Town to Hold Special Event Focused on Safety

Friday, March 10, 2023

Mark your calendars for Saturday afternoon, April 29, for a special town opportunity to talk about safety concerns.

Employees from several areas of town services and operations will provide information on a range of safety-related topics and listen to you during the event from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Whitted Human Services Center, 300 W. Tryon St.

Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. for informal conversation and interactive activities at staffed tables. The main program will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Town and Orange Rural Fire Department employees will be available to chat or answer additional questions after the main program.

“The concept of what makes a community feel safe or be safe is different for each of us, depending on who we are, the life experience we bring, and how we even define safety,” Mayor Jenn Weaver said.

“As a town, we want to take a holistic look at the concept of safety so that we can work toward a Hillsborough where everyone feels safe. To do that, we need the participation and input of the community. Please come out for this session and make your voice heard!”

Thoughts, suggestions and concerns expressed at this community engagement meeting will be gathered to guide future town decisions, including budget recommendations.

A free, supervised children’s art activity will be offered for children ages 4 to 12 in the same building. Children will have the opportunity to display their safety-related art project at the end of the program. A firetruck will be available for visits before and after the main program, and Orange Rural firefighters plan to bring some equipment with them as well.

Spanish interpretation services will be available, and meeting handouts will be in Spanish and English.

This meeting, a pilot project for potentially two large-scale engagement meetings per year, is intended to provide an opportunity for more and different voices to engage with the town. A large attendance at this meeting will help ensure that future engagement meetings of this type are planned. If you cannot attend, please check with your neighbors to be sure your neighborhood will be represented. If you can attend, please bring neighbors and other Hillsborough friends with you!