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Boat Hosts are still needed to take at-risk children from Big Brothers Big Sisters out on Lake Norman and Mountain Island Lake for Big Day at the Lake on Saturday July 22. Each child comes with a built-in chaperone—their mentor from Big Brothers Big Sisters—and a signed waiver. Hundreds of Boat Hosts are needed; some Boat Hosts opt for one match, which means one adult and one child, some opt for two. All sizes and types of boat are welcome, but not personal watercraft. To register as a Boat Host, or to volunteer, go to www.bigdayatthelake.com. Big Day at the Lake is an all volunteer Cornelius-based organization that supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Carolinas and the mentors it provides from Charlotte to Cornelius to Cabarrus County. Big Day at the Lake is not a 501(c)3, so all donations go directly to Big Brothers Big Sisters and are tax deductible. There is virtually no overhead for Big Day at the Lake, thanks to generous in-kind support from local
businesses ranging from pizza and cole slaw (Mama’s Express and Big Bite’z) to printing and the picnic grounds (AlphaGraphics and Duke Energy), not to mention 13 years of support from Business Today and Cornelius Today. Big Brothers Big Sisters estimates more than 200 at-risk youth will participate July 22, along with 200 Bigs or chaperones. Boat Hosts meet their Big and Little wherever the Boat Hosts want: At a boat ramp, a marina, a yacht club or behind a private home. The day starts at about 9 am, followed by fun on the lake. There is a picnic—not open to the public—for Bigs and Littles and Boat Hosts and their families at 1 pm. The picnic is optional, so the time commitment for Boat Hosts is manageable and quantifiable. One of the underlying themes of Big Day at the Lake is “people coming together who would not otherwise come together.” The Presenting Sponsors of Big Day at the Lake are Champion Tire and PayPal. For a list of sponsors and donors, see page 37. The fundraising goal this year was $100,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters. An additional $200,000 in funding for Big Brothers Big Sisters was secured by Sen. Jeff Tarte, the former mayor of Cornelius and a long-time Boat Host, and voted on by the state legislature.
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Table of Contents This old house
The Morgan house on Bethel Church has a tragic story behind it. Page 4
A hero in our midst
Cpl. Jerry Crump ﬂung himself over a missile, absorbing a blast with his body. A new statue honors him. Page 6
Impressario for Cornelius
Justin Dionne will bring an open, community-based approach to the Arts Center. Page 8
The beach one year later
The crowds have thinned out and the water’s ﬁne. Page 10
What is Big Day At The Lake? All volunteer, community-based, no overhead, supports Big Brothers Big Sisters. Page 34 NEWS-E …………………………PAGES 12-18 HOME SALES ……………………….PAGES 22-27 HOME DECOR …………………..….…..PAGE 28 NEW CORPORATIONS ..........................PAGE 31 SOUNDOFF ................................PAGES 38-39
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House of horrors vexes town, neighbors
FROM POLICE REPORT The house, the police report and (inset) a younger Stan Morgan.
BY DAVE YOCHUM While the Town of Cornelius has decided it can regulate how people can store boats in their yards—we can, but we’ll be fined—the town can’t seem to do anything about a hulking brick ruin of a house on Bethel Church Road. It sits like a monster in a nightmare, but one that’s gone on day and night for years. There appears to be a decade’s worth of overgrowth blocking the front door. Indeed, the front walk stops far away from the front door, obscured by bushes only a chainsaw can tackle. There are broken windows, a rusted Studebaker, a decrepit boat and boarded-up doors.
The rear deck is unsafe, and it’s a 12foot drop into who knows what. This 4,000-square foot home, beautiful when it was built in 1988, is an attractive nuisance, the first place a 10-year-old boy would want to explore. The names on the deed are Stanley N. Morgan and his mother Druscilla R. Morgan. Both are deceased and the house is tied up in probate. But it’s not as if the house at the corner of Bethel Church Road and Havenview Drive fell into profound disrepair yesterday, last year, or the year before. No one is really sure, but neighbors say the property fell into disrepair well before 2010.
“I moved here four years ago in October and embarked upon this nightmare. This house has black mold, animals and frequent robbers! It is an absolute nightmare that the beautiful town of Cornelius will not do a thing about this house,” said Kira Skill, the owner of a lakefront home just across Havenview.
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This is a million-dollar neighborhood, full of substantial, elegant homes. The Morgan house sits near the center of a 2.1 acre lot that could easily be subdivided with ample room for four McMan-
sions, the kind that are being built on in-fill properties in some parts of town. A member of the Morgan family described the time before his death as “surreal.” Morgan was unmarried and had no children. Neighbors who remember him from parties years ago said he was brilliant. “When the man was alive, the police were so frightened to approach the house because of the weapons the man had on the property. The man was jailed for threatening the children on the street,” Skill said in an email to Cornelius Today. On Feb. 24 last year Cornelius police “stormed into the home with full-on weapons and found him dead,” Skill said in her email. On a recent afternoon, in broad daylight, she would not walk up the long driveway toward the Morgan house. A tree is growing up through a worn-out Chevy van, and out a door. A ruined Camaro’s rear window is completely broken out, creating a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes, one town commissioner said.
How long Morgan, 62, was dead inside the home is unclear. Some people say four months, some say six. Cornelius Today could not obtain a copy of the coroner’s report, but Morgan’s obituary said he died Feb. 24, 2016 at his home. He was born in Rowan County in 1953. His parents were Fred and Druscilla Morgan. He graduated from Shelby High School in 1971 and was a member of the marching band before going to
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Skill says the town has done “nothing about the stench and disarray, even after many attempts from all of our street. We would plead with the Town of Cornelius but got nothing! Now we just wait as we live among rats, rodents, robbers, abandoned cars and black mold.” She said, “we pay our taxes and this is what we get.” Town officials say there’s no simple answer, that local governments can
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only do what State law authorizes and allows them to do. Wayne Herron, planning director for the Town of Cornelius, says the Morgan home meets the Minimum Housing Code standards for a vacant home. North Carolina law does not allow local governments to regulate the appearance of residential properties. In the case of the Morgan house, the overgrown shrubs, boards on the windows and the falling down lattice are all cosmetic issues that local governments may not regulate on residential properties, whether occupied or vacant. “The main issue I hear from neighbors is the appearance,” Herron said. According to the town, a family member wanted to tear the home down and sell the property, but since the home was in Druscilla’s name and she did not leave a clear will, other claims were made on the property and it is now in probate. “The family is committed to removing the home and selling the property as soon as it clears probate,” Herron said. Dead or alive, Morgan’s house was an eyesore for years. The Morgan house is not like a boat sitting on blocks in the backyard, Herron says. “You ask about the difference in appearance vs. regulating outdoor storage. Appearance is clearly an issue that we are not able to regulate under State law, but outdoor storage deals with the use of the property and location of items. Local governments are allowed, if they so choose, to regulate types and locations of uses within a property through setbacks, locational standards as well bulk, height other locational standards. This is clearly stipulated in State Statutes,” Herron said in an email that was copied to the town manager and the town attorney.
