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BOCC Regular Session Highlights from July 23rd

Post Date:07/24/2018

Durham, NC – The Durham Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) met on Monday, July 23, 2018, in Regular Session. Highlights of the meeting include:

  • The Board held a Closed Session at 5 p.m.
  • Board Chair Wendy Jacobs called the regular meeting to order at 7 p.m.
  • Durham County Commissioners approved a resolution honoring the remarkable life of Mrs. Peggy Tapp, who passed earlier this year. She was a longtime businesswoman and owner of the historic Chicken Hut, known for its unique brand of southern comfort food. Mrs. Tapp leaves a legacy of love and compassion for her community. Her son Claiborne Tapp III received the resolution honoring his mother.
  • The Board also approved a resolution honoring the 100th Birthday of Mrs. Cora Jones “Boot” McLeod. During her productive years, she owned two successful businesses: Tip Top Beauty Shop and McLeod’s Beauty Nook. Mrs. McLeod was gracious in receiving her resolution.
  • Commissioners appointed Commissioner James Hill as the voting delegate at the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) Annual Conference to be held August 23-25 in Catawba County.
  • The Board authorized execution of a contract amendment with O’Brien /Atkins Associates P.A for additional Design Services for the 7th Floor upfit to the Administration Building II renovation in the amount of $314,330.
  • The Board held a public hearing and approved the allocation of $175,000 in Economic Development Investment Funds to AveXis, Inc., utilizing funds provided as a donation to Durham County by Clarion Partners via the Chamber of Commerce. AveXis, Inc., a clinical-stage gene therapy company that develops treatments for rare and life-threatening neurological diseases, will locate a new manufacturing center in Durham County. The company expects to invest nearly $55 million in the facility as well as create 200 new jobs.
  • Commissioners held a public hearing also approving the allocation of a total of $220,000 in Economic Development Investment funds to LabCorp utilizing funds provided as a donation to Durham County by Karlin Real Estate via the Chamber of Commerce. The global life sciences company known for its world-class clinical laboratory and drug development services, will locate a new operations center in Durham County, creating 422 jobs and invest $30 million in a Durham facility on the Parmer RTP campus.
  • Finally, the Board held a public hearing and voted to allocate $50,000 in Economic Development Investment funds to Sensus USA, Inc., utilizing funds provided as a donation to Durham County by Longfellow Real Estate Partners via the Chamber of Commerce. Sensus USA, Inc., a provider of advanced metering technologies to utilities and municipalities, will expand its current operations in Durham County, creating 301 new jobs over five years. The company will invest $4 million in North Carolina by the end of 2019.
  • Commissioners appointed members to the following boards:
    • Alcoholic Beverage Control Board – Ryan Urquhart and Beverly Thorp
    • Convention Center Authority – Craig Spitzer
    • Criminal Justice Advisory Board – Tamario Howze
    • Dangerous Dog Appeal Board – Motiryo Keambiroiro
    • Durham-Wake Counties Research and Production Service District – Chris Buchholtz, Ginger Dosier and Karen Long
    • Environmental Affairs Board – Laura Marie Davis
    • Library Board of Trustees – Hank Kinsley
    • Sports Commission – Bill Kalkhof


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 agenda and recording of the BOCC’s Regular Session meeting, visit the BOCC’s Website.


The Board will have a Work Session on Monday, August 6, 2018 at 9 a.m. The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 13, 2018 at 7 p.m. For more information about BOCC meetings, contact the Clerk to the Board's Office at 919-560-0025 or email



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