Indoor courts coming

The town intends to open youth and adult basketball and volleyball courts by the fall in a building it owns in Talbert Pointe Business Park, Mooresville town commissioner Chris Carney said.

The Mooresville Board of Commissioners last week voted unanimously to award construction contracts to build two full-size basketball/volleyball courts. They can be divided into four junior basketball courts.

The former Gym Co. building, which the town bought for $800,000, also can accommodate wrestling, cheerleading and gymnastics tournaments, Carney said.

The commissioners awarded a $38,940 contract to PR Building Systems Inc. of Mooresville to demolish freestanding walls, finish upstairs walls, repaint all walls, rails and stairs, remove debris and do other work.

The commissioners awarded a $127,067 contract to RoyalWood Associates Inc. of Raleigh to supply and install about 16,500 square feet of a maple hardwood floor system for the two full-size basketball/volleyball courts, including court markings and town logos for each.

A third contract, for $112,871, went to CLS Construction Supplies of Knoxville, Tenn., to supply and install 12 suspended, retractable basketball goals with height adjusters, breakaway rims and safety straps; two full-court volleyball nets and supports; and three foldup divider curtains - one 100 by 18 feet and two 54 by 22 feet - among other equipment and work.

Town officials originally estimated owning a building and equipping it for such sports would cost about $3million, Carney said.

"We probably saved taxpayers about $2 million," he said.

Commissioners balk at closing road

Town commissioners say they want another month to study a request by the Mooresville Graded School District to close Magnolia Street between Center and Cabarrus avenues from 2 to 3 p.m. on school days beginning Aug. 25.

The town staff recommended that commissioners consider endorsing the closing for a 90-day trial period.

The school system wants the street closed during those hours to improve safety for the hundreds of Mooresville High School and other students who have to cross the street then. The closing also would allow buses to line up near the high school.

The school system staff would be responsible for placing barricades on Magnolia at its intersections with Center and Cabarrus avenues each school day.

The town staff recommended keeping local access open to any resident along Magnolia as well as to fire and police vehicles.

The school system is also asking the town to consider widening the crosswalk on Magnolia.

The commissioners agreed to delay a vote on the closure last week after commissioner Chris Carney raised concerns about shutting a public road to traffic. He also said he wouldn't be happy if he lived on the streets where traffic would be detoured.

The town staff agreed to ask residents along Cedar Street and other potentially affected roads for their thoughts and to count the number of vehicles that use Magnolia between 2 and 3 p.m. when school isn't in session.

The commissioners also asked Mooresville Engineering Manager Ryan Rase to come up with cost estimates for longer-term solutions for funneling students safely across Magnolia, such as an underground culvert.

Rase told the commissioners they probably won't like the figures he comes back with, because the price for such a project would be high.

Hospital's serenity garden adds art work

Lake Norman Regional Medical Center's serenity garden recently added a stained-glass mosaic stepping stone in memory of Tom Gutowski, the late husband of past hospital auxiliary president Nancy Gutowski.

He had been chairman and caretaker of the garden since its creation in 2007.

Carole Quimby designed the stepping stone and created it over about six weeks. She is a friend of the Gutowskis and will soon volunteer at the hospital.