Board of County Commissioners
200 South Cameron Street
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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September/October 2003

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BOCC Meeting Changes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 29, 2003

For more information: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board (919) 245-2130

The Orange County Board of Commissioners’ Dinner Meeting for November 11, 2003 at 5:30 pm has been canceled. 

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will meet for a Work Session on Tuesday, November 11, 2003 at 7:30 pm at the Southern Human Services Center in Chapel Hill to discuss the “Potential Impact of a Possible School Merger Between the Orange County Schools and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.” 

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Human Relations

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 20, 2003

Contact: James Spivey, 245-2250 

Human Relations Commission Sponsors Film Screening to Promote Dialogue on Race Relations 

The Orange County Human Relations Commission (HRC) will be showing An Unlikely Friendship by Diane Bloom at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 5, 2003 at the Horace Williams House and Thursday, November 6, 2003 at Northern Human Services Center. The public is encouraged to attend.  Members of the HRC and staff will be present along with Ms. Ann Atwater and Dr. Florence Soltys.  Following the film, Ms. Ann Atwater will be available for questions.

An Unlikely Friendship is a documentary, which recalls the lives and feelings of Ann Atwater and C. P. Ellis when they first met, at a Durham City Council meeting in the 1970’s.  Ellis, Caucasian, and Atwater, African American, had been leading Durham's poor and disenfranchised citizens in some civil and some not-so-civil protests. Diane Bloom documents the meeting and ensuing friendship of these diverse contemporaries.

Members of the commission hope that this film will help promote positive human relations by creating dialogue on issues of race and racism.  Human Relations Commission Chair, Dr. Barbara Chapman, says, “Open and honest dialogue is the key to healing the lingering wounds of our past; a past embedded in bigotry and xenophobia.”

The Human Relations Commission is a volunteer advisory board to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners. The HRC works for equal opportunities and access for all citizens of Orange County.

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BOCC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 16, 2003

Contact: Donna Baker, 245-2130

The Orange County Board of Commissioners’ Work Session for October 21, 2003 at 5:00 pm has been canceled. 

There will still be a regular meeting at 7:30pm at the Southern Human Services Center in Chapel Hill. 

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 14, 2003

Contact: Donna Baker, 245-2130

Re:  Special Meeting Notice

ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

FOR October 22, 2003

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will meet for a special meeting (bus tour) at 4:00 p.m. at the Southern Human Services Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 

The purpose of this meeting will be for the Commissioners and senior County staff to meet informally with the University of North Carolina’s Chancellor Moeser and his senior staff for a bus tour (Orange County/UNC Partnership Tour 2003:  Enhancing Our Quality of Life) that will stop at two county/UNC partnerships that help meet critical health and human service needs in Orange County and at Cane Creek reservoir to explore water supply planning and protection.

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Health Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 3, 2003

Contact: Amanda Stipe, 918-7418

Re:  Orange County Animal Response Team Announces Kick-Off Meetings

The Orange County Animal Response Team [OCART] will hold two kick-off meetings this month.  Volunteers are needed to assist with animals during emergencies and hazardous weather.  The first meeting will be held at the Planning & Agriculture Building, 306 Revere Road in Hillsborough on October 14th  at 7:00p.m..  The second meeting will be held at the Homestead Center, 600 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill on October 27th at 7:00p.m.

As a result of Hurricane Floyd in 1999, the North Carolina State Animal Response Team was developed and began working across the state to encourage disaster planning for animals in each county.  The loss of domestic and farm animals can be emotionally, as well as, economically devastating to a community.  In Orange, county and municipal animal control, the agricultural community, veterinarians, animal advocates and emergency management are supporting OCART and collaboratively designing response plans. 

OCART kick-off meetings will be held to confirm volunteers who are interested in animal disaster response and management.  Volunteers are needed in all areas of the organization, including those with horse interests.  Opportunities include telephone staffing, developing lists of resources required for animals during disasters, and teaching owners how to prepare for disasters.  Additional opportunities exist for those who wish to assist with animal care, transportation, and rescue.  Training for these tasks will be provided at a later time, many free of charge.

