Need your presence (and public comments) for two items on Nov 18 agenda, Chatham Bd of Commissioners 6:00 pm meeting (courthouse in the circle). 1) The agenda includes a BOC “vote” on the whether the $900,000 Briars Chapel has paid to the County in lieu of “affordable” housing in their development will be used for that purpose. The revised language in the compact communities ordinance (presented at public hearing during October BOC meeting) will allow those monies to be used to fund other enterprises, including Chatham Trades new facility, and new safe house for Family Violence and Rape Crisis Center....VERY worthy projects, but NOT long-term affordable housing. The vote will occur Monday. Sign up for public comment and encourage the BOC to do the right thing...and stick with affordable housing, which is “hard” but can be done successfully.
2) The final agenda item is a recommendation by the current Planning Board (appointed by Bock, Stewart, Petty) who want to REMOVE county zoning along the major transportation corridors (Hwy 64, Hwy 421, Hwy 15/501 and Moncure/Pittsboro Rd.). The previous Board of Commissioners under George Lucier had approved this highway corridor zoning in 2007 through a public process, and would prevent strip-malling of the major roads through Chatham.
If you are concerned/interested about either of these issues. Sign up for public comment and attend the meeting, Mon, Nov 18, 6 pm.
If you know anyone who needs an official government ID, the DMV is at the state fair, making ID cards, renewal and duplicate driver licenses for fair goers. A DMV mobile unit is parked off the midway, between the Jim Graham Building and Dorton Arena. It's open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
These are two great opportunities to meet with our new state senator and talk about what has been going on in the NC legislature. Sen. Valerie Foushee wants to know your concerns, so don't miss these opportunities.
Pittsboro: October 29th, 7:00 pm Chatham County Library, 197 N Carolina Route 87, Pittsboro, NC [MAP]
Siler City: November 11th, 1:00 pm West Chatham Senior Center, 112 Village Lake Rd, Siler City, NC [MAP]
he way the program to provide the poor with the bare minimum of daily nutrition has been handled is a metaphor for how the far right in the House is systematically trying to take down the federal government. The Tea Party radicals and those who either fear or cultivate them are now subjecting the food-stamp program to the same kind of assault they have unleashed on other settled policies and understandings that have been in place for decades. Breaking all manner of precedents on a series of highly partisan votes, with the Republicans barely prevailing, the House in September slashed the food-stamp program by a whopping $39 billion and imposed harsh new requirements for getting on, or staying on, the program. The point was to deny the benefit to millions.
Buncombe County, NC GOP Republican activist and a local county precinct chair admits on the DAILY SHOW that the 2013 NC Voter reform bill is all about restricting Democratic votes. Although he did resign today, he won't take back his words. That sure says a lot!
Fracking report on financial impacts to local government; County leases property for 9-11 memorial; Prioritized “wish list” of NC DOT projects for Chatham Co. approved; PTA Thrift Shop Month procl [ ... ]