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April 2014

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BOCC

Media Contact

Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners

Phone: 919-245-2130

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY BOCC SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 16, 2014)— Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following special meetings. 

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will hold two closed sessions.  The first will take place on Monday, April 21, 2014, starting at 2:00 p.m. at the Franklin Hotel, 311 W. Franklin Street in Chapel Hill and the second will be on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at the Siena Hotel, 1505 E. Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. 

The purpose of the meetings is “to consider the qualifications, competence, performance, character, fitness, conditions of appointment, or conditions of initial employment of an individual public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee;” NCGS § 143-318.11(a)(6).

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Reuse Rodeo

Media Contact

Gayle Wilson, Director

Orange County Solid Waste Management

Phone: 919.968.2885

gwilson@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST 2ND ANNUAL SPRING MOVE-OUT REUSE RODEO

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April14, 2014)—The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department is promoting reuse and supporting local non-profits!

 

If you are moving or cleaning things out, considering bringing used, but useful items to this special collection that will benefit local non-profits, reduce waste and support reuse in our community!

The Spring Move Out Reuse Rodeo is taking place from Wednesday, April 30 – Saturday, May 3, from 9:00 a.m. ‐ 2:00 p.m. at the Hargrave’s Center “lower lot” on Mitchell Lane, in Chapel Hill.

 

Review the following list and bring your items to benefit non‐profit groups!

 

PTA Thrift Store and local schools:

• Clean clothing, belts, bags, shoes and accessories

• Small appliances: toasters, microwaves, blenders, heaters (must be in working order)

• Housewares: shelving, lamps, area rugs, dish sets, sheets

• Furniture in good condition

 

Too large to move?  Call the PTA Thrift store at 919.417.0553t o make a pick up appointment for large items and furniture

BacktoSchool for kids at the Hargrave’s Center:

• Blank notebooks and binders

• Unused paper of all colors and types

• Lightly used book bags

• Calculators

• Pens, pencils, erasers, glue sticks, and other unused school supplies

The InterFaith Council:

• Clean, reusable cloth bags

• Unopened cans and boxes of food

• Unopened personal hygiene products (shampoo, lotion, feminine products)

 

Compass Center for Women and Families:

• Cell phones (with chargers if possible)

 

Electronics equipment, such as computers, TVs and stereos:

• The equipment will be triaged, donated or recycled

 

If it is not on this list, do not bring it to the collection. Do not leave items here before or after collection hours. The goal is to reduce move‐out waste and support local re‐users. Volunteers will be on hand to assist with unloading.

 

For more information, please call 919.968.2788 or send an e-mail to recycling@orangecountync.gov

 

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Orange County to Observe Good Friday

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO CLOSE OFFICES IN OBSERVANCE OF
GOOD FRIDAY

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 10, 2014)—Orange County will close its administrative offices on Friday, April 18, in observance of Good Friday and the Easter holiday.

The County offices will re-open and all employees will return on Monday, April 21, and resume regular business hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, exceptions apply to the following County departments or services.

Library

The Orange County Main Library, Carrboro Branch Library and Cybrary will be open during regular hours on Saturday, April 19. However, all three locations will be closed on Friday, April 18, and Sunday, April 20.

Animal Services

The Animal Services facility will be open on Saturday, April 19, from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and closed on Sunday, April 20. All 9-1-1 calls for emergency animal control services will be answered on a 24-hour schedule from Friday - Sunday.

Health Department

The Orange County Health Department clinics and administrative offices will be closed on Friday, April 18, and will reopen and resume regular hours on Monday, April 21.

 

Parks

Little River Regional Park and Natural Area will be open on Friday – Sunday from 8:00 a.m.  – 7:00 p.m. however,  the Gym at Central Recreation Center will be closed on Friday, April 18.

Senior Centers

The Seymour Center and the Central Orange Senior Center will be open during regular hours on Saturday, April 19. Both locations will be closed on Sunday, April 20.

Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Center will be closed on Friday, April 18, but will be open on Saturday, April 19, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

Orange Public Transportation will operate the dialysis routes on Friday, April 18.

 

Recycling, Landfill, and Solid Waste Convenience Centers

The Orange County Solid Waste Administrative Office, located at 1207 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill, will be closed on Friday, April 18.

Curbside recycling will be collected as regularly scheduled on Friday, April 18.  If your regular recycling day is on Friday, please be sure to have your bins to the curb by 7:00 a.m. or put them out the night before. 

The Orange County Landfill and its regular operations, such as Mulch Sales and the Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be CLOSED on Friday, April 18.

Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be OPEN on Friday, April 18.  They will be CLOSED on Sunday, April 20.  

In the case of an overflowing recycling site, please do not leave recyclable items on the ground, instead report this by calling 919.968.2788 or send an e-mail to recycling@orangecountync.gov

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County Qualifies for Federal Storm Funds

Media Contact

Jim Groves, Director

Orange County Emergency Services

Phone: 919.245.6100

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY AMONG NINE NC COUNTIES TO RECEIVE

FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 7, 2014)—Orange County is among nine central North Carolina counties to receive federal financial assistance requested by Governor Pat McCrory to recover some of the costs associated with the March 6-7 winter storm. That storm brought ice, sleet, freezing rain and high winds to the Triad and Virginia border counties.

