Government – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Thu, 11 Jan 2018 22:25:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i1.wp.com/chathamjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/10888465-four-newspaper-pile-isolated-on-white-background-Stock-Vector-newspaper-icon-headline-5580d7a0v1_site_icon.png?fit=32%2C32 Government – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com 32 32 Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Government – Chatham Journal Newspaper Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Government – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://chathamjournal.com/category/news/government/ TV-G 63016882 Register now for the Chatham County CERT course coming in February http://chathamjournal.com/2018/01/08/register-now-chatham-county-cert-course/ Mon, 08 Jan 2018 16:47:11 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8291 Pittsboro, NC – Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) is a national program that educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search…

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Pittsboro, NC – Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) is a national program that educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks. Through CERT, the capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters is built and enhanced.

FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team Program trains volunteers to prepare for the types of disasters that their community may face. Through hands-on practice and realistic exercises, CERT members:

    • Learn how to safely respond to manmade and natural hazards
    • Help organize basic disaster response
    • Promote preparedness by hosting and participating in community events

To everyone who has expressed or may have interest in Chatham County CERT training – the first CERT class has been scheduled. There is no cost for the class.

The CERT class is 2 1/2 days long. Dates are:
Wed, Feb 28 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thu, Mar 01 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fri, Mar 02, 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon

Location:
Chatham Co Agriculture & Conference Center
1192 US 64 W Business, Pittsboro, NC 27312
Please register at this link.

FMI: Email Terry Schmidt at *protected email*or call 919-642-3721

 

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Chatham County seeks applicants for planning board vacancy http://chathamjournal.com/2018/01/06/chatham-county-seeks-applicants-planning-board-vacancy/ Sat, 06 Jan 2018 14:42:24 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8287 Pittsboro, NC – The Chatham County’s Board of Commissioners seeks applicants for one vacant seat on the planning board with a term ending December 31, 2020.  Interested residents should apply by 5 pm on Friday, January 22, 2018. The Planning…

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Pittsboro, NC – The Chatham County’s Board of Commissioners seeks applicants for one vacant seat on the planning board with a term ending December 31, 2020.  Interested residents should apply by 5 pm on Friday, January 22, 2018.

Land Use PlanThe Planning Board advises the Chatham County Board of Commissioners on planning, zoning and subdivision issues.  The vacant seat is assigned to County Commissioner District 1, which is in the northeastern part of the county. Applicants from other parts of the county may apply also.

The duties include: monitoring trends related to land use, proposing needed amendments to the land use plan; establishing development principles and guidelines; proposing ordinances for orderly development in accordance with the land use plan; determining whether proposed developments conform to the land use plan and development principles; keeping the Board of Commissioners and the public informed on planning issues and reasons for board recommendations; and conducting meetings to get public input.

The Planning Board typically meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm, usually in Pittsboro.

To submit an online application to serve and to view a map of the districts of the Board of Commissioners, visit www.chathamnc.org/CommitteeAppointments . Or contact Lindsay Ray at 919-542-8200 to get a printed or emailed copy of the application form.

If you have questions about the Planning Board’s duties, contact the Planning Department at 919-542-8204.

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Chatham County adverse weather update for January 5 http://chathamjournal.com/2018/01/05/chatham-county-adverse-weather-update-january-5/ Fri, 05 Jan 2018 13:34:21 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8271 Pittsboro, NC – Due to hazardous roads, all county offices, except essential services, will not open until 11 AM.  This includes county facilities, such as parks, libraries, senior centers and collection centers.  We recommend calling ahead if you need a…

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Pittsboro, NC – Due to hazardous roads, all county offices, except essential services, will not open until 11 AM.  This includes county facilities, such as parks, libraries, senior centers and collection centers.  We recommend calling ahead if you need a specific service as some offices may have limited staff.

However, please remember that sidewalks and parking areas could be hazardous, especially parks and collection centers.  All 12 Collection Centers will be opening on a delay tomorrow at 11 AM. We may close centers early tomorrow so be sure to check our website or call the center before heading out.

Senior centers are open at 11 am, but services are limited.  Also meals will not be available at the centers and home-delivered meal are cancelled.

