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March /April 2010

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Homelessness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: April 26, 2010

Contact: Jamie Rohe, Orange County Homelessness Program Coordinator, 919-245-2496


Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness Releases 2009 Annual Report

ORANGE COUNTY , NC - The Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness has released its 2009 Annual Report highlighting progress toward achieving the goals of its Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness.  The Plan was adopted in 2007 and focuses on five main goals: Reduce Chronic Homelessness; Increase Employment; Prevent Homelessness; Increase Access to Services; and Increase Public Participation in Ending Homelessness.

Major achievements over the past year include receiving a million dollar grant from HUD’s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program.  The program provides financial assistance to households that would otherwise become homeless and helps those who have lost their homes obtain stable housing.

The year 2009 also saw significant increases in the level of homelessness services provided by many agencies including emergency assistance by the Interfaith Council for Social Service, Orange Congregations in Mission, Neighbor House of Hillsborough, and the Orange County Department of Social Services. 

One of the most important goals of the Ten-Year Plan is to create 40 units of permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless persons; two more units were added in 2009 for a total of twelve developed in the first three years of the Plan.

The report is available by going to the Partnership’s website: http://www.co.orange.nc.us/housing/endinghomelessness.asp, calling 919-245-2496, or by emailing jrohe@co.orange.nc.us

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Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: April 26, 2010

Contact: Ginger Holler, Orange County Library, 919-245-2532


Check Out Literacy Bags

Hillsborough, NC - Literacy Bags are now available for check out at the Orange County Main Library in Hillsborough!

Each Literacy Bag contains ten books on a theme, from “Alphabet” to “Wild Animals.” There are approximately fifty of these thematic bags, and several of these are bilingual bags with books in both English and Spanish.

The Literacy Bags were designed with early childhood education in mind. Parents, daycares, civic groups or school teachers who want to teach children about birds, colors, manners, safety and many other themes can quickly check out ten books on that particular theme.

While most of the Literacy Bags contain picture books geared for the earliest learners, there are many non-fiction books for further exploration on a theme.

Many of the books contained in the Literacy Bags were formerly a part of the Traveling Treasures/Treasure boxes delivered to daycares in the area.  The bright new Literacy Bags were designed to meet the same purpose of themed sets of books for a broader audience.

Each Literacy Bag counts as one item at check out, instead of the ten books it contains.

A complete list of the Literacy Bag themes, along with the ten books each bag contains, is available at the OCML Children’s Services Desk. A simple sign out form is filled out before check out. The loan period is three weeks with one renewal allowed, unless a “hold” has been placed on that particular bag.  So pop in to the children’s department, and check out a bag to take home and explore.

For more information, please visit http://www.co.orange.nc.us/library/literacybags.asp online, stop by the Children’s Services Desk or call (919) 245-2532.

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Environment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: April 22, 2010

Contact: David Stancil, Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation Director, 919-245-2510 or Rich Shaw, Land Conservation Manager, 919-245-2514


Orange County Awarded $150,000 for Farm Conservation

Hillsborough, NC - Orange County has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation (ADFP) Trust Fund to help the County protect 153 acres of farmland in the Schley community.  On March 31, N.C. Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler, notified the County that its Breeze Farm project had been selected for funding. 

The County is working with Colonel William Breeze, Sr. and his children to conserve another portion of their family farm with an agricultural conservation easement.  The planned easement will enable farm activities to continue but prohibit most other non-agricultural uses of the land, including residential subdivisions.  The easement would allow the construction of one home site along with new agricultural buildings and infrastructure to operate the farm.  

This conservation easement will complete a two-phased farm conservation project.  In 2008 Colonel Breeze granted the County an easement on the adjoining 141 acres of his farm, with grant assistance from the federal Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program.  The farm is adjacent to the State-owned W.C. Breeze Family Farm Agricultural Extension & Research Center, which Colonel Breeze and his late wife Elizabeth donated to N.C. State University.   The completion of this second conservation easement will result in 564 acres of contiguous farmland protected along Schley Road.   

The planned conservation easement would have no effect on the property taxes paid to Orange County because the farm is enrolled in the Present Use Value program and, therefore, the land is already taxed at a lower rate than if it were encumbered by the easement. The landowner will, however, be eligible for substantial federal and state tax benefits resulting from a partial donation of the easement value.  

