Those of us who have lived in Cornelius for many years are grateful that phase I of the West Catawba Avenue widening project, from I-77 to Jetton Road, was completed recently.
Phase II, from Jetton to Sam Furr Road, is on the N.C. Department of Transportation's schedule for at least seven years from now. That's when state funding for the project should be available.
Now, however, it may be possible to accelerate the widening of West Catawba Avenue.
Our town is discussing with DOT a plan that could speed up the widening project by several years. Cornelius could advance money to DOT to start construction within the next few years. When DOT's money for phase II becomes available, it would reimburse the town with interest.
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The transportation benefits of accelerating the widening of the rest of West Catawba Avenue will have to be weighed against the proposed financing. This would be a significant financing venture for Cornelius, as phase II is a multi-million-dollar project.
The mayor would like to hear your feedback on this issue. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walking through town?
What pedestrian improvements would you make to Cornelius?
Go to www.cornelius.org and take a survey to identify where you think Cornelius needs more pedestrian accessibility.
At the end of the survey, follow the link to find out the "walkability" score your neighborhood. Call the town's planning department at 704-896-2461 for information.
Meeting date change
The Cornelius Historic Preservation Commission will have its June meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the History Room at Mount Zion United Methodist Church.
Help the town
The town of Cornelius is accepting applications for Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture Commission board members. This advisory board assists the PARC director and the Town Board of Commissioners with issues of recreational activities and facilities Cornelius provides.
Applicants must be residents or property owners in Cornelius. Advisory board members are appointed by the town board for three-year terms. Meetings are open to the public; they start at 5:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the town hall.
Applications are available online at www.cornelius.org and at the town hall. Submit your application to Town Clerk Lori Pearson via email at email@example.com or mail to P.O. Box 399, Cornelius, NC 28031.
The 4th of July
Join the Cornelius PARC Department on the town hall lawn to celebrate Independence Day.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m. July 4, bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the soulful sounds of Acoustic Soulutions. They play classic R&B, rock and top 40.
Children's activities will include a bouncy house and rides on a trackless train. Coca-Cola's Discovery Vehicle will have Nintendo Wii games to play and free Coke product samplings. Bruster's Real Ice Cream will sell Nathan's hot dogs, ice cream and soft drinks.
Activities end at 8:30 p.m. At about 8:45, "The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader" will be shown on the blimp screen. It's rated PG.
For information call 704-892-6031 ext. 160 or go to www.corneliuspr.org.