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


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(919) 245-2126
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March/April 2007

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EMS 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 30, 2007

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

Life Saving Resources for Animals Donated to Local Fire Departments

ORANGE COUNTY –  “Doggie Spa & Day Care” donated 15 sets of surgical masks to Orange County Emergency Management for distribution to area fire departments.  The masks, typically worn during veterinary surgery, will be used for animal resuscitation at fire scenes. 

Kirk Korley owner of Doggie Spa & Day Care, with the assistance of Dr. Melanie Smith of Four Paws Animal Clinic donated the masks.  Each set sells for around $99 and even with the clinic discount, the donation amounted to more than $1200.  Each set contains three masks, large canine, small canine, and feline.  When needed, the masks are connected to standard oxygen cylinders carried by fire, rescue, and emergency medical vehicles. 

“There has been a lot of press in the last few months about emergency care for house pets,” Korley said.  Discussions with a professional firefighter who works part-time with Korley confirmed his concerns.  “Many fire departments are not equipped with animal rescue masks and this was a way to give back to the community,” Korley added.   

Jamie Joseph with the Orange County Fire Marshal’s Office coordinated distribution of the masks to the local fire departments.  A mask set was provided for each of the volunteer fire departments in the county as well as multiple sets for Carrboro and Chapel Hill Fire Departments. 

Pet owners in Orange County as well as their animals can breather easier with this improvement in local emergency animal support. 

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 25, 2007

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

Orange County Seeks Volunteers for the Historic Rogers Road Community Taskforce

At its April 24, 2007 meeting, the Orange County Board of Commissioners created and approved the Historic Roger’s Road Community Enhancement Plan Development and Monitoring Task Force. The purpose of this taskforce is to develop and recommend a plan to the County Commissioners, for the enhancement of the living environment in the historic Rogers Road Community and to monitor the implementation of the plan.

 

The Taskforce will be appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, and will include:

 

BOCC Members

2

Roger’s Road Community Residents

3

Elected/non-elected Chapel Hill Resident

1

Elected/non-elected Carrboro Resident

1

 

The first proposed report of activities from this taskforce is scheduled to be presented to the Board of County Commissioners no later than June 30, 2007.  The recommended Enhancement Plan will be presented to the Board no later than September 1, 2007.

 

All County residents residing in the Historic Rogers Road Community who are interested in being involved in the development of the Rogers Road Area Enhancement Plan are encouraged to apply.

 

To be considered for this taskforce, please respond by Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at 5:00 pm.  The County Commissioners plan to make appointments to this Task Force at their meeting on May 3, 2007. 

 

Please visit the Orange County Web Site at www.co.orange.nc.us to complete an application online.  You may also contact the office of the Clerk to the Board at (919) 245-2125 or 245-2130 or email mevans@co.orange.nc.us to request an application, or for more information.

 

 

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 25, 2007

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

Orange County Board of Commissioners Notice of Change in Regular Meeting Schedule

Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 153A-40, the Board of County Commissioners provides notice of the following changes in the 2007 meeting schedule.   

  • The Board of County Commissioners added a Joint Meeting with the Chatham County Board of Commissioners for Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Rd. in Chapel Hill. 

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HRR 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 16, 2007

Contact: Pamela Reynolds, Orange County Human Rights and Relations (919) 960-3875

Community Civil Rights Educators

The Human Rights and Relations Department received funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to begin our Community Civil Rights Educator Program. 

The CCRE program is designed to empower community leaders and help residents understand their rights and responsibilities. The goal of this program is to develop the capacity of communities to recognize and react appropriately to discrimination.

On March 10, 2007 four (4) Orange County residents began training. The training extended over a period of three (3) Saturdays. Training was completed on March 31, 2007.  The prospective educators engaged in a comprehensive civil rights and human relations training program which included the following topics:  fair housing, landlord tenant law, predatory lending, employment discrimination, Title VI, labor laws, hate crimes, violence against women and the viewing of the social justice video “RACE: The Power of an Illusion.”  

The educators will conduct community outreach on civil rights for the period of one year.

