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BOCC Regular Session Highlights from October 28th

Post Date:10/29/2019 4:41 PM

Durham, N.C. – The Durham Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) met on Monday, October 28, 2019, in Regular Session. Highlights of the meeting include:


  • The Regular Session was called to order by Chair Wendy Jacobs at 7 p.m. The Board voted to give Commissioner James Hill an excused absence.
  • The Board approved a proclamation to recognize and honor Durham resident Sidney Brodie for his “Durham Homicide and Victims of Violent Death Memorial Quilt,” which adds a name each time someone is killed in Durham County. As of June 14th, the quilt has 805 names in separate squares. He created the quilt in 1996 to honor those lost to violence. The quilt will go on display at the Durham Human Services Building beginning Monday, November 4th. Read the proclamation here.
  • County Commissioners recognized Keshia Gray for receiving the 2019 Willis Young Memorial Award on the Frontlines pf Violence. Ms. Gray is a Lead Outreach Worker with Bull City United, a public health program that seeks to work as violence interrupters in neighborhoods with a sustained level of violence.
  • The Board received a video presentation from Made in Durham, our education-to-work collective action backbone agency which works to strengthen functional pathways for Durham’s youth to move toward full employment and success in life. Commissioners also approved a resolution honoring the work of the organization.
  • The Board honored Durham County Government’s 2019 PTI Solutions Award by the Public Technology Institute for its use of effective predictive analytics. Durham County DSS, with the help of IS&T, implemented a set of predictive analysis tools to forecast the number of children in the County’s foster care program-- year-by-year through 2025-- and the corresponding impacts upon critical points within the system including caseworkers, foster caregivers and other items tied to County budget and resources.
  • The Board approved the Releases & Refunds for the month of September 2019. Due to property valuation adjustments for over assessments, listing discrepancies, duplicate listings, and clerical errors, etc. releases and refunds for the month of September were in the amount of $3,962.19.
  • Commissioners held a public hearing on the proposed Unified Development Ordinance text amendment on Expanded Housing Choices and approved the amendment.
  • Durham County Commissioners made appointments to the following boards:
    • Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee – Tamario Howze (At-Large)
    • Board of Adjustment – Myca Jeter (Alternate At-Large)
    • Community Child Protection Team/Child Fatality Prevention Team – SSG Kibwe G. MuDiwa (At-Large)
    • Discover Durham Tourism Development Authority – Daniel Edwards, Jonathan Stewart
    • Industrial Facilities and Pollution Control Financing Authority – Andrew Holland
    • Workforce Development Board – James Alston, Ashley McKenna



  • Durham County Recycles Mobile App – The Durham County General Services Department announced the launch of its new mobile application that makes it easier for County residents to stay connected about waste and recycling collection programs. Residents can download the FREE app on their Apple or Android devices. If you do not have a smartphone, you can also visit and search your home address to sign up for reminders and download/print your collection schedule.


  • Durham Homicide and Victims of Violent Death Memorial Quilt on Display at Durham County Human Services Building – From November 4-30, Sidney Brodie a native of Durham will be displaying his work at the Durham County Human Services Building located at 414 E. Main St. Each square on the quilt was designed to memorialize the many lives lost due to violence. The display is FREE to view and open to the public.


  • Annual Veterans Day Celebration – The Annual Durham County Veterans Day Celebration will be held on Friday, November 8th from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Durham County Human Services Building located at 414 E. Main St. The is FREE and all Veterans and their supporters are invited to attend.


  • Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period – The Health Insurance Marketplace at serves people who do not get coverage from their job and offers financial assistance for families with incomes from 100 to 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. Most who buy coverage on the federal Marketplace pay $50 to $100 per month. Open enrollment runs from November 1st to December 15th. To sign up please visit or contact the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596.


  • Come Hear About the Future of 300 & 500 Blocks of East Main Street – The Durham Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) selected Laurel Street and ZOM Living to execute on its vision for the two County-owned sites. Please join Durham County and the development team at one of the following informational sessions: Saturday, November 2nd at 10 a.m. at Holton Career and Resource Center at 401 N. Driver St., or Tuesday, November 12th at 7 p.m. at the Durham County Human Services Building at 414 E. Main St. For additional details please visit


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 Tuesday, November 12, 2019. The date is changed from its normal Monday night slot due to the Veterans Day Holiday on November 11th. For more information about BOCC meetings, contact the Clerk to the Board's Office at (919) 560-0025 or email



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