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Rougemont eyes incorporating as town

Posted May 13, 2009 4:00 p.m. EDT

— 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.