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County Identifies Inactive Voters

Media Contact:

Tracy Reams, Director

Board of Elections

Phone: 919.245.2350      

treams@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS TO IDENTIFY INACTIVE REGISTERED VOTERS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 19, 2014)—The Orange County Board of Elections will begin mailing no-contact address confirmation voter cards on Monday, December 29.

These cards will be sent to a total of 12,992 registered voters who have made no contact, since the last two federal general elections. The cards will help to identify those persons who have moved outside of the county and who may no longer be eligible to vote using their existing voter registration record. 

To ensure an accurate and current voter registration roll, it is vital the voter card not be discarded should you receive a card in the name of a person who does not live at the address listed on the card.  Simply write “not at this address” and return it. No postage is required. 

In accordance with N.C. General Statute 163-82.14, List Maintenance is conducted each year, following a federal general election to identify those active registered voters who have had no contact with the county board office, since the registration cut-off of the federal general election prior to the last federal general election, which is October 12, 2012.

The address confirmation card includes a postage paid return card and requires a response from the voter.  If the address confirmation card is returned by the U.S. Postal Service as undeliverable, or the return card is not returned at all within 30 days of the date the card was sent, the registrant will be listed as inactive. 

Inactive voters whose address is not verifiable using the U.S. Postal Service, will remain on the list of registered voters for a period scanning two federal general elections.  If there is no contact from the inactive registrant during the inactive period through two federal elections, the registrant is removed from the list of registered voters.

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CERT Training Spring 2015

Media Contact:

Josh Hollingsworth

Orange County Emergency Services

Phone: 919.245.6138

jhollingsworth@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY ANNOUNCES SPRING TRAINING: CERT PROGRAM

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 18, 2014)—Orange County Emergency Services reminds residents that the next disaster cannot be predicted, but being prepared is the key! 

All neighborhoods should be ready. Emergency Services is hosting a comprehensive Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training Course.  The nine week training will take place on Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., beginning on March 3, 2015. The registration deadline is February 23, 2015.

The course is offered free of charge to those who live in Orange County, and course materials will be provided.  The training will be held at the Orange County Emergency Services office located at 510 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough. All residents are encouraged to participate, but those younger than 18-years-old, must obtain parental or guardian permission to attend this important and valuable training.

The Orange County CERT program teaches residents basic skills on how to deliver emergency response in their neighborhood for the first 72-hours following a disaster. These residents are encouraged to form a community-based team that will be able to work together in times of disaster. 

Topics covered in the CERT Basic Course include:  disaster preparedness, fire safety, basic disaster medical operations, along with several other important modules designed to assist communities in disasters.  Anyone who lives in Orange County is encouraged to become part of the Orange County CERT program.

Along with acquiring valuable skills to use in local communities, team members will also have the option to participate in volunteer opportunities around Orange County. Following the basic course, additional training will be made available to those who want to advance their skills. CERT members also have opportunities to participate in meetings, disaster simulations and drills with others in the community.

The course will be open to the first 25 registrants on a first-come, first serve basis, as space is limited.  Participants are encouraged to register on the North Carolina Training and Exercise Management System (TERMS) by February 23, 2015, to ensure classroom space and materials will be available. 

For more information about this training, please visit www.readyorange.org and click on the CERT Program link to view the training calendar and a link to the registration page.

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Christmas Hours

Media Contact:

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO CLOSE OFFICES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 16, 2014)—Orange County will close its administrative offices from Wednesday, December 24 – Friday, December 26, in observance of the Christmas holiday.

The County offices will re-open and all employees will return on Monday, December 29, and resume regular business hours from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The County offices will close again on Thursday, January 1, in observance of New Year’s Day. Employees will return on Friday, January 2, and resume regular business hours from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Animal Services

The Animal Services facility will be closed from Wednesday, December 24 – Friday, December 26, and will also be closed on New Year’s Day.  All 9-1-1 calls for emergency animal control services will be answered on dates the Animal Services Center is closed. The after-hours drop location will also be open and checked daily throughout the holidays.

 

Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Center will be closed on December 24, 25, 26, and January 1. The center will be open all other days during the weeks of December 22 and 29, including Saturday, December 27, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 3, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

Health Department

The Orange County Health Department will be closed from Wednesday, December 24 – Friday, December 26, in observance of the Christmas holiday. Regular clinic hours and administrative functioning will resume on Monday, December 29. Meantime, please call 919.245.2400 to learn whom to contact in case of an emergency or to report a communicable disease.

