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


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(919) 245-2126
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November/December 2005

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 15, 2005

Contact: Monica C. Evans  
Orange County Board of Commissioners' Office 
(919)
245-2125

Orange County Boards and Commissions Recent Appointments

At their December 13, 2005 meeting, the Orange County Board of Commissioners appointed the following citizen volunteers to County Advisory Boards and Commissions.

DeWana Anderson

Board of Health

6/30/2008

Linda Bowerman

Carrboro Northern Transition Area Advisory Committee

1/30/2008

Mary Ann Peter

Central Orange Senior Center  Design Committee

12/31/2008

Gwendolyn G. Jordan

Commission for Women

6/30/2007

Laura Leonard

Commission for Women

6/30/2006

Sally McKenzie

Commission for Women

6/30/2006

Ashley Cannon

Commission for Women

6/30/2006

Paul Hrusovsky

Human Relations Commission

6/30/2007

Sally McKenzie

Human Relations Commission

6/30/2008

LaTisha Watford

Human Relations Commission

6/30/2007

A. John Vogt

Human Relations Commission

9/30/2006

Kathleen Herr

Orange-Person-Chatham Area Programs Board

12/31/2008

Lori Ireland

Orange-Person-Chatham Area Programs Board

12/31/2008

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Recycle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 14, 2005

Contact: Muriel Williman  
Orange County Solid Waste Management
(919)
968-2788

Recycling and Landfill Schedule for the Christmas and New Years Holidays

There is no change in the curbside recycling schedule for the week of Christmas 2005 or New Years Day 2006. 

Have your recycling bin to the curb by 7:00 a.m. or put it out the night before your normal recycling day to help ensure prompt service.

The Solid Waste Management Administration Office will be closed on December 23, 26, 27, and January 2, 2006.

The Orange County Landfill and all associated services including the Household Hazardous Waste collection, electronics recycling and mulch sales will be closed Saturday, December 24 (Christmas Eve).  Normal hours will resume on Monday, December 26, 2005.

Solid Waste Convenience Centers will close at 12:00 noon Saturday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) and will be closed all day Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day.  Regular hours will resume Monday, December 26, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm.

The Orange County Landfill and all associated services will be closed on Saturday, December 31, 2005, New Year’s Eve. Normal hours will resume on Monday, January 2, 2006.

Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be closed on Sunday, January 1, 2006, New Year’s Day. Normal hours will resume on Monday, January 2, 2006.

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

·         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 gift cards, 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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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 12, 2005

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

Orange County Services Referral Guide

Orange County has released a new “Information and Services Referral Guide”.   The guide is designed to improve public awareness of the multitude of agencies, non-profits, and organizations supporting Orange County residents.  This is a revival of the “Orange Book” created around 10 years ago to provide citizens with a comprehensive listing of agencies supporting human services. 

The guide has been distributed to area agencies and Orange County departments.  The public can access a copy of the guide in Adobe pdf format from the following address on the Orange County website.

http://www.co.orange.nc.us/OCCLERKS/OrangeBook.pdf

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 8, 2005

Contact: Monica C. Evans  
Orange County Board of Commissioners' Office 
(919)
245-2125

Orange County Boards and Commissions Recent Appointments

At its December 5, 2005 meeting, the Orange County Board of Commissioners appointed the following citizen volunteers to County Advisory Boards and Commissions.

Alice Gordon

Air Quality Advisory Committee

12/31/2006

Lucy Adams

Air Quality Advisory Committee

12/31/2006

R. Mark Ginsberg

Air Quality Advisory Committee

12/31/2006

Dawn Santoianni

Air Quality Advisory Committee

12/31/2006

Janice Wassel

Central Orange Senior Center  Design Committee

12/31/2008

Beverly Blythe

Central Orange Senior Center  Design Committee

12/31/2008

Peter A. Langan

Central Orange Senior Center  Design Committee

12/31/2008

Helen Miller

Central Orange Senior Center  Design Committee

12/31/2008

Constance Gary

Central Orange Senior Center  Design Committee

12/31/2008

Haryo Marsosudiro

Central Orange Senior Center  Design Committee

12/31/2008

A.P. Rushton

Central Orange Senior Center  Design Committee

12/31/2008

Leo Allison

Central Orange Senior Center  Design Committee

12/31/2008

Mariah McPherson

Central Orange Senior Center  Design Committee

12/31/2008

Richard Lesperance

Central Orange Senior Center  Design Committee

12/31/2008

Swarna Reddy

Central Orange Senior Center  Design Committee

12/31/2008

Vicki Tilley

Central Orange Senior Center  Design Committee

12/31/2008

Barry Jacobs

Central Orange Senior Center  Design Committee

1/31/2006

Stephen H. Halkiotis

Central Orange Senior Center  Design Committee

1/31/2006

John Link

Central Orange Senior Center  Design Committee

12/31/2008

Gwen Harvey

Central Orange Senior Center  Design Committee

12/31/2008

Janice Tyler

Central Orange Senior Center  Design Committee

12/31/2008

Paul Thames

Central Orange Senior Center  Design Committee

12/31/2008

Pam Jones

Central Orange Senior Center  Design Committee

12/31/2008

Jeff Thompson

Central Orange Senior Center  Design Committee

12/31/2008

Jerry Passmore

Central Orange Senior Center  Design Committee

12/31/2008

At its December 5, 2005 meeting, the Orange County Board of Commissioners reappointed the following citizen volunteers to County Advisory Boards and Commissions.

