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September / October 2010

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Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: October 27, 2010

Contact: Frank Clifton, Orange County Manager, (919) 245-2300

Orange County under Contract on Carrboro Property

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Orange County has negotiated a contract to purchase property at 210 Hillsborough Road in Carrboro. The 2.69 acre lot is being considered for a library in the southern part of Orange County.  The property is adjacent to Carrboro Elementary School. 

Orange County and the Town of Carrboro will work on zoning text amendments.  The site is currently zoned R-10.  The County has 180 days to review the site for their due diligence. 

“We are happy to move forward in providing library services for the southern part of Orange County.  This fulfills a goal and desire the commissioners have had for some time,” Valerie Foushee, Chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners said. 

David Morgan with Keller Williams Commercial Chapel Hill is representing Orange County in the negotiations. 

 

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: October 21, 2010

Contact: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board of the Orange County Board of Commissioners, (919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245- 2125

ETJ Vacancy on Carrboro Board of Adjustment

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County advisory boards and commissions. With over 40 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

The Carrboro Board of Adjustment Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) position is currently vacant (this position is appointed by the Orange County Board of Commissioners).

The Carrboro Board of Adjustment consists of nine members appointed by the Carrboro Board of Aldermen and shall reside within the town limits of Carrboro. One member, appointed by the Orange County Board of Commissioners, shall reside within Carrboro’s extraterritorial planning jurisdiction area. One member, appointed by the Orange County Board of Commissioners, shall reside within Carrboro’s joint planning transition area.

The Carrboro Board of Adjustment

1. Hears and decides citizen appeals from any order, decision, requirement, or interpretation made by the Zoning Administrator.

2. Also hears and decides on applications.

3. Performs any other duties assigned by the Board of Aldermen.

The Carrboro Board of Adjustment meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

You may apply at: http://www.ci.carrboro.nc.us/AdvBoards/advbrdapp.htm

Additional information on the Carrboro Board of Adjustment can be found on the following website:  http://www.ci.carrboro.nc.us/AdvBoards/advbrds.htm

Information on many other volunteer opportunities to serve on boards and commissions for Orange County Government can be found at the link below.

http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards .

 

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: October 20, 2010

Contact: Donna Baker , Clerk to the Board of the Orange County Board of Commissioners, (919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245- 2125

Orange County Seeks Applicants for Planning Board

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County advisory boards and commissions. With over 40 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

NEEDED: APPLICANTS for the Orange County Planning Board, with specific emphasis on vacancies in the Cedar Grove Township and Cheeks Township

The Orange County Planning Board is a 12-member board.  This board:

  • Makes studies of Orange County and surrounding areas;
  • Determines objectives to be sought in the development of Orange County;
  • Proposes and recommends plans for achieving these objectives;
  • Develops and recommends to the Board of Commissioners policies, ordinances, administrative procedures and other means for carrying out plans in a coordinated and efficient manner;
  • Advises the Board of Commissioners concerning the use and amendment of means for carrying out plans;
  • Exercises such functions in the administration and enforcement of various means for carrying out plans as may be assigned by this or other ordinances of the County.

The County is always looking for new applicants for the Planning Board; however, the Board of Commissioners is focusing currently on two vacant seats: one in the Cedar Grove Township and one in Cheeks Township.   The Board is especially seeking individuals who are interested in planning and development issues.  General planning knowledge helpful, but not required.  Please apply no later than  November 1, 2010.  You may apply online at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards/index.asp .

 

Select "Orange County Planning Board" under "Boards and Commissions Listing" for additional information or call Donna Baker (919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125. 

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Agriculture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: October 20, 2010

Contact: Noah Ranells, Orange County Agricultural Economic Development Coordinator, (919) 245-2330

Groundbreaking for the Piedmont Food & Agricultural Processing Center

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – The public is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony for the Piedmont Food & Agricultural Processing Center on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.

The facility, located at 500 Valley Forge Road in Hillsborough, NC, is scheduled to open in March 2011.   It will offer 10,400 square feet of commercial kitchen space for farmers and food entrepreneurs, especially those within a 75-mile / 22-county radius. 

