Chatham County BBS

xx Concerts for a Cause in Pittsboro starting May 3
Today at 06:04:15 AM by lupine
I wanted to let you know that there is a new concert series at The Plant in Pittsboro (220 Lorax Lane)
Concerts for a Cause is a family friendly outdoor monthly event featuring live music, food court, cash bar from Fair Game Beverage, and it will raise money for a different locally based charity each time.  

Full schedule for the season coming soon, but you can mark your calendars for the following dates:
June 7, July 12, August 2, Sept 13, Oct 18

Our first show is MAY 3 from 5-9PM.  Mike+Ruthy Band and Matt Phillips will be playing, and we'll be raising money for Pickards Mountain Eco-Institute.  NC Fresh Catch will have seafood or BBQ dinners (veggie option too!) for sale and Willow Oak Montessori School will be providing children's activities.

Bring a picnic blanket and come join the fun!
Tickets $20 in advance and $25 at the door KIDS UNDER 12 FREE....and you're supporting a great cause!

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xx N&O - Chatham Park draws another legal challenge
Yesterday at 09:36:02 AM by Gene Galin
Chatham Park draws another legal challenge

PITTSBORO, NC - A local advocacy group has launched another legal action against the town of Pittsboro over its handling of the massive Chatham Park development project.

The latest target of Pittsboro Matters is a bridge being built over the N.C. 64 bypass north of downtown Pittsboro. The group filed a motion April 10 seeking a preliminary injunction to stop work on the bridge; it claims land-clearing and other construction work has been taking place since at least late March.

Pittsboro Matters asked a Superior Court judge to stop the overpass construction because the town never approved plans for it.

The town responded that the work didn’t need its approval since all of the land involved is owned by either Chatham Park or by the state, and that the work received the necessary approval from the N.C. Department of Transportation.

The bridge will connect Suttles Road with a wooded area that is part of Chatham Park, the planned 7,200-acre development that will eventually include 22,000 new homes and millions of square feet of labs, office and retail space.

Messick said plans for the overpass have been public knowledge for more than 20 years, and that the Pittsboro Board of Commissioners approved a resolution in 2009 – several years before Chatham Park was approved – requesting DOT authorize the bridge.

Last winter, Chatham Park broke ground nearby, across from Northwood High School, for a UNC-Hospitals hospice center – the first building in the development.

The developers are allowed to build as much as 5 percent of the residential and 15 percent of the commercial space in the near future, as long as site plans are approved.

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xx Arrest made in Bear Creek killing
Yesterday at 09:01:45 AM by Silk_Hope

A 26-year-old man was arrested and charged Thursday with killing a Bear Creek man, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office said.

Andrew Darius Marsh, 26, of 5398 Moncure-Pittsboro Road in Moncure, faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of Raymond Cotten Jr., 35.

Marsh, who was arrested in Sanford, was placed in the Chatham County jail Thursday under no bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for Friday.

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xx Coal ash receives unwanted welcome in Chatham County
Yesterday at 07:38:58 AM by Silk_Hope

There was another community coal ash meeting Thursday night.

Just like the previous ones, the message from residents was clear.

“Our concerns include, of course, surface and ground water, but also public health and safety and the destruction of wildlife and the environment,” said Elaine Chiosso, the Haw Riverkeeper.

Residents and environmentalists gathered in Chatham County Thursday evening to voice their displeasure of an effort by Duke Energy to obtain permits to use abandoned clay mines in Chatham and Lee counties to dump about 20 million tons of coal ash.

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources organized the public hearing, which they will use as part of the permit process.

“The local people may have local knowledge that we could use,” said Susan Massengale, DENR spokeswoman.

Lee County commissioners passed a resolution in January to fight Duke Energy’s plan, weeks after residents complained in multiple community meetings

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xx Congratulations Dawn Stumpf !!
April 15, 2015, 06:30:15 AM by Everett McGill

"Pittsboro, NC - The North Carolina Association of Directors of Elections (NCADE) elected new statewide officers at their recent conference in Forsyth County, which included electing Chatham County’s Elections Director Dawn Stumpf as its president for 2015-17."
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xx WNCN - Chatham commissioners still oppose coal ash storage in county clay mines
April 15, 2015, 06:03:43 AM by Gene Galin
Chatham commissioners still oppose coal ash storage in county clay mines

SANFORD, N.C. - As Duke Energy waits for permit approval to begin moving coal ash to Chatham and Lee counties, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners is trying to figure out a way to avoid it.