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UNC-Chapel Hill. He graduated in 1975 with a BS in Business Administration. Neighbors who got inside the house said the interior was in disarray. Sadly, Druscilla passed away in South Carolina shortly after her son died. That’s about it. There’s no Facebook page for Stanley, nor any mentions here or there on the internet. His obituary says he was the owner of SNM Enterprises. It does not show up in North Carolina corporation records. Neighbors say he held a U.S. Patent, but none could be found in his name. But he does show up in Cornelius Police records. Morgan was clearly a troubled man, with arrests dating back to 2007, when the Camaro, license SNM, was drivable. On Feb. 16, 2007 he was arrested by Cornelius Police for driving while impaired and having a concealed weapon; in 2008 for carrying a concealed weapon and resisting an officer; again in 2008 for trying to hit an officer with a metal pipe; in 2012 for disorderly conduct and communicating threats; and again in 2012 for communicating threats and disorderly conduct at 19815 North Cove Road, the address of the Harris Teeter. Morgan’s body was removed from the house he built at age 35 on Feb. 24, 2016. His mother died six weeks later.
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Jerry Crump: The soldier, the man BY DAVE VIESER At 10 a.m. July 4, a large contingent of friends and visitors will gather at the Cornelius Veterans Monument at Rotary Plaza to dedicate a new bronze likeness of US Army Cpl. Jerry K. Crump. The Cornelius resident, who died in 1977, was a Medal of Honor winner for his valor in Korea, and his heroism is eloquently captured in the official proclamation which accompanies the medal. But he was more than a medal recipient: He was a dedicated husband and father, as well as a well-respected instructor at Davidson College. Cornelius Today reached out for an exclusive interview with daughters Theresa Schwab of Cornelius and Sheila Waskow of Huntersville. “Dad, along with his twin brother Harry, was one of eight children, so he came from a large family with plenty of activity,” said Schwab. He spent many days playing baseball in his spare time while growing up in Rutherford County, where his family lived early on. While he would be a college instructor later in life, his primary goal was to join the Army, which he did in 1950. After basic training, he was assigned to Korea where the fighting had already begun, and in September 1951, he encountered the “numerically superior hostile force” which he valiantly fought against, and for which he ultimately received the Medal of Honor. “His injuries were quite serious,” said Sheila. “He was first sent to a hospital in Tokyo to recover, and then flown back to Fort Bragg. And he couldn’t be assigned to another combat mission due to the extent of his injuries.” However Crump wanted to serve his
Theresa Schwab and Sheila Waskow proudly display their father’s Medal Of Honor
country, and served two more 13-month stints in Korea after the war had ended. In between the Korean assignments, he spent time in Europe and the US. When assigned to Europe, he was a member of the command inspection team making sure units were combat ready. While assigned in the states, he began working at Davidson College as an ROTC and Rifle Team instructor. Meanwhile, the family moved into a home on Catawba Avenue, making for a short commute between home and Davidson. Theresa and Diane were born just 13 months apart in the 1950s so when they reached their teen years, their dad was around quite a bit. “He may have been soft spoken but then again he never had to say much. When he looked at you or snapped his fingers we got the message,” Waskow said. Both recall an incident at a local church during a salute to the American
trees. He was killed instantly. After an investigation, medical investigators concurred that he had a significant amount of shrapnel from his war injuries, and that one of the pieces had worked loose, causing a fatal blood clot. “Dad taught us to love our family and our community,” both daughters said. Clearly that message got through, as both Schwab and Wascow are long time-volunteers and supporters of the USO. In fact, Wascow retired two years ago after a stint as VP of the USO’s North Carolina Chapter. They will likely shed a few tears when the statue is dedicated on July 4, but they are also overwhelmed at the response from people all over the world who plan to come. “It’s like they knew our dad like we did, and that means so much to us.”
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Flag. Typical of young teens, Schwab and Waskow were a bit antsy. Then all of sudden they heard that familiar snapping of the fingers from Dad. “Oh boy, we stopped and stood at attention after that!” Crump also had a loving and dedicated partner in his wife Jane, whom the daughters candidly admit was often more outwardly strict than their dad. Either way, they both got the message across. He retired from the Army in 1976 after serving his country for over 25 years. “He decided it was time to leave after he received news that he was to be sent back to Korea for the fourth time,” Waskow added. Sadly, Crump never had much time to enjoy his time out of the military. On Jan.10, 1977, less than a year after his retirement, he was driving back to Cornelius on Hwy. 73 after attending a VFW meeting in Lincolnton. He apparently passed out at the wheel and struck
Cpl. Crump, a member of Company L, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. During the night a numerically superior hostile force launched an assault against his platoon on Hill 284, overrunning friendly positions and swarming into the sector. Cpl. Crump repeatedly exposed himself to deliver effective fire into the ranks of the assailants, inflicting numerous casualties. Observing two enemy soldiers endeavoring to capture a friendly machine gun, he charged and killed both with his bayonet, regaining control of the weapon. Returning to his position, now occupied by four of his wounded comrades, he continued his accurate fire into enemy troops surrounding his emplacement. When a hostile soldier hurled a grenade into the position, Cpl. Crump immediately flung himself over the missile, absorbing the blast with his body and saving his comrades from death or serious injury. His aggressive actions had so inspired his comrades that a spirited counterattack drove the enemy from the perimeter. Cpl. Crump’s heroic devotion to duty, indomitable fighting spirit, and willingness to sacrifice himself to save his comrades reflect the highest credit upon himself, the infantry and the U.S. Army.
