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


Contact: Donna Baker
Clerk to the Board
(919) 245-2130
Fax: (919) 644-0246
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November/December 2003

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Rabies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 31, 2003

Contact: Dale Teer, Animal Control 919-245-2075

Fifth Rabies Case Confirmed in

Orange County for 2003

 

Hillsborough-- In a December 29th report to Orange County Animal Control, the state public health lab in Raleigh confirmed the fifth case of rabies in the county for 2003

On December 19, a dog owner from the Harmony Church Road area in Efland reported to their veterinarian with an animal in pain and hypersensitive to touch in its hindquarters.

The dog was treated but its condition continued to deteriorate. The animal stopped eating, had muscle spasms and progressed to a coma-like state. By December 23, the dog was euthanized and as a precaution the body was sent to a lab for a necropsy. The dog subsequently tested positive for rabies. The owner observed no wild animal contact the source of rabies is unknown.

The dog owner and veterinarian staff who handled the dog have all started post-exposure treatment. The owner's second dog will have to be quarantined for six months or euthanized --rabies vaccination could not be verified.

Animal Control Officer Dale Teer said this is the first case of dog rabies in Orange County since 1952. "It is important that pet owners keep rabies vaccinations up to date. North Carolina requires that every dog and cat over four months of age be vaccinated against rabies. Properly vaccinated pets are your safety barrier between wildlife rabies and your family." stated Teer.

Residents should report contact between wild animals and pets to Animal Control immediately. Teer reminds pet owners not to handle the pet for two hours, and then only with gloves on to avoid contact with possibly infectious saliva. A good 'rule of thumb' is to never touch or pet a strange dog or cat and avoid contact with wildlife. Low cost rabies vaccination clinics will begin again in March 2004.

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Recycle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 18, 2003

Contact: Muriel Williman
Solid Waste Management
(919) 968-2788,  email recycling@co.orange.nc.us  

HOLIDAY SCHEDULES
FOR
LANDFILL AND RECYCLING SERVICES

Curbside recycling is cancelled for Christmas, December 25, 2003 and New Years Day, January 1, 2004 in observance of the holidays. 

If your curbside recycling collection is every Thursday (blue bins), the make-up collection day for BOTH Christmas and New Year's is Saturday, December 27.  The next regularly scheduled collection day will be January 8th.

If your curbside recycling collection is every other Thursday (orange bins), and would normally be collected on December 25, the make-up collection day is Saturday, December 27.  The next regularly scheduled collection day will be January 8th.

If your curbside recycling collection is every other Thursday (orange bins), and would normally be collected on January 1, the make-up collection day is Saturday, January 3.  The next regularly scheduled collection day will be January 15th.

Have your recycling bin to the curb by 7:00 a.m. or put it out the night before to help ensure prompt service on your make-up day and all collection days.

The Orange County Landfill and all associated services will close at 12:00 noon on December 24, Christmas Eve.  Household Hazardous Waste Collection is cancelled all day.  Staffed Solid Waste Convenience Centers are closed on Wednesdays.

The landfill will be closed on December 25, Christmas Day. The Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be closed.  Staffed Solid Waste Convenience Centers are closed. Normal hours for all will resume on December 26.                 

The landfill will be closed on January 1, 2004, New Year's Day. The Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be closed.  Staffed Solid Waste Convenience Centers are closed. Normal hours for all will resume on January 2, 2004.

Residents can recycle seven days a week, any time of day, at one of the County's 24-hour Recycling Drop-off sites. 

Locations are:

·               Carrboro Plaza, behind the ABC store, Carrboro

·               Cedar Falls Park, off of Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill

·                Hillsborough Commons, old Wal-Mart parking lot, Hillsborough

·                Meadowmont, behind the Harris Teeter, Chapel Hill

·                Municipal Drive, past the Orange County Animal Shelter, Chapel Hill

·                University Mall, Estes Drive, behind Texaco Station, Chapel Hill

Residents can recycle all plastic bottles, aluminum, steel, and empty aerosol spray cans, magazines, mixed paper (such as non-metallic wrapping paper and junk mail), newspaper and phonebooks, corrugated cardboard, and glass bottles and jars at these locations. 

