BOCC Regular Session Highlights from December 9th
Durham, N.C. – The Durham Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) met on Monday, December 9, 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 approved a resolution of support for the “Guns Down, Lives Up” rally and initiative organized by Southern High School’s football team last month. Considering the escalating gun violence in the community, Southern High School football team members put together a rally against recent gun violence that hit close to home for many. Durham Athletes United Against Violence, Project Build and a host of other youth focused groups are building a movement that will work collaboratively to develop strategies to help middle and high school students learn to avoid violence. Over the coming weeks, all local high schools will be the setting for similar rallies to share the goal of helping youth combat peer pressure and prevent incidences of gun violence. Read the resolution here.
- Commissioners issued a proclamation to join Together for Resilient Youth (TRY) in reducing violence in the Durham community. Citizens are asked to join in the Strive to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE) initiative. View the proclamation here.
- The Board approved letters to urge members of Congress to support legislation that strengthens counties’ ability to address health care in jails as requested by the National Association of Counties (NACo). The Medicaid Inmate Exclusion Policy (MIEP) strips federal health benefits from individuals admitted to jail before they are convicted of a crime. This policy violates constitutional rights and individuals' fundamental presumption of innocence. Letters will be sent to Senators Burr and Tillis and Representatives Butterfield and Price.
- Commissioners authorized the County Manager to contract with HDR Engineering Inc. of the Carolinas to provide architectural/engineering design services for completing the design phase for the new Northern Solid Waste Convenience Center to be located at 11894 N. Roxboro Rd. This new facility will consolidate the two existing leased convenience sites, Rougemont and Bahama, into one County-owned property. The development of this new convenience center will meet the long-term demands of the growing community and provide flexibility for future service changes to the waste and recycling programs.
- The Board accepted $15,000 in grant funds from the Town and Country Garden Club and authorize the County Manager to execute any additional documents related to the grant. Durham County is part of a consortium of funders supporting additional beautification of downtown interchanges on NC 147. Additional funders include the City, DPAC, DDI, Capitol Broadcasting, Duke University, and Longfellow Partners.
- The Board approved a Budget Ordinance Amendment recognizing funds in the amount of $50,000 from the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Public Health (NC DHHS, DPH) for Community Linkages to Care for Overdose Prevention and Response. The project will support the continued operation of a cross-sector post-overdose response team, connect justice-involved persons to care for opioid use disorder, expand provider education and enhance outreach with Durham County hospitals.
- The Board approved a Capital Project Amendment of $1,200,000 to a New Durham Public School (DPS) Elementary School C Project with a Funding Source of a Future Financing.
- The Board held a public hearing to allocate a total of $950,000 in Economic Development funds to Q2 Solutions and authorize the Manager to enter into preliminary negotiations and execute an agreement with the Company. Q2 Solutions, a leading clinical trial laboratory services organization, will establish a new facility in Durham to help develop the next generation of precision medicines, creating 749 jobs and investing $84.2 million.
- Commissioners convened a closed session to consult with the attorney and to direct staff.
- 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 15th. To learn more and enroll, please visit www.healthcare.gov.
- 2019 Durham Holiday Parade and Fun Fest – The Durham Holiday Parade will take place Saturday, December 14th at 10 a.m. in Downtown Durham on Main Street. Come out and enjoy floats, bands and mascots. For those not able to attend, the parade will be steamed live on www.CBS17.com.
- The Santa Train is Coming to the Museum of Life + Science – Climb aboard the Ellerbe Creek Railway now through December 22nd for a journey to the North Pole. Families can enjoy a ride through thousands of twinkling lights as you make your way to meet Santa and his elves. Pre-registration is required and children under two are free. For additional information, please visit www.lifeandscience.org/santatrain.
- 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 www.discoverdurham.com http://www.discoverdurham.com.
- The HUB Pop-Up: Young Adult Resource Event – All youth ages 14-26 are invited to attend a FREE Resource Event on December 11th from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at The Fruit located on 305 S. Dillard St. This event offers free food, voter registration information, employment training resources, free haircuts, health services, clothing, STI testing and other activities. For more information, please visit www.hubdurham.org.
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 13, 2020. The BOCC will also have a Work Session on Monday, January 6th beginning at 9 a.m. For more information about BOCC meetings, contact the Clerk to the Board's Office at (919) 560-0025 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.