Tuesday, 16 May 2017 16:37

Horse's Mouth for May 17, 2017

Written by  Staff

“It really was a matter of getting some updated information and facts about the club, the level of participation and the overall agreement. I had some questions in April, and I still had some questions when this came up at the first meeting in May. But right after that meeting, I started getting some answers. And I think all members of the board got the information they were looking for and, tonight, we did the right thing; the best thing for the town.”

—Huntersville Commissioner Dan Boone on the town board*s about-face with regard to a contract extension with the Carolina Rapids soccer club for preferred use of soccer fields at Richard Barry Park.

“We provided some information that I think answered their questions. And I believe they got some feedback from the community.”

— Carolina Rapids Executive Director Thomas Finlay on that additional ※information§ to which Boone referred.

“Life is not about things, but the people you meet.”

— Former Carolina Rapids player Kelly Flanders, a Hopewell High School graduate who now plays at Appalachian State University, about her experience with the soccer club.

“If you approve a capital project, you’d better be responsible enough to pay for the maintenance. It’s a safety issue, and to not appropriate the funds of at least $80,000 to $100,000 this year for maintenance of these facilities I think is asinine.”

— Cornelius PARC Commission Chairman Scott Higgins to Cornelius commissioners, urging them to fund at east part of PARC Director Troy Fitzsimmons’ maintenance fund requests in the next fiscal year budget.

“We’re losing money because we’re waiting on something to be broken before we fix it.”

— Fitzsimmons, telling commissioners that addressing small maintenance issues today before they become costlier ones tomorrow is a prudent expenditure.

“This is a wake-up call.”

— Cornelius Commissioner Jim Duke, urging his fellow town board members to more fully fund the PARC Department.

“I believe because more people are reading about this, and more conversations are being held, more people are coming forward.”

— Ocular melanoma research team liaison Dr. Michael Brennan on a greater awareness of the group’s investigation into an OM cluster associated with western Huntersville contributing to more potential victims coming forward.

“I looked up to them and thought, ‘that’s what I want to be when I’m their age.’”

— Hough High School senior soccer player Elise Gallo upon, as a freshman, watching then-star senior players Courtney Carroll and Marnie Merritt lead the Huskies to a state championship three years ago.

“Probably the most talented group of guys to come through here. It’s a special group. I hate to see them go.”

— Hough High baseball coach Jimmy Cochran on the loss of his talented senior class following a season-ending playoff loss to North Davidson. The seniors were part of 84 varsity wins over the last four years.

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