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Regular Meeting
Wednesday, November 2, 2005
7:30 p.m. 
F. Gordon Battle Courtroom
106 East Margaret Lane 
Hillsborough, NC

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

COMPLIANCE WITH THE "AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT" - Interpreter services and/or special sound equipment are available with prior notice.  If you need this assistance, call the County Clerk's office at 732-8181, ext. 2130.  If you are disabled and need assistance, contact the ADA Coordinator at extension 2300 or TDD# 644-3045.  

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.  All electronic devices such as cell phones, pagers, and computers should please be turned off or set to silent/vibrate.

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 (8:05-8:10)

a.      Minutes

The Board will consider correcting and/or approving the minutes from September 7 and September 20, 2005 as submitted by the Clerk to the Board. 

b.      Appointments - None

c.       Budget Amendment #4

The Board will consider approving budget ordinance amendments for fiscal year 2005-06. 

d.      First Reading - Ordinance Granting Franchise to Time Warner Entertainment/Advance-Newhouse Partnership, to Own, Operate, and Maintain Cable System in Unincorporated Orange County

The Board will consider approving the first reading of a cable franchise renewal ordinance (agreement) with Time Warner Entertainment/Advance-Newhouse Partnership (TWC), as recommended by the Orange County Cable Advisory Committee. 

6.  Resolutions or Proclamations (8:10-8:15)

a.         Resolution Supporting the End of the War in Iraq

The Board will consider a proposed resolution supporting the end of the war in Iraq. 

7.  Special Presentations (8:15-8:45)

a.         Orange County Arts Grants Recipients

The Board will present checks to local artists and arts organizations receiving Spring 2005 Orange County Arts Grants. 

b.         Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Board will recognize the staff of the Orange County Finance Department for earning the Government Finance Officers' Association (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the Fiscal year ended June 30, 2004. 

c.         Solid Waste Matters

The Board will review and discuss matters related to the County's solid waste facilities master plan and land clearing and inert debris management considerations and provide direction to the Manager and staff. 

8.  Public Hearings (8:45-9:30)

a.         Public Hearing on Initial Draft Maps/Plans Related to Possible District Elections for the Board of Commissioners

The Board will conduct a public hearing on initial draft maps/plans related to Possible District Elections for the Board of Commissioners; continue the Board's review of the draft maps/plans and other associated materials related to possible District Elections for the Board of Commissioners: and provide comments, questions, and any further direction to staff as appropriate. 

9.  Items for Decision--Regular Agenda

a.         SportsPlex Facility Management Agreement (9:30-9:50)

The Board will review and consider approving an agreement between Orange County and Recreation Factory Partners, Inc. to provide overall facility management for the Triangle SportsPlex, upon the County's anticipated closing on the acquisition of that facility in December 2005 and authorize the Chair to sign, subject to final review by staff and the County Attorney. 

b.         Legal Advertisement for Joint Quarterly Public Hearing - November 21, 2005 (9:50-10:05)

The Board will consider the legal advertisement (Attachment 1) for items to be presented at the Joint Board of County Commissioners/Planning Board Quarterly Public Hearing scheduled for November 21, 2005. 

c.         Draft Environmental Responsibility Goal (10:05-10:15)

The Board will receive the recommendation of the Commission for the Environment on a draft Environmental Responsibility in County Government goal and consider adoption of the goal. 

d.         Proposed Revisions to the Policy for Naming of County Owned Buildings and Facilities (10:15-10:25)

The Board will consider a proposed revision to the Policy for the Naming of County Owned Buildings and Facilities. 

e.         Appointments (10:25-10:30)

(1)      Affordable Housing Advisory Board - One New Appointment

The Board will consider making one new appointment to the Affordable Housing Advisory Board. 

(2)      Advisory Board on Aging - One New Appointment

The Board will consider making one new appointment to the Advisory Board on Aging. 

(3)      Agricultural Preservation Board - One New Appointment

The Board will consider making one new appointment to the Agricultural Preservation Board. 

(4)      Commission for the Environment - New Appointments

The Board will consider making appointments to the Commission for the Environment. 

(5)      Commission for Women - New Appointments

The Board will consider making new appointments to the Commission for Women. 

10.  Reports

11.  Closed Session

12.  Adjournment


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Orange County Water Supply Reservoir Water Levels

Available information as of 9:00 AM, Thursday, October 27, 2005

Lake Orange

         Water level is 7'-4" below full (anticipated to drop at a rate of approximately 1" per day)   

         Water storage capacity remaining is approximately 40.3% (188 million gallons)

         Approximately 73 days of water supply remaining (at Capacity Use specified release rate)

         Eno River Capacity Use Restrictions have been at Stage IV since 10/3/05, but will become Stage V on or about 10/28/05 absent a significant rainfall event in the next 24 hours.


West Fork Reservoir

         Water level is 2'-2" below full

         Water storage capacity remaining is approximately 92%

         In excess of  300 days of water supply remaining (assuming all Town demand is met by West Fork Reservoir only)


OWASA Reservoirs

         Water level at Cane Creek Reservoir is 6'-10.5" below full

         Water level at University Lake is 5'-9.75" below full

         Total remaining water storage capacity is approximately 63.3%

         In excess of 230 days of water supply remaining


Regional Precipitation Data (inches above [+] or below [-] normal)


         -6.98" for 2005

         -0.65" for October 2005

         -4.09" since September 1, 2005


         -10.67" for 2005

         +0.13" for October 2005

         -3.94" since September 1, 2005

Miscellaneous notes

  1. Eno River Capacity Use Agreement conditions for Stage V include zero release from Lake Orange to maintain instream flow.
  2. Stage V does include a 1.0 cfs release from West Fork Reservoir for instream flow.
  3. Beaver activity and the presence of large quantities of fallen leaves all along the Eno River have caused the formation of a number of very efficient instream catchments.  This, in turn, compounds difficulties in the process of maintaining and quantifying instream flow.

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