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Recycling Collections Rescheduled
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: December 30, 2002
Orange Community Recycling, (919) 968-2788; firstname.lastname@example.org
of the Towns of Hillsborough and Chapel Hill whose normal recycling day is
Wednesday should have received curbside collection on Saturday, December 28
to make up for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday collection
to error on the part of the recycling collection contractor, recycling was
not picked up on Saturday for these routes.
It will be collected today, Monday, December 30, instead.
the attempt to make up missed collections from Saturday, some routes that
are usually collected on Monday may be delayed.
If you normal collection day is Monday, and you are not serviced
today, please leave your bin out and it will be collected tomorrow, Tuesday,
December 31, 2002.
Routes scheduled for Wednesday January 1, 2003, are cancelled due to the New
Year’s Day holiday. The next
regularly scheduled day for those routes will be January 8, 2003.
Curbside recycling should be back on regular schedule effective Thursday, January 2, 2003.
Reviews Emergency Energy Assistance
December 20, 2002
more information: John Link, County Manager, (919) 245-2300; email@example.com
December 17, 2002, the Orange County Emergency Energy Assistance Committee
met to discuss efforts to help persons in need of financial assistance with
their home heating. First
convened in November 2001, the committee is charged with reviewing and
assessing the practices and policies associated with interrupted service as
well as promoting partnerships between the utility providers and local human
group is comprised of representatives from the County Manager’s Office,
Department of Social Services, Orange Congregations in Mission (OCIM),
Inter-Faith Council (IFC), Joint Orange Chatham Community Action (JOCCA),
Orange Water & Sewer Authority (OWASA), Duke Power, Piedmont Electric
and PSNC Energy. From its
initial work, the committee prepared a draft report outlining the current
relationships between financial assistance programs and utility providers.
This report was shared with the Board of County Commissioners in
its last meeting in March 2002, the Department of Social Services has
initiated a Guarantor Program to assist eligible residents establish service
delivery with utility providers. Additionally,
and most notably, the DSS has also instituted a financial education and
counseling component to help families address their overall economic
to Nancy Coston, Director, Department of Social Services, “The financial
counseling serves to empower people. The
goal is to motivate and help families to develop strategies for financial
freedom.” “This is
especially important now in light of our current economy.
With the increased numbers in unemployment and underemployment, our
staff is faced with a real need to help folks get through this,” stressed
Coston. A small task group from
this committee, chaired by Coston, will look at other options for expanding
the financial education component.
The committee plans to finalize its report and present it to the Board of County Commissioners at their regularly scheduled January 21 meeting.
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Holiday Recycling Schedule for Christmas and New Years Holidays
December 19, 2002
more information: Orange
Community Recycling, (919) 968-2788, firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be no curbside recycling collection on Wednesday December 25, 2002 or Wednesday January 1, 2003 in observance of Christmas Day and New Years Day. The make-up day for BOTH holidays is SATURDAY, December 28, 2002. Residents should have their recycling bin to the curb by 7:00 a.m. or put it out the night before to ensure collection on the make-up day.
The Orange County landfill will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day, but will resume normal hours of operation on the day following the holidays.
Solid waste convenience centers are usually closed on Wednesdays, so their schedule is not affected by the holiday schedule.
Residents can recycle any day of the week, any time of day, at one of the County’s 24-hour recycling drop-off sites. They are located at:
Residents can recycle all plastic
bottles, aluminum, steel, and empty aerosol spray cans, magazines, mixed
paper, newspaper and phonebooks, corrugated cardboard, and glass bottles and
jars at these locations. Be
sure to properly sort items into the labeled containers.
Do not leave any garbage or other items around the containers.
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Clean Up Efforts Bring Big Lines to the Orange
For more information: Orange County Solid Waste Management, (919) 968-2788, email@example.com
As more and more people start the process of picking up debris left from last week’s ice storm, the Orange County Landfill is seeing a huge increase in daily attendance and disposal. Customers can expect longer lines than usual, both at the scale house and at the drop off points for materials they bring. It is imperative that anyone coming to the landfill separate the types of waste they have. Yard waste and tree debris should be kept separate from any construction debris even if the construction material is wood. Scrap metal from out-buildings or appliances should be kept separate from wood items. Keeping materials separate for disposal will help the lines move faster.
