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Chatham commissioners recommend action on western Wake treatment plant

Posted Wednesday, November 17, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC - At the November 15 meeting, the current Chatham County Board of Commissioners recommended that the request by the Western Wake Partnership (WWP) to locate an 8.1-mile wastewater discharge line in Chatham County be denied unless specific conditions are met. However, the commissioners opted to let the next Board of Commissioners take final action on these recommendations after newly-elected commissioners take office on Dec. 6, 2010.

The discharge line would carry treated wastewater to its designated discharge point in the Cape Fear River for the WWP’s planned regional wastewater treatment plant. The plant would treat wastewater for the towns of Towns of Apex, Cary, and Morrisville.

Vice Chair George Lucier said, “We believe that the treated wastewater discharge line poses significant risks with little or no discernable benefits for our county and its residents. For these reasons, we recommend that Chatham County deny the WWP’s request to locate a discharge line through a section of the county until the Town of Cary agrees not to annex into the county without the county’s approval and this agreement is embodied in a local bill approved by the General Assembly.”

Other conditions recommended for the WWP include:

  • If a local bill is approved limiting Cary’s annexation into the county, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners should not agree to any annexation by Cary without first holding a public hearing.
  • If Chatham County’s Board of Commissioners agrees to the WWP’s discharge line, the agreement should require the WWP to negotiate with county property owners without using the power of eminent domain.
  • Chatham County should hold a public hearing on the discharge line before making a final decision to approve the WWP’s request to allow it to be located in the county.
  • Chatham County should continue to work with Cary on a Joint Land Use Plan and other issues of mutual interest.
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