Mixed paper cannot be recycled at the curbside, it should be recycled at Drop-off Sites.  Be sure to properly sort items into the labeled containers and always remove and discard plastic bags.  If the site is overflowing, do not leave your recycling on the ground! Bring to another site or wait a couple of days.  Thank you Orange County for recycling right through the holidays and all year round. 

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Flu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 16, 2003

Contact: 
Orange County Health Department
Tel: 245-2399

Flu Vaccine Update

Orange Co. Health Dept. 12-15-03 6:52p.m.

Public concern over flu vaccinations is still escalating. The Health Department did receive the 250 doses of adult vaccine and 50 doses of state vaccine 12-12-03 and 50 additional doses of state vaccine for high-risk children on 12-15-03. We do not anticipate receiving additional state vaccine this week. Those doses are all committed with the waiting lists that we have had building for the entire week. Citizens must have appointments for flu vaccine, this is not being offered as a walk-in service.

We have more than 500 high-risk individuals on a waiting list and more than 250 non-high risk. High-risk individuals can only receive the injectable vaccine and as we receive additional limited doses from the state we are prioritizing high-risk children.

These are the actions that we have planned or have undertaken:

-- --We activated a call-in information line 245-2399 on 12-11-03 to assess the interest in flu mist and to start a call-back list for that. That line has received more than 100 calls since Thursday morning.

--We have ordered 400 doses of flu mist, the nasal vaccination that can only be used for healthy people ages 5-49. We are scheduling appointments for Orange County residents on 12-18-03, 12-19-03 of the coming week and 12-22-03 and 12-23-03 of the following week. That vaccine must remain frozen until reconstituted and cannot be easily transported to other sites.

-- Due to the high volume of calls we ask that you please call only once, if you have not been called back in 48 hours you may call again.

--If you no longer need an appointment, please call the Flu Info Line, 245-2399, and ask to have your name removed from the call list or appointment book.

-- Local Providers have been assessed regarding the availability of vaccine and providers are out of injectable vaccine and some may be ordering flu mist.

-- We have activated our public health command center at Whitted on 12-15-03 to begin calling all individuals on all our waiting lists (estimated at over 700) to inform them regarding vaccine availability.

-- Hand washing posters are beginning to be distributed and hopefully we will be printing table tents for restaurants encouraging hand washing as well. Organizations interested in posters should call 245-2449.

It's important to remember that we have flu each year and that each year, people do die from flu or complications resulting from the flu. Proper hand washing, with warm water and soap, is the best defense against colds and flu. Using tissues to cover the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing is essential. People with fever should stay at home until fever-free for 24hrs. without assistance from medicines. We are experiencing higher rates of the illness as compared to other years, but most healthy individuals will recover from the flu.

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Nutrition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 16, 2003

Contact: Dr. Fletcher Barber, Jr. 
Cooperative Extension Office
Tel: 245-2050

County Commissioners Support Infants as Federal Funding Pulled 

Orange County set aside funding to serve as a social safety net and drew on that contingency resource this month for childhood nutrition. 

Appropriate nutrition is important to the well being of everyone, but it is critical in the life of a newborn. 

“In the fight to curb the growing overweight problems with children, the In-Home Breastfeeding Program helps children get a healthy start in life by making sure the mother has a good breastfeeding experience after she leaves the hospital.  In addition, the Expanded Foods and Nutrition Program (EFNEP) helps families with limited resources learn how to feed their families nutritional meals on a budget,” according to Dr. Fletcher Barber, Jr., Director of the Orange County Center of Cooperative Extension, whose department coordinates the program. 

The Cooperative Extension office was informed on Monday, December 1, 2003 that the funding for the In-Home Breastfeeding Support Program / Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program would cease effective December 31, 2003.  This would result in the termination of four Nutrition Program Assistants, two of whom are bilingual.  These nutrition education paraprofessionals collaborate with UNC Hospitals, Orange County Health Department, and Piedmont Health Services to improve the quality of life for these young children. 

“We have seen a decrease in hospital readmission of babies for jaundice and feeding problems from families served by the In-Home Breastfeeding Program.  We are happy to participate in this collaboration to improve the health of these infants and families, and we are pleased that the county commissioners have recognized the importance of this program,” says Mary Rose Tully, Director of Lactation Services, NC Women’s Hospital, UNC Hospitals.

