By Brenton C. Davis
Local Government Reporter

CORNELIUS NC: The April 1st meeting was a return to normalcy for the Cornelius Board of Commissioners, after the controversy of the March 18th meeting. Two public hearings, an amendment to the noise ordinance, a discussion about a human resources professional, and recognition for outstanding service were on the agenda.

Rezone old Gold’s Gym location

The first public hearing was a request from Freedom House Church to rezone the old Gold’s Gym location at 20310 Sefton Park for use as a church. They currently rent space at Hough High School with additional locations in University City and South Charlotte.

New townhomes on Mulberry Street

The second public hearing was for six townhouse units at 19834 Mulberry Street. A picture of the proposed development is shown above.

Location for new townhomes on Mulberry Street behind the Food Lion near Town Hall.

Long-time residents may remember that this area was permitted for townhouses in 1999. It was never developed due to a loss of interest by the previous site developer and builder. Applicant Dave Mathews presented a current plan that included feedback from the community. The site should be build-ready for construction to begin this summer. Commissioners gave unanimous approval for this development.

Full-time Human Resources professional a “No Go”

Town Manager Andrew Grant offered plans to replace the current HR consultancy with a full-time human resources manager, he was met with resistance from Commissioner David Gilroy. Gilroy asked for the specific line item savings this resource would bring as opposed to risk ameliorated. While he recognized staffing issues were the responsibilities of the town manager, a 10.5% personnel cost increase was a “no go.”

Noise ordinance amendment

The current subjective rule has been changed to an objective one. The new measurement is a 100 decibels threshold during active times and 75 decibels during the evening as measured from the property line of the business. Vibrations (bass) will continue to be measured on the subjective standard. The amendment will first apply to specific locales like Cornelius’ Art District and the Automotive Sales District and Business Campus (located off Highway 21 including the Boat Yard Eats restaurant). Commissioner Denis Bilodeau praised the new ordinance suggesting that the older, more subjective ordinance had “scared off” potential businesses.

Congratulations Corporal David “Ronnie” Messer on your retirement

Mayor Woody Washam recognized Corporal David Messer for 25 years of service in this area. The last 6 years were served with the Cornelius Police Department.

National Telecommunications Week

Mayor Woody Washam proclaimed April 14th – 20th National Telecommunications Week honoring our public safety telecom workers who dispatch emergency services.


Cornelius Town Board meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 7pm in the Assembly Room at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, NC 28031. You can view current and past agendas  as well as video streaming of the meetings on the Cornelius Town Hall website.


Brenton C Davis


Brenton C. Davis: Raised in the area, I have recently returned after time spent in Chicago, New York, and Washington D.C., I hope to bring a level of attention to local matters that are important to our citizens and neighbors.