The court sessions in Chatham County are cancelled on Friday, January 5, but the Clerk of Superior Court is opening at 11 AM. The District Attorney reports that those who had traffic court in Chatham on January 4 should report as follows:
-Last name A to M must appear on February 1, 2018
-Last name N-Z must appear on March 1, 2018

Despite the weather, the mandated deadline for 2017 property tax payments is today, January 5, 2018 at 5 pm. However, here are some options to help ease the payment situation:

1.  The Tax Office will open tomorrow by 11 AM to accept payments. You also may call them with questions at 919-542-8260.
2.   A tax payment collection box is in the parking area near the Tax Office. It is a white box with signage.
3.   Any payment mailed and postmarked January 5, 2018 will be considered paid on time.
4.  You can pay online but there is a three percent fee charged. Find your tax bill and pay at this website:
http://ustaxdata.com/nc/chatham/TaxSearch.cfm

Call the Chatham County Tax Office on a Friday after 11 AM if you need assistance at 919-542-8260.

A reminder to residents roads, bridges and highways outside the towns are maintained and treated by the NC Department of Transportation or are privately owned and maintained.  County governments do not maintain nor clear roads.  Main thoroughfares will be addressed first by DOT, so many rural roads will not be retreated for some time.

Temperatures will remain below freezing tomorrow and will plunge to around 10 degrees tonight.  This means any melting on roads will turn to ice tonight, even if you can’t see that it is there.

Chatham County will provide additional updates on the county website at www.chathamnc.org as needed. You can follow the official Chatham County government twitter account at @ChathamCountyNC.

NOTE: The Chatham Journal maintains a Chatham County News twitter account at @chathamnc. Use the hashtag #chathamnc if you would like us to be aware of your own Chathamcentric tweets.

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Despite icy weather, Chatham County’s property tax payments are due by January 5 at 5 pm http://chathamjournal.com/2018/01/04/despite-icy-weather-chatham-countys-property-tax-payments-due-january-5-5-pm/ Thu, 04 Jan 2018 19:12:38 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8257 Pittsboro, NC – The icy weather has created an array of issues for residents and Chatham County government.  Despite the weather, the mandated deadline for 2017 property tax payments is tomorrow, January 5, 2018 at 5 pm.  However, here are some options…

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Pittsboro, NC – The icy weather has created an array of issues for residents and Chatham County government.  Despite the weather, the mandated deadline for 2017 property tax payments is tomorrowJanuary 5, 2018 at 5 pm.  However, here are some options to help ease the payment situation:

  1.  The Chatham County Tax Office will open tomorrow by 11 AM for you to make payments.  You also may call the Tax Collection Office with questions at 919-542-8260.
  2. A tax payment collection box is in the parking area near the Tax Office.  It is a white box with signage.
  3. Any payment mailed and postmarked January 5, 2018 will be considered paid on time.
  4. You can pay online but there is a three percent fee charged.  Find your tax bill and pay at this website:  http://ustaxdata.com/nc/chatham/TaxSearch.cfm

Call the Tax Office tomorrow after 11 AM if you need assistance at 919-542-8260.

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Courts order tobacco companies to run ads about their products http://chathamjournal.com/2018/01/03/courts-order-tobacco-companies-run-ads-products/ Wed, 03 Jan 2018 22:34:38 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8249 by Shannon Kincaide Godbout Pittsboro, NC – Starting November 26, 2017, the major U.S. tobacco companies began running ads in newspapers in NC and nationally telling the American people the known facts about the deadly consequences of smoking and secondhand…

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by Shannon Kincaide Godbout

Pittsboro, NC – Starting November 26, 2017, the major U.S. tobacco companies began running ads in newspapers in NC and nationally telling the American people the known facts about the deadly consequences of smoking and secondhand smoke.

Official U.S. documents show that a federal court in 2006 ordered the companies to make these statements after finding the companies guilty of breaking civil racketeering laws and making misrepresentations to the public about the dangers of smoking and how some ads are marketed to children. The ads will run after 11 years of appeals by the tobacco companies, who successfully fought to remove the phrase “here is the truth” from the corrective statements, which would have implied that the industry deliberately deceived the public.

