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Lake Park

Animal Control Ordnance Lake Park's proposed Animal Control Ordinance was discussed at the Aug. 9 town council meeting.

"With some feedback from the meeting, we are in the process of clarifying some of the language to make it easier for people to understand but also be legally enforceable," said Mayor Kendall Spence.

Spence said a few minor changes also are up for discussion. Once complete, the legal council will get the ordinance signed off by the Union County Attorney's office. Once passed, the town will go through an education process to inform the public through such items as the town website - www.lakeparknc.gov - and newsletter.

The ordinance is intended to prevent animals from becoming nuisances and maintain the safety of domestic pets and Lake Park residents. Once passed, fines will be $25 for a first offense, $50 for a second and $100 with impoundment for a third. Fines could be awarded when pets are not on a leash, when farm animals are found in inappropriate places, and when animals are deemed noisy.

Marvin

Petition to deny annexation The Village of Marvin is trying to annex about 1,500 parcels in neighborhoods around the village, which will increase the taxes of each annexed homeowner.

Due to newly enacted legislation, citizens have a right to deny annexation by signing the form sent to them by Marvin and mailing it in.

A group of concerned residents around Marvin have started a campaign to inform people of their right to deny annexation and are willing to supply new forms. Visit www.denyannexation.com for information about the group and the new Annexation Reform Act. Information about the Village of Marvin can be found at www.marvinnc.org.

Wesley Chapel

Dogwood Park The Village of Wesley Chapel has purchased 16.6 acres of a 22.6-acre parcel at the corner of Lester Davis Road and Weddington-Monroe Road for creating Dogwood Park.

They plan to purchase the remaining 6 acres by Sept. 30, with funds allocated from the current general reserves and from a $500,000 state grant.

The Parks and Rec Committee is reviewing submissions to its Request for Proposal for the Phase I build-out, which includes widening the driveway, establishing parking, putting in paved and unpaved trails around the property and 2-acre lake and installing a fishing pier.

Town hall The village has signed a contract with architect John Fuller and Co. to design the first town hall facility, on 6 acres the village owns at the east end of the Target shopping center, through a donation.

An initial design should be done by the end of the month and a public-input session will go over the design.

Mineral Springs

Greenway parking The parking lot contract for the McNeely Road Greenway parking area was awarded to the lowest bidder at a recent town council meeting.

That bidder was McCollum Trucking and Grading of Monroe, which bid $63,064.

According to Mayor Rick Becker, the parking lot is an essential component of the town's developing greenway system. It will be at the main trailhead of the greenway, which currently has about three miles of well-marked trails. Because of the town's commitment to environmental protection, the parking area has been designed with the goal of stormwater runoff control and erosion prevention.

"These post-construction measures have increased the cost of the project ... but the town council takes its responsibility seriously to protect our conservation properties and associated creeks," Becker said.

Mecklenburg

Mint Hill

New town hall Mint Hill Commissioners have approved $5,686,086 for construction of a new town hall in the Mint Hill Village Shopping Center, just down the road from the current town hall. That money is in addition to $1.1 million already spent for land acquisition, building design, site studies and more. The money will come out of savings so no financing will be needed. Town manager Brian Welch says construction should start this week and is expected to take about six to nine months to complete. Once town staff has moved into their new location, the existing town hall will be renovated to become the new home of the Mint Hill Police Department.

Matthews

Red Lobster Red Lobster is one step closer to opening a restaurant in Matthews.

Commissioners have unanimously approved a zoning application and subsequent site plan to allow Darden Restaurant Group to build a Red Lobster at 9700 Independence Boulevard, the corner of U.S. 74 and Independence Pointe Parkway.

Darden's Brett Mashchak was at his fourth town meeting Monday evening as commissioners continued to push for upgrades to the plan. Over the course of the past couple months, at suggestion of commissioners, Mashchak and his company moved and concealed the dumpster area, reconfigured the side of the store that faces Independence Pointe Parkway, and submitted a landscape plan way above the minimum required in town code.

But the Board also asked that the exterior of the building be changed to brick. When the final plan was presented Monday evening with hardy-plank replaced by brick veneer instead of solid brick, commissioners weren't pleased, even though Mashchak assured them that they were getting a state-of-the art building and one of the newest Red Lobster proto-types.

After hearing commissioners comments, Mashchak agreed to change construction to solid brick and the zoning was approved.

Darden will not release a construction timetable until all permits are approved, but Mashchak said they plan to start the permitting phase right away.

In other business commissioners:

Heard from several residents of the Rainbow Ridge subdivision concerned about the recent flooding of Tank Town Road, the only road that accesses their neighborhood. Taylor said he thought the problem was the size of the culvert under the CSX railroad tracks, but promised that the town would check and see what could be done to prevent flooding in the future.

Extended the timetable for completion of Squirrel Lake Park renovations. Econ International Corp. was supposed to have the project finished by August 13, but commissioners voted to give them a 45 day extension.

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