“People don’t realize that what affects them at a town level is far more important than, say, for example, the President’s stance on North Korea.”—Kurt Naas, Commissioner

The Town of Cornelius Mayor Woody Washam and the board of commissioners, which includes Mayor Pro-Tem Michael F. Miltich and Commissioners Denis P. Bilodeau, Kurt Naas, Dave Gilroy, and Thurman Ross meet twice monthly to discuss and act on the town’s business. This week’s meeting on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, was attended by a handful of people, and only one person signed up to speak during the citizen concerns/comments period.


The public has an opportunity to speak at every town board meeting. Each speaker is allowed three minutes. A “hard stop” occurs after three minutes, which means the speaker will be stopped even if they aren’t finished with their comments.


There are two requirements to receive a speaking slot:

  • Place your name, address, and topic on the sign-up sheet provided before the board meeting
  • Any information displayed must be submitted to the town clerk within 48 hours prior to the meeting.


The agenda for each meeting is published on the Town of Cornelius website prior to the meeting. The legal minutes, which are the approved minutes, of each meeting can be found there as well. The prior meeting’s minutes are approved at each session, and as a result, the posting of these minutes may be two to four weeks after the date.


Every meeting is live streamed so people can view it as it happens, and later it is published on the website. Please note: the agenda is recorded at the beginning of each session. For example, the January 22, 2019, session actually begins six minutes in at 06:43. The mayor/commissioners/manager reports are extensive and a part of every meeting.

Highlights of upcoming events:


  • Lake Cornelius Access Public Meeting – January 23. Cornelius residents are encouraged to take a town-wide survery on the Lake Cornelius Recreation Access Area.
  • The Cain Center is hosting the 5th Annual Connect with Culture Days this Friday, January 25, and Saturday, January 26.
  • Town of Cornelius leaf collection will end February 1.
  • Connecting Cornelius is scheduled for February 4, 8:30-9:30am, at Harvey’s in Cornelius. Enjoy coffee and breakfast while hearing from the newly inducted Chief of Police Kevin Black. The event is free, but please register to attend.
  • See the Cornelius Town Calendar for more upcoming events.


Items of interest:

  • The public hearing for REZ 10-18 Retreat @ West Catawba was withdrawn and continued to the February 18 board meeting while the developer updates plans that have been impacted by changes made by NCDOT in that area.
  • The Regional Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Agreement, which is a general agreement between area towns and cities, was approved.
  • Sean Herndon, from Beacon Group Properties-Keller Williams, was the only person to comment; he thanked Mayor Washam for giving a presentation to his real estate agents on Cornelius from the town’s perspective.


Contact information for the mayor and the board of commissioners is on the Town of Cornelius website.