BOCC to consider economic development incentive for multi-million dollar project, hear about firearm regulations
The Orange County Board of Commissioners will hold two meetings on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The first will be a public hearing and vote on a performance-based economic development package for the recruitment of Medline Industries' distribution center, and the second will be a regularly scheduled work session. The meetings are scheduled for the Southern Human Services Center (2501 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill) at 7 p.m.
Medline is proposing a $65.3 million investment over five years to build a 1.2 million square foot, LEED-certified distribution center that would bring 250 manufacturing jobs by 2024. Average salary would be approximately $35,000 per year with the potential for as many as 600 jobs after 10 years. The positions would also have full health insurance, retirement and other benefits.
The county is considering a $1.8 million incentive package with claw-back provisions if the company does not meet its performance guarantees. Mebane and the state are also providing incentives, bringing the total package to $4.3 million.
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The work session will commence immediately after the public hearing ends. At the meeting, the county attorney will provide information to the Board about the legal framework related to regulating discharge of firearms in dense neighborhoods.
After receiving a petition from many concerned residents in June regarding public safety and noise concerns, the Orange County Board of Commissioners asked the county attorney to research the issue.
Residents may attend the Sept. 10 work session to hear the county attorney’s report, but public comments are not taken at work sessions.
If the Board of Commissioners decides to pursue changes, within the allowable legal framework, to the discharge of firearms, the public will be invited to provide input as those changes are considered by the Board.