On December 9, 2003 the Orange County Commissioners authorized funding for a two-month extension on the program.  This time extension will enable County staff to more fully evaluate program options and better identify funding alternatives for the Board to consider in the first quarter of 2004.  County staff is continuing to work aggressively with the State of North Carolina and UNC Hospitals to secure any future funding commitment and address other operational concerns. 

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Housing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 16, 2003

Contact: Milan Pham 
Orange County Department of Human Rights
Tel: 245-2255

Research Released on Affordable Housing for Women in Orange County

The Orange County Commission for Women has issued the Status of Women Report 2002: “Housing Affordability for Women in Orange County.”  The report concludes, high housing cost was a primary impediment to social and economic equality especially for women and their families. 

Orange County is known for its social progressivism, growing economy, and cultural development.  While many citizens are living comfortably, enjoying all that Orange County has to offer, others are facing serious housing problems.  Affordability is arguably the single greatest housing challenge Orange County residents face today. 

Housing costs continue to rise and as a result, many of the people who fill vital roles in the community can no longer afford to call Orange County home.  Research shows that women and individuals making at or below 80% of area median income were unable to afford even a one-bedroom apartment in Orange County. 

Increasing the socio-economic access and equality for women is a high priority of the Orange County Commission for Women. 

From national census data to personal interviews, the report provides technical background and anecdotal comments on the housing challenges faced by female-headed households. 

Orange County government has taken steps in the form of affordable housing bonds and non-profit partnerships to redress the problem and continues to work strategically to reduce disparities, but challenges lie ahead. 

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Conservation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 11, 2003

Contact: David Stancil 
Orange County Environment and Resource Conservation
Tel: 245-2590,  Email:
dstancil@co.orange.nc.us

Orange County and Trio of Landowners Agree to Conservation Easements on 329 Acres

On December 1 and December 9, the Orange County Board of Commissioners approved the acquisition of three conservation easements on 329 acres of land in the County for farmland preservation and natural resource conservation purposes.

On December 1, the Board approved the purchase of a 223-acre conservation easement on the Carl and Elizabeth Walters farm in northwestern Orange County and the purchase of a 23-acre easement from Mark and Lori Volpe for a strategically-located tract of land at the confluence of the West and East Forks of the Eno River near Hillsborough.

On December 9, the Board approved an easement on the Lemola Ayshire Farm owned by brothers Lewis and Everett Cheek. The 83-acre portion of this dairy farm to be placed in easement is located in University Lake watershed north of Carrboro, and contains farm fields as well as an important stretch of Morgan Creek.

“Thanks to the vision of the Cheek, Volpe and Walters families, we’ve been able to protect 329 acres of critical land in Orange County within the past month,” stated County Commissioners Chair Barry Jacobs. “The conservation easements to which these families agreed allow them to retain control of their property and to preserve their quality of life, yet assure protection of their sensitive acreage from development pressures and other degradation.

“These easement purchases are yet another success of our Lands Legacy Program, which leverages local funds with Federal and State dollars to extend the cost-effective benefits that serve the conservation interests of our entire County.”

The Walters and Cheek easements are the result of collaboration between the USDA Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program and the County’s Lands Legacy Program. In September 2002, Orange County was awarded grants funds in the amount of $784,000 from USDA to fund approximately half of the easement purchases on three farms (including these two farms). The grant was secured by the County’s Environment and Resource Conservation Department, with assistance from the local USDA/Natural Resource Conservation Service office. These easements will effectively purchase the development rights on the farms, and provide that the land will remain in private ownership and may continue to be farmed. The third farm easement in this grant, the Ira Ward farm in northwestern Orange County, is expected to be considered by the Board in January. The County’s matching funds for these easements comes from a $1.0 million allotment for Lands Legacy conservation easement purchases approved by the Board in 2002.

 

The Walters’ have been leaders in farmland preservation efforts at the State and County level for many years, serving on advisory boards and committees. The father of Carl Walters, Victor Walters, conveyed to the County its first farmland easement in 2001, on land that adjoins the 223-acre easement approved on December 1st . The Walters have a beef cattle operation and grow hay on their farm. Combined with this new easement, this creates a 300-acre block of permanently protected farmland in Back Creek watershed.

