AreaWiden I-77: This citizen’s group will hold a presentation and discussion on the state’s current plan to widen Interstate 77 from Brookshire Freeway in Charlotte to Mooresville using high-occupancy toll lanes. The meeting will be 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at Cornelius Town Hall, room 204, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Details: widenI77.org. CONNECT Our Future: This 14-county project seeks to grow a diverse economy through regional growth and will hold several drop-in open houses in the area. The first will be 4-7 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. The second will be 4-7 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Statesville Civic Center, 300 S. Center St., Statesville. Both open houses are opportunities to provide input on the values and challenges local communities face. Details: www.connectourfuture.org. Quarterly siren test: Sirens around McGuire Nuclear Station will be tested at 11:50 a.m. Jan. 9 to ensure they’re operating properly. During the three-minute quarterly test, no public action is required.
Huntersville Swain appointed: Huntersville mayor Jill Swain was appointed vice chair of the North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition at its annual meeting in December. The bipartisan group, formed in 2001, represents mayors from the state’s 28 largest cities and works with the General Assembly to advocate for policies promoting public safety, economic development and strengthened transportation. American Water Resources: Town residents may have already received letters from American Water Resources, a national vendor selling private plumbing warranties. Town officials said they do not endorse the letters or services, and American Water Resources is not affiliated with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities. Questions about water/sewer services can be directed to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities Department: 704-336-7600. Hilary Trenda