Tuesday evening, the Board of County Commissioners will hold a public
hearing on recycling. There has been a change in the way the law is
being interpreted which makes the current fee system questionable.
Currently the county is divided into 3 sections. Some of the rural
community pays for 2 of the 3R fees (availability and convenience
centers) and the portion of the rural community that gets curbside
collection on recycling pays for those same 2 + an additional fee of $38
for collections. A new funding source is needed for the curbside
collections portion of the fee (a service that effects about 13,000
county is considering 3 options to get around this legal issue. 1) go
to a solid waste authority (like OWASA) that would be a separate
operational and financial unit, 2) create 3 solid waste tax districts,
or 3) eliminate curbside collection for neighborhoods outside of a city
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Orange County Department of Social Services, 113 Mayo Street, Hillsborough
After a lengthy discussion at the January 24 county commissioners' meeting, a couple of decisions were made regarding the continued meeting of the Historic Rogers Road Task Force.
First, by unanimous vote, the commissioners approved moving forward with completing plans to fund and build a community center for the Rogers Road community. There was less agreement about the charge of the task force. Commissioner Mark Dorosin wanted to have the task force consider the potential for gentrification in the community once the sewer was extended to all eligible homes. Commissioner Earl Mckee disagreed, stating that homeowners should be able to decide for themselves the highest and best use of their property. There were a variety of motions, friendly and unfriendly amendments made, votes taken, and wordsmithing done until, ultimately, a motion was made to charge the task force to continue their work on extending sewer service, completing the community center, addressing gentrification, and use of the Greene Tract as a funding option. This motion was passed five to two (Commissioners Penny Rich and Bernadette Pelissier voted against).
Newly minted county commissioner (and former Chapel Hill Town Council member) Penny Rich just sent a letter (quoted in its entirety below) to Chapel Hill mayor Mark Kleinschmidt. In it she takes strong exception to the behavior of Chapel Hill Planning Board chair Del Snow, who attended a county commissioners meeting last month to speak against the implementation of the Orange County transit plan. (See OP's live coverage of the meeting and discussion of the transit vote.)
While I wholeheartedly share Penny's concerns about Del misrepresenting the town, her call for the town to remove Del from the Planning Board will probably provoke a defensive response about municipal sovereignty, which will make it politically difficult for the town to actually do anything about it. Frankly I'm even more bothered that someone in a position of planning leadership such as Del is working to undermine the large-scale community transportation planning that is so critical to our future. Either way I'd like to see some new leaders on the Planning Board, preferably who appreciate both planning and process. But only the Chapel Hill Town Counil can make that happen.
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