Concord solves water issue

The City Council is moving forward with plans to guarantee a long-term water supply for the city and Kannapolis.

The council Thursday night gave City Manager Brian Hiatt the go-ahead to negotiate and execute agreements that will bring water to the cities for 30 years from Albemarle via a proposed $21 million pipeline.

The council also agreed to have Hiatt execute a $1.4 million contract with Charlotte-based W.K. Dickson & Co. Inc. to engineer the nearly 16-mile pipeline. Construction is then scheduled to begin next summer and take two years.

Concord and Kannapolis, meanwhile, have allocated nearly 80 percent of their long-term available water supply.

Under state rules, the cities had to look for alternative water sources to meet future needs.

That resulted in the state approving the transfer of 10 million gallons per day from the Yadkin River to Concord and Kannapolis and 10 million gallons a day from the Catawba River. Albemarle gets its water from the Yadkin.

Concord and Kannapolis explored numerous ways to subsidize their available supply and concluded that buying water from Albemarle was the most economical and viable option, Concord officials said.

The water line will run parallel to N.C. 49 from near Main Street in Richfield to near the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center at N.C. 49 and Old Airport Road.

Part of the line will be constructed along Fisher and Moose roads and N.C. 73 to avoid major effects on existing development on N.C. 49, officials said.


Officials with Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley Inc. held a groundbreaking last week for a six-bed hospice house at 7473 Sherrills Ford Road.

The 15,000-square-foot Sherrills Ford Hospice House will be the first near Lake Norman's western shores when it opens in fall 2011.

Construction will cost about $2.6 million, and the overall project about $3.1 million, said Hugh Cating, director of the hospice's foundation.

The home will mean much closer drives for patients' family members who now must travel to the hospice's main 21-bed location 20 miles away on Robinson Road in Newton, said Michelle Roseman, vice president of clinical services.

Hospitals that send patients to Palliative CareCenter & Hospice include Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville, Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville and others in Iredell and Lincoln counties.

Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley is a private, nonprofit health care organization established in 1979.

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LEED certified

The charitable arm of Mooresville-based Lowe's Companies Inc. has donated $64,000 to Our Towns Habitat for Humanity to build the organization's first home that plans to receive the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification for environmentally friendly features.

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

The home at 332 Clover St. in Mooresville will serve as a model for future Habitat homes in the Lake Norman area, said Terry Laney, executive director of Cornelius-based Our Towns Habitat for Humanity.