The Orange County Board of Commissioners again considered transit earlier this evening at its biweekly meeting. After a litany of other agenda items, county planning director Craig Benedict outlined a timeline for placing the transit tax on the ballot. At the remaining work session and regular meeting in March, the commissioners will presented with information on the cost sharing for the regional transit program and agree to some conception of it. In April, the town will hold two public meetings and draft the official transit plan for the country.
At its first meeting in May, the commission will officially approve a cost sharing agreement with Durham County and adopt the transit plan, and finally, at its second May meeting—one week after the primary—the commissioners will vote up or down on an agreement with Triangle Transit and whether or not a referendum will be placed on the ballot. The fact that the commissioners are delaying a vote on the referendum is disappointing as it allows to commissioners to go through the election without officially being on record on the transit tax.
In other notes, the commissioners approved the construction of two new fire stations for the Orange Grove Fire Department, discussed the implications of providing funds for the cleanup of illegal dumping around the landfill on Rogers Road, planned for the construction that will occur at the Walnut Grove Solid Waste Convenience Center and received two reports—one of the Schools Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (SAPFO) and another on the NC-54/I-40 Corridor Study.
As we move toward the election, it’s my hope that the commissioners show a little more leadership on the key issues that our community is facing and be wiling to boldly take the progression position on them. On almost every issue the commissioners discussed there seemed to be a general reluctance to take a position, and often the commissioners were simply correcting the grammar of staff reports.
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