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xx Pittsboro Board of Commissioners Meeting 2014-08-25
Yesterday at 03:14:54 PM by Jack Stevens
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Very lightly attended.

If there were any Pittsboro Matters folks there, they did not participate in the public hearing about Chatham Park.
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xx Commissioner Bock covering for the C.A.C.
Yesterday at 08:00:51 AM by DC
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:14:32 -0400
 From: Brian Bock <>
 Subject: Chatham Arts Council

 There has been quite alot written in the past week or two about county funding for the Chatham Arts Council. Unfortunately, the CAC gets pulled into the controversy when individual candidates, commissioners, or residents express opinions that are considered political.

 I have had the pleasure of getting to know the executive director, Cheryl Chamblee . . . .

Generally when someone is putting words in your mouth you tell them to stop it and correct the record. If Ms. Champlee does not want to politicize the C.A.C. should should openly tell the Democrats in the country to quit doing so. Silence implies agreement.
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xx CCCC plans workforce training for Chatham-Randolph megasite
Yesterday at 07:00:44 AM by Gene Galin
CCCC plans workforce training for Chatham-Randolph megasite
Posted Friday, August 22, 2014

Siler City, NC - Excitement is running high at Central Carolina Community College as it works with city, county, state and industry representatives to develop a blueprint for workforce training at the Chatham-Randolph industrial manufacturing megasite.

The 1,800-acre Chatham County site, located northwest of Siler City, is ideal for an automotive assembly plant as well as original equipment manufacturers, according to Southern Business & Development magazine. It ranked the megasite as the No. 3 site in the South - and No. 1 in the state - for an auto assembly plant.

The college provides a wide variety of workforce training for businesses and industries in Chatham, Harnett and Lee counties, and beyond. It is already beginning to map out the skills it anticipates will be needed by auto assemblers and original equipment manufacturers. A training center at the site is under consideration.

"We are thinking through the credit and non-credit implications of the industries' arrival and, of course, what sorts of resources we'd need to be prepared," said Dr. Pamela Senegal, CCCC vice president of Economic and Community Development. "An advanced manufacturing training center at the Chatham-Randolph megasite? I like it!"

In June, the site was certified as a megasite by North Carolina's Certified Sites program, the first site in the state to receive that designation. An independent panel of economic developers, utility providers and engineers reviewed the site and found that it meets the standards for 30 criteria identified by site selection consultants for medium to large industrial projects. These include site size; utilities availability; access to highway, rail, and air transportation; environmental appropriateness; workforce availability; and other criteria.

"Now that we have site certification - which documents that the site is ready for development, the next step is to have a detailed plan to train over a thousand employees, documenting that the work force will be ready as well," said Dianne Reid, president of the Chatham Economic Development Corporation. "Central Carolina Community College will be an important partner in developing this plan."

The undeveloped site, located in Chatham County with some acreage in Randolph County, has frontage on Highway 64 and is near Highway 421 and Interstate 85. It offers 5,000 feet of rail frontage and is less than 50 miles from two international airports, Raleigh-Durham International (RDU) and Piedmont-Triad International (GSO).

Duke Energy selected the site to participate in the company's 2013 Site Readiness Program, which assists communities in competing for new companies and jobs.

CCCC President Bud Marchant compared the potential economic impact of the megasite to what has happened in South Carolina with the influx of automotive assembly plants and original equipment manufacturers.

According to a report by the Moore School of Business, "The Economic Impact of South Carolina's Automotive Cluster" (University of South Carolina, 2011), "Over the last thirty years, South Carolina has developed a flourishing, globally competitive automotive and ground transportation cluster [that is] a major engine of economic growth in the state."

International automotive and transportation-related companies such as Michelin, Bosch, Daimler, Honda, BMW, and others have set up business in South Carolina. They have become part a larger network of businesses, forming a cluster that generates an economic impact of more than $27 billion to the state.

"The same can happen in North Carolina," Marchant said. "There is plenty of room for companies at the megasite and industry there will attract supplier industries and manufacturers to the state and region. The location is ideal, the opportunities are there, and CCCC is preparing to train the workforce for the well-paying jobs that will be brought to the region by industry."

Dr. Scott Ralls, president of the North Carolina Community College System, said that a certified megasite brings great opportunity for both economic and workforce development locally, regionally and statewide.

