Office opened: The Iredell County Manager’s Office has opened a satellite office in Mooresville that will be open 8 a.m -5 pm. Thursdays on the second floor of the Government Center South, 610 E. Center Ave. A member of county administration will be available on Thursdays to assist the public. Depending on the interest these hours may be expanded. The office will be closed noon-1 p.m. for lunch.
PARC member: The town is accepting applications for its Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture (PARC) Commission. This advisory board assists the PARC director and Town Board with issues related to recreational activities and facilities. PARC Commission members are appointed by the Cornelius Town Board of Commissioners for three-year terms. Meetings are open to the public and held 5:30p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Town Hall. Applicants must be a resident or property owner in Cornelius. Applications are available online at www.cornelius.org.
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Splash Pad: The season has been extended through Sept. 18; hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. The splash pad is located at Smithville Park, 19710 S. Ferry St., Cornelius. For information or to inquire about renting the shelter adjacent to the splash pad, visit www.cornelius.org/parc or call 704-892-6031.
Never Forget | 9/11 Monument Dedication & Ceremony: On Sunday, Sept. 11, a special dedication and ceremony for the Never Forget | 9/11 Monument will be held at Cornelius-Lemley Fire Station #1. The ceremony, which includes guest speakers and the unveiling of the 9/11 Monument, begins at 8:30 a.m.
This event will involve fire, police and town personnel coming together with members of the community to remember and honor the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, those still affected by that tragic and heroic day, all first responders and our U.S. Armed Forces. Seating is limited. Members of the community are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, if desired.
Fire Station #1 is located at 19729 S. Main St. Parking will be available at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave. Transportation from Town Hall to the Fire Station will be available via a shuttle pick-up in front of Cornelius Town Hall.
Please note N.C. 115 (South Main Street) will be closed 7:30 a.m. - noon. between Hickory Street and Washam Potts Road on Sept. 11.
In 2015, Cornelius received the donation of a steel beam that was salvaged from the World Trade Center Twin Towers. The piece of steel was donated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The town sponsored a national design competition for the 9/11 Monument, to include the steel beam as the focal point, with a budget of $100,000 for the monument. A 9/11 Committee was formed to select a design. Out of 14 entries, RE:site from Houston, Texas, was selected to create their vision for the monument. In addition to the monument, the town is creating a plaza and seating area along with interpretative panels that will educate visitors on the events of this day and their worldwide impact. The 9/11 Committee and community volunteers have pursued and organized a variety of fundraising campaigns to cover the costs associated with this project and, to date, the town has raised $80,000.
Firefighers: In an effort to improve response time, the town has constructed sleeping quarters for firefighters in Fire Station #1, located in Davidson Town Hall. In the past, the town rented an apartment above Davidson Family Medicine and it took several minutes for the firefighters to reach the station and get into the engine after a call came in. Now, during the night shift, firefighters will be directly adjacent to their turn-out gear and firetruck, shaving minutes off their response times.
2nd fire station: Davidson is planning a 4,800-square-foot fire station with front porch on 4 acres at 19436 Davidson-Concord Road, south of the historic Beaver Dam property to better serve the eastern part of the town. Details: www.townofdavidson.org/1062/Davidson-Fire-Station-2.
Urban Forestry Summit: Nonprofit TreesCharlotte invites the public to its 5th Annual Urban Forestry Summit on Sept. 20, at UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. Ninth St. The conference will include a stakeholders program for industry-related leaders at 3 p.m., a cocktail hour at 5 p.m. and an evening program with keynote speakers at 6 p.m.
The free event is sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts. Details: www.treescharlotte.org/event/tree-canopy-action-summit-v/.