Here is a summary of local government meetings in the Lake Norman region for the latter part of August. 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, AUGUST 17th — Cell Phone Tower Discussion Highlights
At the Monday, August 17 Cornelius Board of Commissioners meeting, a public hearing was held concerning a possible 199-foot cell phone tower on Lake Norman Cove Drive. Currently, a 115-foot cell phone tower sits on the property, but PeakNet wishes to rezone the property and replace the existing tower with a 199 foot “standard “monopole” tower.
Why does the tower have to be so tall?
Cell phone coverage in the area is not great, plus, at 199 feet tall, that precludes the need to light the tower. Because this was the first public hearing on the matter, nothing was decided. The next steps are for a planning board public hearing scheduled for Monday, September 14. The fate of the tower will eventually lay in the hands of the town board which will hold a second public hearing at a date that is yet to be determined before making a final decision on the matter.
New towers added
This request is unrelated to five new shorter cell phone towers that are being added on Jetton Road. The five towers being added along Jetton Road are five 40-foot towers designed to improve service for Verizon and Sprint customers.
Demolition to begin
Commissioners also announced that several old buildings located on the south side of Catawba avenue are slated to be demolished on Thursday, September 10 to make room for the Cain Center for the Arts. The new community space will include a 400-seat theater, gallery space, event spaces, three classrooms, a community green space, and an outdoor plaza.
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, AUGUST 25th — Fall Events Status Update
During the Davidson Board of Commissioners meeting held on Tuesday, August 25, a COVID-19 response update was given. One of the main points of interest was the status of Fall events within the Town of Davidson. A decision on the Halloween march has not yet been determined. It is expected to be made by September 11th. The Fall Art Festival is currently being planned. It will be held outdoors with social distancing mandates in place. Christmas in Davidson is currently still on schedule to take place.
Parks and Recreation Programming
Study Pals began on Monday, August 24. Study pals is held Monday-Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Each child can stay no more than 4 hours per day.
After school and family programming will begin on Monday, September 7th
For all Parks and Recreation and town-affiliated programming, social distancing, as well as all other CDC and Department of Health and Human Services Guidelines will be followed. Additional programs could be added as conditions improve and as restrictions are lifted. Further updates will be made available as they are announced.
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 .
An Update on the Status of the Dr. Craven House
The fate of the 102-year-old Dr. Craven house which is owned by the town should be known sooner rather than later. The “invitation to bid” period will end on Tuesday, September 1 at 4:00 p.m. The house is located near the Gilead Road/N.C. Highway 115 intersection. Guidelines for submitting bids can be found on the town’s website. If the town receives a successful bid on the project, a 30-day due-diligence period would begin, and the town would pursue a closing shortly after.
Power Rate Increases Coming
In July, a financial report started the process for rate increases for Electricities customers in Huntersville. As a result of a public hearing held at the August 17th Board of Commissioners meeting — large, industrial customers will be the first to witness the higher power prices. An 11.4% rate hike was proposed for Electricities biggest power customers starting in September. The public hearing was a procedural requirement. The board expects to vote on the matter on September 8th.
NOTE: Commissioners plan to meet in-person on Tuesday, September 8 at the Huntersville Recreation Center on Verhoeff Drive. Meetings may be closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions, check with the town to confirm.
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, AUGUST 17th — Meeting Canceled
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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