The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office will open a Lake Norman substation in Sherrills Ford this month.
The substation will be in the former Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library building at 8456 Sherrills Ford Road.
An open house is scheduled for 8-11 a.m. Feb. 27, with a ribbon cutting at 10 that morning.
The substation is needed because of the growing population in the Terrell-Sherrills Ford area, Sheriff Coy Reid said Thursday.
“If the population living in the southeast corner of Catawba County were combined into a city or town, it would be the third largest city in the county,” Reid said in a news release announcing the open house.
“Add in the special public safety needs on and along Lake Norman, and it’s easy to see that the Sherrills Ford-Terrell area needs extensive patrol coverage from the Sheriff’s Office,” Reid said.
The new substation “will be a great asset for our deputies and detectives by providing them with office space and an area for presentations by crime prevention and lake patrol officers on topics such as boating and water safety,” Reid said.
Building renovations were made in 2015 by Travis Construction and Drywall of Conover for $24,000.
The building includes two detective offices, two interview rooms, an office for two lake patrol officers and an office for two road patrol deputies. Also included is a room for other future uses by the county, renovated bathrooms that meet ADA requirements, renovated sidewalks and a resurfaced parking lot.
At the open house, free blood pressure checks will be given by Catawba Valley Medical Center staff. Demonstrations of the newest approved method for hands-on CPR will be provided by Melanie Sigmon of Catawba County EMS.
The public is invited to bring donations for the Christian Food Pantry of Sherrills Ford.