Town Offices to Be Closed, Solid Waste Collection Delayed due to Labor Day

Town of Hillsborough offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 4 to observe Labor Day. Garbage collection — Citizens whose garbage is normally picked up on Mondays will receive service on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Brush collection — Brush collection will follow the same schedule as garbage collection. Recycling — Orange County waste and recycling centers will be closed Monday, Sept. 4. Contact the Orange County Solid Waste Management Department for more information. Landfill — The Orange County landfill will be closed Monday, Sept. 4. Contact the Orange County Solid Waste Management Department for more information. Rollout carts — Rollout recycling and garbage carts may be placed by the street as early as 4 p.m. the day…

Churton Street Project Update

This week workers completed an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant handicapped access ramp at the northwest corner of the intersection of West King and Churton streets. Major construction for Churton Street access improvements has been completed for the area between West King Street and the Mercantile Center. This week workers completed an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant handicapped access ramp at the northwest corner of the intersection of West King and Churton streets, allowing crosswalks at the corner to reopen. Remaining work in this section includes installation of pushbutton crosswalk signals and asphalt patching. Curbs and sidewalks Other work this week included installation of a new curb and gutter in front of the Police Station and Town…

Cemetery Committee Regular Meeting

The Cemetery Committee will meet at 9 a.m. on Aug. 24, 2017 at the Town Barn Downstairs Boardroom. The agenda includes discussion of draft recommendations and map updates for the Margaret Lane Cemetery master plan. Additionally, members will discuss Town Cemetery maintenance orders and the possibility of planting and future maintenance of cradle graves. The Cemetery Committee is responsible for making recommendations regarding the preservation and maintenance of town-maintained cemeteries including Margaret Lane Cemetery, the Old Town Cemetery and the Town Cemetery.

Hillsborough Projects Included in State Transportation Plan

A rail station in central Hillsborough was included in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s recently approved 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program. Several Hillsborough projects are included in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s recently approved 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program. The program identifies construction funding for and scheduling of transportation projects at the state level. Additional information and a map showing project locations can be found on the NCDOT website. Hillsborough projects in the program include: Building a rail station, platform and parking in central Hillsborough. Building a 100-space park-and-ride lot for GoTriangle’s bus route 420 and Orange-Durham Express. Widening South Churton Street from Interstate 40 to the Eno River and adding traffic lanes, a landscaped…

Tree Board Regular Meeting

The Tree Board will meet at 9 a.m. on Aug. 16, 2017 at the Town Barn Downstairs Boardroom. The agenda includes discussion of a request from developers of the 515 North Residential Condominiums to remove a 15″ Pecan tree from the right of way on North Churton Street and an update on the status of the bee hotel project in Gold Park. Additionally, members will discuss development of the Turnip Patch Park master plan and fall planting projects. The Tree Board is responsible for hearing requests from citizens regarding planting, maintenance and removal of street and park trees. It also is responsible for establishing guidelines for spacing of trees on town property.

Golf Tournament to Benefit Special Olympics

The Hillsborough Police Department is continuing its efforts to raise money for Special Olympics North Carolina with an upcoming golf tournament. The third annual charity golf tournament will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Shamrock Golf Course, 1722 Shamrock Drive in Burlington. The tournament will take place rain or shine with a shotgun start and will follow a four-player “captain’s choice” format. Teams can register for $50 per player, which includes cart rental, lunch and greens fee. Registration is limited to 80 players, and the deadline to register is Sept. 1. Several prizes will be awarded, including for 1st-, 2nd-, 3rd- and last-place teams. Businesses can sponsor holes on the…

Gold Park Pollinator Garden Workday

Volunteers are invited to help maintain the pollinator garden in Gold Park Thursday, Aug. 3, weather permitting. At 8 a.m., volunteers will weed the garden and take soil samples to determine whether the recent flooding of the Eno River affected the soil composition. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves, weeding tools, rakes, hand rakes, clippers, and a bucket to collect weeds. The garden is maintained by the Orange County Master Gardener Program, a program of the Orange County Extension Service. Workdays typically occur the first Thursday of the month, March through October.

Town Offices to Be Closed, Solid Waste Collection Delayed due to Fourth of July

Town of Hillsborough offices will be closed Tuesday, July 4 to observe Independence Day. Garbage collection — Citizens whose garbage is normally picked up on Tuesdays will receive service on Wednesday, July 5. Brush collection — Brush collection will follow the same schedule as garbage collection. Recycling — Orange County waste and recycling centers will be closed Tuesday, July 4. Contact the Orange County Solid Waste Management Department for more information. Landfill — The Orange County landfill will be closed Tuesday, July 4. Contact the Orange County Solid Waste Management Department for more information. Rollout carts — Rollout recycling and garbage carts may be placed by the street as early as 4 p.m. the day…

Board Approves Budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18

The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners approved a budget totaling $22.8 million in operating expenses for Fiscal Year 2017-18 during its regular meeting Monday night. A public hearing was held May 22. The budget will become effective July 1, when the town’s new fiscal year starts. The budget includes: $10.4 million in expenses in the General Fund. $11.8 million in expenses in the Water/Sewer Fund. About $600,000 in expenses in the stormwater utility fund. Rates and fees The approved budget includes: Decreasing the property tax rate from 68 cents per $100 valuation to 62 cents. An adjustment to 62.16 cents would have created a revenue-neutral rate following Orange County’s tax revaluation. The slight decrease to 62…

Historic District Commission Regular Meeting

The Historic District Commission will meet at 7 p.m. on June 7, 2017 at the Town Barn Downstairs Boardroom. The agenda includes discussion of Certificate of Appropriateness applications for 310 N. Hassell St., 402 and 404 W. King St., 118 N. Occoneechee St., 119 N. Occoneecee St., and 103 E. Queen St. The Historic District Commission reviews applications for exterior changes within the Hillsborough Historic District. A majority of the commission’s members have specialized training or an interest in architecture, preservation, archaeology, history or building methods.