Lake Norman & Mooresville

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Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis, left, pulls the cord on an auger as residents helped build a community garden in 2015.
Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis, left, pulls the cord on an auger as residents helped build a community garden in 2015. Observer file photo

Vote of no confidence: The town board voted 5-0 on a resolution of no confidence, calling for Mayor Chuck Travis’ resignation June 14. Travis said he will not resign. Travis supports the I-77 toll road project and the contract with Cintra, while the board and many vocal area residents do not. The town board censured Travis last year, telling him not to speak on behalf of the town on toll road issues. Travis said the board’s actions are not enforceable. Travis supporters noted his service to the town including his vision to help set goals for the town, support for veteran and art causes and behind-the-scenes work such as helping to build the community garden.

North Carolina does not provide for recall through state law. However, of 552 municipalities, about 20 have local level recall provisions in their charters and ordinances. No towns in Mecklenburg have such a provision, although Troutman and Statesville in Iredell County do.

Open house: This community orchestra, open to all youth musicians with one or more years of music instruction, is intended for those musicians that can perform medium-easy to concert-level musical compositions. Membership open houses are 6 p.m. June 28, July 19 and Aug. 2 at Bailey Road Recreation Center (Bailey Road Middle School), 11900 Bailey Road, in the orchestra room. Students should bring their instruments. Potential members can stay for the rehearsals 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., in the band room. Please RSVP to program director Nanette Haraden at 704-576-7270, if you plan to attend.

Facelift: The Ada Jenkins Center held a ribbon-cutting June 17 at the LEARN Works and Food Pantry restrooms grand opening – La Fete Toilette. Previously, the afterschool boys and girls were sharing an antiquated upstairs restroom built in the 1950s. The downstairs classroom restrooms were tiny closets built to for preschoolers, and the restrooms off the gym were unusable. The new restrooms are ADA compliant and the downstairs restrooms are connected to classrooms and the food pantry via an atrium and new entryway.

These projects were paid for by Mecklenburg County Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Town of Davidson, Lowe’s, Cannon Foundation, American Tire Distributors, MSC Tools, Hayes Charitable Trust, Wells Fargo, Trane Carolinas, Electrolux and individuals.

Tracy Yochum