Funding from the ADFP Trust Fund is available for agricultural conservation easements and for farm enterprise programs.  For 2009-10 the NC General Assembly appropriated $2 million for ADFP funding assistance to North Carolina counties and non-profit conservation organizations.  In 2007 Orange County was awarded $132,000 from the Trust Fund for establishing a regional Shared Use Food Processing Center in Hillsborough.   

“We're gratified that the state continues to appreciate, and support, Orange County's efforts to protect our farming interests—in this case by acquiring conservation easements through the Lands Legacy program,” Orange County Board of Commissioners Chair, Valerie Foushee commented.  “Our staff feels highly fortunate to be working on this project with the Breeze family.  Colonel William Breeze continues to demonstrate his longstanding leadership and commitment to the agricultural community,” Foushee added. 

In related news, April 2010 also marks the 10th anniversary for the County’s award-winning Lands Legacy program.  Lands Legacy staff work with landowners and other conservation partners to preserve critical lands through various means, including outright purchase, donation, or by the landowners granting permanent conservation easements to restrict future uses of their land. Over the first 10 years of the program the County completed projects in all seven townships totaling over 2,500 acres (slightly less than 1% of the County’s total land area), thanks to the dozens of landowners who were interested in conserving land. 

The N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund was created by the N.C. General Assembly in 2005.  The mission of the program is to fund projects to encourage the preservation of qualifying agricultural, horticultural, and forestlands to foster the growth, development, and sustainability of family farms. 

For additional information about the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund, visit http://www.ncadfp.org/.   

For information about Orange County’s Lands Legacy program, visit http://www.co.orange.nc.us/ercd/lands_legacy.asp

 

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: April 22, 2010

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


BOCC Meeting Notice

Hillsborough, NC - Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 153A-40, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following changes in their meeting calendar.   

For the remainder of 2010, Orange County Board of Commissioners’ meetings previously scheduled for the Central Orange Senior Center will be held at the new Department of Social Services building, 113 Mayo Street in Hillsborough. 

A listing of all BOCC meetings can be found on the Orange County website.

http://www.co.orange.nc.us/OCCLERKS/bocc2010.asp

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: April 15, 2010

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


ETJ Vacancy on Carrboro Planning Board

ORANGE COUNTY, NC - One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County advisory boards and commissions. With over 40 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

The Carrboro Planning Board consists of eleven members. Nine members, appointed by the Carrboro Board of Aldermen, shall reside within the town limits of Carrboro. One member, appointed by the Orange County Board of Commissioners, shall reside within Carrboro’s extraterritorial planning jurisdiction area. One member, appointed by the Orange County Board of Commissioners, shall reside within Carrboro’s joint planning transition area.

The Extraterritorial Planning (ETJ) position is currently vacant (this position is appointed by the Orange County Board of Commissioners).

The Carrboro Planning Board

  1. Makes studies and recommends to the board of aldermen plans, goals and objectives relating to the growth, development and redevelopment of the town and the surrounding extra-territorial planning area.
  2. Develops and recommends to the board of aldermen policies, ordinances, administrative procedures and other means for carrying out plans in a coordinated and efficient manner.
  3. Makes recommendations to the board of aldermen concerning proposed conditional use permits and proposed zoning map changes.
  4. Performs any other duties assigned by the Board of Aldermen.

The Carrboro Planning Board meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

You may apply at: http://www.ci.carrboro.nc.us/AdvBoards/advbrdapp.htm

Additional information on the Carrboro Planning Board can be found on the following website:  http://www.ci.carrboro.nc.us/AdvBoards/advbrds.htm#PlanningBoard

A map of the ETJ area can be found on the following link: http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards/carrboroETJ.pdf

Information on many other volunteer opportunities to serve on boards and commissions for Orange County Government can be found at the following link.  http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards/index.asp

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Emergency Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: April 8, 2010

Contact: David Sykes, Orange County Asst. Fire Marshal, (919) 245-6100


Horse Stable Fire

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – A structure fire at 2006 Marions Ford Road, Chapel Hill was called in to Orange County 9-1-1 at 3:37 a.m. this morning, Thursday, April 08, 2010. 

In addition to a barn with horses, the fire spread into the woods. 

Orange Grove, White Cross, Carrboro, New Hope and Orange Rural fire departments battled the fire.  South Orange Rescue and N. C. Forestry Services also had resources on scene. 

