Orange County officials conducted inspections at the Buckhorn Flea Market located at 508 Buckhorn Rd. near Interstate 85 after receiving numerous safety and traffic complaints. 

An inspection team of county officials representing Emergency Management Services, Orange County Zoning Division, and Orange County Building Inspections Division visited the site to determine what issues may have prompted increases in traffic and to determine if the building was safe for the patrons and tenants that used and frequented the flea market. The County enforces state and federal laws and codes.  The investigation found serious Building and Fire Code violations.  Some of the most dangerous conditions included overloaded and improperly installed electrical systems, extremely flammable finishes used on walls and ceilings, vendors improperly using propane and kerosene heaters, inadequate exits, no emergency lighting, no fire protection systems, no fire alarm systems, and no established fire lanes for emergency vehicle access.

These conditions pose imminent life safety concerns. The Building Inspections Division is required by N.C. General Statutes to declare this building unsafe.  A condemnation notice was issued on April 12, 2006.  This notice alerts the owners, vendors, and public that the building is declared “unsafe” by the Orange County Building Official and they enter at their own risk.  Outside activity is not affected by this notice. 

The owners are entitled to a hearing before the Building Official within 10 days of the condemnation notice.  At that time, corrective actions to eliminate immediate hazardous conditions will be discussed with the owners.  Long term resolution of other building and fire code deficiencies will also be examined.

“It is of utmost importance that the patrons, vendors, and owners of this facility understand that Orange County is required by law to take this enforcement action,” said Susan Mellott, Orange County Building Official. 

“We are sensitive to the fact that many people from our community frequent this facility.  Every effort will be made to assist the owners and vendors in the corrective measures necessary,” Mellott added.

We will keep the community informed as code compliance issues are pursued in the short and long term.  For additional information please contact the Orange County Building Official, Susan Mellott at 919-245-2600 or Orange County Planning and Inspections Director, Craig N. Benedict at 919-245-2575.

 - In Spanish - 

El edificio del mercado de la pulga en Buckhorn Road fue declarado en ruina

Los oficiales del condado de Orange llevaron a cabo inspecciones después de recibir numerosas quejas sobre la seguridad y el tráfico asociadas con el mercado de la pulga de Buckhorn ubicado en Buckhorn Rd. 508 cerca de la interestatal 85.

Un equipo de inspección formado por oficiales del condado representando a los Servicios de Manejo de Emergencia, a la División de Clasificación de Zonas del Condado de Orange, y a la División de Inspección de Edificios del condado de Orange, visitaron este mercado para determinar los factores que pudieron haber llevado a un aumento en el tráfico y a determinar si el edificio es peligroso para los clientes e inquilinos que usaban y frecuentaban este lugar. El condado hace cumplir los códigos, así como las leyes federales y estatales.  En la investigación se encontraron serias violaciones a los códigos de construcción e incendio. Algunas de las condiciones más peligrosas incluyen sistemas eléctricos sobrecargados e instalados incorrectamente,  acabados extremadamente inflamables en las paredes y techos,  uso inapropiado de calentadores de keroseno y propano por parte de los vendedores, salidas inadecuadas, falta de alumbrado de emergencia, sistemas de protección y alarmas contra incendios, así como la carencia de carriles establecidos para el acceso de vehículos de emergencia y de bomberos.

Estos problemas plantean preocupaciones inminentes a la seguridad de la vida. Los estatutos generales de Carolina del Norte requieren que la División de Inspección de Edificios declare esta construcción como peligrosa.  El 12 de abril de 2006 se publicó un aviso de que el edificio estaba declarado en ruina. En este aviso se le advierte a los dueños, vendedores y al público en general que el Oficial de Construcción del condado de Orange declaró que el edificio es peligroso y que entran bajo su propio riesgo. Las actividades que se llevan acabo afuera de este edificio no se ven afectadas por este aviso.

Los dueños tienen derecho a una audiencia ante el Oficial de Construcción dentro de los primeros 10 días a partir del aviso que declara en ruina la construcción. En esa audiencia, se discutirá con los dueños las medidas correctivas a realizar para eliminar las condiciones peligrosas inminentes. También se examinarán las resoluciones a largo plazo de las violaciones a los códigos de construcción e incendio.