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“Having the public comment just moments before the vote may not be the best process as there may not be enough time for the decision makers to process all the comments made during that public input” BY DAVE VIESER Cornelius officials are considering new ways for the public to be heard on conditional rezoning cases closer to the beginning of the process. As it stands now, the one required public hearing comes at the very end of the development approval process and that has both citizens and town board members concerned. The concerns arose out of the new QT gas station and convenience store coming to Catawba Avenue just east of I-77. “This seemed like a done deal by the time we had the chance to speak,” long-time Smithville resident Ronald Potts said at the May 1 public hearing on the QT convenience store rezoning. “I’d like the town to look into the public input process.” Cornelius Today broke the story on the new project last year, when the owners of the property were still denying the pending sale. Commissioner Dr Mike Miltich said he would like to see a change that allows more citizen input before the final decision is made. “Having the public comment just moments before the vote may not be the best process as there may not be enough time for the decision makers to process all the comments made during that public input” Planning Commissioner Wayne Herron suggested two public hearings. Currently, applicants are required to have a pre-development hearing, to explain the project, followed by a community meeting, and then consideration by the town planning board meeting, all before it goes before the town board where the
—Mike Miltich public can sign in and be heard. Several options are now under consideration: One option would require a public hearing once an application has been filed, to be held at the next available town board meeting. The second option would have the town conduct quarterly public hearings on new applications. The
quarterly hearings would be joint Town Board and Planning Board sessions. A third option would be to add a public hearing after the community meeting, which would still come much earlier in the process than it does now. “We are talking about options to allow for public input either earlier in the process or additionally at some time
in the process,” Herron said. The recommendations are currently under review by the town’s Land Development Code Advisory Board. None of the options being considered would replace the pre development meetings which are open to the public but usually don’t permit citizen comments. However, the new hearings would permit the public to speak at the beginning of the review process, rather than the end. At a time when neighboring towns such as Davidson and Mooresville have come under fire for the manner in which they arrange public input on major projects, any of these options would add advertised opportunities for public input and engagement. Cornelius voters a ppear to be satisfied—in 2015 voter turnout for local elections was only 15 percent—but when it comes to their neighborhoods, it’s an entirely different story.
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Accustomed to the leading role in public theatre BY DAVE YOCHUM Justin Dionne has been cast in the role of a lifetime. At age 32, he is the new executive director of the Cornelius Arts Center. The multimilliondollar facility will be built in the center of town, just to the west of the Police Station. He’s played this part before: Dionne was the managing artistic director of Lee Street Theatre in Salisbury. He led a successful $1.5 million capital campaign to renovate a historic warehouse into a performing arts center that helped transform a run-down section of the historic city. He helped launch the theater in a living room back in 2008 in his home town. Cornelius already feels like home, he says. “People are welcoming us…it feels like home already. What an exciting time to be in North Mecklenburg. I’m honored to come aboard, it’s a key step. Cornelius is a vibrant and growing town, everyone here becomes fast friends and they care about the community,” he says. He and his wife Rachel—and their Basset Hound named Charlotte plus two cats,The Mistress Fae Kittae and Voodoo Magic—have moved into The Junction at Antiquity Apartments, where they can see the site of the future arts center from their balcony. One of Dionne’s goals is to make
the arts center concept resonate with “all our town, east and west.” “Art knows no boundaries. We have the opportunity to make this an incredible facility. The art will serve young and old inside and outside of our town,” he says. Indeed, town officials see the arts center as an economic development catalyst that will bring people from all over the region to the center of town. Envisioned are not just galleries, studios and performances, but street festivals that will rejuvenate a town center that only 20
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years ago was dominated by an unsightly textile mill. The new arts center will cost millions of dollars to build; the town already has bond monies set aside and approved by voters to the tune of $4 million. The 1.85 acre arts center site, which includes parts of the original cotton gin, was purchased by the town for just under $1.5 million. NC Rep. John Bradford in late June helped secure $100,000 in state funding for the new arts center, which will be a non-profit overseen by its own board of directors. The official relationship will have the town own the property and lease it to the arts center’s governing body. Bradford, on the steps of Town Hall, said arts center performances will help bring people together, forging community-wide bonds. A dozen firms from around the country, including New York City, have responded to requests for proposals to design the building. The proposals are expected to be reviewed in July and an architect selected in August. It will have flex-use theater space, galleries and studios. Dionne, as programmer in chief, will look for local,
NC Rep. John Bradford announced a $100,000 state grant for the arts center at Town Hall with Mayor Chuck Travis on hand
regional and even national talent for performances. They could be plays from North Carolina writers, one-person performances, readings, music. Dionne, whose first regular job at age 15 was a dishwasher at Western Steer in Salisbury, is a performer himself. His favorite role as an actor is split between Lt. Daniel Kaffee in local productions of “A Few Good Men” and Jamie Wellerstein in “The Last Five Years.”
He sang with his parents, Lynn and Chuck Dionne, who performed in their church in Salisbury. After graduating from Catawba College he spent a few months working for Stageworks Theatre based out of Charlotte touring theatre and teaching kids writing skills using theatre. “Touring wasn’t quite the thing for me,” he says. Dionne, a cyclist and weight-lifter, went on to work for an
HVAC company for a summer and eventually became a legal assistant and server before moving to New York City, and ultimately finding his way back to Salisbury and the formation of the Lee Street Theater. When he left Lee Street he was producing a 10-show season of theatre/cabaret performances that each usually had a six-night run; five to seven concerts; two or three interactive theatre experiences off-site; and various productions such as “Voices From the Margin,” a partnership with The Covenant Community and Human Relations Council of Salisbury that presented works on everything from multi-media pieces that were a launching pad for community-wide discussions on racism, education and homelessness. Community leaders have already taken note. Denis Bilodeau, a member of the arts center board, said this: “I am very impressed with his energy and drive to meet the diverse population that surrounds the Art Center location. He clearly wants to deliver programs and performances that will resonate with all.” Take your seats, the show is about to begin.
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A day at the beach: Fewer are using beach this year BY ALLEN GUNN The number of beachgoers at Ramsey Creek Park is down by at least two-thirds compared to last year, according to lifeguards and observers. Lots of pre-opening publicity last year apparently drove people to the beach, not so much this year. “We are off to a wonvderful start this year and it’s a joy to see such a diverse population enjoying time together on the lake. When you hear families tell you this is the ‘first time we’ve ever been to a beach’ you know you’ve done the right thing,” Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Director James Garges said. Lifeguards said weekend attendance was in the 400 range last year, now it’s less than 150. The beach, now in its second year, was the subject of plenty of TV coverage last year when it opened just before Memorial Day weekend. Neighbors up and down Nantz Road were unhappy with parking, bus traffic and even trespassing.
