Lake Norman & Mooresville

Huntersville board opts out, reluctantly

The Huntersville Town Board approached their vote to back out of the Lake Norman Interlocal Agreement like a kid biting into broccoli.

The agreement was an arrangement between Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville and Mooresville officials to find the best uses for transportation funding in the region.

But the agreement also called for I-77 and the North Corridor commuter rail to take precedence, and that didn't sit well with Huntersville board members.

“Huntersville's top priority has to be N.C. 73,” commissioner Charles Jeter said.

The vote to back out was unanimous, 5-0, but commissioners tried to paint it like something they didn't enjoy doing.

“I think regional transportation discussion is important,” commissioner Brian Sisson said. “But I don't think this is the way to do it.”

Mayor Jill Swain winced at those words, and talked about the positive discussions the four towns have had. Jeter agreed.

“It wasn't because of a lack of effort or communication,” he said.

“We don't want anyone taking this as a sign that we don't want to work with other communities. We still want to work with them. We just want to do it in a different way.”