Board of Commissioners Meeting Summary

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022
The board received a brief presentation about the Government 101 program, which recently concluded. In September and October, 29 participants met for weekly evening sessions and on Saturday tour to learn more about town operations, services and decision-making.

The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners met Monday, Nov. 14. Following is a brief summary of noteworthy actions and discussion. It does not include all actions taken at the meeting and should not be viewed as official minutes. The meeting took place in person. A video is available for view on the town’s YouTube channel.


Government 101 — Communications Specialist Cheryl Sadgrove gave a brief presentation on the Government 101 program that was held over six sessions in September and October. 

Employee Awards — Town Manager Eric Peterson gave a presentation on the annual employee awards for customer service, innovation and endurance. See the news release about the awards for more information.

Orange County Transit Plan Update — Community Services Director Margaret Hauth gave a brief update on the updated plan. She reported there is funding to expand the circulator bus route in Hillsborough including offering the route in two directions starting early next year. It was noted that there is also a more expansive aspirational transit plan in addition to the funded plan. 


The board appointed:

  • Barry Hupp to a second term on the Tourism Board.
  • Robert Iglesias to a first term on the Planning Board.
  • Adam McGovern to a first term on the Parks and Recreation Board.

Annexation requests

“Waterstone South” — The board voted unanimously to invite the developer to apply for annexation, thus continuing the development discussion. After approaching the board in May, the developer, Capkov, updated the masterplan layout for the site, which encompasses about 100 acres south of Waterstone Drive and west of N.C. 86. The developer proposes a mix of commercial and residential development and to make sewer system improvements in and near the property, including eliminating one sewer pump station and replacing another. 

Gatewood Property — After hearing a proposal by the owners of the Gatewood property to build 300 apartment units on the site, the mayor and commissioners indicated that the board does not think it would be a good idea to concentrate dense residential growth on that property. The property owners were directed to talk with the town’s Planning staff regarding options for continuing to develop the property commercially.


The board discussed its policy regarding accepting dedication of streetlights along dedicated public streets. The board has traditionally only accepted responsibility for streetlights that are simple streetlight fixtures mounted on wooden poles. Developers of neighborhoods have installed a variety of light poles and light fixtures in recent years. The board directed staff to develop standards for streetlights as part of the development review process and a policy that would include accepting only the cobra light fixtures that the town specified to Duke Energy during the LED conversion.

Work session topics

At the work session scheduled for Nov. 28, 2022, the board expects the following items:

  • Orange County Schools 2021-2026 Strategic Plan presentation
  • Train Station design update
  • Strategic Plan
  • Community safety meeting concept

Related documents

Document Agenda packet