Complaints are way down now, said Cornelius Commissioner Mike Miltich, who lives close to the park. Beachgoers are happy, too. Brandon Barber, 17, of Charlotte, said: “It’s just a real sense of community. You can come to the beach and meet new people and that brings everyone together. Getting a chance to experience what it is like to live
on the lake and enjoy the nice view is really cool. It’s a nice set-up and I’ll be back.” Miltich would like to see the county transport visitors by vans instead of buses, but that doesn’t jive with evacuation plans in the event of storms. The county shuttle sets off from the Northcross Park and Ride lot in
Huntersville, and runs every 15 minutes. Entrance is free to those beachgoers who use this option. The beach is open between 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. through Labor Day with entrance priced at $5 for Mecklenburg residents -- however, the costs rises to $10 Friday to Sunday. For more information, visit www. mecknc.gov.
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emergency vehicles be able to travel as fast as they normally do? With regional population growth rates leading the nation, Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett says he “can’t fathom that our ancillary roads won’t start to see major negative impacts.” While police and firefighters may be able to traverse secondary roads, Puckett said no one can argue that there will be “ever-increasing problems” on I-77, which tends to divert more traffic to surface streets. Mike Riley, CEO of Novant Presbyterian, did not comment. Gridlock also makes it difficult for MDs like Mike Miltch, who is also a member of the Cornelius Board of Commissioners, to get to the hospital fast. “This project will not increase accessibility to hospitals. People will drive over curbs to get out of the way, but it will not increase the response time,” Miltich said. And Militch, whose commute is at the mercy of possible gridlock, is not the first to voice his concern regarding the $650 million project slated for completion in late 2018. John Hettwer, former chairman of Lake Norman Chamber, said: “We act like we are surprised by this, but this is exactly what we said would happen. The towns can bring to light the problems, but it is up to the NCDOT [North Carolina Department of Transportation] to solve them. They’re trying to solve them, but it’s continuing to be an issue of safety.”
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Tarte sends $200K to Big Brothers Big Sisters from state
North Carolina Senator Jeff Tarte, Dr. Nancy Tarte, and Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Donna Dunlap. photo credit Shelia Brumlow
June 24. NC Sen. Jeff Tarte, the former mayor of Cornelius, has secured $200,000 in discretionary money for Charlotte-based Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas. The funding was announced at a Big Day at the Lake reception last night.
On hand were Cornelius Commissioners Thurman Ross and Jim Duke, Mecklenburg County Commissioner Pat Cotham, NC Rep. John Bradford
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and a variety of business and community leaders, as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Donna Dunlap, and Carol Lee, the CEO of Big Day at the Lake when it was launched 13 years ago. Tarte said he has seen the difference first hand Big Brothers Big Sisters make in children and teens. His daughter became a Big Sister after the Tarte family hosted kids during Big Day at the Lake each July. The Tartes have been Big Day at the Lake Boat Hosts and financial supporters since its inception in 2004. Big Day at the Lake matches at-risk kids in Big Brothers with volunteer boaters for a fun day on the lake. The kids fish, boat and swim with their Boat Hosts—and their chaperones or Bigs—and then gather at Duke Energy Explorium for a picnic. The event is July 22 this year; the State of North Carolina has declared July 22 Big Day at the Lake Day. The $200,000 discretionary appropriation will help push Big Day at the Lake well past $1.15 million in funds given directly to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas. The Charlotte-based non-profit has a strong track record of effective mentoring, such that “littles” stay in school, get better grades and steer clear of the juvenile justice system. “This is a good way to put money into a successful program with a demonstrated track record,” Tarte said. This year’s Big Day at the Lake fundraising goal was $100,000, said financial chair Della Stafford. The total was $98,200 Friday night with more pledges coming in, and not counting the $200,000 appropriation from the state legislature. “The generosity of the people of Lake Norman, as well as people like the Tartes, and the support of the Legislature and our local elected officials and first responders, speaks volumes,” said Tracy and Dave Yochum, the founders of Big Day at the Lake. “We are extremely grateful.” To register to be a Boat Host, visit www.bigdayatthelake.com
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CATS out of the bag: New buses for I77 toll lanes
June 23. The grand opening of the new Charlotte Area Transportation System Park and Ride lot on Sefton Park Road, originally scheduled for today, has been postponed due to the weather, but snazzy new buses are already in service. CATS has 11 “luxury” buses to supplement the express route fleet and
enhance trip comfort. The new buses feature reclining cushioned seats, LED overhead reading lights and overhead storage compartments. Some have already been placed in service; more will arrive this summer. The $5 million Park and Ride Lot project encompasses a 4.34 acre par-
cel of land along the south side of Sefton Park Road just east of the One Norman Boulevard intersection. The facility is equipped to accommodate approximately 350-400 vehicles and address current and future demand for park and ride spaces in Cornelius and surrounding areas, according to CATS Manager of Project Development David J. Feltman. Many Cornelius residents who have used the Northcross Park and Ride to board the 77x bus are expected to shift to the new Cornelius Park and Ride and bus 48X. Debbie Smith, who works for a major financial firm in the Queen City, is among them. “I’ve always used the express buses to get to and from work” she said. “Once I get in my seat, I spend the time to and from Charlotte reading, e-mailing or texting with my friends, or simply just relaxing.” The construction was handled by Southside Constructors Inc. of Charlotte. “The facility includes pedestrian linkages to adjacent sidewalks and bicycle racks and lockers, as well as a comfort station,” said Feltman. It’s on Sefton Park Road just east of One Norman Boulevard. The project was developed in collaboration with the town and Ivan Toth Depeña, an artist who has designed numerous public transit projects. Depeña chose to work collaboratively with the project architect to influence the shape of the comfort station, utilizing a modern design that incorporates a cantilevered awning to
function as shelter for riders but also integrated with colored art glass. Here are route changes: 97 Village Rider: All outbound (northbound/eastbound) trips will now turn right off Catawba Avenue at Jetton Road to serve the new Cornelius Park and Ride. As a result of this change, outbound bus stops on Catawba Avenue between Jetton Road and Liverpool Parkway will be eliminated. Inbound, (southbound/ westbound) trips will continue to serve bus stops on Catawba Ave between Liverpool Parkway and Jetton Road. However, inbound trips will also loop off Catawba at One Norman Blvd. to serve the new Park and Ride. 77X North Mecklenburg Express: This route will continue to operate the same in Davidson and Cornelius. However, it will no longer service the Northcross Park and Ride during peak hours in Huntersville. Instead, Northcross will be served by the 48X route. The new AM and PM peak routing for 77X will take it on US 21 to the Huntersville Gateway Park and Ride near I-77 Exit 23. AM peak departure hours are 6:47am – 7:57am, and PM peak departure hours are 3:52pm– 5:52pm. Midday and reverse trips will not change in routing, including midday service to Northcross. 48X: Huntersville Express: This route will now start at the new Cornelius Park and Ride, continue to Northcross Park and Ride and then on to Charlotte.