Library

The Main Library, the Carrboro Branch Library and the Cybrary will be closed from Wednesday, December 24 – Friday, December 26. However, the Main Library, Carrboro McDougle and Cybrary will reopen on Saturday, December 27, during regular weekend hours. The Main Library and Carrboro Branch Library will close early at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31, and all three locations will remain closed on Thursday, January 1.

 

Orange Public Transportation (OPT)

OPT administrative and dispatch offices will be closed on Wednesday, December 24 – Friday, December 26, and again on Thursday, January 1. 

OPT will operate only Carolina Dialysis, the in-county dialysis route, on Wednesday, December 24, Friday, December 26, and Thursday, January 1. Full service will operate Monday, December 29 – Wednesday, December 31, and on Friday, January 2.

Advance notice is required to schedule trips; therefore requests for Monday, December 30, must be received by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 22. Requests for Tuesday, December 30, must be received by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 23.

Requests for Friday, January 2, must be received by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 30. Requests for Monday, January 5, must be received by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31.

 

Parks

Little River Park is closed on December 24 and 25. The Central Recreation Center is also closed from Wednesday, December 24 – Friday, December 26, and on New Year’s Day.

The Central Recreation Open Gym will not host Basketball and Badminton on Friday, December 19.  However, the movie Frozen will be shown on that day at 6:30 p.m. Tae Kwon Do classes and the preschool holiday party will also take place on the same day.

Senior Centers

The Central Orange Senior Center will be closed from December 24 - December 27. The center will close at 5:00 p.m. on December 30 and 31. The facility will also be closed on New Year’s Day.

The Seymour Center will be closed from December 24 – 26, and on January 1.

Solid Waste

Christmas Schedule
Curbside recycling is cancelled for Thursday, December 25.  The make-up day for Christmas Day only will be on Saturday, December 27.  Please place recycling bins at the curb by 7:00 a.m. 

Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be closed on Thursday, December 25. Regular hours will resume on Friday, December 26.

Orange County Landfill and all associated services, such as mulch will be closed from Wednesday, December 24 - Friday, December 26. Regular hours will resume on Saturday, December 27.

Solid Waste Administrative Offices will be closed Wednesday, December 24 - Friday, December 26. Regular hours will resume on Monday, December 29.

 

New Year’s Schedule

Curbside recycling is cancelled for Thursday, January 1. The make-up day for New Year’s Day will be on Saturday, January 3. Please place recycling bins at the curb by 7:00 a.m. 

 

Orange County Landfill, Solid Waste Convenience Centers, and the Administrative Office will be closed on Thursday, January 1. Regular hours will resume on Friday, January 2. 

Change of schedule related to inclement weather events are posted on the Solid Waste Web page at www.orangecountync.gov/recycling/weather.asp and telephone recorded message at 919.968.2788.

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Waste Reduction

Media Contact:

Gayle Wilson, Director

Orange County Solid Waste Management

Phone: 919.968.2788

recycling@orangecountync.gov  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY EXCEEDS WASTE REDUCTION GOAL, REACHING 64%

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 11, 2014)—The State of North Carolina reported the amount of waste landfilled per person that originated in Orange County was measured at 0.49 tons per person in fiscal year 2013-14.

This is a 64% reduction when compared with the base year of 1991-92 tonnage of 1.36 tons per person. For the first time, this exceeds the 61% reduction goal, set in 1997 as part of the state-required Solid Waste Plan. This measurement includes all types of solid waste from all sources within Orange County, regardless of landfill destination.

“When the 61% goal was established, many considered it overly ambitious compared to the state’s 40% statutory goal, plus no other county set a goal higher than that,” said Gayle Wilson, director of Orange County Solid Waste.

“The County and its three towns set the goal based on the amount of recyclables contained in the waste stream at that time and also increased the goal further to compensate for prior reductions that had taken place not due to County actions. Over the years the governments have re-affirmed the goal and continued to work on it together.”

Waste reduction rates in neighboring counties include: Alamance = 23%, Chatham = 41%, Durham = 13%, and Wake = 29%. 

