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Make your voice heard on public transit's future in Orange County

The Draft Fiscal Year 2020 Durham and Orange County Work Plans are now available for comment through May 30, 2019. These work plans are derived from the multi-county transit plans. The fiscal year runs from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.

This process budgets funding for next fiscal year in accordance with the multi-year County Transit Plans. Durham and Orange counties are committed to improving transit in the Triangle, and receiving input from the community is essential to this success.

The Triangle Tax District manages the funds of the combined Durham and Orange Transit Plans. Each County is governed by a separate plan and oversight group, called the Staff Working Group (SWG), which reviews projects funded through each county’s Transit Plan. The SWG recommends projects for funding and develops the annual work plan, which is presented here as the Draft Work Plan.

The FY20 Durham and Orange Work Plan was released for a 21-day public comment period on May 9, 2019. The public comment period will end on May 30, 2019. All comments can be made to Aaron Cain of the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Transportation Organization (DCHC MPO) at (919) 560-4366 x36443.

Watch for I-40/85 Lane Closures During Road Work in Alamance, Orange Counties

BURLINGTON (NC DOT PRESS RELEASE) -- Resurfacing work will require overnight lane closures for several months along Interstate 40/85 in Alamance and Orange counties.
Starting Sunday night, May 12, resurfacing operations will begin on I-40/85 between N.C. 54 (exit 148) and Buckhorn Road (exit 157). This work will take place between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. and is expected to be complete by Nov. 22. Both directions of the interstate will be resurfaced, but only one direction at a time.

The new pavement structure will include a surface layer of open-graded friction course asphalt, which will help reduce hydroplaning and will make the lanes more visible to drivers during rain events.

Drivers are encouraged to slow down and use caution in the work zone and to allow for extra travel time where lane closures are in place.

For real-time travel information, visit or follow NCDOT on social media.
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Sportsplex to host Safe Kids Day on May 11

The Orange County Sportsplex will host Safe Kids Day on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to Noon. Safe Kids Day focuses on water safety, fire safety, home safety and sports safety. We will have interactive games and tables provided by our local law enforcement, fire safety and public health partners and organizations and businesses within the community.

The family friendly event will many free activities, including Ice Skating, Touch a Truck, Fire Safety House, Popcorn and Snowcones, Bike Rodeo Course and Helmet Giveaway, Child ID and Solar Bracelet Making, Balloon Animals, Face Painting, Temporary Tattoos, Obstacle Course with Inflatable, Vendor Fair, Sports Clinics, UNC Wellness Sports Safety and Hydration, Water Safety activities, and Sportsplex giveaways.

Additionally, the Sportsplex will be waiving the initiation fee on all new memberships.
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Manager unveils 2019-20 spending proposal to start budget process

Orange County Manager Bonnie Hammersley unveiled her 2019-20 budget proposal on Thursday, May 2, during a regular meeting of the Orange County Board of Commissioners. State law mandates the board adopt a balanced budget before June 30.

Her proposed spending plan includes a 1.5 cents increase in the property tax rate to fund debt service and county operations. This plan would require tax increases in subsequent years to pay for more of the debt service as it comes on line from such projects as the library in Carrboro, the Northern County Campus and additional school projects from the 2016 bond vote. She presented commissioners with an alternative that would require a 5.8 cents tax increase in 2019-20 but would not require increases in subsequent years. The additional revenue would be placed into a Capital Reserve Fund to pay for the projects in future years.

"One option is to increase the tax rate for operations by nine-tenths of a cent and 4.9 cents for debt service for the next three years and create a Capital Reserve," she said. "An alternative approach, and the one I'm proposing, is a one-and-a-half cent increase in the county tax in 2019-20. Instead of raising the debt service tax rate in one year for all three years, I'm recommending that we raise the tax rate for debt service in each of the three years based on the projected capital needs spending in each of those years."

According to Hammersley, budget priorities were: debt service; personnel; funding for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Public Schools; contractual obligations; reserves.
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Clinic for pond owners at Blackwood Farm Park on May 18

Durham & Orange Soil and Water Conservation Districts are hosting a free clinic for pond owners and future pond owners at Blackwood Farm Park (4215 NC-86 South, Chapel Hill) on Saturday, May 18. A catch and release fishing tournament starts the festivities at 7:30 a.m.

Several training sessions will be offered, including:

  • Pond Maintenance
  • Pond Construction
  • Wildlife Management
  • Aquatic Weeds
  • Fish Production
  • Shock Boat

The event concludes with a free fish fry for lunch. You must pre-register to be eligible for the free lunch.

Please click here to register. Click here for more information.

Questions? Call Durham Soil and Water at 919-560-0558 or Orange Soil and Water at 919-245-2750

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Animal Services schedules low-cost rabies clinic, family fun fest on May 18

Orange County Animal Services will hold a Low-Cost Rabies Clinic on Saturday, May 18, from 2 - 5 p.m., at Fairview Park (195 Torain Street, Hillsborough). The clinic will include arts & crafts, Animal Control Show & Tell, Spay/Neuter Program information, an "Ask A Trainer" booth, an "Ask A Veterinarian" booth, and more fun for the whole family!

One-year and three-year rabies vaccinations will be available as will microchips. Please bring a previous rabies certificate (from your veterinarian) if you want to get the three-year rabies vaccine for your pet! A rabies tag alone is not sufficient. Call (919) 932-4965 for more information.
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