by Jackson Sveen

CORNELIUS – Cornelius Commissioner John Bradford said at the search to fill the vacant commissioner seat is still under way.

The seat became vacant in January when Lynette Rinker was chosen by the board to replace Jeff Tarte, now a state representative, as mayor.

Commissioner Dave Gilroy, who expressed his support for candidate Thurman Ross in a previous board meeting, has not conducted interviews, according to board members at the Feb. 4 morning.

“If he’s already made up his mind,” Commissioner Jeff Hare said in the morning meeting where Gilroy was not present, “it would have been nice if he’d said that on the dais.”

Ross sat on the Cornelius Town Board for 16 years before losing his seat by three votes last year.

Sidewalk on Torrence Chapel Road

The board approved the sidewalk on the southwest side of Torrence Chapel Road after proposals were presented by Project Manager Tyler Beardsley.

He said the town has received feedback from Torrence Chapel residents on both sides of the road regarding where the sidewalk should go.

“Clearly there is support for a sidewalk,” Gilroy said, “and I think the logic, for six or eight different reasons, is most compelling on the southwest side where the space is.”

The sidewalk runs along the north side of Torrence Chapel Road, but will run along the southwest side after the intersection at John Gamble Road.

Map of the sidewalk: Torrence Chapel sidewalks final

Ada Jenkins LEARN Works Program

The Feb. 4 commissioners’ meeting began with a presentation by Rodney Short, the town’s representative for the Ada Jenkins Center who presented on results for Cornelius’ investment in  the center’s LEARN Works program.

The LEARN Works program serves 100 percent impoverished, at-risk youth in grades 1-6. Of the 99 students enrolled in the program, 55 live in Cornelius.

Last year, the program had 100 percent of their students advance to the next grade level.

Other board news

The commissioners and Mayor Lynette Rinker will meet with state representatives for the Lake Norman region on Feb. 14 in Raleigh.