Damage assessment teams estimate the ice storm response and recovery cost state and local governments $26.9 million. The federal money could pay up to 75 percent of the costs of emergency protective measures, repairs to local electric cooperatives infrastructure and tree and limb debris removal.

 

“The last winter storm wreaked havoc across the state, with the Triad and Virginia border counties receiving the brunt of damages,” Governor McCrory said. “We want to thank our federal partners for recognizing the seriousness of the winter weather North Carolina has seen this year, along with the help it will provide those still dealing with damage. This federal assistance will help the most impacted counties and electric co-ops recover some of the funds used to restore power, remove debris and repair damaged facilities.”

Governor McCrory requested the federal funds to defray storm response and recovery costs. The counties eligible for public assistance are Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Granville, Guilford, Orange, Person, and Randolph Counties.  All counties are eligible to apply for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

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County Accepting Photo Entries

Media Contact

Beth Young, Communications Manager 

Orange County Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation

Phone: 919.245.2518

byoung@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST ANNUAL “THE NATURE OF ORANGE” PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 7, 2014)—The Orange County Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation (DEAPR) will host its third annual Nature of Orange photography contest.

The contest is co-sponsored by the Orange County Commission for the Environment, and the Orange County Parks and Recreation Council. The goal of the contest is to inspire exploration, celebration and appreciation of Orange County’s diverse landscapes and outdoor experiences.

“The Nature of Orange” Photography Contest challenges photographers to capture the beauty of Orange County’s wildlife, waterways, natural resources, and people connecting with their environment.  Photos will be judged by professional artists who will award first, second and third place winners from both the youth and the adult divisions.

Winners will receive a cash award ($100 first place, $75 second place and $50 third place), a certificate, and recognition by the Orange County Board of Commissioners.   

The deadline for photo submission is Friday May, 16. 

For rules and entry forms, please visit the DEAPR breaking news section at http://orangecountync.gov/deapr/index.asp

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County Shred-a-Thons

Media Contact

Muriel Williman

Orange County Solid Waste Management

Phone: 919.968.2788

recycling@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST SHREDATHON 2014 

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 7, 2014)—Orange County Solid Waste Management Department is sponsoring two free Shred-A-Thons in cooperation with University Mall and local law enforcement.

Orange County residents and small businesses (including those in the Town of Chapel Hill within Durham County), and local government employees who work for the County or the Town of Carrboro, Chapel Hill or Hillsborough may securely destroy their personal confidential documents at no cost.  

Both events are from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and will take place at the following locations:

  • Thursday, April 24
    University Mall, at Estes and Willow Drive, Chapel Hill
  • Saturday, April 26
    Hampton Pointe 24-hour Recycling Drop-off Site, Hillsborough  
    (behind Home Depot, Hwy 86)

There is a limit of five “banker-box” sized boxes or five large bags of paper per person, and a limit of one trip/person or business.

Please remove any non-paper materials prior to bringing loads to the event, such as plastic binders, plastic folders, metal tabs, laminated paper, computer disks, or other electronic media.  The shredded paper will be recycled, so we want to keep it clean!

Shredding takes place on-site in full view of people delivering paper. 

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County Early Voting Sites

Media Contact

Tracy Reams, Director

Orange County Board of Elections

Phone: 919.245.2350

treams@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS TO OPEN FIVE

ONE-STOP EARLY VOTING SITES

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 7, 2014)—The Orange county Board of Elections is preparing for the Primary election. Orange County residents who wish to vote early in the May 6, 2014, Election may choose from one of five sites. 

During its meeting on March 24, 2014, the State Board of Elections approved five early voting sites submitted by the Orange County Board of Elections.

The sites include: Carrboro Town Hall, Master’s Garden Preschool, N.C. Hillel, Seymour Senior Center, and the Board of Elections office.

The Board of Elections office located at 208 S. Cameron Street in Hillsborough will be open Thursday, April 24 - Saturday, May 3, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Carrboro Town Hall: 301 W. Main Street, Carrboro

Master’s Garden Preschool: 7500 Schley Road, Hillsborough

N.C. Hillel located at 210 W. Cameron Avenue, Chapel Hill

Seymour Senior Center: 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill

These locations will be open Thursday, April 24 - Saturday, May 3 as follows:

Monday - Thursdays: 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Fridays: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The registration deadline to vote at a one-stop site and on Election Day is Friday, April 11, 2014. 

On Election Day, May 6, all polling sites will be open from 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

For sample ballots, candidate lists and other election information, please visit  www.orangecountync.gov\elect or call 919.245.2350.

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County Storm Debris

Media Contact

Gayle Wilson, Director

Orange County Solid Waste Management

Phone: 919.968.2885

gwilson@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY SOLID WASTE STORM DEBRIS MANAGEMENT

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 28, 2014)—The Orange County Landfill located at 1514 Eubanks Road will accept loads of storm debris in all sizes of vehicles, from trucks and trailers to dump trucks, on up. Loads must be covered, tied or otherwise secured to prevent spillage during transportation.