The barn and 13 horses were lost in the fire. 

Nine horses from an adjacent barn were relocated for their safety. 

The fire is currently under investigation. 

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DSS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: April 1, 2010

Contact: Nancy Coston, Department of Social Services, (919) 245-2800


Orange County Department of Social Services Recruiting Employers to Participate in Subsidized Employment

ORANGE COUNTY, NC - The Orange County Department of Social Services is recruiting employers to participate in a state-funded subsidized employment program.   The County will match employers with a qualified employee and will pay 100% of the salary for that employee through September 30th, 2010.  Interested employers must sign a contract with Orange County and agree to help coach employees. 

Prospective employees are unemployed Orange County residents at or below 200% of poverty with a child under age 18 in the home.  Employees have experience in a variety of fields including clerical, custodial, customer service, and various labor trades

Funding for the program is provided through a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  For additional information, or to become a participating employer, please contact the Orange County Department of Social Services at 919-245-2800.

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Housing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: March 25, 2010

Contact: James Spivey, Housing and Community Development, (919) 245-2488


Fair Housing Month Event

ORANGE COUNTY, NC - The Orange County Human Relations Commission will host a panel discussion, “Health Care Disparity and Housing: What It Means to You,” to acknowledge April as Fair Housing Month.

The event on Sunday, April 18, 2010 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. will be held in the Carrboro Century Center, 100 North Greensboro Street in Carrboro. 

The panel includes the following speakers:

Hayden Bosworth is the Co-Director of the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He also maintains dual professorial and research appointments at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He develops, evaluates, and implements programs to reduce healthcare disparities.
 
Alfiee M. Breland-Noble is an assistant professor at the Duke University Medical Center.  She is the director of The AAKOMA project; a study examining readiness to engage in treatment for African-American adolescents with major depression.
 
Cedric M. Bright is a Staff Physician at the Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Duke University.  His area of expertise is focusing on the reduction of health care disparities in underserved populations.

The event is open to the public.  For additional information, contact James Spivey, 919-245-2488. 

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: March 24, 2010

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


BOCC Special Meeting Notice

Hillsborough, NC - Notice is hereby given that a quorum of the Orange County Board of Commissioners may be present on tours of meeting facilities within the Triangle/Triad area on March 30 and 31, 2010.  All Commissioners were invited to attend and the presence of a quorum of the Board of Commissioners would constitute a Special Meeting of the Orange County Board of Commissioners, subject to the open meetings, public records and public notice laws of the State of North Carolina.

The tours are scheduled for 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on the 30th and 31st.  The group (Commissioners and staff) will be leaving from the Link Government Services Center, 200 South Cameron Street, Hillsborough, on both of those days.

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TAX

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: March 23, 2010

Contact: Jo Roberson, Orange County Tax Administrator, (919) 245-2735


2009 Orange County Revaluation Report

ORANGE COUNTY, NC - The Orange County 2009 revaluation became effective January 1, 2009 amid a nationwide recession and constant national news reports of significant real estate declines.  However, even during a short term recession, the 2009 revaluation averages in Orange County reflected an overall real estate value increase from four years earlier (January 1, 2005 the previous revaluation effective date) of twenty four percent. 

In 2009 approximately 5026 informal appeals and 1656 formal appeals were filed, reviewed, and decided on by appraisal staff and the Board of Equalization and Review. 

Informal appeals for 5026 property values were accepted and reviewed from December 10, 2008 through the month of March 2009.  Of those, 3073 property values were adjusted and 1953 property values were unchanged. 

The results of the informal reviews were mailed in mid April with appellants notified of their right to appeal further to the Board of Equalization and Review.  This Board began the formal hearing process in April and continued through mid December 2009.

Of the approximately 1656 property values appealed, 992 property values were adjusted with 99% moving downward in appraised value.  Of the remaining 664 property values which went unchanged, 469 appeared for the formal hearing, 77 were canceled and 118 were no shows for the scheduled formal hearing. 

The Board of Equalization and Review mailed decision notices periodically during 2009 and in these notices appellants were reminded of their right to appeal further to the North Carolina Property Tax Commission.

There are currently 182 properties under appeal to the Property Tax Commission.

