Chatham Unit Members On the Move
DISCUSSION MEETING TOPICS AND LEAGUE PRIME
1. Future Chatham Unit Meeting - Anne Triulzi will coordinate meeting location. Chatham Unit meetings will take place every other month on a Monday at 4:30. Remaining 2018 meetings will be on May 7, July 9, Sep 10 & Nov 5
2. Vote411 - Val Gist
Priority for LWV NC - every county in NC will be represented on Vote411 by having questions for their candidate online. There are about 2000 candidates state wide. The Chatham candidate questions have been created and finalized. Candidates answer the online questions directly so the voter can have an unfiltered view of the candidate's perspectives. Voters can search for their candidates by entering their street and zip code. Advertising and publicizing 411 is being formed at the state level.
Vote411 (http://www.Vote411.org) goes live April 8, 2018.
- Early voting begins April 19, 2018.
- Primaries take place May 8, 2018.
3. Observer Corps - Vickie Shea
Volunteers are needed to observe the Chatham County Board of Commissioner meetings held the 3rd Monday of every month (except holidays) and Board of Elections meetings held the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 5:30. To date the observer corps has been fluid with boards observed on an ad hoc basis. Observer Corps mission, expectations and scheduling to be developed. Coordinator needed
4. Voter Registration and Education - Vickie Shea
Voter registration is as much education as it is registration. Volunteers are needed for registration/education specifically for west of Pittsboro. A one hour training session is required to volunteer. A voter registration/education table is set-up at every first Sunday event in Pittsboro. Volunteers are needed for this event. Need to identify more venues.
5. Candidate Forums - Pat, Vickie, Val and Anne
Organizing and conducting candidate forums requires a volunteer team due to the specific LWV forum requirements.No forums will be done for the primaries. The Chatham Unit leadership will consider whether or not to hold forums in the fall and for which candidate group: sheriff, judges, commissioners, etc.
6. Communication - Anne Triulzi and Terry Landers
More communication within the Chatham unit membership and with ODC is needed. Strategies will be discussed with the ODC communications contact and implemented accordingly.
7. Civil Discourse Initiative - Pat McDaniels
Purpose is to foster more civility in political discourse at personal and professional levels. Volunteers are needed to help develop training materials and recruit participants. Three questions to ask to start the discussion:
1. What are you most thankful for about living in the US?
2. How do you feel about the deep divisions and incivility that we see in our country?
3. What can we do to revive civility and find more effective ways to work together on local issues?
8. LWVODC Board Report - Pat McDaniels
- LWV ODC is looking at event insurance and incorporation for legal purposes.
9. Upcoming events:
- Let's Get Quizzical (fundraiser): March 11 at the Judea Reform Congregation in Durham
- LWVNC Council: March 10 at Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
- Lunch with the League: March 21 at Parizade in Durham
- LWV US Convention: June 28-July 1 in Chicago
March 8, 2018
Summary of the January and February Chatham County Local Government Meetings
February 20, 2018: Because of the pending lawsuit, the previous Board members have continued to serve: Roger Gerber, Craig Bray and Laura Heise. Pandora Paschal, the Board of Elections Director, presented the agenda items. Potential members of the Board also attended. The main discussion revolved on the Chatham County early voting schedule at satellite sites other than the Board of Elections office in Pittsboro. The 2018 North Carolina Primary Election early voting period is April 19-May 5. During that time, the statute requires that early voting be held at the Board of Elections office from Monday to Saturday. The Chatham County Board of Elections has decided not to schedule early voting on Sundays. Satellite early voting sites include North Chatham (in a double wide parked at the park on Big Woods Road), Siler City, and Goldston. Initially the Republican Board members advocated holding early voting at satellite sites only for the last week of the statutory period, but after discussion that included testimony by LWVODC on behalf of voters, the Board decided to open the North Chatham and Siler City satellite sites for the 15 non-Sunday days of the early voting period, Monday-Friday from 10 am to 7 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. The Goldston satellite site will be open only for the last six days of the early voting period because of historically low turnout at that site. Early voting at the Board of Elections office will be from 8 am to 7 pm for the 15 non-Sunday days of the statutory early voting period.
Chatham County Board of Commissioners:
January 16, 2018 working session:
1. Audit of Chatham finances: Sales tax generated good income (15% of total revenue); General fund balance $38 million+; Fund balance is very healthy; Property tax brought in $64 million in revenue for 2017. Expenses primarily for: General government; Public safety (sheriff and emergency mgmt.); Human services (retirement for gov't employees); Education (35% of expenditures). Municipalities in NC are required to record actuarials and liabilities in 2018 budget and going forward. State audits will be required on programs with budgets of about $740,000. More audits = more fees. Medicaid audits + financial threshold lowered on direct benefits programs that require audits
2. Go Global NC: This is a Latino initiative started in 1998; Working session in Mexico August 6-14, 2018 for community leaders (Mexico City and Guanajuato City); Preparation for work force in Chatham; Hispanic population in Chatham is primarily Mexican, Guatemalen and El Savadorian.
3. Review of growth in the Pittsboro area: there was a presentation about the CCC Health Sciences building construction as part of Chatham Park; Construction to begin July 2018 and Scheduled to open the fall of 2019. The Haw River Trail proposes adding 70 miles of multi use train through several counties along the Haw River, and Chatham is starting with state park land along US 15-501 near Bynum to below US 64 at Jordan Lake.
January 19, 2018 public input session:
1. Two people spoke during the public input session both objecting to the presence of the Confederate statue in front of the Pittsboro Courthouse. One request asked the Commissioner's to change the location. (During the regular session, Mike Dasher asked that this issue be put on a future agenda.)
2. Approval was given to the purchase agreement for the Henry Siler School. Chatham County will donate the school to the developer and the developer will preserve the `envelope' of the building for historic purposes. The school will be developed for much needed affordable housing.
3. Newland developer at Briar Chapel was granted a waiver to move a stream crossing after receiving approval from the Environmental Committee.
4. A resolution was adopted urging a state-level response to protect water resources from contamination. There is evidence of contaminants in Jordon Lake.
February 19, 2018 public input session:
1. During the Public Input Session, 2 people requested the removal of the Confederate soldier statue in front of the Pittsboro Courthouse. Another person asked that Half Dollar Road not be connected to Briar Chapel development.
2. O'Mara's Landscaping and Lawn Care requested a parcel of land on Mann's Chapel Road be rezoned from residential to community business.
3. Two requests by the Board of Commissions to adopt revisions to the zoning ordinance and the subdivision regulations to reflect legislative changes by Planning Staff. Both requests were referred to the Planning Board.
4. A request to adopt a noise ordinance was adopted as amended.
5. request to expand the Board of Commissioners from 5 to 7 people was postponed.
Chatham County Board of Education: Nothing to report at this time.
Among the achievements covered in the report: