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Hillsborough,
North Carolina 27278
(919) 245-2130
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EMS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 28, 2005

Contact: Eric Griffin 
Emergency Management Specialist
(919)
968-2050

Orange County Emergency Management Implements County-wide Incident Management Software Project

(Chapel Hill) - Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs) serve as the hub of direction and control during disasters. The Towns of Carrboro, Hillsborough and Chapel Hill, as well as Orange Water and Sewer Authority, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the UNC Healthcare System all have Emergency Operation Centers.

Orange County Emergency Management operates the Emergency Operation Center for the county and serves as the focal point when requesting local, state, and federal resources for local entities. 

Orange County Emergency Management recently provided training and distributed an IBM desktop, monitor, and EM2000 software package to interconnect each of the Emergency Operation Centers in the county. The $37,310.01 project was paid for entirely through a U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant.  A practice that once functioned with pen and paper and phone calls can now be implemented in a coordinated and consistent process. 

“This computer system will be extremely helpful in managing resources and improving communication among all the EOCs in the county,” said Jack Ball, Director of Orange County Emergency Management.

The system will improve the ability of local agencies to track the status of resource requests, whether they are pallets of water or chainsaw crews. The software package will also allow the sharing of files and situation reports in a secure environment. 

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 27, 2005

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

Recent Appointments to Orange Count Boards and Commissions

At its June 23, 2005 meeting, the Orange County Board of Commissioners appointed the following citizen volunteers to County Advisory Boards and Commissions.

Name

Board

Expiration Date

Willie Lambert

Fairview Park Planning Committee

6/30/2008

Kathleen Long

Fairview Park Planning Committee

6/30/2008

Dorothy Johnson

Fairview Park Planning Committee

6/30/2008

Michelle Kempinski

Fairview Park Planning Committee

6/30/2008

Heather MacDonald

Fairview Park Planning Committee

6/30/2008

Barrie Wallace

Fairview Park Planning Committee

6/30/2008

George Campbell

Fairview Park Planning Committee

6/30/2008

Deborah Judd

Fairview Park Planning Committee

6/30/2008

Joe Phelps

Fairview Park Planning Committee

6/30/2008

Brian Lowen

Fairview Park Planning Committee

6/30/2008

Geoffrey Hathaway

JFEPC - Justice Facilities Exterior Programming Committee

1/30/2008

Marge Anders Limbert

Orange Water & Sewer Authority Board of Directors

6/30/2008

Betty Cross

Transfer of Development Rights Task Force

6/30/2008

Robert Dowling

Transfer of Development Rights Task Force

6/30/2008

Monica Evans

Transfer of Development Rights Task Force

6/30/2008

Martha A. Hoylman

Transfer of Development Rights Task Force

6/30/2008

G. Jason Jolley

Transfer of Development Rights Task Force

6/30/2008

Marge Anders Limbert

Transfer of Development Rights Task Force

6/30/2008

Hervey McIver

Transfer of Development Rights Task Force

6/30/2008

Pamela Paul

Transfer of Development Rights Task Force

6/30/2008

Scott Radway

Transfer of Development Rights Task Force

6/30/2008

Martin Rody

Transfer of Development Rights Task Force

6/30/2008

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Recycle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 23, 2005

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

Recycling, Landfill, and Solid Waste Convenience Center Schedule for July 4th

There will be no interruption of curbside recycling service on Independence Day.

Recycling will be collected on Monday, July 4th, 2005 as regularly scheduled. If this is your regularly scheduled recycling day, 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 July 4th in observance of the Independence 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, July 5th.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 16, 2005

Contact: Eric Griffin 
Emergency Management Specialist
(919)
968-2050

Orange County Hosts Severe Weather Training for Emergency Response Agencies

(Chapel Hill)- Yesterday (June 15) Orange County Emergency Management hosted a Skywarn Severe Weather Spotter Training Class offered by the National Weather Service’s Raleigh office for 42 emergency service personnel from throughout the county.  Attendees included paramedics, firefighters, and law enforcement officers. 

Class attendees learned how to stay safe when responding to emergencies during severe weather. Training included how storms form, the physical characteristics and dangers of lightning strikes, and what common medical impacts are found in lightning and tornado victims.

