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April 29, 2019
Hello, Chathamites. Happy Monday!
How will Northwood be affected when the new Seaforth High School opens?
- How will Northwood High School be affected by the opening of Seaforth High School?
- Will Northwood kids in the attendance zone for Seaforth immediately be sent there?
- How are they managing overcrowding at Northwood in the next two years until Seaforth opens?
- Chatham County Schools hasn’t established an attendance zone for Seaforth yet, but based on the plan for Chatham Grove Elementary School, the community will have a say in what areas are included.
- Seaforth will open as ninth and 10th grade only. Once the school reaches its third year and the 10th graders reach their senior year, it will officially be 9-12.
- Construction plans for Seaforth accommodate 1,200 students with a maximum capacity of 1,400.
- Northwood High School, Pittsboro’s only high school, is about 400 students over the building’s maximum capacity. But,
- Northwood’s new principal Bradford Walston visits each classroom every day, and parents have commended his ability to build relationships with the community.
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What’s on our radar…
One Chatham: a community forum hosted by us! Join us for a lively discussion about the economic disparity between east and west Chatham County. Let’s identify the problems and brainstorm solutions together.
- May 15, 6-8 p.m. @ Chatham Community Library
- Free and open to the public
- Light refreshments will be offered!
The Pittsboro Board of Commissioners convened for a meeting last Monday night. Here are the most important takeaways, but check out our full notes for more detail.
- The board still hasn’t approved Chatham Park’s tree protection plan.
- There will be a special work session on Chatham Park’s tree protection plan on May 13 at 6 p.m.
- In the revised plan presented Monday, “the percentage of hardwood canopy trees has increased from 50% to 75%,” and “the minimum caliper of new hardwood canopy trees to be planted has been increased from 2 inches to 2.5 inches.”
- The board pondered best solutions for cleaning the Haw River of unregulated chemicals.
- Much of the discussion centered around per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAs. These substances are hard to detect and that it’s only been in recent years that their presence in water has been discovered.
- The federal government does not regulate PFAs, which have been linked to kidney cancer and thyroid disease.
- There are numerous ways to remove PFAs from water, with the most effective form being reverse osmosis. That method also happens to be the most expensive, however, with capital costs totaling $11 million for treatment of two million gallons per day.
- Another effective method – which combines other methods including granular activated carbon, ion exchange and ultraviolet radiation with advanced oxidation processes – would be cheaper.
- Pittsboro Elementary School Road Bridge will get a temporary fix before a permanent one.
- FEMA will fund a permanent fix for the bridge/culvert, but not until the end of 2019.
- The construction of a temporary fix will begin soon and should only take a couple of days to complete. The temporary fix will cost around $23,000.
- Pittsboro Town Manager Bryan Gruesbeck hopes FEMA will refund the town for the expense.
- An evidentiary hearing was held for proposed cell tower.
- To be constructed by Tillman Communication, the 300-foot tower would be located on a 23.4-acre parcel of land at the corner of Mitchells Chapel Road and Alston Horton Service Road.
- Larry Perry of Tillman Communication said the tower is needed for Pittsboro to prepare itself the roll-out of 5G technology by the mid 2020s.
- Bob Hornik, an attorney representing SBA Communications, said the construction of a new 500-foot tower on the 23.4-acre of land is not necessary.
One last thing…
We’ve grown a lot this year. To be precise, we’ve grown by 150 Chathamites in 2019 to reach a total of 265! However, we are still striving to reach our goal of 400 total Chathamites by April 30.
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