Wednesday, 08 November 2017 04:50

Horse's Mouth for Nov. 8, 2017

Written by  Staff

“For those running for office there is a definite difference between campaigning and governing, and after tomorrow night’s results I would hope that no matter who’s up on this board you work together for the benefit of Huntersville. So you are going to have to put everything aside from campaigning, swallow your pride and check your ego at the door because it’s not about you, it’s about the town.”
— Huntersville Commissioner Rob Kidwell, who opted not to seek re-election after two terms, delivering closing comments at Monday’s town board meeting.

“You want to help your friends and ones you like better than the ones who scream and holler at you.”
— Cornelius Mayor Pro Tem and unopposed mayoral candidate Woody Washam talking about the importance of the town maintaining a strong working relationship with the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

“We are not warm and fuzzy about 300 apartments, we are really staying in tune with that one.”
— Washam referencing a residential project planned along Potts Road in Davidson near the Cornelius border. 

“Although they make death a lively thing in New Orleans, that’s not what we are known for in Cornelius.”
— Cornelius Planner Wayne Herron during a pre-meeting discussion about streetscapes and other town issues. 

“I could be dead by that time.”
— Cornelius Town Manager Anthony Roberts during a coffee chat at Lake Norman Tavern about several road projects planned in Cornelius.

“I think individual applicants ... were hesitant to put their hats in the ring without being sure which direction the board was going to go.”
— Long-time Huntersville Town Attorney Bob Blythe, due to step down from his post soon, explaining that he believes uncertainty about the position was why only four people applied for his job. The town posted the in-house counsel position on job search sites while simultaneously seeking applications from firms interested in serving as contracted legal advisors for the town.

“Seems like we keep kicking this can down the road.”
— Commissioner Danny Phillips, acknowledging that, contrary to his initial beliefs, he now supports hiring a town attorney instead of contracting with an outside firm, adding that he’d like to move forward with the candidate review process.

“Jobs. Here’s an opportunity to have people in our community work in our community.”
— Huntersville Commissioner Rob Kidwell, in response to fellow Commissioner Danny Phillips’ question about why the town should provide financial incentives to a new industry.

“There’s 15 girls on the team. I personally believe that each girl could win MVP, easily. Why me? It could be anyone. I firmly believe that.”
— Community School of Davidson senior volleyball player and state final match MVP Sara Labadorf illustrating the team-first attitude that helped CSD claim its second straight 1A title.

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