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Wal-Mart in North Chatham?

By Mike Cross
Posted Sunday, July 10, 2005

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I have been hearing and reading much of the same information as everyone and I do have some initial thoughts on the subject.

1. In the initial stage of "site selection", it is normal to confer with DOT to discuss access, traffic, etc.

2. This is also where the "Questions" and "Rumors" crank up.

Citizens without jobs appear glad to get them regardless of what you and I think.

3. I have received several inquiries from NE Chatham Citizens and Carrboro citizens-- at this point I don't have any more facts than you do.

4. There is no proposal yet.

5. "Rumor" says this is "iffy" as to becoming a proposal.

6. Chapel Hill Council member, Ed Harrison, has petitioned his council to have their Town Manager pursue related issues with Chatham County Manager, Carrboro MPO, Orange Co. Manager, Carrboro Town Manager and UNC.

7. The July 3-N&O Article seems to highlight many concerns. I have been reading every newspaper and online article that I can locate about this, and keeping copies for reference. I am doing extensive homework on this and intend to continue doing so in the event that a proposal comes before me.

8. Chatham Co. does exchange appropriate planning information in border cases and I'm sure we will at the appropriate time.

A lot of people don't consider Wal Mart a great corporate economic neighbor. Many citizens (including me) at least occasionally shop at Wal Mart. They do generate jobs (citizens without jobs appear glad to get them regardless of what you and I think) and a Wal Mart does generate considerable revenue to their host.

It is my hope that we will listen, discuss, share information--maximize the review process and be able to reach an appropriate decision--if it actually turns into a proposal.

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Wal-Mart in North Chatham?
Chatham County Commisioner Mike Cross shares his viewpoints with citizens on his weblog.

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