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Rougemont eyes incorporating as town

Posted May 13, 2009

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— A small community in northern Durham County could become the state's next town if a bill makes it through the General Assembly.

Rougemont, which has about 800 residents, is looking to incorporate to gain access to Roxboro's municipal water system, said Rep. Winkie Wilkins, D-Person, who is sponsoring legislation to make the move possible.

Rougemont's commercial strip on U.S. Highway 501 has no dependable wells because groundwater was contaminated by gas stations that used to operate in the area, Wilkins said. Roxboro's water lines are about two miles away, but before Rougemont can tap into them, it needs to incorporate to obtain the necessary state and federal grants, he said.

A majority of Rougemont residents signed a petition five years ago to incorporate the town, but organizers eventually abandoned the effort.


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  • mrduffin May 14, 2009

    The folks who are pushing for this are newcomers to the community who are trying to take over from the old timers. If the newcomers do not like Rougemont the way it is they need to move and leave us alone!

  • drjones74 May 14, 2009

    If someone were forcing this on them it would be an all out war of course...

  • todd23 May 14, 2009

    I can personally attest to the groundwater problem there as my grandmother lives along 501 in Rougemont. We were told at one point by government officials to be careful even lighting matches. With the fumes as strong as they were before a better well was dug (but still contaminated), I think it was good advice. Well, good luck to them!