Many public health advocates in NC welcome the corrective statement ads, citing that they will focus attention on the enormous public health problem caused by tobacco use and the need for strong action to save lives. To reduce tobacco use, advocates are ready to partner with state-wide officials to address four evidence-based measures to reduce tobacco use, especially by teens:  1) raise the age of sale of tobacco products to 21; 2) adopt strengthened smoke-free laws and policies; 3) increase the price of cigarettes by at least $1.50 per pack; and 4) strengthen the funding for state and local tobacco prevention and cessation programming.

“We have seen the positive impact that our county’s tobacco-free policy has had on our staff and the public,” said Chatham County Health Director Layton Long. “Tobacco-free policies play a large part in helping people quit, and for those who have successfully quit, quitting for good. These policies set a positive example for our youth and also help reduce exposure to secondhand smoke when visitors come to our offices. We hope that these ads will serve as a reminder that tobacco and its byproducts are hazardous to our health and that we need to continue to support prevention and cessation programs.”

According to the NC Youth Tobacco Survey (2015), in NC alone, 9.3 percent of high school students still smoke and nearly 16.8% use electronic cigarettes (http://bit.ly/2CkKZ4m).  According to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, tobacco use claims 14,200 NC lives and costs the state $3.81 billion in health care bills annually (http://bit.ly/2B1ieZW).

“For too many years, the public health community has known and seen the dangerous effects that tobacco has on our youth,” said Long. “We hope that these statements from the tobacco companies will send a clear message to our youth that all tobacco products, including new products like electronic cigarettes, are dangerous, addictive, and ultimately lead to disease and early death.”

In 1999, the U.S. Department of Justice sued the major cigarette manufacturers, charging they had violated the civil provisions of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and other laws. Tobacco company defendants in the case include Altria, its Philip Morris USA subsidiary, and R.J. Reynolds.

On Aug. 17, 2006, U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler issued her verdict against the companies.

Judge Kessler ordered the tobacco companies to publish corrective statements on five topics, stating they had deliberately deceived the public:

  • the adverse health effects of smoking;
  • addictiveness of smoking and nicotine;
  • lack of significant health benefit from smoking “low tar,” “light,” “ultra light,” “mild,” and “natural” cigarettes (products that have been deceptively marketed as less harmful than regular cigarettes);
  • manipulation of cigarette design and composition to ensure optimum nicotine delivery; and
  • adverse health effects of exposure to secondhand smoke.

The corrective statement ads started running November 26, 2017, in print and online in about 50 newspapers specified by the court. They will also run during prime time on the major television networks for one year. The tobacco companies must also publish the corrective statements on their websites and cigarette packs; according to national networks, implementation details are still being finalized.

The corrective statement newspaper ads must run in the front section of Sunday newspapers on November 26, 2017; December 10, 2017; January 7, 2018; February 4, 2018; and March 4, 2018. In NC, corrective statements will appear in the Charlotte Observer. Per the judge’s order, corrective statements will also appear in USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. The tobacco companies will pay the entire cost of running the ads.

Despite significant progress in reducing smoking, tobacco use is still the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the United States, killing more than 480,000 Americans and costing the nation about $170 billion in health care expenses each year.

Support is available for those interested in quitting tobacco. The Chatham County Public Health Department is offering free tobacco cessation classes this January for any Chatham County resident, employee, and their family members. Participants will receive a free QuitSmart Stop Smoking Kit and two weeks of nicotine replacement therapy. These free sessions will be held from 5:30 pm-6:45 pm on January 17th, January 29th, and January 31st. There will also be an informational session held on January 10th to learn more about the QuitSmart program. All sessions will be held at the Chatham County Public Health Department in Pittsboro (80 East Street). Contact Anna Stormzand at *protected email* (919-545-8445) to reserve your spot or for more information.

QuitlineNC is also a free cessation resource and is available 24 hours a day to assist individuals quitting tobacco. Call toll-free 1 800-QUIT-NOW or visit www.quitlinenc.org.

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Fees for North Carolina DMV administrative hearings to begin in January http://chathamjournal.com/2018/01/02/fees-north-carolina-dmv-administrative-hearings-begin-january/ Tue, 02 Jan 2018 17:27:37 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8245 Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will start collecting the state-mandated fees for administrative hearings beginning Jan. 1. This legislation affects 19 administrative hearing types that review the revocation or suspension of vehicle license plates and…

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Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will start collecting the state-mandated fees for administrative hearings beginning Jan. 1.

