Here is a summary of local government meetings in the Lake Norman region for the beginning of September. 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
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th — Town Board Ponders Altering of Development Review Procedure
The Cornelius board of commissioners may be relinquishing some power when it comes to approving future housing developments. Under the proposed plan, subdivisions with less than 25 lots would be allowed “by right,” providing that all other planning requirements are met. Currently, any developments with more than 4 lots require town board approval.
The planning board is scheduled to take up the measure at their Monday, September 14 meeting. If approved, the town board could take up the measure as soon as the September 21 meeting. The town Land Development Code Advisory Board (LDCAB) has voted unanimously 8-0 to approve the proposed change, but they have no authority over the matter as they only play an advisory role.
If the change is ultimately approved, the new category would be known as the Major-Standard Subdivision, which would cover more than 4 but less than 25 lots. Projects consisting of four lots or less would continue to have staff level review, while those with 25 or more lots would still be subject to approval from the town board.
NEW TIME for board meetings
For the remainder of 2020, the town board meetings with start one hour earlier at 6 pm.
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, SEPTEMBER 8th — Davidson COVID-19 Response
Davidson Board of Commissioners meeting focused on the work of the Davidson Community Foundation (DCF). Since the response to the COVID-19 pandemic begin during the beginning of April, the DCF has raised nearly $275,000 in financial relief to assist Davidson’s most vulnerable and financially strapped citizens in dealing with job loss and other COVID-19 pandemic related circumstances.
With the community’s generosity, the DCF has been able to help citizens with mortgage assistance and other necessities. DCF paid out more than $210,000 to aid local non-profits and churches to support emergency needs from May through July, including assisting with rent/housing payments, food, transportation, and utilities.
Organizations who received grants from the DCF are community partners including:
The Ada Jenkins Center, the Davidson-Cornelius Child Development Center, the Davidson Housing Coalition, Davidson Presbyterian Church, Gethsemane Baptist Church, Habitat for Humanity for the Charlotte region, Reeve’s Temple AME Zion Church, and St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. The financial relief provided by the DCF aided 151 households, a total of 434 individuals through the end of July.
The funding also assisted the Food Pantry at the Ada Jenkins Center, serving 1,170 individuals dealing with food uncertainty. To date, 55% of financial relief was utilized for rent/mortgage payments, 14% for food, 13% for transportation, 12% for utilities payments, and 6% for other needs including medication. Nearly two-thirds of families served live in Davidson while the remainder of those receiving assistance live in surrounding communities.
DCF continues to monitor the needs of the community as they processed another round of grant applications during the first week of September. The mission of the DCF is to “to enhance the lives of Davidson residents, now and for generations, by working with local leaders and donors to build and distribute a community fund to address Davidson’s most pressing needs.”
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 .
The Huntersville Board of Commissioners held a meeting on Tuesday, September 8. The meeting was filled with many public hearings that covered a variety of issues in the town.
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.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th —Commissioners approve $551,000 incentive agreement for FITT U.S.A. headquarters
Commissioners unanimously approved via a 5-0 vote a $551,000 economic incentive agreement for global manufacturer FITT USA to build its U.S. headquarters in Mooresville. It is anticipated that FITT U.S.A. will invest $25.6 million in the local economy, creating 144 new full-time jobs. Plans are for FITT U.S.A. to build a 120,000-square foot facility in Mooresville Business Park East. This will be the company’s first endeavor into the United States. The facility will manufacture FITT Force Pro commercial-grade hoses and FITT Flow, hoses made for home use.
The incentive agreement will be spread out over a five-year period
FITT has manufactured and sold pipes, hoses, and conduits featuring the most advanced technological and manufacturing solutions to bring reliability, safety, and performance to customers for more than five decades. FITT Force and FITT Flow are already sold at popular retailers such as Home Depot, Lowe’s, Ace, Do It Best, Meijer, and Gro Group. FITT Group was founded in 1969 and is a pioneer in the production and development of highly innovative solutions of fluid management for residential, professional, and industrial use. FITT employees more than 900 employees in five countries throughout Europe and exports products to more than 87 countries. FITT Group is based in Sandrigo, Italy.
Town board approves Diversity and Inclusion task force:
Commissioners “Affirmed and endorsed” the formation of the mayor’s task force on diversity and inclusion. Mayor Miles Atkins will lead the task force, which also includes Rakeem Brawley, Raynisha Caldwell, Mooresville Police Chief Ron Campurciani, Jameka Haynes, Town Manager Randy Hemann, Commissioner Thurman Houston, Antonio McConnuighey Sr. and Mooresville Graded School District (MGSD) Chief Communications Officer Tanae McLean.
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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