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September/October 2009

 

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AMPS 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: October 29, 2009

Contact: Jeff Thompson, Pam Jones - Asset Management and Purchasing Services (919) 245-2650

Orange County Services - On The Move

Over the next several months, Orange County Government will open both newly constructed and renovated facilities in Hillsborough.  These facilities will house existing County services in a more consolidated campus setting.

Campus locations, types of service and projected transition dates are provided to inform the public as established services move to these new locations. 

 

East Campus:

Link Government Services Center – 200 S. Cameron Street (Currently Open)

This newly renovated facility houses the following Orange County Departments:

-Board of County Commissioners and the Clerk to the Board

-County Manager

-County Attorney

-Financial Services Department (moved from 208 S. Cameron)

-Human Resources Department (moved from 208 S. Cameron)

                                                                                   

West Campus:

Orange County Office Building – 131 W. Margaret Lane (Opening late November 2009)

This newly constructed office building will join the Gateway Center on this conveniently located campus.  Parking for County customers will be available adjacent to the buildings and also within designated areas leased by the County on the privately-owned Eno River Parking Deck. County customers should watch for signage directing them to the free parking provided while they are doing business in County buildings.  Hourly and monthly paid parking is also available on the deck for those not coming to do business with the County.

Orange County Departments and services re-locating to this facility:

-Planning and Inspections (moving from 306 Revere Rd.)

-Erosion Control (moving from 306 Revere Rd.)

-Environmental Health (moving from 306 Revere Rd.)

-Economic Development (moving from 110 E. King St.)

-Information Technologies (moving from 208 S. Cameron)

-Asset Management & Purchasing Services (moving from 129 E. King St)

 

Orange County Main Library – 137 W. Margaret Lane (Opening January 2010)

The main library will be moving from 300 West Tryon St. 

 

Hillsborough Commons:

Orange County Department of Social Services – 113 Mayo Street (Opening January 2010)

All of the Hillsborough based offices of the Social Services Department will re-locate from the current location at 300 West Tryon Street to the newly renovated and adaptively re-used WalMart facility in the Hillsborough Commons shopping center.

To assist in this change of service locations, Orange County has published a transition brochure and will be providing general information through the County website (www.co.orange.nc.us/OrangeOnTheMove ). The County will also post wayfinding and orientation signage along common travel corridors and on the vacating facilities.

Questions regarding this transition can be directed to Asset Management & Purchasing Services, 919-245-2650.

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: October 28, 2009

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

Change in Regular Meeting Calendar for Orange County Commissioners

Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 153A-40, the Board of County Commissioners provides notice of the following changes in the 2009 meeting schedule.   

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will hold a joint meeting with Alamance County elected officials on Monday, November 9, 2009, starting at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the Orange-Alamance county boundary.

The meeting will be held at Alamance Community College, 1247 Jimmie Kerr Road, Graham, in the main building auditorium, room 301.

 

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Human Rights and Relations  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: October 21, 2009

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

Pauli Murray Award Nominations

ORANGE COUNTY- The Orange County Human Relations Commission is inviting members of the Orange County Community to submit nominations for the 2009 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/businesses that 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 website address:  http://www.co.orange.nc.us/hrr/pmurray.asp. 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, 2010.  If additional information is required, please feel free to contact James Spivey at (919) 968-2288.

 

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Social Services  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: October 21, 2009

Contact: Sharron Hinton , Department of Social Services (919) 245-2840

Social Services Seeks Sponsors for Holiday Programs

ORANGE COUNTY- The Orange County Department of Social Services is currently recruiting sponsors and donors for the annual county holiday programs.  The programs, sponsored by the Orange County Department of Social Services in partnership with Toys for Tots and Balloons and Tunes, provide new toys and clothing for low-income, at-risk Orange County children during the holidays.  The agency and its partners recruit donors and sponsors to provide toys, clothing and food to needy Orange County residents.  This year, these combined efforts will try to provide toys to over 5,000 Orange County children.

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.  Referrals for the program come from the school systems, non-profit organizations, and other county agencies.  “There are many families in our community that are struggling financially right now, and the extra burden of the holidays is just too much for them,” said Nancy Coston, Director of the Orange County Department of Social Services, adding “It can be really difficult for parents to explain why there are no gifts to give.”  

