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Big Day at the Lake 2​ 017 officially ​gets under way Thursday April 2​7 with the Beach Bash at Port City Club in Cornelius. ​Put on your beach clothes and enjoy food and drink specials, ​shag DJ​“Youngblood” Scott Smith​from 97.1 WSGE and a silent auction and raffle. ​All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte. ​ The Beach Bash fundraiser starts at 5:30 p.m. Port City Club is on Harborside Drive in Cornelius. The cost to attend is $5. Big Day at the Lake puts at-risk youngsters from Big Brothers Big Sisters and their m ​ entors—Big Sisters and Big Brothers—out on Lake Norman and Mountain Island Lake for a day of fun each year. This year’s event will be held on Saturday July 2​2​. This year’s fund-raising goal is $100,000. Two businesses are Presenting Sponsors this year: PayPal and Champion Tire. Kevin Mahl, co-founder of Corneliusbased Champion Tire, said he and business partner Jamie Rolewiscz have “always subscribed to the idea that every kid deserves a chance.” ​“​Big Brothers Big Sisters​,​with the help of Big Day at the Lake​,​​provide​a foundation for kids to gain a brand-new perspective on the world. Who knows where that

might take them! After hearing some of the stories, it seems like Big Day at the Lake provides a lot of perspective to more than just the kids as well,” said Mahl. PayPal is also a Presenting Sponsor. John McCabe, senior vice president of global operations for PayPal, said PayPal’s core mission is making it easy for consumers and merchants to reach their financial dreams. “Strong family values and strong community values are the fundamental foundation of an individual’s success. Big Day at the Lake and Big Brothers Big Sisters creates that foundation and the local PayPal team is proud and honored to help in any way we can. Together we can enable the success of people and dreams and aspirations in a way that is fun and inspiring,” McCabe said. Thanks to businesses and individuals, Big Day at the Lake is responsible for raising over $​80​0,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters since its inception in 2003. There is a $5 donation at the door. To donate items for both the live and silent auctions, or for more information about this year’s event, call 704-560-​7​534​. Big Day at the Lake updates can also be found online: Facebook Big Day at the Lake or at

Celebrate Earth Day “Hooked on Cornelius” will be part of the town’s annual observation of Earth Day Saturday, April 22. There will be plenty of green activities, including arts and crafts, tree-planting, nature walks, a scavenger hunt and even fishing, all

at Robbins Park. The first 40 Hooked on Cornelius participants, ages 7 to 12, will receive a youth tackle box. Space is limited and registration is required for the fishing. To register, visit www.cornelius. org/parc.

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Table of Contents Affordable housing

As the cost of housing climbs, town officials start to look at options Pages 4-5

New church

Pastor Jerel Law is opening Love Lake Norman downtown in April Page 6

Arts & Music



The compleat angler shoots his fish, but not everyone is happy Page 8

Live Music Food Trucks Craft Breweries Local Artisans and more!

How we grow

A prime piece of unincorporated land on West Catawba is getting attention Page 13

Cornelius Cooks Diane Smith updates an Italian classic: Chicken Saltimbocca Page 31

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Living Here

Affordable housing builds a foundation for a better community BYDAVE YOCHUM When you look on an aerial map of Cornelius you can see it pretty quickly. Some of the most run-down, substandard housing in Cornelius is less than a mile away from well-tailored million-dollar homes. Yet there are dwellings within an easy walk of those million-dollar homes where adults and children are literally falling through the cracks. There is a growing shortage of affordable housing in Cornelius, as well as an abundance of substandard homes DUKE on one end of the scale and luxury homes on the other end. “Affordable housing doesn’t mean ‘poor,’ it means affordable,” says Jim Duke, a Cornelius Town Commissioner who lives in one of those very large homes in The Peninsula. But his grand-daughter doesn’t. She teaches seventh grade math

in Charlotte and, for her, affordable housing is sharing a three-bedroom apartment with two other teachers. Thing is, Cornelius rents are soaring. Average rents here, according to, are the highest in the Charlotte region, at $1,153 a month. From January of 2014 to December of 2016, average rents in Cornelius rose 15 percent. Cornelius’ average rents are higher than Charlotte. Driving the increase: No new apartment buildings were completed in 28031 during 2016. “Families with incomes significantly lower than a median often struggle to find affordable, safe neighborhoods to raise their children,” Duke says. “It is our responsibility as a Town to ensure that all citizens have access to residences they can afford.” There are lots of drivers around being unable to afford decent housing, not just income. Domestic violence is one. And children, of course, have no control

over where they live, perpetuating generations of struggling families, often led by single women. Evictions by slumlords can happen at the drop of a hat. Then, too, many people in undesirable housing situations remain there out of fear: Some may be illegal immigrants, or have members of the family who are. And they’ll never complain or speak up, says Jeff Porter, executive director of Habitat for Humanity PORTER in Cornelius. He says one in five people here lives in substandard housing, “anything from failing plumbing and heating and air conditioning systems to mold.” Follow the money: New housing is built along class lines.

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Porter says there is a family living here on a back porch—a porch—for $900 a month. “A lot of people are afraid to ask for assistance because they are afraid the house will be condemned,” he says. “People are secretly living in poverty,” Porter says. One elderly couple lived for five years without plumbing before they asked Habitat for help. The protests and riots that rocked Charlotte last September really weren’t about a police shooting. They were more about economic disparity: Charlotte ranks dead last on a list of 50 US cities in terms of upward mobility.

At a community meeting shortly after the Charlotte riots, Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis asked, “are we prepared for what might happen in our community?” Apologizing to the audience for not having a conversation sooner about race relations, he also called for more affordable housing in Cornelius. “There must always be a place for all in any healthy and diverse community,” Duke says. Teachers, firefighters, police don’t necessarily pull in the bucks needed to raise a family in Cornelius, but they don’t qualify for government assistance either, Porter says. “If they live here, the people who police our neighborhoods, teach our kids and fight our fires are much more engaged than those who drive in,” Porter says. Cul de sac communities isolate people. “We’ve done a really bad job with planning,” Travis said at that meeting in September. “There was a time in our community when we did live closer together and there was that sense of community. You knew all the social standings, you had the rich, the blue collar community, we knew each other, but as we became more and more suburbanized, now you see the increase in violence, you segregate poverty and push it to the outskirts,” says Porter. There’s a small business impact as well. “Some employers are already having trouble hiring people from out of continued on Page 5

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town due to the traffic and this will only get worse. In turn, critical services and businesses, such as police and fire, teachers, skilled workers, along with wait staff MILTICH and sales people, will suffer. This will result in a decline in our quality of life,” says Town Commissioner Mike Miltich.