In order to produce a thorough analysis of the sales that occurred in 2009 as compared to the assessed values in 2009, three different sources were utilized; the database defined by the North Carolina Department of Revenue (the basis for the annual state sales ratio analysis), the county sales database, and county sales from the local multiple listing service.  All three sources produced very similar results. 

North Carolina Department of Revenue Sales Study

Number of sales:  245

Average ratio of assessed value to sale price:  100%

Median ratio of assessed value to sale price:    98.60%

Measure of how closely values cluster around the median *(COD): 12.64

*The statistical measure of how closely values cluster around the median is known as the coefficient of dispersion (COD).  The lower the COD the more consistently the assessed values cluster around the sales, so the lower the COD the better the revaluation results.  The state considers any COD of 20 and below to be acceptable.  Orange County has always maintained a COD well below 20.  

County Sales Database

Number of sales:  1326

Average ratio of assessed value to sale price:  98.81%

Median ratio of assessed value to sale price:    98.87%

Measure of how closely values cluster around the median (COD): 10.06

Sales from Multiple Listing Service

Number of sales:  1201

Average ratio of assessed value to sale price:  100.40%

Median ratio of assessed value to sale price:    100.00%

Measure of how closely values cluster around the median (COD): 9.68

Indications are that the county real estate market has overall remained flat through 2009, and the revaluation values overall continue to be fair, equitable, and reflective of the current market.

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: March 22, 2010

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


Recent Appointments to Boards and Committees

ORANGE COUNTY, NC - On March 16, 2010 the Orange County Board of Commissioners reappointed the following citizen volunteer to a County appointed advisory board:             

Volunteer Name                         Board Name

Mr. John Gant                               Carrboro Board of Adjustment, Transition Area

                                                   

On March 16, 2010 the Orange County Board of Commissioners appointed the following citizen volunteers to County advisory boards and commissions.

 

Volunteer Name                         Board Name

Dr. Mary Fraser                           Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee

Dr. Mario Battigelli                      Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee

                                                   

Volunteer Name                                                      Board Name

Mr. Thomas Heffner, Chair                                     Equalization & Review Board

Mr. Raymond Atwater, Member                              Equalization & Review Board

Ms. Jennifer Marsh, Member                                   Equalization & Review Board

Ms. Karen Morrissette, Alternate Member             Equalization & Review Board

Mr. J. Timothy Kepley,    Alternate Member           Equalization & Review Board

Mrs. Barbara Levine, Alternate Member                 Equalization & Review Board

Mr. Reginald Morgan, Alternate Member                Equalization & Review Board

Mr. Paul Snow, Alternate Member                           Equalization & Review Board 

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: March 22, 2010

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


ETJ Vacancy on Carrboro Planning Board

ORANGE COUNTY, NC - One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County advisory boards and commissions. With over 40 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

The Carrboro Planning Board consists of eleven members. Nine members, appointed by the Carrboro Board of Aldermen, shall reside within the town limits of Carrboro. One member, appointed by the Orange County Board of Commissioners, shall reside within Carrboro’s extraterritorial planning jurisdiction area. One member, appointed by the Orange County Board of Commissioners, shall reside within Carrboro’s joint planning transition area.

The Extraterritorial Planning (ETJ) position is currently vacant (this position is appointed by the Orange County Board of Commissioners).

The Carrboro Planning Board

  1. Makes studies and recommends to the board of aldermen plans, goals and objectives relating to the growth, development and redevelopment of the town and the surrounding extra-territorial planning area.
  2. Develops and recommends to the board of aldermen policies, ordinances, administrative procedures and other means for carrying out plans in a coordinated and efficient manner.
  3. Makes recommendations to the board of aldermen concerning proposed conditional use permits and proposed zoning map changes.
  4. Performs any other duties assigned by the Board of Aldermen.

The Carrboro Planning Board meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

You may apply at: http://www.ci.carrboro.nc.us/AdvBoards/advbrdapp.htm

Additional information on the Carrboro Planning Board can be found on the following website:  http://www.ci.carrboro.nc.us/AdvBoards/advbrds.htm#PlanningBoard

A map of the ETJ area can be found on the following link: http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards/carrboroETJ.pdf

Information on many other volunteer opportunities to serve on boards and commissions for Orange County Government can be found at the following link.  http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards/index.asp

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ERCD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: March 19, 2010

Contact: Tina Moon, Cultural Resources Specialist, (919) 210-2595


Historic Preservation Photo Contest

HILLSBOROUGH – MAY is National Historic Preservation Month, and for the fourth year in a row, the Orange County Historic Preservation Commission is partnering with the Historical Foundation of Hillsborough and Orange County to host a Photography Competition.  The theme for the contest this year is Old Commerical Buildings.  Images should remind us of the past and help bridge the past to the present and to the future.  Photographers should select subjects that highlight nostalgic old business buildings and other interesting structures in the towns, crossroads and rural areas of Orange County. 

