Orange County Board of Commissioners
Meeting Summary March 24, 2020
Due to current public health concerns, the Orange County Board of Commissioners conducted an abbreviated, virtual business meeting on March 24, 2020 utilizing GoToMeeting. Members of the Board of Commissioners participated in the meeting remotely.
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The agenda included the items below. The following is a brief summary of the Board actions. This summary should not be viewed as official minutes.
At the beginning of the meeting there was a discussion/update on COVID-19.
6. Regular Agenda
a. Approval of Emergency Small Business Funding Program
The Board voted, with some changes, to approve the creation of the Emergency Small Business Funding Program to provide Emergency Small Business funding to Orange County small businesses experiencing revenue loss due to the coronavirus pandemic in the form of both grants and loans. This program will be funded using Article 46 Sales Tax revenue that was originally budgeted in the Small Business Loan Program. The current balance in the Article 46 Small Business Loan Program is approximately $300,000.
The Board recognizes that the Emergency Small Business Funding Program is necessary to preserve jobs and tax base during the coronavirus pandemic and is consistent with the State of Emergency declared by Orange County on March 13, 2020, and approved the creation of the Emergency Small Business Funding Program and marketing of this program on the County’s website, press release, and social media outlets to communicate available financial support to small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Emergency Small Business Funding Program Committee will be composed of two representatives each from the Small Business Grant Committee, the Agricultural Grant Committee, and the Small Business Loan (SBL) Board plus a representative from each of the municipalities to make final determinations between April through June for both grants and loans and County staff will provide status reports to the Board.
(Approved 6-1 with Commissioner Dorosin dissenting)
8. Consent Agenda
a. Minutes - NONE
b. Recommendations for Employee Health Insurance and Other Benefits (Approved)
c. Fiscal Year 2019-20 Budget Amendment #7 (Approved)
d. Approval of Amendment to the Orange County Procurement and Disbursement Policy, Housing Rehabilitation Programs, Including Local and North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) Urgent Repair Activities (Approved)
e. Orange County Transit Plan (OCTP) Update Award of Contract (Approved)
f. Appointment of Commissioner Sally Greene to the NCACC Opioid Litigation Settlement Work Group (Approved)
g. Delegation of Emergency Contracting Authority to the County Manager (Removed and not considered by the Board)
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