“This achievement is a credit to all the residents and businesses of Orange County who recycle so much so diligently and constantly.  For many years, our elected boards have invested in and supported waste reduction and recycling because it’s in line with the values of this County and something the public wants,” said Commissioner Chair Earl McKee.

“Our staff and contractors do a great job picking up and processing the thousands of tons of materials set out each year. Each ton we recycle is a ton that is not landfilled and that ton is one we don’t pay to dispose of.”

To view the full report of all NC counties’ current and past waste reduction rates, please visit http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/wm/sw/swmar

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Sportsplex Holiday Events

Media Contact:

Robin Zwilling

Marketing and Membership Director

Phone: 919.644.0339

www.oc-sportsplex.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY SPORTSPLEX IS READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 10, 2014)—The Orange County Sportsplex invites the community to  enjoy the holiday cheer as skaters young and old take to the ice in The Nutcracker on Ice.

Performance dates are on Friday, December 19, at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 20, at 12:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the front desk or at www.oc-sportsplex.com

 

Skating with Santa

For those who want to catch a glimpse of the jolly white-haired man in the bright red suit, rumor has it he will be on the ice at the SportsPlex on Sunday, December 21, from 12:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Enjoy Skating with Santa and be sure to share any last minute requests with Saint Nick.

Slap Shots at Santa

The SportsPlex is also hosting two public skating session. Slap Shots at Santa will take place on Saturday, December 20, from 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, December 21, from 2:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Take a shot at scoring a goal, while Santa plays goalie. This is open to all ages and prizes will be awarded.

Public Skate Admission

Adults = $6.50

Child Admission (12 and younger) = $5.50

1 Free skate rental, during the holiday season

12 Days of Fitness

Stay healthy and fit during your holiday celebrations. The Orange County SportsPlex fitness department is hosting a free fitness event. The 12 Days of Fitness is sure to keep you focused on staying fit throughout the holidays. For more information or to sign up, please call Susan Clayton at 919.644.0339.

For more information about these and other events taking place at the SportsPlex, please call Robin Zwilling at 919.644.0339.

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PLANT Workshops

Media Contact:

Michael Lanier

Agricultural Economic Development Agent

Cooperative Extension – Orange County Center

Phone: 919.245.2063

mlanier@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION TO HOST
2015 PLANT@BREEZE FARM WORKSHOP

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 4, 2014)—The Orange County Cooperative Extension will host its 8th annual PLANT (People Learning Agriculture Now for Tomorrow) workshop series.

The workshop begins on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, and consists of eight (3) hour classes taught by local, experienced direct market farmers, as well as Extension Specialists and Field Faculty. The series will focus on topics, such as marketing, business plans, recordkeeping, and production. 

The workshops will take place each Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. until March 4, meeting at the Cooperative Extension Office at 306-E Revere Road in Hillsborough.

This series is geared toward young people with limited resources who are interested in farming, but anyone is welcome to attend. Participation is not limited to Orange County residents.

For more information or to register, please visit http://orange.ces.ncsu.edu/ and click on the 2015 PLANT@Breeze Registration link located under the NEWS heading.  Please submit checks to the address listed on that page.

Persons with disabilities or with limited English proficiency may request accommodations to participate by contacting Mike Lanier at least 90 days prior to the event, at 919.245.2063 or send an e-mail to mlanier@orangecountync.gov or fax 919.644.3067, or in person at the County Extension Office.

Civil Rights Statement
North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran’s status.  In addition, the two universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation.  North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating.

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BOCC

Media Contact:

Donna S. Baker, Clerk to the Board-Orange County Board of Commissioners

919.245.2130

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY BOCC SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 4, 2014)— Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, NCGS § 143-318.12, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following special meeting.  A majority of the Orange County Commissioners may attend this meeting making the event subject to open meetings laws.

A planning meeting has been scheduled for the 2015 Agricultural Summit.  The planning group will meet on Monday, December 8, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at the Cooperative Extension Food Lab in the Environment and Agricultural Center, 306 Revere Road in Hillsborough.  A majority of the Orange County Board of Commissioners may attend this event.

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County Launches OC Alerts

Media Contact:

Kirby Saunders

Orange County Emergency Services

Phone: 919.245.6135

ksaunders@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY GOVERNMENTS TO LAUNCH NEW PUBLIC ALERT SYSTEM

Community Encouraged to Register for OC Alerts


ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 3, 2014)—Orange County is partnering with the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, and the Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) to introduce OC Alerts, a new community notification system.

