The Cornelius, Mooresville and Lincoln County boards of commissioners endorsed a plan last week to encircle Lake Norman with bicycle lanes and paths.
Lincoln County almost went against the Lake Norman Regional Bicycle Plan. Lincoln commissioner Bruce Carlton said he'd actually voted against it but that the other commissioners apparently didn't hear him. His perceived silence counted as a "yes" vote, and the plan passed 3-2.
Lincoln County's endorsement came with several conditions, including that Webbs and Lake Shore roads in Denver be removed from the plan, that no route signs go up until certain capital improvements are made, and that no county money pay for completing the route.
The N.C. Board of Transportation in Raleigh has ultimate say on the plan and would consider the recommendations of Lake Norman area governments.
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The state board will hear about the plan in March and could vote on it in April. If it approves the plan, signs marking the route could go up this summer.
Railway, road work planned
The town and Norfolk Southern Corp. plan to do road and railway work at Main and College streets beginning on Wednesday.
Crews will remove the rail spur and resurface the intersection. Detour signs will redirect traffic to Broad Street.
Main Street traffic will use Mills Street, Broad Street and Wilson Avenue as a detour.
College Street traffic will be redirected to Church Street and Wilson Avenue.
The work will take two or three days, weather permitting, Mooresville Public Works Manager John Finan said.
Mooresville delays voting on connector alignments
MOORESVILLE The Mooresville Board of Commissioners delayed voting last week on alignments for two proposed east-west connectors.
One connector would link Langtree and Shearers roads south of downtown.
The other route would be north of N.C. 150 and include a bridge over Interstate 77 linking Midnight Lane and Oates Road.
The commissioners voted to table the Midnight-Oates item until after a second public informational meeting Feb. 25 in the board room at Town Hall, 413 N. Main St.
The commissioners voted to table a decision on the Langtree-Shearers connector alignment until town officials can finish investigating affected railroad crossings, Mooresville Transportation Planner Neil Burke said.
Clubhouse receives LEEDS designation
CONCORD Crescent Resources has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for the clubhouse at its 312-unit Circle at Concord Mills apartment community.
Crescent received the certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The clubhouse has low-energy doors and windows, low-emissions carpet and paint, native landscaping, water-efficient plumbing fixtures, energy efficient mechanical systems, Energy Star kitchen appliances and recycled building materials.
The building also has preferred parking for hybrid and fuel-efficient vehicles.
Day selected for sustainable food council
CONCORD Cabarrus County Manager John Day met with fellow advocates of local food in Raleigh last week at the first meeting of the N.C. Sustainable Local Food Advisory Council.
The 27-member council includes government officials, food producers and distributors, public health experts and members of agricultural advocacy organizations.
Sen. Marc Basnight, D-Dare, appointed Day as a representative of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners.
The General Assembly created the council in part to help build a local food economy, create jobs, preserve open space and increase consumer access to fresh, nutritious foods.
Calling all landscapers
HUNTERSVILLE The town is seeking qualification statements for landscaping services for code enforcement purposes, including mowing, bush hogging and debris removal.
Submit a signed cover letter from a principal of the company disclosing billable rates and terms and certifying that enough workers and equipment would be available when called upon.
A copy of the worker's compensation insurance certification must be attached to the letter and on file before the town will retain any such business for services.
Submit the information to Michelle Haines, Town of Huntersville, P.O. Box 664, Huntersville, NC 28070.
According to a news release, the town expects to select several companies. It reserves the right to reject any or all responses, to advertise for new responses or accept any response deemed to be in the town's best interest.