The town will join Mecklenburg County in helping to pay for restoration of part of an eroded creek that runs into Mountain Island Lake.
The lake provides drinking water for about 800,000 residents of Mecklenburg and Gaston counties and Clover, S.C.
The Cornelius Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a funding agreement last week to reimburse Mecklenburg County up to $90,000 for planned restoration work along Upper McDowell Creek between Danesway Lane and Pine Ridge Road. A state grant will reimburse the town about $39,000.
The lake is Mecklenburg County's primary drinking water source. One of the lake's main tributaries is Upper McDowell Creek, whose headwaters are in Cornelius, near the animal shelter.
County water quality studies have shown the creek is "critically impaired," Cornelius Assistant Town Manager Andrew Grant wrote in a Jan. 4 memo to Mayor Jeff Tarte and the town Board of Commissioners.
"In its current state, the creek is more detrimental than beneficial to Mountain Island Lake," Grant wrote.
McDowell Creek Cove on the lake has shown "a significant decline in water quality" over the years because of the flow of nutrients and sediment from the development boom in the Huntersville and Cornelius areas, according to Cornelius' state grant application.
The county anticipates beginning the latest restoration in a couple of months. Work will take four to six months.
State grants totaling more than $1.2million have been awarded to help restore the whole McDowell Creek Watershed. Mecklenburg County has invested about $1.1million in projects and more than $27million since 1991 to buy land to preserve and restore the watershed.
Bids due on Westmoreland Athletic Complex
CORNELIUS Construction bids are due by 2 p.m. Friday for phase 1 of the town's planned Westmoreland Athletic Complex.
Work will include site clearing, erosion control, grading, installation of stormwater controls and utilities and construction of two baseball fields and a playground area.
The project also includes asphalt and concrete areas, landscaping, retaining walls and a building to house restrooms, storage, concessions and a picnic shelter.
In 2008, the Mecklenburg County commissioners unanimously approved a 40-year lease of 19 county-owned acres to the town for the athletic complex, at $1 a year.
The complex and its multiple baseball/softball fields are expected to lure tournaments and out-of-town teams that town officials said will boost the local economy by spending at local businesses.
Phase 1 bids will be publicly opened and read aloud Friday afternoon. Bidders must be licensed N.C. contractors.
Mail written, sealed bids to Park Superintendent Troy Fitzsimmons, P.O. Box 399, Cornelius, N.C. 28031, or hand-deliver them to Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave. The envelope must be clearly marked "Westmoreland Athletic Complex."
Bidding documents are on file at the Cornelius PARC Department and several other locations listed on the town Web site, www.cornelius.org.
Overbrook culvert work should end by March
CONCORD Overbrook Drive Northeast, near 123 and 128 Overbrook Drive N.E., is expected to remain closed through February because of a culvert failure.
The initial phase of the project is complete, city officials announced recently. The remaining sections of culvert have been removed, and utility issues have been addressed.
New culvert materials are being manufactured, and contract construction crews soon will begin installing the new culvert, officials said.
Motorists can use Wilhelm Place Northeast and Bridlewood Place Northeast as alternate routes.
Check the status of the road closure at concordnc.micromaps.com/.
Firm to design right turn lane at N.C. 3
MOORESVILLE The Mooresville Board of Commissioners awarded a $50,852 contract last week to LPA Group of North Carolina for preliminary engineering and design services for a northbound right-turn lane at N.C. 3 and N.C. 150.