OC Alerts, powered by Everbridge, will be used to communicate with businesses and residents who opt into the system. They will be alerted within minutes of an emergency or non-emergency event as well as receiving life-saving public service announcements.

The public can register for OC Alerts beginning today. Residents who register by Friday, December 5, will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a free National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio.

With the OC Alerts system, messages can be sent via cell phone, landline phone, e-mail, text messaging, fax, pager, etc. Residents can register to be alerted about severe weather, fires, floods, toxic spills, violent crimes, road closures and OWASA’s water/sewer notices.

Residents and businesses currently listed in the Orange County 9-1-1 database will be automatically subscribed to receive OC Alerts by landline, although anyone can register, provide additional contact information or opt out.

Citizens are strongly encouraged to register, so they can receive OC Alerts by cell phone, texts, e-mail, etc. as well as by landlines.

“OC Alerts is much more robust and flexible than Code Red, our previous mass communication tool,” said Kirby Saunders, emergency management coordinator for Orange County. “Residents can control what notifications they want to receive, how they want to receive them and when they want to be notified.”

Residents who create a free account can utilize a free Android or iPhone application that will allow for two-way communication with emergency managers.

“We are committed to protecting our residents and visitors from danger that threatens our community. The ability to quickly reach as many people as possible in order to warn them and provide guidance is critical to upholding that commitment,” added Saunders.

For more information or to register for OC Alerts, please visit https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611768#/signup or visit www.readyorange.org and click on the OC Alerts link.

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BOCC

Media Contact:

Donna S. Baker, Clerk to the Board-Orange County Board of Commissioners

Phone: 919.245.2130

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 EARL MCKEE ELECTED CHAIR OF THE ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 2, 2014)— On Monday, December 1, 2014, during the annual Board organizational meeting, the Orange County Board of Commissioners elected Earl McKee as Chair of the Board of Commissioners for the year 2015.  Immediately afterwards, Bernadette Pelissier was elected Vice-Chair.   

Chair McKee was elected to the Orange County Board of Commissioners in 2010 and served as Vice-Chair in 2013 and 2014.  Vice-Chair Pelissier was elected to the Board in 2008 and served as Chair in 2011 and 2012.  

Prior to the organizational meeting vote, Mia Burroughs was sworn in as a new Orange County Commissioner filling the seat vacated by Alice Gordon.  Re-elected Commissioners Barry Jacobs and Earl McKee were also sworn in. 

Commissioners Mark Dorosin, Renee Price and Penny Rich continue to serve on the Board. 

Additional information on the Board is available on the Orange County website.  http://orangecountync.gov/occlerks/bocc.asp

All Board members may be reached using the single email address, ocbocc@orangecountync.gov .

 

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County Observes Thanksgiving

Media Contact:

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO CLOSE OFFICES FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 24, 2014)—Orange County will close its administrative offices on Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The County offices will re-open and all employees will return on Monday, December 1, and resume regular business hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Please be advised of the operating hours for the following Orange County departments or services.


Orange County Public Libraries (OCPL)

The OCPL Main Library and Carrboro Branch will close at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26. All Orange County Public Library locations will be closed on Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28.

Animal Services

The Animal Services Department will be closed on Thursday and Friday, but any 9-1-1 calls for emergency animal control services will be answered on a 24-hour schedule on those days. The after-hours drop location will also be open and checked throughout both days, as usual.  The Animal Services Center will be open for regular business on Saturday, November 29.

Health Department

The Orange County Health Department clinics and administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28, and will reopen and resume regular hours on Monday, December 1.

 

Parks

All Orange County Parks and Recreation facilities are closed Thanksgiving Day.  The Central Recreation Center Gym will be closed November 24 - December 5, and will reopen on December 8.  Little River Regional Park will reopen on Friday, November 28, at 8:00 a.m.     

Senior Centers

The Seymour Center and the Central Orange Senior Center will be closed at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26 through Friday, November 28. Both centers will reopen and resume regular hours on Saturday, November 29.