Photographers--junior (youth) and amateurs--are invited to submit up to two entries in film or digital format.  Photos must be ready to hang—i.e., matted or framed.  Entry forms will be available at several locations including local libraries, the Historical Museum on Churton Street in Hillsborough, the Orange County Planning & Agricultural Building, on Revere Road in Hillsborough, the Visitor Centers in Hillsborough and Chapel Hill.

Entries should be submitted to the Orange County Historical Museum Hillsborough or the Orange County Environment & Resource Conservation Department office at 306 Revere Road in Hillsborough, from Thursday, April 1st through Friday, April 30th 2010. 

Winners will be selected in two divisions junior and amateur, as well as best in show.  The winners will be announced on May 28, at the Hillsborough Last Fridays Event, and will receive cash rewards.  All photographs will be on display during May at the Historical Museum as part of the 2010 Preservation Month celebration.

For more information: contact Darcie Martin, Executive Director, Historical Museum, at 919-732-2201; visit the Museum website www.orangeNChistory.org; or contact Tina Moon, Cultural Resources Specialist, ERCD, at 919-210-2595.

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: March 15, 2010

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


Orange County Government Information Available Through Email

HILLSBOROUGH – In conjunction with Sunshine Week, Orange County Government introduces a new public notification service.  The new service allows any member of the public to subscribe to a distribution list online or remove their name with a simple email. 

In the past, the public could request information such as a meeting notice or news release, but it would require a phone call or email to the person coordinating the list.  Now the system has been simplified and automated. 

Look on the main Orange County webpage under “Services” for “News and Information” or go to the following link for quick sign-up. 

http://www.co.orange.nc.us/email/subscribeform.asp

Watch for the current number of lists to grow over the next several months as various departments transition to this new notification process. 

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: March 12, 2010

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


Orange County Commissioners' Meetings Online

ORANGE COUNTY, NC - - Orange County Government has improved public access options for viewing Board of County Commissioners’ meetings.  Starting immediately, anyone with a computer and network access can view BOCC regular meetings through streaming video supported by Granicus. 

Sunshine Week in North Carolina, starting March 15, introduces the availability of links on the Orange County website for both live and recordings of previous BOCC regular meetings for 2010.  Archived videos are indexed to specific agenda items to simplify the search process.

Viewing options of Orange County Board of Commissioners regular meetings are available to the public in several formats.  Currently the most recent BOCC meeting can be seen on Time Warner Cable digital channel 265 at noon and 7:00 p.m. each day.  Archived streaming videos through Granicus are now available by selecting “Video” on the Orange County website http://www.co.orange.nc.us/

Archived meetings will generally be available the day after the meeting. 

“Implementation of the Granicus service takes Orange County to the next level in open government,” said Valerie Foushee, Chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners.  “Streaming video will improve access for individuals who wish to see, hear and evaluate Board discussions and deliberations,” she added. 

BOCC regular meetings are usually held twice a month.  A yearly calendar is available from the main Orange County webpage. 

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Finance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: March 5, 2010

Contact: Clarence Grier , Financial Services Director, (919) 245-2453


Orange County Government Saves Over 1 Million Refinancing Bonds

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Orange County Government refinanced existing bonds for a total savings over $ 1.1 million dollars. 

On Thursday, March 4, 2010 representatives from Orange County Government and Sanford Holshouser, LLP, bond counsel for Orange County met to sign closing documents on the sale of $22,455,000 in General Obligation Bonds. 

The bonds were originally issued in 2001 and 2003 at an interest rate ranging from 4% to 4.7%.  Over 10 institutions participated in the bidding to refinance the bonds.  The new interest rates range from 2% to 4%.  The effective interest rate to Orange County was 2.5226% with a total savings of $1,120,542.50 over 12 years. 

