Board of Commissioners Work Session Meeting Summary

Sustainability updates and budget retreat planning

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024
Image of Stephanie Trueblood giving a sustainability presentation.
Public Space and Sustainability Manager Stephanie Trueblood presents to the town board on key sustainability achievements and highlights upcoming clean energy opportunities.

The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners met Monday, Jan. 22 at the Town Hall Annex. 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 is available for view on the town’s YouTube channel.


Clean energy resolution and sustainability update — The board received a presentation on sustainability efforts completed since the town adopted a clean energy resolution in September 2017. The resolution supports achieving 80% clean energy for town operations by 2030 and 100% by 2050. Public Space and Sustainability Manager Stephanie Trueblood indicated these goals will likely not be met given slower progress during the pandemic. However, the town has made significant advancements in lowering the environmental impact of local government operations. Trueblood noted the Comprehensive Sustainability Plan’s adoption as an achievement. She also discussed future needs and opportunities for the town such as the Ridgewalk greenway development and use of energy tracking software. 

Framing of issues for upcoming budget retreat — In preparation for a budget retreat in February, the town manager presented information on Hillsborough’s overall positive financial status and highlighted key projects, opportunities and issues facing the town over the next three fiscal years. Discussion included concerns related to growth pressures and capital needs. 


The board approved a proclamation designating February as Black History Month. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans. It will specifically highlight African, Caribbean and Black Americans’ contributions to the arts in 2024. 

Project updates 

The board approved: 

  • An amendment to the Fire Station Capital Project Ordinance adding $225,000 of design funds. This is part of a multi-year preparation plan to fund design of a station to be located on North Churton Street. 
  • A resolution with a memorandum of agreement to receive strategic operations assistance from the North Carolina League of Municipalities. The services — provided at no cost to the town — will be used in site planning for the new fire station on North Churton Street. 

Related documents

Document Agenda packet  

Document Clean energy resolution and sustainability updates presentation  

Document Framing issues for fiscal years 2025-27 budget retreat presentation  

Document Black History Month proclamation