Orange County

Orange County Comprehensive Plan Public Meeting

The input session will begin with a formal time for citizens to speak at a podium about what they would like to see in the plan.

Afterward, County staff will be stationed throughout the room, each representing one of the seven plan elements: Economic Development, Housing, Land Use, Natural and Cultural Systems, Recreation and Parks, Services/Utilities and Community Facilities, and Transportation. During this period, staff will be in a listening mode giving County residents a chance to talk about important goals they desire to see included within each of the elements.


Monday, January 28, 2008 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Southern Human Services Building

General predictions for BOCC elections

This is more of my perspective of how the current election by district setup will play out.  Two at-large seats:Historically Chapel Hill and Carrboro residents have controlled 60% of the votes at a minimum, meaning at least one of the two at-large seats will be filled by a district 1 supported candidate.   Most terms District 1 will control both seats and rarely if Hillsborough and Rural OC can agree on a candidate they'll have one at-large seat.Three District 1 seats:Obviously Carrboro and Chapel Hill supported seats.Two District 2 seats:I see both will be controlled by Hillsborough residence unless the rural areas from southeastern and northern parts of the county will agree on a candidate and that's not going to proactively happen before our next opportunity at having representation.

Human Relations Month Kick-off Event

At the Carrboro Century Center.

February is Human Relations Month. The Orange County Human Relations Commission, the Orange County Department of Human Rights & Relations and the Orange County Board of Commissioners will host a kick-off ceremony to acknowledge Human Relations Month in Orange County. The Human Relations Month Kick-Off will take place at the Carrboro Century Center on Sunday, January 27, 200 8 from 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM.

As Orange County accepts its cultural and ethnic diversity, the ideology that all human beings should have the right to equitable health care will be the theme of this year’s Human Relations Month Kick-Off Event.

The Kick-Off will include musical entertainment by the band, Big Much and a performance by the Chuck Davis African-American Dance Ensemble.

The key speakers will be Shannon Fleg and Anthony Fleg. Ms. Fleg is a proud Dine (Navajo) woman from Arizona who serves as a coordinator for the Native Health Initiative. She is a social research associate for the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Mr. Fleg serves as a coordinator for the Native Health Initiative. He recently earned a Masters in Public Health from UNC and will graduate from medical school in May 2008.

Come and help celebrate Orange County’s diverse cultures. The event is free and open to the public.

For additional information contact the Orange County Office of Human Rights and Relations, 919-960-3875.


Sunday, January 27, 2008 - 9:30am

Rogers Road Waste Transfer Station - the blog

For those of you interested in following the development of the Rogers Road landfill and waste transfer station story, we have established a blog at

We welcome your comments on the blog and encourage you to share this resource with your friends. We also welcome your support and attendance at the many public meetings held to discuss the search for a new location for the Waste Transfer Station. Send us your contact information and we'll keep you advised.

From all of us at the Rogers-Eubanks Coalition to End Environmental Racism (CEER), our best wishes for a warm and wonderful holiday and a New Year free from environmental racism!

Stan Cheren
Rogers-Eubanks Coalition
Communications Committee
(919) 942-9493 voice · (919) 942-9396 fax

Getting to a downtown library branch

I wanted to take advantage of this forum to submit an idea someone shared with me this past week. My friend noted the fact that people have recently been speaking out in favor of locating new libraries in both downtown Chapel Hill and Carrboro. We came up with the suggestion that Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Orange County should come together to build one library on or near the border shared by the two towns in the area of Rosemary Street.

This way, Chapel Hill would get the library close to downtown that has been desired and Carrboro would get the same. In theory this library could be funded from four entities if the fed chipped in. Compared to the current plan of two towns and two libraries, which proposes that Carrboro's library would be funded by Orange County and Chapel Hill's library would be funded by Chapel Hill, this would be a more efficient use of all of our tax dollars.



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