"Our community colleges were built on the foundation of responding to industry needs," Ralls said. "Central Carolina Community College is well-positioned to prepare for and respond to the training and education needs of any potential megasite projects."
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xx Carolina Premium Foods okayed to apply for a Townsends plant upfit grant
Yesterday at 06:59:07 AM by Gene Galin
Carolina Premium Foods okayed to apply for a Townsends plant upfit grant
Posted Monday, August 25, 2014

Siler City, NC The Chatham Economic Development Corporation (EDC) learned on August 22, 2014 that the NC Rural Infrastructure Authority in the NC Department of Commerce had approved a pre-application that authorizes Carolina Premium Foods to apply for a $750,000 grant. If successful, the grant would upfit the former Townsend processing plant in Siler City.

This means that Town of Siler City can move forward with an application for a Community Development Block Grant once the town is satisfied that the project is ready to move forward, said Dianne Reid, president of the Chatham EDC.

At this time, Carolina Premium Foods is still exploring the possibility of starting production at the old Townsend processing facility. The NC Rural Infrastructure Authoritys approval is just one of the several important steps that need to be completed before Carolina Premium Food can begin operations.

The Chatham EDC has spent a significant amount of time working with the principals of this startup and we remain optimistic about the companys prospects, said Reid.
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xx Comments Requested by FCC on Broadband
August 25, 2014, 11:19:45 AM by eagle
TENTH BROADBAND PROGRESS NOTICE OF INQUIRYAdopted:August 1, 2014Released: August 5, 2014Comment Date:September 4, 2014 Reply Comment Date: September 19, 2014

In the above (rather lengthy) document the FCC asks for comments on many aspects of Broadband including deployment, quality, speed, adoption, affordability, accuracy of mapping of unserved areas etc.  This is an opportune time for Chatham residents, property owners, and business owners to again let the FCC know the state of broadband in our area and what our needs are.  Please note the short filing time.

One satellite user from New York has already left his comments. You can look over it at:

I don't intend myself to address all of the questions raised in the document ( I will be commenting on #33, mapping, and a few others. Note on #33 that SBI is state mapping and NTIA is the National Broadband Map), but I hope with the variety of interests and expertise in the county  and the vast audience of computer users reached by the Chatlist that we can provide the FCC with a rounded picture of the needs here, along with some ideas on what can be done to hasten further deployment of broadband here.

Comments can be made for 14-126 at this link:

Please if you will, make a comment.
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sad Chatham Arts Council has become fundraising arm of Chatham County liberals
August 23, 2014, 11:38:58 PM by zorro
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:24:29 -0400
From: Taylor Kish
Subject: Chatham Arts Council

So let's look at a local non-profit as a teach-able moment.  I realize we are looking at a cherished gem of local people who love art.  We all love art.

County taxpayer grants are one-time gifts (in a good economy).  They are NOT intended to be a permanent source of funding.

I have a problem with a Democrat candidate for County Commissioner using the Arts Council as a fundraiser to bash some existing commissioners.  That is dividing us, NOT bringing us all together.  That is spinning one fact into a story of hating Republicans to win an election.  Did the democrat candidate recommend we all contribute to the Chatham Arts Council OR election campaign?

CAC receives funding from many donors like Progress Energy.  Lots of people support the arts.  What percentage of the CAC's annual budget was affected without another grant from Chatham taxpayers?  The candidate did not say.  Should we REQUIRE ALL taxpayers to support the arts?  Sure.  Why not?  IF we have money in the budget to spare.  Like when REAL unemployment is below 5%.  And families are moving from welfare to work.  And Medicaid roles start shrinking instead of increasing.  And FEWER people are receiving Food Stamps.  Chatham County's budget is being squeezed by social welfare program increases that are mandated by state and federal law.

In reality, previous grants from Chatham taxpayers were not that much.  A good Executive Director of ANY non-profit could replace that money with other donors in no time at all.  Do you think the Arts Council is on the verge of closing down because they now lack a small taxpayer grant?

The democrat candidate was pandering as a campaign strategy and fundraising.
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smiley Penley's ghostwriter basing election choice on the empty bus to nowhere
August 23, 2014, 06:14:23 AM by zorro
Funniest post from Virginia Penley's ghost writer yet.

She/he is saying you should vote for Howard, Crawford & Hales BECAUSE they support an empty bus running between Pittsboro and Chapel Hill.

How many, is any millenials has anyone seen riding that bus.

Penley/Voller are so stuck in the last millennium. Upside the head The millenials will NOT be rushing to use an antiquated bus service. They will be using their smartphone apps to summon Uber or share a ride. In addition many will be able to telework to various degrees.

At least she/he get the concept that Bock, Stewart, and Petty wish to provide the core values of 1. Upholding the US Constitution and the NC Constitution;  2. Public Safety; 3. Public Education; 4. Infrastructure; 5. Protecting our environment and natural resources;  6. Providing a basic social safety net to those who cannot provide for themselves.

Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:09:24 -0400
From: virginia penley
Subject: GOP Commissioners serve Chatham Co the Least They Can

I could not help but to read Ms. Johnson’s explanation regarding the change of priorities by the GOP-led County Commissioners over the last four years. Of course when they were narrowly elected in 2010 or what they called a “mandate we were told that they would return Chatham County Government to “its core purpose of providing essential services. *

As I understood it the services were 1. Upholding the US Constitution and the NC Constitution;  2. Public Safety; 3. Public Education; 4. Infrastructure; 5. Protecting our environment and natural resources;  6. Providing a basic social safety net to those who cannot provide for themselves

Naturally when one governs through a rigid application of ideological filters expenditures or investments on all functions not considered a “core function , such as public transit, recreation, parks, arts, libraries, etc. will potentially be defunded, privatized or de-emphasized.

For example, to my understanding, during the discussion about the Pittsboro-Chapel Hill bus that is funded almost entirely by UNC and Chapel Hill, Mr. Bock said that if they had extra funds after adequately financing the above-listed core functions, they would return the funds to the taxpayers, not fund non-core functions such as public transit. Now given the potential growth in our county and the attitudes from millennials about cars and transit Mr. Bock appears to be out of step with the younger generation and where the scholarship and the development community nationwide is on the issue of transit and its economic importance.

So apparently when transit is on the table regardless of facts and the prevailing scholarship, Mr. Bock is determined to take Chatham in his direction, “Bockward , which is neither forward nor backward.

Naturally, I and many others support the funding of FVRC and its mission, but I do not see why the GOP team deserves much credit for their decisions. They essentially took the funds out of the the deal made years ago with Briar Chapel, failed to make a good deal on behalf of the citizens to secure the promised lots in Briar Chapel and took the money and threw it at the non-profits they decided to support in Chatham County with little or no process and little regard to the many years of work volunteers put in on the Affordable Housing Task Force and on the Advisory Board.

To me the result was another example of “Bad Deal Brian . He could have negotiated a much better deal on behalf of all citizens in the county, but instead negotiated and accepted a convenient deal instead of the best deal.

Again, I support the mission of those non-profits and their tremendous work making proverbial “silk from a sow’s ear , but I believe legitimate questions linger about the process and policies that led to the decisions by our GOP-led Board of Commissioners.

Finally, I have no issues with Mr. Bock nor Ms. Stewart personally, I respect their willingness to serve in our county. My critique is solely focused on where we differ on process, policy and implementation and why I believe Karen Howard, Diana Hales, and Jim Crawford are better candidates to serve the long term interests of the people of our county.

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xx CBJ - Smokestacks fall at Duke Energys closed Cape Fear Plant (VIDEO)
August 22, 2014, 10:19:43 PM by Gene Galin
Smokestacks fall at Duke Energys closed Cape Fear Plant (VIDEO)
John Downey
Senior Staff Writer- Charlotte Business Journal

Duke Energy used explosives Friday to topple the twin smokestacks at its shuttered Cape Fear Plant in Chatham County.

It is the first of three implosions Charlotte-based Duke (NYSE:DUK) plans at the site this year as it decommissions the coal plant. The next will bring down the large structures that collected fly ash from the plant. The final one will take down the boilers and additional structures at the site.

Duke has released a video showing the implosion from several angles.

The Cape Fear Plant was closed in 2012. But controversy swirled around the facility in March, when environmental groups got pictures of Duke crews pumping water from a coal ash pond at the plant into a tributary of the Cape Fear River. That report came in the wake of a February accident at Dukes Dan River Steam Station that spilled as much as 39,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan.

N.C. officials cited Duke for improperly discharging contaminated water into the Cape Fear, although Duke contended the pumping was done for routine maintenance work that state regulators had approved.

Duke and state officials also discovered crack in the earthen dam that forms one of the ash ponds at the plant. Duke has since repaired the dam.

Duke Energy Progress and its predecessors operated the plant for more than 90 years.

The Cape Fear Plant has been a part of the local community and a key part of powering the region for nearly a century, said Indira Everett, Duke Energys district manager. The implosion of the stacks marks a milestone in the companys comprehensive effort to transition to cleaner and more efficient energy sources.

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xx Checking the Checkpoints in Siler City, NC
August 22, 2014, 10:13:09 PM by Gene Galin
Checking the Checkpoints in Siler City, NC

In Siler City, North Carolina, two young Latinos are informing the community of police checkpoints via Facebook, to combat what they see as harassment.

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xx New Jobs In Siler City
August 22, 2014, 10:21:42 AM by poman

Not sure about how to post a hyperlink but it appears 200 or so jobs are headed to Siler City.
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