The Orange County Department of Social Services is operating two holiday programs.  Share Your Holiday is a program, in partnership with Balloons and Tunes, that pairs families served by the agency with sponsors from the community.  Families submit wish-lists that often include coats, shoes, and other clothing items, as well as toys for the children.  Donors may choose to sponsor a family or give money that will be used to purchase items for families that do not get sponsored.

The Orange County Department of Social Services is also partnering with Toys for Tots to organize the third annual Orange County Toy Chest.  The Toy Chest is a holiday store in which eligible parents can select 2-3 new toys per child to supplement their holiday.  The Toy Chest is designed to serve families at 200% of poverty that are not being served by another DSS holiday program.

Making the holidays brighter for over 5,000 low-income children in Orange County will not be possible without the support of individuals and businesses in the community.  Anyone interested in donating to the Toy Chest or sponsoring a family through the Share Your Holiday program is encouraged to contact Sharron Hinton at (919) 245-2840.  More information is available at www.orangecountync.gov/holidayprogram

 

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Social Services  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: October 15, 2009

Contact: Cathy Hill , Department of Social Services (919) 245-2825

Heating Assistance Program

ORANGE COUNTY- The Orange County Department of Social Services will be taking applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program from November 2 through 13, 2009 at the Chapel Hill and Hillsborough locations, 300 West Tryon Street in Hillsborough, and 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill. 

The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) gives families a one-time cash payment to help pay their heating bills.  Applications are taken for a limited time period during November of each year.  Eligible households receive a check in the mail in early February.  The funds received should be used for home heating costs.

Eligibility for the program is based on income, family size, and amount of savings.  A qualifying family of four can have a monthly gross income of up to $2,022.00 and should have savings of less than $2,200.00.  To apply, residents should bring check stubs or verification of income received during October 2009 along with Social Security numbers for each person in the home listed on the application.  Recipients of the Federal Food and Nutrition Program, formerly Food Stamps, are automatically screened for eligibility.

In addition to the LIEAP Program, the agency also runs the county’s Emergency Assistance Program.  This program can help pay past due heating, cooling, and water bills to keep a resident’s utilities from being turned off.  It can also help with past due rent payments and necessary medications for the uninsured.

Nancy Coston, Director of the Orange County Department of Social Services, stated, “we are seeing more families struggle to make ends meet.  Heating and other utility costs will be high this winter and low-income families will struggle more than most.”

Applications for all Social Services programs are available at both Orange County Department of Social Services locations: 300 West Tryon Street in Hillsborough, and 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

Anyone interested in making a monetary donation can bring it to either of the Department of Social Services locations or mail it to the agency at P.O. Box 8181, Hillsborough, NC 27278.  Please specify that donations are for the energy and crisis assistance programs.  All donations to the Orange County Department of Social Services are tax deductible.

 

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Social Services 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: October 15, 2009

Contact: Crystal Mitchell, Department of Social Services (919) 968-2000, ext. 279

Suitcases for Kids in Foster Care

ORANGE COUNTY- SaySo (Strong Able Youth Speaking Out) will be collecting donations of new suitcases and duffle bags for children in foster care on Saturday, October 24, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Wal-Mart in Hillsborough. 

SaySo is an organization comprised of current and former foster teens.  The duffle bag and suitcase drive is the organization’s annual “Give a Child a Smile” project for USA Today’s 19th Annual Make a Difference Day. 

Children and teens in foster care typically leave their home with few personal items.  As they move throughout the system, they often have to carry their belongings in trash bags.  SaySo’s goal is to collect new suitcases and duffle bags to provide to over 5,000 foster children throughout North Carolina.

USA Today’s Make a Difference Day is the largest national day of volunteerism. SaySo’s “Give a Child a Smile” project is registered under this foundation.  In previous years, USA Today awarded SaySo one of the two state awards for their hard work and collaboration with other groups.

Community residents are encouraged to donate duffel bags, which are usually easier for children to carry. This collection site is one of several sites around the state. All donations are tax deductible and receipts will be available. 

