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BOCC Regular Session Highlights from January 13, 2020

Post Date:01/14/2020

Durham, N.C. – The Durham Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) met on Monday, January 13, 2020, in Regular Session. Highlights of the meeting include:

  • Chair Wendy Jacobs called a “Closed Session” to order at 6:00 p.m. to discuss matters related to the location or expansion of an economic development project.
  • At 7:06 p.m., Chair Jacobs called the regular meeting to order.
  • The Board proclaimed “January 17, 2020” as a day of celebration for Durham Technical Community College 35th Anniversary Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This is an annual event for employees to fellowship, volunteer, educate learn, and congratulate student recipients of the “I Have a Dream Award.”
  • County Commissioners issued a proclamation declaring January 2020 as “National Mentoring Month” in Durham County. The proclamation urges all residents of Durham County to rededicate community efforts to preventing youth from entering the juvenile and criminal justice systems, and recommit to building a community where all youth can grow, flourish, and take Durham County to new and greater heights through effective mentoring relationships.
  • The Board approved a resolution celebrating and honoring the life and service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The resolution was drafted to honor Dr. King’s commitment to a free and just world. Events over the coming week include an Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, a Day-of-Service, Unity March and Rally and the Annual Religious Service.
  • The Board authorized the County Manager to execute a contract with ASJ Wilson Construction in the amount of $650,000 for the renovation of the Durham County Memorial South grandstand. This project is part of the previously approved funding of $1.4M for projects last year to make necessary repairs and additions for US Track and Field event.
  • The Board adopted policy to prohibit the use of county funds to purchase bottled water. Cost effective alternatives to single use plastic bottles and readily available including using water dispensers or pitchers and cups. The proposed policy, which take effect July 1, allows exemptions in the case of public health or other emergencies, and for occupational health and safety, where providing safe tap water in cups or reusable water bottles is not a feasible option.
  • Durham County Commissioners approved a Budget Ordinance Amendment to add $100,000 for Instructional Services to Durham Pre-K Contract with Child Care Services Association, Inc.
  • Commissioners held three public hearings in order to grant an ambulance franchise for non-emergency and inter-facility transportation at the basic and advanced life support level, back-up emergency ambulance service at the request of the County, and special events coverage at the request of the County. Jan Care of McDowell County, Inc., LifeStar Emergency Services, LLC and North State Medical Transport were awarded received the franchises.




●  Durham One Fund Supporting Displaced McDougald Terrace Residents - The Durham One Fund is now accepting donations to support the McDougald Terrance residents impacted by the high carbon monoxide levels and mold conditions reported last week. For those interested in donating, please visit: and for more information please visit and for more information please visit

●  Durham City-County Martin Luther King Jr. Employee Observance Program - Join the City and County Staff on January 15, 2020, from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. as they celebrate the 15th jointly hosted Life of Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. The program will be held at First Presbyterian Church located at 305 N. Main Street. Made in Durham Executive Director Casey Steinbacher is the keynote speaker and this event is FREE and open to the public. 

  • City of Durham’s E-Waste and Textile Recycling, Paper Shredding Event - The City’s Solid Waste Management Department is hosting a FREE event to collect old electronics, papers for shredding, live Christmas trees, old clothes and textiles on Saturday, January 18th from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Durham County Memorial Stadium on the Home Side Parking Lot. For additional details about items eligible for this event, please visit 

●  Important Voting Information for the March 3, 2020 Primary Election is as follows:

  • Absentee-by-mail Voting begins on January 13th
  • Voter registration deadline for the March 3rd primary election is February 7th
  • Early voting for the upcoming Primary Election will begin on Thursday, February 13th and ends on Saturday, February 29th For full details on early voting and other important information, please visit 

●  The Durham Universal Pre-Kindergarten Applications are now open - Applications for the 2020-2021 school year is now open. To be eligible, you must be a Durham County resident and your child must be four (4) years old by August 31, 2020. Please call 1-833-PREK-EDU or visit for more information. 

●  The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is now available to Durham Residents - Durham residents in need of heating bill assistance can now apply for help through the Department of Social Services. Applications are being accepted Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. in Lobby #27 of the Health and Human Services Building located at 414 E. Main St. Walk ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred. Please call 919-560-8000B830E2AF for additional information and assistance.  


● We invite you to tune in to the Durham Television Network (DTN) on AT&T U-verse channel 99, Spectrum channel 8, Google Fiber channel 8, and Frontier Communications channel 70 to see rebroadcasts of Durham County Commissioner meetings as well as other Durham County programming that may be of interest to you. Please contact the Public Information Office at 919-560-0008AC68E1E7 or click here for more information.


The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 27, 2020.  To view the agenda and recording of the BOCC Regular Session Meeting, visit the BOCC’s Web site. For more information about BOCC meetings, contact the Clerk to the Board's Office at 919-560-0025 or email



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