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May / June 2012

 

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Emergency Services

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: June 27, 2012

Contact: Darshan Patel, Orange County Emergency Services, (919) 245-6100

Surviving the Heat - Guidelines from Orange County

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – In recent years, excessive heat has caused more weather related deaths than tornadoes, hurricanes or floods.  As the high temperatures predicted for this weekend continue to rise, Orange County would like to provide heat survival tips and suggestions for enduring this weather challenge. 

The Orange County Department of Social Services can provide assistance to help low-income elderly or medically fragile residents cope with the heat.  A limited number of fans are available for those who qualify. 

Additional heat related and emergency assistance information can be found on Orange County departmental websites for Emergency Services, Animal Services, Aging, Health, and the Department of Social Services.

Be Prepared

  • Listen to local weather forecasts and stay aware of upcoming temperature changes.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Stay indoors, slow down and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • If you must work outdoors, take frequent breaks.
  • The elderly, young or medically fragile are more likely to become victims of excessive heat.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
  • If you do not have air conditioning, choose places you could go to for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day (public buildings, libraries, theaters, malls).
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
  • Leave pets at home. (Don’t even take animals out in a vehicle if you may have to leave them locked inside.) 
  • Ensure that your animals’ needs for water and shade are met. 
  • Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.

Medical Care

Recognize the signs of heat related illnesses. 

Heat cramps are muscular pains and spasms that usually occur in the legs or abdomen caused by exposure to high heat and humidity and loss of fluids and electrolytes. Heat cramps are often an early sign that the body is having trouble with the heat.

  • Get the person to a cooler place and have him or her rest in a comfortable position. Lightly stretch the affected muscle and replenish fluids.
  • Give a half glass of cool water every 15 minutes.

Heat exhaustion typically involves the loss of body fluids through heavy sweating during strenuous exercise or physical labor in high heat and humidity.

  • Signs of heat exhaustion include cool, moist, pale or flushed skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea; dizziness; weakness; and exhaustion.
  • Move the person to a cooler place. Remove or loosen tight clothing and apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. Fan the person. If the person is conscious, give small amounts of cool water to drink. Make sure the person drinks slowly. Watch for changes in condition.
  • If the person refuses water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, call 9-1-1.

Heat stroke (also known as sunstroke) is a life-threatening condition in which a person’s temperature control system stops working and the body is unable to cool itself.

  • Signs of heat stroke include hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting; and high body temperature.
  • Heat stroke is life-threatening. Call 9-1-1 immediately.
  • Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the person’s body by giving care as you would for heat exhaustion. If needed, continue rapid cooling by applying ice or cold packs wrapped in a cloth to the wrists, ankles, groin, neck and armpits.

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BOCC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: June 20, 2012

Contact: Frank Clifton, Orange County Manager, (919) 245-2300

Brinson Appointed Tax Administrator for Orange County

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – The Orange County Board of Commissioners unanimously appointed Dwane Brinson as Tax Administrator during its regular meeting last night (June 19, 2012).  He will start work with Orange County on August 6, 2012. 

Commissioner Steve Yuhasz has high expectations for the new Tax Administrator.  “Dwane Brinson brings a fresh perspective to the Orange County Tax Office.  I am confident that the residents of Orange County will find him to be an effective and approachable Administrator,” Yuhasz said. 

As Tax Administrator, Brinson will be responsible for directing the daily activities and supervising staff of the Orange County Tax Office. The duties of the office include listing, assessing, billing and collections for all taxable property in the County.   He will also be responsible for Emergency Management billing activities involving ambulance service and fire inspections. 

Brinson has been serving as the Tax Administrator of Lee County for the past 5 years.  Prior to that, from 2001 to 2007 he was responsible for appraising real estate, including commercial properties, in Onslow County and then in Pitt County. 

Brinson’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Business from Mount Olive College, a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Campbell University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill – School of Government. 

Orange County Manager Frank Clifton is glad to have someone with a strong academic background and proven skills in public outreach.  “We look forward to Dwane’s enthusiasm for communicating with the residents of Orange County,” Clifton said. 

Brinson told the Board he was ready to be part of the Orange County community.  "As a UNC alum, I am excited to have an opportunity to become a permanent resident in the Orange County community.  This is an opportunity that has been long awaited,” Brinson said. 

Brinson will fill the remainder of the unexpired term of Jenkins Crayton who resigned on May 29, 2012.  Paul Laughton in the Finance and Administrative Services Department will continue to serve as interim Tax Administrator until Brinson starts work on August 6, 2012. 

 

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Housing

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: June 14, 2012

Contact: Pam Reynolds , Orange County Housing, Human Rights and Community Development Department, (919) 245-2490

Fair Housing Workshop

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – A workshop on fair housing will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Orange County Department of Social Services, Hillsborough Commons, 113 Mayo Street in Hillsborough. 

The free seminar “Fair Housing: Know Your Rights” is presented by Fair Housing Project, Legal Aid of NC, Orange County Human Relations Commission, N. C. Justice Center and the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

Advanced registration is preferred.  Contact Pam Reynolds by email (preynolds@co.orange.nc.us) or call 919-245-2490 at Orange County Housing, Human Rights and Community Development Department. 