“We wanted to make sure responders have the knowledge to protect themselves while they serve the public when responding to emergencies during severe weather,” said Eric Griffin, Emergency Management Specialist and coordinator of the class. “We must ensure that responders can make appropriate response decisions during severe weather, including when to suspend response operations and seek shelter.”

Additionally, the public will benefit from this class through official weather alerts.  As a result of the “weather spotter” portion of the training, responders will be able to call into the weather service with specific local conditions, such as hail size or tornado sightings. The National Weather Service uses both advanced technology and first-hand reports from trained spotters to create warnings and issue watches as severe weather develops.

“Skywarn is important to improve communication between the National Weather Service offices and first responders and allows the offices to issue more accurate and timely weather warnings,” said Jeff Orrock, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service and the instructor for the class.

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 8, 2005

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

Recent Appointments to Orange Count Boards and Commissions

At its June 7, 2005 meeting, the Orange County Board of Commissioners appointed the following citizen volunteers to County Advisory Boards and Commissions.

Name

Board

Expiration Date

Ms. Judith Mitchell Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee 6/30/2006
Rev. Gwendolyn G. Jordan Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee 6/30/2006
Ms. Edith Kathryn Wilder

Animal Services Advisory Board

6/30/2007
Dr. Kristine Bergstrand Animal Services Advisory Board 6/30/2007
Ms. Ross Oglesbee Animal Services Advisory Board 6/30/2006
Ms. Tracy Carroll Animal Services Advisory Board 6/30/2006
Mr. James Kramer Animal Services Advisory Board 6/30/2006
Ms. Bonnie L. Norwood Animal Services Advisory Board 6/30/2007
Dr. Daniel Textoris Animal Services Advisory Board 6/30/2008
Mr. Robert Schopler Animal Services Advisory Board 6/30/2008
Ms Jean H. Connerat-Levine Animal Services Advisory Board 6/30/2008
Mrs Lisa Smith Animal Services Advisory Board 6/30/2008
Mrs. Pat Sanford Animal Services Advisory Board 6/30/2007
Mr. Wriston Mark Crowell Economic Development Commission 6/30/2008
Ms. Lauri Michel Economic Development Commission 6/30/2008
Mr. Leonard Vogel Historic Preservation Commission 3/31/2008
Mr. Jack Bernhardt Historic Preservation Commission 3/31/2008
Mr. Joe Robbins Human Services Advisory Commission 3/31/2005
Ms. Emily Adams Human Services Advisory Commission 3/31/2006
Mr. G. Seth Stephens Human Services Advisory Commission 3/31/2007
Ms. Dawn C. Pickett Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee 6/30/2006
Mr. Richard L. Silverman Orange County Board of Adjustment 6/30/2008

At its June 7, 2005 meeting, the Orange County Board of Commissioners reappointed the following citizen volunteers to County Advisory Boards and Commissions.

Name

Board

Expiration Date

Ms. Laurin Easthom

Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee

6/30/2008

Ms. Ann Chamberlin

Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee

6/30/2008

Ms. Rosetta Wash

Board of Social Services

6/30/2008

Ms. Evelyn Daniel

Chapel Hill Library Board

6/30/2008

Ms Winkie La Force

Economic Development Commission

6/30/2008

Ms. Anita Badrock

Economic Development Commission

6/30/2008

Mr. Ruffin Slater

Economic Development Commission

6/30/2008

Mr. Mario C. Battigelli

Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee

6/30/2008

Ms. Susan L. Lyons

Personnel Hearing Board

6/30/2008

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 5, 2005

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

Volunteers Needed for Orange County Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Taskforce

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is recruiting citizen volunteers for the Orange County Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Taskforce.  This taskforce will evaluate the feasibility of establishing a TDR program in all or portions of the county.  The taskforce will address:  Sustainably balancing rural and urban areas, directing growth and development away from important natural and cultural resources and toward areas with municipal service potential and able to support urban densities, providing working farms with an alternative income potential, and developing policies to accommodate the sending and receiving areas of housing density and economic development to be added to the Comprehensive Plan.  The County has hired a consultant to help in this endeavor.

The Board of Commissioners encourage all Orange County residents who are interested in the concept of a TDR program 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.

