Gilroy seeks toll road alternative

CORNELIUS – Commissioner David Gilroy wants another option besides tolls to improve traffic congestions on I-77.

During the July 21 meeting, Gilroy requested the board and the region to take a stand on the toll issue, asking for other options such as Pennies for Progress, a program in York County, S.C., that uses sales tax funding for area road projects. He also wanted a cap on the amount of money the tolls could cost.

During a discussion between Gilroy and Mayor Chuck Travis, Travis called the measure a waste of ink on a waste of a piece of paper because the toll road public-private partnership had already been approved, and because neither the state Department of Transportation nor the contracted Cintra company have given definitive toll road cost estimates.

Gilroy used previous years' estimations of $20 to go the 20-plus miles from Mooresville to Charlotte using the High Occupancy Toll lanes and said it was too much for residents to be expected to pay. Travis said he agreed no one would want to pay that much for tolls, but said he didn’t think they would go that high because the point is to get people to use them. 

The discussion was ended without any action taken.


Board parking decision stands

CORNELIUS – When a neighborhood rift forces the town to intervene, residents of Harborside learned they have to live with whatever the board decides even if it means no one is happy.

As they have for the past several months, the Cornelius board heard from residents regarding parking on Harborside Drive during the July 21 meeting. As before, some called for a complete parking ban because of safety and aesthetic concerns, while others cited limited parking in their driveways and requested full access to Harborside. Each agreed – they weren’t happy about the commissioners’ June 16 decision to offer restricted parking on the street.

After going over a timeline of when the road became town maintained and the HOA’s prior attempt to ban parking, commissioners opted not to change their vote. 

“If I see a reason that I got it wrong, I’m willing to reconsider, but I haven’t seen that yet,” said Commissioner Woody Washam.

Commissioner David Gilroy, who previously was the sole dissenter to allowing parking back, maintained they should have followed the neighborhood vote, which depicted a desire for a parking ban.

Town Manager Anthony Roberts warned the topic could also come from the Antiquity neighborhood, having recently received complaints of cars parked in the road.


Planning board members approved

CORNELIUS – Planning Board Chairman Brian Simmons was unanimously chosen by both the planning board and town board of commissioners to serve another term as chair.

Simmons has chaired the planning board for the past two years.

Also re-elected during the July 21 Cornelius town board meeting were planning board members Cheryl Crawford, Marcy Essex and alternate Keith Pickett.

The board also approved Keith Eicher to serve as third alternate to the planning board. The new position gives additional east side representation and allows for full voting numbers in quasi-judicial cases if someone is absent.


WidenI77 presents I-77 project findings

CORNELIUS – will present its analysis of the Interstate 77 High Occupancy Toll Lane project. The group has advocated against managed lanes for widening the lane.

The event will include opportunities for public involvement. It starts at 7 p.m. July 27 at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave.



Davidson issues tax refunds based on county reval

DAVIDSON – As a result of the state-mandated property revaluation, Mecklenburg County and the Town of Davidson are issuing tax refunds for citizens that qualify.

More than 500 tax refund checks have been sent out by the Town of Davidson and hundreds more will be sent out over the next several months. The revaluation and tax refund process is being done in waves from the southern to the northern part of the county, and some citizens will receive refund checks in the mail.

Some check amounts could be as small at $0.27 or $0.39, but all citizens are encouraged to cash or deposit any checks received.

Details: Cindy Jones, 704-940-9648 or


Rotary Club members gets post

CORNELIUS – For the first time in the 25-year history of the Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg, a Rotarian has been selected as a Rotary District Governor.

Ken Dresser was named district governor for 2014-15, the year of the club's 25th anniversary.

Dresser joined the Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg County in 2003 and has had perfect attendance for the last six years.

Once a member, he has held many roles, including president-elect in 2007-08 and club president in 2008-09. He retired from IBM in March. 



Kidwell bartends for benefit

HUNTERSVILLE – Commissioner Rob Kidwell will serve as a guest bartender for Drinks for Danes, a charity event benefiting the Great Dane Rescue of the Carolinas.

Kidwell tells The Herald that he worked his way through college as a bartender.

Tips collected 6-9 p.m. July 29 at the Kilted Buffalo will go toward the nonprofit.

The nonprofit will also accept bags of dog food (Pedigree Adult), blankets, towels, bleach, laundry detergent and paper towels.

John Sullivan will perform live music.