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Aloha! New lake cycleboats
Call for Entries
We are now accepting nominations for the Top Women Class of 2017 To nominate a Top Women leader, please visit http://businesstodaync.com and click on the top banner Nominations deadline is Thursday, August 31, 2017
Attention: Women leaders! Pedal paddle peddle: Entrepreneur Rob Bennett has a new boat for lake tours
June 13. Paddleboard entrepreneur Rob Bennett has a new business that will enable more people to get out on Lake Norman for fun, with or without a beer in their hand. Bennett, the owner of My Aloha Paddle and Surf, is the member/organizer of Charlotte Cycleboats, a water-based spinoff of land-based pedaling party pubs. “Cycleboats provide a fun, new eco-friendly way to enjoy the water safely,” he said. Charlotte Cycleboats operate as commercial tour boats on lakes and rivers and are certified by the US Coast Guard. As riders pedal on individual cycle stations, they propel a large paddle wheel in the back of the boat. The boats come with an “experienced and fun captain” at the helm who steers and operates the electric motor when needed. Charlotte Cycleboats gets its toes wet in July on Lake Norman, then Bennett will launch in Belmont and Lake Wylie. Weekdays, the entire boat rents out at $450; on weekends, it’s $510. Single seats are available for less than $50.
Bennett knows how to get people on the water, even if they don’t own a boat, live on the lake or want to go to the beach at Ramsey Creek. “I became more aware of the lack of fun activities on our beautiful lakes and rivers after growing Stand Up Paddleboarding,” Bennett says. “Cycleboats are a perfect match to our current business and we are thrilled to be involved in another awesome experience.” The fun tours are suitable for friendly outings and parties, as well as team-building, fitness groups and, of course, spin and cycle groups. The custom-built tour boats have a high-top table lined by five pedal stations on each side to fit 10 people. Then there is a four-person bench seat without pedals also on the boat. The boat is powered by pedaling making it ecofriendly, but there is an electric motor for backup and emergencies, with solar panels on the canopy roof for regeneration. Guests can bring their favorite beverage and snacks. Beer and wine are allowed, not liquor. More info: www.CharlotteCycleboats.com
Nominate your boss, a friend or yourself. Business Today has recognized women leaders across Cabarrus County, Lake Norman and University City since 2005. More than 75 women—from attorneys and educators to politicians and retailers—have earned the title of Top Women. Here are some of the ways our judges look at nominees: · · · · · · ·
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Yes!! Cornelius is a ‘best lake town’ in the US!
A picturesque life awaits all on Lake Norman.
June 21. If you ever wonder if you moved to the right town, worry no more. MSN/Lifestyle puts Cornelius at No. 5 on the list of 10 best
lake towns in the United States. MSN Reporter Clara Appelbaum says Cornelius is an “awesome: lake town:
“For city slickers, Cornelius, North Carolina, is the perfect town to enjoy lake living without sacrificing big city amenities. Located
only half an hour from the bustle of Charlotte, Cornelius borders one of the most beautiful lakes in North Carolina, Lake Norman. While you’re there, check out Jetton Park, a beautiful 104-acre park on the lake, or enjoy a cold beer at one of the many local breweries in the area. ” “Cornelius in the Top 5 for Best Lake Town! Not surprizing to those of us who live here. Our lake shore is pristine, our people friendly, and our Town forward looking. Just think, soon we’ll have an Arts Center to enhance our region,” said Town Commissioner Jim Duke. He is on the new board helping advise the funding and construction of a visual and performing arts center downtown, just to the west of the Police Station. Appelbaum also singled out Ass Clown Brewing for “its wacky brews like Hibiscus Rose Petal and Star Fruit Tart.” MSN, one of the original web portals and apps, provides news and information on things like health, lifestyle, sports, money, food and travel.
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The Kiwanis Club’s annual golf tournament is Monday, Aug. 14 at the Cowan’s Ford Golf Club in Stanley. Check-in starts at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. The cost of tournament is $110 per golfer, or $420 per foursome, and includes a boxed lunch, post-tournament dinner and free beverages throughout the day . Prizes will be awarded for closestto-the-pin and other challenges during the award ceremony. To register to play, go to lakenormankiwanis. org. Sponsorship opportunities rang e from $125 hole sponsors to a $2, 500 tournament sponsor. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Jetton Park, free at last; Ramsey Creek, sort of
With or without fees, Jetton beaches are closed to swimming.
June 21. Mecklenburg County Commissioners have eliminated the weekend entrance fees at Jetton Park. The unanimous vote followed a brief discussion with the head of the county parks system, James Garges, who said the only other park which had entrance fees was McDowell Park, but they had been eliminated about eight years ago. Ramsey Creek Park in Cornelius charges fees but only for the use of the boat ramp or the beach. Moreover there is no fee for people who use the shuttle bus to access the beach. Commissioner Jim Puckett said some local residents had been told they have to pay just to get in and Garges said he will contact the workers to be sure they are clear on the policy. Commissioner Pat Cotham said she has had calls from people who live a few blocks away from Ramsey Creek Park who only want to visit for “some quiet time to think or read,” and shouldn’t have to pay to drive into the park. They can—if they use the dog park. Garges said this: “We are only charging fees to enter the park during the months the beach is open. We are not charging individuals who walk into the
park and we don’t charge Individuals who drive into the park to use the dog park. However, if you drive in and are not using the dog park you will need to pay.” He said the walk-in no fee was established to help adjacent neighborhoods to use the park as they had in the past. “We have not had any complaints about our fees or entrance polices,” he said. Overcrowding at Ramsey Creek Park, where the new county beach is located, will likely be alleviated by eliminating the entrance fee at Jetton Park. With or without fees at Jetton, there are no plans right now to open any of the Jetton Park beaches to public swimming.
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Tricia Sisson will run for town board
June 12. Tricia Sisson, the Lake Norman Chamber Board’s membership services chair, has announced her candidacy for Town Commissioner in Cornelius. As of right now, there are at least 10 candidates for the five open seats on the Town Board. “Cornelius needs a collective voice in the Lake Norman community, and a strong leader who will collaborate with our neighboring towns and counties to ensure our
voice is heard regionally and across the state,” Sisson said. She is the owner of The Range at Lake Norman on Bailey Road, as well as a national account manager for a Fortune 100 company. A Lake Norman resident for 20 years and a business owner here since 2011, Sisson has served as chairman of the Lake Norman Charter School board. She also serves on the board of the North Mecklenburg Rotary Club and Executive Women
of Lake Norman. She is active in ministry work at St. Mark Catholic Church as well as Big Day at the Lake. “I understand what regionalism means, and the challenges our area faces,” she said. “You deserve an elected official who will bring consensus among all the Lake Norman communities, and who will work with Charlotte and Mecklenburg County to ensure we are not left out of the conversation.”
