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I choose to stick with the facts and reelect commissioners Petty, Stewart, and Bock

By John Ingels
Posted Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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Pittsboro, NC - It's campaign season once again in Chatham County and that means we can expect to see many posts about politics over the next few months. We have ample evidence that John Graybeal and Jeffrey Starkweather are in charge of leading the opposition against the conservative commissioners. Graybeal and Starkweather will continue to write letters (for others to sign) with misleading talking points in the hopes of confusing us.

We have ample evidence that John Graybeal and Jeffrey Starkweather are in charge of leading the opposition against the conservative commissioners.

 

When I see these posts I will attempt to find the facts so we can see the difference between their statements and reality.

Let's start with the post under Virginia Penley's name on August 4: The letter states she wants commissioners who will support municipalities and oppose fracking in Chatham. The facts confirm that we have that. The conservative commissioners have maintained that a core function of government is improving infrastructure and protecting natural resources. Here are just a few of the ways the county has been doing that.

Pittsboro:

In 2012 the town needed to replace waterlines under Hillsboro St. to improve the water system for the town. They could not afford to complete the project so they asked the county to help. According the the minutes of the May 2012 meeting here is the result of that request:

 

"The Chatham County Board of Commissioners further agrees to provide financial support for the Hillsboro Street Transmission Line Project by appropriating an additional $223,432.50 as a direct contribution to the Hillsboro Street Transmission Line Project budget"

Goldston:

The town has finally begun construction on a wastewater line the is critical to the future of Goldston. Again, the town cannot afford the project without assistance from the county. The mayor asked the county for help in this important infrastructure need. According to the minutes of the meeting in 2012 when the request was made, here is the result:

"The County agrees:a) To pay to the Town an annual payment of $126,000.00 (the “Annual Payments”) to be used by the Town as herein provided. Such payment shall be made after written notice from the Town and not later than 30 days prior to the due date of the annual debt service payment financing the Town's Wastewater Collection System Project"
Siler City:

We have the only certified commercial mega-site in the state. This will be a transformational project for Siler City and the entire region. In order to achieve that, hundreds of thousands of dollars needed be invested in site readiness, including over $1 million in engineering studies. The Town could not afford that and the effort would have stalled without help from the county. The county agreed to sell unused property in the Siler City industrial park and use the proceeds to pay for the engineering work. Because of that, the site is now certified. Even the most conservative estimates say this will create 3000 - 5000 jobs and add over $1 billion in capital investment.

Finally a note on fracking. A quick review of the minutes and the county website shows that the conservative commissioners have taken a pretty strong stance against fracking in Chatham County. You can view for yourself at this link.

If Penley, Starkweather, and Graybeal really want what they say the want, they will vote to reelect commissioners Petty, Stewart, and Bock. Instead of dishonesty and distortion, I choose to stick with the facts.

 
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