Here is a summary of local government meetings in the Lake Norman region for the beginning of November. 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, NOVEMBER 2nd — Preparing for Next Year’s Budget
Cornelius residents will have ample opportunity to provide input on the fiscal year 2022 budget. At the Monday, November 2nd meeting of the Cornelius board of commissioners, it was announced that a successful trend would continue from last year. A new early public hearing has been added to the town’s yearly budget approval schedule. The additional public hearing concerning the 2021-2022 budget is tentatively slated to take place on Tuesday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cornelius Town Hall.
The intent of the additional public hearing is to provide citizens with plenty of opportunities for residents to provide input early in the process of the development of the fiscal year 2022 budget. Prior to last year, the only public hearing that was held took place one day after a draft budget had been put together and sent to the board. This same process has also been used successfully for town rezoning hearings since 2019.
An Update on Signage for the Cain Center for the Arts
Additional renderings of what signage could look like at the future Cain Center for the Arts were presented to commissioners at the November 2nd meeting. The renderings were presented by Town Manager Andrew Grant during the 2nd public hearing concerning the rezoning of the 1.68-acre plot of land on Catawba Avenue.
Digital outdoor signs for the Cain Center for the Arts would require the town to change the ordinance, which is something commissioners seemed to be in favor of. Charlotte-based company SignArt has been tabbed for the digital signage project, which includes interior and exterior segments. The outdoor marque would feature a banner wrapping around the northeast corner of the facility, with the potential for multi-colored LED lights or videos, like what is exhibited in Times Square in New York City.
Planning Director Aaron Tucker will grant final approval on the overall design of the signage. Because townhomes and other homes are in close proximity to the location of the marquee, some rules will have to be developed that outline when the digital sign is permitted to be illuminated and the brightness at which the sign can be lit. Previously, the code only permitted churches and schools could display digital signage, with changeable copy for time and date. At the next scheduled town board meeting on Monday, November 16th, commissioners are slated to consider zoning for the site, which is supposed to be changed from Town Center to Conditional Zoning.
Cornelius Town Board meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 6pm 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, NOVEMBER 10th — A COVID-19 Update from the Town of Davidson
As North Carolina remains in phase 3 of Governor Roy Cooper’s reopening plan until at least December 4th, the Town of Davidson announced at the board of commissioners meeting on Tuesday, November 10th that signage and banners around town would be updated to reflect recent health campaigns recommending the following:
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) encourages everyone that “Whatever your reason, get behind the mask.” Reasons may include family, love, travel, work, or respect. “Let’s All Get Behind the Mask for Davidson.”
Signage is also reflecting a slogan from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to “lather up, mask up, and sleeve up.” This campaign encourages individuals to get the flu vaccine. While some symptoms in the flu and COVID-19 are similar in nature, COVID-19 can last longer, can cause more serious illnesses in people, and is more easily spread.
An Update on Christmas in Davidson for 2020:
The extremely popular Christmas in Davidson is still scheduled to take place in 2020. Christmas in Davidson is typically held the first Thursday, Friday, and Saturday after Thanksgiving, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, particularly those limiting outdoor gatherings, Christmas in Davidson will look a lot different in 2020.
Plans are still being finalized, but the festival will take place over a 12-day period from December 1-12 during normal operating hours. Check the Christmas in Davidson website for additional details.
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 .
Further discussion concerning a proposed development on nearly ten acres of town-owned property has been delayed once again to a future town board meeting, but some progress was made on the much-ridiculed project. At the Monday, November 2nd town board meeting, the board approved a revised conceptual plan for a mixed-use multi-story building on a portion of the property that is included in the project’s landscape.
NorthState Development LLC, the developer of the project, requested and was granted an extension as they attempt to acquire conditional rezoning for the proposed Huntersville downtown complex. The “Save Downtown Huntersville” group vehemently opposes the project, raising concerns about the project’s potential negative impact on traffic in the area, property values and environmental areas, and the lack of commercial and retail space.
By approving the revised conceptual plan, the board also agreed that if the pending rezoning request for North State’s entire project is denied, the town’s prior approval of the original concept of the 2-acre parcel would still be valid. This public hearing will continue at the board’s Monday, December 7th meeting.
Commissioners plan to meet in-person on Monday, November 16th at the Huntersville Recreation Center on Verhoeff Drive.
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, NOVEMBER 2nd — Commissioners Approve $46.5 Million in Bonds:
At the Monday, November 2nd town board meeting, commissioners approved up to $46.5 million dollars in bonds to support future town projects and refinance existing debt. An estimated $30,000,000 would fund construction and equipping of a new police station, a new fire station and subsequent training center, as well as an expansion of the fleet maintenance building. The additional $16.5 million will permit the town to refinance existing debt, taking full advantage of lower interest rates, and ultimately saving the town close to $1,000,000 over the next 11 years.
The funds will permit the town to pay off remaining debt tied to:
- Financing through Bank of America in 2010 that funded construction of an operations center for the public utilities department.
- A 2010 loan from the N.C. Water Pollution Control Revolving Loan Fund to finance expansion of the Rocky River water treatment plant.
- Bonds approved in 2012 to “refinance prior obligations that financed the acquisition, construction and equipping of a library, the expansion of the Charles Mack Citizens Center, the acquisition of a fire truck and the renovation and expansion of Town Hall.”
- Financing through BB&T in 2016 to fund construction of the clubhouse, parking lot and other improvements at Mooresville Golf Club.
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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