This legislation affects 19 administrative hearing types that review the revocation or suspension of vehicle license plates and licenses for drivers, inspection stations, automotive dealers and mechanics. There are no fees for medical hearings.

nc driver licensesNCDMV will notify eligible customers by mail on how to request a hearing, applicable fees and deadlines for submitting a request. Most hearings will be scheduled when the request is submitted in writing and the fees are paid in full. A waiver of fees is available for applicants who meet certain household income criteria.

For more information on the administrative hearings process and a list of fees, visit the DMV website at MyNCDMV.gov.

As directed by the N.C. General Assembly, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will collect fees for administrative hearings requested on or after Jan. 1, 2018, for requests to reinstate:

  • A revoked or suspended driver
  • A revoked plate as a result of not having liability insurance
  • An operator license for an inspection station, automotive dealer or mechanic

There are no fees for medical hearings.

NCDMV will notify a driver by mail of their eligibility for a hearing as well as information about associated fees and the deadline for submitting requests.

Requesting a Hearing

A driver or vehicle owner requesting a hearing must mail a completed administrative hearing form – along with the applicable fee – to the address on the appropriate form. (Requests without the paid fee will not be processed.)

NCDMV will notify an applicant of their hearing date within 30 business days.

Forms

Hearing Type Form
  • Driver license
  • Ignition interlock
  • Automotive dealers
  • State inspections
  • Franchise dealer disputes

Driver License Hearing Request Form (HF-001)

  • Liability insurance

Liability Insurance Hearing Request Form (HF-002)

  • Expedited liability insurance for commercial vehicles

Liability Hearing Expedited Request Form for Commercial Vehicles (HF-003)

Payments & Fees

Unless otherwise indicated in the tables below, applicants must pay administrative hearing fees at the time they request an administrative hearing.

NCDMV does not process hearing requests without the applicable fee paid in full.

Waived Hearing Fees

NCDMV waives administrative hearing fees for applicants who meet household income criteria and have submitted an Affidavit of Indigence with their written hearing request. (The form is also available in Spanish.)

Automotive Dealer-Franchise Case Hearings

Hearing Fee
Dealer court filing $600
Court motion $600

Automotive Dealers and State Inspection Hearings

Hearing Fee
Mechanic license or inspection station license $200
Motor vehicle dealer license or salesman license $200 (billed after hearing)

Driver License Hearings

Fees for hearings related to driver licenses can also be paid at any NCDMV driver license location.

Hearing Fee
Driver improvement clinic eligibility $40
Commercial driver license disqualification $200
Violation of Safety and Financial Responsibility Law $200
Compliance with probation or restoration agreement $220 (billed after hearing)
Pre-interview held before license restoration (situations involving alcohol-related convictions, suspensions or revocations) $225
License restoration (DWI) $425
License restoration for driving with revoked license $200
License restoration for moving violations while driving with a revoked license $200
Refusal to submit to chemical analysis $450
Alcohol concentration restriction violation $450
Ignition interlock device restriction violation $450 (billed after hearing)
License suspensions or revocations not otherwise listed to include those found in G.S. 20-13 and G.S 20-16 $100

Ignition Interlock Hearings

Hearing Fee
Ignition interlock medical accommodation review $70
Ignition interlock mouth contaminant review $75

Liability Insurance Hearings

Hearing Fee
Vehicle insurance lapse $60

Other Administrative Hearings

Hearing Fee
Commercial driver training school $200
Denial of DMV services $50

Cancellation Policy

To cancel a hearing, complete the appropriate cancellation form below and mail or fax as indicated on the form.

Cancellation requests must be postmarked at least 10 business days prior to the date of the scheduled hearing to receive a partial refund.

NCDMV does not issue refunds for franchise dealer hearings.

