Orange County Board of Commissioners

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Regular Meeting
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
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


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

(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

4.  County Manager's Report

5.  Items for Decision--Consent Agenda

a.      Minutes

The Board will consider correcting and/or approving the minutes for May 16 and June 8, 15, 22, and 27 of 2006 as submitted by the Clerk to the Board. 

b.      Appointments - None

c.       Classification Plan Amendment - Add Class of Policy and Compliance Office

The Board will consider amending the Orange County Classification and Pay Plan by adding a new class of Policy and Compliance Officer at Salary Grade 27.  The salary range for Salary Grade 27 is $63,120 - $100,906. 

d.      Continuation Agreement with the Town of Chapel Hill for Senior Recreation Services

The Board will consider approving a continuation Agreement with the Town of Chapel Hill to provide funding in the amount of $46,697 for senior recreation programs on behalf of the Town's Parks and Recreation Department and authorize the Manager to sign the Agreement with the Town of Chapel Hill. 

e.      Agreement Renewal with Respite Care Providers and the Department on Aging

The Board will consider authorizing renewal agreements with respite care providers with the Department on Aging and authorize the Manager to sign the agreements. 

f.        Resolution for Financing Related to Carrboro High School

The Board will consider adopting a resolution required by the North Carolina Local Government Commission (LGC) for approval of the acquisition of financing needed to complete construction of the new Carrboro High School. 

g.      Bid Award: Articulated Dump Truck for Solid Waste

The Board will consider awarding a bid for an Articulated Dump Truck for Solid Waste at a total cost of $346,043 from Gregory Poole of Raleigh, North Carolina and authorize the Purchasing Director to execute the necessary paperwork. 

h.      Bid Award: Hydraulic Excavator for Solid Waste

The Board will consider awarding a bid for a Hydraulic Excavator for Solid Waste at a total cost of $270,277from Gregory Poole of Raleigh, North Carolina and authorize the Purchasing Director to execute the necessary paperwork. 

i.        Approval of Fiscal Year 2006-07 County and School Capital Project Ordinances

j.        Budget Amendment #2

The Board will consider approving budget ordinance and grant project ordinance amendments for fiscal year 2006-07. 

k.      Orange County Public Safety Volunteers Recognition

The Board will consider approving plans to recognize the thirteen (13) volunteer fire and rescue departments and the ham radio operators serving Orange County. 

l.        North Carolina Governor's Awards and Orange County Key Volunteer Recognition

The Board will consider recognizing the North Carolina Governor's Award/Key Volunteers at the televised November 14, 2006 BOCC regular meeting. 

6.  Resolutions or Proclamations

a.         Resolution Honoring Turnabout Goat Farm

The Board will consider recognizing Turnabout Goat Farm, recently named North Carolina Meat Goat Association's 2005 Breeder of the Year for Percentage Goats. 

b.         Resolution of Commendation for Deputy London Ivey and Mr. Russ LeBlanc

The Board will consider a resolution of commendation for Sheriff's Deputy London Ivey and Orange High School Driver's Education Instructor Russ LeBlanc for their courage and heroism in protecting the lives of Orange High School students and staff and authorize the Chair to sign the resolution. 

c.         Resolution of Approval and Acceptance of Grant - Agricultural Conservation Easement with Vickie and David McKee

The Board will consider a resolution to approve the acceptance by Orange County of an agricultural conservation easement from Vickie and David McKee and the acceptance of a grant from the federal Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program and authorize the Chair and Clerk to sign, subject to final review by staff and County Attorney. 

7.  Special Presentations

a.         Piedmont Electric Request for an Expedited Review of a Replacement Tower

The Board will consider approving a request from Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation (PEMC) for an expedited review of a replacement tower, set a public hearing date, and approve the legal ad for a public hearing to be held on October 3, 2006 for a Planned Development amendment with a Class "A" Special Use Permit modification. 

8.  Public Hearings

9.  Items for Decision--Regular Agenda

a.      County-Funded Sustainable Design Elements for Community College Campus Building

The Board will consider authorizing the expenditure of funds for sustainable design elements for the Durham Technical Community College (DTCC), Satellite Campus Building One; and authorize staff to notify DTCC of the contract amendments details. 

b.      Proposed Changes to Fairview Master Plan from Town of Hillsborough

The Board will consider proposed changes to the Fairview Public Campus Master Plan received from the Town of Hillsborough. 

c.      BOCC District Elections Education Process

The Board will consider tools and process to increase public awareness of the November 7, 2006 District Election Referendum. 

d.      Westhampton - Preliminary Plan

The Board will consider the Preliminary Plan and Resolution of Approval for Westhampton Subdivision. 

e.      Legal Advertisement for Joint Planning Public Hearing - October 19, 2006

The Board will consider the legal advertisement for items to be presented at the Joint Planning Area Public Hearing scheduled for October 19, 2006. 

f.       Lands Legacy Action Plan for FY 2006-08

The Board will consider adoption of the Lands Legacy Action Plan for fiscal years 2006-07 and 2007-08. 

10.  Reports

11.  Closed Session

"To discuss the County's position and to instruct the County Manager and County Attorney on the negotiating position regarding the terms of a contract to purchase real property," NCGS 143-318.11(a)(5).

12.  Adjournment

Orange County water supply reservoir water levels  

Available information as of 10:00 AM, Thursday, September 7, 2006 

Lake Orange 

        Water level is 18.5" below full.

        Water storage capacity remaining is 84.8% (406 million gallons)

        Approximately 126 days of water supply remaining (at Capacity Use specified release rate)

        Current Eno River flow at the Hillsborough gage is averaging approximately 3.5 cfs (2.26 million gallons per day).

        Eno flow levels are currently well below historical median flows (approximately 10 cfs) and have been for the last two weeks.  Controlled releases for instream flow from both  the Lake Orange and West Fork reservoirs are maintaining streamflow at the current level. 

        Eno River Capacity Use Restrictions at Stage 1 have been in effect since August 5, 2006.

West Fork Reservoir  

        Water level is at 7" below full

        Water storage capacity remaining is 98%  

        In excess of 300 days of water supply remaining (assuming Town's current daily demand and releases for streamflow augmentation)


OWASA Reservoirs                           

        Water level at Cane Creek Reservoir is 20.8" below full

        Water level at University Lake is 12.0" below full

        Total remaining water storage capacity is approximately 90.4%

        Approximately 330 days of water supply remaining (at current 7-day average daily demand [9.1 million gallons per day])


National Weather Service/NOAA Regional Precipitation data (inches above [+] or below normal)


RDU                                                                                       Piedmont-Triad 

-6.34" for 2005                                                                      -9.94" for 2005

+4.36" since January 1, 2006                                              +3.85" since January 1, 2006

+4.30" since September 1, 2006                                        +0.86" since September 1, 2006


Miscellaneous notes

The NC Drought Management Advisory Council drought map, updated September 5th, shows Orange County to be in the area (basically all of the state with the exception of the Coastal Plain) categorized as "abnormally dry".  

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