Huntersville board discusses budget, road improvements

The Huntersville Town Board discussed a budget for fiscal year 2014-2015 that calls for $3 million to be set aside in 2016 for the project at the US 21/Gilead Road intersection before their regular meeting on Monday.

Intersection improvements include additional turn and through lanes, bicyclist and pedestrian improvements, medians and access management improvements.

The $3 million in bond proceeds would be in addition to the total project cost of $6.6 million previously approved by the board.

During the regular Board meeting, Rhonda Lennon, District 1 representative for the Board of Education, presented critical needs facing Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, including the need for higher teacher pay, more educational opportunities and literacy.

Georgia Krueger, executive director of the Ada Jenkins Center, presented the nonprofit's initiative to create a community-wide safety-net planning council to serve the area from Huntersville through Mooresville.

The Ada Jenkins Center hired a consultant team to provide objective recommendations for creating a strong collaboration within the center. One of those recommendations was the creation of a council.

The council would be a stand-alone, citizen-led entity, Krueger said.

The Town Board said they would like to learn more about the council moving forward.

David Peete, principal planner for Huntersville, presented the updated plan for a request by Bowman Development Group to rezone more than 200 acres from transitional residential to neighborhood residential to create a 395 single-family subdivision located south of Ramah Church Road, east of Fred Brown Road and north of Huntersville-Concord Road.

The Town Board voted to continue the public hearing for the property through May 19, when Bowman hopes the Board will make a decision regarding the zoning request.

The Board approved the motion to authorize the Town Manager to execute a sublease for Priority Honda to sublease a portion of the electric storage yard on McCord Road.