When Rick Webb moved from Alaska to Chatham County, he noticed a stark difference on the road. Despite coming from a small city in North Fairbanks, Webb found the sidewalks more consistent there than where he lives now. “Like there were, you know, only 35,000 people in the whole area,” Webb said. “But we had sidewalks. Chatham County and Orange County both have more [people] than that.
Fifty years ago, the Stonewall Uprising marked a pivotal moment in the Gay Liberation Movement across the United States. The month of June is dedicated to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride as a way to recognize the 1969 uprising and the mark it has had on history. But how far has the community come since then? One curious Chathamite asked: What type of resources exist in Chatham County for the LGBTQ+ community? Turns out, not so much. While there is a wealth of resources online that range from cultural competency to health, there is a lack of resources available for the LGBTQ population living in Chatham County.
A worker at the Chatham Community Library with knowledge of the LGBTQ scene in the area describes the resources within the county as “lacking at best.”
The employee acknowledges that, despite the county’s shortage, Chatham County is near areas that have the resources available.
This week’s question comes from Bonnie Thompson, who is a resident of Pittsboro’s Powell Place neighborhood concerned about the safety of Powell Place and a plan for future emergency exits. Powell Place, which includes many senior citizens, is located near the intersection of U.S. Highway 501 and U.S. Highway 64. It is zoned as a MUPD, also known as a Mixed Use Planned Development. According to the Town of Pittsboro Zoning Ordinance, MUPDs are “an area integrating mixed uses which may include commercial, office, institutional, hotel, residential and recreational uses.“
Powell Place’s classification became a problem for many residents in the area in 2018, when it was planned to develop into an apartment area. In fact, Powell Place residents petitioned against the 264-unit apartment complex. The apartment homes are called Sanctuary Apartment Homes at Powell Place, and they are set to open to residents in February 2020.
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.