The purpose of this shared-use food business incubator is to allow clients to lease commercial kitchen space by the hour for vegetable and fruit processing to produce value-added food products for commercial distribution.  Freezer and refrigerated space, as well as entrepreneur offices will also be available for lease.  Initial proposed programming includes training workshops on beginning and building food businesses.

The Piedmont Food & Agricultural Processing Center will be managed by Orange County under the guidance of an Inter-local Cooperative Agreement between Alamance, Chatham, Durham, and Orange Counties. 

To date, just over $1.2 million has been committed to this project by the NC Agricultural Development & Farmland Preservation Trust Fund, the Tobacco Trust Fund, the Golden Leaf Foundation, the US Housing & Urban Development Economic Initiative Program, the RAFI-USA Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Program, and the NC Department of Agricultural & Consumer Services Specialty Crop Program.

For additional information contact Yvonne Scarlett at 919-245-2325. 

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Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: October 12, 2010

Contact: Ginger Holler, Orange County Main Library, (919) 245-2532

John Claude Bemis Visits Orange County Library November 10

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – John Claude Bemis, winner of the 2010 NC Juvenile Literature Award for The Nine Pound Hammer, will be at the Orange County Main Library in Hillsborough on November 10, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.

Bemis is the author of The Clockwork Dark trilogy, a fantasy adventure series based on Southern folklore and American legends that is set in a mythical 19th-century America full of hoodoo magic, battling trains, and steamboat pirates. Bemis will present and sign copies of his first two books in this trilogy, the award winning The Nine Pound Hammer and recently released The Wolf Tree. Copies of these books will be available for purchase from Purple Crow Books.

The White City, the thrilling conclusion to The Clockwork Dark trilogy, will be published in the summer of 2011. Prior to becoming an author, Bemis taught in Orange County Schools for nearly a decade. He is currently writing a futuristic animal book that will come out in 2012.

The presentation and book signing is sponsored by Friends of Orange County Public Library and Purple Crow Books.

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: October 8, 2010

Contact: Donna Baker , Clerk to the Board of the Orange County Board of Commissioners, (919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245- 2125

Vacancies on Orange County Solid Waste Advisory Board

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County advisory boards and commissions. With over 40 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

The SWAB Board is a multi-jurisdictional advisory board that recommends programs, policies, changes in services, and other matters related to the operation of the Orange County Solid Waste System.  SWAB investigates new technologies and furthers such missions and goals for the System as the County may adopt. It suggests amendments to the Solid Waste Management Plan and provides recommendations concerning any proposal for a change to rates, fees and charges; and provides advice to the County Manager for use in developing the annual budget for the System.

This Board consists of two members each from Orange County, Town of Carrboro, Town of Chapel Hill and the Town of Hillsborough, whose members are appointed by their respective jurisdiction.

The County is currently  looking for applicants for the SWAB board to represent Orange County.  If interested, please apply at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards .

Select "Solid Waste Advisory Board " under "Boards and Commissions Listing" for additional information or call Donna Baker (919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125. 

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: October 7, 2010

Contact: Gwen Harvey, Assistant Orange County Manager, (919) 245-2307

Orange County Introduces Sales Tax Educational Website

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Orange County announces a new website to help educate voters on the Sales and Use Tax Referendum.  The website also provides feedback to public questions on the referendum. 

Information on the sales tax referendum is available on the Orange County website, http://orangecountync.gov/salestax .  The website includes links to sample ballots, tax rates for surrounding counties and answers to frequently asked questions. 

On November 2, 2010, Orange County voters will have the opportunity to vote “For” or “Against” a ¼ of a penny sales tax increase.  If passed, the Board of Commissioners committed to the following disbursement for funds for the next 5 years. 

 - 42.5% schools (Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools)

 - 42.5% economic development

 - 15% divided equitably between emergency medical services and libraries

The proposed County Sales and Use Tax should help decrease dependence on property tax and does not apply to groceries, gas or most prescription medications.

The Orange County Financial Services Department estimates, based on current sales tax figures, that the one-fourth of a penny sales and use tax would generate approximately $2,300,000 annually. 

Voters need to be aware that straight ticket votes will not automatically yield a “For” or “Against” vote on the referendum.  Straight ticket voters must indicate for or against the County Sales and Use Tax on the ballot in order for the vote to be counted.

