Board of Commissioners Meeting Summary

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Board of Commissioners Meeting Summary
Some of the Hillsborough Citizens Academy graduates were able to attend the Board of Commissioners meeting to receive recognition for completing the seven-week course.

The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners met Monday, May 14, 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.

Oath of Office

Officer Alex Gregory, who joined the Hillsborough Police Department in August 2017, publicly reaffirmed his oath of office, led by Mayor Tom Stevens.

Citizens Academy

Citizens who attended the seven-week course on town operations and decision-making this spring received T-shirts, certificates and encouragement to serve as citizen leaders in the community. The following participants graduated from the academy:

  • Leola Barker
  • Sandra Clinton
  • Julianne Cyr
  • Jae Furman
  • Caroline Hansley
  • Jenna Hartley
  • Emily Huntley
  • William Johnson
  • William Lang
  • Anna Linvill
  • Diane Magnuson
  • Anthony Marshall
  • Andrew Massimino
  • Bessie Mbadugha
  • Kimberly McCorkle
  • Natalie Prado
  • Benjamin Sallard
  • James Schweitzer
  • Anne Weston
  • Barry Weston


The board appointed Toby Vandemark to a second term on the Planning Board, expiring March 31, 2021, and recommended that the Orange County Board of Commissioners appoint Caryn Ellis for a three-year term on the Orange County Human Relations Commission, expiring June 30, 2021.

Annexation discussion

The board discussed the possibility of annexing approximately 45 acres in the southeast quadrant of the Interstate 40/Old N.C. 86 interchange, in the planned Settler’s Point development in Orange County. The developer had expressed an interest in requesting a delayed annexation of the land and in applying for the general zoning economic development district, which would allow roughly 40 different uses by right. Board members expressed a preference for the special use permit process to have more say in which uses would be approved on the site. The developer said that his team would take that preference under consideration.

Land gift

The Board of Commissioners voted to donate almost 30 acres to the state to add to the Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area. Representatives from the state expressed gratitude to the town for the gift and previous stewardship of the land.

Non-conforming signs

At the suggestion of staff, the board voted to delay enforcement action against non-conforming signs by two years because South Churton Street will eventually be widened and the right of way for that expansion has not yet been determined by the state. The board agreed that replacing signs before those determinations are made does not make sense.

More information

A video summary of the meeting by the town manager is available on the town’s YouTube channel.