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2001 | July/August,
Public Comment Period for Draft Transportation Improvement Program Priority List is Dec. 27 through Feb. 13
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 27, 2001
For more information: Karen Lincoln, (919) 245-2575, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) hereby announces the availability of the Draft 2004-2010 Transportation Improvement program (TIP) Regional Priority List and requests comments on the draft list.
Copies of the Regional Priority List are available for review at the City of Durham Department of Transportation, the Durham City-County Planning Department, the Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, Chatham County, and Orange County Planning Departments, as well as at the Durham, Orange, and Chatham County Public Libraries.
The public comment period will be open from Thursday, December 27, 2001, through Wednesday, February 13, 2002. Comments should be sent to: Dept. of Transportation, City of Durham, Attn: Phil Conrad, 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC 27701; 560-4366 (phone); 560-4561 (fax); email@example.com
A public hearing on the Draft Regional Priority List has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 13, 2002, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Committee Room on the 2nd floor of Durham City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza.
** Persons with disabilities will be accommodated. Provisions will be made if notified within 48 hours in advance of the meeting. **
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Holiday Schedule for Orange County Landfill and Recycling Program
December 14, 2001
information: Orange County Solid Waste Management, (919) 968-2788, firstname.lastname@example.org
Curbside Recycling (both urban
and rural routes) will be cancelled for Christmas Day.
There are no make up days scheduled.
Those who would normally receive recycling services on Tuesdays
will not have a recycling pick-up on Tuesday, December 25, 2001.
There will be
no curbside recycling services on New Year’s Day, however service
shifts forward one day. Make-up days are scheduled for the rest of the
week with an additional collection day on Saturday. The make up days
are as follows:
Tuesday 1/1 routes will be collected
Wednesday 1/2 routes will be collected
Thursday 1/3 routes will be collected
1/4 routes will be collected Saturday 1/5
sure to have your recycling bin at the curb by 7:00 a.m., as recycling
trucks will be out early.
The Orange County Landfill will
be open 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and closed on
Christmas Day. Normal
hours of operation will resume on December 26, 2001.
The Orange County Landfill will also be closed on New Year’s
Day, but will reopen January 2, 2002.
Orange County Staffed Solid Waste Convenience
will be closed both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The centers
will be closed on the following Wednesdays, as usual.
Orange County 24 Hour Municipal
Drop-Off Sites will be open throughout the holidays,
but due to increased holiday volumes, Solid Waste staff holidays, the
convenience centers being closed, and the interruption in usual
curbside service these sites may be overburdened.
County Solid Waste Management urges residents to not overstuff the
drop-off sites. If you
can possibly wait till after the holidays to dispose of your
recycling, please do so. If you do go to a drop-off site and see that the bins are
overflowing, or there are items left on the ground PLEASE DO NOT
FOLLOW SUIT! Leave your
recyclables in the trunk and come back when Solid Waste staff has had
time to pick up the centers. Do
not leave any trash or bulky items at the drop-off sites.
Doing so constitutes illegal dumping as the drop-off sites are
for recycling ONLY!
Holiday recycling tips:
non-metallic wrapping paper can be recycled with mixed paper.
Christmas trees may be recycled at the curb, at staffed convenience
centers, and at the Orange County Landfill, just like other yard
waste. Please make sure to remove all tinsel and decorations.
you for helping our programs work smoothly through out the holidays,
and for recycling all year long!
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County Commissioners Approve Purchase of Historic Blackwood Farmstead for Future Park Site
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
David Stancil 245-2590 email@example.com
December 11, the Board of Commissioners approved a contract to
purchase a historic farm property for a new County park. The land is
owned by the Blackwood family, one
of the County’s oldest families – dating back to pre-Revolutionary
War days in south-central Orange County.
the acquisition, the County will own 152 acres located near the
intersection of New Hope Church Road and NC 86 near the center of the
County. The property is owned by David Blackwood (Trustee) of Cary,
and Nannie Blackwood and Mary Blackwood who are currently in
residence. Nannie and
Mary are the youngest of eight children of Herbert and Alice
Blackwood, who purchased the farm in 1906. The farm is strategically
located between Hillsborough and Chapel Hill-Carrboro, and is easily
accessible from I-40.
of the original farm is intact, including the old farmhouse (portions
of which date back to 1827), a complex of well-preserved farm
structures, and a portion of the old “Stagecoach Road” running
between Hillsborough and Chapel Hill.
