Tax increase in Kannapolis

The Kannapolis City Council recently approved a 3-cent increase in the property tax rate as part of the fiscal year 2016 budget.

The increase will cover the cost of acquiring downtown properties, investments in economic development and job creation, implementing a downtown revitalization plan, paying for the new city hall and police headquarters. A Department of General Services will be established to handle the maintenance, repair and operation of all city-owned buildings. In addition, the budget allows the city to hire three police officers, 16 firefighters and a risk manager.

The property tax rate is 63 cents per $100 valuation. The average home valued at $150,000 will pay an additional $45 or $945 annually in property taxes.

No increase in water/sewer rates or environmental fees were made in the new budget. Stormwater fees increased slightly, with the average household jumping from $3.60 to $4.50 a month.

Second phase of greenway opens

The second phase of Concord’s Hector H. Henry II Greenway recently opened adjacent to Moss Creek Village. The new half-mile trail connects to the first mile-long phase to create an easy walk through wetlands adjacent to the Rocky River.

A total of $640,000 of funding assistance for the greenway was provided by the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, Carolina Thread Trail and NCDOT Safe Routes to School grant programs.

The greenway is named in honor of Council Member Hector H. Henry II, who served on the City Council for more than 30 years. Henry died on Thanksgiving Day 2013.

Public parking for the greenway is available near the trailhead at Odell Elementary School, 1215 Moss Farm St. N.W.

Caldwell to serve on college board

Darise D. Caldwell, president of Novant Health Medical Center, was recently reappointed to the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees by the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education. She will serve on the board through 2019.

Caldwell has served as a Rowan-Cabarrus trustee since February 2012. She works with the institutional advancement and legislative committee.

Harrisburg approves budget

The town of Harrisburg recently approved a new budget for the fiscal year 2015-2016 that include several fee adjustments.

In the administration department, businesses will now pay a registration fee of $25. The privilege license fee was removed. In planning, conditional use rezoning, special use rezoning and conditional district rezoning fees were increased to $1,000 plus $5 per acre, from $500 plus $5 per acre.

Several Water and Sewer installation fees were changed. For a typical 5/8-inch water meter, charges jumped to $7,859 from $5,969. Applicant-installed meter charges rose slightly to $5,436 from $5,299.

County residents who participate in many Parks & Recreation programs will now pay a maximum of $250 per season per family for sports, excluding football. Registration fee refunds will now incur a $10 fee. Council Chambers were removed from the facilities rental schedule.

The Fire Department also increased its Commercial Building and Site Plan Review fees. Each building size category increased by $50.

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Small business networking event set

The Harrisburg town council and Economic Development Committee will host a small business networking event 7:30-9 a.m. Aug. 6 at Town Hall, 4100 Main St.

The program will include a discussion of the town’s recent market analysis, economic development work plan, small area plans and permitting and licensing updates.

No registration is required. For information, contact Harrisburg Economic Development Director Anna Lu Wilson at or 704-455-0734.

Evaluating town sewer system

The Harrisburg Public Works Department is evaluating the town’s sewer system with smoke tests this summer. The evaluation technique uses smoke blown into the sewer system, with escaping smoke revealing leaks. Leaks allow rainwater, creek water and other storm run-off to enter the sewer system.

Tests began the week of July 13 and will continue through the next few months. Uniformed crews from the Town of Harrisburg Public Works Department will perform the tests along sewer lines and at manholes.

For questions or concerns regarding the tests, call Greg Peifer, Public Works Superintendent, at 704-455-0729.

Trustees appointed at UNC Charlotte

Health care executive Susan DeVore and real estate developer Fred Klein joined UNC Charlotte’s leadership as new members of the Board of Trustees.

Gov. Pat McCrory appointed DeVore and Klein each to a four-year term, beginning July 1.

DeVore graduated from UNC Charlotte with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and earned a master’s degree in management from McGill University. She was named Queens University of Charlotte’s 2014 Business Woman of the Year for her work at Premier Inc., a health care improvement company she has led since 2009.

Klein is senior managing partner at Childress Klein Properties, one of the largest real estate firms in the Southeast. He is a member of the UNC Charlotte Foundation Board, and he co-chaired the $4.4 million campaign for the Center for Real Estate in the Belk College of Business.

49ers football tickets on sale

UNC Charlotte’s 49ers Football team enters Conference USA competition this fall, and fans can be part of the game-day atmosphere at Richardson Stadium. Season tickets are on sale in three price points from $95 to $190.

Reserved season tickets are $190 for reserved seats primarily on the home sideline. As part of this area, there is a Forty-Niner Seat License (FSL) Gold section inside the 30-yard lines, which requires the season ticket cost and a one-time seat license fee of $2,500 and an annual contribution of $1,500 to the Charlotte 49ers Athletic Foundation. Reserved-seat patrons may also buy a Green FSL for seats outside the 30-yard lines to each end zone on the home sideline for a $1,500 seat license cost, plus the season ticket. Reserved seats in the corner end zones are $190 with no other annual cost.

New this season is the Cover 2 Season Ticket Package, which includes general admission seats in the end zone. Each ticket is $100, and a minimum of two tickets is required.

Tickets are available in the 49ers Athletic Ticket Office in the Barnhardt Student Activity Center from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays or by calling 704-687-4949. To purchase online, visit

Compiled by Leigh Pressley