Here is a summary of local government meetings in the Lake Norman region for the end of April. Check with each town to verify if their meetings are being held according to the pre-COVID-19 calendars. We are supplying links so you may view the streaming video from these meetings at their actual times or after the meetings. Please note our reports do not include the full content of the meetings. —EH Stafford, Managing Editor
MONDAY, APRIL 21st: $2.5 million contract approved for greenway from Westmoreland to Magnolia Estates
At the Monday, April 21 virtual meeting of the Cornelius town board, commissioners unanimously approved a $2.5 million contract with the J.D. Goodrum Co. for construction of phase II of the McDowell Creek Greenway. The contract allocates appropriate finances to construct the 1.6-mile greenway which complies with NCDOT standards from Westmoreland Road to Magnolia Estates Drive and West Catawba Avenue.
Goodrum ultimately won the bidding for the project which was put up for public bid in October because they were the lowest bidder. Three other companies also submitted bids for the greenway project. State funds (65%) and town funds (35%) will fund the entirety of the $3.9 million project. The remaining $1.4 million will allow for the hiring of a third-party construction inspection firm, NCDOT project administration reimbursement, design, permitting, and wetland mitigation. Construction should commence in May or June and take approximately 14 months to complete weather permitting.
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. Meetings may be closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions, check with the town to confirm. You can view current and past agendas as well as video streaming of the meetings on the Cornelius Town Hall website.
TUESDAY, APRIL 28TH: Davidson transitions from stricter County Stay-At-Home Order to State Stay-At-Home Order
On Tuesday, April 28, Mecklenburg County announced that it would allow its stay-at-home order to expire and that it would instead comply with the less restrictive state stay-at-home order which at this point has been extended until Friday, May 8.
The cancellation of Mecklenburg County’s stay-at-home order means that the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Davidson, Huntersville, Cornelius, and the three other towns under the county’s jurisdiction will now follow the state’s less restrictive order.
At the Board of Commissioners meeting on April 28, Mecklenburg County Health Director Gibbie Harris and County Manager Dena Diorio provided commissioners with an update on where the county stands on the COVID-19 pandemic, stressing the importance of being aligned with the state. An update was provided on outbreaks in long-term care facilities, the number of cases/deaths in the county, the number of people recovered, and hospitalizations.
Essential businesses that are now considered essential under the state order include but are not limited to:
- Electronic retailers that sell or service cell phones, computers, tablets, and other communications technology.
- Lawn and garden equipment retailers
- Bookstores that sell educational material
- Insurance companies
- Automobile dealers
- Real estate services.
All essential businesses are required to abide by previously outlined social distancing requirements including:
- Maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from other people
- Washing hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water
- Regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces
- Facilitating online/remote access by customers where possible.
Mass gatherings of more than 10 people are still prohibited. One exception to this rule is that to promote human dignity and limit suffering, funerals are now permitted to no more than 50 people while still practicing social distancing where possible.
Davidson Town Board meetings occur on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. Meetings may be closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions, check with the town to confirm. The agenda, meeting minutes, and links to audio and video recordings of the meetings can be viewed on the town’s website. See exact meeting dates and times on the calendar. Contact information for Davidson’s mayor and board of commissioners is available in the staff directory .
At the Huntersville town board meeting on Monday, April 20, Town Manager Anthony Roberts made it known that his budget for fiscal year 2020-2021 does not recommend a property tax or service fee increases, despite the uncertainties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Discussions about ElectriCities rate increases might be a different story, but future details about this will be announced later.
While it appears that the downturn in the economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will not impact the remainder of this fiscal year which ends June 30, the preliminary budget for 2020-2021, slated to begin July 1, 2020 shows expected declines in sales-tax revenue and income from travel and tourism as well as food/beverage taxes.
In the FY-21 proposed budget, confronting year-to-year growth trends and illustrating reduced expectations, estimated revenues from sales tax and “tourism” taxes combined are nearly $1.6 million less than the revenue generated by those two sources in FY’19. This year’s totals will not be finalized until this fall. While this news seems negative, there is some positive news to report. Fund balance expenditures for capital improvement projects included in this year’s budget will end up being about $2,000,000 less than expected. The proposed FY-21 budget is slated to be heavy on capital spending with plans to include $6.5 million of reserve dollars to allow planned municipal projects progressing.
Huntersville Town Board meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 6pm in the Huntersville Town Hall, 101 Huntersville-Concord Road, Huntersville, NC 28078. Meetings may be closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions, check with the town to confirm. You can view meetings on the Town of Huntersville’s Facebook page.
MONDAY, APRIL 20TH: Mooresville Graded School District (MGSD) and Lowe’s donate personal protective equipment (PPE) to Mooresville Fire and Rescue.
The Mooresville board of commissioners approved a donation of 10,000 protective masks from the Mooresville Graded School District (MGSD), and 5,000 additional protective masks from Mooresville-based Lowe’s Home Improvement. The masks will be given to Mooresville Fire and Rescue.
Mooresville Town Board meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 6pm in the Executive Board Room at Mooresville Town Hall, 413 North Main Street, Mooresville, NC 28115. Meetings may be closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions, check with the town to confirm. View current/past agendas and video of the board meetings.
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