The Orange County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution in support of the ¼ of a cent sales tax on Tuesday, October 5, 2010. 

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: October 1, 2010

Contact: Donna Baker , Clerk to the Board of the Orange County Board of Commissioners, (919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245- 2125

Vacancies on Orange County Boards and Commissions

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County advisory boards and commissions. With over 40 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

The Board is currently recruiting volunteers for the positions listed below.  For an application, or for more information, contact the office of the Clerk to the Board at (919) 245-2125 or 245-2130, or by email jjones@co.orange.nc.us.  To learn more about specific boards or complete an application online please visit the web site http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards

Vacancies on October 1, 2010

 

ADULT CARE HOME COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE              

 - Three At-Large Vacancies

AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY BOARD                               

 - Six At-Large Vacancies

AGRICULTURAL PRESERVATION BOARD  

 - Four – Agricultural District Vacancies (one each – Caldwell; Schley/Eno; Cane

Creek/Buckhorn; White Cross)

ANIMAL SERVICES ADVISORY BOARD       

 - One At-Large Vacancy, One Certified Animal Handler, One Non-Municipality

CARRBORO BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT                                         

 - One ETJ (Orange County) Vacancy

CARRBORO PARKS AND RECREATION                                         

 - Two Orange County Position Vacancies

CHAPEL HILL BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT                                      

 - One County Appointee ETJ Vacancy

MEBANE BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT                                               

 - One Mebane (Orange County) ETJ Vacancy

NURSING HOME COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE         

 - One At-Large Vacancy

ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT                         

 - One Orange County Vacancy

ORANGE COUNTY PLANNING BOARD                                  

 - One Cedar Grove Township and One Cheeks Township Vacancy

ORANGE UNIFIED TRANSPORTATION (OUT) BOARD             

 - One Eno Township and One Little River Township Vacancy

PARKS AND RECREATION COUNCIL                                          

 - One Bingham Township and One Hillsborough Township Vacancy

PIEDMONT FOOD & AGRICULTURAL PROCESSING CENTER STEERING COMMITTEE

 - One Vacancy – Orange County Farmer Position

 

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Social Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: September 24, 2010

Contact: Nancy Coston, Orange County Department of Social Services Director, (919) 245-2800

Orange County Department of Social Services Open House

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – The Orange County Department of Social Services will host an open house at its new location in Hillsborough Commons at 113 Mayo Street in Hillsborough.  The open house on Monday, October 4, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. will provide the public an opportunity to tour the facility and meet staff.

The “adaptive re-use” conversion of the building which was previously a Wal-Mart into an office structure is a prime example of sustainable building practice.  Energy efficient plumbing and lighting along with the use of carpets with recycled materials and the use of natural lighting through skylights are just a few of the examples of “green” construction practices implemented in this renovated facility. 

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: September 23, 2010

Contact: Donna Baker , Clerk to the Board of the Orange County Board of Commissioners, (919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245- 2125

Orange County Seeks Applicants for Planning Board

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County advisory boards and commissions. With over 40 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

NEEDED: APPLICANTS for the Orange County Planning Board, with specific emphasis on vacancies in the Cedar Grove Township and Cheeks Township

The Orange County Planning Board is a 12-member board.  This board:

  • Makes studies of Orange County and surrounding areas;
  • Determines objectives to be sought in the development of Orange County;
  • Proposes and recommends plans for achieving these objectives;
  • Develops and recommends to the Board of Commissioners policies, ordinances, administrative procedures and other means for carrying out plans in a coordinated and efficient manner;
  • Advises the Board of Commissioners concerning the use and amendment of means for carrying out plans;
  • Exercises such functions in the administration and enforcement of various means for carrying out plans as may be assigned by this or other ordinances of the County.

The County is always looking for new applicants for the Planning Board; however, the Board of Commissioners is focusing currently on two vacant seats: one in the Cedar Grove Township and one in Cheeks Township.   The Board is especially seeking individuals who are interested in planning and development issues.  General planning knowledge helpful, but not required.  Please apply no later than  November 1, 2010.  You may apply online at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards/index.asp .

 

Select "Orange County Planning Board" under "Boards and Commissions Listing" for additional information or call Donna Baker (919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125. 

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