Public Health & Safety

Will the new waste-transfer search be any different than the last?

The County Commissioners are starting the new search process to site a proposed waste transfer station, just as they received official notice of an environmental justice complaint filed with the EPA in 2007 by the landfill neighbors.

Before getting to the search the board met in closed session to discuss a newly received notification from the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Civil Rights that a formal complaint had been filed.

The complaint alleges racial discrimination on the part of the county, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, the Orange Water and Sewer Authority and the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

County Attorney Geoff Gledhill said officials will not publicly discuss Eubanks Road until they decide on the board's response.

To avoid similar protests this time, the board will serve as the search committee but will work with Olver Inc., a Charlotte-based consulting firm that specializes in environmental issues and waste facilities.

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

Get your crime by e-mail

Here's a cool idea:

The Hillsborough Police Department has started issuing crime reports by e-mail, giving a snapshot of the significant reports made in the past 24 or 48 hours.

- News & Observer: "Police post reports of crime by e-mail" 1/9/08

When I lived in Northside, the police sometimes brought a print our of the crimes reported in the area for the last month to our Community Watch meetings. I think more immediate information could be very helpful, especially if we need to be on guard for specific people or recurring problems. On the other hand, some people are already too paranoid as it is...

Fun tonight

Tonight there are two meetings of interest to you social activists. At 6 pm, UNC will hold a forum on the chancellor selection process, and at 7 7:30 pm the County Commissioners will meet at the Southern Human Services Center to discuss the new search for a place to put a future waste transfer station.

I will add more information when I am back at my computer.


The Chancellor's Search Forum will be from 6 pm to 8 pm in Gerrard Hall on campus (between the Campus Y and Memorial Hall). More information and video of previous forums is available at:

The Board of Orange County Commissioners meeting starts at 7:30 at the Southern Human Services Center on Homestead Road. The waste transfer station is item 7b (PDF) on the agenda:

Reprieve for Rogers Road?

I just heard that the Orange County Board of Commissioners voted tonight to reopen the search for a place to put the new waste transfer station! (This wasn't even on their agenda.) They haven't agreed to exclude the Rogers/Eubanks area yet, but this is great progress.

Further discussion will be on their next agenda. Now is the time to show our appreciation to Moses, Mike, Barry, Valerie, and Alice for keeping an open mind, and keep the pressure on to make sure a NEW location is found.



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