 

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: October 13, 2009

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

Public Notice

Members of the Orange County Board of Commissioners have been invited to attend the Orange County Democratic Party’s Annual Legislative Breakfast on Saturday, October 17, 2009.  The breakfast is scheduled to start at 8:00 a.m. at the Carolina Club, Stadium Drive (UNC Campus) in Chapel Hill. 

This notice is being given because four or more of the Orange County Commissioners may attend this event. 

 

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: October 7, 2009

Contact: Valerie Foushee, Chair , Orange County Board of Commissioners (919) 942-2661

Commissioners Appoint Clifton As County Manager

Last night, October 6, 2009, the Orange County Board of Commissioners announced the appointment of Frank W. Clifton, Jr. as the next Orange County Manager effective immediately.  Clifton has been serving as Interim Orange County Manager since June 15, 2009

As County Manager, Clifton will lead the day-to-day operations of Orange County Government, interacting with the Board of County Commissioners, county departments and the general public.  He will report directly to the Board of Commissioners. 

Clifton has a long and successful career in local government, including County Manager – Onslow County, N.C., City Manager – Casselberry, FL., County Manager – Cabarrus County, N.C. and City Manager – City of Bristol, TN. 

His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Management and Finance from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree in City Management from East Tennessee State University.  He has also continued his education through the City-County Government Administration Program at the School of Government at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. 

“The Board has high hopes and high expectations that Mr. Clifton will continue to lead the County forward as he has for the past few months,” Valerie Foushee, Board Chair said. 

The vote by the Board to appoint Frank Clifton was unanimous.

Clifton is looking forward to continuing the challenge he started as Interim Manager.  “I thank the Board for the vote of confidence and appreciate the opportunity to serve Orange County.  This is a great community,” Clifton said. 

Clifton is married to Roberta (Bobbi) Clifton.  He has a married daughter, Meghan Durpree. 

The starting salary for Clifton will be $161,200. 

Clifton follows Laura Blackmon, whose last day was June 30, 2009. 

 

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Emergency Services  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: September 30, 2009

Contact: Kim Woodward, Orange County Emergency Services, (919) 245-6100

Emergency Services Observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Orange County Emergency Services (OCES) will participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month during October.  

Original pink shirts and hats, designed by an OCES 9-1-1 telecommunicator, will be seen on Emergency Services staff, replacing the daily grey uniform shirts during the month of October.  OCES Ambulances will also display pink ribbons and logos promoting awareness of breast cancer. 

Emergency medical technicians, 9-1-1 telecommunicators, paramedics and administrative staff provide direct service to numerous cancer patients each year.  Many of the Orange County Emergency Services personnel have relatives, friends and/or co-workers who are touched in some way by breast cancer. 

One in eight women will get breast cancer in her lifetime.  Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.   Early detection methods offering the best chance for survival include monthly breast self-exams and yearly mammography especially after the age of 40.

Throughout October, Emergency Services staff are available to answer questions concerning the risk factors of breast cancer as well as providing early detection information. 

This project was made possible by the generous donations of over $3,000 in goods and services from the following sponsors:  Eurosport, Mincey’s Graphics, Total Exposure Designs, PHE, inc. and Carolina Recording Systems Inc.  Thanks to their generosity no Orange County tax-dollars were used to fund this project.

 

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: September 25, 2009

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

Orange County Board of Commissioners Special Meeting Notice

The Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting (closed session) on Tuesday, September 29, 2009  at 7:00 p.m. at the Link Government Services Center, 200 South Cameron Street, Hillsborough, N.C. (downstairs meeting room) for the purpose of going into closed session “to consider the qualifications, competence, character, fitness, conditions of appointment, or conditions of initial employment of an individual public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee,” NCGS § 143-318.11(a)(6).

 

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: September 24, 2009

Contact: Angela Thompson-Rockett , Orange County Board of Commissioners' Office, (919) 245-2125

Recent Appointments

On September 15, 2009 the Orange County Board of Commissioners reappointed the following citizen volunteers to County advisory boards and commissions.

 

Volunteer Name                         Board Name

Flicka Bateman                             Sportsplex Community Advisory Committee

Marshall Morris                            Sportsplex Community Advisory Committee

Alice Pettitt                                  Sportsplex Community Advisory Committee

Chris Hogan                                 Economic Development Commission

Bryant Colson                               Human Relations Commission

Barbara Marotto                           Human Relations Commission

John Vogt                                     Human Relations Commission

Bob Hall                                       Jury Commission

                                                   

On September 15, 2009 the Orange County Board of Commissioners appointed the following citizen volunteers to County advisory boards and commissions.