Three more say they will run for town board June 27. Three more Cornelius residents, all with strong ties to the anti-toll movement, say they will run for the Cornelius Town Board. There are now 10 people who say they will file in July to get on the November ballot. There are only five seats on the non-partisan board. A current commissioner, Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam, has announced his plans to run for mayor of Cornelius. The current mayor, Chuck Travis, has not announced his intentions. Nothing’s official until the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections filing period opens July 7, and closes two weeks later. The three new candidates (in alphabetical order) are Michelle Ferlauto, Kurt Naas and William Rakatansky. Of the three Rakatansky is the only one to have held elected office. Naas is the founder of the widely respected WidenI77.org, the original anti-toll organization. Ferlauto has been active in the I-77 Business Plan and organized the I-77 Safety Summit this last April which resulted in the removal of lane markers on I-77 after some dislodged and flew up into cars. The four incumbents, other than Washam, seeking re-election are: Jim Duke, Dave Gilroy, Michael Miltich and Thurman Ross. Those who have already announced are Denis
Bilodeau, Ava Callender and Tricia Sisson. Ferlauto said she is running because she wants to be the conduit between the citizens and the Town Board, “building a stronger more engaged community. What I offer is accountability, accessibility, action and authenticity with measured diplomacy.” She said Cornelius needs a leader with a “forward-focused approach to planning. It is not only critical, it’s only fair to be conscientious and respectful to the diversity of the people and our neighborhoods.” She has a web page, www.michelleferlauto. com. Naas, who served on the town’s Transportation Advisory Board,
formed WidenI77 back in 2012 when the notion of public private partnerships was embraced by some political leaders, most of them having either not been re-elected or reversed their positions. His campaign web site is live: www.electkurtnaas. com. “While the town leadership of Cornelius does well with most tactical issues, more attention needs to be given to broader strategic issues and opportunities that can impact the day-to-day life of residents. I’m running because I can be more effective representing our citizens and businesses as an elected official,” Naas said. Rakatansky, who was a Cornelius Commissioner from 1993 to 1995,
said he will use his previous experience on the town board as well as his ”knowledge of the Cintra/NCDOT contract to try influencing NCDOT/ Cintra in keeping the residents and drivers needs foremost in their priority list, while not abusing people’s rights.” He announced his candidacy on the Exit28Ridiculousness Facebook page. In a crowded race like this, one of the keys to winning is to stand out from the crowd in a positive way such as for past service, unique qualifications and perspective, endorsements, or your campaign platform. Women tend to stand out in a crowd, but will that advantage be diminished when three are running? Both Callender and Ross are AfricanAmericans; Bilodeau, Callender and Duke are retired. The dynamics of local politics are changing, too. Where The Peninsula once reigned in terms of clout, a younger demographic is making itself known in Antiquity and other areas on the east side of town, particularly north of Catawba Avenue. The Cornelius Town Board is a great place to launch a political career, or just serve a small town. NC Rep. John Bradford and US Sen. Thom Tillis served on the town board. NC Sen. Jeff Tarte was mayor.
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Home Sales These recent property transactions in Cornelius and Davidson and Huntersville were recorded by the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds.
Cornelius 5/19/17 $975,000 Robert & Stacey Ferreira to James Sugg & Jeff Helgerson, 19233 Hidden Cove Ln. 5/19/17 $618,000 James & Mary Jo Stuart to Daniel & Kristine West, Sailors Watch Pl. 5/19/17 $215,000 Kathleen Haan to Donna Ross, 9029 Rosalyn Glen Rd. 5/19/17 $120,000 Martha Elwell to Chastity Farquharson, 21624 Aftonshire Dr. 5/22/17 $217,000 Christopher & Joely Bryant to Bailey Hunter, 8653 Edinburgh Square Dr. Unit 113 5/22/17 $135,000 Guillermo Turk & Ana Cordoba to Christopher Schwarzer, 17558 Caldwell Track Dr. 5/22/17 $1,070,000 Richard Zande to Dennis & Amy Kazmierczak, 17516 Sail View Dr. 5/22/17 $650,000 Matthew & Andrea Snyder to Tiffany Rogahn & Michael Bundra Jr., 17416 Pennington Dr. 5/22/17 $197,500 Cassandra Stone to RL & LL Investments, 16750 Amberside Rd. E. 5/23/17 $220,000 Ann & George Gordon to Ron & Carol Belmont, 8748 Westwind Point Dr. 5/23/17 $420,000 Christopher & Vivian Brissette to Joanne Chatley, 17712 Sedona Way 5/23/17 $122,000 Habitat for Humanity to Anthony & Margaret DiFazio, 8926 Psalms St. 5/23/17 $128,000 Cnythia & John Cooper to Kasitas LLC, 21253 Hickory St. Unit C 5/24/17 $394,000 Epcon Nantz Road LLC to Craig & Margaret Grunzke, 15011 Courtside Cove Ln.
19233 Hidden Cove Ln. for $975,000
17516 Sail View Dr. for $1,070,000 5/24/17 $397,000 Epcon Nantz Road to Grunzke Family Trust, 17013 Courtside Landing Dr. 5/24/17 $186,000 Matthew Whitcomb to Nathan & Kathy Updike, 18832 Nautical Dr. Unit 40 5/25/17 $725,000 Larry & Kay Newsom to Jeffrey & Lisa Salaway, 18633 Square Sail Rd. 5/26/17 $569,000 Christopher & Teresa Crabtree to Kevin & Amanda Underwood, 19444 Stough Farm Rd. 5/26/17 $476,000 Epcon Nantz Road LLC to Arlis Galloway, 15015 Courtside Cove Ln. 5/26/17 $288,000 Rick & Natalie Zoerb to Debra Agnostinelli, 17532 Harbor Walk Dr. 5/26/17 $658,500 Rolf & Holly Paeper to Kyle & Jenna Mayo, 18206 Nautique Dr.