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BOCC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: June 8, 2012

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

Orange County Commissioners Make Appoints for Advisory Boards

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – On May 15, 2012 the Orange County Board of Commissioners appointed the following citizen volunteers to County advisory boards and commissions:

 

Volunteer Name                                                     Board Name

 

Ms. Donna Prather                       Advisory Board on Aging

Ms. Martha Hoylman                    Affordable Housing Advisory Board          

Mrs. Renee McPherson                  Agricultural Preservation Board

Mr. Howard McAdams, Jr.               Agricultural Preservation Board

Mr. Joe Thompson                        Agricultural Preservation Board

Ms. Aviva Scully                           Animal Services Advisory Board

Ms. Lori Lumpkin                         Animal Services Advisory Board

Ms. Jenn Merritt                           Animal Services Advisory Board

Dr. Michael Carstens                     Board of Health

Mr. Corey Davis                            Board of Health

Mr. Tony Whitaker                        Board of Health

Dr. Timothy Peppers, Sr.             Chapel Hill Board of Adjustment

Ms. Jennifer Amster                     Chapel Hill Board of Adjustment

                                                     

Ms. Deborah Fulghieri                   Chapel Hill Planning Board

Mr. Greg Jarvies                            Orange County ABC Board

Ms. Rosa Tilley                             Orange County ABC Board

Ms. Delores Bailey                        Economic Development Advisory Board

Mr. Mark Sherburne                      Economic Development Advisory Board

Mr. Jim Kitchen                             Economic Development Advisory Board

Ms. Karen McAdams                     Economic Development Advisory Board

Mr. Tom Underwood                     Economic Development Advisory Board

Ms. Lori Eichel                              Economic Development Advisory Board

Mr. Eric Pate                                 Economic Development Advisory Board

Mr. Mark N. O’Neal                       Economic Development Advisory Board

 

Congratulations!  The Board of Commissioners appreciates your willingness to serve your community.

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BOCC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: June 8, 2012

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

Applicants Needed for Carrboro Board of Adjustment

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Many opportunities exist for volunteer citizens who have a desire to become more involved with issues that affect the future of Orange County. 

There is currently a vacancy for the Orange County representative on the Carrboro Board of Adjustment.  The individual must reside in the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction of The Town of Carrboro.   

The Board of Adjustment shall hear and decide:

  1. Appeals from any order, decision, requirement, or interpretation made by the administrator.
  2. Applications for special use permits.
  3. Applications for variances.
  4. Applications for special exception permits.
  5. Questions involving interpretation of the zoning map, including disputed district boundary lines and lot lines.
  6. Applications for major subdivisions containing between five and twelve lots.
  7. Any other matters the board is required to act upon by any other town ordinance.

If interested, please apply at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards .

 

For additional information look under “Boards and Commissions Listing” select "Carrboro Board of Adjustment".   If you need to verify if your residence is in the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction, call Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125.

With over 20 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

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BOCC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: June 8, 2012

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

Applicants Needed for Chapel Hill Board of Adjustment

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Many opportunities exist for volunteer citizens who have a desire to become more involved with issues that affect the future of Orange County. 

There is currently a vacancy for the Orange County representative on the Chapel Hill Board of Adjustment.  The individual must reside in the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction and/or Joint Planning Area of The Town of Chapel Hill.   

The Board of Adjustment, through the process of appeal and review may determine that variances to the zoning regulations of the Town be permitted.  It may also reverse any order, requirement, decision, or determination of the administrative official charged with enforcement of the Land Use Management Ordinance.  It may serve as an appeals board for other matters assigned to it under the Town Code of Ordinances.  The Board of Adjustment has been granted the power to act independently of the Town Council in most instances but on occasion serves in an advisory capacity to the Council.

If interested, please apply at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards .

 

For additional information look under “Boards and Commissions Listing” select "Chapel Hill Board of Adjustment".   If you need to verify if your residence is in the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction or Joint Planning Area, call Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125.

With over 20 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

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Emergency Services

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: May 29, 2012

Contact: Darshan Patel, Orange County Emergency Services, (919) 245-6135

Orange County Encourages Preparation for Hurricanes

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – With rains from Beryl impacting the region, Orange County Emergency Services wants area residents to be prepared this hurricane season.  

“Preparing emergency plans and kits prior to an emergency will help you better protect yourself and your family during this hurricane season,” Orange County Emergency Services Director Frank Montes de Oca said.  “There is no better time to do this than during Hurricane Preparedness Week.“

Both President Barack Obama and Governor Beverly Perdue have issued official press releases declaring May 27 to June 2 as Hurricane Preparedness Week.

The State Climate Office of North Carolina calculated that 21% of all hurricanes over the last 150 years have affected North Carolina for a total of 358 hurricanes.  As seen through Hurricane Irene that struck in 2011, hurricanes can cause massive damage through storm surges, high winds, flooding, and tornadoes.

The hurricane season generally lasts from June 1st to November 1st, but hurricanes and tropical storms can be formed or hit as early as April or as late as December. Before the official season has started, there have been two named storms, Alberto and Beryl.