 

Volunteer Name                         Board Name

Nedra Bradsher                            Arts Commission

Richard Perry                               Human Relations Commission

Antonia Pedroza                           Human Relations Commission

Daniel Przybyl                              Information Technology Advisory Committee

 

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Information Technologies  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: September 15, 2009

Contact: Todd Jones , Orange County Information Technologies Department, (919) 245-2285

New Web Design for Orange County

HILLSBOROUGH, NC - Today, Orange County Government premiered a new web page design providing a new look and feel for the County’s web pages.  Along with the new appearance, the public will see new on-line services and information which will be updated regularly, sometimes on a daily basis.  Departmental webmasters, who understand the services of their respective departments and are up-to-date on current and new activities, provide the bulk of updates.  This significant cross-departmental collaborative effort was coordinated with assistance and direction from the Orange County Information Technologies Department. 

The new template design offers the following benefits:

  • Multiple search mechanisms to support a wide range of public access preferences
  • Consistency across departments
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance
  • A template which supports quick and easy updates for departmental data
  • Streamlined design for quick loading, even for those using dial-up Internet access
  • Formatting that takes hand-held web browsers into consideration
  • A foundation on which ongoing website evolution can efficiently be advanced

 

While the website looks new and different, Orange County information and web tools used in the past continue to be readily available online.

The Orange County Government main web address is

http://www.co.orange.nc.us/ or http://www.orangecountync.gov/ .  Either address will take you to the main or “home” page for the Orange County Government website. 

Web improvements for Orange County will continue to evolve in the upcoming months. 

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: September 14, 2009

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

Orange County Board of Commissioners Special Meeting Notice

The Board of County Commissioners will hold special meetings (closed sessions) on Monday, September 21, 2009  starting at 8:30 a.m., at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill , N.C, for the purpose of going into closed session “to consider the qualifications, competence, character, fitness, conditions of appointment, or conditions of initial employment of an individual public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee,” NCGS § 143-318.11(a)(6).

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Emergency Services  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: September 10, 2009 - 12:00 noon

Contact: Dinah Jeffries , Orange County Emergency Services, (919) 245-6100

Orange County 9-1-1 Service Fixed

ORANGE COUNTY, NC --

All Orange County 9-1-1 phone services are fully functional. 

To report an emergency in Orange County call 9-1-1. 

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Emergency Services  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: September 10, 2009 - 10:00 a.m.

Contact: Dinah Jeffries , Orange County Emergency Services, (919) 245-6100

Orange County 9-1-1 Service Unavailable

ORANGE COUNTY, NC --

This is an alert from Orange County Emergency Services.  9-1-1 telephone service is down across Orange County. 

The workaround phone number for 9-1-1 emergency calls in Orange County is 919 732 5856.  

A CodeRED message has also been sent to impacted residents. 

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Economic Development  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: September 4, 2009

Contact: Yvonne Scarlett , Orange County Economic Development, (919) 245-2325

Orange County Business Expo Set for October 5, 2009

ORANGE COUNTY, NC -- The Orange County Economic Development Commission is delighted to partner again with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce to present the sixth annual Orange County Business Expo at the Sheraton Chapel Hill, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 5, 2009.

The Sheraton located at One Europa Drive in Chapel Hill will sponsor an “Expo Connection” from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (providing beverages and hor d’oeuvres).  This networking event will be a great opportunity to make end-of-the-day contacts with those attending the Business Expo 2009 and is open to the public.

Sponsorship to date includes FM Talk 101.1 WZTK, Sheraton Chapel Hill and Durham Technical Community College.

Orange County businesses play a vital role in the local economy and the Expo gives them an opportunity to showcase their goods and services.  The Expo is designed to encourage businesses to network and establish new relationships with each other, and with the public.

For more information regarding the Orange County Business Expo please visit www.orangebusinessexpo.com or contact Yvonne Scarlett at the Orange County Economic Development at (919) 245-2325 or yscarlett@co.orange.nc.us

 

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