Fixing the problem

The problem can be fixed, Porter says. Habitat, under Porter’s guidance, builds about 15 affordable houses a year for working people who put sweat equity into their new homes as well. Twenty families in Cornelius are on the Habitat waiting list. Affordable housing changes the dynamics in any given household. “It enables people to afford the medicine, the food, the clothing they need to live a stable life,” Porter says. The old approach to affordable or subsidized housing was to segregate everyone into towers or specialized areas, creating “all sorts of problems we know don’t work,” he says. “What we know is affordable housing when it is integrated into market-rate housing, there will be a much more healthy and stable effect that occurs,” Porter says. “We are at the threshold of a much healthier proven way of integrating affordable housing into neighborhoods.” Travis says there is a shortage of affordable housing on the west side of Cornelius. Habitat hopes to scatter affordable housing, instead of concentrating it in a single area, like Poole Place on the sharp turn in Bailey Road. Porter says Davidson has “given us a good example of how to” incorporate higher density housing in large projects so that for-profit builders can include affordable housing at

the start of planning. “It’s with the for-profit homes… where you get that mixed-income, not a lot of affordable housing altogether. That’s so important. Affordable housing is like a relief valve. If you give people hope, it is the perfect antidote to violence,” Porter says. It’s actually hard to picture violence in Cornelius, but it happened in Charlotte where the privileged and upwardly mobile were convinced it couldn’t happen. “We have started the conversation, but we’re not really ready for the conversation. … how do we actually improve affordable housing? We are not unique… [countless] towns are dealing with the same issues,” Police Chief Bence Hoyle said. There’s a practical side, in addition to a ready supply of workers for employers: The owners of affordable houses pay real estate taxes too. Habitat homes alone paid $124,540 in taxes last year. The town has a number of lots and even houses on the books that could be sold to Habitat, and then re-sold. “We envision affordable housing

“With solid economic fundamentals and a growing population driving demand, the rental market in Cornelius is the priciest in the metro area, posting an average rent of $1,153 a month at the end of 2016. What we see in Cornelius is something that many real estate markets across the country are faced with: High rents due to either a lack of supply of new apartments or supply that’s exclusively high-end. With no new large apartment buildings opened in 2016 and the one 300+ unit development that’s projected to open by the end of this year being a Class A (high-end) property, there’s a lack of affordably priced new apartments on the market.” —Nadia Balint, RentCafe

being integrated with market-rate housing in such a way that the two are imperceptible from the outside as people drive by,” Porter says. For the first time, Miltich said, Cornelius is discussing affordable housing in earnest within Town Hall. We are at an important crossroads in our town, said Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam. He plans to create a “human relations advisory board” which will have affordable housing

research, study and recommendations as part of the mission. “With land being developed and bought up for development, it is past time for an action plan. We’ve talked about this matter long WASHAM enough and the time of action is upon us,” Washam said.

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Law or Grace: You can have both at new downtown church First service at Love Lake Norman is in April

BYDAVE YOCHUM When you tell Jerel Law there’s a Pastor Judge a few blocks away at First Baptist Church, the Rev. Law said, “we just need someone named Grace, don’t we.” He didn’t miss a beat, that’s for sure. Law is the chief organizer and leader at Love Lake Norman, a​ new non-denominational church in the Oak Street Mill. Law, who likes to be called Jerel, reflects a depth of knowledge around Christian theology that comes from a traditional Methodist upraising, followed by youth pastoring at​​Mt​. Tabor U​nited Methodist​Church in Winston-Salem​.​ At UNC-Chapel Hill, he was also active in the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He went on to get a Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, an evangelical, non-denominational seminary. The first service at Love Lake Norman is April 2, in the Kadi Fit fitness studio, complete with hardwood floors, a couch and a bunch of those heavy punching bags that hang from the ceiling. Law thinks he’ll leave them up. “What other church is going to have that,” he says. “I love this space. It is central to the community we are trying to reach.” Law, at 45, is taking on an interesting task: Launching a church when attendance is down in some denominations. But he has a few things going for him. Cornelius is growing fast; a church in a high-growth area stands a better chance of growing. There’s also a young demographic here—an abundance of young families looking to sink roots—which is more promising for church planters than populations heavily weighted to seniors. At the same time, some mainstream churches have seen their congregations rattled by passionate disagreement around social issues. Law comes at this church with a clean slate. Law will be innovative, part of the formula for growth in this day and age. The meeting space downtown in the old textile mill is more hip, perhaps,

than a suburban church and Law has considerable experience in church outreach and growth. “I would love for us to be a church that is multi-cultural, multiethnic, different socio-economic backgrounds. … I want us to figure out ways to be a fuller expression of the kingdom of God,” Law says. One of the themes of the new church is coming together as a group and going out individually and collectively. “We want to be a place where people of every background around here—rich, poor, black, white—can gather to be a community and learn more about following God together. But we also want to go out. … We don’t want to be content with just being in a gathering once a week, so that means we will look around our community and we will figure out how do we serve people the best.” Law says he wants Love Lake Norman to be a place where people can belong, even before they believe. “I think a lot of people do have a questions about who God is and what He has to say, if anything, about their lives. … So we’re creating a place where you can come with your questions, with your doubts…where we can all take steps to know who God is.” Law has no idea how many people will show up for the first service April 2. “We don’t know what we’re going to have to be honest. We hope we’ll have a great crowd. But I don’t know if there will be 20 or 120 people. We will be prepared for a larger group and we’ll be OK with a smaller group,” Law says. The Law children will be on hand, of course. Bailey, 17, plays the piano; Christopher, 15, plays bass and keyboard; and Luke, 12, will be “head greeter, he’s the most outgoing, he never met a stranger.” Law and his late wife Susan were married in 1995 after meeting continued on Page 9

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Please join us for the following Easter & Holy Week Services and Activities at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.

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Wednesday, April 12 – Holy Week Wednesday Night Supper 6:30-7:30 pm. Free meal in the Family Life Center Gym Thursday, April 13 - Maundy Thursday Worship Service – 6:40 pm in the Sanctuary. This service is a remembrance of the last supper of Jesus with his disciples. Friday, April 14 - Good Friday Worship Service – 6:40 pm in the Sanctuary. This service remembers the story of Jesus crucifixion and death. Saturday April 15 – Community Easter Egg Hunt 11am – 1 pm. This will take place on the front lawn (If raining, Family Life Center Gym)

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This is free and open to the community. Silent Saturday Service – 1 pm in the Outdoor Chapel (sanctuary if raining). This is a quiet and reflective service focusing on helping us learn to hope when we cannot see hope. Easter Sunday, April 16 - 7 am Sunrise Service Located between the Sanctuary and the Cemetery in the parking lot. (Free pancake breakfast after) 8:30 am Worship in the Sanctuary with Chancel Choir, Brass and Handbells. Identical to the 11:00 am service. 9:45 am Worship in the Family Life Center with the Praise Team. 11 am Worship in the Sanctuary. Identical to the 8:30 am service.