Orange Public Transportation (OPT)

OPT administrative and dispatch offices are closed on Thursday and Friday.  OPT will operate limited service serving the in-county dialysis route only (Carolina Dialysis) on Friday, November 28, and Saturday, November 29. Full service will resume on Monday, December 1.

Trip requests for Monday, December 1, must be received by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25. Trip requests for Tuesday, December 2, must be received by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26.

Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Center will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28, but will be open on Saturday, November 29, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

Recycling, Landfill, and Solid Waste Convenience Centers

Curbside recycling will not be collected on Thanksgiving Day.  The make-up day for Thanksgiving is on Saturday, November 29.  Residents who would normally receive curbside recycling pick-up on Thursday, November 27, should have their recycling bins and carts at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 29, or put them out the night before. 

Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be closed on November 27.  Normal hours of operation will resume on Friday, November 28.  

The Orange County Construction and Demolition Landfill, and all associated services, such as mulch sales and the Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Eubanks Road will be closed on November 27 and 28. Normal hours will resume on Saturday, November 29.

The Orange County Solid Waste Management Administrative office located at 1207 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill will be closed November 27 and 28.Normal hours of operation will resume on Monday, December 1.

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Toy Chest Volunteers Needed

Media Contact:

Rebekah Rapoza

Department of Social Services 

Phone: 919.245.2869

rrapoza@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY SEEKS DONATIONS & VOLUNTEERS: ANNUAL TOY CHEST

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 20, 2014)–The Orange County Department of Social Services is requesting donations and is in need of volunteers for its annual Toy Chest. This marks the seventh year the County will partner with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

The 2014 Toy Chest will take place in Hillsborough at the Department of Social Services office from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 20, and Sunday, December 21.

 

This event provides low income families with an opportunity to celebrate the holiday season by providing their children with new toys, thanks to the support and generosity of fellow Orange County residents. Toy donations are needed for kids ranging in age from infants to 18-years-old.

Donations can be made online at Hillsorough-nc.toysfortots.org or communigift.com/toysfortots

Collection boxes are available at various locations throughout Orange County and the public can fill these boxes, until Friday, December 19.

Other ways the community can support the effort include: volunteer to work the event, Spanish-speaking volunteers are needed, agree to provide a collection site, host an event that benefits the Toy Chest, or make a cash donation. Checks should be made out to Orange County DSS.

The Department of Social Services is located in the Hillsborough Commons shopping plaza at 113 Mayo Street in Hillsborough.

For more information, please call Kysha Thompson at 919.245.2796. To host a benefit event, please e-mail Caraina Garris at cgarris@orangecountync.gov or call 919.245.2795.

 

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BOCC

Media Contact:

Donna S. Baker, Clerk to the Board-Orange County Board of Commissioners

919.245.2130

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY BOCC SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 14, 2014)— Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, NCGS § 143-318.12, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following special meeting.  A majority of the Orange County Commissioners may attend this meeting making the event subject to open meetings laws.

The Elected Officials Library Work Group will meet on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Whitted Building in the BOCC Office, 300 W. Tryon Street in Hillsborough.  A majority of the Orange County Board of Commissioners may attend this event.

 

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Recycle 25

Media Contact:

Muriel Williman

Orange County Solid Waste

Phone: 919.968.2788

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

HONORING 25 YEARS OF RECYCLING IN ORANGE COUNTY

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 14, 2014)— Twenty-five years ago this fall Orange County and its municipalities launched curbside recycling in all three towns – Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough.  While there had been a drop-off site program and other publicly funded efforts for more than two years preceding the launch of curbside, 1989 could be said to mark our transition to ‘serious’ recycling joining the ranks of other early adopters of broadly based around the nation.

Thus we use this twenty-fifth anniversary celebration as a time to mark TWENTY-FIVE program accomplishments and benchmarks that we can celebrate as part of our success in reducing waste landfilled and making the transition towards a materials management program instead of just solid waste management.

