West Catawba Avenue: The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on the proposed project to widen West Catawba Avenue from just north of Sam Furr Road (N.C. 73) to Jetton Road. The purpose is to inform residents of Cornelius and Huntersville of the proposed improvements and to obtain comments.
The meeting will take place 4-7 p.m. June 21 at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius. It will be held in the Community Room and residents cam come any time during the session. There will not be a formal presentation.
The transportation improvements are needed to improve mobility and safety for motorists, public transit users, pedestrians and bicyclists. The proposed project is a continuation of West Catawba Avenue improvements completed in 2009 between Jetton Road and I-77. Existing traffic volumes exceed the capacity of Catawba Avenue in the project area, and forecasted volumes for 2035 far exceed roadway capacity. Increasing development along this roadway will result in longer travel times, dangerous passing situations, and increased accidents, according to the DOT.
This project will require the acquisition of additional right-of-way and is proposed to be constructed in such manner as to not require detours.
Project information can be found online at: www.ncdot.gov/projects/publicmeetings.
2016 Citizen of Year: The award was given to the late former mayor, Elbert H. Richardson, with a plaque accepted in his honor and memory by his wife, Joyce Richardson. Richardson served the town for 16 years. His accomplishments include implementing the greenway that is named the Richardson Greenway in his honor, negotiating with ESC for the town’s first public park, implementing leaf and limb pick up, curbside recycling and street sweeping.
Stumpy Creek: The boat landing and park will be reserved for the Pro Wakeboard Tour 2016 on June 18. No boat launches will be allowed and no soccer matches nor baseball games will be played. The boat landing and park will re-open June 19. Admission to the wakeboard event, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 18, is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 6-12. https://events.bonniercorp.com/start/tickets.
Visit the Demo Garden: The Iredell Extension Master Gardener Demonstration Garden is open to the public 9- 11 a.m. every Thursday and on the first Saturday of each month through October and weather permitting. Visitors are welcome to tour the garden and ask questions of Master Gardeners. The Demonstration Garden features vegetable gardens, fruit trees, plants for shade and a water feature and a children’s garden. The garden isbehind the NC Agricultural Center, 444 Bristol Drive, Statesville.
‘Singin’ in the Rain’: The Tony Award winning show will run June 16-26 and includes the title number with an onstage rainstorm at the Duke Family Performance Hall at Davidson College. Ticket and show info: www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.
Compiled by Tracy Yochum