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


Contact: David Hunt
Information Specialist
(919) 245-2126
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May/June 2008

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Library 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: June 27, 2008

Contact: Brenda Stephens, Orange County Public Library Director, (919) 245-2525 

Orange County Public Libraries Modify Hours of Operation

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – Hours of operation for branches of the Orange County Public Library System will be reduced slightly beginning July 1, 2008.   Please note these changes. 

 

Orange County Public Libraries

Changes in Hours of Operation Effective July 1, 2008

 

Main Library                         Current        July 1, 2008

Mon – Thurs                            9 –8 pm         9 – 8 pm

Fri                                            9 – 5 pm       9 – 5 pm

Sat                                           9 – 5 pm       10 – 2 pm                              

Sun                                          1 – 5 pm       1- 5 pm

Total                                       64 hours       60 hours

                       

Carrboro McDougle              Current        July 1, 2008

Mon                                         4 – 8 pm      Closed

Tues – Thurs                            4 – 8 pm       5 – 8 pm

Sat                                          10 – 2 pm      10 – 2 pm

Sun                                          1 – 5 pm       1 – 5 pm

Total                                       24 hours       17 hours  

           

Cedar Grove                          Current           July 1, 2008

Mon – Thurs                            11 – 7 pm       11 – 6 pm

Sat                                           10 – 2 pm       Closed

Total                                        36 hours        28 hours  

                     

Carrboro Cybrary                   Current        July 1, 2008

Mon – Fri                                 9 – 5 pm        9 – 5 pm

Sat                                           10 – 2 pm       10 – 2 pm

Total                                        44 hours         44 hours

 

For additional information visit the Orange County Library website

 http://www.co.orange.nc.us/library/orange/ or call (919) 245-2525. 

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Social Services 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: June 10, 2008

Contact: Yvette Smith, Department of Social Services, (919) 245-2885 

Heat Relief Available at the Orange County Department of Social Services 

ORANGE COUNTY- In response to the extremely high temperatures, the Orange County Department of Social Services is offering several ways to help high-risk, vulnerable citizens cope with the heat.  The agency currently has a limited number of fans and air conditioners available to low-income county residents.  Additionally, the agency has crisis intervention and energy funds available to help with energy costs.

Orange County residents with limited resources and no cooling source in their home can apply to receive a fan or air conditioner at the Chapel Hill office located at 2501 Homestead Road, or the Hillsborough office located at 300 West Tryon Street.  Individuals and families need to be at or below 200% of poverty to be eligible.  For an individual, the income limit is approximately $1700/month, and for family of four, the income cutoff is about $3400/month.  Because of the limited supply, families or individuals requesting air conditioners must also have a medical need and the ability to pick-up and install the air conditioner.

In addition to providing fans and air conditioners to those in need, the agency also runs the county’s Emergency Assistance Program.  This program can help pay past due utility bills to keep a resident’s electricity from being turned off.

Nancy Coston, the Director at the Orange County Department of Social Services, stated, “the need for cooling assistance has already been high and temperatures are expected to stay steady for the next few days.  Our primary concern is obviously the health and safety of our vulnerable residents.”

Anyone interested in donating a new window air conditioner (in box) or new fan (in box) can bring it to either of the Department of Social Services locations, in Chapel Hill at 2501 Homestead Road or in Hillsborough at 300 West Tryon Street.  Monetary donations can also be given at either site or mailed to the agency at P.O. Box 8181, Hillsborough, NC 27278.  Please specify that donations are for the energy and crisis assistance programs.  All donations to the Orange County Department of Social Services are tax deductible.

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: June 9, 2008

Contact: Barry Jacobs, Chair, Orange County Board of Commissioners, (919) 245-2130 

Orange County To Say Goodbye to Longtime Legal Counsel

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – Geof Gledhill, primary legal counsel to the Orange County Board of Commissioners, will “retire” from full time law practice. 

Gledhill, with the Law Office of Coleman, Gledhill, Hargrave & Peek, has served as Orange County’s attorney for over 30 years.  He will continue working as County Attorney until December of this year. 

Gledhill is one of three individuals - the Manager, the Clerk and the Attorney, who report directly to the Board of Commissioners.  These three positions are appointed/reappointed each year during the first BOCC meeting in December. 

Board Chair Barry Jacobs said Gledhill would be missed.  I can't imagine a more knowledgeable or dedicated county attorney than Geof Gledhill, nor anyone more interested in protecting the policy interests of the government he serves. We wish him well as he devotes himself to other pursuits, both on the farm and in the community,” Jacobs said. 

Gledhill, who lives in Cedar Grove, says he is ready to spend more time with family and wants to become a better farmer, raising cattle, goats and various crops. 

The Board of Commissioners has approved a staff attorney position and is in discussion on possible transitions for the County’s future legal services.   