Michelle Kempinski

Commission for the Environment

12/31/2008

Johnny Randall

Commission for the Environment

12/31/2008

Sandra Grey Herring

Orange-Person-Chatham Area Programs Board

12/31/2008

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 6, 2005

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

Barry Jacobs Elected Chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners

On Monday, December 5, 2005, during the annual Board organizational meeting, the Orange County Board of Commissioners elected Barry Jacobs as Chair of the Board of Commissioners for the year 2006.  Immediately afterwards, Stephen H. Halkiotis was elected Vice Chair. 

Commissioner Jacobs was first elected to the Board in 1998 and served as Chair of the Board in 2002 and 2004. 

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Social Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 23, 2005

Contact: Nancy Coston  
Orange County Department of Social Services
(919)
245-2802

Social Services Recognizes Volunteers

The Orange County Department of Social Services honored over 80 volunteers at its Annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception on November 21, 2005.  Nancy Coston, Director of the Orange County Department of Social Services, and Rosetta Wash, Chair of the Social Services Board, thanked the volunteers for their service and presented them with token gifts at the hour-long reception held at the Southern Human Services Complex in Chapel Hill.

Social Services volunteers fill gaps that due to budgetary or legislative constraints, the agency is unable to meet.  These dedicated people knit blankets for newborns in the custody of Social Services, bake and decorate beautiful birthday cakes for foster children, help teen parents graduate from high school, help clients acquire necessary household items such as beds and refrigerators, assist adults in job searches, aid Social Services in paying rent and utilities for clients in need, and advocate for safe and permanent homes for children in custody among many other things.

Balloons and Tunes and Triangle Community Foundation were presented with special awards for their tremendous support to the agency and community.  Balloons and Tunes, located in Carrboro, provides Orange County foster children the opportunity to enjoy a warm and happy holiday season complete with wonderful gifts.   In 2004-2005 Balloons and Tunes and their generous community partners provided toys to over 100 Orange County children.  The fabulous and generous gifts ranged from bikes to electronics to clothing to toys, with each child receiving most of the toys on his or her wish list.  Thanks to Balloons and Tunes and the community support that they encourage, Orange County foster children have a brighter and warmer holiday season. 

The Triangle Community Foundation sponsors the Send a Kid to Camp Program which enables local children to attend summer camps who would otherwise not be able to afford to go.  The Foundation works closely with the Orange County Department of Social Services to provide camp experiences to children in foster care or those whose families are receiving other types of services through the agency.  In 2004-2005, 38 children involved with the Orange County Department of Social Services were able to attend summer camp thanks to the support of the Triangle Community Foundation.

As part of the reception, the agency also made special mention of the Friends of the Orange County Department of Social Services who help coordinate and recruit both donors and volunteers for the agency.  Social Services Board Member Joe Robbins posthumously honored long-time Friends volunteer Eleanor Long-Wilgus.

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EMS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 22, 2005

Contact: Steve Newton  
Orange County Emergency Management
(919)
968-2050, extension 239

Emergency 9-1-1 Address Verification Project

(Hillsborough)  Orange County is continuing with its 9-1-1 address verification project involving the entire county, including the municipalities.  The purpose of this project is to provide the 9-1-1 Center with accurate address and street coordinates for use in its Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD), Geographic Information System (GIS), and other mapping software.  These systems are used hundreds of times each day to help 9-1-1 telecommunicators locate callers in need of police, fire and emergency medical services.

Field crews are currently verifying addresses in the Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and White Cross areas.  They will then be working through Orange Grove, New Hope, Hillsborough, Eno, Efland, Mebane, Caldwell and Cedar Grove. 

Residents should be aware that the surveyors might come onto their driveway if the home or business is not visible from the roadway in order to take the coordinates.  Survey vehicles are all clearly marked with McKim & Creed.

Field collection is expected to be complete in late January 2006.

If residents have any questions regarding the field verification process, they should call McKim & Creed at 1-800-829-4559.  Interested parties may check the progress of the project via the Internet at www.addressorange.info .

All other questions should be directed to the project manager, Lieutenant Steve Newton with Orange County Emergency Management at 919-968-2050 extension 239.

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Recycle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 15, 2005

Contact: Muriel Williman  
Orange County Solid Waste Management
(919)
968-2788

Thanksgiving Recycling and Landfill Schedule

Curbside recycling will not be collected on Thursday November 24, 2004 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  The make-up day for Thanksgiving is SATURDAY, November 26. 

Residents who would normally receive curbside recycling pick-up on Thursday, November 24 should have their recycling bin at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on Saturday November 26, or put it out the night before. 

The Orange County Landfill and all associated services such as Mulch sales and Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but will resume normal hours of operation 7:00 am-4:00 pm on Friday, November 25.  

Solid Waste Convenience Centers will also be closed for the holiday, but will resume normal hours of operation on Friday, November 25.

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

·         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 properly sort items into the labeled containers and remove plastic bags.  Do not leave any garbage or other items on the ground.  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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Planning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 14, 2005

Contact: Tom Altieri  
Orange County Planning Department
(919)
245-2579

Land Use Public Hearing

A public hearing will be held by the Orange County Board of Commissioners to give citizens an opportunity to speak on “Policy Options for Residential Land Use Density in Watersheds”.  The hearing will be in the F. Gordon Battle Courtroom, 106 E. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough, on Monday, November 21, 2005, at 7:30 PM

The Comprehensive Plan Land Use Element Update presents four policy options for residential land use density in watersheds.  Residential land use density determines how many acres will be required when constructing a new single-family home.  A reduction in permitted Density is necessary to address identified growth challenges in the areas of air and water quality, water resources, environmental protection, open space preservation, traffic control, and efficient provision of public services.

This is the first of a three-part public hearing process.  The remaining two public hearings will be held in 2006.

Questions regarding the proposals may be directed to the Orange County Planning Department located in the Planning and Agricultural Center, 306F Revere Road, Hillsborough, North Carolina or call 245-2575. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

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Recycle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 11, 2005

Contact: Muriel Williman  
Orange County Solid Waste Management
(919)
968-2788

Orange County Receives $3,000 Recycling Grant

Talking Phonebook, an independent phone book publisher, has given Orange County’s Solid Waste Department $3,000 to advertise the recycling of old phone books. From mid-November to mid-December, the company will distribute 230,000 of their new phonebooks to households and businesses in the Orange County/Durham area. Talking Phonebook is working with the County to inform residents, businesses, and agencies in Orange County that they can recycle old phonebooks with newspapers at the curb, apartment recycling carts, and dropoff sites.  Locations of Orange County’s eleven drop-off sites can be found on our website: www.co.orange.nc.us/recycling

The Talking Phonebook is printed on recycled paper and the recycled phonebooks can be made into new newsprint.

If every household in Orange County recycled all its old phone books, we would recover about 60 TONS of paper or a pound for each person in the County. 

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 11, 2005

Contact: Monica Evans  
Orange County Board of Commissioners Office

(919)
245-2125

Orange County Boards and Commissions Recent Appointments

At its November 9, 2005 meeting, the Orange County Board of Commissioners appointed the following citizen volunteers to County Advisory Boards and Commissions.

Volunteer Name

Board Name

Expiration Date

Alejandro Hansen

Affordable Housing Advisory Board

6/30/2006

Mari Trosclair

Agricultural Preservation Board

6/30/2006

Alice Lunsford

Commission for the Environment

12/31/2007

William R. Kaiser

Commission for the Environment

12/31/2006

Claire G. Williams

Commission for the Environment

12/31/2006

Stephanie Chang

Commission for Women

6/30/2006

Evelyn Giddens

Commission for Women

6/30/2006

LaTisha Watford

Commission for Women

6/30/2008

Linda Key

Commission for Women

6/30/2006

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Social Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 8, 2005

Contact: Jenifer Montising  
Orange County Department of Social Services

(919)
968-2000  ext. 243

November is Adoption Awareness Month

ORANGE COUNTY-November is Adoption Awareness Month, a time to honor and celebrate families who have adopted.  It is also a time to keep in mind Orange County children who are still waiting for a home and family.

The Orange County Department of Social Services has helped complete 49 successful adoptions in the last three years.  Currently there are 22 children waiting for loving homes. 

It is not unusual for sibling groups and adolescents to wait a particularly long time before being adopted.  “What’s important to me is being in a family with other children and having good relationships,” says a 16-year-old girl who has been waiting five years to find an adoptive home.

Families interested in adopting children are encouraged to become foster parents first.  More than half of the adopted children in Orange County are adopted by their foster families.  Adoptive families must go through 30 hours of pre-service training and complete a criminal record check.

For more information on adoption, please contact Jenifer Montsinger at the Orange County Department of Social Services (919) 968-2000 ext. 243.

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