Lake Norman & Mooresville

Troutman school district, town to share cost of completing greenway

The Town Board agreed to share costs with the school district completing a walking and biking connection from South Iredell High School on Old Mountain Road to the Richardson Greenway on North Main Street.

The board approved the approved a memorandum of understanding Feb. 12 for the 9-foot by three-eights mile path. The Iredell/Statesville School District board approved the agreement Feb. 9.

Under the terms of the agreement, each will pay up to $75,000 in order to complete the walkway next to a road heavily used by students who walk on the shoulder of the highway morning and afternoons between the school and Main Street.

“We had previously obtained a grant to build a pathway between the high school and Main Street as part of a larger expansion of our greenway system,” said Planning Director Erika Martin, “but the grant didn’t cover the entire funding needed to complete the project.”

The town will be responsible for bidding, managing, installation, maintenance and upkeep of the project, and the school district will permit the installation of a bike rack close to the point where the walkway / bikeway connects with the school property.

Martin says that construction will hopefully begin in July with an opening in late fall or early winter.

In a related matter, the town board accepted a revised contract with Country Boy Landscaping of Statesville for the northern extension of the Richardson Greenway, carrying a final cost of $140,036. The greenway will be extended from its northern terminus at Old Murdock Road past Food Lion and the county fair grounds to Grannis Lane. The funds for construction of this portion of the Greenway extension were obtained through a state DOT grant.

Also at the February meeting, the town board:

▪ Approved the rezoning of a 4.13 acre parcel located at 386 Murdock Road from suburban residential to heavy industrial. Applicants John Searfi and Patricia Parker told the board that they intend to use the property for their firm CWD Flat Bed Trucking. The town’s Land Use Plan adopted in 2008 shows the property becoming industrial, and the area is transitioning from residential to industrial. The town’s planning and zoning board had previously approved the rezoning request.

▪ Adopted a resolution urging the State Legislature to restore North Carolina’s Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program, which was not renewed for the current budget year. In the resolution the town board noted Troutman retains a number of historic commercial and residential structures that offer unique opportunities, “differentiating our community from other communities.”

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