Board of Commissioners Meeting Summary
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners met Monday, March 12, 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 board appointed Phyllis Simon to the Tree Board and Ron Burgin to the Cemetery Committee, with terms ending March 31, 2021. Simon will serve as a liaison to the Hillsborough Garden Club.
Sidewalk Connections Project
The board approved a construction contract with Carolina SunRock for the Sidewalk Connections Project. This project will add several sidewalk segments along Calvin, South Nash and Allison streets and one segment of paved greenway connecting Allison Street to Gold Park. It will also improve pedestrian safety on South Nash Street. The total project cost is estimated to be $1.2 million, including engineering and inspection services provided by Summit Design and Engineering Services. The bulk of the funding for this project is provided by the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program and the Surface Transportation Block Grant program that the town accesses as a member of the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization. About $250,000 will be paid from the town’s general fund. Construction is expected to start in late spring and take almost a year.
The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners appointed Matt Hughes to serve as a town commissioner. Commissioner Mark Bell nominated Hughes. No other nominations were made, and the vote in favor of Hughes was unanimous.
Budgetary planning preview
Town Manager Eric Peterson gave the board a brief overview of financial considerations as the board prepares for its annual budget retreat on April 7. A draft copy of the budget is expected to be available to the public in early May.