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Poetry and Resiliency on Deck for Annual Address

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Update April 16, 2019: Hillsborough Poet Laureate Dee Stribling also will read poetry at this year's event.


Poetry and a talk about cultivating resiliency will be the highlights of Mayor Tom Stevens’ 13th annual State of the Town Address later this month.

Stevens has invited North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green to share poems at this year’s event, which takes place April 22 in the Town Hall Annex Board Meeting Room.

“The arts have become so much a part of Hillsborough’s vibrancy and identity,” Stevens said. “I’m delighted to include honoring the state’s new poet laureate as part of the State of the Town event.”

For this talk, the mayor plans to focus on cultivating resiliency as an important strategy for dealing with both unexpected emergencies and key anticipated challenges.

“The State of the Town is our annual update of our game plan to preserve what we love about our town while planning for a town that people will love and appreciate years from now,” he said. “Whether it’s dealing with more storms and hurricanes due to climate change or managing traffic from major road construction projects, resiliency is about our community having the capacity to manage and bounce back from significant disruptions.”

The State of the Town address will start at 7 p.m., during the time usually scheduled for the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners’ monthly work session on the fourth Monday of the month. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m., and elected leaders and senior town staff will be available to meet and talk with citizens.

“I’ve found that most people in Hillsborough are happy campers and love what the town offers,” Stevens said. “But while people love being here, I also sense there is a prevailing anxiety that we’re losing our character because of growth. I believe what is endearing about Hillsborough can be enduring, but that’s not guaranteed and will depend on our sense of community.” 

Among staff available at the event, Financial Services staff will be present with information about the recent utility billing transition and ways to donate to the Water Assistance Program. Troy Miller, Hillsborough’s specialist on fats, oils and grease, will be on hand with information on how to keep these substances out of the town’s sewer system and some take-away items to help with that effort.

“This is a great opportunity to learn what’s going on in your town and talk with your town officials, both before and after the address,” Stevens said. “I encourage folks from all neighborhoods in Hillsborough to attend.”

The Town Hall Annex is located at 105 E. Corbin St.