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BYDAVE VIESER Thank God it’s not Grenade Fishing, but a new brand of angling, known as bow (rhymes with go) fishing, has enthusiasts wielding bow and arrows—and bright lights—to attack fish in Lake Norman that did nothing to hurt them. The anglers prowl the shoreline at night, cruising the coves where lots of carp dwell. Larger boats can accommodate multiple hunters. Some boats are highly customized, with raised shooting platforms, and generators to provide electrical power to multiple lights. No shooting experience is necessary; the arrows have lines attached, and fish, most often carp, are reeled back in by hand. While men seem to have found another way to hurt themselves, some lakefront homeowners want to Deep Six the sport. “They come in our cove around 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.,” said Bette Stephenson, who lives on Lagoona Drive. “They go in and out around each pier. Loud talking, bright lights. Makes one think if they are scoping out what is on piers or checking homes our for possible break-ins later.” Forget about a simple line in placid waters while you snooze. Think Geronimo meets the Inland Sea. At night. These anglers chase fish; they don’t wait for them to find their hook. With that level of excitement around shooting dark things in the dark—no one eats carp from Lake Norman— the sport is booming. Bass Pro Shops calls bowfishing “one of the hottest outdoor archery activities.” Some lakefront homeowners don’t

mind the activity. Colleen Thorn, who lives in Island Forest, says the bow fishers are gone within a few minutes. “They come frequently, however only once per night,” she says. They don’t intentionally shine lights into your home, either. “It is just bright to look at,” she says, explaining that the people complaining about the bowfishing “are just people wanting to complain about something.” A recent bowfishing tournament on the Mississippi River near Iowa City drew enough complaints that regulators are considering restrictions. “It turned night into day and blasted our eardrums like we were on an airport runway,” said Tim Mason, an environmental activist from McGregor, Iowa, who spends summers with his wife on a houseboat in the area. Tournaments are held in many parts of the country, but it appears there haven’t been any yet in Lake Norman. Ron Shoultz, from the Lake Norman Marine Commission says the bow and arrow fish hunters have every right to be out on the lake. “As long as they abide by the rules, our opinion has always been that the lake is for everyone.” The Cornelius Police say they have not taken aim at bow fishing. “For the most part, we treat them as anglers pursuing their sport, and usually they are very responsive when someone complains about their lights. Also, just by the nature of bowfishing, they don’t stay in any one spot for too long,” says Cornelius Police Sgt. George Brinzey.

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Snapshot: Jerel Law, pastor Love Lake Norman Meets: 10:30 a.m. each Sunday Education: UNC-Chapel Hill 1994; GordonConwell Theological Seminary, MDiv 2003

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at UNC-Chapel Hill. Their life was perfectly normal for a long time. From 1997 to 2003 Jerel worked at Mecklenburg Community Church, the last two years as discipleship pastor. He helped organize and lead small groups, a technique for growing a church. “God began to impress on me, give me a passion, for the church to be relevant to people’s lives and not what you did on Sundays,” he said. In 2003, the Laws planted Connection Church at Lake Norman YMCA. It was a success and growing. Then Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 at the age of 37. “We were a young couple with three small kids,” Law says. “And so our world immediately became focused on getting her better, chemo and surgery and radiation, we went through multiple seasons of that. We would get to the end and think she was OK and then two, three months later she would have a recurrence,” Law says. In 2009, Connection “was just at a place. … We were focused on her. … And the church was going through the financial crisis of 2008-2009. People were moving for jobs.” Susan died on New Year’s Day 2011. The hospital did ink prints of her hand for each of her children. Law closed the church. “At the time I felt it was crashing and burning. …Life was doing that and church was just a piece of that.” “Things kind of fell apart for us for a while and life was just about how to get my kids to school and fed, a

10-year-old, and 8-year-old and a 5-year-old. We had a year or a year and a half of just a fog.” He started Lake Norman Community Church before Susan passed away, meeting in a home in the MacAulay neighborhood as kind of an experiment in church planting. It grew and moved to a school before merging with Radiant Life Fellowship in Huntersville. “Every step of that was incredibly painful and hard. This will sound like a Sunday school answer, but we felt like there was this God’s umbrella of grace…taking care of us and helping us take steps,” Law says. He and the children are still attached to Radiant, where Law most recently was discipleship and outreach pastor. “They have supported and encouraged this new thing. I didn’t honestly think I would do anything like this again,” Law says. The O in Love Lake Norman’s logo is a handprint—Susan’s. “The handprint for me, it’s one of those ways where I feel like God’s going to show us that her death wasn’t in vain, and that amazing things can happen out of deep tragedy. My hope and prayer is that it will be part of her legacy.” Law talks about Bailey, Christopher, Luke and himself as a unit, one in hope and a more modern approach to doctrine. “Everybody has their issues and everybody goes through their own ways of grieving but they are doing really well. To be honest, I don’t think we’d be starting something new like this if they weren’t in a pretty healthy place. They’re excited about Love Lake Norman.”

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A growing town needs bonds to keep up with infrastructure​

​BYDAVE VIESER Cornelius officials a​ re likely to ask voters​next year for​permission to b ​ orrow another $20 million for capital improvements​.​ ​Bonds are just like mortgage debt; they allow governments to pay for costly infrastructure over the course of many years. Assistant Town Manager Andrew Grant says potential state road projects are in excess of $100 mil-

lion. ​ “Looking ahead to the future, the Town has numerous needs to address by facilitating many critical capital projects​,​” ​he said. “This includes town matches and improvements to several NCDOT road projects that currently total $130 million over the next five to seven years. Financing with bonds is an attractive option, since much of the town costs associated with these road

projects are not able to be collateralized, so traditional financing vehicles cannot be used.” ​Issuing bonds is an appropriate way to finance long​-​term capital improvements such as roads as it spreads the cost over the years and is more equitable than having current citizens pay for long​ -​ term improvements via a short​-​term tax increase​,​”​ says town Commissioner Mike Miltich.​ Some of the major ​NC​DOT capital projects in Cornelius that are currently unfunded, but could be eligible for some future bond money include a new I-77 interchange (Exit 27) at Westmoreland Road; the Bailey Road flyover, which would connect with the yet-to-be built Northcross Drive Extension; Main Street/Highway 115 corridor improvements from Washam Potts Road to the Davidson line on Potts Street, and/or the widening of Highway 21 from Westmoreland Road to Catawba Avenue. “Additionally, the Town’s Capital Improvement Plan contains over $50​million ​of capital projects over the next

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more than one task, Mayhew says. ​Proceeds ​from the event ​benefit​ the Smit​hv​ille ​C​ommunity ​C​oalition, ​​in particular the Send-A-KidTo-Camp ​program, which helps fund day camp costs at the Lake Norman YMCA. Summer camps are about $120 a week, Mayhew says, the goal is to send between 30 and 36 kids to camp. The Smithville Community Coalition is partnering with the Town of Cornelius, the Cornelius Cultural Arts Group and the Diversity Council at the Lake Norman Chamber. Sponsorships are available. For information, call Mayhew at 704-957-0762.

Hop Into Spring You’re going to want to bring your camera to​ “Hop Into Spring​” Saturday, April 8​from 2 pm to 4 pm. There will be plenty of ​family fun, arts a​ nd ​crafts,​an​inflatable obstacle course,​ a​balloon artist​​and a D​J.​​Word is, Mr. Peter Cottontail​will be there as well. Organized by the town’s PARC Dept.

