Davidson park bridge moving forward

DAVIDSON – Town staff are crossing their fingers in hopes a pedestrian bridge won’t be held up much longer.

To resume construction of the boardwalk at Roosevelt Wilson, Davidson Public Information Officer Cristina Shaul said they have received approval from all required state and local agencies. However, it has not yet gone for federal review.

Shaul hopes by this spring they will able to start again so the orange detour signs and wooden barricades will be replaced with a boardwalk, new landscaping and two lookout points.

The $76,000 project, funded in part by grants, was halted last fall when the Duke Energy Company Lake Services, which regulates changes to waterfront properties altering the shoreline, notified the town of noncompliance. The pond is filled by Lake Norman, which is within the Catawba-Wateree Hydroelectric Project, and must adhere to regulation by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Shaul said, at the time the town tore down the old bridge to rebuild, they had no idea it needed to obtain federal permits. 

Fire department helps swim meet

HUNTERSVILLE – Hough High School couldn’t have won the MECKA 4A conference swim meet Jan. 25 had it been for an assist from the Huntersville Fire Department.

Firefighters responded to Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics – the site of the swim meet – the day prior in regards to broken 4-inch pipe that caused a 50-meter pool to lose close to 50,000 gallons of water.

Firefighters used two hose lines to transfer water at a rate of 1,000 gallon a minute into the competitive pool. They were done within an hour. The competition resumed the next day.


Firefighters extinguish outdoor fires

HUNTERSVILLE – Improperly discarded ashes was the cause of a large, fast-moving brush fire Jan. 25 on Allison Ferry Road that threatened multiple structures, according to the Huntersville Fire Department.

Multiple engine companies, brush trucks and the Forestry Service responded to the scene  after 12:40 p.m. since there are no hydrants on that side of town. Huntersville firefighters were there for about an hour.

A large log pierced through a brush truck belonging to the Long Creek Fire Department, putting it out of service.

Two days later, firefighters responded to an backyard fire that threatened a shed in the 15000 block of Linderman Road. Residents were burning trash in barrels before the fire got out of hand, officials said.

Both fires occurred during Red Flag warnings, when there’s low relative humidity combined with windy conditions.