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Sunday May 28th

Town Talk

Aldermen discuss sewage runoff near homes

Residents of Old Pittsboro Road in Carrboro expressed concern for the high amount of sewage runoff settling and polluting the street’s drainage ditches during a Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday night.

The pollution is caused by a leak in the sewage system and recent heavy rains, according to one resident who spoke at the meeting.

The board discussed the town’s growing problem with pollution in ditches by homes and the need to make changes in water systems to move forward with solving drainage problems.

“The flooding is getting worse and worse,” Alderwoman Jacquelyn Gist said. “I think the type of rain we are getting is changing—it is more intense and more often.”

Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton said the town can’t move the water out of the ditches on Old Pittsboro Street because it might just flow downhill to the Rocky Brook Mobile Home Park.

“Even if we had a brilliant plan of moving off Old Pittsboro Road, what you are talking about is moving it to Rocky Brook faster,” Chilton said.

“There are no easy answers for sure.”


The board passed a motion for Chilton and Alderman Sammy Slade to collaborate and send a letter to Congress expressing the town’s opposition to further military involvement in Syria.


“I would have difficulty supporting a $500 sponsorship,” Gist said in response to a request by the North Carolina Bike Summit for a donation from the board. “It’s just too low.” The board approved a $1000 sponsorship for the event.

The North Carolina Bike Summit will be held from Oct. 18 through Oct. 20 in Carrboro.

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