ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 1, 2017) – One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various advisory boards and commissions. 

Currently Orange County seeks applicants for the Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) Board of Directors for a position opening in June of this year. 

OWASA is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors. The Chapel Hill Town Council appoints five, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen appoints two and the Orange County Board of Commissioners appoints two Board Members. The OWASA Board adopts the annual budget; sets rates, fees and charges based on cost-of-service principles; approves bond issues to fund capital projects; makes policy decisions; and appoints the Executive Director, General Counsel and Independent Auditor.

Each Board Member appointed, must take an Oath of Office to discharge faithfully the duties of his/her office, to abide by the constitution and laws of the United States and of North Carolina, and to exercise his/her best judgement as a member of the Board of Directors.

The OWASA Board meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month.  The first meeting of the month begins at 6:00pm and is held in the OWASA Community Room (400 Jones Ferry Road in Carrboro); and the second meeting of the month begins at 7:00pm and is held in the Council Chambers at Chapel Hill Town Hall (405 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Chapel Hill).

Board members are also expected to serve on one or more Standing Committees of the Board.  The number of Committee meetings can vary greatly, but there are generally one or two different committee meeting per month.

Board members receive $50 compensation for attendance at each Board Meeting, Special Meetings, Work Sessions, and Standing Committee meetings of the Board.

If interested, apply at .

Orange County strives for diversity on volunteer advisory boards.  Minorities are encouraged to apply.  Applicants must reside in Orange County.  Volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

For additional information call Thom Freeman 919-245-2125.

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