The property also contains a portion of a county Natural
Heritage site – significant for the plants growing in combination
with greenstone rock outcrops. There
are also a three-acre pond and two streams that flow through the land
and into New Hope Creek, which runs less than one mile to the
small portion of the property was sold in 1988 for the construction of
Interstate 40. Another
small portion was sold for New Hope Elementary School, located
directly across NC 86.
of the contract to purchase comes after a year-long process of site
identification, evaluation and the negotiation of terms of purchase
through the County’s Lands Legacy program. The following is a
selection from staff’s evaluation of the property:
“The land would be suitable for a large park with a combination of active and low-impact recreational uses. Some of the current and former agricultural fields could support a various playing fields without compromising the more historic features of the property (farmstead, old roadway and vistas). Other open lands could accommodate picnic areas and children’s play areas. The riparian areas might accommodate natural walking trails. Portions of the property could remain entirely natural including the County identified natural area (Site N09). Stewardship and maintenance would be focused on playing fields, trail development and maintenance.
house and farm structures might be turned into a museum (similar to
Duke Homestead in Durham), a caretaker’s residence, or perhaps a
park superintendent/ranger residence. The farm buildings might include
exhibits and demonstration areas showing traditional farming
practices. Interpretive signs could describe the old stagecoach road,
the farmstead, and traditional farming that has occurred on this site
(and the surrounding lands) by the Blackwoods, Strayhorns and Craigs
since the 1700s. Such
facilities might attract the general public as well groups from the
nearby schools and from other parts of the county. New Hope Elementary
School is located across the road and A.L. Stanback Middle School is
just up the road.”
of the historic Blackwood property is another great coup for Orange
County and its Lands Legacy program,” noted Commission Chair Barry
Jacobs. “This property is perfectly situated to provide easy access
for citizens from both the northern and southern parts of the County,
and is well suited to active and low-impact recreation. What’s more,
we’ve managed to preserve a valuable part of our natural and rural
heritage, and one of the County’s loveliest vistas to boot.”
purchase is another triumph for our award-winning Lands Legacy
program,” added Commissioner Alice Gordon, “especially since the
Blackwood property contains so many elements of that program within
its boundaries: natural areas, park and recreation sites, farmland and
a historic location. We are very pleased that Orange County citizens
will be able to enjoy this magnificent park for years to come.
Margaret Brown noted, “Thanks to the citizen support for the 1997
and 2001 Parks and Open Space bonds, the County will be able to pursue
this acquisition. This lovely site is conveniently located between
Chapel Hill, Carrboro and northern Orange County, and its proximity to
two nearby schools is also a plus.”
greatly appreciate the Blackwood family’s willingness to help retain
a part of Orange County history,” added ERC Director David Stancil.
“ Without the family’s civic-minded interest in seeing their farm
conserved as a public park, this truly remarkable purchase would not
have been possible.”
purchase price for the property is $2,064,000, or $13,609 per acre.
additional information, contact:
Stancil, 245-2590; Rich Shaw, 245-2591
Blackwood, trustee for Blackwood heirs estate:
Orange County Librarian "Passes the Gavel"
December 5, 2001
Brenda Stephens (919)
serving her term as President of the North Carolina Public Library
Director’s Association (NCPLDA), Brenda Stephens, Orange County
Library Director, will “pass the gavel” at the organization’s
Annual Awards Banquet to be held on Thursday, December 6th
at the Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
NCPLDA is a highly recognized statewide organization of library
directors employed throughout state and local government.
With membership in excess of 75 professionals, this
organization advocates and supports legislation for library services.
year the NCPLDA reviews the contributions of numerous library
supporters and honors those individuals and organizations that have
sought to champion public library services.
This year’s recipient’s are: