Board of County Commissioners
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 2006

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SOLID WASTE 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 21, 2006

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

              

Recycling and Landfill Schedule for New Year's Day

Curbside recycling will not be collected on Monday, January 1, New Year’s Day.  Routes that would normally be collected on that day will be collected the Saturday before, on December 30.   Have your recycling bin to the curb by 7:00 a.m. or put it out the night before to help ensure prompt service.

 

The Solid Waste Management Administration Office will be closed on January 1, 2007.  Normal hours will resume Tuesday January 2, 2007, 8:00am-5:00pm.

 

The Orange County Landfill and all associated services including the Household Hazardous Waste collection, electronics recycling and mulch sales will be closed Monday, January 1.  Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2007.

 

Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be closed Monday, January 1, 2007.                                                 Regular hours will resume Tuesday, January 2, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm.

 

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

·         Hampton Pointe, behind the Home Depot, Hillsborough

 

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. 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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SOLID WASTE 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 15, 2006

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

              

Recycling and Landfill Schedule for the Holidays

Curbside recycling will not be collected on Monday, December 25, Christmas Day.  Routes that would normally be collected on that day will be collected the Saturday before, on December 23. 

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 22, 25, and 26.

 

The Orange County Landfill and all associated services including the Household Hazardous Waste collection, electronics recycling and mulch sales will be closed Monday, December 25.  Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, December 26, 2005.

 

Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be closed Monday, December 25.  Regular hours will resume Tuesday, December 26, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm.

 

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

·         Hampton Pointe, behind the Home Depot, Hillsborough

 

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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SOCIAL SERVICES 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 15, 2006

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

              

Families in Orange County Need Help for the Holidays

ORANGE COUNTY- The Orange County Department of Social Services is in need of donations and sponsors for the Adopt-A-Family Program for the holidays.

There are many in Orange County who are not fortunate enough to be able to provide gifts for their families during the holiday season.  These families rely on gifts and food donated through the Orange County Department of Social Services to make their holidays a joyous event.

In 2005 the Orange County Department of Social Services was able to provide gifts to 122 families through the Adopt-A-Family program.  This year, the program has even more families involved and staff are hoping to provide close to 150 families with gifts. 

Families served by the agency submit wish-lists that often include coats, shoes, and other clothing items, as well as toys for the children.  Donors may choose to adopt an entire family or give money that will be used to purchase items for families that do not get adopted.

There are currently 35 families that have not been adopted.  Persons interested in donating or adopting these families are still able to do so.

For more information or to make a donation, please contact Beachy Sanders at the Orange County Department of Social Services (919) 245-2810.

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HUMAN RELATIONS 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 13, 2006

Contact: James Spivey, Orange County Human Rights and Relations (919) 968-2288

              

Nominations Sought for the 2006 Pauli Murray Human Relations Award

The Orange County Human Relations Commission is inviting members of the Orange County Community to submit nominations for the 2006 Pauli Murray Human Relations Award.  The Commission is awarding the Pauli Murray Human Relations Award in three categories: youth, adult, and business.  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.

Nomination forms and criteria information can be accessed by visiting the Orange County website www.co.orange.nc.us under “What’s New” select “Pauli Murray Human Relations Award”.  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 postmarked deadline date for submission of nominations is January 15, 2007. 

If additional information is required, please feel free to contact James Spivey at (919) 968-2288.

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HEALTH 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 13, 2006

Contact: Barry Jacobs, Orange County Commissioner (919) 732-4941
Rosemary Summers, Orange County Health Director (919) 245-2412  
              

Orange County and UNC to Study Biosolids Applications

The Orange County Board of Commissioners approved entering into an agreement with the UNC School of Public Health for a pilot study of a biosolids application site in Orange County. 

Orange County is tenth in the state in the number of biosolids application sites.  Given the numbers of sites scattered throughout the county, Health Department staff believe that further study of biosolids application sites is warranted but do not feel that there is sufficient staff time or equipment to conduct the studies in the manner required.  Biosolids application is permitted and regulated by the Division of Water Quality at the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.  The Orange County Board of Health’s rules on groundwater protection include local staff monitoring of biosolids application sites during the application process on a periodic basis.  Problems identified are referred to the Division of Water Quality for action. 

The Bradshaw Quarry Road community has a continuing concern regarding the biosolids application site that is in their community.  Members of this community have met with environmental health staff over the past several years with concerns relating biosolids application to health issues in the community.  Orange County Staff members approached faculty at the School of Public Health’s Environmental Sciences and Engineering Department (ESE) to assess whether there would be faculty and/or student interest in pursuing a pilot study in the Bradshaw Quarry Road area. 

Dr. Marc Sobsey and Dr. Chip Simmons, two faculty members in the ESE Department are interested in working with the Health Department on designing a pilot study that will meet the needs of this community and perhaps will lead to a larger collaborative grant proposal for a more extensive study of biosolids application sites.  The study design will include air quality sampling at a baseline (prior to biosolids application) and at a time shortly after application of biosolids.  In addition, stream sampling at public access areas will be set up so that measures can be taken prior to biosolids application and after a significant rainfall.  It is anticipated that the study design phase would take place in January and early February and the actual sampling will not occur until sometime this spring due to soil conditions, ground cover, and other technical factors related to the study itself.  The School is anticipating graduate student involvement with faculty oversight. 

“We are pleased to partner with the UNC School of Public Health to begin to determine whether biosolids applications may have health consequences,” Rosemary Summers, Orange County Health Director said. 

The Board of Health has approved the project. 

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 8, 2006

Contact: Alice Gordon, Orange County Commissioner (919) 933-0550  
              

Public Hearing on County and Schools Capital Projects

A public hearing on “Proposed County and School Capital Projects and Related Debt Issuance Plans,” will be held during the Board of County Commissioners’ regular meeting on Tuesday, December 12, 2006.  The meeting will be held at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.  The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m., the public hearing item is scheduled for later on the agenda. 

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 5, 2006

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

Moses Carey, Jr. Elected Chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners

On Monday, December 4, 2006, during the annual Board organizational meeting, the Orange County Board of Commissioners elected Moses Carey, Jr. as Chair of the Board of Commissioners for the year 2007.  Immediately afterwards, Barry Jacobs was elected Vice Chair. 

Commissioner Carey was first elected to the Board in 1984 and served as Chair of the Board for the years 1989 – 1996, 2000, and 2005. 

Mike Nelson was sworn in as a member of the Board of Commissioners at the same meeting, replacing Stephen H. Halkiotis. 

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 20, 2006

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

Reception to Honor Retiring Commissioner, Steve Halkiotis, to welcome Commissioner-Elect Mike Nelson and the new County Manager Laura Blackmon

The Orange County Board of Commissioners cordially invites the public to attend a reception to bid farewell to Commissioner Steve Halkiotis, who is retiring after 20 years of service as a Commissioner; and to meet newly elected County Commissioner Mike Nelson, and newly appointed County Manager Laura Blackmon.

The reception will take place on Monday, December 4, 2006 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the lobby of the John M. Link Government Services Center, 200 South Cameron Street in Hillsborough. (The reception is scheduled prior to the BOCC meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the F. Gordon Battle Courtroom in Hillsborough). Refreshments will be served.

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Elections 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 16, 2006

Contact: Barry Garner, Director, Orange County Board of Elections (919) 245-2351  
              

Elections Recount

The Orange County Board of Elections will hold a recount for Superior Court Judicial District 15 B on Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at 9:00 a.m.  The recount will take place at the old Orange Enterprise Building , 500 Valley Forge Rd. in Hillsborough. 

The Board of Elections will meet at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 22, 2006 at the Orange County Board of Elections office to canvass the recount results.

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 14, 2006

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

Hollow Rock-Erwin Trace Park Planning Advisory Committee

The Orange County Board of Commissioners Office is currently seeking volunteers to serve on the Hollow Rock/ Erwin Trace Park Planning Advisory Committee.  The purpose of the Park Planning Committee is to develop recommendations for an overall plan for the Property and adjoining properties that comprise the Hollow Rock/ Erwin Area portion of the New Hope Plan. The plan should include overall recommended uses and generalized locations for the proposed uses. The recommendations of the Committee will be presented to the public and approved by the participating governing bodies.     

Membership to the Hollow Rock/Erwin Trace Park Planning Committee will include 11 appointed members, four of whom will come from Orange County.  Members shall reside within the jurisdiction of Orange County.  All members shall have equal rights regardless of whether the matters at issue are located inside or outside the member’s jurisdiction.

All interested Orange County citizens are encouraged to apply.  For more information, please visit the Orange County Web Site at www.co.orange.nc.us where you may complete an application online, by clicking on the “Volunteer Boards” icon from the Orange County homepage.  You may also contact the office of the Clerk to the Board at (919) 245-2125 or email mevans@co.orange.nc.us to request an application, or for more information. We will send you an application immediately.

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