The governing body met on Monday to discuss what options the county has available.

"It's the largest issue we have before the board right now," said Chairman Jim Crawford.

With millions of tons of coal ash that may have to move, Lee and Chatham counties could be the first to get it. But they're not exactly rolling out the welcome mat.

"I'm very opposed to it," said Judy Hogan, a farmer in Chatham County. "Large transport trucks twice the size of a regular dump truck will be driving down my road."

Both county governments have filed resolutions alerting the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources and Duke Energy of their opposition to the ash storage. But with the state calling the shots for how the ash will be cleaned up, the counties are running out of options to fight it.

"Basically they cut us out of the picture and we've been working very hard to get some kind of authority to how this problem is going to be solved," Crawford said. "There is the possibility of lawsuits, but also some kind of a negotiation with Duke."

Duke Energy promises the ash will be stored in specially engineered liners with strict groundwater monitoring.

"I just think it's bad for the environment and the residents who live here, and I think it's being pushed on us," said Bob Smith, a Lee County resident.

DENR organized a public comment hearing on Monday in Sanford. The next public meeting will be April 16 in Chatham County. They will have to approve Duke Energy's permit before any ash is moved.
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xx Andrew George falsely accuses Chatlist administrator of being racist
April 14, 2015, 01:52:35 PM by Gene Galin
Andrew George falsely accuses Chatlist administrator of being racist

Subject:     anon
Date:     Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:24:56 -0400
From:     Andrew George <>

We have not met.   I appreciate the chat-list, and I hope you’re doing this for the right reasons, but I have a very hard time with your position.

I do not accept your logic:

“Don’t underestimate…”  -- it’s not a matter of web literacy, you are providing a forum for bigoted, bald-faced liars.    Why?

“Marketplace”— that’s bogus.  Where do you ever see a “marketplace” where the products/brands are anonymous.

“Anonymous Protects” – for every anonymous reaction to a racist or homophobic email, there are 10 racist, homophobic emails…  Not a balance, nor should we have to work to “balance” racist, homophobic, anti-democratic, assholes.  You are putting the burden on the victims of bigotry!!

“Editorializing?”  Anonymity has nothing to do with editorial content.    By that logic, a racist posting nasty emails is protecting his identity  because it helps with the presentation of the message?    No, that’s ridiculous.  Clearly, someone is anonymous not because they’re want to add to the editorial impact of their message, but because they are embarrassed by it, and they would never try to TROLL this list if they had to use their real names.   

“Audiences” don’t give equal weight”---  Well, yeah, unless someone creates a public forum and lets assholes like Kish or the “Tax”guy post whatever and however much they want!   (But, who knows, they may be the same guy!)

And, lastly, I have to say I can’t believe you would bring up the first amendment.  If you know anything about free speech, you know it is not absolute.    For example, if you provide a forum for racist assholes who walk off and shoot some college students in the heads because of a parking dispute, you better get your court-clothes ready because someone is going to drag you into court!   Free speech is not absolute!

“As Judge Hand recognized, democracy rests on our faith in citizens’ ability to decide for themselves where truth lies  in public discourse.”… do you realize your forum, providing a cover for racist, bigoted assholes, is precisely what HAND was arguing against!    That the citizens must have the ability to find the truth--- which you undermining by allowing anonymous bigots to intentionally post inexcusable lies!

Given the thinly vailed, poorly articulated defense of bigoted posting on YOUR list, I am left to believe you are intentionally providing a forum for known racist trolls.

Andrew George, PhD
Boothe Hill Rd
Chatham Co
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xx Citizens group files motion to stop Chatham Park construction
April 14, 2015, 07:45:27 AM by Silk_Hope

A citizens group aiming to stop a mixed-use development that would increase Pittsboro’s population by nearly 2,000 percent has filed a motion to halt construction.

Pittsboro Matters wants all work on the development to cease until other legal challenges filed by the group are resolved in court.

