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Chatham County seeks public input on rebuilding courthouse

Posted June 8, 2010

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— More than two months after a fire heavily damaged the Chatham County Courthouse, county officials are asking members of the public to attend a "workshop style" forum to share their ideas on the rebuilding effort. 

The forum will be held June 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Northwood High School’s media center in Pittsboro.

"The forum is an opportunity for residents to provide ideas on possible functions and uses for the courthouse as the building is rebuilt," county officials said in a news release. "The forum will be in a 'workshop style' format with ample time for dialogue and exchange of ideas."

Public input will be forwarded to a newly-formed county task force charged with studying and making recommendations to the Board of Commissioners about the potential use of the historic Courthouse.

The task force meets for the first time on June 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Northwood High’s media center. The task force will meet during the summer and is expected to provide some recommendations to the commissioners in August.

A March 25 fire gutted the courthouse, which was built in 1881, and caused its iconic clock tower to collapse. Fire Marshal Thomas Bender ruled the fire was accidentally started by workers involved in an exterior renovation and that the blaze quickly spread in the building's attic.

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  • spccomputech Jun 16, 2010

    SAVE THE CLOCK TOWER!! Marty, the LIBYIANS

  • scline Jun 9, 2010

    They should certainly use a different contractor and make sure he only uses legal labor. That way it will not ...(accidentally)... burn it down when the job is almost done. It is called job security.

  • wildcat Jun 8, 2010

    Build it under a new complete contractor. The old contractor should pick up the tab when the court house burn down. The tax payers should not have to pay one cent.

  • snshine62d Jun 8, 2010

    Make sure the contractor that burnt it down pays for it and not the taxpayers.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jun 8, 2010

    Public Input Comment #1:

    Hire a different contractor.