Cornelius makes plans for new year

Mayor Jeff Tarte announced some of the goals to be accomplished in Cornelius in 2011 for himself, the town board and management.

A planning session to affirm and set the town's goals will be held 5 p.m. Jan. 18.

The public is invited.

Some items on the "to do" list include completing the Comprehensive Master Plan, developing an employee compensation plan for the next five years, establishing a police staffing and technology plan, changing to a five year rolling budget for departments, conducting performance audits for the fire and planning departments, and hiring a local victim's advocate.

Some items under consideration for the Capital Reserve Fund and Capital Improvement Plan are to construct sidewalks and resurface neighborhood streets and purchase a new fire truck and police cruisers.

Some items that will require continued attention over the coming years include widening I-77 by adding an extra lane in each direction, the north rail commuter line, having the lake patrol responsibilities taken over by the police department, keeping the Cornelius Library and the Senior Center funded, bringing a magistrate to Cornelius, providing public swimming at Ramsey Creek Park and redistricting for proper representation on the county board.

Sign ordinance

The new sign ordinance went into effect last month, but enforcement begins today.

You can find the specifics online at www.cornelius .org. Look under Land Development Code. You also can call the planning department at 704-896-2461 if you have questions.

Also, Distributed Antenna System in Cornelius has been working with ATC Outdoor DAS on a Distributed Antenna System and is in the final stages of working through approval.

Go to www.cornelius. org and click on "Planning" for a link to a map as to where these node antennas will be.

Senior lunch

The Cornelius Police Department held the annual holiday luncheon and safety program for area seniors on Dec. 17 at Cornelius town hall.

Besides learning about how to stay safe during the holidays all year round, Santa Claus stopped by and brought candy canes for everyone.


Cornelius and Huntersville are offering youth lacrosse, for boys and girls, from kindergarten to age 14.

Register until Jan. 25 at Cornelius town hall or online. You'll need a copy of the participant's birth certificate. Players will also need lacrosse equipment.

Divisions are determined by gender and age.

Fees are $60 for the Instructional Division (K-1st), $70 for non-residents.

For all other divisions, the fee is $100 and $110 for non-residents.

All participants get a jersey and a trophy.

Practices start the week of Feb. 14; games begin in March.

Volunteer coaches are still needed.

For more information, call the Cornelius PARC Department at 704-892-6031 ext. 160, or online go to www. or www.