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New Chatham County commissioners keep their campaign promises

By Evie Evans
Posted Tuesday, January 4, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - It is clear that with the election in November, the face of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners has changed. Despite receiving only 51 percent of the vote, the conservative majority has determined that it has a mandate and has wasted no time in pushing its agenda forward.

At its first scheduled meeting of the year, the new board appears to be doing everything in its power to wash away the strides that were made by their predecessors in the areas of human relations and community sustainability, two very important aspects of the progressive type of county that attracts new businesses and younger families - the life blood of any community. The timing of the meeting and the vague description of the agenda item (# 21) seem designed to limit community access and comment from those in Chatham who oppose the actions which the new commissioners have proposed.

The Board of Commissioners meetings are open to the public, and that includes the press. You might wish to send a representative to hear what they have to say. The following is an excerpt from an e-mail from the Chatham County Democratic Party announcing the meeting (some portions have been deleted for brevity).

Excerpt:

The Chatham County Board of Commissioners will hold their first weekly meeting of the new year on Monday, January 3, 2011. The meeting will be held at the new Chatham County Community Library and will start at 9AM. The address of the library is 197 NC Hwy 87 N, Pittsboro, North Carolina, 27312.

For the AGENDA: go to www.chathamnc.org/index.aspx?recordid=3008&page=45 and click on "HERE"

As you know, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners has 3 new commissioners on it, who have promised their constituents to cut the Chatham County budget. The cost-cutting items are expected to be discussed under agenda item 21 (admittedly vague!): "Cost Containment/Streamlining Discussion: The Board will continue discussion and decision making strategies for reducing budget". The Human Relations Office www.chathamnc.org/Index.aspx?page=902, the Sustainable Communities Director, and the Obesity Director (position not yet filled), will be targeted for cutting.

 
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