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Conversations with the Mayors: Orange County Memorial Day Activities And Longtime Homeowners Assistance Program

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Andrew Stucky of 97.9 Hill spoke with Orange County Commissioner Lenny Price on Wednesday, May 25th. She talked about Orange County’s long-term homeowner support program, Memorial Day activities, and more. Below is the complete transcript.Click to hear the full interview here..


Andrew Stucky:

Participating in News on the Hill is Lenny Price, Chairman of the Orange County Committee. Lenny, how are you today?

Lenny Price:

I’m fine. How are you?

Sticky:

Given the news we’re dealing with nationwide today, I’m doing pretty well. I wanted to start by getting your reaction to the tragic news from Texas.

price:

Well, as you say, it’s tragic and it’s a shame that this is becoming almost standard. It’s really unacceptable. And we really have to do something about the spread of guns in this country. Also, a young brother who knows that a gun enters the classroom and shoots relatives. It follows what I witnessed at another 18-year-old Buffalo last week. Our hearts and prayers are directed not only to the survivors, but to the families of the victims and their communities as a whole. I’m really sad.

Sticky:

yes. It’s frustrating to hear the news. It’s frustrating to hear everyone say the same thing about the news and then have to feel like nothing has happened yet.

price:

right. I know there are problems with the right to carry guns in the United States, but the proliferation of guns and firearms and getting them into the hands of those who use them irresponsibly must be addressed at least in my mind. There is a problem. ..

Sticky:

So what was the big point from last night’s Commissioner meeting?

price:

Well, one of the biggest issues we talked about last night was the long-standing homeowner support program. It was a pilot. In fact, when we realized that there were some injustices in our system, it was more safety nets that we started last year after the reassessment. It is difficult to fix at the local level and may need to be fixed at the state level. But we want to allow people who have been at home for generations to inherit their property to stay in their homes and communities, with rising living costs and rising taxes. .. Be sure to preserve some of these historic districts, whether in downtown Chapel Hill or in rural areas.

We are looking at how we can best serve our members and keep our community intact. There were a lot of public comments last night. It was very uplifting to me because I always listen to public comments and love to hear directly from people, especially those who are affected and who work in trenches as we say. Back on June 7th, I received the comments that the staff heard last night, seeing how to extend this next year, and finally how to actually deal with both systematic issues with property values. confirm. It also describes, for example, how to help people who enjoy fixed income but still want to stay there.

Sticky:

So do you think this program has been successful so far?

price:

Partially. We helped 91 people, but with hundreds more people who may have been able to take advantage of the support we were providing, we have to do a better job in outreach. The other elephant in the room is trustworthy. People don’t trust the government. Especially when the government is in this situation. And one of my suggestions was to bring more ambassadors into the community and spread the word. Sometimes they actually pay community ambassadors and trusted people in the neighborhood to explain what’s happening, this is a program designed for you, no tricks, and join us. I know to explain. I think that will be an issue. We confirmed some results and were able to make further improvements based on them.

Sticky:

And it’s a program that will continue next year with the next budget.

price:

yes. But we are working on ways to expand it, reach more people and make it more effective.

Sticky:

I know I wasn’t discussing the budget at last night’s meeting, but I had some simple questions about the budget. The first is about the Street Outreach Harm Reduction and Deflection Program (SOHRAD). There seems to be some confusion about the funding coming next year. Is it still going to be funded at the county level?

price:

i hope so. That is what we do in cooperation with the town. It’s a problem that really doesn’t know the boundaries. So we want to be able to work on something else. You also have to see what is the force that is causing the homeless. Building some affordable homes or finding a place for some people doesn’t just mean it’s gone. Do we really need to see what is causing it and what the forces are? And the more we develop in the counties, especially in the woodlands where people have lived for some time, the more homeless we will see on the streets. We want to be able to do something about it. We will discuss that in a budget work session. We will look at the opinions of our staff and community members as well as our colleagues.

Sticky:

In line with the same policy, our own Aaron Keck put together a story early today about the Pagan Council seeking funding from the town government, and expect them to ask the county government the same question. doing. Do you know where the county commissioner is standing now?

price:

No, each of us has its own perspective, so I don’t want to talk for everyone before actually discussing it. I know this is the organization we have supported as a board of directors. We’ve been supporting IFC for years and, as I said in the past, really admire their work. They are really the beacons of our community for the work they do. I was very happy when the new building opened in the future. I’m sure there is support, and I’m still not sure at what level it will be seen.

Sticky:

Looking ahead to the rest of the week, Monday is a holiday and an anniversary. Are special events planned for the county?

price:

Yes, we have a Memorial Day program. The Veterans Memorial Planning Committee holds an annual event. Therefore, we will hold an event at the Veterans Memorial Hall on Homestead Road at 9am on Monday morning. Of course, I remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to fight for our freedom.

Sticky:

all right. That’s good. There is about 1 minute left. Is there anything else you would like to touch on before summarizing?

price:

As you said in the budget process, we want to remind people to keep listening to what the members say. There will be another hearing on June 2nd where people can go online to see what amendments the Commissioner has proposed to the manager’s recommended budget and comment on it. .. You can also check if some of the recommendations are included. We strive to be as open and transparent as possible. Thank you for your cooperation. And we meet in person so that people can come and sign up to talk. If for some reason you can’t come, please call the clerk’s office by 3 pm on Tuesday. You can get a zoom link and join.

Sticky:

all right. Thank you for joining us today. Lenny Price for the Orange County Commissioner Chair has been added. Thank you very much and enjoy the rest of your afternoon.

price:

you too. Thank you very much.

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