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BOCC Regular Session Highlights from February 10th

Post Date:02/11/2020 2:37 PM

Durham, N.C. – The Durham Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) met on Monday, February 10, 2020, 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 of County Commissioners approved the execution of a contract with Bordeaux Construction Company for pre-construction services for the new Durham County Youth Home Project.
  • The Board approved a budget ordinance amendment to purchase certain replacement equipment for Public Health including a new chemistry analyzer, tube transport system replacement, two lab refrigerator replacements, on-site licenses and a Veteran Services vehicle.
  • County Commissioners voted to create a full-time position for a Dental Van Driver for the Durham County Department of Public Health Dental Division.
  • Commissioners approved the following projects as part of the annual Durham County Matching Grants Program: Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association – $30,000, Maureen Joy Charter School – $5,000, the Durham Parks Foundation – $6,700, and El Futuro – $35,000. The program is annually funded from the County’s operating budget, which for FY19-20 totaled $77,175. The program requires a 50-percent match from applicants, which can include a cash match as well the value of volunteer labor towards producing the project.
  • County Commissioners voted to amend the Fiscal Year 2020 Durham Transit Tax Annual Work Plan to add $1,029,000 for purchase of amenities for 50 bus stops and construction of 10 bus stop improvements for GoDurham.
  • The Board conducted a public hearing to and voted to provide $2,550,000 in Economic Development funds to Eli Lilly and Company. The Board authorized the County Manager to enter into preliminary negotiations and execute an agreement with the Company. Eli Lilly and Company, a global healthcare and biopharmaceutical company, will bring a new state-of-the-art pharmaceutical manufacturing facility to Durham County to help produce and develop medicines for people with serious illnesses, creating 462 jobs and investing $440 million.



  • Voting Information for the March 3, 2020 Primary Election is as follows:
    • Photo ID is NOT required for the 2020 Primary Election
    • Absentees-by-mail voting request deadline is February 25th and they must be returned to the Board of Elections by Tuesday, March 3rd
    • Early voting for the primary election begins Thursday, February 13th and ends Saturday, February 29th.

      For full details on early voting and other important information, please visit


  • Tax Assistance Offered at VITA Sites – The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who make $56,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English-speaking taxpayers. In addition to VITA, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax assistance to individuals 60 years of age or older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement. To locate a VITA or TCE Site near you, please visit or call 888-227-7669.


  • The Durham County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) is requesting proposals for fiscal year 2020-2021 – The JCPC anticipates funds from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS) in the amount of $701,101 to fund programs that will serve delinquent and at-risk youth. The application deadline is March 31, 2020. Additional information can be found on the Criminal Justice Resource Center’s website:


    For interested organizations, informational meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, March 10, 2020 and Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Criminal Justice Resource Center located at 326 East Main Street.


  • Durham Planning Academy Seeks Spring 2020 Applicants – Have you ever wondered what zoning can and cannot do or questioned how things get built in Durham? If you’ve answered yes, then you should apply for the next Durham Planning Academy. The FREE interactive four-week course begins Thursday, March 26, 2020 with participants meeting every Thursday for four weeks. Online applications are now being accepted until Sunday, March 1, 2020. To apply, please visit, and for additional questions, please contact Kayla Seibel, Senior Planner at 919-560-4137 ext.28271 or by email


Board meetings are cablecast live and rebroadcast on Durham Television Network (DTN) on Spectrum Channel 8. Replays are available on DTN along with AT&T U-verse Channel 99, Google Fiber Channel 8 and Frontier Communications Channel 70. 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, February 24, 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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