Household garbage (NOT storm related debris) should be kept separate and brought to one of the six solid waste convenience centers located throughout the county, not the landfill.
To help speed the cleaning process, the landfill has extended the hours on Saturday from 12-4 and Sunday 10-4 to accept yard waste, tree debris, and brush only. The landfill will also be open it’s normal hours of operation, Monday-Friday 7:00a.m.-4:00p.m., and 7:00a.m.-12:00p.m. on Saturday to accept all other materials usually brought to the landfill.
Any questions should be directed to 968-2788 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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County Responds to Winter Storm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
more information: John Link, County Manager, (919) 245-2300; email@example.com
As last week’s winter storm approached, Orange County mobilized all its resources to battle the effects of the icy winter blast.
From Emergency Management Services and Public Works to the Health and Social Services departments, from the Department on Aging to the County Manager’s Office, County employees and area human services agencies and volunteers mustered their strength to face what would become the area’s worst weather event since Hurricane Fran.
to the beginning of the winter storm on Wednesday December 4, Emergency
Management began preparations based on weather reports. Emergency Management
notified the towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough to begin their
preparations for the winter storm, and alerted the county’s volunteer fire
departments to prepare for the worst.
Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated at 3 p.m. on Wednesday
December 4. Later that afternoon, the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro
activated their emergency operations centers. Emergency Management began
holding briefings and sharing information with the municipalities, the state
Department of Emergency Management, the National Weather Service, the Red
Cross and County departments that would be involved in shelter preparation,
including the Health Department, Department of Social Services and Orange
The Public Works Department checked all power generators at County facilities to ensure they were in proper and safe working order, and inspected the emergency generator at the County’s communications site on Eno Mountain. The EOC contacted a generator supplier and had a generator in place at the Red Cross shelter at Stanford Middle School before the storm hit.
At 8 a.m. on Thursday December 5, the Orange County
Radio Amateurs (OCRA) activated its ham radio network at the EOC to help
provide communications. OCRA members staffed the EOC 24 hours per day, along
with one member each at the two Red Cross shelters and one liaison at the
American Red Cross Chapter Office. OCRA stayed on the air until 8 a.m. on
Monday December 9.
Also Thursday morning, the 10 county fire departments
– eight volunteer fire departments and the departments in Chapel Hill and
Carrboro – began removing storm debris in the roadway in coordination with
the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). The N.C. Forestry
Service provided 10, two-man chainsaw crews, along with liaison and support
personnel to assist NCDOT in debris removal.
Emergency Management held meetings with County staff,
municipalities, OWASA, and representatives of Duke Power and Piedmont EMC to
receive and provide updates on the needs of municipalities for generators at
their water and sewer pumping stations, timelines for power restoration and
the deployment of repair crews.
The County requested and received the deployment of
the North Carolina National Guard. Troops
were used to supplement the human services mission of the Departments of
Aging, Health, and Social Services, along with the Orange Congregations in
Mission (OCIM). Teams were
dispatched to all known frail, elderly, or disabled citizens to check on
their well-being, provide food, water, and blankets, and to offer
transportation to a shelter. These teams made more than 260 contacts with
residents. Some of the crews deployed in National Guard vehicles and some in
OPT buses, which provided transportation to the Red Cross emergency shelters
for residents who needed it. The National Guard demobilized Sunday December
8 at 5 p.m. The Sheriff and
other county departments are continuing this effort.
Sheriff’s deputies moved cots from central
receiving to the shelters and moved food, water, and blankets in support of
the field teams checking on the well-being of county residents. The Sheriff’s office also stationed a deputy at the
Stanford shelter for security and assigned deputies to the EOC to help in
Human Services Storm Response and Citizen Assistance
of Social Services
Landfill and Recycling Services Affected
Currently, the Orange County landfill is operating
during its normal hours from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
and 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Hours have been extended for drop off of
yard waste, brush and tree limbs only from noon until 4 p.m. Saturday. Loads
must be tarped or properly secured for acceptance. No telephone service is
available to contact the landfill due to a power outage there.
