Thanks to PSNC Energy for presenting a Q & A session on bringing natural gas into area neighborhoods.
Shane Currin is the new dedicated Chapel Hill PSNC Sales Representative who spoke to the 26 people who came to learn how they can get natural gas into their homes. Shane encouraged folks to get their neighborhood to document their interest by filling out a questionnaire. If enough people in a neighborhood are interested then he will come out to individuals’ homes and start the several-months’ process to extend natural gas “main” lines to service the area. Questionnaires can be filled out online at psncenergy.com/form or postage-free postcards can be picked up from the folder on the NHIA Community Room covered porch.
To be cost effective for PSNC to run natural gas into a neighborhood, there needs to be 75%-85% of the people on the street willing to sign-up for heat and hot water within a year of running the lines. Other appliances like stoves, grills, fireplace logs, dryer, gas lights, etc. are considered enhancements as they do not supply steady revenue. If a “main” is installed in front or beside your home then PSNC will include up to 200 feet of line from their “main” to the customer’s home (there is an up to $10.80 / foot fee if farther than 200 feet). If you are on a side street with no “main” then PSNC would include 100 feet of line towards your lot and 100 feet to the house with the customer paying up to the $10.80 / foot difference.
Most propane appliances are convertible to natural gas. Appliances that are not convertible are (1) old hot water heaters with tanks (some made in the past 5 years have adapters), (2) most fireplace logs, and (3) space heaters.
Heating and hot water for a 2000-sqft house averages $50 per month when using natural gas.
People went away from the meeting learning that they have a dedicated contact at PSNC and that neighborhoods need to be proactive in getting their neighbors to complete a questionnaire to request bringing service to their area. (Diane and Mike Doub will be canvassing our Mimosa neighbors to try the “grass roots” approach.)
The Unique Plant, Inc. offered the New Hope Improvement Association (NHIA) community a special workshop on Deer-Resistant Gardening. Owner Joann Currier showed us many varieties of plants for both sun and shade garden locations. (Her recommendations are included below.)
The plants all shared general characteristics such as (1) fuzzy or thorny, (2) odorous, or (3) not palatable / poisonous to deer.
We also were treated with a scenic stroll on winding paths through the picture perfect grounds and nursery located at 4207 Oak Hill Road in Chapel Hill.
Many thanks to Joann and The Unique Plant!
Click to view recommended plants
Present: Sue Wilkins (President), Meg McCann (Treasurer), Walter Fowler (Secretary), Mike Tapp (Fire Chief)
Absent: Craig Drake (Vice President), Cliff Carroll (At Large)
Guests: Mike Doub, Lindsay Carroll
Continue reading Board Meeting Minutes 5/13/14
Due to the unfavorable weather forecasted for tonight and tomorrow night, our Deer-Resistant Gardening Workshop at The Unique Plant has been rescheduled to Tuesday, May 6th, at 7 pm. Hope to see you then!
The country breakfast scheduled for Saturday, April 12, has been postponed until September. This last-minute cancellation is due to unforeseen circumstances, and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. Stay tuned for the September date, for what will surely be the best Southern breakfast anywhere!
Monday, April 28th at 7 pm for Deer-Resistant Gardening and Other Tips from Our Neighbors at The Unique Plant!
NEW DATE: Tuesday, May 6, 7 pm
Presented by Joann Currier
NHIA-sponsored program at The Unique Plant nursery
(4207 Oak Hill Rd, off Sunrise Rd)
Join us for breakfast on Saturday, April 12th, from 7am to 10am for a country breakfast at the NHIA Community Center. Proceeds will benefit the New Hope Improvement Association and the New Hope Volunteer Fire Department, and attendance will benefit you personally because we have some awfully good cooks around here.
Hope to see you there!
UPDATE: This event has been postponed. Please plan to join us in September!
The first event of the 2014 NHIA schedule was a hike to the remains of the 18th century Robson Mill on New Hope Creek, which was constructed at about the same time as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1790s). There were 12 hikers including leader Stewart Dunaway who has researched and written a book on the Robson Mill. The group also included a descendent of the Robson family who still lives in this area and had heard about the hike!
We explored the ruins of the millhouse just upstream from Wooden Bridge on New Hope Creek and the dam and millpond which are further upstream. We then moved to an area on the hill above the mill where there are foundations of farm buildings and perhaps a house as well as the Robson graveyard with several intact headstones. Stewart related historical facts and speculations about the layout and daily functions of the mill/farm complex. We had a great time and Feb. 22 was one of only a few warm sunny days all winter long! There are several other interesting routes and sites along our part of New Hope Creek and more hikes will be planned.
Stewart Dunaway’s book, Johnston and Robson Mill History – Orange County, NC and his numerous other works are available online from various retailers including Lulu.com, and locally from Flyleaf Books, Bull’s Head Bookshop, The Regulator, and many others.
Thanks, Stewart! And thanks to all the participants.
Present: Sue Wilkins (President), Meg McCann (Treasurer), Walter Fowler (Secretary), Cliff Carroll (At Large), Mike Tapp (Fire Chief) Continue reading Board Meeting Minutes 2/11/14