Mark, I did not say nor imply that the town has any regulatory control over the school system. Just like the town has not regulatory control over Carrboro. However, there is definitely interaction between the BOA and the TC--and the school board and the town(s) could interact in the same mutually informative type of conversations and sharing of planning information. To deny the value of mutually beneficial communications and planning demonstrates a lack of understanding of the importance the school system plays in this community.
I would respect your opinion and position more if you would just advocate for the candidate you support instead of yours and Maria's need to attack Jessica. Politics doesn't have to be so divisive. We can all disagree on some things and agree on others. There's rarely, if ever, just one right way of thinking.
You're welcome to your opinion Mark, but for the reasons stated, I think Jessica on the town council makes perfect sense and that the community will benefit.
Jess Cooper Anderson has my full endorsement. Contrary to what Maria Palmer has to say, I think Jess's expertise in education will contribute new dimensions to the land use discussions of the town council. I had hoped Maria would add that dimension to the council but clearly her interests no longer lie with education (or apparently with civility).
SAPFO was a good idea/theory, but in practice it has been a failure. The fact that Mark McCurry believes SAPFO has embedded mathematical formulas that have "solved" the problem of ensuring sufficient school space is a clear indicator of the problem. We can't continue ignore the condition of our school buildings or the number of trailers supplementing buildings. Nor can we trust the assumption that last year's Council members have publicly stated that approving multifamily housing reduces the number of school age children in the community. Anyone who has driven along the 54 West in Carrboro can attest to the large number of school age children living in those apartments. And personally, if the town is going to grow, I'd like to see a range of age groups among our new residents.
The school boards have never been willing to invoke SAPFO, because it pushes growth containment off on them instead of on the Town Council/Board of County Commissioners where that decision belongs. SAPFO will remain broken until the schools boards and those officials whose job it is to manage growth can begin to work together.
I believe that Jess Cooper Anderson, with her intelligence, her academic training, and her professional expertise, along with her desire to ensure a safe, healthy community for all children and adults, is the right person to push for that improved communication.
This article fails to address the difference in how sludge is applied to fields. The contractor used by Alamance/Burlington applies by aerial spray which allows the sludge to be carried off site by the wind. Neighbors report spray on their houses, cars, playground equipment, etc. Not only can the particles disperse off site, but they can be breathed in. Although regulations stipulate that application should not occur on windy days, the state doesn't have inspectors to ensure regulations are followed, leaving the truck drivers to regulate themselves.
The waste water treatment process (which includes the materials collected from septic tanks) separates solids from liquids. Liquids are directed back into the water system and solids are commercially composted and/or applied to land. Everyone, rural and urban residents, contributes to the production of sludge, and we are all paying for it. But we can't avoid it. Some activists believe that waste-to-energy will eliminate the problem but waste-to-energy is really just efficient incineration and, like sludge, will need to be heavily regulated and inspected.
How can we have an intelligent discussion about the "output" of which every person on earth, whether they live in an urban or rural community, contributes without any mention of alternative disposal methods? In the absence of alternative disposal methods, land application is the only viable alternative unless each person wants to dispose of their own.
We need alternatives, but in the meantime, we need to look at how to make land application safer, including bigger setbacks and enforcement of current rules on notifications, timing, weather conditions, and spraying techniques. All aerial spraying should be forbidden. We also need to be collecting health data. All of these recommendations were made 5+ years ago, but no one has stepped up in a leadership capacity to have them implemented and enforced. In the meantime, we're all impacted by this problem, regardless of where we live. I hope your article will spur on city, county and state political leaders to take action.
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