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BOCC to Hold Special Session Virtually on July 13th at 9 a.m.

Due to the ongoing social distancing restrictions in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Durham Board of County Commissioners will hold a Special Session virtually on Monday, July 13, 2020 at 9 a.m.

The purpose of this meeting is to conduct a Closed Session pursuant to N.C.G.S. 143-318.11(a)(6) to consider the qualifications, competence, performance, character, fitness, conditions of appointment, or conditions of initial employment of an individual public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee.

For more information about the Board of Commissioners’ meetings and agendas, visit here. Citizens may also call the Clerk to the Board at (919) 560-0025 or email to mtoomer@dconc.gov.


BOCC to Hold July 13th Regular Session Virtually at 7 p.m.

Due to the ongoing social distancing restrictions in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Durham Board of County Commissioners will hold its next Regular Session virtually on Monday, July 13, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Residents wishing to submit comments regarding agenda items only or to comment on a Public Hearing: please email your comments to the Clerk to the Board at mtoomer@dconc.gov. Comments must be submitted by Sunday, July 12th.

The agenda for Monday’s BOCC meeting will be posted here.

For more information about the Board of Commissioners’ meetings and agendas, visit here. Citizens may also call the Clerk to the Board at (919) 560-0025 or email to mtoomer@dconc.gov.

 
Residents Can Access Meetings Live on Durham Television Network and Online

The virtual option aligns with social distancing requirements which ensure the safety of citizens who wish to participate as well as Board members and Durham County Government staff. Citizens who wish to view the BOCC meeting can watch rebroadcasts on the Durham Television Network, which is available on AT&T U-verse channel 99 and Spectrum channel 8, Google Fiber channel 8 and Frontier Communications channel 70. The meeting will also be streamed live on the County’s website and on the County’s YouTube Channel.

 

Announcements

● Funding Opportunities/Unemployment Assistance (for independent contractors and self-employed):

  • Duke Durham Fund Phase 1 - $1 Million for Emergency Relief -- Duke is now providing rapid relief grants up to $5,000 to community-based organizations that are supporting basic needs in Durham. To date, we have received more than 100 applications and have granted more than $200,000. We are actively reviewing open applications. Eligible organizations may complete the short application online at any time, and organizations that received funding in April may reapply for additional funding during round two in May and round three in June. Applications for emergency relief for the community are available at  community.duke.edu/give.
  • New Pandemic Unemployment Assistance -- NC Independent contractors and self-employed workers out of work because of COVID-19 can apply for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance beginning Friday, April 24th.  Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is a federal program for people who are unable to work as a result of COVID-19 and not eligible for regular state unemployment benefits, such as self-employed workers and independent contractors (1099 employees).  More information to include how to apply can be found here.  To apply, please go here.
● The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has two new mental health resources to support North Carolinians.

The Hope4NC Helpline (1-855-587-3463) connects North Carolinians to additional mental health and resilience supports that help them cope and build resilience during times of crisis. As part of the state’s recent hurricane recovery efforts it served over 4,400 people in the most impacted counties, and now it is being made available to everyone in North Carolina’s 100 counties during the COVID-19 crisis. This initiative is in partnership with all seven of the state’s LME/MCOs and REAL Crisis Intervention Inc. in Greenville. Hope4NC is now available 24 hours per day, seven days a week to speak to a live person.

The Hope4Healers Helpline (919-226-2002) is a new initiative in partnership with the North Carolina Psychological Foundation. It provides mental health and resilience supports for health care professionals, emergency medical specialists, first responders, other staff who work in health care settings and their families throughout the state who are experiencing stress from being on the front lines of the state’s COVID-19 response. Hope4Healers is also available 24 hours per day, seven days a week for people to reach out for support; they will be contacted quickly by a licensed mental health professional for follow-up. 

https://www.ncdhhs.gov/news/press-releases/new-mental-health-supports-all-north-carolinians-including-health-care-workers

● Be on the Lookout for Scammers During Crisis - Attorney General Stein is urging North Carolinians to be on the lookout for scammers taking advantage of the pandemic, and his office has released a one-page guide to help consumers better understand these scams.

If you think you’ve been the victim of a scam or an attempted scam, please report it to the N.C. Attorney General’s office at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or ncdoj.gov/complaint.

The price gouging law that protects people from scammers is also in effect in North Carolina. Attorney General Stein and the North Carolina Department of Justice will be reviewing price gouging complaints from consumers closely and are prepared to take action against any businesses engaging in price gouging activities. Please report potential price gouging by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or by filing a complaint at ncdoj.gov/file-a-complaint/price-gouging.
 
● COVID-19 Internet Service Options - In response to COVID-19, many North Carolina residents are being asked to work and learn remotely. The North Carolina Department of Information Technology has compiled a list of new and existing free or affordable service offerings.
 
Visit www.ncbroadband.gov/covid19 for more information.

● How to Apply for Federal Small Business Disaster Loans - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) granted Governor Roy Cooper’s request for a disaster declaration for small businesses that are suffering economic losses due to COVID-19. Affected businesses may apply for low interest SBA disaster loans.
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s
secure website at www.disasterloan.sba.gov.

Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or 1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

● Need Urgent Child Care due to COVID-19 Response? - The NC Department of Health and Human Services, the NC Department of Public Instruction, the North Carolina Child Care Resource and Referral Network and our partners across the state are working together provide these vital child care options. If you are a parent who provides necessary services to, or cares for, members of our communities and your child care has fallen through or is unavailable because of COVID-19 closures, call 1-888-600-1685 to be connected with the right fit for you and your child.
  
• Care options are for parents whose typical child care arrangements are unavailable due to school or child care closings and who cannot access other care.
  
• Options are available for infants up to children age 12.

 

● 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 unitedwaytriangle.org/durham-one-fund and for more information please visit unitedwaytriangle.org/durham-one-fund-now-accepting.

● 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 www.durhamprek.org 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 919-560-8000 for additional information and assistance.  

● Tax Administration Programs and Offerings - The Durham County Tax Administration will begin accepting applications for the Hardship Payment Plan and will begin offering Property Tax Relief Programs to qualifying elderly, disabled and U.S. Veteran Homeowners. For more information please visit www.dconc.gov/tax, email tax_assessor@dconc.gov or call 919-560-0300. 

●  Get Involved, it’s your County! Durham County Government has approximately 43 active advisory boards referred to as Boards and Commissions. Citizens of Durham County may volunteer to participate by applying for a vacancy. Interested citizens should fill out an application and send it to the Clerk to the Board’s Office. A description of the boards as well as a list of vacancies can be found on the County’s website at www.dconc.gov/government/departments-a-e/board-of-commissioners/boards-and-commissions. If you need additional information, please contact the Clerk’s Office at 919-560-0025 or send an email to: BoardsandCommissions@dconc.gov.   

● 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 919-560-0008 or click here for more information.

● Alert Durham - Sign Up Today - Durham County wants to keep its citizens informed and safe in the case of an emergency. Sign up for Alert Durham to receive notifications about severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons, and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods. To sign up for Alert Durham, visit AlertDurham.com.