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


Contact: Donna Baker
Clerk to the Board
(919) 245-2130
Fax: (919) 644-0246
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Solid Waste

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 28, 2004

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

Solid Waste Services Schedule for Independence Day

There will be no change in curbside recycling service the week of Independence Day.  Please be sure to have your bin to the curb by 7:00 am on your regular recycling day, or put it out the night before.

The Orange County Landfill will be closed on Monday July 5th in observance of Independence Day.  All services associated with the landfill such as electronics recycling and mulch sales will also be closed. All landfill services will resume normal hours of operation on Tuesday, July 6th.

The staffed Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be closed on Sunday July 4th.  They will re-open for normal hours of operation on Monday July 5th.

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

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Shelter

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 22, 2004

Contact: Gwen Harvey
Orange County Assistant Manager
(919)
245-2307

Animal Shelter Management Change on July 1st 

“The County’s immediate goal is to ensure a smooth and seamless transition with little or no inconvenience to the public and absolutely no risk of injury to the animals.”  Those were the words of Gwen Harvey, Assistant Manager of Orange County as the County moves toward assuming direct management of the Animal Shelter on July 1st of this year.  In just under two weeks management of the shelter will move from Animal Protection Society (APS) of Orange County, a local non-profit, to Orange County. 

Concerns were raised in late 2002 over the management of the Animal Shelter.  After an evaluation by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), much public input and a task force recommendation, the Orange County Commissioners decided in April 2004 to bring the administration of shelter under the guidance of County Manager’s Office. 

Transition milestones included purchasing some of the existing equipment from APS as well as the acquisition of start-up equipment such as cat cages, exam tables and a microchip scanner.  Contracts have been authorized for spay/neuter surgeries for shelter adopted animals and emergency rescue services for Chapel Hill and Carrboro. 

Under the guidance of Joe Pulcinella as Shelter Director, seven APS employees are staying on as County employees – of the eight remaining positions, three have been filled and five are in the final stages of completion. The County has been encouraged by the response and overall competitiveness of the candidate pool.

“The County staff has enjoyed notable cooperation from APS staff on a myriad of details throughout this endeavor and this collaborative spirit is expected to continue throughout the days and months ahead,” said Harvey. 

Orange County will continue to emphasize and solicit the support and participation of community volunteers.  Telephone numbers and hours of operation will remain the same.

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 16, 2004

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

Board of Orange County Commissioners Meeting Time Change on June 23

The Orange County Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23, 2004 at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill, has been moved up to start at 5:30 p.m. to allow appropriate time for all items. 

As defined by State statute for a meeting change with less than a 2 week notice, this time change is announced as a “Special Meeting”. 

The agenda for the meeting is attached. 

By Monday, June 21 the detailed agenda will be posted to the Orange County website. 

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 10, 2004

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

Board of Orange County Commissioners Meeting Location Change

Meeting Location Change

Due to the current law enforcement issue in the Northern Chapel Hill/Carrboro area, the work session for the Board of Orange County Commissioners scheduled for tonight June 10, 2004 at the Southern Human Services Center in Chapel Hill will be relocated to F. Gordon Battle Courtroom in Hillsborough.

The start time for the meeting will remain 7:30 p.m.

 

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RESOURCE CONSERVATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 3, 2004

Contact: David Stancil
Orange County ERCD
(919)
245-2590

Orange County Lands Legacy Program Receives $639,000 Grant from USDA for Farmland Conservation Easements

Orange County’s Lands Legacy Program, administered by the Environment and Resource Conservation Department, has been awarded three matching grants totaling $638,840 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program. The County had applied earlier this year for funds to help acquire conservation easements on three local farms.  The total acreage of these three easements is expected to be around 500 acres.

Since its inception in April 2000, the Lands Legacy Program has protected 1,090 acres of land, with another 300 acres pending acquisition. Of this amount, Lands Legacy holds seven conservation easements totaling 369 acres, with another 263 acres in three additional approved easements that are nearing completion. Of Lands Legacy’s current and pending easements, most are agricultural conservation easements designed to protect prime and threatened farmland for future generations. The three new easements would bring the Lands Legacy total to 1,853 acres, with 1,131 acres in easements.

Lands Legacy has to date received seven grants totaling $2.7 million for the acquisition of lands for the preservation of natural areas and wildlife habitat, nature preserves and future parklands, farmland, watershed protection, and historic and cultural sites. These Federal and State grant funds have been leveraged with over $4.0 million of local funds to date, through voter-approved bond referenda in 1997 and 2001, and other funding appropriated by the Orange County Board of Commissioners. The USDA Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) was part of the 2002 U.S. Farm Bill. In 2004, FRPP was appropriated $87.5 million nationwide to assist local governments and land trusts in the acquisition of agricultural conservation easements. North Carolina’s share for 2004 is $2.3 million for the current fiscal year. FRPP is administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a branch of USDA.

