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BOCC Regular Session Highlights from November 12th

Post Date:11/13/2019 1:18 PM

Durham, N.C. – The Durham Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) met on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, in Regular Session. Highlights of the meeting include:

  • The Regular Session was called to order by Chair Wendy Jacobs at 7 p.m.
  • Longtime Commissioner Ellen Reckhow announced that she will not seek reelection in 2020. The former Board Chair highlighted several key accomplishments during her tenure and promised to stay involved in Durham. In a prepared statement, she noted after her term ends, she plans to “contribute to this Durham community that I love.” Reckhow was first elected in 1988. Read her complete statement here.
  • The Board issued a proclamation declaring November 22, 2019 as “Appreciation for Grand-Family Heads of Households Day.” The purpose of this proclamation is to acknowledge and provide thanks to grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins or great grandparents for their commitment to family and personal sacrifices for the benefit of children in communities throughout our state; people are encouraged to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities. Dr. Glenda Gare from Fragile Families Network spoke to the issue and received the proclamation. View the proclamation here.
  • The Board recognized a $10,000 donation from Duke Energy to the City/County Emergency Management Division’s emergency evacuation center program. Indira Everett, District Manager, Duke Energy and Government Relations made the presentation. This is the first donation that the Emergency Management Division has received from Duke Energy.
  • County Commissioners proclaimed November 2019 as “National Adoption Awareness Month” to highlight the importance of adoption as a path to permanency for children in foster care in our community. Social Services staff members Janice Williams, Jovetta Whitfield, Sharyn Flood and Director Ben Rose received the proclamation.
  • The Board approved a resolution requesting that the North Carolina Senate end the current budget impasse. The resolution will be sent to the Durham Board of Education, the General Assembly leadership and to Governor Roy Cooper.
  • County Commissioners also approved a resolution supporting Duke University in its attempt to get Durham designated a Medicaid Healthy Opportunities Community. Duke is applying to a part of a pilot program which will involve a coalition of six counties, including Durham, to improve positive health outcomes for residents. Read the resolution here.
  • The Board approved budget amendment to recognize revenue from the previously approved 2017 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) (August 13, 2018), as well as appropriate Restricted Fund Balance from prior years in the Sheriff’s Office and allow administrative changes to the JAG expenditure budget. The County Sheriff’s Office has received $172,746 from the 2017 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant from the United States Department of Justice. The grant, which is split 50/50 with the Durham Police Department, provides funding used by law enforcement agencies to prevent or reduce crime and violence.
  • The Board authorized the County Manager to execute a Lease Agreement with SRI 2609 800 Holdings LLC for temporary office space located at 2609 N. Duke St., Suite 802-A, in the amount of $22,770 annually. Approximately 1,265 square feet of office space is needed to provide a temporary location to support EMS crews normally stationed at EMS Station 1 while the renovation of EMS Station 1 is underway.
  • The Board approved the final budget for the Alston Glenn Conservation Easement and approve Capital Project Amendment No.20CPA000010 decreasing the Open Space & Farmland Preservation Capital Project $114,350 and Budget Amendment No.20BCC000029 transferring $114,350 to the General Fund to support the purchase of the Alston Glenn Farm conservation easement. The property consists of 53.7 acres located in northern Durham County on the west side of Hampton Road and east and adjacent to NCSU’s Hill Forest.
  • Commissioners appointed Chair Wendy Jacobs to the GoTriangle Board of Directors for a 4-year term.
  • The Board authorized the County Manager to approve a Capital Project Amendment appropriating $400,000 of Library Foundation donation funding to the Main Library Renovation Project for furniture. This donation will help with furniture procurement and STEAM technology.
  • The Board approved a Budget Ordinance Amendment to recognize additional grant funds in the amount of $104,459 from the Division of Social Services, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services for DINE Program implementation. Funds will be used to establish a new nutrition specialist position (1 FTE) who will provide nutrition programming in Durham Public Schools.



  • What to Know About Vaping, Smoking and other Inhalants – Join us for a public forum to educate attendees about prevention and treatment of health conditions caused by vaping, smoking and other inhalants with presentations from Health Specialist. Saturday, November 16th from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Hume Services Building located at 414 E. Main St. This event is free and open to the public. To register visit or contact Joyce Page at (919) 560-7109.


  • Durham Homicide and Victims of Violent Death Memorial Quilt on Display at Durham County Human Services Building – From November 4th - 29th, 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 loss due to violence. The display is FREE to view and open to the public.
  • ENGAGEDurham: Comprehensive Plan – The City and County are beginning work on a new Comprehensive Plan – the community’s vision for shaping Durham’s future growth. We invite you to join us at one of the five Listening and Learning Workshops listed below to gain more information.
    • Thursday, November 14, 7-9 p.m. – Hillside High School
    • Saturday, November 16 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – Carrington Middle School
    • Sunday, November 17 3-5 p.m. – Southern High School
    • Monday, November 18 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Durham County Administration II Building (201 East Main Street)
    • Tuesday, November 19 7-9:00 p.m. – Rogers-Herr Middle School


      If you plan to attend, please RSVP at


  • 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 continues from now until December 15th. To sign up please visit or contact the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596.


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, November 25, 2019. For more information about BOCC meetings, contact the Clerk to the Board's Office at (919) 560-0025 or email



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