The Cheek family dairy was established in 1925.  Lewis and Everett Cheek took over the farm from their parents, and now operate the dairy with their sons Michael and Kevin.  The easement property is used primarily for growing hay to feed their herd of Ayrshire cows.  The Cheeks want to preserve their family’s farmland and open space, and join with four of their neighbors who have also protected resource lands using conservation easements.     

The Lands Legacy Program focuses its agricultural conservation easement component on farms in water supply watersheds that use Best Management Practices for farming.

The Volpe easement is on land where the two upper forks of the Eno River converge to create the Eno River just north of Halls Mill Road.  This site is in the critical area of the Upper Eno watershed, which provides drinking water to the Hillsborough and Orange-Alamance Water Systems. The values of this easement are for water quality protection and riparian buffer areas. The Volpe tract also contains high bluffs overlooking the Eno. The Volpe’s were interested in protecting this important location from future development activity.

With these acquisitions, the Lands Legacy Program will have acquired 1,206 acres since its inception in April 2000. To date, over $2.0 million in Federal and State grant funds have been acquired to match County land conservation funds. Lands Legacy seeks to conserve the County’s most critical natural and cultural resource lands in the areas of farmland, parks, natural areas/wildlife habitat and prime forests, watershed riparian buffers and historic/cultural sites.

 

For more information about the Lands Legacy Program, contact David Stancil at 245-2598 or Rich Shaw at 245-2591. Other numbers that may be of interest are:

 

Mark Volpe – 919/643-1717

Elizabeth Walters – 919/563-3842

Lewis Cheek – 919/942-6902

Everett Cheek – 919/929-2357

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 10, 2003

Contact: Nancy Glover, Assistant to the Clerk
Orange County Board of Commissioners
Tel: 245-2130,  Email:
ncglover@co.orange.nc.us

Orange County Board of Commissioners Appoint 18 Citizens to County Boards and Commissions

At the December 1, 2003, Board of Commissioners meeting, the following citizen volunteer appointments and/or reappointments were approved:

CITIZEN VOLUNTEER                    BOARD /COMMISSION NAME                                SPECIAL REPRESENTATION

Emily M. Gordon                                Adult Care Home Community Advisory Com.              At-Large

Sue Pickett                                         Arts Commission                                                    At-Large

Charles C. Daniel, III                          Commission for the Environment                             Water Resources Position

Lynne Brody                                      Commission for Women                                         Chapel Hill Township

Betsy Eubanks                                   Commission for Women                                          Non-CH – Non-Hills

Maria Fernandez                                Commission for Women                                         Chapel Hill Township

Jessica Gibson                                    Commission for Women                                         At-Large

Johanna Jensen                                  Commission for Women                                         Hillsborough Township

Rosa Tattoli                                      Commission for Women                                           Chapel Hill Township

Caroline Wood                                  Commission for Women                                           At-Large

Sharon Cook                                      Homestead & H.S. Roads Safety Task Force               Appointed by BOCC

Josephine Harris                                 Human Relations Commission                                   Town of Carrboro

Frederick S. Brown                              Information Technology Advisory Com.                     At-Large

James Stewart, Jr.                                Information Technology Advisory Com.                    At-Large

Shang Yin                                           Information Technology Advisory Com.                    At-Large

Theodore W. Triebel                            Orange County Board of Adjustment                          At-Large

Geoffrey Hathaway                               Recreation and  Parks Advisory Council                     Eno Township

Lindsay B. Wichers                              Recreation and  Parks Advisory Council                    Bingham Township

For more information or to apply for an Advisory Board or Commission, contact the office of the Clerk to the Board at  245-2130, or email ncglover@co.orange.nc.us . If you would like to complete an application online, please visit the County's web site: www.co.orange.nc.us and click on the "Volunteer Boards" icon.


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Health Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 8, 2003

Contact: Matt Streng, Project Manager
Youth Tobacco Use Prevention
Orange County Health Department
Tel: 245-2424,  Email:
mstreng@co.orange.nc.us

For Immediate Release

Orange County Health Department and Schools Form Student-led Group to Drop Youth Tobacco Use Rates

Hillsborough---Twelve Orange High School and Cedar Ridge High School students gathered at Cedar Ridge High School last Wednesday night for their first ever TRU (Tobacco Reality Unfiltered) Group meeting. The group, formed through a new collaborative initiative between the Orange County Health Department and Orange County Schools, will take on the challenge of reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke among Orange County's youth.

