Town of Hillsborough

Town of Hillsborough

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners convened to make an appointment to the Planning Board, approve funds for an economic development project, provide an update on the Commissioner appointment process and more.

Below is a summary of the meeting at the Town Hall Annex at 105 East Corbin Street.

The first segment of the meeting included presentations for Responsible Retailer of the Year, given to the Eagles No. 5 by the Orange Partnership for Alcohol- and Drug-Free Youth for separating alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; town awards to 26 employees for innovation and customer service shown during Fiscal Year 2019; plans for converting several spaces in the Eno Mill for art studios and galleries; and the culmination of a month-long project by students from the UNC School of Social Work for suggesting standards for racial equity that could be used to calculate staff performance for employees in Hillsborough.

Hillsborough Police Department officers William Felts and Jurmarr Tolber each reaffirmed their oaths of office at the meeting. Felts was promoted to Sergeant earlier this year, and Tolber joined the force in 2019.

After a vote was made, Oliver Child-Lanning was appointed to serve a three-year term on the Planning Board, which will expire Nov. 30. 

In addition to Child-Lanning’s appointment, Dani Black was also appointed to the Tourism Development Authority for a partial term ending Jan. 31, 2020, and an ensuing term ending Jan. 31, 2021.

Two members of the community have presented their home to the Town of Hillsborough to be used by an artist in residence program. Ken and Linda Ostrand live at the Berry Brick House on West Queen Street, a residence that dates back to the early 1800s. The town accepted the offering and recommended that the town manager proceed with planning details for the home. The Hillsborough Art Council is collaborating with the town on the program.

The board received $5,000 in funds from the One-Quarter Cent County Sales and Use Tax, after approving a memorandum of understanding with Orange County. Shannan Campbell, Hillsborough’s Economic Development Planner, presented the plan to use the funds for a grant program to help businesses improve the principal area of their buildings. Campbell is expected to present more details of the project at a subsequent meeting.

The board will move ahead with repairing parts of the Gold Park, including the long boardwalk and three small footbridges. The total spending approved for the Gold Park is $85,000. 

The board also approved spending $300,000 in renovations for the Hillsborough Police Department. The renovations will occur on the former town hall annex building at 137 North Churton Street.

The town will expand rental assistance for households, after approval from the board. The town has $26,000 which will be used for rental assistance.

In the ongoing search for a new Commissioner to fill mayor Jenn Weaver’s two remaining years, the board will proceed with interviews on Nov. 25. Each of the seven candidates will conduct 20-minute interviews with the board, and the new Commissioner will be selected later that night.