“Es de suma importancia que los clientes, vendedores y dueños de esta instalación entiendan que la ley requiere que el condado de Orange haga cumplir esta resolución,” declaró Susan Mellot, Oficial de Construcción del condado de Orange.

“Estamos conscientes de que muchas personas de nuestra comunidad frecuentan este lugar. Haremos nuestro mejor esfuerzo para ayudar a los dueños y vendedores a llevar a acabo las medidas correctivas que sean necesarias,” añadió Mellott.

Mantendremos a la comunidad informada conforme se vayan resolviendo las violaciones al código en el corto y largo plazo. Para mayor información puede ponerse en contacto con Susan Mellott, Oficial de Construcción del condado de Orange al 919-245-2600 o con Craig N. Benedict, Director de Planeación e Inspección del condado de Orange al 919-245-2575.

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 11, 2006

Contact: David Hunt, Deputy Clerk / Information Specialist (919) 245-2126  
              

Public Comment Sought for Orange County Manager Search

After 18 years of service, John Link, the Orange County Manager is retiring.  The challenge now is finding a new manager.

The Orange County Board of Commissioners would like to invite public input on the search criteria by posing the following question:

“What are the most important characteristics for a County Manager in Orange County?”

Comments may be submitted to the BOCC using the following methods.

By U. S. Mail:

Manager Search
Orange County Board of Commissioners
P. O. Box 8181
Hillsborough, NC 27278

By email:

managersearch@co.orange.nc.us

Or hand delivered to the Clerks office, 200 South Cameron Street, Hillsborough. 

Submit comments no later than May 15, 2006. 

Rapid response is appreciated to help expedite the search process.

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will notify the public of this opportunity through newspaper ads, postings in community areas such as public libraries, and on the Orange County website under “What’s New”. 

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Recycling 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 10, 2006

Contact: Muriel Williman, Orange County Solid Waste Management, (919) 968-2800  
              

Solid Waste Holiday Schedule

Solid Waste Convenience Centers Closed Easter Sunday

 

Curbside recycling will be collected according to the regular schedule on Good Friday.  If your recycling day falls on Friday, April 14, 2006 be sure to have your bin out to the curb by 7:00 am or bring it out the evening prior to collection as usual. 

 

The Orange County Landfill on Eubanks Road, and all associated services such as the electronics collection and mulch sales will also maintain normal business hours, 7:00 am-4:00 pm on Friday, April 14.

 

Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers will also be open as usual on Friday, April 14 from 7am-7pm, closed from 12noon-1pm for lunch.  However, the Centers will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 16.

 

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

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ERCD 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 7, 2006

Contact: David Stancil, Orange County Environment and Resource Conservation, (919) 245-2590  
              

Protecting Water Resources

Since the drought of 2002, it has become increasingly apparent that a number of issues must be addressed if the Eno River is to viably maintain its role in our communities. 

Orange County will host the Eno River Confluence on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at the “Big Barn” in Hillsborough starting at 9:00 a.m. to discuss this critical water supply. 

Confluence is a juncture or flowing together of streams and aptly fits as members of the community assemble to work together on preserving natural water resources flowing through Orange County. 

“Even before we realized we were in another drought, Orange County Government was proactive in protecting our water and natural resources by planning this event,” said Commissioner Barry Jacobs.

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Agriculture 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 6, 2006

Contact: Karen McAdams, Agricultural Extension Agent - Cooperative Extension Service, Orange County, (919) 245-2050  
              

Central Piedmont Jr. Livestock Show and Sale - Supporting Youth and Agriculture

The Central Piedmont Jr. Livestock Show and Sale will be held on April 19 – 20, 2006 at the Central Carolina Holstein Barn in the Orange Grove Community southwest of Hillsborough. 

The 2006 show will be the 61st annual show.  The show started in Durham just after the end of World War II and for 43 years was sponsored by the Durham Kiwanis Club.  The event moved to Orange Grove in 1988. 

The show will feature youngsters, age 5-18, and the farm animals (hogs, steers, lambs, beef heifers, and goats) they raised as a 4-H or FFA project.

Over the course of the two-day event young people from Orange, Durham, Person, Alamance, Wake, Guilford, Chatham, Randolph and Caswell counties will show and compete. 

Wednesday afternoon youngsters will show hogs, lambs, and steers.  Thursday they will show goats and steers.  Awards will be presented Thursday evening followed by the sale by auction of the hogs, lambs, and steers. 

