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xx Tornado Warning Chatham County June 23 5:45pm
June 23, 2016, 04:57:23 PM by Wilderness Voice
alert just came over cell 3 min ago~stay safe
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xx Retreat at Haw River development sold to Flying Crown Ranch LLC for $4.2 million
June 23, 2016, 10:32:37 AM by Gene Galin
The Retreat at Haw River development sold to Flying Crown Ranch LLC for $4.2 million

Bynum, NC CBRE|Raleigh has announced the sale of The Retreat at Haw River, a 646.69 acre master-planned residential community in Bynum, NC. The property sold on June 10 for $4,200,000 to Flying Crown Ranch LLC.

Retreat at Haw RiverThe Retreat at Haw River is an approved 395-lot single family residential development located off Bynum Ridge Road in Pittsboro. The site includes over 10,500 linear feet of walking trails and over 427 acres of open space, with a community pond, garden and amenity center. Located along the Haw River, the property offers aesthetically pleasing riverfront views with convenient access to Chatham Park, Fearrington Village, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Jordan Lake and the overall Triangle region.

The sale consists of four parcels totaling +/- 646.69 Acres. It is currently zoned R-1 & R-5. The site plan approved is based on Conservation Subdivisions Alternate Standards for Development, which allows the development density to be increased by ten percent as long as the minimum of forty percent of the area can be retained as conservation space. Of the retained conservation space, a minimum of eighty percent must be natural space with the remainder open space. Municipal water and private sewer.

The original asking price was listed as $5,950,000.

Large, entitled, single family deals like this one are becoming very hard to find, said Chester F. Allen with CBRE|Raleigh. With all of the explosive growth in Western Wake County, we anticipate seeing more growth in this area of the Triangle.

Senior Vice President Barry Bowling, Senior Vice President Chester F. Allen and Vice President Carlton Midyette III of CBRE|Raleigh represented the seller, Crescent Communities in the transaction.
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xx CJ - Chatham County commissioners approve tax increase in 2016-17 county budget
June 21, 2016, 09:11:29 PM by Gene Galin
Chatham County commissioners approve tax increase in 2016-17 county budget

Pittsboro, NC On June 20, 2016, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the fiscal year 2016-17 county budget of $107.5 million based on a property tax rate of 63.38 cents. This reflects a 1.19-cent property tax increase, the first tax increase since 2010-11.

For someone with a $100,000 home, the proposed tax increase would add about $11.90 per year to the property tax bill, or less than $1 per month if paid using monthly mortgage escrows. For a $500,000 home, the tax bill increase by about $59.50 per year.

A major increase in the budget results from the need to dedicate new revenue to three major facilities in the countys Capital Improvement Plan:

A new Health Sciences Building for Central Carolina Community College, slated to open in 2018, construction in 2017, $14.3 million
A new elementary school in northeast Chatham, slated to open in 2021, $30.6 million
An expansion of the planned new high school in the northeast from an initial capacity of 800 students to 1,000 students (maximum capacity of 1,200 students), slated to open in 2021, an additional $5 million in the CIP

The Board of Commissioners made a few minor adjustments to the proposed budget. The major addition is $63,845 for a pilot grants program for town recreation programs. Funds will be distributed on a $5 per capita basis for such items as town parks and recreation facilities, programs, equipment as well as matching funds and planning for larger grants.

Chatham County commission chairman Jim Crawford said, Commissioner Diana Hales suggested the town recreation grants, something the county did many years ago. This is a great idea to collaborate with the towns to promote more options for physical activity for people of all ages.

General operating funds in the budget includes several months of operations for the new Agriculture & Conference Center and a full year of operations for the new Joint School & County Garage, according to County Manager Renee Paschal. We are lucky to have healthy growth in revenues to help cover these costs.

Other major items in the budget proposed by the County Manager and approved by the Board of Commissioners include:

A five-percent increase in funding for Chatham County Schools (an increase of $846,000 for current expense, an increase of $320,000 for capital outlay and $300,000 placed in contingency if the state approves pay raises).

An appropriation of $221,766 for an almost full year of operations of the new Agriculture & Conference Center and $245,000 to fund a full year of operations for the new Joint County-Schools Bus Garage.

A transfer of $936,219 from fund balance to open the new Animal Shelter in 2018-19, which would be one year early.

A transfer of $161,157 from the Pittsboro Elementary roof project to a mobile pod for Northwood High, which will increase its capacity until a new high school is built. School officials believe the Pittsboro Elementary roof can still be funded as planned.

