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February 20, 2006: Board of Commissioners work session and regular meeting notes

By Mike Cross
Posted Sunday, February 26, 2006

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February 20, 2006: Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting


Consent Agenda
  • Approval of private road names – Horton Farm Lane, Liberty Hill Driver and Margaret Louise Lane

  • Approval to apply for Recreational Trails Program Grant for improvements to the Haw River Canoe Trail.

  • Approval of tax releases and refunds

  • Approve the late application for property tax exemption for Prince Chapel CME church

  • Final subdivision plat approved for “Millcroft Cluster Homes, Close One” – 9 lots on 2 acres located off Villageway (SR 1718), Williams Township

  • Final subdivision approval for “Shambley Meadows, Phase III” – 7 lots on 13 acres located off Jay Shambley Road (SR 2167), Hickory Mountain Township

  • Sketch design approval for “Hickory Downs” – 41 lots on 167 acres off Bowers Store Road (SR 1506), Hickory Mountain Township

  • Approval of amendments to the Chatham County mobile home ordinance concerning recreational fees

  • Approval of amendments to the Chatham County subdivision regulations concerning recreation fees

Public Input Session
  • Bonnie Bechard presented her concerns that the DRE voting equipment is unsuitable and undesirable. She requested the BOC to cancel the order and commented that a lawsuit may be coming against the state board of elections for allowing two voting systems without justification.

  • Grechen Lothrupp mirrored the comments of Mrs. Bechard

  • Kathy Seaton presented a resolution passed by her West Manns Chapel precinct against the voter equipment process and requested the Democratic Party members resign

  • Bob Eby commented on the quasi-judicial hearing process under review and said his research indicated no legal constraints or limits applying to citizen input.

  • Jerry Markatos addressed the integrity and “handicapped friendly” aspects of the OptiScan and recorder systems.

Planning and Zoning
  • Request for Triangle Electrical Services for a revision in their existing conditional use permit to allow for a contractor’s office and shop on 1 acre located off US 15/501 North in Baldwin Township. Approved 4-0.

  • Request from Kunal Enterprises, LLC, to revise their conditional use B-1 business district to accommodate a modular home sales off ice and display on 15 acres off 64E in New Hope township. Approved 4-0

  • Conditional use B-1 business district request of William Copeland deferred to 20 March. Approved 4-0

February 20, 2006: Board of Commissioners’ work session
  • Public Hearing/Quasi Judicial/Public Input: Attorney Paul Messick briefed us on his take with requirements and restrictions After some lengthy discussion, we have asked Mr. Megginson, Chatham Planner, to review what our neighboring governments are doing and report back at the 6 March meeting.

  • Business Park Covenants: Mrs. Andrews, EDC, presented some proposed covenants. A decision was made to get EDC, Chatham Hospital, CCCC, and Siler City together so the final product can serve all. We will discuss this again on 6 March and hold the public hearing.

  • Whitt School Impact Fee relief request: We waived payment of the School Impact Fee for moving a home built prior to School Impact Fee enactment in 2000. No new residence was established.

  • Board of Education: Dr. Hart, superintendent, presented increases in construction cost for the Northeast High School that we plan to hold a bond referendum for on the November ballot. Cost has risen from $44 million to $55 million and $4.5 additional funds are needed for Northwood High “facility improvements.” The money to cover debt service for this $15.5 million increase is not there. The BOC and BOE will meet on 13 March for further discussion.

  • Boards and Committees: I presented a proposal to clarify and streamline the rules of procedure and appointment criteria. It will be distributed to all boards and committees for their input.
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