Board of Commissioners Meeting Summary
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017
The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners met Monday, Nov. 13, at the Town Barn, 101 E. Orange St. Following is a brief summary of noteworthy actions. It does not include all actions taken at the meeting and should not be viewed as official minutes.
The following presentations were made:
- Police K-9 Viper was recognized for his years of service and officially retired to live with his handler, Officer 1st Class Michael Toellen. See news release.
- Officer 1st Class Michael Toellen was presented with the Medal of Valor from the Hillsborough Police Department for rescuing a man from a burning car on Aug. 31. See news release on the rescue.
- Assistant to the Town Manager Jen Della Valle presented the board with the Certificate of Achievement Award from the International City/County Management Association. See news release on the award.
The board appointed Max Dowdle to fill an unfinished term on the Historic District Commission, expiring Dec. 31, 2020. Also, the board reappointed Noah Mace, Kate Albrecht and Nancy Taylor to the Parks and Recreation Board for terms that expire Aug. 31, 2020.
The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners expressed concerns about portions of a development being considered by the Orange County Board of Commissioners, which is called Settlers Point. The development is proposed for an area over which the county has planning jurisdiction and for which the town would decide whether to provide water and sewer services.
Specifically, the Hillsborough board is concerned that the county is considering an application which proposes developing the area east of Old N.C. 86 with 76,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space and a 200-room hotel. The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners would like to focus that type of development in spaces available in the Waterstone development, in the Daniel Boone redevelopment and in other available space in town. The board decided Mayor Tom Stevens would speak at an Orange County public hearing on this development, scheduled for Nov. 14.
Utility billing services
Town Manager Eric Peterson reported that the contract with the utility software and customer service provider FATHOM will terminate June 30, 2018, and that the Town of Hillsborough will resume water and sewer billing as of July 1, 2018. He noted that several attachments regarding this item were added to the agenda packet this day including a timeline of the relationship between the service provider and the town, minutes from previous board meetings regarding this topic, and the amendment to the contract with FATHOM. Finance Director Daphna Schwartz reported the town has heard from about 10 vendors who plan to bid on the billing software needed to bring the service back in-house. A request for proposals was posted on Nov. 9.