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BOCC Meeting Updates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 2, 2003

On October 1, the Orange County Board of Commissioners amended their 2003 meeting calendar to include the following additional meetings.

Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - 5:00 pm
- Work Session 
- Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill

Tuesday, October 21, 2003 - 5:00 pm
- Work Session 
- Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill

Thursday, October 30, 2003 - 7:30 pm
- Joint Meeting with the Town of Hillsborough 
- Government Services Center, 200 S. Cameron St., Hillsborough

Thursday, December 4, 2003 - 7:30 pm
- Public Hearing for Potential Impacts of a Possible School Merger 
- F. Gordon Battle Courtroom, 106 E. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough

For further information contact:
Orange County Clerk to the Board,
(919) 245-2130

dbaker@co.orange.nc.us

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Solid Waste Management Notice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 1, 2003

Landfill Hours Extended on Saturday, October 4 to Accommodate Storm Debris Only

The Orange County Landfill will extend hours from 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. on Saturday October 4, 2003 to accept yard waste, tree debris and brush to assist in cleanup efforts from Hurricane Isabel.

Saturday hours from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. are for the collection of tree branches, brush, yard waste and other vegetative debris ONLY.  Yard waste and tree debris must be kept separate from other types of waste. 

The landfill will be open its normal hours of operation, Monday-Friday 7:00a.m.-4:00p.m., and Saturday 7:00a.m.-12:00p.m. to accept all materials usually brought to the landfill. All loads must be tarped or otherwise secured!

County residents may take small loads of tree branches, brush, and yard waste to the Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers located at Bradshaw Quarry, Eubanks Road, Ferguson Rd., High Rock Road, Highway 57, and Walnut Grove Church Rd. As the centers have limited capacity, residents are limited to only ˝ pick-up load per day or ˝ pick-up load per weekend. 

For larger loads, County residents can receive landfill permits at the Solid Waste Convenience Centers or at the Orange County Public Works Office located on NC 86, just north of Hwy 70, in Hillsborough.

Town residents of Chapel Hill should go to the Chapel Hill Public Works office (Municipal Drive in Chapel Hill) to receive a landfill permit.

For further information contact:

Orange County Solid Waste Management,
(919) 968-2788
or email
recycling@co.orange.nc.us

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Board of Elections

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

October 1, 2003

Absentee Voting in Orange County

Any qualified voter wishing to vote prior to Election Day may vote at one of the One-Stop voting locations listed below.

Orange County Board of Elections
110 East King Street, Hillsborough
October 16th – November 1
Monday – Friday (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Saturdays (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Chapel Hill – Morehead Planetarium
East Franklin Street
October 20 – November 1
Monday – Friday (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Saturdays (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) 

Carrboro Town Hall
301 West Main Street, Carrboro
October 20 – October 31
Monday – Friday (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
No Saturday voting in Carrboro

Voters unable to go to the polls due to illness or disability may request to have their ballots mailed to them by writing to the following address. 

Orange County Board of Elections 
Post Office Box 220 
Hillsborough, North Carolina 27278  

By-mail requests must be in the board office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28th.  All ballots must be back in the board office no later than Monday, November 3, 2003.

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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Solid Waste Management Notice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 24, 2003

Landfill Hours Extended on Saturdays to Accommodate Storm Debris

The Orange County Landfill will extend hours from 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. on Saturday September 27 and Saturday October 4, 2003 to accept yard waste, tree debris and brush only to assist in cleanup efforts from Hurricane Isabel.

Saturday hours from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. are for the collection of tree branches, brush, yard waste and other vegetative debris ONLY.  Yard waste and tree debris must be kept separate from other types of waste. 

The landfill will be open it’s normal hours of operation, Monday-Friday 7:00a.m.-4:00p.m., and Saturday 7:00a.m.-12:00p.m. to accept all materials usually brought to the landfill.

