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Board of Commissioners Meeting Summary

 
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Board of Commissioners Meeting Summary
Officer Lesly Guerrero publicly reaffirmed her oath of office at the Board of Commissioners meeting June 11. Guerrero is the Police Department’s first officer to fluently speak Spanish.

The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners met Monday, June 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.

Presentations

The following presentations were made:

  • Police Chief Duane Hampton introduced Officer Lesly Guerrero, who recently joined the Police Department. Guerrero publicly reaffirmed her oath of office. Hampton noted that Guerrero speaks Spanish fluently, a skill for which the Police Department has been recruiting to better serve Hillsborough residents.
  • Corey Root, coordinator of the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness, presented highlights from the partnership’s annual report for 2017, included in the board agenda packet.

Appointments

The board appointed:

  • Candice Cobb to the Historic District Commission to fill an upcoming vacancy for a term expiring Aug. 31, 2021.
  • Billy Maupin to the Tourism Board to fill an at-large seat for a term ending June 11, 2020.

The board reappointed:

  • Robb English and Rebecca Swartz to the Parks and Recreation Board for terms ending June 30, 2021.
  • Frances Harris to the Tree Board for a term ending June 30, 2021.

Budget

The board adopted the town’s budget for Fiscal Year 2018-19 with no tax increase but an increase in both water and sewer rates. More information is contained in the budget news release.

Additional stop signs

The board voted to approve the installation of two stop signs at the intersection of Jones Avenue and Spring Street after receiving a petition from residents of the area requesting the signs for safety concerns.

Rezoning

The board voted to approve rezoning 1215 Eno St. from Residential-20 to Residential-10 as part of a property owner’s plan to build three houses on the 1.33-acre lot. The number in the zoning name signifies the minimum square footage for a residential building lot, with the number multiplied by 10,000. Residential-10 signifies a minimum lot size of 10,000 square feet.

The board also voted to approve the rezoning of 410 N. Churton St. from Residential-20 to Neighborhood Business Special Use to enable a property owner to convert a building that formerly served as a nursing home to three or four condominiums. This vote also included a special use permit approval for the project.

Broadband

At the request of Orange County, the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners agreed to a letter of intent to allow a broadband service provider to place installations on the town’s water towers. It was noted that the letter is non-binding and staff would have to conduct research on attaching anything to water towers. Orange County is seeking bids from service providers to extend broadband services to areas of the county currently not served by Spectrum.

Orange Grove Road extension options

Board members discussed connectivity, traffic concerns, pressures on neighboring properties and bike/pedestrian mobility as they reviewed optional routes for a possible Orange Grove Road extension. No decisions were made.

Hot topics

The board and staff agreed to discuss the costs of developing an economic development plan at the June 25 board work session.