When applying for this board, please indicate your area of interest on your application  (ex: Banking, Real Estate, Agriculture, Developer, Law, Planning, Natural Areas Advocacy, Environment, Utilities, Local Government, Community/Neighborhood Advocates, Other)

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June5, 2005

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

Volunteers Needed for Orange County Unified Transportation Advisory Board

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is recruiting citizen volunteers for the Orange County Unified Transportation Advisory Board (OCUTAB).  This board’s responsibilities include: 1. Identifying and prioritizing the County’s roadway and transit needs; 2. Assisting in development and review of the transportation component of the Comprehensive Plan; 3.  Providing recommendations to the Board regarding Federal and State legislation affecting transportation in Orange County; 4.  Exploring and making recommendations on innovative techniques and methods to improve the efficiency and capacity of existing and future transportation systems. 

The Orange County Unified Transportation Advisory Board membership will consist of: one member from each of the seven townships, one member from the Planning Board, one member from the Economic Development Commission, one member from the Commission for the Environment, one member from the Transportation Services Board, one member/advocate for bicycle transportation, one member/advocate for pedestrian access and safety, and one member/advocate for transit. 

The Board of Commissioners encourage all Orange County residents who are interested transportation needs and services to apply for this Board. 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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Planning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 3, 2005

Contact: Craig Benedict 
Orange County Planning Director
(919)
245-2575

New Flood Insurance Rate Maps for the Cape Fear River Basin in Orange County Available for Public Review

Chapel Hill – On Tuesday, June 21, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Mebane, and Orange County residents will have the opportunity to review and ask questions about preliminary copies of new, updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps at a public open house in the Southern Human Services Center Building at 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516.  The meeting will take place between 6:30 and 8:00 p.m. The Orange County Planning and Inspections Department will host the meeting.

Copies of the complete set of maps of the Cape Fear River Basin in Orange County are currently available for public review at the Orange County Planning and Inspections Department and the Towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Mebane.  The maps can also be viewed online using the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Information System.  A link to this system is provided on the website of the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program: www.ncfloodmaps.com.   Orange County residents who visit the site will find an Address Locator Tool to help them locate individual properties and see their relationship to floodplains.  Other tools are available to assist them with viewing and downloading digital data from the website.

The Open House meeting provides an opportunity for Orange County residents to see the results of the advanced digital technology used to create the new maps.  County and town officials will be on hand to help residents locate particular properties on the maps and determine their level of flood risk.  At 6:30 p.m. representatives from the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program and North Carolina Floodplain Management will make a short presentation on the map production process, features of the new maps, and how they can be used to reduce future losses due to flooding.  Attendees will also see a demonstration of the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Information System.  Following the presentation, State and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives will be available to answer questions about the mapping process, flood insurance coverage, and floodplain management topics.

Orange County’s new Flood Insurance Rate Maps for the Cape Fear River Basin, which were presented to local officials on June 2, 2005, are among many the State of North Carolina, under a unique partnership with FEMA, produced and issued.  The partnership agreement, signed September 2000, designates North Carolina as a Cooperating Technical State and delegates the primary responsibility for the creation and maintenance of all Flood Insurance Rate Maps to North Carolina.  The effort to remap the state’s floodplains was spurred by devastation caused by recent hurricanes, which flooded large areas of eastern North Carolina and left thousands of people homeless.  This disaster highlighted North Carolina’s vulnerability to natural disasters and the need for accurate, up-to-date floodplain maps.

For more information on the North Carolina Mapping Program, visit their website at www.ncfloodmaps.com.  More information on the Open House meeting can be obtained from Glenn Bowles of the Orange County Planning staff, at 919 245 2577.

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Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 3, 2005

Contact: Matt Streng 
Orange County Health Department
(919)
732-8181

Orange County TRU Youth Peer Educators win Public Health Award

Orange County--The Tobacco. Reality. Unfiltered. (T.R.U.) youth tobacco-use prevention program, a collaborative program between the Orange County Health Department, Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools, recently received the 2005 Outstanding Public Health Award from the Eastern District of the North Carolina Public Health Association (EDNCPHA). The T.R.U. program was recognized for, “Implementing a creative, innovative, efficient and effective public health program.” The award was presented during the EDNCPHA’s annual meeting in New Bern, NC on May 7, 2005. The EDNPHA represents fifty-five eastern counties and supports the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and Environmental and Natural resources in promoting public and personal health in Eastern North Carolina and Allied agencies.