All loads must be tarped!

For further information contact:

Orange County Solid Waste Management,
(919) 968-2788
or email
recycling@co.orange.nc.us

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Health Department Notice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 23, 2003

Contact: Anne Miles, amiles@co.orange.nc.us 

Orange County Board of Health Meeting

Revised Time and Location

Thursday, September 25, 2003
6:00 pm
United Church of Chapel Hill
1321 Airport Road
Chapel Hill, NC

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Health Department Notice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 22, 2003

Contact: John Sauls, Animal Control 245-2075

Two Birds from Orange County Test Positive for West Nile Virus

The Orange County Health Department has received confirmation from the State Public Health Pest Management Section that two birds submitted for testing were positive for West Nile Virus. The first was a crow from the 3300 block of Highway 54 West that was found sick by a resident. The second was a Blue Jay that was found dead by a resident of the 1600 block of Daniels Farm Rd., which is off Lebanon Rd., east of Mebane. These are the first two birds confirmed positive for Orange County for this calendar year. There have been no human cases of West Nile reported in Orange County.

Orange joins 67 North Carolina counties reporting West Nile virus in birds. Nationally, there are more cases of West Nile Virus reported in September and October than in other months.

West Nile Virus is carried by certain species of birds, such as crows, blue jays, hawks, owls, cardinals and some others and is transmitted by way of mosquito bites to humans, horses and possibly other mammals. All residents of areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of getting West Nile encephalitis; persons over 50 years of age have the highest risk of severe disease.

It is estimated that 20% of the people who become infected will develop West Nile fever: mild symptoms, including fever, headache, and body aches, occasionally with a skin rash on the trunk of the body and swollen lymph glands. The symptoms of severe infection (West Nile encephalitis or meningitis) include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, and paralysis. It is estimated that 1 in 150 persons infected with the West Nile virus will develop a more severe form of disease.

In addition to West Nile, North Carolina is also experiencing an increase in other mosquito-borne illnesses like Eastern Equine Encephalitis and Lacrosse Encephalitis. The Health Department urges all residents to remain vigilant and take active precautions against being bitten by mosquitoes. Such precautions include staying indoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, wearing long sleeve shirts and pants when outdoors, and using a mosquito repellent that contains 30% DEET.

Other environmental precautions are aimed at preventing mosquitoes from breeding in your immediate home environment. They include making sure that there is no standing water in your yard where mosquitoes can lay their eggs. House gutters should be adjusted so they do not allow water to stand, outdoor pet water dishes should be emptied daily, and rain water should not be allowed to stand in any receptacle in your yard, including the saucer that many place under potted plants. Rain barrels should be covered with a tight screen. Doors and windows should be kept in good repair. When the water cannot be drained, such as in ditches and very small ponds, BTI tablets (mosquito dunks) may be applied. The tablets act to destroy the membrane of mosquito eggs laid there, effectively killing them. They can be found in home and garden stores.

Finally, vaccines are available and widely used to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses in horses. See your veterinarian for West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis vaccine regimes.

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BOCC Special Meeting Notice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 17, 2003

For more information: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board (919) 245-2130

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Thursday, September 25, 2003, at 7:30 pm at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill, NC, for the purpose of holding a PUBLIC HEARING on the Animal Shelter Operations. 

This public hearing was originally scheduled for September 18, 2003 and was postponed due to the projected inclimate weather associated with hurricane Isabel.

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BOCC Meeting Updates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 16, 2003

For more information: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board (919) 245-2130

Public Hearing Location Changes

Thursday, Oct. 16th 

Public Hearing on
Potential Impacts of Possible School Merger
7:30 pm -
Chapel Hill High School Auditorium
High School Road, Chapel Hill  

Thursday, October 23rd

Public Hearing on
Potential Impacts of Possible School Merger
7:30 pm -
Cedar Ridge High School Auditorium
Grady Brown Road, Hillsborough

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