Relief in sight for N.C. 150 stretch

The clogged stretch of N.C. 150 in front of McDonald's and Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse near Interstate 77 Exit 36 will get some much-needed relief.

The Mooresville Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 last week to award a $149,812 contract to low-bidder Country Boy Landscaping Inc. to build a right-turn lane off N.C. 150 into Lowe's.

The contractor is scheduled to finish the project by Dec. 23, Mooresville Engineering Manager Ryan Rase told the commissioners.

All the work will be done between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., so daytime traffic shouldn't be affected, Rase said.

Lowe's backs the project so strongly that it conveyed an easement for the work for $1, Rase said.

"Lowe's was quite favorable in getting this done," Mooresville commissioner Chris Carney said. "This is going to be a great project" in reducing traffic snarls.

Robbins Park work approved

The Cornelius Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a $608,018 contract last week with contractor Myers & Chapman to build Phase I of Robbins Park.

It will have a multipurpose field, playground, restroom-picnic shelter-storage building, two tennis courts, parking, sidewalks and landscaping.

The commissioners also approved a financing contract with bidder RBC Bank to borrow $910,000 at 1.52percent net interest for five years for the Robbins Park capital improvements and five police vehicles.

Duke to upgrade skimmer wall

Lake Norman boaters who frequent the area near Duke Energy's Marshall Steam Station will see construction on the station's skimmer wall beginning Monday.

The 60-foot-deep skimmer wall directs cooler lake water toward the plant's intake, helping the station operate more efficiently, Duke Energy spokeswoman Erin Culbert said.

Duke Energy is doing maintenance on the wall to upgrade conduit, cable and lighting. During the work, the company will install lighted buoys to ensure safety for boaters and the repair crew, Culbert said.

Duke Energy asks boaters not to approach the wall past the buoys. Once the construction ends in mid-December, Duke's Marshall Steam Station will donate the lighted buoys to the Lake Norman Marine Commission to use as navigational aids on the lake, Culbert said.

Offer input on trail network

Where in Iredell County would you like to walk, bike, ride a horse or paddle?

Let county officials know at any of three workshops coming up about the Iredell County Greenway Master Plan.

The plan will provide a blueprint for a system of hiking, biking, walking, equestrian and water trails that will form Iredell County's portion of the 15-county Carolina Thread Trail network.

Over the summer, Iredell County residents provided ideas and comments at meetings and through surveys. Now residents are invited to give feedback and help evaluate early recommendations.

Workshops are scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m.:

Nov. 18, Union Grove Community Building, 1869 W. Memorial Highway, Harmony.

Nov. 29, Iredell County Agricultural Resource Center, 444 Bristol Drive, Statesville.

Nov. 30, Pine Lake Preparatory School, 1639 Mecklenburg Highway, Mooresville.

Shredding event planned

The North Mecklenburg Recycling Center, 12300 N. Statesville Road, will offer free shredding as part of Mecklenburg County's Wipe Out Waste Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Document destruction specialists Shred-it and Automated Shredding Inc. and document management experts DataChambers will be on hand, as will Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers, to ensure your documents are disposed of safely and securely. The first 50 residents to bring items will receive special giveaways.

Household hazardous wastes such as old paint, chemicals and batteries also will also be accepted that morning.

Details:; 704-201-2201.