Pittsboro, NC – On November 5, 2018, the Chatham County Manager’s Office presented the proposed Capital Improvement Program (CIP) covering fiscal years 2020-26 to the Board of Commissioners. The seven-year CIP is updated every year as a process to plan for and fund major capital needs over $100,000.
A public hearing on the proposed CIP is slated for Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, at 6 PM as part of the Board of Commissioners regular session in the Historic Courthouse in Pittsboro. To view the entire proposed CIP, visit the county website at www.chathamnc.org /budget or view printed copies at the three library branches (Pittsboro, Goldston and Siler City).
“While most projects in the current CIP remain the same, several revisions are proposed, including four new projects not previously funded,” said Interim County Manager Dan LaMontagne. “One new project is an upgrade to the Emergency Communications Radio System, which is critical to consistent radio communications for all responders throughout the county.”
The radio system project will involve three new tower sites and connection to the NC VIPER radio system. It will cost an estimated $18.9 million and will be completed in FY 2021.
Other proposed new additions to the CIP’s funded projects are:
* An expansion of the Emergency Operations Center in Pittsboro is needed to provide additional console space for 911 telecommunicators. The county has added more telecommunicators to deal with increased call volume for 911. The CIP project begins with a feasibility study to recommend the best expansion option, which would be implemented in FY 2020-21. The estimated cost is $10 million.
* The resurfacing of athletic tracks at all three high schools has been added due to documented deterioration and expected life spans of tracks. The estimated cost is $474,480 and would be completed in FY 2022.
* The addition of a second generator at the Sheriff’s Office Detention Center would ensure that the center can handle prolonged power outages, such as the recent hurricane impacts. The estimated cost is $674,989 and would be completed in FY 2023.
The proposed CIP also includes recommended revisions to projects already in the current CIP, based on changing needs or conditions:
* Staff recommends more funding for a new Chatham County Schools Central Services Building. A space needs study calls for a 34,000-square-foot, two-story facility to ensure sufficient space for offices, meeting rooms and storage for school administration. This would increase the project budget by approximately $5 million.
* The newly proposed CIP would shift some unspent funding from FY 2018 and FY 2019 for mobile school classrooms to cover installation of energy-efficient LED lighting at several schools (Bennett, Horton Middle, J. S. Waters, Moncure and Pittsboro) during FY 2019. The lighting project is supplemented by grants from Duke Energy in conjunction with Lime Energy Services. The reallocated mobile classroom funds will be replaced and assigned to FY 2023 and FY 2024.
* The CIP proposal would increase county funding for improvements at Briar Chapel Park to include lighting the soccer fields at an estimated cost of $237,873. The work should be completed in FY 2021 and will be funded by recreation fees from Briar Chapel.
The adopted CIP also looks forward by including future projects that are not yet funded. This helps Chatham County keep these needs in mind, even if a funding source has not yet been secured. Two new unfunded future projects expected to be added this year are:
* A second phase of the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center would include a multi-purpose event arena, outdoor classroom space, a farmers’ market venue, more office space, demonstration planting plots, and storage buildings.
* A County Complex Master Plan for Pittsboro offices would address long-term office space needs. The plan would look at several options for addressing these needs.
* A new elementary school in Chatham Park will be needed to meet projected growth in the student population generated by Chatham Park. Chatham Park buildout and student growth figures will be monitored closely to ensure that plans for a school will ready when needed.
* Chatham County Management Information Services (MIS) is partnering with Chatham County Schools to identify collaborative strategies and potential sources of funding for broadband services.
To sign up in advance to speak at the public hearing on the CIP, complete an only form at www.chathamnc.org/