Hearing Type Form
  • Driver license
  • Ignition interlock
  • Automotive dealers
  • State inspections
  • Franchise dealer disputes

Driver License Hearing Cancellation Form (HF-004)

Liability insurance

Liability Insurance Hearing Cancellation Form (HF-005)

Expedited liability insurance for commercial vehicles

Expedited Liability Insurance Hearing Cancellation Form for Motor Carriers (HF-006)

 

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Chatham County offers free Christmas tree recycling http://chathamjournal.com/2018/01/02/chatham-county-offers-free-christmas-tree-recycling/ Tue, 02 Jan 2018 15:47:34 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8226 Pittsboro, NC – Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling offers free Christmas tree recycling at the Main Facility at 28 County Services Road in Pittsboro through Friday, January 19. Trees can be accepted Monday through Friday 7 am to 3:30…

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Pittsboro, NC – Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling offers free Christmas tree recycling at the Main Facility at 28 County Services Road in Pittsboro through Friday, January 19.

Trees can be accepted Monday through Friday 7 am to 3:30 pm except Monday, January 1 and Monday, January 15 when the Main Facility will be closed for holidays. Only real trees can be accepted. All decorations, stands, and pots must be removed. After these dates, we will accept live trees for our normal yard debris charge of $20 per ton, $2 minimum.

NOTE: Artificial Christmas trees, lights, and gift wrapping can also be recycled at the Main Facility and collection centers. Tell the center’s attendant what you have when you get to the center and they will direct you.

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Chatham County’s 2018 tax listing forms being mailed and deadline nears for 2017 taxes http://chathamjournal.com/2018/01/02/chatham-countys-2018-tax-listing-forms-mailed-deadline-nears-2017-taxes/ Tue, 02 Jan 2018 05:17:53 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8208 Pittsboro, NC – Chatham County residents can expect to receive their 2018 personal property tax listing forms in early January according to Chatham County Tax Office. Any Chatham County property owner not receiving their 2018 personal property tax listing forms…

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Pittsboro, NC – Chatham County residents can expect to receive their 2018 personal property tax listing forms in early January according to Chatham County Tax Office. Any Chatham County property owner not receiving their 2018 personal property tax listing forms by Tuesday, January 16, 2018 should call 919-542-8250.

Note that the personal property listing forms are NOT used to list real estate property and registered motor vehicles with tags. However, call the Tax Office if you made any non-permit changes to real estate property during 2017 or to change the status of a vehicle.

The personal property listing forms should include such things as boats, aircraft, equipment, jet skis, mobile homes (not taxed as real estate), trailers and unregistered vehicles without tags. Business personal property includes property used to produce income, such as equipment, machinery, furnishings and certain vehicles.

Motor vehicles with registration and tags are NOT listed on the county listing form, because the NC Tag & Tax Together program combines North Carolina vehicle registration fees and property taxes into one bill that is paid to the NC Division of Motor Vehicle at registration renewal time.

Taxpayers are encouraged to review their personal property information online at ustaxdata.com/nc/chatham/ or visit the Tax Office to verify information on file. Listing forms must be returned to the Tax Department no later than January 31, 2018. Listings received after this date will be subject to a late listing penalty equal to ten percent of taxes owned.

For businesses, owners should contact the Tax Office at (919) 545-8475 to request a business listing extension form that extends the deadline up to March 15, 2018.  However, the business extension form must be completed and submitted no later than January 31, 2018.

Unpaid 2017 Property Taxes: Tax bills mailed in 2017 for real and personal property are due by 5 pm on January 5, 2018. Interest will accrue on all unpaid balances starting January 6, 2018.

Once tax bills become delinquent, the Tax Office can begin collection procedures for late bills through such methods as garnishing wages (removing taxes from paychecks), attaching bank funds form bank accounts and income tax refunds, attaching rental income, placing levies on personal property and foreclosing on property.

Also, unpaid real estate property taxes will be advertised in the newspaper at an additional cost to the taxpayer. The taxes owed will be advertised in the current owner’s name.

Contact Tax Collections at (919) 542-8260 if you have any questions regarding the payment of your taxes.

Property Tax Relief for the Elderly and Permanently Disabled: Under North Carolina law, the elderly and permanently disabled may apply for property tax relief if their annual income is no more than $29,600. For those who qualify, a portion of the appraised value of their permanent residences may be exempt from property tax.

The exempted portion is either $25,000 or 50% of the appraised value of the home, whichever is greater. For example, if a qualifying person owns a $60,000 house, only $30,000 of the house will be subject to taxation.

