Orange County Board of Commissioners

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Regular Meeting
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
7:30 p.m. 
Southern Human Services Center
2501 Homestead Road 
Chapel Hill, NC

Note: Background Material on all abstracts available in the Clerk's Office

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ESTIMATED TIMES LISTED AFTER EACH ITEM - these are approximate times.  Citizens are encouraged to be at the meeting at the starting time.  The Board usually considers items in the order listed and proceeds at a steady pace.  As a courtesy to others, speakers are asked to limit their comments to three minutes.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON AGENDA ITEMS - is available in the Clerk's office and complete copies of agenda material are located at the Orange County Library in Hillsborough and the Chapel Hill Library in Chapel Hill.  

1.  Additions or Changes to the Agenda (7:30-7:35)


The Board of Commissioners pledges to the citizens of Orange County its respect. The Board asks its citizens to conduct themselves in a respectful, courteous manner, both with the Board and with fellow citizens.  At any time should any member of the Board or any citizen fail to observe this public charge, the Chair will ask the offending person to leave the meeting until that individual regains personal control. Should decorum fail to be restored, the Chair will recess the meeting until such time that a genuine commitment to this public charge is observed.

2.  Public Comments (7:35-7:45)

(We would appreciate you signing the pad ahead of time so that you are not overlooked.)

a.         Matters not on the Printed Agenda

b.         Matters on the Printed Agenda

(These matters will be considered when the Board addresses that item on the agenda below.)

3.  Board Comments (7:45-8:00)

4.  County Manager's Report (8:00-8:05)

5.  Items for Decision--Consent Agenda (8:05-8:15)

a.         Minutes  APPROVED

The Board will consider correcting and/or approving the minutes for January 22 and 24, 2005, as submitted by the Clerk to the Board. 

b.         Appointments

(1)      Orange County/Chapel Hill Visitor's Bureau - One Reappointment APPROVED

The Board will consider one reappointment to the Orange County/Chapel Hill Visitor's Bureau. 

c.         Amend Public Charge to Include Silencing Electronic Devices APPROVED with CHANGE

The Board will consider an amendment to the Public Charge for BOCC meetings to include a statement covering the silent use of electronic devices. 

d.         Motor Vehicle Property Tax Release/Refunds APPROVED

The Board will consider adoption of a refund resolution related to 105 requests for motor vehicle property tax releases or refunds in accordance to North Carolina General Statutes. 

e.         Advertisement of Tax Liens on Real Property APPROVED

The Board will consider a report on the amount of unpaid taxes for the current year that are liens on real property as required by North Carolina General Statute 105-369 and to request that March 16, 2005 be set by the Board as the date for the tax lien advertisement. 

f.          Change in BOCC Regular Meeting Schedule APPROVED plus ADD 3/15 - 5:30 MEETING

The Board will consider two changes in the County Commissioners' regular meeting calendar for the year 2005, swapping the locations for the May 31 and June 2 Budget Public Hearings. 

g.         BOCC Contribution for the Orange County Jazz Festival APPROVED

The Board will receive information so that it may consider providing financial assistance of $5,000 from the Commissioners' Contingency for the second annual "Cool Jazz" Festival held at River Park in Hillsborough

h.         Budget Amendment #8 APPROVED

The Board will consider approving budget, grant project, and capital project ordinance amendments for fiscal year 2004-05. 

i.           A Resolution Establishing the Intent of Durham County, Durham City, and Orange County To Cooperate With Regard To Planning Issues in Certain Defined Areas APPROVED

The Board will consider a Resolution Establishing the Intent of Durham County, Durham City, and Orange County to Cooperate with Regard to Planning Issues in Certain Defined Areas. 

j.           Contract Amendment:  Norca Holdings for Waterstone Property APPROVED

k.        Approval of Permanent Full-Time Parks Conservation Technician Position APPROVED

The Board will consider approval of a permanent full time Parks Conservation Technician position in the Recreation and Parks Department, effective March 1, 2005, and authorization of County funding of $16,547 for the position using monies set-aside in the BOCC approved budget for 2004-05.   

l.         Notice of Public Hearing on Orange County's 2005 Legislative Agenda APPROVED

The Board will consider providing notice of the plans to hold a public hearing on March 1, 2005 on potential items for inclusion in Orange County's legislative agenda package for the 2005 North Carolina General Assembly. 

6.  Resolutions or Proclamations (8:15-8:25)

a.         Resolution Honoring Kingsdown, Inc. APPROVED

The Board will consider a resolution recognizing Kingsdown, Inc. for outstanding corporate citizenship for the purchase and renovation of a previously vacant industrial property in Orange County and for its focus on employees as its most critical resource. 

b.         Resolution of Appreciation for Jerry Wagner APPROVED

7.  Special Presentations (8:25-9:00)

a.         Orange County Arts Grant Recipients PRESENTED

The Board will present checks to local artists and arts organizations receiving Orange County  Arts Grants. 

b.         OWASA Presentation on its Mitigation Lands and Utility Extension Reimbursement Policy INFORMATION RECEIVED

The Board will be provided information and an opportunity for discussion on issues - use of Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) wildlife mitigation lands and OWASA utility extension reimbursement policy - raised by the Board by means of a letter from the Chair to OWASA and provide feedback to staff.   

8.  Public Hearings (9:00-9:20)

a.         Orange County Consolidated Housing Plan PUBLIC HEARING HELD

The Board will receive comments from the public regarding the housing and non-housing needs to be included in the 2005-2009 Consolidated Housing Plan for Housing and Community Development Programs in Orange County and proposed uses of 2005-2006 HOME funds. 

b.         CDBG Program - IDA Program PUBLIC HEARING HELD and  APPROVED

The Board will receive citizen comments prior to official close-out of the County's FY 2001 Individual Development Account (IDA) Program and authorize execution of the Certificate of Completion by the Chair of the Board of Commissioners. 

9.  Items for Decision--Regular Agenda

a.         Proposed Public Route between Hillsborough and Chapel Hill/Carrboro (9:20-9:40) APPROVED

The Board will consider a request to approve a proposal to be presented to the Triangle Transit Authority (TTA) Operations and Finance Committee (and later to the full TTA Board) to establish a regular public route providing bus service between Hillsborough and Chapel Hill/Carrboro.  Orange Public Transportation (OPT) would provide matching funds and operate the route under authority of a Memorandum of Understanding or contract with TTA.

b.         Staff Update on Possible Acquisition of the Triangle SportsPlex (9:40-10:05) APPROVED

The Board will receive an update from staff on ongoing assessments related to a potential Orange County acquisition of the Triangle SportsPlex, with particular emphasis on considerations related to potential ownership structures; and to consider increasing by $10,000 the Board's appropriation for professional services needed to carry out the assessments and provide direction to the Manager and staff. 

c.         Appointments (10:05-10:10)

(1)       Twin Creeks Master Plan Work Group-Six New Appointments APPROVED

The Board will consider making new appointments to the Twin Creeks Master Plan Work Group. 

10.  Reports (10:10-10:25)

a.         Interim Stewardship Plan for Blackwood Farm DEFERRED

The Board will receive and consider approval of a draft plan for the County's ongoing care and maintenance of Blackwood Farm during the interim period prior to park development. 

11.  Closed Session

12.  Adjournment

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