Cabarrus County is seeking residents to serve on the new Cabarrus County Food Policy Council.
The council's aim will be to develop a robust, sustainable local-food economy and a healthier population, county officials said in announcing the new effort.
The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners will appoint council members from the pool of applicants.
The board would like to choose representatives of the business or economic development sectors as well as those involved in farming, nutrition, education, emergency food systems, health care, food services, food manufacturing and distribution, waste management, research, land use planning, groceries, human services and other interested residents.
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Members must either live or work in Cabarrus County and will serve without pay. Appointments are expected to be made this month.
The council's formation is part of a new movement to build a statewide local-food system that will supply most local food needs, provide more access to fresh foods and increase food safety, county officials said.
The N.C. Sustainable Local Food Advisory Council formed several months ago to develop a plan to help the General Assembly build a local-food economy. It's intended to create jobs, stimulate statewide economic development, keep money from local food sales within local communities and preserve open space, among other goals.
Apply for the Cabarrus County Food Policy Council by downloading an application at www.cabarruscounty.us/Forms/Commissioners/BOC_committees_AppointmentApplication.pdf.
For details, call the Cabarrus County Manager's Office, 704-920-2100, or visit www.cabarruscounty.us/sustainability/food.html.
Offer your thoughts on 'safe routes to school' plan
Provide your thoughts Tuesday night on the town's plan to make the area around South and Park View elementary schools and Mooresville Middle School safer for students walking or bicycling to the schools.
The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded the town a $30,000 grant to develop a "Safe Routes to School Action Plan," Mooresville Transportation Planner Neil Burke said.
Tuesday's workshop will be from 4 to 6 p.m. in Park View Elementary's media center, 217 W. McNeely Ave.
Children are also welcome.
For more details, contact Burke at 704-663-2891 or email@example.com.
DOT engineer to provide road project updates
HUNTERSVILLE A state highway official will give updates on transportation projects affecting the Lake Norman region at a luncheon May 27 at NorthStone Country Club.
Richard Hancock, deputy Division 10 engineer with the N.C. Department of Transportation, will discuss such projects as the completion of Interstate 485, future Interstate 77 widening and upgrades and the expansion of N.C. 73 from I-77 Exit 25 to N.C. 115.
Ovation Wireless Management and the Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corp. are hosting the event from 11:45 a .m. to 1:15 p.m.
Reservations are due by May 12; send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
School dedicates covered outdoor classroom
Concord Mayor Scott Padgett and Cabarrus County school board members Cindy Fertenbaugh, Andrea Palo and Carolyn Carpenter helped celebrate the recent opening of C.E. Boger Elementary School's shade structure and outdoor classroom area.
The area will provide shelter from the sun and a place for classes to observe nature and enjoy other activities along the quarter-mile Beacon Trail, built last year with an $8,000 grant from the American Association of Dermatology and an $18,000 grant from Cabarrus County Parks and Recreation.
As Boger Elementary prepares to welcome about 100 students from Odell Elementary to relieve crowding, remaining money from the Parks and Recreation grant will be used to enlarge the play equipment areas. Students and the community at large can use the areas.
After the April 17 "unveiling" of the structure, more than 130 Boger Beacons participated in a second annual one-mile fun run, festival games and silent and live auctions. The event also showcased ceramic plates created with fingerprints from each class with help from Studio B Pottery.
A team of employee volunteers from "Kohl's Kares" contacted a Book Walk game at the event.
Volunteers also included the Northwest Cabarrus High School Beta Club, YMCA workers, Cabarrus County sheriff's officers, Kannapolis firefighters and local ambulance workers.