No fees will be charged for brush, yard waste and
limbs delivered to the landfill from any residents or businesses of
Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough and unincorporated Orange County. No
out-of-county yard waste is accepted.
Of the six Orange County solid waste convenience
centers, those at Bradshaw Quarry, High Rock Road, Highway 57 and Walnut
Grove Church Road are operating regular hours. Centers at Eubanks Road and
Ferguson Road are open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. until electricity is restored.
They are now closing at 5 p.m. due to lack of electricity and will resume
regular hours once power is restored.
All centers will be closed as usual on Wednesdays.
Residents may take household waste and recyclables to the centers,
but should deliver all brush, yard waste and tree limbs to the landfill as
centers have limited storage capacity.
Curbside recycling resumed Monday and will continue
on a regular schedule. There will be no make up collections for those missed
last week. All excess recycling should be taken to the recycling drop-off
sites or solid waste convenience centers.
Household hazardous waste collection for Saturday
December 7 was canceled due to the winter storm. The next household
hazardous waste collection for Orange hazardous waste will be collected in
Durham Saturday December 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Durham transfer
station, 1900 East Club Blvd. and again on Saturday January 11, 2003.
All types of batteries may be recycled at any of the
six Orange County solid waste convenience centers.
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*Special thanks go to:
Orange Congregations in Mission (OCIM)
and El Centro Latino whose staff and volunteers worked diligently to
provide assistance and resources to the residents of Orange County.
Freeland, OCIM Executive Director, and her staff contacted all churches in northern
Orange County to compare their lists of individuals who are “sick and
shut-in” to the County’s high-risk list.
They coordinated their Meals on Wheels list with the County’s
effort. They opened their
office early (9 a.m. instead of 1 p.m.) to serve residents.
They provided the food, blankets and water distributed by the County
staff and National Guardsmen. Their
efforts served residents countywide, both in the northern area and Chapel
Hector Perez and Christina Acostas from El Centro Latino provided assistance in translating an outreach flyer and identifying locations for distribution.
County Landfill and Recycling Update
more information: Orange County Solid Waste Management, (919) 968-2788, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Orange County Landfill on Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill has extended its hours of operation to accommodate storm debris cleanup. The Landfill will be open Monday-Saturday 7:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday hours from 12 noon- 4:00 and Sunday hours are for the disposal of tree branches, brush, and yard waste ONLY.
Tree branches, brush, and yard waste will be accepted at NO CHARGE from residents and businesses of Orange County and the Towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough. Loads brought to the landfill must be tarped or otherwise secured in order to be accepted. No out-of-county waste will be accepted.
Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers located at Bradshaw Quarry, Eubanks Road, Ferguson Rd., High Rock Road, Highway 57, and Walnut Grove Church Rd. have all resumed normal hours of operation. Residents may take household trash and recyclables to the centers, but should deliver all brush, yard waste, and tree limbs to the landfill as the centers have limited capacity. All types of household batteries can be recycled at any of the six Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers.
Curbside Recycling resumed its normal schedule on Monday, December 9, 2002. Residents should have their bin at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on their regular recycling day, or put it out the night before. There will be no make up collections for those missed last week due to the storm. Recycling can also be brought to one of the County’s Solid Waste Convenience Centers or 24-hour drop-off sites.
The last Household Hazardous Waste Collection of the year for Saturday, December 7 was canceled. The next collection in Orange County Will be held the first Saturday of February, 2003. Orange County residents may also bring their household hazardous wastes to the Durham County collections which will be held on Saturday, December 14 and January 11, 2003 from 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. at the Durham Transfer Station, 1900 East Club Blvd.
County Offices to Close at 4 p.m. Today
December 4, 2002
Due to inclement weather, Orange County offices will close at 4 p.m. today.
The Cable TV Advisory Board and Planning Board meetings scheduled for 7:30 this evening also have been canceled.