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 5, 2006

Contact: Monica Evans, Orange County Board of Commissioners' Office, (919) 245-2125  
              

Orange County Board of Commissioners Recruiting for New Hope Park at Blackwood Farm Master Plan Committee

The Orange County Board of Commissioners’ Office is currently seeking volunteers to serve on the New Hope Park at Blackwood Farm Master Plan Committee. 

The New Hope Park Master Plan Committee is charged with developing a Master plan for the New Hope Park at Blackwood Farm.  The 152 acres New Hope Park is located near the intersection of NC 86 and New Hope Church Road. 

The Master Plan will consist of a map, which will include all the proposed buildings, playing and other fields, roads, parking, facilities, and amenities as well as vegetative cover, hydrology and all other necessary components. The Master Plan will also include a written report in support of the master plan map, outlining the proposed uses, the design rationale, natural and cultural features, existing and proposed land uses, potential future phases and construction cost estimates.  The Master Plan will address co-location of proposed facilities with the goal of providing for synergies of use and appropriate transitions between different components of the park.

The New Hope Master Plan Committee should include:

4 Citizen Volunteers, including at least one farmer

1 Agricultural Preservation Board member

1 Commission for the Environment member

1 Economic Development Commission member

1 Historic Preservation Commission member

1 Orange County Planning Board member

2 Recreation and Parks Advisory Council members

2 County Commissioners

The Board of Commissioners encourages all Orange County residents to apply for this taskforce. For more information on this and other Orange County Volunteer opportunities, visit the Orange County website, www.co.orange.nc.us or Contact the Office of the Clerk at 245-2125 or mevans@co.orange.nc.us for more information.

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 5, 2006

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

Orange County Board of Commissioners Special Meeting Notice

Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 153A-40, the Board of County Commissioners provides notice of the following changes in the 2006 meeting schedule.   

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Monday, April 10, 2006 at 5:00 p.m. at the Orange County Purchasing office, 129 East King Street in Hillsborough to discuss the manager search process. The session is prior to the scheduled 7:30 p.m. regular meeting at the F. Gordon Battle Courtroom in Hillsborough.

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 24, 2006

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

Orange County Board of Commissioners Special Meeting Notice

Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 153A-40, the Board of County Commissioners provides notice of the following changes in the 2006 meeting schedule.   

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will meet on Thursday, March 30, 2006 at 5:30 p.m. at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill to discuss the manager search process. The session is prior to the scheduled 7:30 p.m. Assembly of Governments meeting also at the Southern Human Services Center.

The Orange County Board of Commissioners Legislative Breakfast scheduled for April 24, 2006 has been canceled.  

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 23, 2006

Contact: Monica Evans, Orange County Board of Commissioners' Office, (919) 245-2125  
              

Orange County Boards and Commissions Recent Appointments

At its March 21, 2006 meeting, the Orange County Board of Commissioners appointed the following citizen volunteers to County Advisory Boards and Commissions.

 

Citizen Appointee                                Board Name

B. Patrick McGarry                      Agricultural Preservation Board

Spence Dickinson                        Agricultural Preservation Board

Bill Boyarsky                                Cable TV Advisory Committee

Kendra Van Pelt                            Cable TV Advisory Committee

Dan Barker                                     Cable TV Advisory Committee

Craig Lloyd                                    Cable TV Advisory Committee

James L. Ward                               Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau

Robert B. Ward                              Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau

Lucy Adams                                   Commission for the Environment

Matthew O'Brien                            Commission for the Environment

Brian Rosa                                       Commission for the Environment

Margaret Brown                              Equalization and Review Board

Jerry L. Kruter                                 Equalization and Review Board

Janet Sparks                                     Equalization and Review Board

William Crowther                             Equalization and Review Board

Pamela J. Davis                                Equalization and Review Board

Thomas H. Heffner                          Equalization and Review Board

John Timothy Kepley                      Equalization and Review Board

Reginald Morgan                              Equalization and Review Board

Paul Snow                                           Equalization and Review Board

Arthur St. John                                  Equalization and Review Board

Claire G. Williams                               Equalization and Review Board

Samantha Cabe                                   Orange County Board of Adjustment

Thomas Brown                                    Orange County Board of Adjustment

Joel Forrest Knight                             Orange County Planning Board

Judith Wegner                                     Orange County Planning Board

Keith Bagby                                          Recreation and Parks Advisory Council

Chuck Hobgood                                   Recreation and Parks Advisory Council

 

At its March 21, 2006 meeting, the Orange County Board of Commissioners reappointed the following citizen volunteers to County Advisory Boards and Commissions. 