According to the 2001 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey, a nationwide survey of 9th through 12th graders conducted every two years, 25% of ninth graders in Orange County schools reported having smoked a cigarette on at least one of the past thirty days. Considering that nearly 80% of current smokers started smoking before age 18, statewide efforts are directing their efforts to help youth resist tobacco products and, if they currently use tobacco products, quit.

Selection for TRU involved an application and interview process. The students will work to educate their classmates in the high schools, as well as, middle schools about the health effects associated with tobacco use. In addition to educating their peers, the group will conduct a series of school-based and community-based activities to create a positive tobacco-free environment within Orange County Schools. The superintendent of Orange County Schools, Dr. Shirley Carraway, attended the meeting and addressed the students and their parents by saying, "I applaud the efforts of these young people and wish them the best as they work to reduce youth tobacco use within their schools and the community."

The TRU youth tobacco use prevention program was made possible through a three-year grant awarded to Orange County Health Department by Health and Wellness Trust Fund Commission.

Congratulations to the following New TRU Group Members!

Brandon Brown, Will Cardona, Maria Castill, Shaniece Cates, Trey Gross, Rachel Hanzak, Paul Johnson, Henry Lopez, Jesús Martinez, Celeste Paylor, Allison West, Lorianna Whitford

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 3, 2003

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

ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

FOR

December 9, 2003

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will meet in a special session at 5:30 p.m. (dinner) and meeting at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, December 9, 2003 in the Board Room of the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  This meeting is prior to the Board of County Commissioners regular meeting scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the same location. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss the following items:

Minutes
Appointments
Motor Vehicle Property Tax Release/Refunds
Agreement Renewal with School of Dentistry for Dental Director
Budget Amendment #7
Second Reading – Non-Emergency Private Ambulance Franchise Application
Contract Approval: Innovative Design for Wastewater Treatment Design Services at Northern Human Services Center and Feasibility Analysis of Sustainable Design Elements
Housing Bond Program – OPC Foundation for Mental Health
Impact Fee Reimbursement
Consideration of Funding Support for Eno River Land Acquisitions
Proposed Amendment to the Joint Planning Area Zoning Atlas for the Rusch Hollow Site on Rusch Road (JPA-Chapel Hill-Z-1-03)
Resolution Supporting Governor Easley in Opposing an Outlying Landing Field at Any Site that is Unacceptable to the State of North Carolina
Whitted Human Services Center – Update on Renovations and Space
Status of Women Report 2002 – Housing Affordability for Women in Orange County
Report of the Efland Cheeks Park (II) Concept Plan Review Committee
Chapel Hill Township Park and Educational Campus Master Plan and Potential Park Phase I
Resolution in Support of Town of Carrboro’s Smith Level Road Resolution
Appointments
Affordable Housing Advisory Board
Animal Shelter Operations Task Force
Commission for the Environment
Visitors Bureau of Chapel Hill/Orange County
Chapel Hill Planning Board
Homestead and High School Roads Safety Task Force

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 2, 2003

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

Public Hearing, Possible School Merger, Room Change

The Public Hearing for “Potential Impact of a Possible School Merger” on Thursday, December 4, 2003 at 7:30 pm will be moved from the F. Gordon Battle Courtroom, which seats 240 to the District Courtroom (seats 320) on the main floor of the same building.  The F. Gordon Battle Courtroom will have TV monitors and be available for overflow attendance.  Both courtrooms are located in the new courthouse at 106 E. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough .   

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 2, 2003

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

Barry Jacobs Elected Chair of Orange County Board of Commissioners

On December 1, 2003, at the annual Board organizational meeting, Barry Jacobs was elected by fellow commissioners to serve as the Chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners for the year 2004.  Immediately afterwards, Margaret W. Brown was elected Vice Chair. 

Barry Jacobs was first elected to the Orange County Board of Commissioners in 1998 and served as Chair of the Board in 2002. 

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Conservation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 20, 2003

Contact: David Stancil 245-2590 (dstancil@co.orange.nc.us)
               Rich Shaw 245-2591 (rshaw@co.orange.nc.us

Orange County, Triangle Land Conservancy, and the State of North Carolina Work Together to Protect New Hope Creek Lands

On November 18, the Orange County Board of Commissioners authorized acceptance of the assignment of conservation easements on lands along New Hope Creek between Erwin Road and the Durham County line.

