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Board of Commissioners Meeting Summary

Board receives recommended budget, addresses public space concerns and issues proclamations

Tuesday, May 14, 2024
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The board approved an amendment to open parks at 7 a.m., an hour earlier. Greenways remain open from sunrise to 30 minutes past sunset.

The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners met Monday, May 13 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 to view on the town’s YouTube channel

Appointments 

The board reappointed Megan Kimball to the Tourism Board for a term ending May 13, 2026. 

Presentations 

Town budget — The town manager presented his recommended budget to the board. He recommends increasing the town’s property tax rate, stormwater fee and water and sewer rates. This will be the first fee increase since the stormwater enterprise fund was implemented eight years ago.

The budget also includes reducing the minimum usage charge for water and sewer service by 125 gallons to 2,000 gallons. This would be the fourth year of a four-year plan to reduce the minimum from 2,500 to 2,000 gallons. Already, 45% of customers have benefited from the reductions. 

Look for a news release and more information on the proposed budget later this week. The budget public hearing and workshop will be 7 p.m. May 28. 

Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness — Rachel Waltz, manager of the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness, presented the group’s annual report to the board. The presentation highlighted the successes and remaining steps in the program’s effort to end homelessness, including addressing housing and service gaps in the community. 

Parks and Recreation 

Cemeteries — The board approved amendments prohibiting active recreation and animals other than leashed dogs in the town’s cemeteries. Leashed dogs are restricted to paved roads and walkways in the Town Cemetery and prohibited in the Margaret Lane and Old Town cemeteries. Picnics also are prohibited in the Margaret Lane and Old Town cemeteries. 

Park opening — The board approved an amendment to open parks at 7 a.m., an hour earlier. Greenways remain open from sunrise to 30 minutes past sunset. 

Reservations — The board approved amendments clarifying reservation process deadlines, prohibited activities and activities permitted as part of a park reservation or special event permit. 

Proclamations 

The board adopted the following proclamations and encouraged the following actions from the public:  

  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month — To recognize the contributions and influence of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture and achievements of the United States. 
  • Memorial Day — To honor all members of the armed forces who have lost their lives in service to their country and to recognize and support the families and loved ones of the fallen. 
  • National Cities, Towns and Villages Month — To celebrate the United States’ local governments and the National League of Cities’ historical centennial anniversary. 
  • National Public Works Week — To recognize and appreciate the workers who build and maintain the critical infrastructure that makes our town work. 
  • Period Poverty Awareness Week — To raise awareness that some people cannot afford the period products they need, preventing them from going to work or school and living full, healthy lives. To combat this, the board encourages residents to donate to period supply banks, product drives and organizations that collect and distribute period products. 
  • Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day — To commemorate law enforcement officers who have served their communities with dedication and to honor those who have lost their lives while performing their duties. 

Special Events 

The board approved special event permits for: 

  • Hillsborough Arts Council’s Handmade Parade on June 1. 
  • Fleet Feet Running Club’s Big Run 5K on June 5. 

Utilities 

The board authorized the terms of construction and acceptance for the water and sewer infrastructure for a multi-family residential development, Persimmon at Cates Creek, on Cates Creek Parkway. This phase of development plans for 316 apartments and 30 townhomes. 

Related documents


Document Agenda packet  

Document Budget presentation  

Document Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness presentation  

Document Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month  

Document Memorial Day  

Document National Cities, Towns and Villages Month  

Document National Public Works Week  

Document Period Poverty Awareness Week  

Document Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day