No matter where you live in Lake Norman, the Red Line, a proposed 25-mile rail line that would run from Charlotte to Mooresville, will affect you.
Several local officials said the Red Line project tops their list of priorities for the new year, and several said they would focus making the community discussion of the rail line an open and effective process.
Dave Gilroy, Cornelius town commissioner
To bring honesty, clarity, transparency and a whole lot of facts and common sense to the Red Line "hard sell" - finally..
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Rodney Graham, Davidson commissioner
I hope that we are able to have a thorough and substantive discussion regarding the Red Line. I hope that all jurisdictions commit to this process. I hope Davidson can find ways to grow and develop without increasing our footprint or losing our small-town charm.
Chuck Travis, Cornelius Commissioner
As a Town Board leader, I want to make the right decisions regarding the fate of the Red Line Commuter Rail, help guide the design and construction of the diverging diamond interchange at Exit 28 (the new gateway to Cornelius), and support the transportation improvements to I-77 and other strategic improvements in our Region.
In addition, I have a personal goal as a commissioner to create a Community Center in the Smithville area.
Jill Swain, Huntersville mayor
My only New Year's resolution is to make a positive impact ...wherever it is needed.
Lynette Rinker, Cornelius Commissioner
My resolution: Simplify, Slow down, Savor, and Smile. Happy New Year to everyone.
Bill Russell, President & CEO of Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce:
I think this year, I'm going to try to be more grateful for what God has given us all and mentoring young people.
My personal goal is to create an attitude of appreciation for the many blessings we enjoy as a community and a people. I will strive to carve out more time in the day for my personal and spiritual growth while mentoring young people to reach their potential, using their God-given talents. Instilling in them, and those I may come in contact with, that earth's great treasure lies in human personality and service to humanity is truly the best work of life.