Around 25 people were in attendance for the Pittsboro Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday. The meeting started at 7:04 p.m., beginning with a moment of silence as well as the pledge of allegiance.
The meeting conducted four public hearings. The first hearing concerned a Community Development Block Grant for the EG-GILERO Building Renovation project. The application was later approved by commissioners, pending a slight change in language to the legally binding commitment. Two of the hearings were dedicated to the rezoning of properties.
This week’s question goes to Mike Cowell, who asked, “What is planned for the old Piggly Wiggly store?”
This Piggly Wiggly was located at 386 East Street, in Pittsboro. It opened its doors on October 15, 2007, and served its customers for over 10 years before it announced its closureon Facebook this past July.
Now the storefront of the defunct Piggly Wiggly is left with scratched-off letters where its sign once stood. According to Victoria Bailiff of the Pittsboro Planning Department, the Piggly Wiggly spot won’t have a successor anytime soon. “Right now, we haven’t had any plans submitted,” said Bailiff. According to the Chatham County, NC Land Use & Planning viewing application, the land’s deed belongs to Piedmont Center Investments LLC.
This week, we’re heading to the power plant off of Shearon Harris Road, and it’s all thanks to Our Chatham subscriber Billy Cummings. He asked, “What is status of nuclear waste storage at Shearon Harris? How effective are local emergency management plans?”
Shearon Harris power plant. (Chloe Arrojado/Our Chatham)
What is Nuclear Waste, Anyways? Nuclear waste, also known as radioactive waste, refers to the
radioactive leftovers of a nuclear reaction.
Feeling Curious? This week, Our Chatham dives into a topic with big impact:
Jordan Lake. We look at Jordan Lake’s water quality and the factors that impact
the water. We answer the important questions hanging in your mind:
How do people measure water quality?How safe is Jordan Lake? What do experts have to say about it?
The QuestionChatham Arts Council board member Lesley Landis has lived in East Tennessee, Durham, and Chapel Hill, but none have had a creative culture like Chatham County. This realization led Landis to ask, “What accounts for the creative culture that Chatham is known for?”The AnswerArtistic expression has been present in Chatham County since the time when Native Americans lived in a swath of the county. Fragments of simple stamped pottery near the Haw River have suggested the art belonged to the Sissipahaw. Mandolin player Tony Williamson says he has found thousands of these pottery pieces on his farm. Williamson’s pottery
Williamson says his family has been in the rural Piedmont area since the 1700s, and attributes the creative culture in Chatham to the tradition and purpose of art in the past.
Documenter name: Chloe Arrojado
Title of meeting: Pittsboro Board Of Commissioners Regular Meeting
Date: November 26, 2018
Agency/Organization hosting the event: Pittsboro Board Of Commissioners
Start Time: 7:03 P.M.
Number of people in attendance (not including officials): 16
List names and titles of officials:
Town Clerk Alice F. Lloyd
Town Attorney Paul S. Messick Jr.
Town Manager Bryan L. Gruesbeck
Commissioner Jay Farrell
Commissioner Bett Wilson Foley
Commissioner Michael A. Fiocco
Mayor Cindy S. Perry
Mayor Pro Tem Pamela Baldwin
Commissioner John Bonitz (Not Present)
Pittsboro resident Caroline Townsend spoke about the flooding from Roberson Creek on US Highway 15-501 near the area of her home. She said that the flooding has caused damage worth thousands of dollars in surrounding homes. Pittsboro resident Wayne Britt commended environmental efforts from Chatham Park. Britt said that he lives in the middle of the development and found that Chatham Park consistently meets or exceeds state standards. Updates:
Town Manager Bryan L. Gruesbeck gave updates about different town issues.
William Pitt was the 1st Earl of Chatham, and so popular among American colonists that he had 18 different places in the United States named after him. Pittsboro, N.C., is perhaps the only place in the United States named after his son.