Forty high school students from the Chapel Hill/Carrboro and Orange County school districts participated as peer educators with the program during the 2003-2005 school years. During that time, T.R.U. peer educators have led hundreds of Tobacco 101 presentations in the middle schools, conducted educational outreach with their peers at community events, and advocated for smoke-free youth-oriented hangouts and family restaurants. The Youth Risk Behavior Survey conducted in the high schools showed that these efforts contributed to a 17% increase in the number of high school students who had never smoked a cigarette in Orange County Schools in 2004 compared to 2001. A 9% increase was seen in Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools in 2005 compared to 2001. The program also showed a 12% drop in the number of high school smokers in Orange County Schools and a 5% drop in smokers in Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools during the same period.

The Orange County T.R.U. program is funded through a grant from the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund.

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Personnel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 2, 2005

Contact: John Link 
Orange County Manager
(919)
245-2300

Robert A. Marotto Appointed Animal Services Director

Orange County Manager John Link has appointed Robert A. Marotto as Animal Services Director.  Marotto will begin work Monday, July 11, 2005.

As Orange County’s first Animal Services Director, Marotto will plan, organize and direct a comprehensive animal services program.  In this, he will serve as department head for the new Animal Services Department that brings together the current Animal Shelter and Animal Control programs. 

Marotto has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of New England and Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz.  

Marotto has 11 years experience in animal care and control.  Since 1999, Marotto has served as Animal Care and Control Program Manager for the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota where he directed all animal care, control and shelter programs along with related business services.

Among his achievements, Marotto has played a leadership role in the design and development of the City’s new state of the art animal care and control facility completed in June of 2005.  This facility is designed to facilitate the placement of animals, control infectious diseases and provide quality service to the public through both field and sheltering services.

Link named an Assessment Panel to assist him in the selection process.  The Panel was made up of Orange County Commissioner Moses Carey and Assistant County Manager Gwen Harvey. 

The search process included national recruitment.  It yielded 40 candidates.

Link said:  “We believe Bob brings a rich background and dedication to animal services.  We look forward to Bob joining the Orange County team.”

Harvey said:  “We are pleased to have a professional of Bob’s background and abilities become the first director of our new department.  He brings advanced knowledge of progressive animal care and control regulations and techniques to enhance our current operations.  In addition, he brings a history of working successfully with diverse staff, volunteers, rescue groups and humane organizations around what can be emotional issues in a challenging environment. “

Commissioner Carey said:  “Bob brings the kind of skills and experience to move the county to a higher level of services to Orange County residents and their animals.  We are fortunate to have him come to work with us." 

Marotto said:  I am delighted to be selected for this position.  I look forward to working with County officials, staff and community members to create a strong and responsive Department of Animal Services.”

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Recycle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 23, 2005

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

Recycling, Landfill, and Solid Waste Convenience Center Schedule for Memorial Day

Curbside recycling will be collected on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2005 as regularly scheduled. If this is your regularly scheduled recycling day, have your bin at the curb by 7:00 am or put it out the night before.

The Orange County Landfill will be closed on Monday May 30 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, May 31.

The staffed Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be closed on Monday May 30. They will re-open for normal hours of operation on Tuesday, May 31.

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 18, 2005

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

Special Meeting Notice

Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 153A-40, the Board of County Commissioners provides notice of the following changes in the 2005 meeting schedule.   

A work session will be held on Monday, May 23, 2005 at 5:30 p.m. at the Government Services Center, 200 South Cameron Street in Hillsborough to discuss EMS/Fire/Rescue Squad issues and to receive a report on the North Carolina Division of Water Quality Proposed Nutrient Management Strategy for Jordan Lake. The work session is prior to the scheduled 7:30 p.m. Public Hearing at the F. Gordon Battle Courtroom in Hillsborough.

Two public hearings have been added to receive comment from the public on the method of electing Orange County Commissioners, including the concept of district representation. The public hearings will be held on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Rd in Chapel Hill and Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. at the F. Gordon Battle Courtroom, 106 East Margaret Lane in Hillsborough.   