 

The tipping fees are as follows:

Pick-up Truck Load or Trailer not over 10’ long and less than 1000 pounds = $ 8.00

Per ton (1-ton minimum charge for larger loads) = $ 18.00            

The Orange County Landfill has extended the operating hours to receive storm debris and will continue these hours until further notice: 

Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

Solid Waste Convenience Centers (SWCCs) are for residential waste only.  SWCCs are not intended, and do not have the capacity, to receive large quantities of storm debris.   There are five Solid Waste Convenience Centers in Orange County and all of them, except the center located on Bradshaw Quarry Road,will accept limited quantities vegetative waste.  

The following SWCC Policy Guidelines apply for all materials, not just yard waste:

 

Frequency: Limit one load per week day or weekend period. Load is defined as being either one (1) acceptable vehicle load or one (1) acceptable trailer load, not a combination of both.

Acceptable Vehicles and Trailers:  Trucks whose volume of material does not exceed 4.5 cubic yards or 120 cubic feet; Trailers, 10’ in length or less.

The NC DOT has committed to picking up vegetative debris on state-maintained roads in the unincorporated areas of Orange County.  Residents are asked to bring storm debris in lengths 10 feet or shorter to the side of the road.  Do not place debris in travel lanes, near mailboxes, where it will obstruct drainage, or reduce visibility for motorists and pedestrians.  Residents are discouraged from burning the debris, but please be patient while the NC DOT organizes its collection schedules.  

For more information about the NC DOT roadside collection, please call 919.732.4330.

For questions related to the Orange County Landfill operations or the Solid Waste Convenience Centers in Orange County, please call 919.968.2788 or send an e-mail to recycling@orangecountync.gov

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County Hires HR Director

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Orange County 

Phone: 919.245.2302

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

                                                              

ORANGE COUNTY HIRES HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 28, 2014)—Orange County is pleased to announce Brenda Bartholomew has been hired as the County’s Director of Human Resources. She will assume her new role on Monday, May 12.

Bartholomew hails from the Kingston, NY area where she has been employed with the Ulster County Personnel Department for the past 13 years. She has served in the capacity of Personnel Technician, Management Analyst and Director of Employee Relations, prior to being promoted as the Ulster County Personnel Officer in 2007.

“The County is excited to welcome Brenda to the team. She brings several years of human resources leadership, along with a connection and true understanding of employee relations, which will be an added benefit for our organization,” said Interim County Manager Michael Talbert.

“I am looking forward to working for Orange County and collaborating with the administrative staff and employees to meet employment and compensation needs. My objective is to foster a team environment and place the emphasis on providing quality service in the most effective and efficient manner,” said Bartholomew. 

Ms. Bartholomew is a graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz. She majored in Economics with a minor in Business. Brenda obtained a Masters of Public Administration from the Rockefeller School of Public Affairs and Policy SUNY in Albany, NY.

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Interim Housing Director

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Orange County 

Phone: 919.245.2302

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

                                                              

ORANGE COUNTY ANNOUNCES INTERIM DIRECTOR FOR HOUSING, HUMAN RIGHTS AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 27, 2014)—Orange County is pleased to announce James Davis Jr., will serve in the capacity of interim Director for the Housing, Human Rights and Community Development Department. James currently serves as the Civil Rights Specialist for Orange County.

Davis will assume his new role on April 1, following the retirement of Dr. Tara Fikes, who has served the County for 30 years. Davis welcomes the opportunity and looks forward to maintaining the department’s commitment to working closely with partnering agencies.

“Our retiring Director, Tara Fikes, is highly regarded for her standard of excellence in the administration of the Department’s programs.  I appreciate the opportunity to serve as the interim Director and I remain confident that our Department will continue to administer its programs in excellence.  To that end, I look forward to collaborating with our community partners and engaging with our community of neighbors.”

Mr. Davis is a graduate of Robert Morris College (Chicago), Knoxville College (TN) and the University of Tennessee Law School. He has been working in the field of fair and equal housing opportunities for over 13 years.

He discovered his niche in fair housing while working as a legal clerk for Legal Aid of East Tennessee. James later worked as the Senior Fair Housing Specialist for the City of Knoxville, the Housing Director for the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, and served as the president of the Equality Coalition for Housing Opportunities.

As a Civil Rights Specialist, James enforces the local and federal fair housing laws through education and by investigating housing discrimination complaints.

 

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BOCC Special Meeting Notice

Media Contact

Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners

Phone: 919.245.2130

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY BOCC SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 27, 2014)— Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following special meetings.

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will hold a closed session on Friday, April 4, 2014 starting at 11:30 a.m. and Monday, April 7, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. Both sessions will be at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

The purpose of the meetings is “to consider the qualifications, competence, performance, character, fitness, conditions of appointment, or conditions of initial employment of an individual public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee;” NCGS § 143-318.11(a)(6).