The Orange County residents who received Community Civil Rights Educator training are:

Keith Cook

Ann Donnelly

Madeline Felekos

Barbara Lagemann

For additional information contact Orange County Human Rights and Relations, 919-960-3875.

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Animal Services 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 16, 2007

Contact: Robert Marotto, Orange County Animal Services Director (919) 968-2287

Public Comment Opportunity on Tethering

Orange County’s Tethering Committee will hold a Public meeting on April 23rd from 7-9 p.m. in the F. Gordon Battle Courtroom in Hillsborough.

The meeting is being held for the purpose of gathering and addressing public input on the issue of changing the County’s animal ordinance as it relates to animal tethering.  All County residents are invited to attend and share their animal tethering-related opinions, views, concerns and ideas with members of Orange County’s Tethering Committee.

The topic of tethering refers to the keeping of dogs on chains or ropes rather than inside a fenced structure.  The County currently allows tethering, provided certain conditions are met, but consideration is being given to whether there should be changes to the ordinance that would limit or restrict tethering in Orange County.  Any changes made to the current ordinance would apply to all unincorporated areas of the County and would affect the way in which residents could legally contain their animals.

The Tethering Committee was created by the Orange County Board of Commissioners to work with the Animal Services Advisory Board in deciding what changes, if any, should be considered in regard to the legal status of tethering under the County’s animal ordinances.

The F. Gordon Battle Courtroom is located at 106 E. Margaret Lane in Hillsborough.  Questions about the meeting may be addressed to Animal Services staff member Lisa Smith by calling 245-2075 or emailing lsmith@co.orange.nc.us.

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Solid Waste 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 13, 2007

Contact: 

Chris Wachholtz, Cabins, Cottages, & Bungalows (919) 302-1627

George Horton, Telesis Construction LLC (919) 732-5055

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

Deconstruction of Old Southern States Building Uncovers Historical Helicopter Landing Pad

Telesis Construction LLC developer for the soon-to-be-built Gateway Center Project that will house the Orange County Government Offices and Library and the new Weaver Street Market location has engaged local deconstruction and old house renovation company Cabins, Cottages & Bungalows to deconstruct, salvage and recycle significant portions of the former Southern States Building on the site at 137 West Margaret Lane in Hillsborough.  The firm is using an innovative technique to take the massive roof off in large sections to further deconstruct it on the ground. This Saturday April 14th at 3pm, they will host a public demonstration of the technique on the construction site

 

Chris Wachholz co-owner with brother Steve of Cabins, Cottages & Bungalows, said, “The Southern States building is larger than any we have deconstructed before so we brought in Dave Bennink of Re-Use Consulting of Bellingham, Washington to teach us his hybrid deconstruction techniques”.  Using the largest extendable boom forklift available, sections of the roof and floor system are removed in panels so they can be disassembled on the ground, “This is a much safer approach than taking off each framing member while standing in the air.” says Bennink. Panel construction of new buildings is now routine practice while panelized deconstruction is new.

  

A bit of history was uncovered Thursday when the flat rubber roof membrane was removed to begin cutting off the large panel sections.  A cold war-era emergency Helicopter landing pad was discovered beneath.    A large yellow circle with a an arrow indicating the landing direction and the word “HILLSBOROUGH” was spelled out in six foot high letters along the 120 foot length of the rooftop. 

 

Orange County leaders have long supported building materials recycling and re-use such as their deconstruction of the former Orange Industries Training Building across from the present library on West Tryon Street and two older houses. That wood is being reused in various County owned projects now.

 

George Horton, a co-owner of Telesis Construction Mgt., the project developer calls this, “a win-win for the county and the green goals of the project”.  Blair Pollock, Solid Waste Planner for Orange County stated, “The deconstruction approach to reducing demolition waste helps extend the life of the County’s construction and demolition landfill as well as saving valuable resources. The lumber being recovered from this building could be reused in many new applications. All County building and site redevelopment projects now require materials recovery and recycling.” 