County Initiates New Bank Draft Program
CONTACT: Jo Roberson (919) 245-2730; email@example.com
County Revenue Director, Jo Roberson announces a new program to assist
taxpayers. The Bank Draft
Program, effective January 15, 2003 to November 2, 2003, provides taxpayers
with the option of paying their tax bills through an automatic monthly bank
to Roberson, “By participating in this program, taxpayers will have a
convenient and easier way to pay their taxes. They can make sure their tax
bill is paid in regular, and often smaller installments, without having to
remember to submit them on a timely basis. Taxpayers
have the option of selecting either the 1st or 15th of
each month as draft dates, whichever is personally better for them,” said
program is available for real, personal and business taxes for the current
year. Motor vehicle taxes are
not permitted for payment through the Bank Draft Program.
program uses the previous year’s taxes to determine the total amount to be
drafted. This figure is
subsequently divided by 10 – which represents the monthly draft amount.
If there is a balance due after the final draft in October, a notice
reflecting all payments received will be mailed in November to the taxpayer,
and the remaining payment will be due by January 5, 2004.
Persons interested in participating in the program must submit an
eligibility application each year.
statements will not be mailed; however, the tax bills mailed to all property
owners in August of each year will reflect all payments received to date.
for this program may be obtained from the County’s website at
and at the revenue office located at the Government Services Center, 200
South Cameron Street, in Hillsborough.
Applications must be in writing and accompanied with a copy of a
voided check representing the account from which the funds are to be
staff has to calculate the data, applications will not be accepted through
the mail but should be delivered to the Hillsborough office. Applications must be received no later than January 24, 2003.
For more information, please contact Jo Roberson at (919) 245-2730 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t Miss the LAST Household Hazardous Waste Collection of the Year, Saturday, December 7!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2002
For more information: Orange Community Recycling, (919) 968-2788; email@example.com
the first time in household hazardous waste collection history, Orange
County will be holding a collection in December.
The collection will occur on Saturday, December 7 from 8:00 a.m.-
4:00 p.m. at the Orange County Landfill on Eubanks Rd. in Chapel Hill.
Residents of Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake Counties may
bring paint, pesticides, cleaning chemicals, garden chemicals, automotive
fluids, items containing mercury (such as thermostats or fluorescent
lights), or anything else from their home that is hazardous to this
collection. Please, no medical, radioactive, explosive, or business
also be the last opportunity in 2002 for the public to pick up FREE latex
paint in good condition at the paint exchange, open during the household
hazardous waste collection.
hazardous waste collection will be closed during the month of January.
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Recycling Schedule for Thanksgiving Holiday
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2002
more information: Orange Community Recycling, (919) 968-2788
There will be no curbside recycling collection on Thursday November 28, 2002 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The make-up day for Thanksgiving is SATURDAY, November 30. Residents who would normally receive recycling pick-up on Thursday, November 28 should have their recycling bin to the curb by 7:00 a.m. on Saturday November 30, or put it out the night before.
The Orange County Landfill will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but will resume normal hours of operation on Friday, November 29.
Solid Waste Convenience Centers will also be closed for the holiday, but will re-open at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, November 29.
Residents can recycle any day of the week, any time of day, at one of the County's 24-hour Recycling Drop-off sites. They are located:
Residents can recycle all plastic bottles, aluminum, steel, and empty aerosol spray cans, magazines, mixed paper, newspaper and phonebooks, corrugated cardboard, and glass bottles and jars at these locations. Be sure to properly sort items into the labeled containers. Do not leave any garbage or other items around the containers.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2002
For more information: Steve Reda (919) 245-2009
The Orange County Department on Aging is sponsoring an Open House to celebrate the completion of the Central Orange Adult Day Health Center. Located at 515 Meadowlands Drive #400, (behind the Sportsplex) in Hillsborough, the new senior center is the first adult day health center in Orange County.
The Open House will be held on Wednesday, November 20, 2002 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Participants will have an opportunity to tour the facility, learn about available programs, and meet the staff. There will also be a recognition ceremony, beginning at 6:00pm to acknowledge the individuals and organizations that helped to develop the center.
For those who cannot attend this event, another open house is planned for Sunday, November 24th, from 2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
For additional information, directions or questions, please contact Steve Reda at (919) 245-2017.
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Orange County Develops New Web Site for Local Farms and Agricultural Products
OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 14, 2002
Michael Lanier, (919) 245-2330, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Orange County announces a new web site promoting local farms and farm products. The site www.orangecountyfarms.org features information for consumers on the products and services available from Orange County farmers as well as resources for farmers.