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How will property between Knox and Catawba d​ evelop? BYDAVE VIESER As the local economy continues to sizzle, multiple projects are being considered for the vacant land just east of Bank of America​between Knox Road and West Catawba Avenue. The problem from the town’s viewpoint: E ​​ xisting zoning regulations will permit the developer to carve the 10.7 acres into four separate proposals, and by doing so, avoid coming before the Town Board for approval. “This is a major problem​,​” Commissioner Dave Gilroy​said at the Town Board’s March 20 meeting​. ​“It’s such a critical piece of land.” The owners of the property, Charter Cornelius, could not be reached. The issue actually came up after Gilroy suggested that​a new road be

built on the eastern end of the vacant lan​d​ to relieve traffic at the Torrence Chapel/Catawba Avenue intersection. That’s when Town Manager Anthony Roberts l​et him know the bad news. “We’re hearing from good sources that they are planning on splitting up the land into four separate projects, which they are allowed to do, to get around sub division regulations. They’ve hired a sharp attorney who is well​-​versed on town law.” According to the town’s Planning Director Wayne Herron, the town receives multiple inquiries from developers, attorneys and real estate agents​about the properthy​ . It is zoned Highway Commercial and is in the Town’s ETJ, meaning the town doesn’t have as much control as they

would within town limits. ​There are no applications or even any preliminary plans f​or the property, Herron said. “​ O ​ ur discussion at the Town Board meeting was based on what we have heard from several different interested parties over the last year, but we never know if any of those will come to fruition​,”​ ​ he said.​ The 10.7 acre land is owned by the Charter Group, but leased to Delhaize, the parent company Food Lion supermarket​s. Delhaize has merged with Ahold, another ​food giant, so their initial plans for the property, which was to hold it unused until 2021, appear to be changing. According to Herron, Delhaize actually received approval for a shopping center plan there in the late 90’s, but chose to not build at that time.

The directions from the town board to Herron were crystal clear: “If there’s a lesson to be learned here, let’s learn it fast and make a change​,​” said Commissioner Gilroy. “This should go to the top of our priority list.” Roberts noted that the board had taken steps over the years to make the project application process more business friendly “but there are loopholes here which they may be able to get through, unfortunately, and the attorney who represents this property knows our code very well. We have to sit down with our attorneys and get creative.” Mayor Chuck Travis had the final word: “Wayne, I believe you and Anthony have some additional work to do and report back to us.”

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gather at the Birkdale Golf Club Friday March 31 for a benefit tournament. Hunter,​ ​ w ho grew up in Cornelius, passed away in December​ at age 23 after a drug overdose​. All funds raised will go towards the The Hunter Dalton #HDLife Foundation. ​F or more information, visit “Hunter Dalton #HDLife Foundation” Golf Tournament​ on Facebook. Cooper and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen co-hosted a discussion with physicians, first responders, public health experts, community treatment and recovery program leaders, law enforcement and families impacted by opioid abuse from across the Triad. The discussion focused on strategies that show promise as communities come to grips with the opioid epidemic. Cooper’s 2017-2018 budget proposal includes more than $12 million in community mental health funding to address the opioid crisis. This will provide services including individual and group therapy, coupled with medications, to serve approximately 2,500 individuals statewide. It also includes $2 million for local law enforcement efforts to fight opioid abuse. Governor Cooper and Secretary Cohen asked the group gathered in High Point today to help collaborate on prevention, treatment and recovery solutions. They stressed the importance of encouraging individuals with opioid use disorders in their treatment and recovery – stressing that the road to recovery is a long journey, and not a quick fix. In early March, Secretary Cohen called on clinicians across North Carolina for assistance in fighting the opioid crisis. “Our state is uniquely positioned to help end this epidemic,” she told clinicians. “We are working in a coordinated fashion to ramp up prevention, treatment and recovery efforts. But, we can’t do it alone, we need your help.” Since 1999, opioid overdose has

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Get ready for it: The long-awaited traffic light at Nantz Road and West Catawba will be switched on sometime next week, according to town officials. The light will be operating in the flashing mode for five to 10 days, then steady green and red with yellow in between. “The DOT has promised a minimum of five days in the flashing mode once the signal is completely installed,” said Commissioner Dr. MIke Miltich, who lives on Nantz Road. Then it should be turned on permanently by mid-April. It’s none to soon. The light was promised before the Ramsey Creek Park Beach opened last Memorial Day. The beach will reopen for the swimming season the weekend before Memorial Day this year. As with most DOT signals, traffic sensors in the road will determine when the signal changes to green for traffic on the side street, which in this instance is Nantz Road. If no traffic trips the sensors, the light will stay green for West Catawba. It’s been a long journey for the neighborhood where it became especially difficult to turn left out of Nantz Road with beach traffic and rising traffic counts in general.

Through a spectacularly mixed-up chain of command, the intersection sat half-finished for months. Miltich says he spotted problems with the design, most notably that it was too small. The NCDOT authorized a field change to make the intersection six feet wider. “Here I am a throat doctor telling the NCDOT how to build a road,” Miltich laughed, while pointing out that the NCDOT also missed installing the additional lanes from Catawba Avenue onto I-77. “It’s frustrating. These are the same people who are going to widen Catawba Avenue.” The signal was controversial from the start due to the traffic generated by the opening of the public beach. Originally the signal was supposed to be installed by Memorial Day last year but it was delayed due to the need for various utilities to bury their lines at the intersection. In the interim, the county paid for Cornelius Police to control traffic during hours when the beach was open last summer. Epcon, which is developing an active adult community near the intersection, paid for the traffic signal and its installation.

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Fire damages home on Havenview March 17. A fire just before midnight at a home at 203​44​Havenview Dr​ ive caused significant damage to more than a third of the house which is just off Bethel Church Road. The Cornelius-Lemley Volunteer Fire Dept. extinguished the blaze with help from the Davidson and Huntersville fire departments. ​No one in the home was injured, Cornelius Fire Chief Neal Smith said.​A total of 36 firefighters were on scene. “The residents were out of the house upon our arrival and no firefighters were injured​,” Smith said.​Mecklenburg County property records indicate that the house is owned by Brenda Kay and Barry L. Sheen. Th​e fire in the lakefront home is still under investigation.

​Here is what the chief said: “​The fire involved a wooden walkway to the right side of this residency which had extended up the outside of the house and into the attic area.​Due to being an attic fire, there was heavy damage to the roof and rooms directly underneath.​​Water damage was also extensive in the same area.​”​ Both Cornelius fire stations were on the scene with t​wo​engines​and ​two​ ladders​.​ Due to the damage and time of night, a fire watch remained in place overnight until an extensive overhaul was completed after daylight. One engine remained on scene after​ 3 am for fire watch, the chief said. All units cleared around 10 this morning. Photo: Cornelius-Lemley Volunteer Fire Department

Eye Doc in a Box helps Third World poor see March 28. NC ​​ Sen. David Curtis, an optometrist from Lincoln County, will hold an “​ Eye Doc in a Box Seminar​”​​ Saturday, April 29​at ​Bethel Presbyterian Church​. Curtis ​developed a training program for lay people to learn to prescribe glasses in T ​ hird ​W​orld countries as part of their mission trip offerings. To date, lay people trained by Curtis have treated more than 900,000 patients, most of t​hem having r​ eceived prescription glasses. Curtis has been on more than 50​​ medical mission trips and examined​ more than​50,000 patients. “From my experience as a doctor

and what I have learned doing these clinics, I created Eye Doc in a Box​,” Curtis said. “It is a training to train laymen to conduct eye clinics so that even more people can be blessed with better sight.​”​ To learn more about Eye Doc in a Box, visit The seminar will be held in the Fellowship Hall at Bethel Presbyterian Church, 19920 Bethel Church Rd. The cost to attend is $75 per person and space is limited to the first 30 people. To register, contact Robin Surane at 704-575-2847 by April 26. No deposit required, payment will be accepted at the door.

