Commissioner Crawford steered the Comprehensive Land Use Plan to ensure managed growth. He brokered Pittsboro's waste water line to Sanford. He secured a special assessment district for Chatham Park. He has pushed conservation subdivisions, whereby 40% of the land is preserved as wood or meadow. He advocates a greenbelt linking trails along our rivers. He knows that increasing in-county employment is the only way to lower commuting times and provide supplemental work for farming families.
Under Crawford's leadership the county has developed several housing initiatives, including a revolving fund for the security deposits of low income renters. The Council on Aging has a client clearing-house and more money for home repairs. The Henry Siler school will be remade into homes. And the 2019 county budget has an affordable housing trust fund.
The county has options on both the Moncure-Merry Oaks and the Siler City megasites due to Crawford's effort. In turn these options have yielded eight million dollars to bring utilities to these projects and neighboring properties. No other county in the state has this kind of industrial investment. A new health science center will train workers through the CCCC in 2019. And his support of the Chatham Promise will guarantee two years of free tuition at CCCC for any new high school graduate in the county.
Commissioner Crawford arranged county assistance for the new Pittsboro town hall and for Siler City's pool and wastewater plant improvements. His municipal fund for rec facilities in Siler, Pittsboro, and Goldston, reaches all corners of the county. He supports the work of the Human Relations Commission and the Hispanic Liaison.
Crawford is pushing for the state to implement the Jordan Lake rules to repair the most important watershed in the region. He supports LEED standard engineering in major county projects. He negotiated the only solar to grid hook-up agreement with Duke Energy, to give Chatham an edge in fostering green power. As chairman, he achieved a unanimous board vote to impose a moratorium on fracking.
VOTE TO RE-ELECT JIM CRAWFORD COMMISSIONER NOVEMBER 6