Orange County

County Commish Candidates '08

Here are some hastily scribbled notes from last night's forum to meet the new cast of county commissioner candidates hosted by the Dem Women of OC.

From the DWOC handouts :

OC is going to a 7 member CC Plan; D1 = 3 members, D2 = 2 members + 2 "At Large" members. District 1 is the 71,389 people in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School District. District 2 is the 44,142 of us that make up the rest of the rest of the county. In 2008 4 commissioners will be elected. D1 gets 2 seats, D2 gets one seat and one "At-Large" seat. 3 Commishes are not up for re-election until 2010: Alice Gordon, Barry Jacobs and Mike Nelson.

From notes:

Valerie Foushee D1 - (D-CH) uncontested "safe seat" - spoke on community mental health needs and diversity in housing, said state offered current county commissioners only 2 choices in raising taxes: land transfer tax or sales tax, which she sees as more regressive

Mary M. Wolfe - At Large -- absent

Have your say on the countywide Comprehensive Plan

Thanks to the VIllage Project's blog for reminding us about three community meetings in April for the public to comment on Orange County's new draft Comprehensive Plan.

Open House*
April 3, 2008, 3:00-7:00PM
Planning and Agricultural Center, "Food-Lab"
306-F Revere Rd., Hillsborough

Citizens for Schools and Parks organizational meeting

Next week a group of Orange County residents will be organizing Citizens for Schools and Parks to advocate for passing the real estate transfer tax in Orange County.  This group will be ad-hoc and will dissolve after this May's vote on the issue.
If you are concerned about school, park and open space funding in Orange County and want to help pass this referendum, then please come to this meeting.  If you cannot come, then please email to let us know how you can help.
BE THERE: Wednesday March 26, 2008 at 7:30 pm at Carrboro Town Hall in Room 100.

Forum to address land transfer tax

What: forum to discuss land transfer tax

When: Thursday 7:30pm

Where: Homestead Community Center, 600 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill

Who: Seven Orange County Democratic precinct committees plus Sen. Ellie Kinnard, Orange County Commissioner Mike Nelson and Kara Milonzi, assistant professor of public law at UNC

More info: Sally Crumbaugh at 968-8587 or or Stan Cheren at 942-9493 or



WATER: THE CYCLE of LIFE: A Water Resources and the Future of Orange County Symposium  

Do you have questions and concerns about the current and future affect of the drought on our reservoir and well water supply?  If you do, then come to a program where a distinguished group of water resource experts will help us understand these complex issues. Charles Daniel, Pat Davis, Tom Konsler, and Rick Bolich will make presentations Sunday March 9th from 2:30 to 4:30 at the Southern Human Services Building on Homestead Rd. in Chapel Hill.

The Community Action Network (CAN), whose mission is to raise public awareness for a sustainable community, is sponsoring “Water the Cycle of Life — A Water Resources and Future of Orange County Symposium.”  Charles Daniel and Rick Bolich are hydro-geologists who will help us understand how our water supply is replenished and show of results of the “Orange County Water Resource Studies” completed by the US Geological Survey (USGS).  Mr. Daniel conducted the Orange County USGS research and Mr. Bolich of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, conducted drought workshops for Orange County citizens this past summer and fall.  Pat Davis, OWASA Utility Manager and past Triangle J Water Resources Manager, will show us the state of the municipal water supply, recent research findings, and the efforts implemented to protect our local water quality.  Tom Konsler, Orange County Environmental Health Director, will provide information on the health and care of wells and ground water in Orange County.

All of the speakers will share their ideas on what we can do to conserve the quantity and protect the quality of our water resources.  Orange County is fortunate to have had our water resources studied and protected more than any other county in the state.  So come on out and bring your friends and neighbors with you!  We all need to learn more about the status of our water and we also must know what each of us can do to conserve and protect our precious water resource.



Sunday, March 9, 2008 - 10:30am to 12:30pm


Southern Human Services Bldg., 2501 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill



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