March 22. The ​late John Kurti, a longtime Cornelius resident and businessman, posthumously received the “Unsung Hospitality Hero​” at the Visit Lake Norman annual meeting. ​He was a founding member ​of the VLN ​board of directors and served on the board for ​more than​16 years​. ​The Unsung Hero award will be renamed in his honor, said Sally Ashworth, executive director of the convention and visitors bureau, which is based in Cornelius. ​Kurti, 72, was a fixture at the Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg. He passed

away after a luncheon meeting in January.​​Kurti was also one of the longestserving members of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He opened Mailboxes Etc. back in the 1990s, which later morphed into the UPS Store.​ He was a mentor to many business owners, as a SCORE counselor through the Small Business Administration. Kurti’s daughter, Keren Kurti Alexander, accepted the award from Ashworth. ​Visit Lake Norman had several other awards as well. T ​ he ​“O ​ utshines from the Front Lines​” award w ​ ent to Minnie Cole, ​b​reakfast ​a​ttendant ​at​ the Residence Inn Lake Norman. The “​S ​ tellar Seller​” was given to Debra Schmidt, ​d​ irector of ​s​ales for the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Huntersville. The “​​ Lead to Succeed​”​award winner ​was​ Juan Robles, ​g​eneral ​m​anager for the Comfort Suites in Huntersville. ​Other award winners included North Harbor Club​, River Run Tennis Center​ and the​Carolina Renaissance Festival.

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March 15. By Dave Vieser. The Cornelius Town Board will ​hold a public hearing April 17 to consider an economic development grant ​ for​Olde Mecklenburg Brewery​which has purchased​ ​a ​51,000 square-foot​ manufacturing facility just north of downtown Cornelius. “The purpose of the hearing would be to receive public comments on proposed economic development incentives to the brewery in relation to their establishment of a new manufacturing facility in Cornelius​,​” said Planning Director Wayne Herron. “The project will consist of a capital investment of approximately $10 million.” The building on Zion Avenue is ​ the former home of MacLean Curtis, which moved its s​crew ​manufacturing​operation​to Mooresville last year.​​ Town officials expect OMB to make extensive improvements to the property, including not just a brewery, but a German-style “brauhaus.” Herron said the grant under consideration would cover a ​10-​year period and would be equal to 90 ​percent​of new ad valorem tax revenue created

by the development. The town’s ad valorem tax rate is .255, b ​ ut ​total incentives are expected to be less than $2.3 million over 10 years. Those incentives may be offset by expenses OMB will incur in straightening out Zion Avenue. The road, which runs parallel to Main Street, makes sharp left and sharp right turns on its way from the Antiquity mixed-use project to the northern end of Zion. Still to be determined is the actual size of the new brewery. OMB and other craft breweries are seeking to​ change s​tate law​ s​which currently cap the amount of beer a brewery can produce annually before having to retain an outside wholesale distributor. That limit is 25,000 barrels of beer​ right now​. If the state legislature lifts the cap, OMB plans to spend as much as $7 million on the Cornelius expansion, hiring as many as 100 workers. Without a change in the cap, a smaller brewery is likely to be built. The meeting will begin at 7 pm at Cornelius Town Hall on Catawba Avenue.

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Yep. That’s snow alright. March 12. We promise not to call it white stuff; after all, it couldn’t possibly be snowing in March, not after it’s already been nearly 80 degrees. Ha. The National Weather Service says we’ll get more snow, mainly before 11 am. At 9 am it was hovering between 32 and 33 degrees, but it will get up near 47 later. Northeast winds are at 5-ish mph. Roads are nice ‘n’ clear and there’s no need to panic buy bread, no matter how much fun that is. Chance of precipitation is 80 per-

cent, according to the weather service. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 29. Light east southeast wind. Tomorrow there will be a slight chance of rain, freezing rain, and sleet between 10am and 11am, then rain likely. Increasing clouds, with a high near 42. East northeast wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no ice accumulation expected.

March 15. By Dave Vieser. The proposed 5,700 square foot QT Convenience Store at Catawba Avenue and Holiday Lane in Cornelius moved closer to reality when the Planning Board unanimously approved the project, sending it to the Town Board for an April 17 rezoning hearing. As first reported by Cornelius Today, plans call for the Acropolis Greek Restaurant, a mainstay in Cornelius for decades, to be torn down, as well as the adjacent Citgo and two homes on Burton Lane. The site is just east of the mast and

sail design on the Diverging Diamond Interchange and across Catawba from Cashion’s Quick Stop. John DiBernardo, real estate manager for QT, said the Oklahoma-based company will continue to expand in the area. A Huntersville resident, he said QT has two locations in Mooresville and six in Cabarrus County. The Cornelius store will have a total of 15-20 employees, including five or six store managers. Clerks are generally high school and college students, he said. “We had a lot of requests for a location in Cornelius,” DiBernardo said.

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3/9/17 $330,000 David & Tara Lane to Chelsea Knox & Aldo Perez, 17817 Overland Forest Dr. 3/9/17 $304,000 CRLDC LLC to Classica Homes, 17814 and 17818 Jetton Green Loop 3/9/17 $344,000 Jeffrey & Marcia Caveslio to Marisa Pascucci & Joseph Fauceglia, 22226 Market St. 3/10/17 $321,000 South Creek Homes to Anthony & Karen Capone, 18227 Ebenezer Dr. 3/10/17 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 196 Bailey’s Glen

3/10/17 $361,000 South Creek Homes to Jacquelyn Robinson, 13306 Edemore Ln. 3/10/17 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 175 Bailey’s Glen 3/10/17 $381,000 South Creek Homes to John Jr. & Jean Shryock, 11714 Meetinghouse Dr. 3/10/17 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 170 Bailey’s Glen 3/10/17 $215,000 Melvin & Martha Funk to Amme Thompson, 18708 Ronceverte Dr. 3/10/17 $360,000 South Creek Homes to Eleanor Berry, 18217 Ebenezer Dr. See HOMES, Page 26

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Cornelius 3/13/17 $350,000 Patrick & Kelly Mixon to Karen Lynn, 1155 In Keepers Way 3/14/17 $147,500 Kara Hochevar to Buonagura & Assoc., Unit 43 Wood Duck Cove Condominiums 3/14/17 $415,000 Melissa Belanger to Sherry & Mark Suprock, 18331 Glenealy Dr.


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shall & Adrienne Munyak, 535 Spring St. 3/9/17 $657,000 Carolina Cottage Homes to Steven & Brenda Landau, 472 Beaty St. 3/10/17 $485,500 Stacey Mark to John & Laura Knight, 15722 Laurel Oak Crescent 3/10/17 $690,000 Ross & Melissa Atherton to Kurt & Elizabeth Kroger, 13701 Robert Walker Dr. 3/10/17 $310,000 Michael & Kimberly Rectenwald to Giuseppe Valacchi & Phuonganh Phungdao, 131 Park Forest St. 3/13/16/17 $825,000 James & Diane Copio to Jeffrey & Candace Dimeo, 18830 River Falls Dr. 3/14/17 $390,000 Richard & Terri Brisson to Kenneth & Nicole Calden, 12310 Bradford Park Dr. 3/15/17 $727,000 JCB Urban Co. to Edward Patterson & Krista Coppola, 824 Patrick Johnston Ln. 3/15/17 $418,000 Stephen Warren & Leigh Hodges Davidson to Jadiran & Annsley Ehret, 200045 Verlaine Dr.