 

Citizen Appointee                                Board Name

Alice Levinson                                Arts Commission

Tom Allison                                     Historic Preservation Commission

Brian Dobyns                                   Orange County Planning Board

Bernadette Pelissier                         Orange County Planning Board

Jay Bryan                                          Orange County Planning Board

Stephen (Steve) D. Peck                  Recreation and Parks Advisory Council

Carroll Lewis Hawkins                      Recreation and Parks Advisory Council

Deborah Judd                                    Recreation and Parks Advisory Council

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Economic Development 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 6, 2006

Contact: Dianne Reid, Orange County Economic Development Director, (919) 245-2325  
              

State of the Local Economy Annual Breakfast

The Orange County Economic Development Commission (EDC) will present its annual State of the Local Economy breakfast on Tuesday, March 14 from 7:15 to 9:15 a.m. at the Carolina Club on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. 

In addition to examining various economic indicators, the EDC will unveil a recently concluded study of the revenues and expenditures associated with residential, commercial, and agricultural sectors.

Speakers will include Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton, Chapel Hill Mayor Kevin Foy, Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens, Board of County Commissioners Chair Barry Jacobs, and Jesse White, Director of Economic and Business Development for UNC-Chapel Hill.  All will address economic development efforts within their purview.

To purchase individual tickets (at $25) or a table for 10 (at $225), contact Yvonne Scarlett at 245-2325 or yscarlett@co.orange.nc.us. 

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 6, 2006

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

Orange County Boards and Commissions Recent Appointments

At its February 21, 2006 meeting, the Orange County Board of Commissioners appointed the following citizen volunteers to County Advisory Boards and Commissions.

 

Volunteer Name

Volunteer Board

Peggy Cohn

Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee

Jeanette Clark

Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee

Dan Barker

Arts Commission

Sarah Dougherty

Arts Commission

Roger Smith

Information Technology Advisory Committee

Edward Thacker

Information Technology Advisory Committee

Susie Morrow

Information Technology Advisory Committee

Sam Lasris

Orange Unified Transportation Advisory Board

Bryn Smith

Orange Unified Transportation Advisory Board

Alton (Al) Terry

Orange Unified Transportation Advisory Board

Elisabeth Lake

Orange Unified Transportation Advisory Board

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Agriculture 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 3, 2006

Contact: Noah Ranells, Orange County Agricultural Economic Development, (919) 245-2330  
              

Organic Dairy Workshop

There are new exciting options for dairy farmers in Orange County. A workshop is planned for March 8, 2006 to allow farmers to learn more about producing certified organic milk. Organic Valley, NC State University, and Carolina Farm Stewardship are partnering to bring farmers and experts together so that farmers can get the information they need before making a decision to go certified organic.

Home to 5,400 dairy cows in 1984, Orange County dairy farmers only had 1,600 milk cows in 2005. Part of the decline of the dairy cow population has been a response to fluctuations in the dairy industry, but local dairy farms have also experienced rising land values and development pressure around Chapel Hill and Durham.

But now, consumers in those same municipalities are raising the demand for organic milk products, with a strong preference to locally produced dairy products.  Given rising fuel costs, groups like Organic Valley are seeking to keep the food circle smaller by encouraging certified organic dairy production in Orange County and surrounding areas.  Not only would this save transportation costs and reduce fuel dependency, but it would also reinvigorate farming and farm communities in the Piedmont region.

Lowell Rheinheimer, Mideast Region Pool Coordinator for CROPP Cooperative / Organic Valley says "Organic dairy production is poised to take off in North Carolina as producers discover that going organic isn't as difficult as they thought and that pay prices are more than they thought."  Organic Valley conducts numerous workshops on organic dairy production including the March 8th event from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Cane Creek Baptist Church Activity Center.  The workshop will cover organic soils and cropping systems and discuss organic farming principles, relate the experiences of a current organic dairy producer and examine ideas for best adapting organic dairy production to this region.

