Water Customers May Notice Temporary Change in Taste and Odor

Some customers of the Town of Hillsborough water system may have noticed an earthy taste or odor to their water in recent days. The earthiness, which should not be cause for concern, is due to seasonal growth of algae in the West Fork Eno Reservoir and Lake Orange, which supply the town’s water treatment plant. The town adds powdered activated carbon during its water treatment process to remove tastes and odors. An increase in the amount of carbon used, which began several days ago, is expected to remove the earthy taste and odor within several more days. As the water treated with higher amounts of carbon flushes older water out of the town’s tanks and…

Volunteers Needed for Cemetery Clean-up Day

Volunteers work to remove dirt, moss and lichen from Old Town Cemetery tombstones at a clean-up day in 2015. This year volunteers will be removing ivy, pruning and weeding. The Hillsborough Cemetery Committee will host a clean-up day on Saturday, May 20 at the Old Town Cemetery. From 8 to 10 a.m. volunteers will remove ivy from walls and around stones, prune trees and remove weeds. Volunteers should bring gloves and gardening tools and wear work clothes. Children are welcome to attend. The Old Town Cemetery, located on the northwest corner of North Churton and West Tryon streets behind Hillsborough Presbyterian Church, was established in 1757 and contains 184 marked graves.

Eminent Domain Action over Historic Inn Settled

Following cooperative discussions, the Town of Hillsborough and the owners of the Colonial Inn have agreed to settle an eminent domain proceeding filed last July by the town to acquire the historic building. A mediation on April 14 resulted in the proposal to settle, which the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners authorized during a closed session at its April 24 work session. Leaders expressed their appreciation for owner Francis Henry’s help in bringing all involved parties together to come up with a plan to preserve the Colonial Inn, which dates to 1838. “We agree on many of the important things,” Mayor Tom Stevens said. “Specifically, we all want to see this important structure in Hillsborough restored…

West Fest Waterway Cleanup a Success

Sixteen volunteers helped remove an estimated 305 pounds of trash from Gold Park on Saturday morning, April 29, as part of West Fest 2017. The cleanup, sponsored by the Hillsborough Stormwater and Environmental Services Division as part of the inaugural block party and music festival along South Nash Street, was intended to target the Eno River. Heavy rains earlier in the week left the river too high and turbid to safely remove litter, so volunteers focused their efforts on a creek flowing through the town park instead. They collected about 17 bags of trash and some bulk debris that could not be bagged. Most items included cans and bottles, with about 85 pounds of the total weight…

Red Maple Named Hillsborough Treasure Tree

The Hillsborough Tree Board has selected a red maple as its latest Treasure Tree. The tree, Acer rubrum, is located on the northwest corner of East Queen and Thomas Ruffin streets. It was selected for its intense scarlet color and red blooms that provide an early spring source of pollen for insects, including honey bees. Upon flowering, the red maple forms fruits as winged nutlets, called samaras in a pair. The pairs of red or red-brown samaras are clustered on long stalks and spin to the ground as spring winds rustle the branches. The fast-growing tree often reaches more than 70 feet. Its names is a tribute to its red new branch growth, buds, flowers…

Riverwalk, Gold Park Closed Due to Flooding

Riverwalk and Gold Park are closed until further notice due to flooding. Portions of Riverwalk and Gold Park, located off Dimmocks Mill Road, are underwater due to ongoing heavy rains and rising waters from the Eno River. Citizens are asked to heed closing signs and barricades for their safety.

Connect with the Town While Celebrating Arts and the Earth

  Arts and town government? It all happens next Friday, April 28, when you can connect with town staff and learn about important projects, policies and proposals during the Last Fridays downtown arts event. The town also will participate in Earth Evening the same night. Last Fridays 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Historic Orange County Courthouse, 100 E. King St. The following information and staff or volunteers will be available: Budget and town operations — Town Manager Eric Peterson and Assistant to the Town Manager Jen Della Valle. The draft budget and financial plan for fiscal years 2018-2020 are available for review. A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. May…

Don’t Flush It!

Did you know that flushable wipes aren’t really flushable? The product wreaks havoc on wastewater treatment systems, including the Town of Hillsborough’s. In November, the town banned the flushing of flushable wipes, along with several items, including any type of paper product other than toilet paper. “The biggest problem with flushable wipes is that they don’t break down,” Assistant Utilities Director Will Baker said. “If you take toilet paper and run it under a stream of water, it breaks down immediately. These wipes don’t break down. In the sewer system, they cling onto things and things cling onto them. That creates a backup. They clog up pumps and motors at pump stations nationwide.” The amendment…

Mayor Shares Aspiration of Welcoming, Small Town

Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens made it known that Hillsborough rocks when he whipped off his blazer to reveal a t-shirt with the now-familiar hashtag at the start of his 11th annual State of the Town Address on Monday evening. “How could I not wear this t-shirt?” he asked the crowd that grew to nearly 90 in the meeting room of the Whitted Human Services Center. Throughout the evening, the mayor touched on the ways Hillsborough rocks — a sentiment started by the Police Department’s social media videos — and discussed small-town character and the people who create that character. Stevens noted that small-town character is less about the size of the town but more about…

Hillsborough Police to Host Coffee with a Cop on March 23

Join Hillsborough officers Thursday, March 23, for the Hillsborough Police Department’s Coffee with a Cop from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the McDonald’s on South Churton Street. Coffee with a Cop offers officers and community members a chance to meet in an informal space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee. McDonald’s is located at 400 S. Churton St. “In Hillsborough, there is not an ‘us and them’ mentality between the community and the police,” said Lt. Andy Simmons, commander of the Community Services Unit. “We are all one community and are community partners in all things that we do. The Police Department and the community are a united front with an overall…