Lake Norman & Mooresville

Huntersville’s annual retreat likely to focus on infrastructure, transportation

Though the agenda for Huntersville town board’s annual retreat has yet to be formalized, infrastructure and transportation are likely discussion topics for the two-day planning meeting later this month, officials said.

The annual retreat is open to the public and is a chance for officials to plan for the coming year and beyond; receive updates on priority projects from the previous year; as well as review town policies, said Huntersville Town Manager Greg Ferguson.

The retreat agenda is set according to feedback from town board members, as well as staff department heads, Ferguson said. Officials also review progress made on the previous year’s “Top 10” list of transportation improvements, paid for in part by the town’s transportation reserve fund.

Some of the improvement projects completed since last year’s retreat include the new traffic signal at Stumptown Road and N.C. 115; a straightened curve on McCoy Road; and a signal and new turn lanes on Wynfield Creek Parkway, among other ongoing projects, Ferguson said.

The redevelopment of downtown Huntersville and improvements to the town’s sidewalk and road network are likely to come up, Ferguson said.

Mayor Jill Swain said that infrastructure and economic development are priority topics that she would like to discuss, as well as positioning Huntersville as a business incubator and considering more business sustainability efforts.

She encouraged residents who have suggestions for discussion topics to email her a short message. While every concern may not be discussed, items requiring board action will take priority, and issues that can be handled by town administration will be shared, she said.

“I want to stress to citizens that just because we have one retreat a year doesn’t mean it’s the only time we talk about issues,” Swain said. “Throughout the year we get updates from staff … and as always, we encourage citizen input.”

Ferguson echoed that sentiment and called the annual retreat a kickoff to a very fluid process, which includes budget planning and implementation, etc., that changes and updates as needed. Any consensus the board comes to would require voting at a future meeting.