December 3, 2018
- Oath of office for newly elected Commissioners: Diana Hales (Dist. 3) , James Crawford (Dist. 4), Walter Petty (Dist. 5).
- New BOC Chair, Mike Dasher; Vice Chair, Diana Hales.
- Adopted Geodetic Survey’s resurvey of the Common Boundary between Chatham and Harnett counties.
December 17, 2018
- Adopted Chatham County Promise K-14 program. This program provides 2-years FREE tuition and fees at Central Carolina Community College (at any CCCC campus in Lee, Harnett, or Chatham) to Chatham residents who graduate from a public high school for the years 2019, 2020, 2021, 2222. To qualify, students (except those graduating in 2019) must complete four dual-enrollment courses (or 12-dual enrollment credit hours) at CCCC while they are in high school. Chatham joins Lee County in offering this program to help students train for work. The BOC also approved the Memorandum of Understanding between CCCC and the County that establishes the county’s financial commitment and CCCC reports on student enrollment and participation.
- Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan study and recommendations. Presented by McAdams Consulting, this was an in-depth study of current services and programs, population served, communication strategies, demographic trends, and recommendations for increasing services (including summer camps) in Chatham. Survey revealed that 40% of residents do not currently use our four parks or know about recreational programs, primarily because of lack of communication. A few highlights for the 10-year planning horizon for County: Acquire additional 392 acres of parks by 2028 to achieve par with counties our size; address land dedication for parks in new subdivisions in unified development ordinance (UDO); create an indoor multi-generation recreation facility with aquatics; establish a Friends of Chatham County Parks to help fundraise for improvements; acquire land around Chatham Park; expand trails from 6.7 miles to 85 miles of trails by 2028; and consider fees based on value-added services. Report included recommendations for staffing and best practices.
- County to provide building inspector for Town of Siler City. Approved a temporary agreement for county to provide this service and collect inspection fees until Siler City can hire a new building inspector. Charlie McLaurin retired December 31.
- Public Hearing on Daurity Mine (Goldston) in the formerly unzoned portion of Chatham County. This was one of the businesses that was zoned R-1 when county-wide zoning was adopted in August 2016, and is coming before the Commissioners for FREE rezoning to Heavy Industrial. This property received a Mining Permit from the State in 2014 (prior to zoning) after a large public hearing was held. The residents talked about the noise and concussion from quarry blasting and their concerns about their homes and private wells, and wanted a traffic impact analysis; as well as denial of rezoning, but leave the mine as non-conforming use. The item was referred to the Planning Board.
- Reimbursement Policy Changes for Affordable Housing Impact Fees. This change will allow County an additional means to court affordable housing developers to build multi-family housing to serve our low income households.
- Coal Ash $ status at Brickhaven quarry site in Moncure. The County has a 2015 contract with Duke Energy because Chatham was “told” by State of North Carolina to house 12 million tons of coal ash from several Duke coal ash plants in the State. The County has received $9,369,759 (through June 2018) from Duke Energy as payment of $1.50/ton for ash brought into Chatham. Duke Energy says it will not move 12 million tons after all, and will close the facility the end of 2018. The County spent several million to upgrade fire truck equipment and the fire stations in Moncure, as well as contributed $3.5 million toward a $14 million sewer line project from Sanford to the Moncure megasite, have conducted on-going air quality testing, coal ash testing, and private well water testing, and spent $300,000 to finish refurbishment of the Sprott Youth Center in Moncure. There is a $3.3 million balance that commissioners will keep in reserve for future testing and contingency.