Over the past few years, the County’s Environment and Resource Conservation Department, with assistance from the NRCS District Conservationist and Soil and Water District staff, has been working with a number of farms on potential easement acquisitions. A total of 19 farms across the County are currently on the interest list for easements. At the time proposals were requested for the USDA funds, three Orange County farms were ready to pursue the easements. These farms will be identified in the next few weeks after owners are notified of the grant and other preliminary paperwork is filed. 

This is Orange County’s third grant for farmland easements. In January, 2001, the N.C. Farmland Preservation Trust Fund awarded Lands Legacy a grant of $107,000 for the purchase of an easement on the 71-acre Victor Walters farm in northwestern Orange County. In 2002, Orange County received $784,155 from FRPP for three farm easements (Carl and Elizabeth Walters farm, Lemola Ayrshire Farm, and the Ira Ward farm) in southwestern and northwestern Orange County. An easement for agricultural and natural resource conservation was donated in 2002 by Carl and Eve Shy for land near Cane Creek reservoir.

The FRPP grant funds will be matched by Orange County funds for conservation easements. In early 2002, the Board of Commissioners approved $3.0 million for easements to augment the 2001 Parks and Open Space bond funds (which cannot be used for easements).

The three farms in this grant are located in southwestern Orange (1) and north-central Orange (2). Together the farmland to be conserved by easement totals around 350 acres of active farmland. All of the farms are evaluated by NRCS and County staff to ensure a history of good resource management and all have active resource conservation plans.

"We're thrilled to again acquire federal support for our conservation easement purchase program. These matching funds stretch local tax dollars as we preserve our environment and make good on our commitment to help Orange County farmers and other committed landowners," noted Board of Commissioners Chair Barry Jacobs. "Those who care for the land face many daunting challenges these days, and purchasing conservation easements is a way to assist good stewardship while providing much-needed capital. The rest of us benefit by protecting important open space and by keeping farmers in business. We hope others in and beyond the agricultural community will join us in preserving the natural beauty of our county through our trend-setting Lands Legacy program."

Conservation easements place voluntary restrictions on the future use of private property. Land that has a conservation easement remains in private ownership, but limits certain kinds of intensive development while protecting important conservation values, such as productive farmland and/or natural areas.   

The Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program allows USDA to enter into agreements with states, tribes, local governments and non-profit organizations such as land trusts to protect productive farmland. USDA provides up to 50% of the appraised fair market value of the conservation easement. The 2002 Farm Bill represents an investment in conservation on private lands, with a planned $13 billion nationally over the next six years. 

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Solid Waste

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 26, 2004

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

Solid Waste Services Schedule for Memorial Day

There will be no interruption of curbside recycling service on the Memorial Day Holiday.

Recycling will be collected on Monday, May 31, 2004 as regularly scheduled. If this is your regularly scheduled recycling day, please be sure to have your bin to the curb by 7:00 am or put it out the night before.

The Orange County Landfill will be closed on Monday May 31 in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday.  All services associated with the landfill such as electronics recycling and mulch sales will also be closed. All landfill services will resume normal hours of operation on Tuesday, June 1.

The staffed Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be closed on Monday May 31.  They will re-open for normal hours of operation on Tuesday June 1.

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

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 19, 2004

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

Orange County Board of Commissioners

Meeting Addition

Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute, the Board of County Commissioners provide notice of the following changes in the 2004 meeting schedule.   

An additional meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 2, 2004.  This regular meeting of the Orange County Board of Commissioners will be held over lunch, starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Government Services Center, 200 South Cameron St., Hillsborough, NC. 

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HEALTH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 5, 2004

Contact: Maria Hitt
Healthy Carolinians Coordinator
(919)
968-2002 EXT 291

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION

WORKSHOP

FOR

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

A free Brown Bag Lunch seminar on Cultural Diversity and Domestic Violence will be held from 11:30-1:00 on Wed. May 19th at the First Community Baptist Church located at 509 Eno Street in Hillsborough. Staff from the Family Violence Prevention Center and the Orange County Rape Crisis Center will be the guest speakers. Attendees should bring their own lunch. For information, call Cathy Ferniany at 245-2414. The Brown Bag Lunch series is sponsored by the Advocates for Children Committee of Healthy Carolinians of Orange County.

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