Mooresville voters to decide on $30 million in bonds

Chronically backed-up intersections around Mooresville can expect relief if voters approve $30 million in road and recreation bonds on the May 6 primary ballot.

The town-owned golf course also would see $4.4 million in improvements with passage of the bonds.

No other special referendums are scheduled during the May 6 primaries in the Charlotte region, including in Cabarrus, Catawba, Gaston, Lincoln and Union counties.

Mooresville’s general obligation bonds on the May ballot include $20 million for transportation projects and $10 million for recreation improvements. All of the projects were recommended by town staff.

The town held a public information session on the bonds Tuesday night at the Charles Mack Citizen Center and will again on May 1.

Town Manager Erskine Smith said the bonds would be split in two phases. Projects whose costs would be reimbursed 80 percent by the federal government, because they improve air quality, would probably be completed first, Smith said.

The reimbursed money would go to other projects in the two bond phases, Smith said.

Projects eligible for 80 percent reimbursement include the intersections of N.C. 150 and N.C. 115; N.C. 150 and N.C. 801; and N.C. 115 and Faith Road. So are $900,000 in proposed bonds to build sidewalks to several east Mooresville schools, neighborhoods and Bellingham Park.

Sidewalks to schools are eligible for 80 percent reimbursement because children walking to schools reduces the number of vehicles on the road.

Work on the Mooresville to Charlotte Thread Trail would also be eligible for 80 percent federal reimbursement.

A proposed $1.9 million road connecting Cornelius and Mazeppa roads would also be included in the bonds, along with improving Liberty Park, expanding Cornelius Park and adding bathrooms and concrete bowls for skaters and bikers at the town’s skate park on Iredell Avenue.

The connector road would vastly improve 18-wheeler access from the town’s industrial parks to Interstate 77, town officials said. The rigs would no longer have to use traffic-clogged N.C. 150.

The bonds would also pay for sidewalks along N.C. 150 from the Walmart Supercenter to McLelland Avenue and for widening Williamson Road to four lanes from Brawley School Road to N .C. 150.

If the bond referendum passes, Smith said, the town could sell the bonds for the first phase of projects as soon as spring 2015. Staff writers Adam Bell and Joe DePriest contributed.