The motion, filed Friday, asks a judge to grant an injunction that would stop work on a Chatham Park roadway and overpass just north of the U.S. Highway 64 Bypass. It would not impact ongoing work on a 25,000-square-foot medical office that would be occupied by UNC Health Care specialists. Plans for the building were reviewed separately from the development, the citizens group said.

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xx N&O - Public to have say on controversial coal ash plan at Lee, Chatham hearings
April 13, 2015, 11:24:39 AM by Gene Galin
Public to have say on controversial coal ash plan at Lee, Chatham hearings
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For years Duke Energy had enlisted an army of lawyers to resist cleaning up its coal ash dump sites where arsenic and other toxic waste is leaching into groundwater around the state.

Now, as it faces cleanup deadlines imposed by the state legislature, the Charlotte electric utility company is impatient to start trucking the ash to designated landfills in Chatham and Lee counties.

The proposed landfills have generated a firestorm of protest, but it’s not coming from Duke. Rather, the resistance this time is coming from the local communities that will have to host the ash dumps. Activists there fear plummeting property values and environmental risks associated with storing Duke’s toxic coal ash in perpetuity.

The ash is so voluminous it could take a caravan of rail cars and dump trucks more than five years to transport the incinerated waste to the landfills from Duke power plants.

Lee County officials originally opposed the landfill but have since agreed not to challenge the permit application in exchange for a $12 million payment from Duke. Chatham County officials are still holding out; they have passed a resolution opposing the landfill and are holding their own meeting Monday morning to assess strategy.

“This much coal ash from those hundreds of trucks and train cars over the years to come will, in effect, be like a genocide,” wrote Judy Hogan of Moncure in one of the more strongly worded appeals. “It is toxic, it does harm and sickens human beings.”

Last year the state legislature placed four Duke coal ash sites on a high-priority list for excavation and landfill storage, and the Chatham and Lee landfills are in the first phase of the cleanup. The legislature also created the Coal Ash Management Commission to prioritize Duke’s remaining ash sites for safe ash storage, either by shipping the waste to landfills or by draining the ash of water and storing it in dry form where it is.

Still, the local landfill opponents – a coalition including Clean Water for North Carolina, Haw River Assembly, EnvironmentaLEE, Chatham Citizens Against Coal Ash Dump and NC WARN – are in a delicate position.

The landfills they condemn as inherently dangerous are the very solution urged by the Southern Environmental Law Center, the organization representing a dozen environmental groups in their four-year legal battle to clean up Duke’s ash pits. These groups are now on the cusp of victory, with last year’s state legislative action and a $25.1 million state fine levied last month, the first of many fines expected for Duke’s coal ash practices.

The Southern Environmental Law Center, Sierra Club, Waterkeeper Alliance, Cape Fear River Watch and Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation won public recognition for the dangers of coal ash and don't oppose the Chatham and Lee landfill proposal. In their two-page comment to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, these groups are recommending additional groundwater monitoring but otherwise support using landfills.

In the first phase of the coal ash transfer, the two landfills would start off with 2.9 million tons of coal ash from the Sutton Plant in Wilmington and Riverbend Steam Station in Gaston County, operated by Duke subsidiaries Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress (formerly called Progress Energy).

Holleman said that leaves plenty of room for about 5.7 million tons at the nearby Cape Fear Plant in Moncure, which has “the worst-rated dams of any sites in North Carolina.”

In all, Duke has accumulated more than 150 million tons of ash over the decades at 14 coal-burning power plant sites in North Carolina. The ash at the company’s four high priority sites has to be excavated by August 2019, under the state’s 2014 coal ash cleanup law.

Public hearings

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources will hold two public hearings this week on a plan to allow Duke Energy to move up to 20 million tons of coal ash to two landfills in Lee and Chatham counties. The projects require multiple environmental permits. The hearings will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with sign-up for speakers beginning at 5 p.m.

▪ Monday, Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford.

▪ Thursday, Chatham County Historic Courthouse, 9 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro.

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xx Patrick Barnes passed away on Saturday, April 11th
April 12, 2015, 08:51:22 PM by Gene Galin
Patrick H. Barnes, III April 4, 1936 - April 11, 2015

Patrick H. Barnes III, passed away after a long struggle with cancer. All six of his children and other family members were by his side.

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