Orange County

"What is the State of Our Local Water Supply?"

The OWASA Board has called a public forum on Thursday night, January 24th, regarding “The State of Our Local Water Supply” to inform the public and receive customers’ questions and feedback concerning about:
  • Local water supply and demand and weather forecasts for coming months;
  • Short and long-term financial implications and strategies for the drought;
  • The options, costs and timetable for addressing the “Worst Case” drought scenario (no rainfall for many months); and
  • Proposed changes in OWASA’s water conservation standards and parallel local water conservation ordinances to further limit outdoor irrigation in Stage Two and Stage Three water shortages. (Stage Two restrictions are now in effect.) The proposed changes would generally prohibit irrigation with hand-held hoses, soaker hoses, drip irrigation and micro-spray systems in Stage Two and all irrigation with OWASA drinking water would be prohibited in Stage Three.


Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Chapel Hill Town Hall

Orange County Democratic Breakfast

The breakfast provides a regular, informal, and congenial setting where we discuss issues with fellow Democrats and have occasional speakers or programs. Mr. Moses Carey, currently a County Commissioner and a candidate for the NC Senate seat representing Orange and Person Counties, with be a guest.


Saturday, February 9, 2008 - 4:00am to 5:15am


Occoneechee Steak House, 378 S. Churton St., Hillsborough

"Water and Growth--Can We Have Both?"

Speaker: Sarah Bruce, from The Village Project and Executive Director of the Upper Neuse River Basin Association (other speakers TBD). Light refreshments will be served.


Thursday, January 31, 2008 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Lake Hogan Farms Clubhouse, 101 Commons Way in Chapel Hill (from Homestead Rd., turn north onto Lake Hogan Farms Rd. and take the second right).

Human Relations Month Kick-Off Features Dance, Music and Discussion

Event celebrates human rights and relations, brings attention to pressing issues.

Join the County Human Relations Commission in celebrating Human Relations Month at a kick-off event from 2:30-5P on Sunday, January 27, at the Carrboro Century Center (100 N. Greensboro Street, Carrboro). The event will include a presentation on healthcare inequities by local advocates Shannon and Anthony Fleg and a performance by the Chuck Davis African-American Dance Ensemble. Refreshments will be served at this family event. For more information, contact James Spivey at the County Human Rights and Relations Department, (919) 960-3875.



Carrboro Century Center

Commissioner candidates emerging

Filing for the Orange County Board of Commissioners election begins February 11th. Of the folks rumored to be considering a run, Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board Chair Pam Hemminger has been at the top of the list, and on Monday the Orange Chat blog made it official. Another likely candidate is Bernadette Pelissier of the Orange-Chatham Sierra Club (and formerly of the OWASA Board). I've also heard rumbling about an African American challenger from the county, and of course incumbent Valerie Foushee is expected to run for re-relection as well.

An interesting question emerges about which candidates will run in their respective districts, and which will go for the at-large seat. District 1 (Chapel Hill & Carrboro) will be electing 2 seats, while the rest of the county will elect one person from District 2.

With Moses Carey Jr. running for state Senate and two additional seats on the county Board of Commissioners, we'll have some new faces on the board next year.



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