The Mooresville Board of Commissioners is refusing to transfer right-of-way to the state for a road that will link Morrison Plantation Parkway to the back of Brawley Middle School.
Commissioners say they first want assurances the state Department of Transportation will build sidewalks, curbs and gutters along the new Swift Arrow Road and that it will be built and maintained to town standards.
The state so far has promised only to lay asphalt for the road, town attorney Steve Gambill told the board at its regular meeting last week.
The new road is needed because the school will lose its longtime access from Brawley School Road when the state finishes widening Brawley from two to four lanes.
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Years ago, developers of the Morrison Plantation community behind the school gave the town the right-of-way for such a road that would lead to the rear of Brawley Middle.
"I don't know anybody on the board who would be confident with not having walk ability for our schools," commissioner Chris Carney said.
The commissioners were scheduled to transfer the right-of-way to the state at last week's meeting but decided to take the issue up again at their March 7 regular meeting. That should give Gambill enough time to relay the board's concerns to attorneys with DOT and the county, commissioners said.
The county is involved because Brawley Middle is in the Iredell-Statesville Schools system, not the Mooresville Graded Schools system, Gambill said.
Settlement reached in Davidson APFO lawsuit
DAVIDSON The Davidson Board of Commissioners agreed last week to a settlement with the developer of the Summers Walk subdivision under which the developer to pay the town $101,047.
The settlement equals $455.17 for each lot developed except for affordable housing units, for which no payment is required, town officials said.
Forest City filed a lawsuit against the town in May 2009, claiming the town's Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance was invalid because it had not been authorized by state statute. At the time, no N.C. or federal court had addressed the authority of municipalities to enact APFOs.
The intent of the town's ordinance - approved by the board of commissioners in June 2001 - is to ensure new residential development can be served adequately by public services such as police protection and parks.
Since May 2009, three N.C. Court of Appeals decisions have ruled against some aspects of APFOs in other municipalities and counties. No court has ruled on Davidson's APFO, but commissioners said they agreed to settle to avoid further costs defending against the lawsuit.
Officers rake and shovel at Blythe Landing
CORNELIUS About 40 Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers and their families brought rakes, shovels and muscle to Blythe Landing Park on Lake Norman on Monday to help shape a memorial garden and park that will honor two CMPD officers killed in the line of duty.
Officers Sean Clark, 34, and Jeff Shelton, 35, were fatally shot March 31, 2007, after they responded to an unrelated domestic call at the Timber Ridge Apartments in east Charlotte.
Demeatrius Montgomery was found guilty Sept. 30 of two counts of first-degree murder. He was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.
"The Ace & TJ Show" on radio station WNKS-FM (95.1) in Charlotte has led an effort since 2007 to build memorial parks honoring Clark and Shelton in the communities where they lived. The station raised about $40,000 toward building the parks; construction is with all-volunteer labor.
The Officer Jeff Shelton Memorial Park opened in Locust in October 2007. The Officer Sean Clark Memorial Park is set to open in May or June at Mecklenburg County-owned Blythe Landing Park, CMPD Sgt. Brian Sanders said.
Clark's widow, Sherry, has always enjoyed taking the couple's two young sons there, said Pete Herrick, executive producer of "The Ace & TJ Show."
The officers will return to the park in about a week to install decorative plants, Sanders said.
Statesville ABC store to get interior facelift
STATESVILLE The ABC store at 311 S. Center St. in downtown Statesville will be closed Monday through March 8 for interior renovations, the Statesville ABC Board announced.
The store will get new flooring and lights, and the service counter will be moved.
The board's second store, at 1312 Garner Bagnal Blvd., will be open as usual during the renovation.
An exterior renovation was done on the downtown store in 2004.
This will be the first significant interior renovation since the store opened at the current location, ABC officials said. Money for the work will come from the board's working capital. All operating expenses are funded with revenue from liquor sales.
Since the opening of the first store in Statesville in 1973, about $10million has been allocated to the city of Statesville, the Iredell-Statesville Schools, Mitchell Community College, Iredell Museums and other local organizations that work with people trying to overcome substance abuse.
Three homebuilders receive awards
MOORESVILLE Brad Howard, 2010 president of the Lake Norman Home Builders Association, recently presented these 2010 excellence in leadership awards:
Builder Member of the Year: Geoff Bowen, founder and president of EFC Builders in Troutman, who chartered and chaired the association's remodelers council and is involved in the Central Carolinas Green Building Council.
Associate Member of the Year: MaryEllen MacDonald, an associate director, 2011 board liaison to the associates committee and 2010 chairwoman of the Professional Women in Building Council.
Rookie Member of the Year: Joan Inglis, for her service work on the Best of the Lake Design Competition, Parade of Homes, public relations and communications, and real estate and financing committees. She also is a member of the Central Carolinas Green Building Council.
Baros hired to help state's farmers
KANNAPOLIS N.C. MarketReady recently created a farm and agribusiness management position to help the state's fruit and vegetable producers become more efficient and maximize profits.
Jonathan Baros will work with N.C. Cooperative Extension staff and members of other organizations to address farmers' economic needs.
N.C. MarketReady is based at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis and is part of N.C. State University's Plants for Human Health Institute, also based at the biotech campus.
Baros is also on the faculty of N.C. State's department of agricultural and resource economics. He previously was an award-winning Extension specialist at Texas A&M University.