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Chatham County Commissioner's busy schedule

By Mike Cross
Posted Wednesday, January 17, 2007

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Chatham County, NC -I participated in the NC Association of County Commissioners Legislative Conference in Pinehurst, NC on Janaury 11-12th as your voting delegate along with 300 other county officials from 84 counties. We approved a total of 37 goals, but we settled on 3 Priority Goals:


  • Medicaid Relief - Seek permanent Medicaid relief for all counties. Medicaid currently cost Chatham about 1.2M per year and that is growing at approximately 11% per year. North Carolina is the only state that goes to its counties for Medicaid revenues.
  • School Construction - Support legislation to provide state assistance to meet school construction needs caused by increased enrollment and mandated reduction in class size, through a statewide referendum on a bond issue and/or through authority for counties to raise additional revenues to meet school facility needs.
  • Revenue Options - Seek legislation to allow all counties to enact any or all of several revenue options from among those that have already been authorized for any other county, including local option sales taxes, impact taxes and real estate transfer taxes.
The General Assembly convenes on January 24!

January 8-9, 2007: Board of Commissioners Annual Summit


We reconvened our summit from January 2nd.
  • Affordable Housing - Amy Powell, Chair of CCAHTF and Executive Director of Chatham Habitat for Humanity, Delores Bailey, Vice Chair of CCAHTF and Executive Director of Empowerment,Inc., Bob Eby, Recorder for CCAHTF and Jason Sullivan, Planner for CCAHTF and Chatham County presented an update on affordable housing issues and progress made over the past year. Inclusionary Zoning and updating our needs study are among the items of immediate interest.
  • Multicultural Museum - Former Commissioner, Margaret Pollard, Margie Ellison and PBO Mayor, Randy Voller presented their idea of creating a museum to save the multicultural history and artifacts of Chatham County. The Museum would start with the Slave Cabin at the Fair Grounds. They request $75K for a Director and planning for the first year.
  • Human Relations Commission - Gabriel Soltren, Chair of our HRC, Gene Troy of NCHRC and the Director of Orange County HRC presented a request for establishing an HRC Department of County Government. Funding for a Director, Staff, office space and operating expenses will be required. Manager Charlie Horne will research salaries and start up expenses.
  • BOC Mentoring Program - Mrs. Delcenia Turner presented a proposal for a BOC Mentoring Program.This would involve Commissioners working with 15 - 19 year old students interested in county government. Many details have to be worked out before this will be looked at for implementation.
  • The BOC will begin a review of our long range water and sewer planning including possibly modeling the Deep Riverfor a wastewater discharge allocation request to DENR.
January 3-5 2007: Essentials of County Government, Raleigh, NC





Tom Vanderbeck and I attended this 3 day course presented by the UNC School of Government and the NC Association of County Commissioners. Patrick Barnes and George Lucier also attended most of it.

While it is primarily designed for new commissioners, the course materials were somewhat different from the class I attended in 2004. I assisted Gordon Whitaker of the UNC School of Government in presenting “You Can’t Govern Alone: Working Together as a Board and with Others in County Government”. Judging from the comments, that went well!

January 2, 2007: Board of Commissioners Summit


  • Cary-Chatham Land Use Plan for NE/E Jordan Lake will be presented for comments on 20 February, 7PM, N. Chatham School, Multipurpose Room.
  • Hobbs Architects presented the bids for renovating the Dunlap Building. Law Enforcement Center and Siler City Health Clinic. Contract was awarded to Crest Construction. 5-0 Vote.
  • Dr. Steve Strauss of NC State facilitated a workshop for the BOC and Management to discuss expectations and work relations.
January 2, 2007 -- Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting
  • At the request of Chairman Thompson, the County Mowing Services Contract for 2006-2007 was tabled for unspecified reasons. 3-2 Vote with Barnes and Cross opposing. This issue will be revisited on January 16.
  • Commissioner Lucier’s request to amend the Harnett Chatham Water Ordinance was tabled indefinitely. 5-0 Vote.
  • The Economic Competitiveness Plan was opened for RFP’s and a public forum will be held at the evening BOC meeting on 19 February. 5-0 Vote.
  • Major Corridor Ordinance member appointments were tabled until 16 January. 5-0 Vote.
  • Green Building Taskforce member appointments were tabled until 16 January. 5-0 Vote.
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Chatham County Commissioner's busy schedule
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