A three percent salary increase for all county employees to help the county remain competitive in the region.

An increase of 15 percent for employee health insurance, which is similar to increases that other localities and the private sector are experiencing.

Funding for 10.5 new staff positions, with five of those assigned to the jail as mandated to implement new federal requirements.

The proposed county budget provides most of the details since few changes were made. It can be found at www.chathamnc.org and look for the Quick Links box at the top right of the page. The final adopted budget will be posted in the next few weeks.
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xx Diana Hales appoints Emily Moose, who is 4 county-wide zoning, to planning board
June 20, 2016, 10:47:29 AM by zorro
It's not surprise that Chatham County Commissioner Diana Hales appoints Emily Moose, who spoke at the June 6th commissioners' meeting in favor of countywide zoning, to the planing baord.

Tonight's approval by the Chatham county commissioners is just a formality.

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xx Power surges in Chatham power grid
June 19, 2016, 05:52:17 AM by exemplagrata
I've been away from the splendor of summer thunderstorms for a good while, and i'm delighted to have moved back home. While i've been living where a bit of thunder puts the natives in a tizzy, everything has gotten computers added. So, i'm looking at the many year old surge protectors we moved cross-country and realize i ought to replace them (per the wishy-washy advice on the internet).

But what is the experience folks have with power surges? We've had one evening where there was some odd power blinks, and the Duke Energy outage map showed lots of outages.

Thanks for sharing your experience!

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xx Jordan Lake State Park
June 13, 2016, 01:00:58 PM by Silk_Hope
So we decided to camp in our RV at Jordan Lake. The campsite was good sized, loop was quiet and with the exception of the spigot leaking everything was fine.

The kids decided that they wanted to go swimming, we insisted that they not put their heads in the water because years ago when we had a boat we found fish with sores on them around the Robeson Creek area. We went to the Poplar Point swimming beach, it had a lot of pinecones and some trash on it but otherwise was fine. We got in the water, started walking around and low and behold a human feces was floating next to us. We decided to exit the water, leave the beach, go back to the camper and take showers.

I have been to many State Parks in different states and all have their faults but this was truly a disgusting experience and to happen in our home county is embarrassing. It will be hard to convince the family to camp at Jordan Lake again.

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xx Zoning and Low income housing.
June 08, 2016, 10:15:21 PM by Heffrey Larchfeather
Seems Karen Howard has decided that families of modest means should not be able to build on a lot smaller than 5 acres. Why does she hate people who choose to live differently than her? I have no idea.
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xx Want a glimpse into the near future of Chatham Park?
June 08, 2016, 02:01:57 PM by TCD
Just look east to a very similar development that Apex approved seven years ago with very similar developer promises.

Plans changed to break the main promises accompanied by a request for a big subsidy.


This is the future of PBO and Chatham Park. Bank on it.
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xx Is Chatham county really a bedroom community?
June 07, 2016, 01:38:14 PM by TCD
See for yourself with this cool data visualization


Be sure to play with the distance slider, the differences between distances are interesting in themselves.
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xx It's official! Peyton Holland files to run for county commissioner
June 07, 2016, 06:43:53 AM by Brian Bock
Peyton Holland, a native and resident of the Moncure area has completed a successful petition effort to be placed on the November 2016 ballot as a candidate for County Commissioner.  Holland needed to collect at least 1,892 certified signatures. As of June 3, 2016 Holland had 2,100 signatures certified at the Chatham County Board of Elections with more coming in daily.

Im humbled by the outpouring of support and the speed with which we were able to collect the necessary signatures, said Holland. This emphasizes that the citizens of Chatham County are ready for a candidate who will listen to everyone and put Chatham County interests ahead of political agendas.

Holland is a passionate and motivated professional with an extensive background working with schools, community colleges, industry, and the community. He has dedicated his life to bringing these groups together to prepare the next generation for the workforce. I am excited for the chance to bring my experience as Executive Director of SkillsUSA North Carolina to the Board of Commissioners. I have worked extensively in the area of workforce readiness and education. Industry is demanding general workplace skills as well as technical skills. It is crucial for us to provide balanced educational opportunities for students preparing to enter the workforce and residents who may be re-tooling their skill sets, said Holland. Just as important as developing our students and local workforce, we have to support local businesses and facilitate job creation across the county to provide the best opportunities possible for our residents. This is our Chatham. Taking time to work together and listen to all of our neighbors will be critical in making decisions that affect us all."
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