BOCC Regular Session Highlights from April 9th
The Durham Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) met on April 9, 2018, in Regular Session. Highlights of the meeting include:
- Board Chair Wendy Jacobs called the meeting to order at 7:07 p.m.
- The BOCC proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Durham County Department of Social Services Director Ben Rose and Assistant Director of Child and Family Services Jovetta Whitfield were joined by community partner President and CEO for Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina Sharon Hirsch during the proclamation presentation. The trio described realities of child abuse in Durham and how the success of our state is impacted by the healthy growth and development of all children. To report child abuse or neglect in Durham, call 919-560-8424.
- The BOCC also proclaimed April 2018 as National County Government Month. A County Public Information Office staff member received the proclamation and shared the internal and external activities planned during the annual celebration. Among public education opportunities is the County’s Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on April 26th. The activity is hosted by Durham County Human Resources with the support of the County Manager’s Office. Residents are invited to arrange tours of county facilities year round. To set a date for visitation, email email@example.com or call 919-560-0000.
- The ceremonial items section of the agenda included a spotlight on Soil and Water Conservation District Department Head Eddie Culberson. Matthew Kinane, president of the Hugh Hammond Bennett Chapter of the NC Chapter of the SWCD, surprised Culberson with a special presentation of the State of NC Professional Achievement in Water Quality Award. The BOCC applauded Culberson and noted his influence on the advancement of soil and water practices in Durham.
- Durham County Information Services and Technology Department was recognized by the BOCC during the consent agenda for receiving top honors this year from the University of North Carolina School of Government. IS&T is the recipient of the 2018 Government Innovation Grant Awards (GIGa) for the Court Date Reminder application, a collaborative project with Durham County Criminal Justice Resource Center. The innovative Court Date Reminder system, reducing the numbers of defendants failing to appear for court, sends automated notifications to residents regarding upcoming court dates. To sign up for the free notifications, visitcourtreminders.dconc.gov.
- The BOCC approved the consent agenda and brought special attention to organizations and individuals who have made contributions to the County of Durham. To review these contributions, see agenda items 18-0682, 18-0697, 18-0698, 18-0699, 18-0700 and 18-0704.
- The agenda wrapped up with the approval of a resolution to support women’s health. Chair Carter read the resolution and the Board unanimously adopted the resolution calling on the federal government to repeal the Hyde Amendment, a federal budget provision that bars Medicaid recipients from using their insurance to access abortion care (except in very limited circumstances). Durham County Government is the first county in the state to adopt the resolution and the second in the south. DCo is also the first county government agency in the south to adopt a policy providing 12 weeks of paid parent leave.
Board meetings are cablecast live on Durham Television Network (DTN) on Time Warner Cable Channel 8 or AT&T U-verse Channel 99. To view the recent and all past agendas and recordings the County’s Regular Sessions, visit theBOCC’s Web site.