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BOCC to consider economic development incentive for multi-million dollar project, hear about firearm regulations


The Orange County Board of Commissioners will hold two meetings on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The first will be a public hearing and vote on a performance-based economic development package for the recruitment of Medline Industries' distribution center, and the second will be a regularly scheduled work session. The meetings are scheduled for the Southern Human Services Center (2501 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill) at 7 p.m.


Medline is proposing a $65.3 million investment over five years to build a 1.2 million square foot, LEED-certified distribution center that would bring 250 manufacturing jobs by 2024. Average salary would be approximately $35,000 per year with the potential for as many as 600 jobs after 10 years. The positions would also have full health insurance, retirement and other benefits.

The county is considering a $1.8 million incentive package with claw-back provisions if the company does not meet its performance guarantees. Mebane and the state are also providing incentives, bringing the total package to $4.3 million.

  • Click here for the agenda items related to the project.

The work session will commence immediately after the public hearing ends. At the meeting, the county attorney will provide information to the Board about the legal framework related to regulating discharge of firearms in dense neighborhoods.

After receiving a petition from many concerned residents in June regarding public safety and noise concerns, the Orange County Board of Commissioners asked the county attorney to research the issue.


Residents may attend the Sept. 10 work session to hear the county attorney’s report, but public comments are not taken at work sessions. 


If the Board of Commissioners decides to pursue changes, within the allowable legal framework, to the discharge of firearms, the public will be invited to provide input as those changes are considered by the Board.

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Orange County Affordable Housing Advisory Board to meet Sept. 10 in Efland-Cheeks


Interested in affordable housing? As a means to share its work and ensure that all communities throughout Orange County have an opportunity to provide input on affordable housing issues, needs and priorities, the County’s Affordable Housing Advisory Board (AHAB) will hold its next monthly meeting in the Efland-Cheeks Community. The public is invited to attend.  This is an opportune time to share your concerns and suggestions on this very important matter.

The meeting with be held on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Efland-Cheeks Community Center, 117 Richmond Road, Efland. 

Refreshments will be provided.

The Orange County Affordable Housing Advisory Board was established in 2001 and its members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners.  The charge of the Advisory Board is to advise the Commissioners regarding prioritizing housing needs; assess project proposals; publicize the County's housing objectives; monitor the progress of local housing programs; explore new funding opportunities; and increase the community's awareness of and commitment to producing attractive affordable housing.

If you have questions or need additional information, contact Diane Beecham, Community Development Specialist, Orange County Housing and Community Development Department at (919) 245-4358.

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Forum to explore issues faced by African Americans and their contributions in early 20th century


Orange County Department on Aging and the Orange County Community Remembrance Coalition (OCCRC) invite the public to attend an enlightening forum on the social, economic and political issues encountered and addressed by African-Americans during the early 20th century.

The forum, Blacks in World War I, the Red Summer of 1919, and the Paris Pan African Congress, will feature special guest speaker, Dr. Adriane D. Lentz-Smith, PhD, Associate Professor in the History Department at Duke University.

Dr. Lentz-Smith is the author of Freedom Struggles: African Americans in World War I. She is currently working on her next book tentatively titled, Afterlives: Sagon Penn, State Violence and the Twilight of the Civil Rights Movement.

Also presenting will be Dr. Tony A. Frazier, Assistant Professor in the History Department, North Carolina Central University, and Dr. Freddie L. Parker, Professor, Emeritus of American History.

The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. – Noon at the Passmore Center located at 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

For more information, contact Freddie Parker at fparker70@gmail.com, Renee Price at reneeprice2012@gmail.com, or online at www.occrcoalition.org.

BOCC appoints Freeman as Tax Administrator


Longtime tax department employee Nancy Freeman was appointed Tax Administrator on Tuesday by the Orange County Board of Commissioners. Freeman replaces Duane Brinson, who resigned in the spring to take a similar position in Durham County.

Freeman is a graduate of East Carolina University with a degree in Special Education. She started in Orange County in the Revenue Department in December 1997. Prior to joining the county, she worked with Hillsborough Savings Bank.

“I’m a native of Orange County, so this is important to me,” said Freeman. “This is more than a job. It’s my home, and I want to do the best I can for my fellow residents of Orange County.”

Freeman assumed the role of Interim Tax Administrator effective Aug. 3, 2019. Chair Penny Rich and Commissioners Mark Marcoplos and Jamezetta Bedford participated in the selection process.
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