November 19, 2018
- Emergency Housing and Weatherization report. These two programs are managed by Central Piedmont Community Action non-profit. County contributed $13,000 for rapid rehousing (emergency) housing in hotels for homeless: program served 8 families. Weatherization program (ducts, windows, vents, insulation…two-year wait list) serves citizens below 200% of poverty level, including renters. Nineteen homes received services, and six received heat and air conditioning units.
- County Boundary between Chatham and Harnett. Boundary was moved after NC Geodetic Survey (State agency) resurveyed the corner of Wake-Harnett-Chatham. Two Chatham homes will now be in Harnett county jurisdiction (that puts them in a different school district). Boundary to be adopted December 3 by both Harnett and Chatham Boards of Commissioners.
- Public Hearings on 12 selected businesses in the formerly unzoned portion of Chatham County. These owners wanted to have their R-1 zoning (the default designation when county was zoned in August 2016) changed to appropriate business or industrial classification. BOC had offered this free rezoning option in 2017 for those property owners who qualified and requested. Referred to Planning Board.
- Churches in Residential zoned districts. Neighbors on private Hogan Farm Rd. (entrance off Holland’s Chapel Rd) proposed text changes in the County Zoning Ordinance to change “permitted-by-right” designation for churches and replace it with a Conditional Use Permit whenever a new church wants to build in a Residential zoned district. Large crowd for this. This was precipitated by neighbors who had trespass and parking concerns along busy Holland’s Chapel Rd. and the single entrance to church property is from the private road; as well as noise and crowds that attend celebrations and services. Referred to Planning Board.
- Commissioners received the annual award from the NC School Boards Association as “Commissioners of the Year” for our strong partnership with our School Board. Unfortunately, many counties and their school boards do not get along.
- Jeremiah Drive (off Lystra Road). Road keeps flooding and cuts off residents after every large rain event because the road backs up to north edge of Jordan Lake. Army Corps of Engineers holds water in the Lake and surrounding floodplain because they can’t release volumes of water from Jordan Lake dam downstream into flooded Cape Fear River. Working with NC DOT to get cost estimate on raising the roadway. Now, if it only stopped raining!!!
November 27, FY 2020-2026
Full day work session. Reviewed CIP process, Chatham County School Projects, and non-school projects. Reviewed the Debt Model, which is how County staff figure how much must be set-aside each budget year for pay-as-you-go projects and debt service, and how much we can finance through new borrowing in order to schedule the repairs, software upgrades, and construction of new buildings, and big-ticket items like radio-towers. We passed the project timeline and designated which ones will be funded by reserves, and which projects will be covered by new borrowing. A few items were moved up because of emergency status: radio towers to fully cover Chatham, new emergency operations center building (existing building seriously outgrown), emergency operations radio system upgrade, and a second generator for Chatham County Detention Center (new jail). Found out that current back-up generator was inadequate during Hurricane outages. (Hales recommended staff look at solar on jail for back-up capacity using batteries.)