  1. 1989 - Distribution of over 12,000 blue bins to all single family homes throughout Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough to launch the weekly curbside recycling program
  2. 1990 - First comprehensive waste composition study at the Orange County Landfill conducted to see ‘what’s in our garbage’
  3. 1992 - Pilot rural curbside recycling and downtown Chapel Hill ‘bar glass’ recycling programs began
  4. 1993 - Creation of County-wide system of staffed Solid Waste Convenience Centers for management of residential waste and recycling, closing 19 unstaffed ‘green box’ sites
  5. 1994 - Initiation of apartment complex recycling program and beginning of County-wide comprehensive solid waste planning process
  6. 1995 - Chapel Hill Solid Waste Management Department created to manage recycling program and landfill facilities
  7. 1995 - Pilot food waste recovery program contracted to two small hog farmers
  8. 1996 - Unlined landfill closed and modern lined landfill constructed and opened
  9. 1996 - Ban on landfilling commercial corrugated cardboard enacted in Orange County
  10. 1996 - Four-county (Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake) cooperative household hazardous waste program began and Orange County builds permanent hazardous waste drop-off site
  11. 1997 - Planning process results in County wide adoption of 61% waste reduction goal
  12. 1998 - Food waste collection expands using large scale composting contractor for collection
  13. 2000 - Orange County takes over operation of landfill and recycling from Town of Chapel Hill and creates inter-local agreement to manage program
  14. 2002 - Orange County achieves 45% waste reduction, the first County in North Carolina to surpass State’s goal of 40% waste reduction
  15. 2002 - Regulated Recyclable Materials Ordinance initiated to require solid waste plan of all new development and banning cardboard, scrap metal and clean wood from disposal
  16. 2002 - First electronics recycling drop-off events in Orange County
  17. 2003 - Conversion of Household Hazardous Waste collection from once a month to four days per week operation
  18. 2004 - Conversion of electronics recycling program to permanent drop-off site, eventually expanding to six locations county-wide
  19. 2004 - Three R recycling fee initiated to ensure comprehensive, predictable, and  equitable financing of recycling programs
  20. 2006 - Addition of mixed paper to curbside recycling and apartments, conversion to 2-stream recycling instead of source separated program
  21. 2006 - Corrugated cardboard banned from residential waste
  22. 2012 - Conversion to single stream recycling, leads to overall 16% increase in curbside recycling collection
  23. 2012 - County reaches 59% waste reduction, highest in the State
  24. 2013 - Orange County MSW Landfill closes, and landfill gas recovery program begins in conjunction with UNC
  25. 2014 - Conversion of urban curbside recycling to roll carts leads to 29% increase in recycling collection, and planning for (voluntary) conversion of rural program to roll carts begins

 

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Cane Creek Fire District Rating

Media Contact:

 

Jason B. Shepherd

Orange County Fire Marshal

Phone: 919.245.6151

jshepherd@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY ANNOUNCES CANE CREEK FIRE DISTRICT’S NEW RATING

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 13, 2014)—Orange County Emergency Services is pleased to announce North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin confirmed the Cane Creek Fire District, which is serviced by the Orange Grove Volunteer Fire Company, completed its routine inspection and received a 6/9E rating, effective on Sunday, February 1, 2015.

The inspection, conducted by officials with the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM), is required on a regular basis as part of the North Carolina Response Rating System (NCRRS). Among other things, the routine inspections look

for proper staffing levels, sufficient equipment, proper maintenance of equipment, communications capabilities and availability of a water source.

The NCRRS rating system ranges from one (highest) to 10 (not recognized as a certified fire department by the state), with most rural departments falling into the 9S category. While lower ratings do not necessarily indicate poor service, a

higher rating does suggest that a department is overall better equipped to respond to fires in its district. Higher ratings can also significantly lower homeowners insurance rates in that fire district.

"I would like to congratulate Chief McCauley for his department's performance and for the hard work of all the department members," said Commissioner Goodwin. "The citizens in the Cane Creek Fire District should rest easy knowing they have a fine group of firefighters protecting them and their property in case of an emergency."

State law requires OSFM officials to inspect departments serving districts of 100,000 people or less, which makes up all but six of the state's fire districts.

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Library Holiday Drive

Media Contact:

Lucinda Munger, Director

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2525

lmunger@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST ‘FOOD AND TOYS FOR FINES’
LIBRARY HOLIDAY DRIVE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 11, 2014)—Orange County Public Library (OCPL) invites customers to reduce or eliminate their library fines, while making the season bright for fellow County residents.

From November 17 - December 12, all OCPL locations will accept non-perishable food item and toy donations in exchange for reduced library fines.

For each non-perishable food item donated, $1 will be deducted from a customer’s library fine balance. Canned pet food may also be donated. Food donations will directly benefit County residents in need.

