Board of Commissioners Meeting Summary
The following is a brief summary of noteworthy actions taken at the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday, Oct. 14. It does not include all actions taken at the meeting and should not be viewed as official minutes. The meeting was in the Board Meeting Room at the Town Hall Annex, 105 E. Corbin St.
Lt. Jason Winn reaffirmed his oath of office. Winn recently rejoined the Hillsborough Police Department as a lieutenant.
The board voted to request that the Orange County Board of Commissioners re-appoint Jeff Scott to a three-year term on the Hillsborough Planning Board.
The board also made appointments to the Orange County Climate Council. Caroline Hansley-Mace will fill the at-large position reserved for a Hillsborough resident and Paul Cough will serve as the alternate.
The board briefly discussed a request to close a portion of Spring Street between West Hillsborough and Allen Ruffin avenues. There was acknowledgment that this closure could impact homeowners’ access to their property. A public hearing will be held at the board’s regular meeting 7 p.m. Jan. 13.
Affordable housing funding request
The board approved a request from Habitat for Humanity of Orange County for financial assistance to replace a water line on Odie Street. The $85,000 will come from the town’s affordable housing payment in lieu fund. It was noted that the board has provided similar assistance for Habitat projects in town in the past.
The board approved a speed table on South Bellvue Avenue. The location met the board’s criteria for a speed table, with at least 15% of traffic exceeding the posted speed limit by more than 7 miles per hour. The speed table will be similar to one located on Exchange Park Lane.
Orange County staff provided an update to the board on several shelters that Orange County will install at bus stops in town. The locations include:
- Faucette Mill Road at Cornelius Street (U.S. 70)
- N.C. 86 in front of Home Depot
- Southbound Churton Street in front of the police station
- Northbound Churton Street at the River Park entrance
The board voted to direct staff to proceed with a study of a potential road connection from Eno Mountain Road to N.C. 86. This would replace the Orange Grove Road extension project.
Commissioner appointment process
The board approved a process for filling an upcoming vacancy on the Board of Commissioners. The vacancy is anticipated Dec. 9 when Commissioner Jenn Weaver is sworn in as mayor. The Town of Hillsborough does not have authority from the state legislature to hold a special election to fill the commissioner’s seat, so the board will appoint someone to serve the remaining two years of that term.