With the acquisition of easements from Trinity School (14.7 acres) and Jeffrey and Angela Fisher (1.17 acres), the County and Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC) will have taken a major step toward a long-standing conservation goal of both organizations for lands on New Hope Creek.

The easements are expected to be signed and recorded by mid-December. Orange County and TLC will be celebrating these and other collaborative successes with a brief ceremony on Monday, December 8 at 12 noon (more details to come). Orange County Commissioners, Triangle Land Conservancy leaders, and many of the individuals who have worked over the years to protect New Hope Creek will be in attendance.

The New Hope Creek Corridor Master Plan (1988) called for the protection of lands and a rustic trail connection along New Hope Creek in both Durham and Orange Counties, and this has been a goal both for TLC and the County’s Lands Legacy Program. These acquisitions will help tie together open spaces in Durham County along New Hope Creek with the trail network in Duke Forest in Orange County, which is located directly across Erwin Road from the Fisher easement.

TLC negotiated both easements, using grant funding from  the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund. The three agencies have agreed, for stewardship purposes, that TLC will assign the easements to the County, which will then assign easements to the Clean Water Management Trust Fund in exchange for their financing of the easements. Orange County will ostensibly retain the stewardship and monitoring responsibilities for the properties.

“These easements mark an important milestone for years of diligent efforts by Triangle Land Conservancy, Orange County and other organizations to realize the goals of the New Hope Corridor Master Plan, “ noted County Commissioners Chair Margaret Brown. “The partnership between TLC, the County and the Clean Water Trust Fund is another excellent example of how working together enhances our ability to bring about conservation of our important resource lands. We greatly value our collaborations with partners like TLC and the Clean Water Management Trust Fund toward these ends.”

Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill is a private school located on the Durham/Orange county line on Pickett Road. The school building and facilities are located on the Durham County side of the property, but the creek frontage and easement area is in Orange. Trinity School has worked with TLC over the last several months to finalize this easement.

Likewise, Jeffrey and Angela Fisher, the new owners of the former Hollow Rock store property, have worked with TLC and the County to arrange for the easement on their property, which is located at the Erwin Road bridge over New Hope Creek.

Triangle Land Conservancy is a non-profit land trust working in the Triangle region of North Carolina, and has been involved in the preservation of more than 5,000 acres since its inception in 1983.

Orange County’s Lands Legacy Program was created in April, 2000 by the Board of County Commissioners. In its first three years of existence, the Lands Legacy Program has protected over 825 acres of lands within the County and has leveraged local funds for land acquisition with over $2.0 million in State and federal grants.

The Clean Water Management Trust Fund, created by the General Assembly in 1996, makes grants to local governments, state agencies and conservation non-profits to help finance projects that specifically address water pollution problems. To date the CWMTF has provided $300 million in grant funds to state agencies, local governments and land trusts in the last seven years.

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Volunteers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 19, 2003

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Task Force for Animal Shelter Operations

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is recruiting for interested citizens to serve on the ANIMAL SHELTER OPERATIONS TASK FORCE. This task force will review the detailed observations, recommendations, and discussion contained in the August 2003 Report by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) on Animal Sheltering in Orange County in the context of recent Board of County Commissioner (BOCC) decisions. The Task Force will provide recommendations for future action to the BOCC by the second BOCC meeting in March 2004. For an application, or for more information, contact the office of the Clerk to the Board at 919-245-2125 or dbaker@co.orange.nc.us. If you would like to complete an application online, or download one, please visit the county's web site and click on the "Volunteer Boards" icon.

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Human Rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 19, 2003

For more information, contact:

Orange County Department of Human Rights and Relations
- James Spivey, 245-2250

Orange County Bill of Rights Defense Committee
- Margaret Misch, 942-2535 
- Lori Hoyt, 968-1888

For Immediate Release:

Personal Freedom Forum on the Bill of Rights:

 The PATRIOT Act at Home: Taking Your Rights Away 

 

The Orange County Human Relations Commission and the Orange County Bill of Rights Defense Committee (OCBORDC) will host a public forum to address Orange County residents' concerns about threats to civil rights and civil liberties in the U.S. in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. The event, in the format of an open town meeting, will take place on Tuesday,  December 2, from 7-9:00 p.m., at the Battle Courtroom, Hillsborough Courthouse, corner of Margaret Lane and Churton Streets, Hillsborough.  A panel of speakers will include Gene Nichol, Dean, UNC-CH Law School; Milan Pham, Orange County Department of Human Rights and Relations; Mariah McPherson, Orange County Human Relations Commission; Lynette Jeffries, community leader. 