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Federal Disaster Declaration

Media Contact

Jim Groves, Director

Orange County Emergency Services

Phone: 919.245.6100

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

             

ORANGE COUNTY AMONG NINE NC COUNTIES LISTED IN GOVERNOR’S FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARATION

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 27, 2014)—Orange County Emergency Services is actively seeking Federal assistance related to the ice storm that occurred on March 6 and 7, 2014. Governor Pat McCrory requested a federal disaster declaration on Tuesday, March 25, to help nine central North Carolina counties recoup some of the costs associated with recovering from the most recent winter storm. 

On Thursday, March 20, 2014, Orange County Emergency Services coordinated a damage assessment information sharing session between representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), North Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Emergency Management Division and local support personnel from Orange County Government.  The Towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, and the Orange County Schools also had representatives present. 

Since the ice storm on March 6 and 7, various government entities, groups and agencies within Orange County have been collecting information on resources utilized and the financial impact caused by the storm.  From emergency service vehicles to dump trucks and from generators to chainsaw crews, Orange County and the Towns tackled the challenge.  Public Works and Solid Waste departments in the Towns and County continue to coordinate debris removal and disposal.

The damage assessment teams found enough damage to request assistance for Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Granville, Guilford, Orange, Person and Randolph counties.

"We’ve seen more than our fair share of winter storms this year, but this snow and ice brought down more trees and power lines than any other storm we’ve experienced in the past decade,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “I commend our local emergency management teams and first responders for their tremendous response during the storm. Now it’s our turn to help communities recover from the devastating costs associated with this ice storm.”

Governor McCrory has requested the federal funds to defray storm response and recovery costs in three categories. Damage assessment teams estimate the ice storm response and recovery cost state and local governments $26.9 million.


If the governor’s request is approved, federal money could pay up to 75 percent of the costs of emergency protective measures, repairs to local electric cooperatives infrastructure and tree and limb debris removal. Initial reports estimate between 750,000 to 1 million cubic yards of debris needed to be removed from personal and public properties in the nine requested counties.

Storm Debris FAQs

 

Question: When will the debris be picked up from my street?

Answer: It is anticipated NC DOT will have contractors in place to pick up debris from properties located on state maintained roads in the County beginning next week. Only debris placed on the side of the road will be picked up.

 

Question: Where should I take my storm debris?

Answer: The Orange County Landfill at 1514 Eubanks Road will accept loads of all sizes, from trucks and trailers to dump trucks, on up. Loads must be covered, tied or otherwise secured to prevent spillage during transportation.

 

Pick-up Truck Load or Trailer not over 10’ long and less than 1000 pounds -- $ 8.00

Per ton (1-ton minimum charge for larger loads) --  $18.00            

The Orange County Landfill has extended hours to receive storm debris until further notice. 

Saturday – 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Monday-Friday – 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

Solid Waste Convenience Centers (SWCCs) are for residential waste only.  SWCC’s are not intended, and do not have the capacity, to receive large quantities of storm debris.   There are five Solid Waste Convenience Centers in Orange County and all of them except the center located on Bradshaw Quarry Road accept limited quantities vegetative waste.  

The following SWCC Policy Guidelines apply:

Frequency  Limit one load per week day or weekend period. Load being either one (1) acceptable vehicle load or one (1) acceptable trailer load, not a combination of both.

Acceptable Vehicles and Trailers:  Trucks whose volume of material does not exceed 4.5 cubic yards or 120 cubic feet.  Trailers, 10’ in length or less.

 

Question: I had to complete some repairs to my home.  Can I throw leftover materials on the side of the road for DOT to pick up?

Answer: No.  Only vegetation debris shorter than 10 feet in length will be removed.

 

Question: I live on a private road.  Will my debris be collected?

Answer: Not at this time.  Options may be available for debris cleanup and pickup through your homeowner’s insurance.

For more information, please call the Orange County NCDOT office at 919.732.4330.

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Tax Office Revaluation

Media Contact

Dwane Brinson, Director

Orange County Tax Office

Phone: 919.245.2725

dbrinson@orangecountync.gov

                                     

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                                                                

ORANGE COUNTY TAX OFFICE BEGINS 2017 REVALUATION PROCESS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 24, 2014)— The Orange County Tax Office is beginning the initial phases of the January 1, 2017, County-wide property revaluation, and Tax Office appraisers will soon begin visiting properties to verify physical characteristics. 

All appraisers will have an Orange County identification badge, a business card, and will be driving Orange County vehicles with the Orange County seal.

Whether or not someone is present, a postcard will be left at the property to notify the owner that the Tax Office made a visit, and to allow the property owner to mail the postcard back to provide the Tax Office with their property data.  The postcard also provides Web site addresses where taxpayers can view their current assessment and verify characteristics (bit.ly/ocnctaxsearch), and fill out their postcard electronically if they prefer. 

The goal of a revaluation is to adjust property values to current market value by capturing changes in the market that have occurred since the last revaluation. This revaluation will take effect on January 1, 2017, and will use qualified market sales primarily from late-2015 and 2016. 

New value notices will be mailed to each Orange County property owner in early 2017, once new market values are determined.  Orange County’s last County-wide revaluation was on January 1, 2009, and current tax assessments reflect market values as of that appraisal date.  

