There are many little towns across North Carolina and the US in need of Economic Development. Almost everyone refers to them as "The wrong side of the tracks" or "The Black Communities". One in particular has suffered this lack right along with the rest, but what makes them different is that their town borders Pinehurst, "The Golf Capital of the World".
Last October we took a "Tour" of both Pinehurst and Jackson Hamlet and were struck by the disparity between the two. Pinehurst, a town filled with retired rich and famous mostly white people. Jackson Hamlet, a town of working class African-Americans, many who have worked in Pinehurst or whose relatives helped build the resort.
Lcloud added value to the article by posting about the working poor, it seems that the old adage of working hard to get ahead does not apply to everyone in these United States. Earlier this month, SPLib shined the spotlight on Moore County's newest Representative, Joe Boylan and his attempt to pander to his base while further discriminating against the poor.
Last Tuesday, the 13th of February, the Village of Pinehurst had a public hearing and voted unanimously to apply for a block grant for county sewer lines to be installed in Jackson Hamlet. The application is to the Community Development Block Grant Program through the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
The grant will finance the first phase of a project to install 8,140 feet of sewer lines to 51 houses in the unincorporated, predominantly black African-American community on the outskirts of Pinehurst. The area is now served by septic tanks, which are failing. No new homes can be built in the community, which straddles N.C. 5. The total cost of the project to serve the entire community is estimated at
$2 million at today's prices, according to Steve Austin, program administrator for Benchmark CMR Inc. of Kannapolis that prepared the application.
The county and Pinehurst will provide $100,000 in local matching funds -- $70,000 from the county and $30,000 from the village.
I commend Pinehurst and it's council for taking the initiative to do the right thing for the people of Jackson Hamlet.