 

Recycled or reused materials from the building include plastic drain pipe, railings, flooring, ceiling and floor joists, sub-floor, insulation, acoustic ceiling tiles and their frames, dimensional lumber and metal.  The flooring is an unusual one-and-one quarter inch thick oak tongue and groove. This thick, sturdy flooring is not seen any longer in conventional modern construction and according to Horton, some of the old flooring will be reused in the new Gateway building.  Metal re-claimed included most of the electric wiring, conduit, AC ducts, water pipes, metal roof panels and other metal debris. Eventually all the tonnage recovered will be totaled and a diversion rate estimated.

 

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HRR 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 10, 2007

Contact: Vivette Jeffries-Logan,  Department of Human Rights and Relations (919) 960-3875 

3rd Annual Fair Housing Fair

ORANGE COUNTY, NC   The Department of Human Rights and Relations will host their 3rd Annual Fair Housing Fair, Saturday April 21, 2007 from 11a.m. – 3:00p.m.  in the parking lot of Wal-Mart on Hampton Pointe Blvd. in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

Over 30 banks and community based organizations offering fair and affordable housing products and services have been invited to participate in the fair.  Organizations will offer information on services from land trust homes to individual development accounts which are designed to assist individuals in saving for a down payment on a home. 

Several studies have identified that lack of information on programs supporting fair housing is a significant barrier to residents accessing affordable housing programs.  This Fair will provide current and potential residents from a range of economic circumstances with an opportunity to learn how they can exercise true housing choice.

Another barrier to accessing affordable housing programs is the myth that an individual qualifies for assistance if and only if they have extremely low income.  An individual with an income as high as $39,950.00 can qualify for affordable housing assistance and families of four can earn as much as $57,050.00 and still qualify.  Affordable housing programs are programs which can and should be used by the people who are the foundation of our community; police officers, teachers, and civil servants at the state and local level.

If you or your organization is interested in participating in this fair, please contact the Orange County Department of Human Rights and Relations at (919) 960-3875. 

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DSS 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 30, 2007

Contact: Crystal Mitchell, Department of Social Services (919) 968-2000 ext. 279

Transition Fair - Youth Moving into Adulthood

ORANGE COUNTY- The second annual Transition Fair will be held on April 10, 2007 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.  The Fair provides information and resources to assist families and individuals in making the transition from youth to adulthood.  The event is sponsored by the Community Backyard, Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools, Orange County Schools, The ARC of Orange County, and the Orange County Department of Social Services, and will be held at the Southern Human Services Center at 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

The passage to adulthood is a complex time for all youth.  They begin to assume adult roles and take definitive steps to achieve measures of financial, residential and emotional independence.  For youth in special circumstances such as foster care, or with unique needs, such as a disability, the transition to adulthood is exceptionally daunting.  However, the process of transition can be a positive experience, characterized by growth and accomplishment, if youth have the resources they need to successfully navigate this process.  

Over 30 vendors, including the North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, the Piedmont Financial Group and The Women’s Center, will be present for the event. The Transition Fair is an opportunity for youth and their families to ask questions and receive valuable information to increase their success and confidence during this transitional time.

For additional information about The Transition Fair, or if your organization would like to be represented, please contact Crystal Mitchell, Orange County LINKS Coordinator, by telephone at 919-968-2000 ext. 279 or by email at cmitchell@co.orange.nc.us.

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Solid Waste 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 29, 2007

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

Convenience Centers Closed Easter Sunday

No Change in Curbside Recycling, Landfill, or Convenience Centers for Good Friday

Curbside recycling will be collected according to the regular schedule on Good Friday.  If your recycling day falls on Friday, April 6, 2007 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 6 and Saturday, April 7.

 

Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers will also be open as usual on Friday, April 6 from 7am-7pm, closed from 12noon-1pm for lunch.  However, the Centers will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 8.

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 28, 2007

Contact: Monica Evans, Assistant to the Clerk to the Orange County Board of Commissioners (919) 245-2130

Orange County Board of Commissioners Recent Appointments to Boards and Commissions

At its March 27, 2007 meeting, the Orange County Board of Commissioners reappointed the following citizen volunteers to County Advisory Boards and Commissions.