Savings are attributed to the higher than typical number of bidders and lower interest rates currently on the market. 

“The county is still in a strong financial position,” said Bob Jessup, a partner with Sanford Holshouser, LLP the bond counsel for Orange County for over 10 years. Bond ratings include: S&P AA+, Moody Aa2, and Fitch AAA. 

Additional support was provided by BB&T Capital Markets who served as the County’s financial adviser in connection with the bond sale. 

“We have been working on the refinancing project for the last four months and are very happy with the final outcome,” said Clarence Grier, Orange County Financial Services Director. 

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Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: March 2, 2010

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


Orange County Government Offices on Two Hour Delay Wednesday

ORANGE COUNTY - Based on the Winter Storm Warning and predicted overnight precipitation, Orange County Government offices will operate on a two hour delay the morning of Wednesday, March 3, 2010.  Offices that normally open at 8:00 a.m. are now scheduled to open at 10:00 a.m.

Updates on Orange County Government operating hours will be provided on the main Orange County switchboard number at (919) 732-8181. 

As always, emergency services are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. 

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Aging

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: March 1, 2010

Contact: Latonya Brown, MHSA, Aging Resource and Benefits Specialist (919) 968-2082


Orange County Department on Aging partners with Triangle J Area Agency on Aging to Get Seniors Extra Help with Prescription Cost

ORANGE COUNTY, NC –Extra Help may be available to Medicare beneficiaries with limited income and assets to help pay for Medicare Prescription Drug plan premiums, deductibles, and co-pays.  

On Wednesday, March 10, 2010 the Orange County Department on Aging, Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), and the Triangle J Area Agency on Aging will assist eligible seniors in signing up for Extra Help on their Medicare prescription drug costs as part of the Relay for Extra Help

There will be two sign-up and information sessions on Wednesday, March 10, 2010.  The morning session will be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Cedar Grove Community Center, Room #4, 5800 Highway 86 North, Hillsborough.  The afternoon session will be from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Wal-Mart, 501 Hampton Pointe Blvd, Hillsborough.

Those planning to attend should bring the following items to complete the application:

  • Social Security and Medicare cards,
  • any letters from Medicare or Social Security,
  • information on Individual Retirement Accounts,
  • bank account statements,
  • payroll slips,
  • income tax documents
  • investment statements.

Individuals may also apply on-line at www.ssa.gov or by calling NC SHIIP at 1(800) 443-9354.

For additional information, please contact:

Latonya Brown, MHSA, Aging Resource and Benefit Specialist, 919-968-2082

OR

Jane Armstrong, Triangle J, Area Agency on Aging, jarmstrong@tjcog.org 919-558-9341

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Commission for Women

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date:March 1, 2010

Contact: Jennifer Galassi (919) 245-2302


Recognizing and Preventing Human Trafficking

March is National Women’s History Month.  The Orange County Commission for Women (CFW) will celebrate Women’s History Month on Saturday, March 27, 2010 in the theater at the Seymour Senior Center, located at 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

The CFW will commemorate Women’s History Month by focusing the County’s attention on the issue of human trafficking at this year’s event—“The Community’s Role in Recognizing and Preventing Human and Sex Trafficking.”  The short film “Dreams Die Hard” will be viewed in which four survivors of human trafficking in the United States tell their stories.  The film will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Donna Bickford, Director of the Carolina Women’s Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The panelists will also engage the audience in conversation about the issue.  Bickford, who holds adjunct appointments in the Departments of English and Comparative Literature and Women’s Studies, is a core member of RIPPLE (Recognition - Identification - Protection - Prosecution - Liberation – Empowerment), The North Carolina Human Trafficking Task Force.  RIPPLE is a state-wide interdisciplinary group of professionals with expertise in fields pertaining to human trafficking.  Bickford pointed out that, “Human trafficking is a 32-billion dollar a year global criminal enterprise as well as a violation of someone’s civil and human rights.  We all need to be aware that human trafficking impacts our communities; this event will help educate our residents about the topic.” 

A light breakfast will be available at 9:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 10:00 a.m.  This event is free and open to the public.  For additional information or questions, please call 919-245-2302.

The Commission for Women is a volunteer advisory board to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners dedicated to assessment, advocacy and research toward the end 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 we carry out that mission is by building coalitions with, and acting as allies for, disadvantaged groups.

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