Orange County has proposed a location for a new detention center and agricultural facility. In response, a group of upset residents created a petition requesting the facility to be moved.
The Orange County Board of Commissioners has drawn up a prospective campus for the new development, just south of Highway 70 in Hillsborough. Despite the fact that the proposed location is further away from town than the current jail, residents who live nearby were not pleased.
“We are concerned about the adverse effects that the increased traffic, night-time lighting, and construction and operation noise will have on our children, and our farm animals,” stated a petition created by local home and farm owners.
Penny Rich, BOCC vice chair, said she understands the resistance to building a new detention center.
“We want to hear everybody’s concerns — funding a detention center is never, ever an easy thing to do," she said. "It doesn’t feel good — just the word detention or jail."