 

Since September 11, fears of further terrorist acts have prompted the passage of the USA PATRIOT Act, several Executive Orders, and the Homeland Security Act. The passage of these Acts and Orders, and the consideration of even broader legislation, raises  important questions concerning the potential conflict between the basic civil rights of citizens and the increased security needs of the United States.  A February Bill Moyers Frontline program provided details of a Justice Department draft of a bill designed to further extend the powers of the Patriot Act.  The document, entitled the Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003, outlines significant broadening of law enforcement powers, including domestic intelligence gathering, surveillance, and law enforcement prerogatives, while decreasing public access to information and judicial review authority.

 

A growing grass-roots movement, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Common Cause, local Bill of Rights Defense Committees, and many attorneys and legal scholars, believe the new laws go too far.  They believe that these Acts and Orders threaten several key rights guaranteed to U.S. citizens and non-citizens by the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution and the North Carolina Constitution, such as freedom of speech, assembly, and privacy; the right to counsel and due process in judicial proceedings; and protection from unreasonable searches and seizures.  Three states and 205 counties, cities, and town, including Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Orange County, have already passed resolutions to protect the civil liberties of their 26,121,725  residents.

 

 

Panelists will discuss issues including the provisions and implications of the new laws, the impact of attacks on civil liberties particularly on the Latino, Arab American and Asian American communities, and what concerned citizens can do to protect their civil liberties.  Hillsborough residents and other  Orange County residents are invited to attend and to pose questions to the panel.  All members of the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners, the Hillsborough Town Manager, the Hillsborough Chief of Police and the Orange County Sheriff are also being invited to attend. 

 

The forum sponsors will circulate a petition to Hillsborough elected officials during the forum.  The petition calls on Hillsborough elected officials to act in the spirit of the North Carolina and U.S. Constitutions by passing a resolution asking local and state police, the local U.S. Attorney's office, and the FBI not to comply to the extent legally possible with the unconstitutional aspects of the Patriot Act and other Orders that violate civil rights and civil liberties. 

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A recent Bill Moyers program provided details of a Justice Department draft of a bill designed to further extend the powers of the Patriot Act.  The document, entitled the Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003, outlines significant broadening of law enforcement powers, including domestic intelligence gathering, surveillance, and law enforcement prerogatives, while decreasing public access to information and judicial review authority.

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Solid Waste

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 14, 2003

Contact: Muriel Williman, (919) 968-2788

THANKSGIVING SCHEDULE
FOR
LANDFILL AND RECYCLING SERVICES

Curbside recycling will not be collected  on Thursday November 27, 2003 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  The make-up day for Thanksgiving is SATURDAY, November 29. 

Residents who would normally receive curbside recycling pick-up on Thursday, November 27 should have their recycling bin at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on Saturday November 29, or put it out the night before. 

The Orange County Landfill will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but will resume normal hours of operation, 7:00 am-4:00 pm on Friday, November 28. 

The Orange County Household Hazardous Waste Program will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.  The program will resume normal collection hours from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Friday November 28, and 7:30 am to noon on Saturday November 29. 

Solid Waste Convenience Centers will also be closed for the holiday, but will resume normal hours of operation on Friday, November 28.

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:


    - Carrboro Plaza, behind the ABC store, Carrboro
    - Cedar Falls Park, off of Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill
    - Hillsborough Commons, old Wal-Mart parking lot, Hillsborough
    - Meadowmont, behind the Harris Teeter, Chapel Hill
    - Municipal Drive, near the Orange County Animal Shelter, Chapel Hill
    - University Mall, off Estes Drive behind the Texaco Station, Chapel Hill

Residents can recycle all plastic bottles, aluminum, steel, and empty aerosol spray cans, corrugated cardboard, magazines, mixed paper, newspaper and phonebooks, and glass bottles and jars at these locations.  Be sure to remove plastic bags and properly sort items into the labeled containers.  Do not leave any garbage or other items around the containers.  The Department of Solid Waste Management goes to great effort to accommodate the extra volume of recyclables generated during the holidays.  If you happen to find a recycling site overflowing, please do not leave your recycling on the ground, but do notify our office of the problem.