5/26/17 $507,000 Lauren Denszczuk & Kyle Margrave to Elizabeth Bozzini & Raphael Bozzini Jr., 15921 Robbins Green Dr. 5/26/17 $2,000,000 Micheal & Geraldine Foran to Gregory Farbolin, Lot 536 The Peninsula 5/30/17 $650,000 William & Sally Ntim to Justin Murphy & Gabriella Alberdi, 17404 Pennington Dr. 5/26/17 $167,000 Jill Desmond & Jack Marinelli, 18119 Amberwood Glen Dr. 5/30/17 $232,500 Leanne & William Costello III to CSHP One LP, 9022 Glenashley Dr. 5/31/17 $323,000 Thomas & Debra Hafner to J. Michael & Nancy Kota, 1126 South St. 5/31/17 $141,500 Brandon Dillahunt to Albert & Lisa Chung, 19905 Henderson Rd. Unit C 6/1/17 $305,000 Mark & Angela Graham
18633 Square Sail Rd, for $725,000
to Alan & Carrie Lockcuff, 9935 Willow Leaf Ln. 6/1/17 $215,000 Christopher & Emily Bixler to Leanne & William Costello III, 10204 Bon Meade Ln. 6/1/17 $600,000 Robert Jones to Martin & Patricia Schottenheimer, 19825 North Cove Rd. Suite B 6/1/17 $510,000 Robert Valentinsen Jr. to Brian & Mindi Robinson, 17533 Caldwell Track Dr. 6/1/17 $299,500 Carolyn Atwell to Scott & Karen Waller, 18840 Nautical Dr. Unit 66 6/1/17 $726,000 Mark & Susan McDermott to Michael & Dawn Mayhew, 18628 Town Harbour Rd. 6/2/17 $296,000 Christina & Peter Beamer to Martin Radmann & Julia Montognese, 10523 Danesway Ln. 6/2/17 $135,000 Kathleen & Michael Siracusa to Richard Plonk, 7602 Woods Ln. Unit 21 6/2/17 $377,000 Patrick & Beverly Greene to Thomas & Kathleen Corbett, 20418 Middletown 6/2/17 $220,000 Diane & Michael Henning to Robert Goff & Yesenia Santos-Gonzalez, 19140 Long Pond Ln. 6/5/17 $291,000 Michael & Kimberly Helms to Farhod & Barno Elbekova, 8834 Cherry Blossom Ln. 6/5/17 $246,000 Sara Butler to Ruhail & Amaryllis Butt, 20556 Harbor View Dr. 6/5/17 $210,000 Joshua & Jocelyn Seeburger to Christina Demaine, 20308 Harroway Dr. 6/5/17 $1,200,000 Patrick McNamara to Yubi Chen & Wei Hang, 17520 Sail View Dr. 6/5/17 $201,500 Brent Crutchfield & Gregory Bialck to Charles Lacy, 19797 Acasia Pl. See HOMES, Page 24
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6/6/17 $1,310,000 James & Donna Kohosek to John & Filomean Turnblom, 17920 John Connor Rd. 6/6/17 $135,000 Leah & Brandon Taylor to Shauna & Jeffrey Burns, 19850 Deer Valley Dr. 6/6/17 $365,000 Charles &Amanda Windell to Victor Brown, 1122 South St. 6/6/17 $439,000 Roslyn & Timothy Reese to Marian Hooker & Davis Schroeder, 18713 Daymark Dr. 6/7/17 $143,000 Stephanie & Donald McAvoy III, Edgar Thomas to Heather Clark, 19852 Deer Valley Dr. 6/8/17 $164,000 Niyati Desai & Raju Patel to Hector & Jill Fundora, 18805 Cloverstone Cir. Unit 24
Our biggest fundraiser of the year. Your help as a sponsor, golfer, or silent auction item donator helps us help kids in our community. Some of the ways we do this: •Supports Key Clubs, a community service club for students in 6 local high school •Supports NC Musical Minds •Runs the Terrific Kids program in elementary schools •Sponsors the Aktion Club, a community service club for adults with disabilities •Donated funds for the Splashville Park in Cornelius
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6/8/17 $219,500 John McDonald & Joseph McDonald to Jeffry Dupre, 8739 Westwind Point Dr. 6/8/17 $475,000 Epcon Nantz Road LLC to Joan Fesko, 17712 Courtside Landing Dr. 6/9/17 $1,435,000 Jennifer & Jason Yaudes to Daniel & Stacey Ryan, 19213 Hidden Cove Ln. 6/8/17 $129,500 Justin & Myriah Lemmers to Equity Trust Co., 7606 Woods Ln. Unit 16 6/8/17 $146,000 Cassie Kirby-Smith to Lindsey Pressley, 10657 Trolley Run Dr. 6/9/17 $128,000 Ashley Thompson to Gretchen Rasheed, 7å610 Woods Ln. Unit 5 6/9/17 $379,500 David & Peggy Yountz to John & Colleen Towle, 18639 Harborside Dr. See HOMES, Page 26
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6/12/17 $372,000 Leo & Carol Dagostin to Evelyn & Leo Harvey Jr., 11602 Dublin Crescent Rd. 6/13/17 $160,000 Gabriel Gonzalez & Luz Cepeda to Sean Slade, 18809 Nautical Dr. Unit 304 6/13/17 $368,000 Candace Dumont to Matthew & Alison Leever, 20319 Cathedral Oaks Dr. 6/13/17 $328,000 Scott & Cathy Fletcher to Robert & Sara Cole, Robert & Karen
18616 Hammock Ln. for $757,000
Robinson, Bryan & Carol Hovey, 17811 Half Moon Ln. Unit G
Davidson 5/19/17 $757,000 Jamie & Megan Christian to Edward & Dannielle Panzeter, 18616 Hammock Ln. 5/19/17 $1,386,500 Monterey Bay-Charlotte to Brad & Nicole Howard, 16520 Reinsch Dr. 5/26/17 $365,000 Scott & April Ross to Timothy & DeAnne Harrington, 12435 Bradford Park Dr.
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5/26/17 $900,000 Plattner Custom Builders to Craig Savage, 15640 June Washam Rd. 5/26/17 $596,000 John & Edith Gross to Lance & Polly Cantor, 18108 River Ford Dr. 5/30/17 $735,000 Bari & Lauren Goggins to Willem & Valerie Kuybenhoven, 18524 Hammock Ln. 5/31/17 $281,000 Chessman Homes to West & Rebecca Robinson, 12416 Bradford Park Dr. 6/2/17 $316,500 Wesley & Yvonne Young to Heidi & Russell Laiche, 15731 Kiser Corner Ln.
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Call it Hamptons style: A relaxed, classic look with a casual and graceful touch. A china white is a go-to backdrop, along with blue here and there. “Hamptons” is a collected look, with an appreciation of place and family, so that there is a feeling of belonging and home. Picture Jackie Kennedy meets Hyannis Port with a touch of Babe Paley. Speaking of pictures, the picture of the yawl is your grandfather’s boat. The look works on the water, or way inland, any time of year. Hamptons style is clean yet sophisticated; it will remind you of perfectly elegant oceanfront digs. And yes, it is less casual than the Nantucket look, says Wendy Yeakely, owner of Cornelius-based Homestyles Interior Design.
