Board of Commissioners Meeting Summary
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018
The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners met Monday, Oct. 8, in the Board Meeting Room at the Town Hall Annex, 105 E. Corbin 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 new Town Hall Annex was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony before the regular meeting. Board members, citizens, representatives from the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce and those who designed and renovated the space gathered for the event. The celebration included a tour of the building’s west side, which houses offices for the Financial Services Department and for administrative staff of the Utilities Department. The east side of the building houses the town’s main meeting spaces.
The following presentations were made:
- Police Chief Duane Hampton introduced Officer Curry Hall, who then publicly reaffirmed his oath of office.
- Hampton introduced newly promoted Sgt. Scott Chestnut, who then publicly reaffirmed his oath of office.
- Commissioner Jenn Weaver noted October is Farm to School Month in North Carolina and served the board salad made with local lettuces. She explained that North Carolina Crunch is a statewide initiative to get fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruits to children in schools.
The Board of Commissioners voted to reappoint:
- Jill Heilman to a second term on the Historic District Commission. The term expires Sept. 30, 2021.
- Kim Tesoro to a third term on the Hillsborough Tourism Board as the Chamber of Commerce representative. The term expires Oct. 8, 2020.
- Mark Bateman to a second term on the Hillsborough Tourism Board as a restaurant/pub representative. The term expires Nov. 14, 2020.
The board also voted to request that the Orange County Board of Commissioners reappoint Lisa Frazier to a second term on the Hillsborough Planning Board as an extraterritorial member. The term expires Oct. 31, 2021.
The board approved a contract for just over $670,000 with KBS Earthworks Inc. for clearing an access road needed for the expansion of the West Fork Eno Reservoir. More information about the reservoir expansion project is available in this video on the town’s YouTube channel.
Halloween road closures
The board approved two road closures for the safety of trick-or-treaters from 5 to 8 p.m. on Halloween, Oct. 31.
One road closure — contingent on the applicant getting volunteers to staff the barriers — is West Margaret Lane from South Wake Street to South Occoneechee Street. A West Margaret Lane resident made the request to the board, explaining that while residents welcome the high volume of trick-or-treaters they receive, they would like the children to walk from house to house without cars following behind them.
The other road closure is Beckett’s Ridge Drive. The Beckett’s Ridge homeowners association hires a private firm to staff the barriers, asking drivers to park and walk their children from house to house to trick-or-treat.
The board asked the Police Department to report back after Halloween whether these road closures caused any problems.