Board of Commissioners Meeting Summary
The following is a brief summary of noteworthy actions taken at the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday, Aug. 12. 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.
The board held a public hearing on the potential closure of an unopened right of way shown as Margaret Avenue on recorded maps. It begins on the east side of South Bellvue Avenue near Benton Street and runs east toward Nash Street. The town would maintain a sewer easement and a pedestrian easement on the property. The board approved the closure with the easements later in the meeting.
The board also continued a joint public hearing with the Planning Board on a proposal for a car dealership to be built off N.C. 86 near the Sheetz convenience store. The applicant had made modifications to the proposal based on feedback the joint boards gave in July. The boards formally closed the public hearing. The Planning Board will continue review of this application on Aug. 15.
The board passed a resolution requesting that Orange County appoint Dustin Williams for one additional year to the Board of Adjustment.
The board also made the following three-year appointments:
- Chelsea Gaily, Cole Kenworthy and Andrew Landstrom to the Hillsborough Parks and Recreation Board.
- Sean Kehoe to the Hillsborough Board of Adjustment.
Police Chief Duane Hampton presented some changes to the town code regarding truck restrictions on certain streets. The changes are intended to make the restrictions more enforceable. It was noted that the truck restrictions only prohibit trucks which do not have business stops along the route. The board approved the changes.
Special Use Permit extension
The board approved a two-year extension of the Special Use Permit for the Gatewood property off U.S. 70, enabling the property owner to take more time to consider plans for a second phase to the project. The first phase was the restaurant The House at Gatewood.
Flag of Scotland display
The board approved a request from the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough to display flags portraying the Saint Andrew’s Cross during the Outlandish Hillsborough event in October. The alliance will purchase the flags, and the Hillsborough Public Works Department will install the flags downtown and possibly in the West End.
South Churton Street widening
The board approved additional comments to be sent to the North Carolina Department of Transportation regarding the proposed widening of South Churton Street. The board and NCDOT are engaged in ongoing conversations about the details of the plan. Staff hopes to make a visual presentation at the Board of Commissioners work session on Aug. 26 to illustrate potential impacts of the project.