For more information, please call the Orange County Tax Office at 919.245.2100.

 

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Planning Receives State Award

Media Contact

Craig Benedict, Director

Orange County Planning & Inspections Department

Phone: 919.245.2575

cbenedict@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY RECEIVES AWARD FROM

NC DIVISION OF ENERGY, MINERAL AND LAND RESOURCES

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 24, 2014)—The Orange County Planning & Inspections Department – Erosion Control Division is the recipient of the 2014 Local Erosion & Sedimentation Control Programs Award.

The award is presented by the State NCDENR Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources (DEMLR) Land Quality Section (LQS), during its conference held in New Bern, NC.

“This award recognizes the outstanding work being conducted by Orange County’s planning staff at all levels of ordinance implementation, plan review, permitting, field monitoring, pre-construction, during construction, and post-construction communication and issue resolution,” said Craig Benedict, director of Planning & Inspections Department.

This honor is also significant because Erosion Control/Stormwater staff, Wesley Poole, Erosion Control Officer II, and Steve Kaltenbach, Erosion Control Officer I, have been short-staffed since their supervisor retired last fall.  With the help of complementary divisions in planning and central permitting coordination procedures, Erosion Control/Stormwater staff was able to continue their good work to the highest of State standards who delegated this authority to the local level.

“Mr. Poole’s long-term commitment to the Erosion Control/Sedimentation and Stormwater field in Orange County is exemplified by his ability to understand, maintain, and ‘dig in’ to the work load over the years and bring in Mr. Haltenbach, who was a quick study, which resulted in successful outcomes,” added Benedict.

Support for the Awards Program is provided by the following agencies:

  • The North Carolina Sedimentation Control Commission
  • NC Department of Environmental and Natural Resources
  • Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources Land Quality Section
  • The Water Resources Research Institute of the University of North Carolina

 

Erosion Control and Sedimentation is a County-wide service for rural areas and all municipalities through interlocal agreements.  This system of oversight lends itself to consistency and cooperation to manage the environmental impacts of development.

 

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Aging

Media Contact

Myra Austin, Senior Centers Administrator

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.2020

maustin@orangecountync.gov

Terry Colville, Central Orange Senior Center Operations Manager

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.2016

tcolville@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST “LAS VEGAS NIGHT”

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 20, 2014)— Orange County Department on Aging and the Friends of the Central Orange Senior Center invite the public to win big at the annual “Las Vegas Night” fundraiser, which will be held on Saturday, April 12, at Central Orange Senior Center.

The fun begins at 6:00 p.m., and will include a delicious chicken and barbeque dinner, Vegas-style casino gambling, $10,000 in “chips,” dancing, great door prizes and more! Use your “winnings” from exciting games like Black Jack and Roulette to bid on auction items.

This popular event sells out each year, so get your tickets early! Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For information orto purchase tickets, please call 919.245.2015.

The Central Orange Senior Center is located at 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough. 

The Friends of the Central Orange Senior Center is a volunteer non-profit organization that supports the programs and services provided by the Orange County Department on Aging.

To learn more about the Friends of Central Orange Senior Center, their fundraising events, and how you can become involved, please visit www.friendsofcosc.com

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Library

Media Contact

Lucinda Munger, Director

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2525

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON PROPOSED BRANCH

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 19, 2014)— The Orange County Public Library (OCPL) will host two community engagement meetings regarding the proposed Southern Branch Library. 

The purpose of the upcoming meetings is two-fold: to gather input on the current proposed location in downtown Carrboro, and learn what library services are needed by the community.

The meetings will be:

  • Tuesday, March 25: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Hickory Tavern, 370 E. Main Street, Carrboro
  • Saturday, April 12: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main Street, Carrboro

“Unlike typical input sessions, these meetings will be interactive, creative and fun,” said OCPL Director Lucinda Munger. “Facilitated group exercises will be held to determine how people want this library branch to look and feel. And comments will be taken regarding the library’s location and activities.”

“We hope to hear many ideas for this future library,” she continued, “and have a wide range of folks participate in these important discussions.”

Gift certificates and library tote bags will be given to meeting participants.

Orange County is currently evaluating space in the 300 East Main Street development in downtown Carrboro to locate a Southern Branch Library in 2017.

The new library would replace the Carrboro Branch Library, in McDougle Middle School, and the Cybrary, in the Carrboro Century Center.

For more information about the Southern Branch Library, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/library/southernbranch.asp.

 

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BOCC

Media Contact

Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners

Phone: 919.245.2130 or Thom Freeman (919) 245-2125

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

HILLSBOROUGH TOWNSHIP APPLICANTS NEEDED FOR ORANGE COUNTY PLANNING BOARD

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 19, 2014)— One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County advisory boards and commissions. 

Currently there is an opening on the Orange County Planning Board for a representative from the Hillsborough Township.  Applicants must reside in Orange County.  The Board is especially seeking individuals who are interested in planning and development issues.  General planning knowledge is preferred, but not required.

