Results Are Mixed On '10 Resolutions
On Sunday, a list of The Pilot's proposed resolutions for 2011 will appear in this space. First, here's a look at how we did on some of last year's batch:
County government: "Fence-mending should top Moore County's resolutions for 2010.
"In 2009, the county made some progress toward resolving water issues and easing space needs for the jail and other agencies. But the Board of Commissioners must (1) communicate more effectively about just what the enlarged detention center will mean to Carthage and (2) reach agreement on what to do about galloping court needs. ...
"Fence-mending is also needed in the county's dealings with Pinehurst, Robbins and Vass."
The commissioners did a pretty effective job of communicating the need for the new jail, though that communication fell on deaf ears in certain quarters. The solution to court needs remains in limbo until the county assesses the space that will be available once the Sheriff's Office moves out of the present Courts Facility basement into the new building, which will take more than a year.
There has been some progress in the fence-mending department, especially where Vass is concerned. The forums held in several towns have generated considerable response, opening lines of interjurisdictional communication.
Southern Pines: "Our hope is that the Town Council has put the contentiousness of recent years behind it and that members can now focus on key issues.
"Heading the list: considering and implementing recommendations in the Comprehensive Long-Range Plan (CLRP). ... A smooth transition for the police as officers move into the new station, and a good start on upgrading the town's computer and communication systems, will go a long way toward improving services."
Things have been rather less contentious in the past year. In April 2010, the Southern Pines Town Council adopted a CLRP outlining the town's goals for future development. Later, amid debate, the council amended it to allow commercial and residential development in Planned Development districts.
The Police Department enjoyed a smooth transition into its new station.
Pinehurst: "First and foremost is the village's proposed purchase of water and wastewater treatment plants in Wagram. The $5.5 million offer was made in July, and has dragged on for several months. If the deal does go forward, we would prefer to see it folded into a larger, countywide framework instead of pursued in Lone Ranger fashion by one village. ...
"Also working its way toward final resolution, we hope, is the battle over the annexation of Pinewild Country Club."
We batted .500 here. The Wagram water deal appears all but dead at year's end, though the village still seems intent on exploring all its options for buying a water system.
The annexation of Pinewild did, at long last, become a reality in 2010. Both sides have made great progress in moving past the rancor, and the community is stronger for it.
Aberdeen: "The town should consider the affordability of the housing developments it approves in the coming year. ... Aberdeen also needs to revisit its downtown ordinance as it considers growth for the next decade."
The town took some strides toward affordable housing options, but there is still some work to be done. Key pieces are the rezoning of land in Midway and the continued development of Habitat for Humanity neighborhoods.
The discussions on the downtown ordinance has been a hot topic throughout the year. Commissioners have worked diligently through some difficult issues and could have a plan in place early in the new year.
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