Library customers can also donate a new, unwrapped toy in its original packaging in exchange for eliminating all library fines.  The toys will be donated to the Toys for Tots/Toy Chest program coordinated by the Orange County Department of Social Services. Food donations will also be distributed through this campaign.

OCPL will also gladly accept food items or toys from anyone, regardless of whether they have library fines.

Donated food or toys cannot be used to reduce fees associated with lost or damaged library materials.

For more information, please visit orangecountync.gov/library

OCPL Locations

  • OCPL Main Library, 137 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough
  • OCPL Carrboro Branch Library, 900 Old Fayetteville Road, Carrboro

(Inside McDougle Middle School)

  • OCPL Cybrary, 100 N. Greensboro Street, Carrboro

(Inside Carrboro Century Center)

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BOCC

Media Contact:

Donna S. Baker, Clerk to the Board-Orange County Board of Commissioners

919.245.2130

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY BOCC SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 11, 2014)— Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, NCGS § 143-318.12, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following special meeting.  A majority of the Orange County Commissioners may attend this meeting making the event subject to open meetings laws.

A planning meeting has been scheduled for the 2015 Agricultural Summit.  The planning group will meet on Monday, November 17, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at the Cooperative Extension Food Lab in the Environment and Agricultural Center, 306 Revere Road in Hillsborough.  A majority of the Orange County Board of Commissioners may attend this event.

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BOCC

Media Contact:

Donna S. Baker, Clerk to the Board-Orange County Board of Commissioners

919.245.2130

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY BOCC MEETING NOTICE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 10, 2014)— Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following meeting. 

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will hold a closed session on Thursday, December 11, 2014, starting at 6:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Link Government Services Center, 200 S. Cameron St. in Hillsborough. 

The purpose of the meeting 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; or to hear or investigate a complaint, charge, or grievance by or against an individual public officer or employee;” NCGS § 143-318.11(a)(6).

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Rogers Road Ribbon Cutting

Media Contact:

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

                                                   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY INVITES PUBLIC TO RIBBON CUTTING:
ROGERS ROAD COMMUNITY CENTER

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 10, 2014)—The Board of Orange County Commissioners (BOCC) invites the community to the Ribbon Cutting for the much anticipated Rogers Road Community Center in Chapel Hill.

The ceremony will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 15. Afterwards, members of the Rogers Eubanks Neighborhood Association will host a Community Celebration from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., including food and entertainment.

Residents, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, community leaders, County staff, and representatives from the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro have been instrumental within the collaboration to bring this project to fruition. This new center offers the community a place to gather, while serving as a learning center and a supervised destination for the youth of the area.

The Rogers Road community has grown and changed with the addition of the Habitat for Humanity Phoenix Place subdivision of 50 homes. This has brought even more diversity to the area and more children who need a safe place to learn and play.

The Rogers Road Community Center is located off of Eubanks Road at 101 Edgar Drive and incorporates the five neighborhoods that make up the Rogers Road Neighborhood.

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Outside Agency Funding

Media Contact:

Clarence Grier, CFO

Financial & Administrative Services 

Phone: 919.245.2450

cgrier@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS:
2015-16 OUTSIDE AGENCY GENERAL FUNDING

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 7, 2014)—The Orange County Finance and Administrative Services Department encourages outside agencies, or non-profits, to submit applications for General Fund appropriations that support the delivery of vital community services.

Beginning on Monday, November 10, 2014, applications for the 2015-16 fiscal year (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016), will be available online at http://www.orangecountync.gov/hsa

Orange County participates in a joint application process with the Towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill; however, each jurisdiction has its own submission process. 

Agencies are also invited to attend an Orientation Meeting that will provide an overview of the application materials and each jurisdiction’s funding process.  This meeting is optional and will take place on Thursday, November 20, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at The Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro Street in Carrboro.

Orange County recognizes and respects the strong network of services provided by non-profit partners.  Many of these organizations help to secure the social safety net for individuals and families stressed by the current economic environment. 

Agencies requesting funds from Orange County should electronically submit applications to the Finance and Administrative Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 23, 2015

The Board of Orange County Commissioners will make all funding decisions by late June 2015. Submission instructions for the Towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill can be found in the Funding Checklist, located on the aforementioned Web site.