The Orange County Planning Board is a 12-member board.  This board:

  • Makes studies of Orange County and surrounding areas;
  • Determines objectives to be sought in the development of Orange County;
  • Prepares and recommends plans for achieving these objectives;
  • Develops and recommends to the Board of Commissioners policies, ordinances, administrative procedures and other means for carrying out these plans in a coordinated and efficient manner;
  • Reviews development applications and makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners.
  • Exercises such functions in the administration and enforcement of various means for carrying out plans as may be assigned by this or other ordinances of the County.

 

If interested in serving, apply at www.orangecountync.gov/boards.

Volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

 

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County to Close Early

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Orange County

Phone: 919.245. 2302  

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ORANGE COUNTY TO CLOSE AT 3:30 P.M. TODAY
DUE TO WINTER WEATHER

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 17, 2014)–The Orange County Manager’s Office and Emergency Services Department are announcing the closure of County offices at 3:30 p.m. today. The County will reopen at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 18.

Due to the winter weather expected for the area, the County offices will close early in the best interest and the safety of residents and County employees. All evening programs are canceled.

Orange County Emergency Services is monitoring the situation.

The latest weather updates can be obtained from the Emergency Services Twitter page at www.Twitter.com/ocncemergency

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BOCC

Media Contact

Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners

Phone: 919.245.2130

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY BOCC SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 13, 2014)— Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following meeting. 

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will hold a closed session on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.  

The purpose of the meeting is “to consider the qualifications, competence, performance, character, fitness, conditions of appointment, or conditions of initial employment of an individual public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee;” NCGS § 143-318.11(a)(6).

 

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County Requests Patience with debris Pickup

Media Contact

Jim Groves, Director

Orange County Emergency Services

Phone: 919.245.6100

John Howell

Orange County Maintenance Engineer

NCDOT

919.732.4330

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

                                                                

ORANGE COUNTY URGES RESIDENTS TO BE PATIENT REGARDING
STORM DEBRIS REMOVAL

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 11, 2014)—Orange County Emergency Services is working with the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to develop a plan to clean up storm debris along state-maintained roads in Orange County.

Orange County has activated site management and monitoring contracts in preparation for receiving and properly disposing the debris picked up by NCDOT. Meantime, NCDOT is continuing cleanup efforts, and working towards awarding emergency contracts for debris removal. The Governor’s State of Emergency declaration enables NCDOT to expedite the contract bidding process.

Once a contract is awarded, which could happen by late next week, a schedule for debris pickup will be established. The contract might be awarded by the end of next week, but it may take longer to begin the actual removal and hauling. As a result, residents are asked to be patient as the debris will be sitting on the roadside for a while.

Since the Orange County Convenience Centers cannot handle large loads, two sites will be opened to receive storm debris. One site will be the Eubanks Road Landfill. The open date is still to be determined. Solid Waste Management will maintain all landfill restrictions during this cleanup process.

Crews from NCDOT continue to clear any debris that may have fallen onto state-maintained roads, cutting up trees and branches and pushing them off to the side of the roadway. The pickup of that debris, as well as the vegetation debris residents who live along those roads place beside the road right-of-way will be handled by contractors.

In order to expedite pickup, residents who live on state-maintained roads are asked to place debris along the side of the roadway and backside of the ditch as soon as possible. Do not place debris in travel lanes or in areas where it will block drainage or reduce visibility for motorists and pedestrians. Do not block mailboxes or fire hydrants. Residents are discouraged from burning the debris and reminded that it’s illegal to burn construction debris.

Please keep the following points in mind while collecting debris for removal:

•   Often debris cleanup is covered by homeowners insurance and arrangements for its collection would be handled by the insurance company

•    NCDOT will only collect vegetation debris, such as trees and limbs

•    Property owners are asked to cut storm-related vegetation debris into pieces shorter than 10-foot, if possible.

For more information, please call John Howell at NCDOT at 919.732.4330.

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County Closes Deal with Japanese Company

Media Contact

Steve Brantley, Director

Economic Development Department

Phone: 919.245.2325

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

                                                                

ORANGE COUNTY CLOSES DEAL WITH JAPANESE CANDY COMPANY

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 11, 2014)—The Orange County Economic Development Department is announcing the new “Hi-Chew” candy production facility, has finalized the purchase of the 21-acre site in Mebane as of March 10, 2014.

The company has been incorporated in Mebane, with the name “Morinaga America Foods, Inc.”  The parent company Morinaga & Co., Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan was incorporated 115 years ago, and ranks as Japan’s largest candy and confectionary firm.  Japan is the world’s second largest candy market, following the United States.

Mr. Toshiaki Fukunaga has been appointed as the new local president of Morinaga America Foods, Inc. Construction work to build a new 100,000 sq. ft. “Hi-Chew” candy production facility will begin in the next two to three weeks under the guidance of the construction management firm InSpec Group.

“We are pleased and humbled that the good people of Morinaga and Company have decided to locate their American headquarters in Orange County,” said BOCC Chair Barry Jacobs. “We look forward to a long and prosperous partnership. We are grateful for this affirmation of our efforts to bring quality jobs and good corporate citizens to our community.”

