Chatham County notes, July 17

July 12, 2013 

Commissioners to tallk tethering

The Chatham County commissioners will discuss animal control issues at their meetings at 2:30 and 6 p.m. Monday.

Commissioner Brian Bock is advocating for a time limit on tethering. The county manager’s office and the Animal Control Advisory Committee have been working with the community to draft appropriate legislation.

“Education is key, compromises are necessary, a long phase-in period is critical, and partnerships with nonprofit groups (are) important,” Bock said in a news release from the Guardians of Angels Humane Society.

“I believe that the data does support the argument for an ordinance governing unattended tethering and that a reasonable time limit should be included in the ordinance,” Bock said. “I have seen first-hand how dogs can be mistreated while tied up, I’ve seen how an otherwise good pet becomes aggressive and dangerous to children who happen to get too close, I’ve seen litters of unwanted puppies born to dogs who could not find protected shelter.”

Guardians of Angels Humane Society is a nonprofit animal advocacy organization in Chatham County with a goal of eliminating euthanasia for adoptable pets. It working to build an adoption center in the county. For more information, call 919-542-3244 or visit

Report on industral site due Friday

As part of the 2013 Duke Energy Site Readiness Program, McCallum Sweeney, a nationally known consulting firm, has completed its comprehensive study of a 1,774 acre megasite west of Siler City for large scale industrial development. The consulting team will present their final report Friday.

The meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Western Chatham Senior Center, 112 Village Lake Road in Siler City, will include local, regional and state officials. Mark Sweeney, senior principal, will present an analysis of the site selection process with an emphasis on megasite readiness and the critical need for ready sites.

Doug Stimmel with Stimmel Associates, project engineers, will present an overview of the site, including access, natural features, topography, and buildability. Sarah White, McCallum Sweeney Consultant, will conclude with the site report, including strengths, weaknesses, and recommendations.

“We were encouraged by the consulting team’s initial positive response during their site visit in late May,” said Dianne Reid, president, Chatham Economic Development Corp. “We’ve invited a broad audience to hear the assessment and help build support for the next steps in developing and marketing the site.”

Duke Energy’s Site Readiness Program is designed to help communities served by the utility compete for new companies and jobs.

McCallum Sweeney has been instrumental in many high-profile automotive relocations and expansions.

Strategically located near Highway 421 and south of Interstate 85, the megasite has 5,000 feet of rail frontage. The land is undeveloped and has two owners, both committed to attracting a large industrial user.

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