Tuesday, 14 February 2017 12:10

Horse's Mouth for February 15, 2016

Written by  Staff

“You’ll notice parks and rec has done a great job of spending money.”

— Cornelius Assistant Town Manager Andrew Grant to town commissioners about the progress that department has made in investing its share of 2013 voter-approved bonds on capital projects.

“These little extensions are very modest. We’re hopeful that every little improvement on the east side will create more options … to take some of the load off Catawba. Here you have two very modest projects that cost more than 10 percent of our annual budget and are three or four years in the planning.”

— Cornelius Commissioner Dave Gilroy on the cost and time investments required for transportation infrastructure projects large and small.

“I think this is a move in the wrong direction. … It has been my experience that when you give people the opportunity to do just the minimum, that is what they will do: just the minimum.”

— Huntersville Commissioner Rob Kidwell explaining and emphasizing his reasons for opposing an amendment to town rules that would create significantly smaller lot size and setback standards in areas zoned Transitional Residential District.

“Those towns to the north, the ones that don’t have these rules, these minimums, they are also the ones complaining about traffic in Huntersville when they are driving through to get to and from their homes.”

— \Kidwell, in response to Planning Director Jack Simoneau*s statement that Davidson and Cornelius don*t have lot-size minimums in some parts of their towns.

“The TIA process is esoteric, hard to understand ... changes will allow for more traffic in intersections without requiring improvements.”

— Huntersville Planning Board Chairman Hal Bankirer recommending that the Huntersville Town Board take a closer look at Traffic Impact Analysis guidelines before approving changes.

“We’ve spent more than $200,000 so far.”

— Mecklenburg County Historic Landmarks Commission Director Dan Morrill about efforts so far to stabilize the historic Torrence-Lytle School in Huntersville, which is closer to being purchased and used as a private school.

“It would be nice to have it bolster the community. Hopefully, the purchase and the projects will be completed.”

— Historic Landmarks Commission attorney Sandy Carnegie of the McIntosh Law Firm in Davidson, on how he views the preservation of Torrence-Lytle School and the adjacent Waymer Center gymnasium as assets for the entire community.

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