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Animal Services 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: May 30, 2008

Contact: Sarah Fallin, Program and Volunteer Coordinator - Orange County Animal Services, (919) 967-7383 

Groundbreaking for New Orange County Animal Services Facility

CHAPEL HILL - The Orange County Board of Commissioners will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a new Animal Services Center.  The ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. at 1601 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill (near the intersection of Eubanks and Mill House Road). 

The new state-of-the-art Animal Services center, projected to open at the end of 2008, will be the first time Animal Control, Animal Shelter and Administrative staff will be housed under the same roof.

Construction of the new center reflects years of planning and represents a transition from earlier generations of shelters by establishing a more active, inviting and community-oriented center. 

The Animal Services Department continues to operate the Shelter and Animal Control in their existing locations until the completion of the new facility.

The alternate rain location for the ceremony will be at the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center in the theatre.

For more information on the ceremony or the Animal Services Department, please visit http://www.co.orange.nc.us/animalservices. 

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: May 28, 2008

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

Orange County Board of Commissioners Notice of Changes in the Regular Meeting Schedule

Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 153A-40, the Board of County Commissioners provides notice of the following changes in the 2008 meeting schedule.   

  • The Board of County Commissioners added a Work Session on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. at the Link Government Services Center, 200 South Cameron Street in Hillsborough to discuss the land use plan. 
  • The Board of County Commissioners added a Transfer Station Siting Work Session on Monday, June 16, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.
  • The Board of County Commissioners added a meeting of the Orange County Board of Commissioners for the purpose of participating with other local governmental entities (Chapel Hill Council, Carrboro Aldermen and UNC representatives) to receive a presentation and to discuss the preliminary findings of the fiscal analysis for Carolina North, on Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill. 

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Manager 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: May 7, 2008

Contact: Laura E. Blackmon, Orange County Manager, 245-2300 

Broadwell Named New Director of Economic Development for Orange County

Laura E. Blackmon, Orange County Manager, announced the appointment of Bradly A. Broadwell as Economic Development Director for Orange County starting May 19, 2008.

As the Economic Development Director, Broadwell will be responsible for creating and implementing strategies to enhance and promote the economic well-being of Orange County.  He will also oversee the Visitor’s Bureau and Arts Commission. 

Broadwell comes to Orange County from Dorchester County, Maryland, where he served as the Director of Economic Development.  His professional background includes positions in both the public and private sectors.  He brings strong international experience having served as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Commerce in the US Department of Commerce in Washington, DC working on projects with Japan and Poland.  He also worked as an Advisor for the United States Agency for International Development serving as an in country director in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 

His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  He has also served on a number of boards and commissions associated with economic development. 

“Brad’s vast experiences in developing successful economic programs, as well as his extensive background working with international communities are skills Orange County can put to use today!” Blackmon said. 

Broadwell is excited about the new challenge.  I cannot think of another economic development job that has more to offer someone in my profession. I’m confident that my experience in creating technology & knowledge based jobs, providing opportunity for our farmers and fostering entrepreneurship, fits with the objectives of the Board of Commissioners & Economic Development Commission to create well paying jobs in Orange County,” Broadwell said. 

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Elections 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: May 6, 2008

Contact: Tracy Reams, Director, Orange County Board of Elections, 245-2350 

2008 Primary Election Results for Orange County

Election results for the May 6, 2008 Primary will be posted on the State Board of Elections website. 

http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/NC/1875/2780/en/summary.html

Results for Orange County will be posted on State link below.

http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/NC/Orange/1943/2956/en/summary.html

Links to the State site will be available on the County’s web site by simply clicking on “What’s New” from the County’s home page www.co.orange.nc.us.

The direct link for the Orange County Board of Elections site with local statistics and precinct information is listed below:

http://www.co.orange.nc.us/elect/index.asp

Results of absentee and one-stop ballots will be available shortly after the polls close at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday night. 

Election returns posted on the Internet are unofficial. Official returns will be available from the Board of Elections on Tuesday, May 13, 2008.

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Planning 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: May 5, 2008

Contact: Perdita Holtz, Special Projects Planner, Orange County Planning, 245-2575 

Eno Economic Development Public Information Session

The Orange County Planning Department will host a public information session for residents, property owners, businesses and others interested in the Eno Economic Development District (EDD). 

The EDD location is in the general area of Highway 70 and Interstate 85 near  the Durham County line. 

The information session will be held on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at the Planning and Agricultural Building, 306 Revere Road in Hillsborough.  The session will be held as an “open house” and those interested may drop by anytime between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.

To learn more or to see a copy of the DRAFT Eno EDD plan, visit the website,

http://www.co.orange.nc.us/planning/admin_Eno_EDD_SAP.asp

or call Perdita Holtz, Special Projects Planner, (919) 245-2575. 

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