- Published on Sunday, October 26 2014 05:23
- Written by Diana Hales
Wake County schools need slice of Chatham; New Ag center bids are in; Chatham Park update; Traffic study of 15/501; Regional public safety training center; Animal Shelter expansion plans; Monopole approved for Old Farrington Rd.; County saved $1 million; Grant application to update water lines in Nature Trail MHP; More boat storage with U-Turns on Hwy 64; Solar Farm on Hwy 64; Legacy subdivision, off Big Woods, has issue with amenity; Public input
September 15, 2014 Work and Regular Sessions Brian Bock, Mike Cross, Jim Elza, Pam Stewart (Walter Petty absent)
1. Wake Co Public Schools needs a smidge of Chatham Co. A new elementary school in Amberly subdivision in the northeast corner of Chatham will be built on the Wake County/Chatham border. A small portion (.115 acres) of the parcel to be purchased is in Chatham. Betty Parker, from Wake County schools, requested official County permission and approval. The school is slated to open in 2017. Bock asked that the Wake Co. Bd. of Education consider allowing Chatham students who live in this area to attend this school. Elza said he wanted a response on this and discussion of traffic concerns before any vote. Ms. Parker replied she will pass along the concerns to Wake Bd. of Education. The transaction was approved.
2. New Agriculture and Conference Center bid. The base bid is $9,864,000, but when add in fees, grading, and furniture, total comes to $11,860,000. The conference/exhibit facility will be able to accommodate 800 people (theater style) and have shell space for three small break-out rooms, and a fourth unfinished area as an alternative break-out space. The new facility is on a 19-acre site within the 97-acre county-owned parcel adjacent to the CCCC campus in Pittsboro. The BOC approved the base bid allowing up to $12 million to be spent based on negotiations with contractor to complete the break-out rooms.
3. Chatham Park Update. Phil Culpepper gave an update to Chatham County senior staff. The UNC Medical Center and 100 bed hospital will be completed first, across Hwy 15/501 from Northwood High School, as well as a 10-bed Hospice center. NC DOT has approved a bridge (not a highway interchange) across the Hwy 64 Bypass to connect the Eubanks Road area, the site of the hospital. Culpepper said initial four-year focus is on development of medical facilities north of Hwy 64. The first residential construction will also be in this area. Culpepper said he will meet with Chatham Superintendent of Schools and county staff. Chatham Park is not the builder of the hospital, but will own the property and therefore pay property taxes to Chatham County.