Lake Norman & Mooresville

Leaders reveal hopes for 2012

The town of Mooresville saw its share of victories during the year 2011.

In the fall, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction recognized the Mooresville Graded School district for having the second highest graduation rate in the state.

During the 2010-11 school year, the district had a 91.1 percent graduation rate among students that had stayed four years.

The Mooresville ReStore, an arm of Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, recently celebrated its anniversary.

Since it opened, said M.C. Laney, director of the Mooresville and Cornelius ReStores, the ReStore has raised more than $500,000, helped build new homes in Guatemala and helped pay for two townhomes in Mooresville.

But 2011 was also a year of uncertainty and change.

In November, then-town commissioner Miles Atkins was elected mayor, and challenger Eddie Dingler won the Ward 1 commissioner seat from incumbent Mitch Abraham.

Newcomer Bobby Compton, a former Mooresville fire marshal, was elected commissioner-at-large, the seat Atkins vacated.

The Mooresville town commissioners, as well as the Iredell County Board of Commissioners, also faced major changes to the Red Line, the proposed 25-mile rail line that would run from Charlotte to Mooresville, with a possible extension to Statesville later.

In October, the Red Line Task Force recommended including a freight component with the commuter line. It also recommended a unified planning strategy among all jurisdictions along the route: Mooresville, Charlotte, the three North Mecklenburg towns, Mecklenburg and Iredell counties, the N.C. Department of Transportation and the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS).

Officials are expected to decide whether to move forward in 2012 with the new Red Line plan.

Hopes and resolves

With 2011 nearly over, county and town officials recently shared with Mooresville News their resolutions and hopes for the New Year.

Bobby Compton, Mooresville commissioner:

"To do my best for the citizens of Mooresville. Being new to the political arena, I think I have a lot to offer, but with many challenges. 2012 will be an exciting time as the new faces on the board work together."

Renee Griffith, Iredell County commissioner:

"I plan to rerun for my seat on the Iredell Board of Commissioners. I plan to start a master's degree program. Personally, I would like to lose weight and improve my health this year. I believe 2012 will be a year of economic growth for North Carolina. I hope 2012 will bring jobs to (the state)."

Rhett P. Dusenbury, Mooresville commissioner:

"... At my age, to ... maintain my current weight and enjoy my ... health. I ... also hope ... to spend more time with my family and friends. I would also like to commit to giving more time to community when possible and to just be a good citizen."

Ken Robertson, Iredell County commissioner:

"I hope to lose the 10 pounds I meant to lose last year, plus an additional five pounds I gained in 2011. I need to find a better time balance between my full-time job, commissioner duties, running a farm and being a father.

"I hope Iredell County can continue to provide good schools and good public services in a tight fiscal environment. Maintaining the status quo is difficult these days. It would be great if we could attract a large employer who could provide desperately needed good-paying jobs...."

Miles Atkins, Mooresville mayor:

"I plan on 2012 being a productive working year for the Mooresville town board. We have three new members, and this year will include team building, enhancing the process that connects citizens with their government and jointly setting our priorities in working to move Mooresville forward.

"... The economy has been very tough on families and businesses.... I hope 2012 will bring better times ... and as a community we continue ... to support those who are less fortunate to enhance their quality of life...."

Eddie Dingler, Mooresville commissioner:

"I would like to continue to be a successful business owner, making sound decisions to benefit my business and employees. Make choices and decisions that will improve the town of Mooresville and improve the quality of life for its citizens. I would love to see the economy improve and get people back to work."