Board of Commissioners Meeting Summary
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners met Monday, April 10, 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.
Update on Orange County transit plans
Patrick McDonough, the manager of planning and transit-oriented development for GoTriangle, the Research Triangle Regional Public Transportation Authority, made a presentation to the board reviewing plans for expanding bus service and building light rail. Slides from this presentation are included in the board’s agenda packet. The draft Orange County transit plan can be found on the Our Transit Future website. GoTriangle is holding public meetings and receiving public comments on the draft plans. A drop-in meeting will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. April 11 at the Orange County West Campus Office Building, 131 Margaret Lane.
Volleyball tournament at Gold Park
The board approved a request from Mystery Brewing Company to reserve, for a fee, the soccer field at Gold Park from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. one Saturday a month, April through October, to sponsor a volleyball tournament. The tournament, organized by Hang 10 Volleyball, will consist of two-on-two games at four different competitive levels. Because the event is expected to exceed 100 people, it required board approval. Town Economic Development Planner Shannan Campbell shared considerations such as potential wear on the field and the need to have the public restroom facilities cleaned after the event as well as the opportunity to draw new visitors to town.
Approval of new sidewalk
The board approved an encroachment agreement that will enable Orange County to build a sidewalk along South Cameron Street on the east side of the Hillsborough Visitors Center located at 150 E. King St. The town will provide future maintenance of the sidewalk.
Road construction collaboration
The N.C. Department of Transportation has proposed straightening a curve in Efland-Cedar Grove Road, and Hillsborough’s utilities department needs that section of road to be elevated before building the second phase of the West Fork of the Eno Reservoir. Hillsborough will contribute about $1 million to the NCDOT project in order for it to be built to the specifications needed for the reservoir expansion. The collaboration will save Hillsborough money on this project.
West King Street parking lot affected by construction
Public Space Manager Stephanie Trueblood explained that, in preparation for moving The Wooden Nickel to the former Bank of America building, the building’s owners need to move a waterline and install a grease trap behind the building. For that work to be done safely, the driveway on West King Street for the town-leased West King Street parking lot will need to be closed for up to five days at a time for three weeks in June. The board approved the revised lease area and construction agreement.
NCDOT train station land acquisition
Assistant Town Manager/Planning Director Margaret Hauth told the board that NCDOT wished to purchase a little more than half an acre of land south of U.S. 70A to facilitate a construction project to straighten the railroad track curve in that area for eventual construction of a train station. The agency has made the town an offer of $13,100 for the land, which is less than the town paid. The board decided to counter with what the town paid for the land, which was $18,690.
Process for making board appointments
The board expressed a strong interest in dedicating a meeting to discussing criteria for selecting appointees to the town’s advisory boards. It was acknowledged that the advisory boards were receiving applications from many local residents who wished to serve. The Board of Commissioners also expressed interest in discussing training for new appointees.
The Board of Commissioners work session on April 24 is expected to include discussion of the Balanced Score card and more information regarding Orange County’s request that Hillsborough amend potential changes to the Water and Sewer Boundary Agreement between Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, Orange County and the Orange Water and Sewer Authority. Orange County has proposed a boundary change that would add nearly 90 acres to the town’s primary service area south of Interstate 40.
A video summary of the meeting by Town Manager Eric Peterson will be available this week on the town’s YouTube channel.