Volunteer Name                      Board Name

Ms. Peggy Cohn                      Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee

Ms. Frances Kovens                 Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee

Ms. Jerry Ann Gregory              Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee

Ms. Judythe Dingfelder               Alcoholic Beverage Control Board

Mr Robert Kintz                        Arts Commission

Ms. Lauri Alexander                   Arts Commission

Ms. Rachel Lillis                          Arts Commission

Ms. Tammy Lambert                    Arts Commission

Mr. Tyler Dockery                       Arts Commission

Mr. Floyd Bridgwater                   Commission for the Environment

Ms. Alice H. Remini                      Historic Preservation Commission

Mr. Jeffrey L. Schmitt                    Orange County Board of Adjustment

Mr. Brian L. Crawford                   Orange County Planning Board

Mr. John T. Stewart                       Orange-Person-Chatham Area Programs Board

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At its March 27, 2007 meeting, the Orange County Board of Commissioners appointed the following citizen volunteers to County Advisory Boards and Commissions.

Volunteer Name                        Board Name

Ms. Leah K. Rade                        Arts Commission

Ms. Shannon Jackson                    Arts Commission

Ms. Mary Jane Felgenhauer            Arts Commission

Ms. Linda Marco                           Arts Commission

Mr. Thomas H. Heffner                  Equalization and Review Board

Mr. Jerry L. Kruter                        Equalization and Review Board

Ms. Jane L. Sparks                        Equalization and Review Board

Ms. Margaret Brown                        Equalization and Review Board

Ms. Claire G. Williams                      Equalization and Review Board

Mr. William Crowther                       Equalization and Review Board

Ms. Pamela J. Davis                        Equalization and Review Board

Mr. Reginald Morgan                        Equalization and Review Board

Mr. John Timothy Kepley                  Equalization and Review Board

Mr. Paul Snow                                  Equalization and Review Board

Mr. Thomas Fenske                        Mebane Planning Board

Mr. Lynn Ikenberry                        Orange-Person-Chatham Area Programs Board

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 23, 2007

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

Orange County Board of Commissioners Special Meeting Notice

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will meet for a Special Meeting (closed session) on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. in the BOCC Office at Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, in Chapel Hill, N.C., for the purpose of “discussing matters relating to the location or expansion of industries or other businesses in the County in the area served by the public body, “ G.S. 143-318.11 (a) (4) and  “to discuss the County’s position and to instruct the County Manager and the County Attorney on the negotiating position regarding the terms of a contract to purchase real property,” NCGS 143-318.11 (a) (5).

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SOLID WASTE 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 20, 2007

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

Compost Bin Sale, April 7 - Composting Demo, March 31

Orange County will be hosting the 7th Annual Outdoor Compost Bin Sale on Saturday, April 7 from 9am-3pm at the Eubanks Rd. Park and Ride Lot in Chapel Hill.  The sale will feature “Home Composters” for $39 each (tax included).  Cash or checks only can be accepted.  The sale will be held rain or shine,  first come, first served basis and there is no "per person" limit to purchases!

 

Sale-goers will have the opportunity to purchase compost aerating tools for $10.00 each, and counter top collectors for $5.00.  All are being sold for considerable savings compared to on-line or catalog sources.  Master gardeners and other experienced composters will be on hand to answer questions on composting.

 

Prior to the sale, on Saturday March 31, a free composting demonstration will be held 10:00am-11:30am, at the Community Center Compost Demonstration Site (behind the rose garden) Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. Learn about composting outdoors with a manufactured bin like the “Home Composter”, homemade bins, or indoor composting with worms.  The demonstration is sponsored by the Orange County Solid Waste Management Department and the Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department.  No registration is required.  There is no rain date scheduled for this event.

 

“Home Composters” are cylindrical 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 round enclosure.  A lid with a snap-lock completes the tidy looking bin.  The unit is open at the bottom to allow drainage of liquid from the composting material.  The open bottom allows access for worms and other decomposing organisms to come up through the soil and help accelerate the composting process.  These bins can be used to compost yard waste and vegetable or fruit scraps from the kitchen.

