Board of Commissioners Meeting Summary
The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners met Monday, Nov. 9. Following is a brief summary of noteworthy discussions and actions. It does not include all actions taken at the meeting and should not be viewed as official minutes. The meeting took place virtually with online conferencing software and is available for view on the town’s YouTube channel.
The board held a second public hearing regarding the town’s application for a Community Development Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The town is applying for $600,000. It will contract with Orange County to administer the funds through the county’s Emergency Housing Assistance Program. The board voted to approve the application for the housing funds.
Food Council — Orange County Food Council Coordinator Ashley Heger reviewed the council’s accomplishments, including the creation of a food security report and the formation of partnerships with schools and childcare centers.
Falls Lake Rules — Stormwater and Environmental Services Manager Terry Hackett gave a brief overview of the Upper Neuse River Basin Association’s plans to meet the next stage of the state’s nutrient reductions to protect and restore the water quality of Falls Lake. Hillsborough’s watershed drains into that lake. The board voted to confirm its commitment to participate in this collaboration, called the Interim Alternative Implementation Approach. In addition to continuing to pay the association’s dues of about $24,000 annually, the town would agree to spend about $34,000 annually to help fund nutrient reduction projects.
Orange County Long-term Recovery Planning Effort — Project managers from Hagerty Consulting gave a brief presentation on the effort to create a long-term recovery plan to address the impacts of COVID-19 on the community. The town is working with Orange County, Chapel Hill and Carrboro on the effort. The project managers shared that the coronavirus pandemic seems to be exacerbating pre-pandemic issues. The recovery group’s website for this effort is www.orangencforward.org.
Parking pad ordinance
The board approved an amendment to the town code to create a process for approving parking pads that residents may wish to build next to their property in the town’s right of way. The application fee was set at $100 with a $250 after-the-fact application fee.
At the request of a property owner, the town called a public hearing for the closing of two unopened rights of way off Lakeshore Drive. The public hearing will be held at the Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting Dec. 14.
The board continued a discussion on amending the noise ordinance language regarding amplified sound. Police Chief Duane Hampton received additional feedback from the board to include in the draft amendment. Commissioners shared their thoughts on decibel levels, a specified time when amplified sound could not be heard beyond a property boundary, and special event permits that would allow an event venue to occasionally play amplified music that could be heard beyond the property line at later hours.