Board of Commissioners Meeting Summary

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017
Board of Commissioners Meeting Summary
Hillsborough's elected leaders are commissioners Brian Lowen (from left), Kathleen Ferguson and Evelyn Lloyd, Mayor Tom Stevens, and commissioners Jenn Weaver and Mark Bell.

The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners met Monday, Dec. 11, at the Orange County Whitted Human Services Center, 300 W. Tryon 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.

Oaths of Office

Mayor Tom Stevens and commissioners Kathleen Ferguson and Jenn Weaver gave their oaths of office. Stevens is serving his seventh two-year term. Ferguson and Weaver are serving their second four-year terms. Judge Pat DeVine officiated.


The following presentations were made:

  • Orange County Housing Director Sherill Hampton presented the Mobile Home Survey Report and recommendations, which are included in the agenda packet.
  • The town recognized the recent retirement of Lt. Robert “Brad” Whitted, who served with the Hillsborough Police Department for 17 years.
  • Hillsborough Utility System Supervisor Joel Lashley was recognized by the N.C. American Water Works Association-Water Environment Association as its outstanding water distribution operator of the year.
  • Orange County Arts Commission Director Katie Murray presented the study results on arts and economic prosperity, which are included in the agenda packet.
  • Economic Development Planner Shannan Campbell shared the highlights of her quarterly report on economic development in Hillsborough. She noted that the food and beverage tax revenue for Fiscal Year 2017 increased almost 10 percent over the previous fiscal year. Several new businesses have opened or moved to larger spaces.

Leadership Academy

Nine employees and two firefighters were recognized for completing leadership training through the Hillsborough University Leadership Academy. The course, provided in house to town employees and to Orange Rural Fire Department personnel, incorporates the latest information on leadership, organizational change, values and diversity, interpersonal relations, communication, management, and ethics. Participants met for five hours every other week for nine months. The graduates were:

Finance Department

  • Accounts Payable Technician Pamela Gainey
  • Utility Maintenance Technician II Tyrone Hodge

Fleet Maintenance Division

  • Fleet Maintenance Supervisor David Wisely

Utilities Department

  • Laboratory Specialist/Water Plant Operator III Steve Baker
  • Utilities Inspector Nathan Cates
  • Utility Maintenance Technician III Waddell Jacobs
  • Backflow/FOG Specialist Troy Miller (FOG refers to the town’s program on preventing fats, oil and grease in sewer lines)
  • Utility Maintenance Technician III Lacy Painter
  • Utility Mechanic III Scott Smith

Orange Rural Fire Department

  • Capt. Joel Massey
  • Battalion Chief David Shaw


The following appointments were made:

  • Cemetery Committee — The board reappointed Ken Ostrand and Lisa Williams to their second three-year terms on the committee, which will end Dec. 31, 2020.
  • Mayor pro tem — Commissioner Jenn Weaver was chosen by the board to serve as mayor pro tem, the board’s leader in the mayor’s absence.
  • Committee seats — Board members also determined the town, county and regional boards on which they will represent the Board of Commissioners in 2018. All will share in attending meetings of the Hillsborough Water and Sewer Advisory Committee.
    • Bell will serve on the Orange County Visitors Bureau and Hillsborough Parks and Recreation Board and as an alternate to the Orange County Solid Waste Advisory Group.
    • Ferguson will serve on the Triangle J Council of Governments Board of Delegates, Hillsborough Tourism Board, Hillsborough Tourism Development Authority, Orange County HOME Review Committee, Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness, and Community Land Trust.
    • Lloyd will serve on the Orange Rural Fire Department Board of Directors.
    • Lowen will serve on the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization Board and the Orange County Solid Waste Advisory Group.
    • Stevens will serve on the Triangle J Council of Governments Board of Delegates and with the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce, focusing on relationships with businesses and economic development.
    • Weaver will serve on the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization Board and on the Upper Neuse River Basin Association.

Sidewalk connections

Planning Director Margaret Hauth reported that the bids on a sidewalk connections project were so high that the North Carolina Department of Transportation determined the town must re-advertise bidding for the project. The project is intended to create and improve connections to the Riverwalk greenway in West Hillsborough and to improve pedestrian safety in the commercial area of South Nash Street. Construction costs have climbed significantly this year. Hauth informed the board that she has identified a possible state funding source to cover some of the extra expense of the project.  

More information

A video summary of the meeting by the town manager is available on the town’s YouTube channel.

Related documents

      Document Agenda packet