To qualify for relief, a property owner must have a total income $29,600 or less in the preceding year (income amount includes both spouses), must be age 65 or older or must be totally and permanently disabled. New applications for this tax relief must be filed no later than June 1, 2018.

Those who received the exemption last year and still meet the requirements do not have to reapply for the exemption unless their place of residence, ownership status or income has changed. Property owners who no longer meet the requirements of the exemption must notify the Tax Office. Persons receiving the exemption are by North Carolina law required to have a periodic compliance review conducted by the Tax Department.

If you are responsible for listing the property of someone who is deceased and who had qualified for the exemption last year, you must notify the Tax Office.

Property Tax Exemptions: Under state law, real estate and personal property used for certain religious, educational, or other purposes may qualify for a property tax exemption. Owners of property currently receiving the exemption do NOT have to reapply for the exemption, unless:

*   The use of property has changed;
*   The owner has purchased additional property; or
*   Improvements have been made to or removed from the property

The deadline to apply for this exemption is January 31, 2018.

Land Use Deferments:  Under state law, land actively used for commercial agriculture, forestry, or horticulture production may be eligible for reduced-rate taxation. Contact the Tax Office for more information on “land use deferments.” The deadline to apply is January 31, 2018.

Other Questions: For more information about any of the items listed above, or your taxes in general, please contact the Chatham County Tax Office at 919-542-8250 or 919-542-8260.

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Worksite wellness breakfast discussion on December 8 http://chathamjournal.com/2017/12/06/worksite-wellness-breakfast-discussion-december-8/ Wed, 06 Dec 2017 22:01:10 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8183 Pittsboro, NC – Please join us for a group discussion on work site wellness. Breakfast and coffee will be included. No experience with worksite wellness is required. Any organization, business, nonprofit, etc. who hires employees is welcomed to participate. Please…

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Pittsboro, NC – Please join us for a group discussion on work site wellness. Breakfast and coffee will be included. No experience with worksite wellness is required. Any organization, business, nonprofit, etc. who hires employees is welcomed to participate.

Please RSVP to *protected email* to join the discussion on December 8 from 8 am to 10 am. The event will take place at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center in Pittsboro. (1192 US 64 Business)

If you are unable to join, the Chatham County Public Health Department will be happy to have a phone conversation at a time convenient for you. Contact  *protected email* if interested..

 

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Chatham County launches new online access for permitting & planning customers http://chathamjournal.com/2017/12/06/chatham-county-launches-new-online-access-permitting-planning-customers/ Wed, 06 Dec 2017 20:06:25 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8185 Pittsboro, NC – A new online portal called CityView gives Chatham County residents and businesses access to a wide variety of planning and permitting applications, inspections and related services. They also can pay fees and track progress of the application. The new…

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Pittsboro, NC – A new online portal called CityView gives Chatham County residents and businesses access to a wide variety of planning and permitting applications, inspections and related services. They also can pay fees and track progress of the application. The new portal will save most customers valuable time required to visit or call county offices.

Customers can use mobile devices or desktops to access CityView at: https://cvportal.chathamnc.org/CityViewPortal 

“We are excited to offer this new service in Chatham County,” said Jenny Williams, director of Chatham County Central Permitting & Inspections. “This is an important step in offering exceptional customer service while making it more convenient for the public. Of course, you can always call our office if you need assistance or if you just prefer to conduct business personally.”

Williams added, “We know that we may have a few hiccups in the startup period, so we appreciate your patience as we get all the kinks worked out.”

The portal allows customers to apply for the following:

  • Building permits: commercial, residential, renovations, demolitions, outbuildings, swimming pools, etc.
  • Environmental health permits (private wells and septic systems)
  • Environmental quality permits: erosion control, stormwater control, land disturbance, etc.
  • Fire permits
  • Planning and zoning permits: new subdivisions, rezonings, watershed review, flood determination, junkyards, etc.

Customers also can use CityView to submit construction plans, pay fees, check inspection results, monitor permit status, and more.

First-time users will have to create an account by selecting “register” to sign up. Users are required to provide an email address and create a password. Once registered, users will have full access to all features of CityView.

“Registered users will only be able to view the permits that they are listed as the contact. Contractors can link their accounts and see all permits where they are listed as a contractor,” said Williams.

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