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September 19, Board of Commissioners work session and regular meeting notes

By Mike Cross
Posted Saturday, September 24, 2005

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August 15, 2005: Board Commissioners' regular session
Consent Agenda: Approved 5-0

* Private road names: Burkes Farm Rd, Cobble Bogs Dr, Glenn Routh Rd, Papou Lane, and Trout Lily Lane.

* Vehicle purchase award for Department of Social Services and Fire Marshall’s office

* Preliminary approval of “Colvard Farms, Phase VIII, 4 lots on 4 acres, Hwy 751, Williams Township

* Preliminary approval of “Henry’s Ridge”, 40 lots on 84 acres, SR1823, Henry Webster Road (US 64 service road), New Hope Township

* Preliminary and final approval “Bobcat Point, Phase IV”, 8 lots on 44 acres off SR-1558, Henderson-Tanyard Rd and Poplar Forest Lane, Hadley Township

* Final approval of “Cedar Grove, Phase III”, 5 lots on 12 acres located off SR 1540, Jones Ferry Rd, Baldwin Township

* Final approval “Shambley Meadows, Phase II”, 11 lots on 23 acres, off SR 2167, Jay Shambley Rd. and SR 2165, Hickory Mountain – Hadley Mill Rd, Hickory Mountain Township

* Final approval “Valley Meadow” formerly “Midfield”, 26 lots on 75 acres off SR-1532, Mann’s Chapel Hill Road, Baldwin Township

* Contract approval with NC Division of Forest Resources

* Contract approval for Jail Inmate Communications System

Public Input

* Peter Theye expressed disappointment in BOE, BOC, infrastructure needs, sales and property taxes

* Robert Sears expressed our need for: a soil erosion control officer, annexation meetings with Cary, and a building moratorium

* George Lucier expressed need for a major corridor-commercial development ordinances

* Loyce Hurley expressed need for major corridor-commercial development ordinance and a building moratorium

* Jeffrey Starkweather expressed concerns over the 10/70 rule and conditional zoning.

Chatham County Volunteers

* Resolution honoring Chatham County’s outstanding volunteers of 2005. Approved 5-0

Planning and Zoning

* Sketch, preliminary, and final approval of “Chatham Downs”, 2 lots on 2 acres off 15-501 and SR-1721, Lystra Road, Williams Township. Approved 5-0

Public Hearings

* Watershed Review Board: Reclassification of an area 0.5 miles from the proposed Rocky River Lower Reservoir, and revisions to the “Watershed Map of Chatham County”

* Revision to existing Conditional Use Permit for Danny Franklin Thomas to allow one year extension of time and revision of condition #17, to allow five years for completion

* Modification to existing Conditional Use Permit for “Homestead” to add 50.6 acres to RA-40 zoning district and nine additional lots off SR-1716, Big Woods Road, New Hope Township

* Conditional Use Permit request for Clarence Walters for a conditional use B-1 business district for various uses. One lot on 4.6 acres off US Hwy 15-501 and SR-1532

* Conditional Use Permit request for North Chatham Investments for planned unit development and daycare facility – RA40-zoning and a B-1 conditional use Business District for various uses. 98.5 acres off US 15-501 and SR-1721, Lystra Rd, Williams Township.

Boards and Committees

* Commissioner Morgan recommended Sue Swartz for reappointment to the Appearance Commission. Approved 5-0

Manager’s Reports

* Adoption of the FY 2006-07 budget calendar. Approved 5-0

* The Ernest Ramsey Gym, Siler City, will be made available to be used as a Siler recreation facility. Approved 5-0

* Request to lease 72 Hillsboro St. to provide office space for Deborah Henzy, our new director of grants and special projects. Approved 5-0

Commissioners’ Reports

* I briefed the Combustion Projects Management, LLC, offer to build a golf course and recreation facility in the Moncure area and gift it to county. The golf course would be shaped by using mixed “fly ash” – a byproduct of burning coal to produce electricity. The BOC voted 5-0 that we are not interested in pursuing this offer as a gift or as a commercial project within Chatham County.

* I requested BOC sanctioning of the Chatham County Affordable Housing Task Force as an official county board. Approved 5-0

* Commissioner Barnes made a motion to keep the Soil Erosion Control position in the Environmental Health Division of the Department of Health. Approved 3-2, with Morgan and Emerson voting no.

September 19, 2005: Board of Commissioners’ work session

* Tax releases and Audit Discovery Penalties were discussed at length. We will get a legal opinion on our assessment penalties and try to give some relief were legal and deemed justified by the BOC

* JOCCA leadership, Commissioner Emerson, and staff reviewed JOCCA’s financials and found them to be in order. Minor additional reporting requirements were applied to prevent future confusion and the BOC awarded the same non-profit support ($22,238) as granted for fiscal year 2004-05. The vote was 4-1, with Carl Outz voting no.

* School Impact Fee (SIF) ordinance, as it applies to mobile homes located in Chatham prior to SIF being enacted, was discussed. Currently if you move that mobile home within the county, you must pay the school impact fee. We will get a legal opinion and make a decision on 7 November.

* Revenue Neutral Tax Calculations were reviewed. “estimated” versus “collected” are within less than 1%. Another good staff job!

* Water taps and meters for the Southeast and Southwest water districts will cost $64,284 more than originally estimated. No citizen hook-up fees will change. Approved 5-0.

* December Board of Commissioners meeting was moved to 12 December to allow the planning board to meet prior to the BOC.

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