Board of Commissioners Meeting Summary
The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners met Monday, Jan. 11. Following is a brief summary of noteworthy 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.
Employee Service Milestone Awards ― Town Manager Eric Peterson presented the service milestone awards. Employees are recognized for every five years of service with a coin and $75.
- 5 years of service ― Commissioner Mark Bell, Economic Development Planner Shannan Campbell, Financial Analyst Keri Carnes, Equipment Operator II Graham Dodson, Senior Administrative Support Specialist Danielle King, Backflow/FOG Specialist Troy Miller, and Web Developer/Assistant Public Information Officer Jonathan Rickard
- 10 years of service ― Police Chief Duane Hampton, Utility Maintenance Supervisor Lacy Painter, and Utility Mechanic I Keith Scarboro
- 15 years of service ― Utility Maintenance Technician III Waddell Jacobs and Fleet Mechanic Frank Moore
- 20 years of service ― Master Police Officer Scott Foster, Master Police Officer Tereasa Matthews, and Safety and Risk Manager Tiny Moore
- 25 years of service ― Police Sergeant Buddy Parker
- 35 years of service ― Accounting Technician Carolyn Glasgow
National Mentoring Month ― Mayor Jenn Weaver read a proclamation declaring January as National Mentoring Month. Raymundo Garcia thanked the board on behalf of MENTOR North Carolina.
Dr. Kizzemkia “Kizzy” Corbett Day ― The board declared Jan. 12, 2021, Dr. Kizzmekia “Kizzy” Corbett Day, in honor of a scientist from Hillsborough who has been key in the development of a COVID-19 vaccination. See the news release.
The board reaffirmed committee appointments for the mayor and commissioners. There were no changes from last year.
The board also reappointed Mark Bateman to a two-year term on the Tourism Board.
A developer expressed interest in building up to 100 apartments that would meet requirements to qualify for affordable housing tax credits. The apartments would be located on a 15-acre parcel off N.C. 86, across from Tractor Supply.
Reconsideration of closing rights of way
The board voted to change the method of closing two unopened rights of way off Lakeshore Drive. The change came after the planning director received this request from a property owner who had requested the closure of the rights of way.
West King Street loading zone and parking
The board discussed creating a loading zone on West King Street near The Colonial Inn and 15-minute parking spaces. Staff said there is a growing need for a dedicated loading zone for delivery vehicles and short-term parking for patrons on West King Street. Staff will study options on both sides of the street to share at a future board meeting.
Legislative policy goals
The board prioritized legislative policy goals for the North Carolina League of Municipalities and authorized Commissioner Kathleen Ferguson to be the board’s voting delegate when the League meets to vote on priorities.
The Town of Hillsborough passed an ordinance that prohibits discrimination in places of public accommodation and in employment within the town limits. The ordinance was created in collaboration with local elected leaders in Orange County government and in Orange County’s municipalities to take action against LGBTQ discrimination following the expiration of a three-year state ban blocking those protections. The collaborating jurisdictions have plans to consider new nondiscrimination protections at the local level covering numerous categories, including sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.