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table can be used to store awkward items—and for all us practical folk, it’s easier to vacuum. Sutton recommends a tailored look. Consider inverted box pleats on the corners, and even a lining. Custom glass for the top is a good look and practical. Back-painted glass could look awesome with a complementary skirt. Sutton says there are so many choices around fabrics that you can achieve almost any look you want, or blend into what’s already working. “A round table will really draw you into the space when you walk into a house, or, in a smaller home, it helps the room look finished and polished, and helps divide uses,” Sutton says. “You can go really casual or really formal.”

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Diane Smith’s Chicken Saltimbocca will jump in your mouth

In Italian, saltimbocca​ means “jumps in the mouth​.” The dish, usually made with veal, is a mainstay in Italy, Spain and Greece​. It’s topped with prosciutto and sage or basil​ and always delicious Diane Smith ​s ubstitutes chicken for the veal ​a ​n d it, too, d ​ oes

that jump-in-the-mouth thing. She and husband Robert enjoy hosting dinner parties and entertaining at their home on Southport Drive in Jetton Village. Chicken Saltimbocca is a go-to, but impressive main dish. ​S he usually​ gets a start on the recipe in the morning, so the

chicken filets can take in the parmesan cheese for an extrasavory dish.

​T he Smiths met in New York. Diane went to Columbia University in New York City and Bob attended Vanderbilt University.​ They shared a summer rental in the Hamptons for f​our​ years and we​r e​ married in 1986​. They raised their two daughters—​ Lindsay and Maggie—​ i n nearby Westchester County​ , but both​ now l​ ive and work in Manhattan​.​ ​“​I worked full​-​t ime raising the girls as a Registered Nurse working mostly in Intensive Care​ ,” says Diane, who is now a Realtor with Keller Williams​ . Bob was transferred by J​.​P​.​ Morgan​, the big financial company, here four years ago​. “​We took a leap of faith, and packed our belongings and our dog, Teddy​ , ​ and moved to Cornelius.​” The couple attends St. Therese Roman Catholic Church.



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​Realignment: Town hopes to straighten Bailey Road in ‘19 ​BYDAVE VIESER As ​ a redesign a​nd plan c​ome​ s​into focus, it seems likely that Cornelius motorists will be riding on a straighter, safer Bailey Road in a few years, which will bear little resemblance to the curvy 25 mph speed limit road motorists must currently navigate between Poole Place and Highway 21. “This project has been identified as providing significant benefits to our area road network and community​,​” said Assistant Town Manager Andrew Grant. The benefits include safety improvement by eliminating the existing ​sharp curve, and by creating a new and safer​ intersection with the existing Bailey Road and the newly extended road. Additionally, the current and future ​ industrial and commercial uses along Bailey Road would be able to utilize the new road rather than traveling through the Oakhurst residential area​ , Grant said. ​Mo ​ torists traveling westward on Bailey Road must make a sharp 90 degree turn at Poole Place. The road then meanders through the Oakhurst neighborhood until another

90 degree turn, after which it intersects with Highway 21/Statesville Road. Eastbound motorists do the same but in opposite order. As a result, the speed limit in the Oakhurst section is reduced to 25 mph, and motorists must be extremely careful about oncoming c​ars​ and pedestrian​s​. The town plans to eliminate the slow trek through Oakhurst by constructing a Bailey Road Extension west at

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Poole Place and then continue virtually straight across currently undeveloped land, meeting Highway 21 south of the Oakhurst office ​buildings. The design of the Bailey Road extension/Highway 21 intersection is still a work in progress, but it should ultimately connect with a future Bailey Road flyover, an additional road and bridge over I-77 that would hopefully reduce the traffic volume on Westmoreland Road by allowing for an additional east-west travel option in Cornelius. The new intersection at the existing sharp curve on Bailey Road will likely be a T-intersection with the main flow of traffic along Bailey R​o​ad/​​Bailey R​oad​ Ext​ension having the right of way and traffic from the Oakhurst area having a stop condition. The current Bailey Road would remain as is, but carry a significantly lower

volume of traffic. This could be a mixed blessing for local businesses, benefitting the businesses along Bailey Road closer to Highway 115 while reducing the number of travelers on the original stretch near Highway 21. However, Joe Douglas from the Captiva Restaurant Group​,​which ​owns​131 Main​at Bailey and Hwy. 21​and is building Cowboy Restaurant nearby​,​is maintaining a positive attitude. “At the end of the day, we want what’s best for the entire community.” County tax records show that the undeveloped land in the area of the new route is owned by the family of Kenneth Jackson Cooke of Statesville​; the town will negotiate with them to acquire the property for the new road. In addition, there is a Transco gas pipeline which will have to be crossed as part of the future Bailey Road Flyover project, and the town is evaluating that crossing now as it will influence the precise​alignment of​Bailey Road . Kimley-Horn Associates of Charlotte has been retained to develop a ​“​conceptual design​”​proposal for the road, at a cost of $ $84,140. However, the entire project cost, including construction, is estimated to be $5.75 million. The on-going conceptual design is being funded by the 2013 voterapproved bonds. The town board is considering selling Phase II bonds in 2018​. If that occurs, this project is likely to be funded by those newly issued bonds and construction could commence as early as the fiscal year starting July, 2019​, Grant said.​

I-77 Safety Summit to be held April 12 at Cornelius Town Hall Safety concerns with the I-77 toll lane construction project will be the focus of a special summit at Cornelius Town Hall to be held Wednesday April 12, beginning at 6:30 p​.m. i​ n the first floor community​​room. Former​ NC Rep. Tricia Cotham will be moderating the event, to which all residents are invited. At the summit, those in attendance will be able to address safety concerns with the toll lane project. According to summit organizer Michelle Ferlauto, the event is in response to a significant increase in

traffic accidents and hazards over the past year. In December, Cornelius Today reported exclusively that the accident rate within the I-77 toll lane construction zone, between Exits 23 and 36, increased by nearly 10​ percent​during the past 12 months. The results of a local traffic survey which includes complaints about escalating car insurance rates will also be discussed. Those wishing to participate in the survey may still do so by accessing the following link:​

