The town of Davidson is now a step closer to resuming work on its boardwalk replacement project along the Griffin Street side of Roosevelt Wilson Park.The Lake Norman Marine Commission gave its OK to the town's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission permit application for the project, unanimously approving the application at its Nov. 19 meeting.The final step in the FERC application process, according to Marine Commission executive director Ron Shoultz, is in the hands of Duke Energy, which holds the federal authority to manage Lake Norman and the Catawba River chain.The $76,000 Roosevelt Wilson Park project will replace the Griffin Street boardwalk, which runs alongside the park’s pond. The old boardwalk will be replaced with a 10-foot-wide wooden walkway with two projections for sightseeing and fishing.Work on the project began last August, with workers tearing out the old boardwalk and preparing the ground for new pilings. However, soon after work began, Duke Energy’s lake services division issued a stop-work order on the project, informing town officials that the project would require a FERC permit before it could proceed.Because the pond draws its water from Lake Norman, that technically puts it under Duke Energy’s jurisdiction, according to Davidson officials. Part of the renovation project would improve the culvert feeding lake water to the pond.In other business before the Lake Norman Marine Commission:The Marine Commission unanimously approved the licenses for four slalom ski courses on Lake Norman owned and maintained by the Lake Norman Ski Club.Only three voting members of the Marine Commission were present at the Nov. 19 meeting. Both Mark Lancaster, Iredell County's representative, and Catawba County representative John Marino missed the meeting because of medical issues.The Marine Commission will not meet in December because of the holidays. Its next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in downtown Mooresville.
Monday, Nov. 25, 2013
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