Morinaga America Foods, Inc. will hire approximately 90 members, and invest up to $48 million in the new Orange County operation. The County’s water and sewer improvements to the site will be significantly reimbursed by a Community Development Block Grant from the State of NC.

“A comprehensive set of incentive offers were used to recruit Morinaga to Orange County, including performance grants from the County and City of Mebane, State incentives, NCDOT road access, and assistance and technical training of Morinaga’s new employees at the Hillsborough campus of Durham Technical Community College,” said Steve Brantley, director of Orange County Economic Development. 

Construction of the state-of-the-art clean USDA-spec manufacturing facility will be completed by June 2015, and operations will begin at that time.

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County Storm Debris Pickup

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Orange County 

Phone: 919.245.2302

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

                                                                

ORANGE COUNTY STORM DEBRIS WILL BE COLLECTED BY NCDOT

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 10, 2014)—Orange County is announcing the NC Department of Transportation will collect storm debris from properties located on DOT maintained roads in the County, including subdivisions.

Pickup will begin sometime next week, so residents have plenty of time to gather debris.

Residents are asked to place ONLY vegetative storm debris at the edge of the pavement and backside of the ditch. Please be sure not to place debris too close to the road as this will pose a safety hazard.

The County encourages residents to place debris next to the road instead of burning it. This can result in wildfires, air pollution, etc. Wildfire season begins next week.

The DOT waiver only applies to Orange, Alamance, and Guilford Counties.

The pick-up service will not apply to residents who live within the limits of the Towns of Hillsborough, Chapel Hill and Carrboro, only for those in the non-incorporated portions of Orange County.

The County is also working with North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) and Orange County Solid Waste to manage the debris pickup.

Orange County is also working with NCEM to assess the damage, attempting to qualify for federal disaster assistance, which would benefit the local governments and schools. This would allow the County to receive hazard mitigation grants to help prepare for future disasters.

If residents have an unmet need, such as downed trees, food, or any other non- emergency request, please call the Information Line at 919.245.6111.

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County Shelter Closed

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Orange County  

Phone: 919.245.2302

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

           

ORANGE COUNTY SHELTER IS CLOSED

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 8, 2014)—Orange County Emergency Services is announcing the shelter at CW Stanford Middle School in Hillsborough is closed.

Any residents without power this evening, should make arrangements to stay with family, friends, church members, etc.   

For tips on how to whether the storm or to report downed trees, please call the Information Line at 919.245.6111.

U.S. Forestry strike teams continue to clear trees from roads throughout the County. Utility crews are making the rounds in Orange County and Duke Energy estimates full power restoration by 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 9.

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NCDOT Storm Debris Collection

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Orange County  

Phone: 919.245.2302

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

           ORANGE COUNTY ANNOUNCING NCDOT WILL COLLECT STORM DEBRIS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 8, 2014)—Orange County Emergency Services is announcing the NC Department of Transportation will begin to pick up storm debris from properties located in the County.

Residents are asked to place any vegetative storm debris along DOT maintained right-of-ways.  The DOT waiver only applies to Orange, Alamance, and Guilford Counties. The service will be time limited and a termination date will be announced next week.

The pick-up service will not apply to residents who live within the limits of the Towns of Hillsborough, Chapel Hill and Carrboro, only for those in the non-incorporated portions of Orange County.

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County Saturday Hours

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Orange County  

Phone: 919.245.2302

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

                                                                

ORANGE COUNTY SATURDAY OPERATING HOURS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 8, 2014)– Orange County Government announces the following operating hours for Saturday, March 8, 2014.  Openings and closings are based on the availability of power resources impacted by the ice storm.

  • Orange County Main Library in Hillsborough - Closed
  • Cybrary and Carrboro Branch Library - Closed
  • Orange County Animal Services – Opening at 1:00 p.m.
  • Central Orange Recreation Center – Opening at 1:00 p.m.
  • Little River Park – Closed
  • Other parks – Regular schedule
  • Efland Community Center – Closed
  • Senior Centers – Regular Schedule

 

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County Offers Chain Saw Safety Tips

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Orange County  

Phone: 919.245.2302

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

                                                                

ORANGE COUNTY REMINDS RESIDENTS TO USE CAUTION WHEN OPERATING CHAIN SAWS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 8, 2014)—Orange County Emergency Services is reminding residents who plan to clear fallen trees this weekend that operating a chain saw can be hazardous. However, potential injuries can be minimized by using proper personal protective equipment and safe operating procedures.

