April is also 911 education month, and April 10 to April 16 is
Public Safety Telecommunications week, Kevin Medlin, the interim operation manager for
911 communications, said.
Medlin also said during Public Safety Communications week, the 911 center will have an open house for the public to tour the
facility and see how it works.
The Orange County Food
Council hopes to have its board ready to meet for the first time
in 30 to 60 days. An update was presented regarding the status of the council’s
formation and responding to a request that one of the commissioners join the food council.
program director for N.C. Choices at the Center for Environmental
Farming Systems, gave a presentation on a community food assessment the
community food assessment gives) a holistic view of the Orange County
food system, where to start building off energy that is happening, as
well as filling in any gaps (in the system),” Blacklin said.
Commissioner Barry Jacobs volunteered to join the food council board,
which consists of 11 community seats and one seat each for local officials in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Orange County.
Audrey Spencer-Horsley, director of Orange County
housing, human rights and community development department, presented an
affordable housing strategic plan that gave a broad five-year plan to
expand subsidized housing opportunities for residents.
said the goal of the plan was to meet housing needs by creating 1,000
assisted community housing units, 500 of which would be new
constructions and 500 others which would be created from facilities that
“There is a need (for affordable housing)
across the spectrum, but when you have limited resources, you have to
prioritize,” Spencer-Horsley said.
The board later
discussed items in a legislative package that listed 33 statewide
matters to bring to the N.C. General Assembly short session.
a public hearing, the board identified five items in the package that
they would bring up as a priority at the N.C. General Assembly session.
The first item was to raise the age from 16 to 18 for juveniles who are treated as adults in criminal court.
The second item was to prioritize school issues, including calendar flexibility and driver education funding.
third item was to expand broadband capability to underserved areas
of the state to create jobs and foster business and farm
The fourth item was to seek legislative
action that will provide all North Carolina governments the authority to include
sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes that will
protect them from discriminatory practices.
item was to clarify that farms on which the production of crops or
livestock is the primary use are the only properties that qualify for an
exemption in a previous zoning law.
The board added an amendment to the class
protection item in the N.C. General Assembly packet that repeals House Bill 2. The bill requires people to use gender-specific public restrooms that correspond to their biological sex.
“We hope you will keep acknowledging affordable housing as a high
priority,” Self-Help Credit Union Director of Business Development Daniel
Levine said to the board after the affordable housing strategic plan.