Board of Commissioners Meeting Summary
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners met Monday, May 8, 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 Chief Duane Hampton recognized Sgt. Danotric Nash, who was promoted in January. Nash has been with the Police Department 15 years and has twice been recognized as Officer of the Year by the department. Nash publicly took his oath of office as a sergeant at the meeting.
- Town staff recognized Citizens Academy graduates and presented certificates and t-shirts to them. The graduates met eight times over seven weeks to increase their knowledge of Hillsborough government operations and services. The 2017 graduates were: Michael Althoff, Chris Anderson, Ron Burgin, Anthea Darling, Thomas Darling, Michael Doherty, Martha Anne Faris, Jane Gaede, Thomas Gray, Carson Harkrader, Susan Harris, Helen Ingersoll, Chris Johnston, Grace Johnston, Harry Kavros, Rick Leone, Shari Metzger, Ashley Nissler, Alyse Polly, Tori Williams Reid, Paul Staller, James A. Suber, Rebecca Trachtenberg, Robert Wadley , Christopher Wehrman, and Kelley Wiley.
- Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness Coordinator Corey Root and Chairwoman Allison DeMarco presented the partnership’s annual report and the homeless service system map. Root explained that the map illustrates the pathways to stable permanent housing for people who have been homeless for a long time and for those who have been homeless for a short time or are in danger of becoming homeless. The map also identifies gaps in service, which the partnership is working to fill.
- Economic Development Planner Shannan Campbell gave a quarterly update on the town’s tourism and economic development activity. She highlighted several events that took place in Hillsborough in late winter and early spring, including Martin Luther King Jr. Day events, the Revolutionary War History Day, the start of rebuilding an Occoneechi Village replica in River Park and several egg hunts. Campbell also reported that she had met with several business owners considering locating in Hillsborough.
Regarding advisory board appointments, the Board of Commissioners:
- Adopted a resolution asking the Orange County Board of Commissioners to reappoint Rob Bray to the Hillsborough Board of Adjustment for a full term expiring June 30, 2020.
- Reappointed Jim Parker to the Water and Sewer Advisory Committee for a four-year term ending April 30, 2021.
The board approved four tourism grants:
- $5,000 to the Hillsborough Arts Council for a River Park concert featuring bands, vendors, and booths in August.
- $10,000 to the Optimist Club of Orange County for Hillsborough Hog Day, a two-day event in September featuring a barbecue cookoff, live music, car show, vendors, local artists, and crafts in River Park.
- $8,100 to the Orange Community Players for a production of the musical “Annie” in July.
- $10,000 to WHUP radio station and Yep Roc Records for the Yep20 Celebration Music Festival, a three-day festival in October with an event at The Cloth Mill and a music festival at River Park.
The Tourism Board annually awards grants for projects and events that will contribute to the local economy and encourage people to visit Hillsborough. The Board of Commissioners must approve any grants for more than $5,000. Funds for the grants are raised from the 1 percent prepared food and beverage tax.
Tax penalties abatement
The board discussed a request from UNC Hospitals Café in Hillsborough to consider abatement of the prepared food and beverage tax penalties the café has accrued, which amount to $5,101.30. The board decided to request half of the penalty payment now and to forgive the other half if the hospital continues to pay the tax on time for the next six months.
The board approved a contract for engineering construction services with Atkins North America, Inc., for a portion of the West Fork Eno Reservoir expansion project. The expansion will more than double the reservoir’s capacity, adding about 1 billion gallons of water. Construction is expected to start in early fall and finish by December 2018. The board also passed a resolution to dedicate right-of-way to the N.C. Department of Transportation for the Efland-Cedar Grove Road project. The state and town are collaborating on a construction project to elevate a portion of that road, which will enable the town to move forward with reservoir expansion plans.
Water and sewer extensions
The board approved an amended interlocal agreement with Orange County to extend water and sewer service to the county’s economic development district, located at the intersection of Interstate 40 and Old N.C. 86.
Volunteer appointments process
The board approved a new process for appointing volunteers, which includes a new application form, a requirement to attend an advisory board meeting before being considered, and an interview with the advisory board’s chairman and support staff.
A video summary of the meeting by Town Manager Eric Peterson is available on the town’s YouTube channel.