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 18, 2005

Contact: Monica Evans 
Assistant to the Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners
(919)
245-2125

Boards and Commissions Appointments

At its May 17, 2005 meeting, the Orange County Board of Commissioners appointed the following citizen volunteers to County Advisory Boards and Commissions.

Volunteer Name

Board Name

Expiration Date

Steven Clemens

Affordable Housing Advisory Board

6/30/2008

Vickie M. Brown

Agricultural Preservation Board

6/30/2008

James Stefanadis

Board of Health

6/30/2007

Doris Jean Bynum

Commission for Women

6/30/2007

Natalia Deeb-Sossa

Commission for Women

6/30/2008

Jennifer Murphy

Commission for Women

6/30/2006

Arthur C. Jones

Hillsborough Planning Board

4/30/2008

Cutler Wilson Andrews

Human Relations Commission

6/30/2008

Emily Adams

Human Relations Commission

9/30/2008

Stephanie Chang

Human Services Advisory Commission

3/31/2007

 

At its May 17, 2005 meeting, the Orange County Board of Commissioners reappointed the following citizen volunteers to County Advisory Boards and Commissions.

Volunteer Name

Board Name

Expiration Date

Sharon E. Van Horn

Board of Health

6/30/2008

Christina Harlan

Board of Health

6/30/2008

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 6, 2005

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

Listening Session #5 

Orange County Hosts Outreach Listening Sessions

Orange County Commissioners are hosting a series of “listening sessions” during 2005.

The next session will be on Monday, May 16, 2005 at 7:00 pm, at the Northern Orange Human Services Center, 5800 Hwy 86, in the Cedar Grove area.   

The sessions provide an informal and relaxed opportunity for residents to share their concerns and thoughts related to county government. 

Residents who do not feel comfortable making a presentation to the Board in a public meeting may feel free to share their issues in a more casual setting near local neighborhoods.  Whether the topics are operations, programs, or services, here is a chance to share your thoughts with the Chair and one other Commissioner. 

Any county resident may attend any meeting. 

Results of the sessions will be shared with members of the Board and Orange County Staff. 

 

Remaining 2005 Orange County Listening Sessions

All meetings begin at 7:00 pm and last until 8:00 pm. 

May 16 – Northern Orange Human Services

August 10 – Carrboro Century Center

September 15 – Efland Community Center

October 5 – Government Services Center

 

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 6, 2005

Contact: Monica Evans 
Assistant to the Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners
(919)
245-2125

Boards and Commissions Appointments

At its May 3, 2005 meeting, the Orange County Board of Commissioners reappointed the following citizen volunteers to County Advisory Boards and Commissions.  

Volunteer Name

Board Name

Term Exiration Date

Wadleigh Harrison

Affordable Housing Advisory Board

6/30/2008

Martha A. Hoylman

Affordable Housing Advisory Board

6/30/2008

Jabrina Robinson

Affordable Housing Advisory Board

6/30/2008

Jill Ridky-Blackburn

Alcoholic Beverage Control Board

6/30/2008

Leo Allison

Alcoholic Beverage Control Board

6/30/2008

Robert Kintz

Arts Commission

3/31/2007

Gordon Jameson

Arts Commission

3/31/2007

Susan Poulton

Carrboro Planning Board

2/28/2008

Cutler Wilson Andrews

Commission for Women

6/30/2008

Roberta Lee

Commission for Women

6/30/2008

Arthrell Dupree Sanders

Commission for Women

6/30/2008

Maria de Bruyn

Commission for Women

6/30/2008

Vivian Herndon-Latta

Commission for Women

6/30/2008

Maria Fernandez

Human Relations Commission

6/30/2008

Phyllis Horton

Human Relations Commission

6/30/2008

Lisa Stifler

Human Relations Commission

6/30/2008

Melvin Smith

Human Relations Commission

6/30/2008

Joyce Moore Hall

Orange County Board of Adjustment

6/30/2008

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Human Rights and Relations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 5, 2005

Contact: Milan Pham 
Orange County Human Rights and Relations
(919)
960-3877

North Carolina Asian American Community Leadership Forum

Community leaders, policy experts, and representatives of North Carolina Asian Pacific American organizations will convene on May 21,2005 for the first North Carolina Asian Pacific American Community Leadership Forum. The forum will run from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM, with registration starting at 8:30 AM at the Southern Human Services Center 2501 Homestead Road (off NC-86) in Chapel Hill, NC.  There is a $15 registration fee that includes a continental breakfast and lunch.  Students will be admitted at no cost and a number of fee waivers are available for individuals who are unable to pay.  Registration will be capped at 75 individuals. 

