Your Voice and Ideas Matter!
As your Town Board Member, I will continue to reach out to the community to understand your priorities and concerns for our Town as well as to keep you informed of Town business. I also encourage you to share your thoughts here or send me an email at Kathleen.Ferguson at Hillsboroughnc.org. I look forward to an engaging conversation as together we shape the future of Hillsborough.
Community Service Pledge
As your Town Board member, my pledge to the citizens of Hillsborough is:
§ To actively listen to the views expressed by the many and from those rarely heard—not just from the loudest;
§ To promote balanced, data-driven decision-making: Asking the hard questions when needed, evaluating diverse sides of an issue, and seeking out reliable, relevant information for greater understanding;
§ To always be mindful of citizen wishes and community values in light of fiscal, economic, social, environmental, and legal considerations; and
§ To work equally as hard to keep the citizens of Hillsborough informed of Town Business.
Thank You Hillsborough!
The results are in, and I am humbled to have been elected to serve as Your Town Board Member. This campaign put a spotlight on our neighborhoods, and I will work hard to keep neighborhood concerns at the forefront. It has been an honor and privilege to have met so many of our citizens, and I look forward to meeting those whom I have yet to meet. A heartfelt Thank You to everyone who took time to share your concerns, to everyone who welcomed me into your homes, to everyone who supported my campaign, and to everyone who participated in this election. I also want to thank everyone who tirelessly worked to get out the vote and work the polls ...
Posted Nov 7, 2013, 4:01 PM by Kathleen Ferguson
North Carolina Chapter of Sierra Club Endorses Kathleen Ferguson
I'm pleased to share that my campaign has earned the endorsement of the North Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club. Relevant issues requiring Town attention include:
Ongoing stewardship of our water supply --- especially in the event that our legislature intervenes;
Continued investment in public transportation as our population increases, as our population ages, and in service of so many of our neighbors who lack access to private transportation for their daily living needs;
Ensuring that development patterns that support closer proximity of jobs, services, and residences; and
Increased walkability within neighborhoods, between neighborhoods, and across our Town.
Our Town is fortunate to have a myriad of resources but there is opportunity for improvement. I welcome your support in this ...
Posted Oct 19, 2013, 4:13 PM by Kathleen Ferguson
Kathleen Ferguson Endorsed by Indy Week
Recognizing the importance of having a Town Board that includes members who live in the heart of our neighborhoods, Indy Week has endorsed my candidacy! For 13 years, I have lived in and have been active in the neighborhood community. I am proud that my campaign has helped make neighborhoods a central issue of this election. But just talking about neighborhood concerns is not enough. For years, our Town Board has had too few members who live outside of the Historic District. When Frances Dancy steps down, no other sitting Board member will reside outside of the Historic District, with myself being the only candidate living in the heart of our neighborhoods. Electing active neighborhood residents to to the Town ...
Posted Oct 16, 2013, 6:22 PM by Kathleen Ferguson
Happy Golden Anniversary, Orange High School
More than just any Homecoming, this year witnessed the 50th anniversary of Orange High School. As all were so aptly reminded by Dr. Halkiotis, the Orange High experience in 1963 was a far cry from the Orange High experience of today. Indeed, Orange High has come a long way: It is among the state's top performing schools and offers a physical campus that continually improves its ability to meet student needs. Happy Anniversary Mighty Panthers! You've come a long way, and Here's to 50 more!
Posted Oct 11, 2013, 4:27 PM by Kathleen Ferguson
Thinking about Water....
Underscoring our Town's wisdom to tie development to long-term water capacity, recent reports by IOP and CIRES (Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado-Boulder) highlight the challenges we are facing with respect to water resources: Nearly one in 10 watersheds in the US is "stressed" with demand exceeding natural supply---a trend that appears likely to become the new normal. (Full Reports Here and Here) As the maps indicate, watersheds in North Carolina are among these stressed areas. It will be exceedingly important for our Town to promote a culture of conservation to ensure that we continue to have sufficient water supply for generations to come.
Posted Oct 8, 2013, 5:13 PM by Kathleen Ferguson