Board of Commissioners Meeting Summary
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017
The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners met Monday, Sept. 11, 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 introduced Officer Andrew Poole, who recently joined the Police Department. Poole publicly reaffirmed his oath of office.
- Economic Development Planner Shannan Campbell highlighted her quarterly economic development report, noting that potential buyers have expressed interest in commercial buildings that are for sale, new businesses are filling old spaces and Hillsborough’s spring and summer tourism-related events were very successful.
The board appointed Randy Herman to the Board of Adjustment, Jenn Sykes and Daniel Rawlins to the Water and Sewer Advisory Committee, and Alyse Polly to the Planning Board. The board adopted a resolution asking the Orange County Board of Commissioners to appoint Chris Johnston to the Planning Board as an extraterritorial member.
The board approved a special use permit for Phase 1 of the Gatewood project, which includes establishing two restaurants on adjoining parcels on U.S. 70.
Sidewalk dining and merchandise display
The board approved town code amendments for sidewalk dining and merchandise displays on public sidewalks. Ms. Campbell explained that the intent is to help restaurants to create attractive, defined outdoor seating areas with room for pedestrians to walk past and to make it clear that the town is not liable for merchandise displayed on public sidewalks. The amendments will be enforced Jan. 1.
Clean energy resolution
The board passed a resolution that sets a goal of using 80 percent renewable energy by 2030 and 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. Several Hillsborough residents attended the meeting to support this resolution.