The forum will consist of keynote lectures and interactive workshop sessions to provide local community leaders and advocates with a variety of resources and skills needed to better serve the growing Asian Pacific American community in North Carolina. “This forum will inform local groups, government officials and individuals of the critical emerging issues affecting Asian Pacific Americans,” said Ben de Guzman of NAPALC in Washington, DC. “The Asian Pacific American population in North Carolina is expanding tremendously, with the second fastest growing Asian population in the country, second only to Nevada. Despite this growth, the needs of the community are clearly not being met. With this forum we will initiate a dialogue to raise awareness in the community and develop an action plan to address these concerns.”

The day-long forum is co-sponsored and organized by the Orange County

Department of Human Rights and Relations, National Asian Pacific American Legal

Consortium (NAPALC), Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP), Advocacy for North Carolina Asian Pacific Americans (ANCAPA), the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) North Carolina Chapter, North Carolina Chinese Business Association (NCCBA), and Asian Pacific American Bar Association-NC.

Issues that impact the Asian Pacific American community in North Carolina will be discussed including immigration, human trafficking, employment discrimination, healthcare access, housing discrimination, grassroots organizing, and racial profiling. Invited speakers include representatives from LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, based in Los Angeles) and from Hmong National Development, as well as North Carolina student leaders.

For advance registration, contact Ben de Guzman at 202-296-2300 or by email: bdeguzman@napalc.org.

Online registration is available at the NAAAP-NC website at www.naaap-nc.org. (See http://www.naaap-nc.org/Events.do?id=2136. Please provide all contact information as well as group affiliation.)

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Conservation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 3, 2005

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

Orange County Lands Legacy Program Receives $845,000 Grant from USDA for Another Round of Farmland Conservation Easements

Orange County’s Lands Legacy Program, administered by the Environment and Resource Conservation Department, has been awarded four new matching grants totaling $845,686 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm and Ranchlands Protection Program (or FRPP). The County had applied earlier this year for these matching funds to help acquire conservation easements on four local farms, and USDA has responding by funding the full Orange County request. The total acreage of these potential four new easements is expected to be around 460 acres, and the USDA grant will fund approximately 50% of the total cost.

“We are very pleased to have received another grant from the USDA for our very successful farmland conservation easement component of Lands Legacy,” noted Board of Commissioners Chair Moses Carey. “Agriculture is an important part of our rural character and our economy, and ensuring land will be available for future farming activity will benefit both our economy and quality of life.”

Since its inception in April 2000, the Lands Legacy Program has protected 1,532 acres of land, with another 740 acres pending acquisition. Of this amount, Lands Legacy holds 11 conservation easements totaling 774 acres, with another 500 acres in three previously-approved easements that are nearing completion (also with 50% grant funds from the USDA FRPP). Of the existing and pending easements, most are agricultural easements designed to protect prime and threatened farmland for future generations of agricultural activity. With this most recent grant award, the Lands Legacy Program has now leveraged $3.7 million through eight Federal and State grants toward acquisition of important natural and cultural resource lands. This is the third partnership with the USDA, which also awarded grants to Orange County of $639,000 for three easements in 2004, and $784,000 for three easements in 2002.

As with the previous two rounds of easements, the Lands Legacy Program partnered with the local office of the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Orange Soil and Water District to prepare the grant application materials.

The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 provides up to $125 million in financial and technical assistance nationwide for the Farm and Ranchlands Protection Program (FRPP) in fiscal year 2005.  Up to $3 million will be awarded for the farmland protection in North Carolina by way of permanent conservation easements.

The primary purposes of grants from the FRPP are to a) preserve farmland for future generations; and b) protect prime, unique, or important farmland or farmland containing historic or archaeological sites from conversion to nonagricultural uses.

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