At www.Ready.gov, FEMA offers tips on how to create your own supply kits and make emergency plans.  For additional information, NOAA (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare) offers YouTube videos in both English and Spanish about hurricanes and personal safety updated all week.

As always, Orange County Emergency Services is your local source for emergency information and updates.  Residents can find preparedness information at www.ReadyOrange.org.  Orange County Emergency Services also provides outreach information and disaster alerts through Facebook and Twitter under the name OCNCEmergency. 

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Manager

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: May 29, 2012

Contact: Jeff Thompson , Orange County Asset Management Services, (919) 245-2658

Orange County Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Orange County has installed twelve electric car charging stations for use by the general public.  The new stations were funded by the US Department of Energy and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Carolina Blue Skies and Green Jobs Initiative led by the Triangle J Council of Governments. 

All of the stations are “Level 2” type stations, capable of fully energizing an electric car such as the Chevrolet Volt or Nissan Leaf in approximately 3 to 6 hours, depending on the vehicle. 

Four stations are available for use at the Orange County Skills Development Center in Chapel Hill (503 West Franklin Street); two are available at the Robert and Pearl Seymour Senior Center in Chapel Hill (2551 Homestead Road); and six are available at the Park & Ride facility located adjacent to the Durham Technical Community College location in Hillsborough.

“Orange County is pleased to offer these facilities in support of the growing number of electric vehicles being used for transportation”, says Frank Clifton, the Orange County Manager.  “The County hopes to accommodate more in the future as the need continues to develop”.

The charging station parking areas will be free of charge during the introductory period, while usage patterns and an appropriate pricing structure is evaluated.  Users will be asked to limit use of the facilities to a maximum of 4 hours per day.

Questions about these facilities can be directed to Jeff Thompson, Orange County Asset Management Services, at 919-245-2658.

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Housing

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: May 22, 2012

Contact: Pam Reynolds , Orange County Housing, Human Rights and Community Development Department, (919) 245-2490

Fair Housing Workshop

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – A workshop on fair housing will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill. 

The free seminar “Fair Housing: Know Your Rights” is presented by Fair Housing Project, Legal Aid of NC, Orange County Human Relations Commission, N. C. Justice Center and the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

Advanced registration is preferred.  Contact Pam Reynolds by email (preynolds@co.orange.nc.us) or call 919-245-2490 at Orange County Housing, Human Rights and Community Development Department. 

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DEAPR

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: May 22, 2012

Contact: Keitha Barrett, Recreation Program Coordinator, Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation, (919) 245-2665

Annual Youth Fishing Rodeo - A Tradition Continues

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – The Annual Youth Fishing Rodeo for children aged 3 to 15 will be held on Saturday, June 2, from 9:15 a.m. to 12:00 noon. This is a free event that will be held at Bob Strayhorn’s Farm, located at 2103 New Hope Church Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.  The Strayhorn farm is off Highway 86, between Hillsborough and Chapel Hill.  Registration begins at 9:15 am. The fishing will begin at 9:30, followed by a free hot dog lunch and awards ceremony at 11:15. Prizes will be awarded for the following:  most creative hat, first fish caught, shortest fish, longest fish, and biggest fish in each age division. 

The Fishing Rodeo is an annual community event intended to expose children to the joys of fishing.  The rodeo is co-sponsored by Orange County Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks, and Recreation, Carrboro Parks and Recreation Department and Orange County Cooperative Extension 4-H.

For additional information call 919-245-2660.  In the event of inclement weather, please call our weather line 919-245-2669.  You may also visit our Facebook page – Orange County Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation or follow us on Twitter @OCDEAPR  for updates. The rain date for the rodeo is Sunday, June 3, 2:00-4:00 p.m. 

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BOCC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: May 17, 2012

Contact: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board, Orange County Board of Commissioners (919) 245-2130, Jeanette Jones, (919) 245-2125 or Steve Brantley, (919) 245-2326

Orange County Seeking Applicants for Economic Development Advisory Board

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Many opportunities exist for volunteer citizens who have a desire to become more involved with issues and solutions that affect the future of Orange County. 

There are openings on the Orange County Economic Development Advisory Board for a Core Business Community Member and an Entrepreneur Member.  This advisory board will work cohesively with the County's Economic Development staff and other economic development partners to position Orange County as a competitive location for business opportunities.

The Economic Development Advisory Board consists of 10 members all appointed by the Orange County Board of Commissioners. Currently there are two openings for a Core Business Community Member and an Entrepreneur Member. 

If interested, please apply at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards .

Applications must be submitted by Monday, June 8, 2012 to be considered by the BOCC in their June meeting. 

For additional information look under “Boards and Commissions Listing” select "Economic Development Advisory Board" or call Donna Baker (919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125.

With over 20 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

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BOCC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: May 3, 2012

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

Orange County BOCC Special Meeting Notice

ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

FOR

May 10, 2012

 

The Orange County Board of Commissioners has been invited to attend a Webinar sponsored by the Orange County Solid Waste Department, "Second Annual Waste-to-Energy and Conversion Technologies Status Report" on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm at the Solid Waste Administrative Offices, 1207 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill.

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

 

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