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March 7, 2005: Board of Commissioners meeting

By Mike Cross
Posted Sunday, March 13, 2005

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* Consent Agenda Approved 5-0.
* Transportation Improvement Proposals for 2007-2013: Triangle Area Rural Planning Organization (RPO) approved 5-0; Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) approved 5-0.
* FY 2004-2005 Budget Amendments approved 5-0
* Board of Equalization and Review: Mr. Hubert Gaines and Mrs. Brenda Turner were appointed alternate members, approved 5-0
* Chatham County Sedimentation and Erosion Control Ordinance Public hearing set for March 21, 2005, vote 5-0
* Telephone System for Department of Social Services: $105,000 in grant funds approved to purchase a phone/data system, 5-0
* Residential Moratorium? See
* Chatham School Needs vs. Funding, see
* River Corridor Watershed Ordinance RA-90, see Motion to set public hearing defeated 2 (Cross, Barnes) to 3 (Morgan, Emerson, Outz)

Work Session

Economic Development Corp: Director Tony Tucker briefed the BOC on a waste water problem in a Goldston building where American Moulding and Millwords wishes to expand, adding 175 jobs. Permit request will go to NC DENR for approval.

BOC public address system with lapel mics and aids for the hearing impaired was approved 5-0

American Tobacco Trails: Bill Bussey gave an update on Chatham interest for 4.5 miles and 2 bridges. Hopefully we can do something in the near future.

Capital Improvements: Finance Director Vicki McConnell gave a presentation on 2005-2009 Capital Projects Funding.

* $103,734,000 for 3 schools and school additions
* $16,770,440 for water projects
* $32,145,190 for general capital projects
* $152,649,630 total

That's a lot of debt! Options to pay:

* 1% Land Transfer Fee will easily cover it
* School Impact fee would have to raised even higher than is currently being discussed
* 27 cents tax rate increase

Authority for the 1% Land Transfer Fee is becoming more and more important. I hope everyone will get behind this effort!

Public Input Session: BOC Agenda Guidelines

* 3 min raised to 5 minutes per speaker
* 15 minutes total time raised to 30 minutes total time
* Only allowing one person to speak one time in 3 months: dropped

Approved 5-0.

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March 7, 2005: Board of Commissioners meeting
Chatham County Commisioner Mike Cross shares his viewpoints with citizens on his weblog.

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