Board of Commissioners Meeting Summary
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners met Monday, March 13, at the Town Barn, 101 E. Orange St. Following is a brief summary of noteworthy actions. It does not include all action taken at the meeting and should not be viewed as official minutes.
The following presentations were made:
- Orange County Tax Office Director Dwayne Brinson gave a presentation on the 2017 Orange County property tax revaluation. In Hillsborough, 69 percent of residential property increased in value, 20 percent decreased and 2 percent did not change. The remaining houses were not yet built at the time of the revaluation. Overall, the value of property in Hillsborough increased about 12 percent over 2016 values.
- Orange Water and Sewer Authority Executive Director Ed Kerwin thanked the board and town staff for being ready to help when Chapel Hill experienced a water crisis in early February.
- Stormwater and Environmental Services Manager Terry Hackett said the process of collecting stormwater fees has gone relatively smoothly. He is drafting a letter to the owners of delinquent parcels.
Cheri Szcodronski introduced herself to the board and shared her professional historic preservation experience and interest in serving on the Historic District Commission.
The following appointments were made:
- Commissioner Kathleen Ferguson and Tourism Development Authority Chairwoman Mary Catherine McKee were reappointed to a term on the Tourism Development Authority, expiring Jan. 31.
- Cheri Szcodronski was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Historic District Commission for a term expiring March 31, 2020.
- David McCullough was reappointed to a term on the Hillsborough Cemetery Committee, expiring Dec. 31, 2019.
Food-less Easter Egg Hunt
The board approved an Easter egg hunt in Gold Park and approved the associated fees. The board chooses whether to approve public events in public spaces when the events are expected to exceed 100 people. The event will be 10 a.m. to noon April 8 and is being organized by Sharyn Arai, owner of K’s Closet. Participants will be charged $2 to $5, based on the child’s age, to cover the costs of treats.
Collins Ridge Special Use Permit
The board approved a resolution regarding the special use permit and master plan amendment for Phase 1 of the Collins Ridge development, which includes 326 apartments, 152 townhomes and 196 single-family homes. The approval included additional conditions regarding public streets, a garbage truck and lot diversity as well as eight waivers that the developer requested from the Unified Development Ordinance. After thorough discussion, the board decided to make the townhome roads public streets. As a result, the town will be responsible for solid waste removal on those streets. The developer, Caruso Homes, agreed to pay $60,000 toward the cost of purchasing a trash truck. The board also stipulated Monday that streets A, B and C can have no more than seven contiguous houses of the same lot width and that a difference in lot width is considered to be at least 5 feet. See the agenda packet for more information on the approved waivers and conditions.
Habitat for Humanity Funding Request
The board approved committing $125,000 toward Habitat for Humanity’s proposed senior affordable housing in the Waterstone development when the town deems funds to be available. Habitat estimates the overall project will cost around $3 million and requested the $125,000 to help leverage other funding.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Contract
The board approved a contract for Span Builders to complete a cascade aeration construction project at the Wastewater Treatment Plant for almost $440,000. Hillsborough Engineer and Utilities Director Kenny Keel said the project is critical as it may prevent discharge violations, is necessary for Phase 2 construction at the wastewater plant and helps delay when Phase 2 construction is needed.
The video summary of the meeting by Town Manager Eric Peterson is available on the town’s YouTube channel.
The mayor’s annual State of the Town address will take the place of this month's Board of Commissioners work session. The address will be 7 p.m. March 27 in the Whitted Human Services Center, 300 W. Tryon St.