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January 18, 2005 Board of Commissioners' meeting

By Mike Cross
Posted Sunday, January 23, 2005

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Work Session:

Goldston Veterans' Memorial -- BOC will budget approximately $85/month for outside area lighting (passed by a 5-0 vote)

Water District Hook-ups -- $500 hookups for citizens within the districts who have existing water lines will be contracted and work should begin in June. You will be official notified (5-0).

Community Development Block Grants '04 -- Five houses will be rehabilitated. Bids were advertised and open. Hobbs-Upchurch will serve as our administrator to ensure proper work is completed before payments are made (5-0).

County Boards and Committees -- All appointees must be citizens and residents of Chatham County (4-1, with Barnes voting against).

Appointments -- Patrick appointed Mr. Bill Summers of Fearrington Village to the Water Advisory Board (5-0). I appointed Mr. Gene Jeremiah of Pittsboro to the Solid Waste Advisory Committee (5-0).

Orange-Chatham Leadership Council -- I volunteered to serve and was appointed by a 5-0 vote.

BOC Regular Meeting (in District Courtroom)
Consent Agenda items passed (5-0).

Sheriff's office bid to purchase seven police interceptors and four police slick-tops (unmarked cars) in the amount of $260,000. This is to replace high-mileage vehicles, funds were allocated in the '04-'05 budget. Passed 5-0.

Public hearings:

Public comments were received concerning:

* Ordinance change regarding campgrounds and RV parks
* Request to establish camp ground for campers, RV/motorhomes in the Cape Fear township.
* Request to establish a veterinary clinic and hospital in Baldwin Township
* request to modify existing conditional use permit for Governor's Club planned unit development in Williams Township

All public hearing information will go forward to the Planning Board for consideration and recommendations.

Action Items:

Request for site plan approval of Cole Place II, consisting of 28 townhomes on a approximately eleven acres. Approved 5-0 .

Request for Site Plan Review for Kunal Enterprises, LLC, located on HWY 64 East in New Hope township. Approved 5-0.

Request for conditional use permit for the Booth Mountain Residential Development in Williams Township. Approved 3-2 with Barnes and Cross voting no. I voted against this request based on the combination of the following elements: 400 feet of elevation drop, steep slopes (some greater than 30%), soil heavy with crystallized granite rock, up to 7,000 square feet roof footprints, up to 1,000 square feet driveways and roadways combined with a spray irrigation sewage treatment facility with holding ponds and no complete environmental impact study. In and below all this, we have Herndon Creek, a critical watershed area, Jordan Lake protected area, Jordan Lake critical area and of course Jordan Lake itself. Wake county is currently experiencing heavy run-off problems in the Falls Lake area with supersized housing like this development will bring. I fear water run-off during heavy rains will overtake precautions stated in this particular case. I surely hope I'm wrong!

Related info:
Mike Cross' Weblog
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January 18, 2005 Board of Commissioners' meeting
Chatham County Commisioner Mike Cross shares his viewpoints with citizens on his weblog.

Related info:
Mike Cross' Weblog