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April 2014


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Media Contact

Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners

Phone: 919-245-2130





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 16, 2014)— Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following special meetings. 

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will hold two closed sessions.  The first will take place on Monday, April 21, 2014, starting at 2:00 p.m. at the Franklin Hotel, 311 W. Franklin Street in Chapel Hill and the second will be on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at the Siena Hotel, 1505 E. Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. 

The purpose of the meetings is “to consider the qualifications, competence, performance, character, fitness, conditions of appointment, or conditions of initial employment of an individual public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee;” NCGS § 143-318.11(a)(6).


Reuse Rodeo

Media Contact

Gayle Wilson, Director

Orange County Solid Waste Management

Phone: 919.968.2885





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April14, 2014)—The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department is promoting reuse and supporting local non-profits!


If you are moving or cleaning things out, considering bringing used, but useful items to this special collection that will benefit local non-profits, reduce waste and support reuse in our community!

The Spring Move Out Reuse Rodeo is taking place from Wednesday, April 30 – Saturday, May 3, from 9:00 a.m. ‐ 2:00 p.m. at the Hargrave’s Center “lower lot” on Mitchell Lane, in Chapel Hill.


Review the following list and bring your items to benefit non‐profit groups!


PTA Thrift Store and local schools:

• Clean clothing, belts, bags, shoes and accessories

• Small appliances: toasters, microwaves, blenders, heaters (must be in working order)

• Housewares: shelving, lamps, area rugs, dish sets, sheets

• Furniture in good condition


Too large to move?  Call the PTA Thrift store at 919.417.0553t o make a pick up appointment for large items and furniture

BacktoSchool for kids at the Hargrave’s Center:

• Blank notebooks and binders

• Unused paper of all colors and types

• Lightly used book bags

• Calculators

• Pens, pencils, erasers, glue sticks, and other unused school supplies

The InterFaith Council:

• Clean, reusable cloth bags

• Unopened cans and boxes of food

• Unopened personal hygiene products (shampoo, lotion, feminine products)


Compass Center for Women and Families:

• Cell phones (with chargers if possible)


Electronics equipment, such as computers, TVs and stereos:

• The equipment will be triaged, donated or recycled


If it is not on this list, do not bring it to the collection. Do not leave items here before or after collection hours. The goal is to reduce move‐out waste and support local re‐users. Volunteers will be on hand to assist with unloading.


For more information, please call 919.968.2788 or send an e-mail to




Orange County to Observe Good Friday

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 10, 2014)—Orange County will close its administrative offices on Friday, April 18, in observance of Good Friday and the Easter holiday.

The County offices will re-open and all employees will return on Monday, April 21, and resume regular business hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, exceptions apply to the following County departments or services.


The Orange County Main Library, Carrboro Branch Library and Cybrary will be open during regular hours on Saturday, April 19. However, all three locations will be closed on Friday, April 18, and Sunday, April 20.

Animal Services

The Animal Services facility will be open on Saturday, April 19, from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and closed on Sunday, April 20. All 9-1-1 calls for emergency animal control services will be answered on a 24-hour schedule from Friday - Sunday.

Health Department

The Orange County Health Department clinics and administrative offices will be closed on Friday, April 18, and will reopen and resume regular hours on Monday, April 21.



Little River Regional Park and Natural Area will be open on Friday – Sunday from 8:00 a.m.  – 7:00 p.m. however,  the Gym at Central Recreation Center will be closed on Friday, April 18.

Senior Centers

The Seymour Center and the Central Orange Senior Center will be open during regular hours on Saturday, April 19. Both locations will be closed on Sunday, April 20.

Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Center will be closed on Friday, April 18, but will be open on Saturday, April 19, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Orange Public Transportation will operate the dialysis routes on Friday, April 18.


Recycling, Landfill, and Solid Waste Convenience Centers

The Orange County Solid Waste Administrative Office, located at 1207 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill, will be closed on Friday, April 18.

Curbside recycling will be collected as regularly scheduled on Friday, April 18.  If your regular recycling day is on Friday, please be sure to have your bins to the curb by 7:00 a.m. or put them out the night before. 

The Orange County Landfill and its regular operations, such as Mulch Sales and the Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be CLOSED on Friday, April 18.

Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be OPEN on Friday, April 18.  They will be CLOSED on Sunday, April 20.  

