Notes from the Pittsboro Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday, April 8
A crowd of roughly 50 people gathered in Town Hall for the Pittsboro Board of Commissioners meeting Monday. The meeting, which lasted nearly three and a half hours, included discussions of the Chatham Park tree protection plan, a town ordinance which prevented glass containers from being used for special events, rezoning for a property on Chatham Business Drive, a preliminary plat approval for a property on Cedar Lane and sewer allocation for Mill South Homes. The meeting began shortly after 7 p.m. with a prayer, the pledge of allegiance and a public comment section. Several residents from Potterstone Village came and spoke out against the proposed concrete plant, citing its noise and potential environmental and health risks. One of the speakers provided the commissioners with a petition from 250 voting-aged residents of the development, asking for the concrete plant to be moved.
Notes from the Siler City Board of Commissioners meeting on April 1
A group of about 30 gathered in the small upstairs courtroom chatting happily in Spanish and English before the Siler City Board of Commissioners meeting began. The meeting
was called to order at 7:01 p.m. Commissioner Thomas “Chip” Price led the
prayer, followed by the pledge of allegiance. At the meeting, the board heard a presentation of the Building Integrated Communities plan, a collaboration between the town, UNC Global and the Latino Migration Project, which aims to help local governments understand the needs of the foreign-born community and develop strategies to meet their needs. The presentation
was given by Isa Godinez and Jorge Gutierrez. The plan touched on eight key areas for improvement: communication, leadership, business and entrepreneurship, parks, housing, youth mental health, public transit and public safety/law enforcement.
There’s an invisible target on Chatham County’s back. A threat looming, with potential to damage the county’s ability to fund schools and provide for its children. They saw what happened to their neighbors. The lobbying. The secret politicking.
Roughly 55 people gathered in the Chatham County courthouse Monday night to comment on potential re-zoning, the capital improvements plan and an amendment which would require places of worship to obtain conditional use permits. The meeting kicked off at 6:03 p.m. when three Northwood High School seniors — Sarah Beck, Reagan Flynn and Meera Batalia — spoke to the commissioners on behalf of Triangle People Power. The trio called on the commissioners to address issues of climate justice and environmental racism with an inter-agency working group. Interim County Manager Dan LaMontagne then presented for the second time the county’s draft for the Capital Improvements Plan for 2020 through 2026. Only one person, Jane Gallagher, of Pittsboro, spoke on the plan.
Interim county manager Dan LaMontagne outlined plans for the county’s major construction needs from 2020 to 2026. He said that prices for capital improvement are rising and that he has concerns about the the county’s future ability to fund the projects.