For more information on the workshop, please contact Noah Ranells  Orange County Agricultural Economic Development Coordinator, at 245-2330 or email him at nranells@co.orange.nc.us.

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 3, 2006

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

Calendar Updates for 2006 BOCC Meetings

Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 153A-40, the Board of County Commissioners provides notice of the following changes in the 2006 meeting schedule.   

A Work Session has been added for Thursday, March 15, 2006 at 4:00 p.m. at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill. The work session is prior to the previously scheduled 7:30 p.m. work session at the same location.

The Board of Commissioners have been invited to attend the next regular meeting of the Orange County Clean Water Committee on Monday, March 20, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cedar Grove Fire Department, 5912 Penecost Road, Cedar Grove, N.C.

The Board added a meeting on Thursday, March 23, 2006 from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. in the BOCC Office at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Board will host the Eno River Confluence, a summit for the preservation and protection of the Eno River, its watershed and tributaries, on April 11, 2006 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Big Barn in Hillsborough. 

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Human Rights and Relations 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 1, 2006

Contact: Milan Pham, Orange County Commission for Women, Department of Human Rights and Relations, (919) 960-3875  
              

"Words of Choice"

The Orange County Commission for Women will host a stage production for Women’s History Month. 

New York actors: Rebecca Mills, Christa Victoria and Carl Jaynes are stepping out on the stage in “Words of Choice” directed by Cindy Cooper with associate director Catrin Parker, on March 26, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 Greensboro Street in Carrboro, North Carolina. 

The Orange County Commission for Women is a volunteer commission in the Department of Human Rights and Relations.  The commission serves as a resource to expand knowledge and understanding of women’s issues and to make recommendations to the County Board of Commissioners. 

“Words of Choice” created by Cindy Cooper, weaves together the comic and serious writings of 14 writers on pregnancy, contraception, abortion and much more.  The actors will present the true-to-life experiences of reproductive freedom.

“The wide range of voices of women and men and their choices is particularly poignant at this time when reproductive freedom is on the line in legislatures, courts, and the White House,” said Cooper.  “These stories open up the conversation to real needs and real consequences.”

“Words of Choice” has toured the U.S. at colleges, community centers, faith-based institutions and theaters in 198 cities in Florida, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, New Jersey and Maryland.  Other performances have been in Virginia, Washington, D.C., Boston, Ohio and New York at Union Theological Seminary.  More information is available at: www.wordsofchoice.net.

Along with the Commission for Women, the following organizations are supporters and co-sponsors: Cameron’s at University Mall; IPAS; Orange County Rape Crisis Center; Orange County Human Rights Commission; Planned Parenthood; Raleigh-NOW; and both Weaver Street Market locations.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at both Weaver Street Market locations and Cameron at University Mall.  For additional information please contact Pamela Pagan at ppagan@co.orange.nc.us or by phone at 919-960-3875.

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Social Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 1, 2006

Contact: Nancy Coston, Director Orange County Department of Social Services, (919) 245-2802  
              

Katrina Evacuees in Orange County to Receive More Aid

ORANGE COUNTY- The Orange County Department of Social Services has received funding from the Governor’s Office to aid Katrina evacuees in Orange County.  Hurricane Katrina evacuees who registered with FEMA in Orange County are eligible to receive money from Governor Mike Easley’s Helping Neighbors Fund.

Governor Easley has designated 98 North Carolina counties eligible to receive funding from the NC Helping Neighbors Fund.  The funds are to be used to meet current unmet needs of Hurricane Katrina evacuees in these counties.  The allotments are based on the number of current FEMA registrations in each county.  

“We were prepared to face the impact of Katrina here in North Carolina, and we are now prepared to send help to those who did not escape her wrath,” Easley said. “Of all the states, we know what it is like to weather a hurricane. The rest of the country came to our aid after Hurricane Floyd and we want to do all we can now for our neighbors who have lost so much.”

Evacuees who have previously registered with FEMA in Orange County will be able to use the money for food and food supplies, prescriptions and medical supplies not covered by insurance, medical services, rental assistance and mortgage payments for home, cash assistance, utility payments (electricity, water, heating fuel), car repair, transportation costs, and essential household items.  The agency expects that all of the funds will be distributed by the end of March.

Eligible Katrina evacuees should contact Judy Adkins at the Orange County Department of Social Services at 919 245-2782.

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