Emergency Services offers the following safety tips recommended by OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Before Starting a Chain Saw

  • Check controls, chain tension, and all bolts and handles to ensure that they are functioning properly and that they are adjusted according to the manufacturer's instructions
  • Make sure that the chain is always sharp and the lubrication reservoir is full
  • Start the saw on the ground or on another firm support. Drop starting is never allowed
  • Start the saw at least 10 feet from the fueling area, with the chain's brake engaged

Fueling a Chain Saw

  • Use approved containers for transporting fuel to the saw
  • Dispense fuel at least 10 feet away from any sources of ignition when performing construction activities. No smoking during fueling.
  • Use a funnel or a flexible hose when pouring fuel into the saw
  • Never attempt to fuel a running or HOT saw

Chain Saw Safety Tips

 

  • Be mindful of people standing nearby when you are operating a chain saw
  • Clear away dirt, debris, small tree limbs and rocks from the saw's chain path. Look for nails, spikes or other metal in the tree before cutting.
  • Shut off the saw or engage its chain brake when carrying the saw on rough or uneven terrain
  • Keep your hands on the saw's handles, and maintain secure footing while operating the saw
  • Proper personal protective equipment must be worn when operating the saw, which includes hand, foot, leg, eye, face, hearing and head protection.
  • Do not wear loose-fitting clothing
  • Be careful that the trunk or tree limbs will not bind against the saw
  • Watch for branches under tension, they may spring out when cut
  • Gasoline-powered chain saws must be equipped with a protective device that minimizes chain saw kickback
  • Be cautious of saw kick-back. To avoid kick-back, do not saw with the tip. If equipped, keep tip guard in place.

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County Offers Food Safety Tips

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Orange County  

Phone: 919.245.2302

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

                                                                

ORANGE COUNTY REMINDS RESIDENTS ABOUT POST STORM FOOD SAFETY

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 8, 2014)—Orange County Cooperative Extension is reminding residents about the importance of food safety during a prolonged power outage.

With the enormous degree of ice and freezing rain that covered the area, more than 24,000 Orange County residents are experiencing power outages. Refer to the following links to know what foods you can keep, which ones you can refreeze and which ones need to be discarded in the case of a... prolonged power outage.

Freezers: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/disaster/factsheets/pdf/froz_food.pdf

Refrigerator: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/disaster/factsheets/pdf/refridgerated.pdf  

If you know someone who is without power and you are able to access these links, please share the information with those people.

Keep a copy of these tips with your important papers as part of your emergency preparedness kit. For more information, please contact Cooperative Extension at 919.245.2055.

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County to Host Community Read

Media Contact

James Davis

Human Relations Commission

Phone: 919.245.2488

housinghumanrightscd@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY INVITES PUBLIC TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY READ


ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 4, 2014)—The Orange County Human Relations Commission is hosting its annual Community READ event.

The gathering will take place at the Orange County Main Library on Monday, March 31, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The Library is located at 137 W. Margaret Lane in Hillsborough.

The community is encouraged to read My Black Family, My White Privilege by Michael Wenger. This narrative is written from Wenger’s personal journey through what he coins as the nation’s racial minefield. Mr. Wenger will be in attendance to facilitate the conversation. It is not necessary to read the book to join in the conversation

The Human Relations Commission is making this a community-wide event by requesting local book clubs to let the Commission know if their group has selected Wenger’s book as a part of their reading list. 

  

This event is co-sponsored by the Kenan-Flagler Center for Sustainable Enterprise.

For more information about the Community READ, please contact the Orange County Human Relations Commission at 919.245.2488. 

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County TV Channel Moving to 1301

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Orange County

Phone: 919.245. 2302  

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ORANGE COUNTY TV CHANNEL TO MOVE ON TIME WARNER CABLE LINEUP

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 4, 2014)—Orange County’s government access TV channel, OCTV, will move from channel 180 to channel 1301 on Wednesday, March 12. If residents do not have a set top box the channel is available on 97.6.

The move is the result of Time Warner Cable launching a new theme-based digital channel lineup. The new lineup groups channels together intuitively, making it simpler and easier to find programming. There is no change in channels 1 to 99.

The Board of Orange County Commissioner regular meetings will continue to air on OCTV as well as the rebroadcast of the meetings. If residents do not subscribe to Time Warner Cable, the regular board meetings can be accessed on the County’s Web site at www.orangecountync.gov via streaming video.

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County to Open at 10:00 a.m.

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Orange County

Phone: 919.245. 2302  

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ORANGE COUNTY TO OPEN ON TWO HOUR DELAY DUE TO
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 3, 2014)–The Orange County Manager’s Office and Emergency Services Department are announcing the administrative offices will open on a two hour delay on Tuesday, March 4, as a result of the Winter Weather Advisory.

In the best interest and the safety of residents and County employees, offices that normally open at 8:00 a.m. will open at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4.

Orange County Emergency Services is monitoring the situation and coordinating potential response and recovery efforts with appropriate stakeholders.  

The latest weather updates can be obtained from the Emergency Services Twitter page at www.Twitter.com/ocncemergency

A ‘warning’ is issued when there is at least three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period.

An ‘advisory’ is issued if there is less than three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period. 

 

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County to Close Early

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Orange County

Phone: 919.245. 2302  

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ORANGE COUNTY TO CLOSE AT 2:00 P.M. TODAY
DUE TO WINTER WEATHER

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 3, 2014)–The Orange County Manager’s Office and Emergency Services Department are announcing the closure of County offices at 2:00 p.m. today.

Due to the winter weather expected for the area, the County offices will close early in the best interest and the safety of residents and County employees. All evening programs are canceled.

Orange County Emergency Services is monitoring the situation.

The latest weather updates can be obtained from the Emergency Services Twitter page at www.Twitter.com/ocncemergency

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