BOCC Regular Session Highlights from January 14
Durham, N.C. – The Durham Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) met on Monday, January 14, 2019, in Regular Session. Highlights of the meeting include:
- Board Chair Wendy Jacobs called the regular meeting to order at 7 p.m.
- County Commissioners issued a proclamation declaring January as “National Mentoring Month” in Durham County. National Mentoring Month celebrates mentoring and the positive effect it can have on young lives. Several people representing nonprofits, government agencies, schools and the faith community came forward to share the important work that is ongoing to increase the number of mentors and to assure positive outcomes for young people.
- The Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King is recognized for devoting his life to the cause of equity and civil rights for all. Events during this month include a Wreath Laying Ceremony, Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, Day-of-Service, Unity March and Rally and an Annual Religious Service. Representatives of the Durham Community Martin Luther King, Jr. Steering Committee attended the meeting and received the resolution.
- The Board approved an amendment to the cost-share agreement between Durham County and Wake County regarding development of the Community Rail Transit (CRT) project.
- Durham County Commissioners approved financial support of up to $50,000 for the “Durham 150” Celebration Campaign. Yearlong events celebrating the City of Durham’s 150th anniversary will include musical celebrations, history projects, videos, art works and community discussions. The official Durham 150 Opening Ceremony is set for April 13, 2019 near the date of Durham’s formal incorporation with closing events to be held in November.
- Commissioners received a presentation on the Expanding Housing Choices Project by officials of the City-County Planning Department. In November the Planning Department shared a list of proposals showing potential changes to the Unified Development Ordinance to influence housing supply and affordability. With expected growth over the next 20 years Durham needs to grow up, grow out or grow in. Small houses and small lots; duplexes; accessory dwelling units; cottage courts/pocket neighborhoods are proposed examples.
- The Board of Commissioners discussed possible legislative items to be considered in the 2019 General Assembly session. Topics included transit support, court funding, education funding and the opioid crisis.
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 agendas and recordings of the BOCC’s Regular Session meetings, visit the BOCC’s Website.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 28, 2019. For more information about BOCC meetings, contact the Durham County Clerk to the Board's Office at (919) 560-0025 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.