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Cowboy​, a f​ast ​c​asual ​eatery​, riding into town ​BYDAVE VIESER I​t’s pretty safe to assume that restaura​​teur​Joe Douglas knows his way around​the Cornelius​dining scene, having​ ​established​ a successful sit down restaurant, 131 Main, as well as Tenders takeout-chicken. Now​ he’s​coming back with yet another unique eatery: DOUGLAS Cowboy Restaurant featuring ​s​teak, ​c​hicken and ​r​ibs. ​And all three are located within a few hundreds yards of each other on Highway 21.​ The 4,000 square​-​foot ​Cowboy​ restaurant will be ​right across Bailey Road from 131 Main. The three buildings​,​ compris​ing​ ​33​,​000 square feet on three​acre​s, will ​hous​e​commercial tenants, and offices, as well as Douglas’ restaurant. There will be seating both indoors and outdoors​. Douglas ​hopes to have it open by the end of the year. ​“I​’ve been formulating in my mind what I wanted to do with this spot for over three years​,”​ Douglas said. “In my travels to places like Texas and California, I noted that fast​-​casual restaurants were really catching on, and I think it’s time for one in Cornelius.” Fast casual restaurants do not of-

business​ will be moving from a smaller 2,000 square foot ​ l eased​ building in Huntersville to a 3​,​8 00 square foot single story building on Bethel Church Road​ halfway between Catawba and Jetton Road Extension. Owner J​ .​ R​ . ​ Hipsky says he has been ​p icking up m ​ any new dance students in recent months and needed a larger facility. Property records show he paid $165,000 for the land, which is assessed at $286,000.​ Some properties in this area have waited years to develop. “With our larger studio we will be able to have a competitive size dance floor for various events and competitions. It’s also a great inDynamic Ballroom moving to vestment opportunity​,​”​ Hipsky says.​ Cornelius T he steel for the new building ​ Construction has begun on the should be arriving around the secnew home for Dynamic Ballroom, an all​ -​ p urpose dance studio. The​ ond week of April​. Hipsky​ is aiming for a July opening.

fer full table service but do promise higher​-​quality food than normal fast food eateries, with fewer frozen or processed ingredients. They are largely an American discovery,​ somewhere​between fast food and casual dining. “Sit-down restaurants can be pricey, fast-food places are pretty limited and not exactly known for healthy fare​,”​ Karen Cicero who writes for Parents Magazine. “The alternative: fast-casual restaurants, a hybrid of the two.​​They have a more varied menu, higher-quality ingredients, and comfier seating than typical fast-food joints. And they cost just a little more.” Douglas is serious about the food he will be serving. “We’re talking about ​f​i let, ​r​ib ​e​ye, quality steaks and everything will be fresh. I’m also going to concentrate on providing a high level of service. We’ll be making everything from scratch. I really think the Lake Norman family crowd will enjoy this new concept.”

a complete overhaul to accommodate an all-new kitchen and a floorto-ceiling redesign. Current plans are for inside seating to accommodate about 70 people, and a covered upper deck w​ith​ another 45 seats for all-seasons dining. A bi-level deck and tiki bar will provide the same familiar view overlooking the lake, while a lower deck will open only in the warmer months. The new restaurant is owned by Joe and Katy Kindred, who also operate​Kindred’s in Davidson, which has already been listed on Bon Appetit’s 2015 list of the Hot 10 Best New Restaurants in the country.​It is expected to open​sometime this summer.

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New Corporations

S S E N I S U B These corporations have registered with the N.C. Secretary of State

Cornelius 3/10/17 Westmoreland Films LLC, Lisa Corum, 19701 Bethel Church Rd., Ste. 103 #247, Cornelius 3/13/17 D Borg Realty Group LLC, Diana Milena Borg, 19109 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 200, Cornelius 3/13/17 Mancuso Construction and Design LLC, Robert B. Newkirk III, 19810 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. E, Cornelius 3/13/17 Mangini Properties Inc., Mangini Enterprises Ltd., 8625 Forest Shadow Cir., Cornelius 3/13/17 MTI Investments LLC, Ronald F. McManus, 20311 Chartwell Center Dr., Cornelius 3/13/17 Ryan S. Whalen DDS 2 P.A., Ryan Whalen, 21025 Catawba Ave., Ste. 102, Cornelius 3/13/17 Union77 LLC, Jonathon Hamilton, 19608 Valiant Way, Cornelius 3/13/17 WEC Investments LLC, Wesley Choplin, 19700 One Norman Square, Ste. C, Cornelius 3/14/17 B & BT Management LLC, Young Su Lee, 10202 Danesway Ln., Cornelius 3/14/17 Ike’s K-9 PUB LLC, Naomi J. Bailey,

10327 Conistan Pl., Cornelius 3/14/17 Tolson Solar Storage LLC, Adam Will Foodman, 20035 Jetton Rd., Cornelius 3/15/17 IRIS Home Accents LLC, Carol E. Brundage, 8811 Cherry Blossom Ln., Cornelius 3/16/17 Paradise Pointe at Great Island POA, Joe Shipbaugh, 18605 Northline Dr., Unit 14, Cornelius 3/16/17 Shepherds Landing LLC, Dough Testa, 19905 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 202, Cornelius 3/16/17 W8less LKN LLC, Paige Coleman, 10442-A Bailey Rd., Cornelius 3/17/17 Kay Vel Products LLC, Kenneth Settle, 20921 Sterling Bay Ln., Apt. F, Cornelius

Davidson 2/28/17 Agape Health and Wellness Services PLLC, Megan Rhyne Cousar, 11001 Hat Creek Ln., Davidson 3/1/17 Londonderry Builders LLC, Richard J. Kline, 215 Main St., Davidson 3/1/17 Queensbury Communities Inc., Richard J. Kline, 215 S. Main St., Davidson

Three investment advisors make Barron’s national list Three investment advisors in the Golden Crescent region of North Carolina were recently named​ to​the Top 1,200 Financial Advisors in DAVIS America by Barron’s,​ the financial ​news and information magazine. ​There were 30 financial advisors on Barrons’ North Carolina list, with most of them operating in Charlotte. ​Chris Davis, of Davidson Wealth Management/Wells Fargo ​ Advisors in Davidson, was No. 6 on the Barron’s list this year and last year. Jeffrey Carbone and Andrew ​ Smith, with Cornerstone Financial Partners in Huntersville, were 10th

and 11th on the list, up from 16th and 24th, respectively, last year. Th​e Barron’s ​a nnual list highlights topperforming financial CARBONE advisors from across the country. Selection is based on data and information provided by more than 4,000 of the nation’s most successful advisors. ​Rankings ​a re based on assets under management, revenue generated for their firms, regulatory reSMITH cord, quality of practice and philanthropic work.

3/8/17 Holistic Naturals LLC, Colin Gorman, 219 Lingle Dr., Davidson

Davis, 10843 Tailwater St., Davidson

3/6/17 ALMS Properties LLC, Kyle Winkler, 18912 Cypress Garden Dr., Davidson

3/10/17 Carolina Chic Home Staging LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 16813 Reinsch Dr., Davidson 3/10/17 WE Consulting Services LLC, John H. Frechette, 13629 Bradford Walk Ln., Davidson 3/10/17 YCG Inc., Michael Christopher

3/13/17 Primrose Group Inc., United States Corporation Agents Inc., 13611 Evening Primrose Dr., Davidson 3/14/17 Patch of Land LLC, James Rippy, 19041 Davidson Concord Rd., Davidson 3/16/17 Davidson Bakery Partners LLC, Richard J. Kline, 215 S. Main St., Ste. 301, Davidson

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Your comments and opinions since 2006

Obey the speed limit “Attention drivers...the speed limit on Bailey Road in Oakhurst is 25 mph, not 35, not 45. There are children and dogs. It’s a neighborhood not the Speedway.” —via

How long does it take? Traffic signal at 115 & Hickory “In the January 2016 (yes, last year) issue of Cornelius Today, it was noted that there would be a traffic signal added on 115 at the intersection of Hickory Street and construction was slated to begin summer of 2016. How long does it take to add a traffic signal? Do we have to wait until there’s a major accident at that intersection to get a light? It is VERY dangerous and causes backup in all directions if someone needs to turn in or out of Hickory, especially to/from the Harris Teeter side. Note there are more businesses going into the Antiquity plaza. Stop building without making road adjustments to handle the growth!”

