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The Board of County Commissioners will have a virtual Special Meeting on Friday, March 27, 2020 from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the following:

  • Revision of County Emergency Ordinance
  • Sales Tax Interlocal Agreement
  • Update on the Durham County Response to Cyberattack and COVID-19

To join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/229376981

To dial in using your phone:
United States: +1 (872) 240-3311

Access Code: 229-376-981

To download the GoToMeeting app:
https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/229376981

 

 

 

Announcements

● 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 YouthWork Internship Program Now Seeking Applicants - Durham youth, ages 14-24, who want to explore a career, earn money, and gain valuable work experience can now apply to the 2020 Durham YouthWork Internship Program. Hourly rates range from $7.25 to $12; applications now accepted until March 27.

Approximately 300 paid summer internship opportunities are available with the City of Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Public Works Department, Neighborhood Improvement Services Department, Durham Parks and Recreation, and others. Additional partners providing summer employment opportunities include Durham County Government, Durham Public Schools (DPS), Durham Technical Community College, North Carolina Central University, Duke Medical Center, local businesses, and non-profit organizations.

The selected youth will begin work in mid-June with job assignments typically lasting between six and eight weeks with hourly rates ranging from $7.50 to $12. Selected youth participants will also take part in a job skills workshop led by the City with assistance from professionals from local businesses and organizations. Potential applicants may review the position description to determine their eligibility and apply by the March 27 deadline by visiting the City’s website and selecting the job listing for Durham YouthWork Intern.

For more information about applying for employment, contact Senior Employment Program Coordinator Kelli McLean Slade with the City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development at (919) 560-4965, ext. 15221 or email DurhamYouthWork@DurhamNC.gov.

The Durham YouthWork Internship Program is administered by the City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development and is a partnership with Durham County Government, DPS, Durham Technical Community College, and Made in Durham.

● 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 County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) is requesting proposals for fiscal year 2020-2021 - The JCPC anticipates funds from the NC 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: www.dconc.gov/government/departments-a-e/criminal-justice-resource-center/youth-services/jcpc.

● 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. 

● 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 www.irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep or call 888-227-7669.

● 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.