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Human Relations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 12, 2003

Contact: James Spivey, (919) 245-2250

ORANGE COUNTY HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION
SEEKS
PAULI MURRAY AWARD NOMINATIONS

The Orange County Human Relations Commission is inviting members of the Orange County Community to submit nominations for the 2003 Pauli Murray Human Relations Award.  The Commission is awarding the Pauli Murray Human Relations Award in three categories:  the youth category, the adult category, and the business category.  This award honors individuals who have a significant history of promoting and fostering better human relations among the diverse residents of Orange County.

Originally established in 1990, the Pauli Murray Human Relations Award commemorates the life and achievements of the late Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray.  Dr. Murray’s family had deep roots in Orange County, where her grandmother was a slave and her great-grandfather was a slaveowner.

With its solicitation for nominations for the Pauli Murray Award, the Human Relations Commission hopes that it causes the citizenry of Orange County to really consider its collective efforts to “build bridges from tolerance to acceptance” in regards to our multi-faceted diversity.

Nomination forms and criteria information can be accessed by visiting the Orange County website at www.co.orange.nc.us  -  click on the “Department and Services” icon; choose “Human Rights and Relations” from the list; click on the “Pauli Murray Human Relations Award” icon.  The nomination information is also available from the Department of Human Rights and Relations, Orange County public libraries, and the Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough town halls.  The deadline for submission of nominations is January 15, 2004. 

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BOCC Special Meeting Notice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 12, 2003

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

ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE
FOR
November 20, 2003

The Orange County Board of Commissioners have been invited to participate in a special meeting from 9:00am-12:00pm on Thursday, November 20, 2003 at the Southern Human Services Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina for the purpose of a Strategic Housing Session on funding affordable housing in Orange County. 

The County Commissioners along with other elected officials and a cross section of County citizens have been invited to participate in this meeting in which they will discuss current and available affordable housing funds in Orange County from federal, state and local sources, and will begin to identify the most efficient and cost-effective ways to expend these funds.

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Personnel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 7, 2003

Contact: Dianne Reid, Economic Development Director, (919) 245-2325

Joe Blake resigns as Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitor Bureau Director

Dianne Reid, Economic Development Director for Orange County, announced today that Joe Blake has resigned his position as Director of the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau effective November 18, 2003.  Blake has accepted employment as Director of Sales and Marketing for Starwood Hotels and Resorts at the Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel.

Blake has been with the Visitors Bureau for seven years.  First hired as Director of Sales, he has served as Visitor Bureau Director since 1998.  Under his tenure, annual visitor spending in Orange County increased from $95 million in 1998 to $111 million in 2002.

John Link, Orange County Manager, noted that Blake is “dedicated, innovative and imaginative.  With a small staff, the Visitors Bureau has accomplished remarkable things under his leadership.”  He added that he regrets Blake is leaving and wishes him the best.

Reid added that Blake’s professionalism has helped propel the Chapel Hill Orange County Visitors Bureau to be recognized as a leader in the tourism industry statewide. 

Blake noted:  “The wonderful experiences that I’ve had during my seven years of employment have far exceeded anything I could have imagined prior to coming on board.  This would not have been possible without the great support and cooperation of the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitor Bureau Board, stakeholders and the Bureau staff.”

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Board of Elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 3, 2003

Election Results On-Line

The Place to be on Election Night is www.co.orange.nc.us

County residents need only go as far as their Internet connection for access to up-to-the-minute results of the November 4th election.

Orange County elections officials are once again using the World Wide Web to post elections results, which will be available in real time at the County’s web site by simply clicking on “What’s New” from the County’s home page www.co.orange.nc.us.

Results of absentee ballots, one stop and "no excuse" ballots, will be available as soon as the polls close at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday night. 

Election returns posted on the County’s Internet site are unofficial. Official returns will be available from the Board of Elections on Friday, November 7th.

The direct link for election results in Orange County is listed below:

http://www.co.orange.nc.us/elect/muni2003/results.htm

For additional information contact: 
Orange County Board of Elections (919) 245-2350
or visit the Orange County Board of Elections website.

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