 

You can compost at home, or in your apartment or condominium. No kidding! Composting at home can divert close to 20% of waste being needlessly landfilled. Compost creates a rich, 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 and pesticides by creating a healthy soil ecosystem. 

 

Make every day Earthday, compost!

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ANIMAL SERVICES 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 19, 2007

Contact: Bob Marotto, Director, Orange County Animal Services (919) 968-2287

Low Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics

Orange County’s Animal Services Department is offering low cost rabies vaccination clinics in March to ensure that cats and dogs are current on their vaccinations. Authorized by North Carolina State law, such clinics provide pet owners with substantial savings on rabies vaccinations.

Our low cost rabies vaccination clinics for March –

q       Saturday, March 24th, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Hillsborough Courthouse parking lot, 106 East Margaret Lane, Hillsborough

q       Saturday, March 31st, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Orange County’s Animal Shelter, 1081 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd., Chapel Hill

Please refer to our website for information regarding additional rabies clinics for 2007 http://www.co.orange.nc.us/animalservices/rabies.asp.

The vaccination fee is $5.00, which must be paid in cash.  If possible, be sure to bring your pet’s most recent vaccination certificate.  Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers.  Animals that may be nervous or unsettled should be kept in a vehicle for their vaccination. Call 245-2075 for further information about the clinic.

So far this year Orange County’s Animal Services Department has six (6) positive rabies tests—four (4) raccoons, one (1) skunk, and one (1) fox.  In 2006 there were twenty-seven positive cases—eighteen (18) raccoons, four (4) bats, four (4) skunks, and one (1) fox. 

State public health veterinarians now believe that we are on the upside of a raccoon rabies cycle.  They are aware that its peak may bring even higher numbers of confirmed rabies cases than in recent years. This view is based upon the fact that last year 520 animals were confirmed rabid by North Carolina’s rabies laboratory, an increase of 62 cases from the year before.

Under North Carolina law, if your pet is not current on its rabies vaccination, and it comes in contact with a rabid animal, one has to decide whether to quarantine the pet for six (6) months at a veterinary clinic or release it to be destroyed. We would also remind pet owners that a related requirement of state law is that a dog or cat with a current rabies vaccination must receive a booster shot within seventy-two (72) hours of any exposure to rabies.  Otherwise, the requirements of state law are the same as for an unvaccinated animal—namely, euthanasia or a six (6) month quarantine.

Ensuring that this requirement is always met requires awareness and immediate action.  In the event that their pet has possible contact with a raccoon or bat or other wildlife animal, an owner should be sure to contact their Animal Control program right away.  In this way, it is possible to take appropriate action including that an exposed pet receive a booster shot within the required time frame to ensure its own health and the health of the public.

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SOLID WASTE 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 15, 2007

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

Solid Waste Convenience Center - Hwy 57 - Closes

The County-operated Solid Waste Convenience Center located on Highway 57 just north of Hillsborough, will close permanently on Tuesday, April 24 at 7 pm. After thirteen years of operation, the current site owner has decided to not renew the lease.  The Board of County Commissioners have been considering potential replacement sites for several months, but have not yet identified a suitable location.

 

County residents may use any of the other five centers located throughout the County for collection of household waste, bulky items and recycling:

-         Bradshaw Quarry Road,

-         Eubanks Road,

-         Ferguson Road,

-         High Rock Road, and

-         Walnut Grove Church Road (the nearest alternate location, 4 miles north just off Hwy 86).

 

The centers all operate on the same schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 7am to noon, closed from 12 noon to 1 pm, reopen at 1pm to 7 pm, Saturday 7 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm.  Centers are closed on Wednesdays. No business waste is accepted at these sites.

 

Residents who choose to use the nearest alternative site to Highway 57 may choose the Walnut Grove Church Road Convenience Center.  The Walnut Grove location is to be temporarily expanded to handle citizens diverted from the Highway 57 Convenience Center.  Some delays in access to the Walnut Grove center may be experienced while construction is underway through the months of March and April.  County staff is making every effort to avoid or minimize any inconveniences.