For more information, please call Finance and Administrative Services at 919.245.2151.

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Governor's Volunteer Awards

Media Contact:

Janice Tyler, Director

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4255      

jtyler@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR
2015 NC GOVERNOR'S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARDS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 5, 2014)—The Orange County Department on Aging encourages the public to recognize an outstanding volunteer (including volunteer board members) with an award nomination for the Governor's Award and the Key Volunteer of the Year Award.

Qualifying nominees must have volunteered for the organization for at least one year. 

Both the Governor's Award and the Key Volunteer of the Year Awards use the same nomination form. The Volunteer of the Week, featured in the Herald Sun, is selected from these nominations.

Multiple nominations are encouraged; however, please do NOT nominate more than one volunteer in any one category. Through a selection process, 10 nominees from each NC county will be recognized at the Governor’s Awards event and one volunteer from all nominees will be selected for their outstanding community service.

The deadline for submitting nomination forms is on Friday, November 7, 2014. 

Nomination forms are available at http://thevolunteercenter.org/tp42/page.asp?ID=171700 and can be mailed to the attention of Lenore Donaldson at the Volunteer Center, P.O. Box 3374, Durham, NC 27702. 

For more information, please contact Lenore Donaldson at lenore@thevolunteercenter.org or call 919.613.4515.  

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Artists' Salon

Media Contact:

Martha Shannon

Orange County Arts Commission

Phone: 919. 968.2011

mshannon@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST ARTISTS’ SALON

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 4, 2014)—The Orange County Arts Commission will sponsor the next Artists’ Salon on Friday, November 21, 2014.

The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the West End Theatre at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. Light refreshments will be served.

Artists’ Salons are free, for artists of all kinds – performing, visual, literary, whatever! This is an opportunity for artists to meet, network and build a better arts environment for all Orange County artists.

November’s topic is “Growing an Art Business Takes Money – Community Financing Can Help.” The guest presenter will be Carol Peppe Hewitt, a pioneer in local financing.

Carol Peppe Hewitt is a business owner, social entrepreneur and life-long activist. She is cofounder of Slow Money NC, which works to finance North Carolina’s sustainable food and farming economy by connecting individuals committed to building local food systems with entrepreneurs who have compelling needs for capital.

Hewitt is the author of Financing our Foodshed: Growing Local Food with Show Money. She has vast experience with the business side of the arts, through her association with W.M. Hewitt Pottery in Pittsboro.

The purpose of the salon is to bring together artists of all disciplines in a casual setting to share ideas, concerns and information. The Orange County Arts Commission works to not only bring the artistic community together but to facilitate closer ties between artists and the general community. One of the goals of the Orange County Arts Commission is to better serve the needs of artists. Artists often work in isolation and salons can serve as a place to get feedback from peers as well as to share all of the problems and pleasures of being an artist.

The Orange County Arts Commission would like to thank The ArtsCenter for the use of its space for this series.

Please RSVP to the Orange County Arts Commission at 919.968.2011 or send an e-mail to arts@orangecountync.gov

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Free Memory Screenings

Media Contact:

Janice Tyler, Director

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4255      

jtyler@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR
2015 NC GOVERNOR'S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARDS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 5, 2014)—The Orange County Department on Aging encourages the public to recognize an outstanding volunteer (including volunteer board members) with an award nomination for the Governor's Award and the Key Volunteer of the Year Award.

Qualifying nominees must have volunteered for the organization for at least one year. 

Both the Governor's Award and the Key Volunteer of the Year Awards use the same nomination form. The Volunteer of the Week, featured in the Herald Sun, is selected from these nominations.

Multiple nominations are encouraged; however, please do NOT nominate more than one volunteer in any one category. Through a selection process, 10 nominees from each NC county will be recognized at the Governor’s Awards event and one volunteer from all nominees will be selected for their outstanding community service.

The deadline for submitting nomination forms is on Friday, November 7, 2014. 

Nomination forms are available at http://thevolunteercenter.org/tp42/page.asp?ID=171700 and can be mailed to the attention of Lenore Donaldson at the Volunteer Center, P.O. Box 3374, Durham, NC 27702. 

For more information, please contact Lenore Donaldson at lenore@thevolunteercenter.org or call 919.613.4515.  

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