—via • Tyler Beardsley, assistant to the town manager, explains: The Town originally considered constructing a new signal in conjunction with the Hickory Street Extension project. However, last year, the Town paused the signal installation to confirm the specific design, as it received a study grant to analyze long-term improvements to the Hwy. 115 corridor. The ongoing study has confirmed the signal design. The Town did not want to expend funds on the signal if the corridor study recommended a different type of improvement at that intersection. Also, in an effort to reduce overall Town costs, the Town recently applied for and has been awarded a grant to construct the signal and associated improvements. As this award has just occurred, the Town will be working with NCDOT and CRTPO on the structure of the grant agreements, timing of the availability of the grant funds, and scheduling the signal installation.

Focus on town not ETJ Good job, Officer Kenny (Responses to the Sound Off from March CT) “There will always be people that complain about something. The newest story about Officer Kenny and dog control in Cornelius is one of them. After retiring here I looked for something that I would like to do. I became a dog walker at Cornelius animal shelter. There are other volunteers that dog walk and do other work to help out there but I just walk dogs. After owning my kids’ dogs (haha), I missed walking them so that is what I and others do. I think Kenny is doing a Great Job. He can’t be every where at once. If people are going to have pets,they have to take on the responsibility to have them & keep them from running at large to be a problem.” —via

“There is protocol to follow in ‘doing their job’ at the animal shelter. Officer Kenny Russell is one that has been there since the animal shelter was a mere six cages and a lean-to cover. As you said, ‘he knows where the dog lives’ and this fact alone separates Officer Russell from most because he DOES take time to know his residents and their animals. Funny thing, I had just told Officer Russell TODAY that ‘I don’t know where we’d be without him.’ THANK YOU!!!!! for your tireless service to Cornelius.”

—via • We agree. Officer Kenny Russell is our all-time favorite animal control officer

“As if it was difficult enough to get our officers to patrol our neighborhoods the Chief now wants to patrol the county “ETJ”. Why would anyone think that is a good idea? We cannot afford to maintain our town’s security and we certainly cannot afford to support the Chief ’s ego with more area to police. Focus on the town needs not your own.

• Town Manager Anthony Roberts responds: Cornelius Police are not policing the Extra Territorial Jurisdictions. “We ride through it, by it, and around it all day long. We will police the ETJ if it is annexed into town or the County and town reach an agreement for such services,” he said.

‘QT store passes Planning Board’ (March 15 online “I’d rather have Acropolis.” “We want Sheetz!!” “Now that is real progress. A convenience store on an interstate exit.” —​via Cornelius Today on Facebook​


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​Wire you doing this to our streetscape?​ ​“​Hello, I did not know where to turn to voice my disappointment at what is happening at Nantz and Catawba, perhaps you guys can help me out here.​I can’t believe that they are putting the wooden telephone poles and guy wires at that intersection. This is new construction where there is an opportunity to do something nice. How ugly this is, All you need to do is head down the road to Jetton and Catawba, then continue on Catawba towards 77 and all you will see are modern traffic light structures. How can you compare that to the crap that you will see all over intersections in poor T ​ h​ird ​W​orld countries. (​T​hat is how they do it there​.​)​I have been here two yrs and am from Ca, nowhere in the whole state of Ca do you see traffic signals supported by wire, supported by poles, supported by guy wires. Unreal!! It is very distressing to me that in a beautiful town like Cornelius you have people making decisions like this that affect everyone here. It literally cheapens the town and adds to a very unsophisticated look.​Any advice on who to turn to re: this issue.​​Thanks very much​. ​I enjoy reading Cornelius Today.​” —via SoundOffCornelius@gmail. com​ • Town Commissioner Mike Miltich responds: Please remember it is the County that performed the installation (which was mandated by NCDOT because of the new swim beach). They will only be there temporarily. When West Catawba Phase II Widening is performed in approximately 2020, the whole corridor from Jetton to Sam Furr will be redone including the utilities and signals. The design plans are still being discussed.

‘Growth, more growth coming to Cornelius’ Another perspective on speed limits ‘”The difference between driving a mile at 35 mph and 45mph is 22 seconds.” ...However, 22 seconds multiplied by three round trips on Jetton’s one mile of lowered speed limits is 132 seconds a day. And that is over 13 hours more per year in driving time! So thank you Cornelius for taking a four-lane road with no driveways on it and reducing the speed limit for no reason (after spending thousands of dollars on crosswalk technology) and increasing everyone’s commuting time by over 13 hours per year. This is classic government thinking— “it’s only 22 seconds.” Just like “it’s only a few more million dollars.” Especially when the decision makers aren’t putting in the extra 13 hours of commuting time. Or any of the money they are so quick to spend.” —vai • Your math is excellent, but to help put things in perspective, AC Nielsen says the average 35- to 49-year-old spends 33 hours and 40 minutes a week watching television. ​Jetton is a popular route for cyclists and pedestrians, as well as motorists. The lower speed limit makes Jetton safer for all three users. A little history: NC Sen. Jeff Tarte broached the idea of a townwide 35 mph speed limit back when he was mayor of Cornelius. The citizen-driven Transportation Advisory Board also recommended lowering the speed limit on Jetton to 35 mph. Economic developers and urban planners have also found a relationship between pedestrian/cyclist friendly communities and highquality economic development. The Urban Land Institute, a prestigious real estate and urban planning organization, published ​“U ​ LI Research Roundup: The Impact of Bicycle Infrastructure Investment on Retail Sales and Job Creation​” with lots of great data​. Of course, 35 mph is intuitively and statistically safer than 45 mph—ask Sen. Tarte, we recently talked to him about this.​The short stretch of Jetton between Charles Towne L​ane and West Catawba is one of the most accident-prone areas in Cornelius. ​Then, too, Jetton has “rolled” curbs that will not prevent an errant car from rolling into pedestrians on the sidewalk. They were banned in Statesville in 2015 because they’re u ​ nsafe. ​The Cornelius Town Board voted 5-0 to lower the speed limit, with support from Mayor Chuck Travis. Erring on the side of safety ​was the right thing to do and we tip our hats to them for doing so. Former Mayor Tarte’s idea of a town-wide 35 mph speed limit still has merit.

(March 13 online “And not a damn road to support it.” “Please say that all road projects will be completed before adding more congestion.” “But no roads. Anyone else feel like we are being punked daily?” “Screwd blewed & tattooed! Thanks Pat McCrory & banned of misfits uptown council who voted yes to toll roads including Mayor Roberts.” “Too bad they placed it so close to the intersection. That now inhibits the significant widening that crossing so desperately needs.” “Circle K has given people a fun new way to bypass a long traffic light. I can picture cars flying through the parking lot at 70mph right now.” “When Davidson had the state reduce the speed limits on Old Concord Road it stated taking much longer to use that to by pass I 77 to go south then east, so I think many have decided to use Bailey now instead.” “That’s what the investors want!! Grow that money!! That’s the only way they make money... growth! Your city, your country, any publicly owned corporation is selling the people down the river for their profits!” —via Cornelius Today on Facebook




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