At the site, consumers can determine where farmers sell their products; which farms have “pick your own” operations; which farms provide Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares; and which farms are certified organic or use sustainable farming practices. Contact names, addresses, and phone numbers are provided, along with e-mail addresses and links to the farms’ websites, if available.
In addition, the web site features resources that can help farmers manage their operations, explore new ideas, and obtain current farm news. Farmers can also talk with each other in a forum, buy and sell at the Trading Post, and learn about upcoming farming events and classes.
The web site also features Farmer Portraits, photographs of farmers engaged in farming activities, along with profiles of themselves and their farms. Other features, including recipes from local chefs, are planned for the future.
Development of the web site is an outgrowth of Orange County’s continuing commitment to help local farmers. With partial funding from North Carolina A&T State University, the county has hired an Agricultural Economic Development Coordinator, Michael Lanier, who works with both the county’s Cooperative Extension Service and the Economic Development Commission.
addition to Lanier, staff of the county’s Information Systems Department
and Rodney Recor, a member of the county’s Agricultural Preservation
Board, worked to develop www.orangecountyfarms.org.
more information about the web site or other local Agricultural Economic
Development initiatives, contact Michael Lanier at (919) 245-2330.
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November 8, 2002
more information: Paul Thames, Orange County Engineer
PUBLIC PROCLAMATION RESCINDING STAGE II MANDATORY WATER USE RESTRICTIONS IN THE UNINCORPORATED ORANGE COUNTY AREAS IN ACCORD WITH THE COUNTY'S WATER SHORTAGE ORDINANCE
WHEREAS, during the past year, the worst drought on record caused a decline in the total water stored in the Cane Creek Reservoir and University Lake to a level lower than in any previously recorded; and
WHEREAS, on June 6, 2002, the County of Orange adopted "An Interim Ordinance Providing for the Year-Round Conservation of Water and for Temporary Restrictions During Water Shortages and Emergencies Related to all Orange Water and Sewer Authority Customers Located in the Unincorporated Part of Orange County," which ordinance is referenced in this Public Proclamation as the "Water Shortage Ordinance"; and
WHEREAS, on July 12, 2002, the County of Orange issued a "Proclamation of a Stage I Water Shortage Affecting Customers in the Unincorporated Orange County Areas Within the Orange Water and Sewer Authority's Service Area"; and
WHEREAS, on August 23, 2002, Orange County issued a "Public Proclamation of a Stage II Water Shortage in the Unincorporated Orange County Areas in Accord with the County's Water Shortage Ordinance; and
WHEREAS, on September 9, 2002, Orange County issued a "Public Proclamation of a Water Supply Emergency in the Unincorporated Orange County Areas in Accord with the County's Water Shortage Ordinance"; and
WHEREAS, in October 2002, the Cane Creek Reservoir and University Lake received substantial rainfall resulting in an increase in the available water supply in OWASA's reservoirs from 34% of full supply on October 9, 2002 to 66% of full supply on October 17, 2002; and
WHEREAS, on October 18, 2002, Orange County issued a "Public Proclamation Rescinding Water Supply Emergency Restrictions" in accord with the County's Water Shortage Ordinance; and
WHEREAS, since October 17, 2002, the available water supply in OWASA's reservoir has increased to 75% of full capacity and customer demand has remained low; and
WHEREAS, the Executive Director of Orange Water and Sewer Authority has determined that it is appropriate at this time to recommend rescission of all Mandatory Water Use Restrictions; and
WHEREAS, on November 7, 2002, the OWASA Board of Directors met in Special Session and approved a resolution supporting the Executive Director's determination that water supply conditions have improved, and no longer justify declaration of a Water Shortage.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Barry Jacobs, Chairman of the Orange County Board of Commissioners, do hereby:
I. Proclaim that a Water Shortage no longer exists.
II. Proclaim that all Mandatory Water Use Restrictions are rescinded.
III. Encourage all customers and users of OWASA water in the unincorporated Orange County areas to continue to use water wisely and practice effective conservation measures year-round.
IV. That the County of Orange appreciates the efforts by its citizens to conserve water during the worst drought on record.
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