Board of Commissioners Meeting Summary
The following is a brief summary of noteworthy actions taken at the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday, Sept. 9. 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.
Economic Development Planner Shannan Campbell presented the Spring and Summer 2019 Economic Development and Tourism Report, available in the agenda packet.
The board voted to appoint:
- Megan Kimball to a three-year term on the Historic District Commission.
- Breanna McCormley to a three-year term on the Parks and Recreation Board.
Orange County Climate Council
The board discussed advertising that a volunteer is needed to serve as the Hillsborough appointment to the new Orange County Climate Council. Hillsborough will appoint one resident to serve as the at-large Hillsborough representative on this council. Those interested in applying are highly encouraged to attend the council’s first meeting, 3:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill. The public also is invited to attend. The application to apply for a position on the council is available on the town’s website.
The board approved a property owner’s request to rezone 2.221 acres at 2300 Old N.C. 86 from Economic Development District to High Intensity Commercial. The property has a service station, and the owners intend to keep the station in operation. This proposal was previously heard at a quarterly public hearing, and the board received recommendations from the Planning Board before making a decision.
The board approved a Special Use Permit application for Hillsborough Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to develop 5.39 acres at 1902 N.C. 86 South as a motor vehicle sales and service location. This proposal was previously heard at a quarterly public hearing, and the board received recommendations from the Planning Board before making a decision.
The board discussed the interest of a property owner in town annexation of property at 202 Holiday Park Road. The former Moose Lodge property has two buildings. The property owner would like to build two additional buildings on the property for self-storage.
The board also heard from a representative of a mobile home investment group interested in building a double-wide mobile home community on Peace Street and Mirandy Avenue off Rosewood Cemetery Road. The investment group would seek annexation of the property on which it would like to place 50 to 60 mobile homes. The board asked several questions about the mobile homes.
Both annexation proposals would be presented at a quarterly public hearing before the board would make a decision.
Volunteer appointment policy
The board and staff briefly discussed that the volunteer appointment policy implemented two years ago as a temporary change is working well. Under the policy, volunteer candidates are interviewed by the advisory board’s chair and the town employee providing staff support to the board. Previously, advisory board volunteer candidates were interviewed by the advisory board on which they wished to serve and by the Board of Commissioners. Due to general satisfaction with the appointment process’s change, staff plans to prepare an amendment to the town code reflecting this policy.