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BOCC Regular Session Highlights from November 25th

Post Date:11/26/2019 1:09 PM

Durham, N.C. – The Durham Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) met on Tuesday, November 25, 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 excuse Commissioner Brenda Howerton.
  • The Board proclaimed January 2020 as National Radon Action Month. Durham County’s Public Health/Environmental Health staff have participated in Radon education and detection since 2014. Radon is a gas that you cannot see, or taste, and it originates from the decay of radioactive elements in soil and groundwater. This proclamation is an opportunity to educate individuals on the available measures to reduce radon. Philip Gibson, NC Radon Program and James C. Salter, Durham County Public Health spoke about the importance of this issue and how citizens can get the inexpensive test kits. To read the proclamation, go here.
  • The Board discussed Executive Order 13888 Enhancing State and Local Involvement in Refugee Resettlement that was issued by President Donald Trump in late September. Durham County’s goal is to acknowledge its history as a diverse community that welcomes a host of refugee families fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries. Staff drafted a letter of response to be sent to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and an additional letter to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper asking that he also weigh in on this issue on behalf of the state.
  • Commissioners approved a Capital Project Amendment appropriating $6,500,000 of funding to Durham Public Schools capital projects with the funding source to be future financing of Limited Obligation Bonds.
  • The Board conducted a public hearing and receive public comments on the Unified Development Ordinance Text Amendment, Omnibus Changes 13 (TC1900001). After hearing from citizens and planning staff, Commissioners voted 3-1 to approve the Statement of Consistency & Amendments to the UDO, with the understanding that the BOCC will ask the County Manager, Environmental Affairs Board & Durham County Soil and Water Conservation District to advise any steps needed to possibly make further amendments later.
  • Durham County Commissioners made the following Board appointments:
    • Adult Care Home Advisory Committee – Christa Gaston and Anne Schneider
    • Women’s Commission – Jenny Gomez



  • Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period Ending Soon – Need health insurance for 2020? Open enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace is open now until December 15, 2019. To learn more and enroll, please visit
  • Light Up Durham – The 15th Annual American Tobacco Tower Lighting and City of Durham Tree Lighting will take place on December 6, 2019. The celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the American Tobacco Campus and ends at the CCB Plaza.
  • Art of Mental Health at the Reubenstein Art Center – Discover Durham invites you to the community exhibit of artwork by local artist showcasing mental health and wellness. The exhibit which ends January 24, 2020 is open to the public Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday from 1-6 p.m. Please visit for more information.
  • What’s the 411: How to Thrive and Live Well at Age 50+ – You are invited to join the Durham County Public Health Department on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, for a presentation sharing tips on a healthy, happy and vibrant life at the age of 50 and over. This event is FREE and open to the public. Please email for additional details.
  • Men’s Health Council of Durham Host Men on the Move: “Walk with
  • Jeff” – Join the Men’s Health Council of Durham for their monthly walk on Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 9-10 a.m. at the Community Family Life & Recreation at Lyon Park located at 1309 Halley St., for a “Walk with Jeff.” The walks begin with health tips and warmup stretches. Registration is not required.
  • Durham Homicide and Victims of Violent Death Memorial Quilt on Display at the Durham County Human Services Building – 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. Display ends Wednesday, November 27th.
  • Durham Local Reentry Council to host Reentry Simulation – Participants looking to gain increased understanding of obstacles faced by individuals adjusting to society following incarceration are invited to the Reentry Simulation on Friday, December 6, 2019, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Criminal Justice Resource Center located at 326 E. Main St. Those interested should RSVP by emailing or by calling 919-560-0550.


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, December 9, 2019. The BOCC will also have a Work Session on Monday, December 2, 2019, beginning at 9 a.m.  That meeting will see the Board vote on its Chair and Vice Chair for 2020. For more information about BOCC meetings, contact the Clerk to the Board's Office at (919) 560-0025 or email



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