In the case of an overflowing recycling site, please do not leave recyclable items on the ground, instead report this by calling 919.968.2788 or send an e-mail to



County Qualifies for Federal Storm Funds

Media Contact

Jim Groves, Director

Orange County Emergency Services

Phone: 919.245.6100






ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 7, 2014)—Orange County is among nine central North Carolina counties to receive federal financial assistance requested by Governor Pat McCrory to recover some of the costs associated with the March 6-7 winter storm. That storm brought ice, sleet, freezing rain and high winds to the Triad and Virginia border counties.

Damage assessment teams estimate the ice storm response and recovery cost state and local governments $26.9 million. The federal money could pay up to 75 percent of the costs of emergency protective measures, repairs to local electric cooperatives infrastructure and tree and limb debris removal.


“The last winter storm wreaked havoc across the state, with the Triad and Virginia border counties receiving the brunt of damages,” Governor McCrory said. “We want to thank our federal partners for recognizing the seriousness of the winter weather North Carolina has seen this year, along with the help it will provide those still dealing with damage. This federal assistance will help the most impacted counties and electric co-ops recover some of the funds used to restore power, remove debris and repair damaged facilities.”

Governor McCrory requested the federal funds to defray storm response and recovery costs. The counties eligible for public assistance are Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Granville, Guilford, Orange, Person, and Randolph Counties.  All counties are eligible to apply for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.


County Accepting Photo Entries

Media Contact

Beth Young, Communications Manager 

Orange County Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation

Phone: 919.245.2518




ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 7, 2014)—The Orange County Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation (DEAPR) will host its third annual Nature of Orange photography contest.

The contest is co-sponsored by the Orange County Commission for the Environment, and the Orange County Parks and Recreation Council. The goal of the contest is to inspire exploration, celebration and appreciation of Orange County’s diverse landscapes and outdoor experiences.

“The Nature of Orange” Photography Contest challenges photographers to capture the beauty of Orange County’s wildlife, waterways, natural resources, and people connecting with their environment.  Photos will be judged by professional artists who will award first, second and third place winners from both the youth and the adult divisions.

Winners will receive a cash award ($100 first place, $75 second place and $50 third place), a certificate, and recognition by the Orange County Board of Commissioners.   

The deadline for photo submission is Friday May, 16. 

For rules and entry forms, please visit the DEAPR breaking news section at


County Shred-a-Thons

Media Contact

Muriel Williman

Orange County Solid Waste Management

Phone: 919.968.2788





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 7, 2014)—Orange County Solid Waste Management Department is sponsoring two free Shred-A-Thons in cooperation with University Mall and local law enforcement.

Orange County residents and small businesses (including those in the Town of Chapel Hill within Durham County), and local government employees who work for the County or the Town of Carrboro, Chapel Hill or Hillsborough may securely destroy their personal confidential documents at no cost.  

Both events are from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and will take place at the following locations:

  • Thursday, April 24
    University Mall, at Estes and Willow Drive, Chapel Hill
  • Saturday, April 26
    Hampton Pointe 24-hour Recycling Drop-off Site, Hillsborough  
    (behind Home Depot, Hwy 86)

There is a limit of five “banker-box” sized boxes or five large bags of paper per person, and a limit of one trip/person or business.

Please remove any non-paper materials prior to bringing loads to the event, such as plastic binders, plastic folders, metal tabs, laminated paper, computer disks, or other electronic media.  The shredded paper will be recycled, so we want to keep it clean!

Shredding takes place on-site in full view of people delivering paper. 


County Early Voting Sites

Media Contact

Tracy Reams, Director

Orange County Board of Elections

Phone: 919.245.2350






ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 7, 2014)—The Orange county Board of Elections is preparing for the Primary election. Orange County residents who wish to vote early in the May 6, 2014, Election may choose from one of five sites. 

During its meeting on March 24, 2014, the State Board of Elections approved five early voting sites submitted by the Orange County Board of Elections.

The sites include: Carrboro Town Hall, Master’s Garden Preschool, N.C. Hillel, Seymour Senior Center, and the Board of Elections office.

The Board of Elections office located at 208 S. Cameron Street in Hillsborough will be open Thursday, April 24 - Saturday, May 3, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Carrboro Town Hall: 301 W. Main Street, Carrboro

Master’s Garden Preschool: 7500 Schley Road, Hillsborough

N.C. Hillel located at 210 W. Cameron Avenue, Chapel Hill

Seymour Senior Center: 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill

These locations will be open Thursday, April 24 - Saturday, May 3 as follows:

Monday - Thursdays: 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Fridays: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The registration deadline to vote at a one-stop site and on Election Day is Friday, April 11, 2014. 

On Election Day, May 6, all polling sites will be open from 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

For sample ballots, candidate lists and other election information, please visit\elect or call 919.245.2350.