 

Residents of the Town of Hillsborough who have used the Highway 57 Convenience Center for waste disposal, recycling, brush, leaves and bulky items are urged to use available Town-provided curbside services for collection of all these items.  Additionally, Town residents are also encouraged to utilize the County recycling drop-off site at Hampton Point. Recyclables only please.   Contact Town of Hillsborough Public Works at Work Order Voice Mailbox: 732-2104 Ext. 222, email: hillworkorders@ncrrbiz.com or visit the web site: www.ci.hillsborough.nc.us/town services/public works for details on household waste management, to get a new recycling bin or garbage cart.

 

There are six unstaffed recycling dropoff sites throughout the County that may be used for recycling paper, cans, bottles and cardboard only. Businesses are welcome to recycle these materials at unstaffed sites as well, although they are limited to 50 cardboard boxes per week at these sites. No waste is allowed: 

·         Hampton Pointe Shopping Center, Hwy 86, behind Home Depot, Hillsborough,

·         Carrboro Plaza, Highway 54 West, Carrboro,

·         University Mall, Estes Drive, Chapel Hill,

·         Cedar Falls Park, Weaver Dairy Rd., Chapel Hill,

·         Animal Shelter, Municipal Drive, Chapel Hill, and

·         Meadowmont, off Hwy 54 east behind Harris Teeter.

 

Contact information: Orange County Solid Waste Management Department,  968-2788, recycling@co.orange.nc.us

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HRR 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 12, 2007

Contact: James Spivey, Orange County Human Rights and Relations (919) 968-2288

Women's History Month

March is National Women’s History Month.  The Orange County Commission for Women will celebrate Women’s History Month on Saturday, March 31, 2007 at The Chapel Hill Senior Center; 400 South Elliott Road, Chapel Hill from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

This event will celebrate accomplishments made by women and remind us of the need to continue the pursuit of gender equality.  The celebration will include the viewing and discussion of two films, “Killing Us Softly” & “Fly Girls.”  There will also be a presentation by Dr. Jane Brown, a James L. Knight Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC-CH.  Light refreshments will be provided.  The event is free and open to the public.

The Commission for Women is a volunteer advisory board to the Orange County Board of Commissioners dedicated to assessment, advocacy and research towards the ends of improving the quality of life for women in Orange County.  The mission of the Orange County Commission for Women is to empower women and girls, and promote their equality in all spheres of life through advocacy, education, and outreach activities.  One way in which the Commission carries out that mission is by building coalitions with, and acting as allies for, disadvantaged groups.

For additional information contact Orange County Human Rights and Relations, (919) 960-3875. 

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MANAGER 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 7, 2007

Contact: Laura Blackmon, Orange County Manager (919) 245-2300

Human Resources Director Departs Orange County

Dr. Tyrone Jackson, Human Resources Director, will be leaving Orange County. 

Assistant County Manager Gwen Harvey said Jackson would be missed.  “We will miss Tyrone’s expertise and exuberant spirit.  We wish him well as he heads off to new ventures,” Harvey said. 

Jackson was appointed Human Resources Director for Orange County in February 2006 after the retirement of Elaine Holmes. 

Responsibilities of the Director include policy development and administration, employment, position classification, pay plan, benefits, performance management, employee relations, training, and employee communications. 

Over the past year, Jackson assisted the Board of County Commissioners with hiring the new County Manager, Laura Blackmon.  He also focused on reviewing and updating the County’s personnel ordinance. 

Jackson spoke positively about his experience with the County.  “It has been a pleasure and honor working with everyone in Orange County,” Jackson said.  His last day in the office will be Friday, March 9, 2007. 

Kathleen Goodhand, Organization Development Manager with the Personnel Department, will serve as interim Director.    

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 7, 2007

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

Orange County Board of Commissioners Special Meeting Notice

The Orange County Board of Commissioners has been invited to attend a tour of the Greensboro Transfer station, which will be hosted by the Orange County Solid Waste Management Department, on Saturday, March 10, 2007.  The tour group will meet at 8:15 a.m. at the Chapel Hill Public Works Department on Martin Luther King Blvd., in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

This special meeting notice is being given because three or more of the Orange County Commissioners may attend this event.

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