Cornelius considers new signs

Cornelius might be in for a fresh new look next year, with monuments welcoming visitors and signs pointing them to destinations.

Monuments with a sailing motif could welcome travelers at key traffic spots, including the Interstate 77 Exit 28 ramps.

"Cornelius, N.C., Welcomes You," the monuments would read.

And "wayfinding" signs attached to black poles could point people to retail centers, restaurants, lodging, gas stations, public parking and such attractions as parks, Lake Norman and NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip's Raceworld USA.

A 10-member sign committee is recommending the new signs, along with tweaks to the town's sign ordinance to make it more uniform and easier to understand.

The Cornelius Board of Commissioners got its first look at the committee's recommendations last week, including renderings of the proposed monuments and wayfinding signs.

Cornelius Senior Planner Jason Abernethy unveiled the drawings with Jeff Camillo of the Charlotte design firm Shook Kelley.

"The wayfinding aspect of this is absolutely awesome," Cornelius commissioner Chuck Travis said. "I think it's just part of what we're trying to do to make Cornelius a destination town on a national level. Hats off to you."

"The look is very distinctive, very clean," Mayor Jeff Tarte said.

Commissioner Lynette Rinker represented the Board of Commissioners on the sign committee. "It sets us apart from our neighbors," she said.

"Lake Norman" could also be added to the monuments, Rinker said.

Town Manager Anthony Roberts said he doesn't know yet how much monuments and wayfinding signs around town would cost.

Abernethy and the sign committee will next take the recommendations to a business community workshop tentatively set for Sept. 22, then to town committees and boards, including the PARC Board at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 and the Planning Board at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11.

The Board of Commissioners could consider voting on the recommendations at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 15.

DOT official to offer update on local projects

Jim Trogdon, chief operating officer for the N.C. Department of Transportation, will provide an update on local road projects at a luncheon Thursday at Northstone Country Club .

Trogdon is scheduled to address improvements to Interstate 77, N.C. 73 in Huntersville and the Catawba Avenue bridge in Cornelius.

He will also discuss the proposed use of HOT lanes on I-77, transit plans and the state's "design-build-finance" funding model to expedite I-485.

The luncheon will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Cost is $16 for Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce members and $20 for nonmembers. Reservations: 704-892-1922.

High school opening marked

Mayor John Woods welcomed about 500 people at the Aug. 12 ribbon-cutting for the Community School of Davidson's first high school building, 565 Griffith St.

The high school portion of the school opened last week with ninth grade - about 100 ninth-graders are enrolled - and will add a high school grade each year.


Greenway survey

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The plan will provide a blueprint for hiking, biking, walking, equestrian and water trails for Iredell County's portion of the 15-county Carolina Thread Trail network, said Randi Gates, Carolina Thread Trail community coordinator.

The Iredell County Board of Commissioners is working with Love Valley, Union Grove, Harmony, Mooresville, Troutman and Statesville on Iredell's portion of the plan.

Advanced Disposal Services expands

Advanced Disposal Services Inc., the town's new garbage hauler, recently acquired the assets of Charlotte-based Construction Waste Services LLC to increase its commercial and residential operations in the Charlotte area.

Advanced Disposal acquired 11 trucks, 522 roll-off containers and seven roll-off commercial routes.

Marlowe Davis, longtime general manager of Construction Waste Services, joined Advanced Disposal Services with the acquisition.