There’s a little more more of a high end feel, a little less “beachy” style . Good wooden furniture helps complete the picture. On the outside, Yeakley says, there might be shakes and lapboard, some stone, charming perennial gardens and grassy lawns. The style can lend itself to larger spaces. There may very well be a large piece of important art over a mantel, a couch or in an entry way. Tone on tone wallpaper in a vertical stripe, over white wainscoting and crown molding are de rigueur in the ultimate Hamptons house, Grey Gardens. The 28-room mansion was Jackie Kennedy’s aunt’s and cousin’s house, and the subject of a fascinating documentary. Now it’s for sale for a cool, chic, comfortable and casual $18 million. A little white paint and you can nail this thing!
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It takes a village: Tasty dishes come from our community garden BY GRANT GOSSAGE The seed planted five summers ago at a Cornelius town hall meeting – little more than a notice about other community gardens in North Carolina then – has since sprouted into a remarkable partnership. Today, the Cornelius Community Garden sits back from busy West Catawba Rd., just off of Exit 28 toward downtown. On either side of the stone path to the garden there’s an original artwork. To the right is Edwin White’s metal statue titled “Shared Findings,” and to the left is Monique Luck’s organic collage, “Our Pieces of Earth,” fitting for the garden’s entrance sign. Fences enclose raised beds that Cornelius residents can rent out for 25 dollars a year each. The fee gives gardeners access to on-site tools, such as wheelbarrows and shovels, as well as water. The city provides the garden’s water at no cost, and various businesses deliver free dirt and mulch. Produce from three to four community boxes is designated for donation to the neighboring Smithville community and to local non-profit organizations. Often, too, individuals donate produce grown in their respective boxes to those in need. The Cornelius Community Garden prides itself on being organic: free from man-made chemicals and com-
mitted to nurturing the whole ecosystem. The garden sets aside work days in which residents can help weed the community boxes and along the fence line. The next work days fall on the 24 and 26 of this month; any and all are welcome to serve. Gardens supply fresh ingredients to avid home cooks like Brenda Hall of Cornelius. She was born and raised in Rocky Mount, where early on she learned not only about southern cookHall ing (especially Sunday potroasts and skillet-fried chicken) from her mother but also presentation. Mrs. Hall recalls a typical Saturday when her friends in the neighborhood would come over for lunch. “My mother was the kind of person who, Saturday lunch, she’d take bread out of the bag and put it on a plate,” Brenda said. “She’d take potato chips out of the bag and put them in a bowl.” Even though her father was a conductor on the railroad and often worked nights, she remembers sitting down to dinner every night as a family whether he was there or not. Her mother’s presentation never changed. Whenever she hosts friends and family members in her home, Mrs. Hall is particular in the same manner her mother was.
“I’m really funny about presentation,” Brenda said. “I like for everything to match. I have several sets of dishes that I’ve had for a long time, and it depends on what season it is how I decorate the table.” Brenda attended Nash Community College in Rocky Mount, earning her associate degree in nursing, and at UNC Pembroke, received her bachelor of science in nursing. After her second marriage, she left Rocky Mount for Oak Island, where she lived for 14 years before retiring from her 30-year career as a nurse. In the wake of her husband’s death, Brenda relocated to Cornelius to be closer to her son Brian and his two children. She has a second son who lives in Wilmington, three other grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. They visit around this time of year, and of course Brian and his kids do too.
Carrying on tradition, Brenda prepares southern meals for her children, their children, and their children’s children seldom relying on recipes. “My first mother-in-law was a very good cook. I cooked a lot of things like she did and like my mother,” she said. “I don’t go by recipes. When I make a meatloaf, I make it by memory.” In the last week or so, Brenda made a trip to her plot at the Cornelius Community Garden, picked out string beans, and in her words, “just came home and cooked ‘em the good old southern way.” Besides the string beans, she grows a couple kinds of pepper, eggplant, okra, tomatoes, among other colorful vegetables. She has, as have dozens in the area, taken advantage of a neat partnership in Cornelius. “The community garden is new for me this year. It’s a wonderful thing.”
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• One Whole Chicken • 64 oz. chicken broth • 3-4 cups plain flour • 4 tbls. Crisco shortening
Cover chicken about 3/4 with water and bring to boil. Reduce to low rolling boil and cook until chicken done and falling off bone. Remove to cool. When cool de-bone and place chicken back in pot and add extra chicken broth.
Pastry Cut shortning into flour and enough chicken broth to make dough come together. Roll thin (thin enough to almost see through). Cut into strips approximately 1” X 4”. Place in boiling chicken/broth, one strip at a time, letting boil between layers. Gently “shake” pot back and forth(like popcorn) and cook for 10-12 min. Serve with green beans, slaw and cornbread. Recipe by Brenda Hall
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Nick Lyssikatos: Turning the ship around
Restaurateur Nick Lyssikatos.
BY DAVE VIESER When Midtown Sundries closed in Cornelius back in 2010, people wondered who could take over the 500 seat, 13,000 square foot eatery. Indeed, after Latitude 36 opened and closed, the building stood empty. Then along came Nick Lyssikatos. With his extremely successful Brickhouse Tavern going strong in
Davidson, Lyssikatos, after a year of contemplation, decided that he was up for the challenge. So he purchased the property and in 2013, he opened Port City Club. Today, Lyssikatos has a very successful lakefront eatery under his command. “It was a great location and a good investment, but it was also a challenge,” Lyssikatos said. “The place
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was so big and had failed before, but it came along at the right time for me. I needed more space for patrons and events which I couldn’t accommodate at the much smaller Brickhouse Tavern, which was overflowing.” His major goal was to establish a chef-driven restaurant and the creative, versatile concept seems to work. He has also hosted hundreds of private parties, many of them during the holidays. Businesses from Charlotte have found that lakeside Port City is a much better and more reasonable venue for their events than the well-known but more expensive eateries in the Queen City. “We aim for a wide variety of fresh, quality food, consistently prepared when the order is taken at reasonable prices. Our menu selections appeal to the boater for a quick lunch or a nice relaxed meal with friends and family.” Port City features Certified Angus Beef, the upper 2/3 Choice which is more expensive, for steaks as well as hamburgers. They also fly in fresh seafood as often as they can get large quantities. Is the combination working? Serving 1,500 and 2,000 people on a Friday or Saturday would seem to indicate that it is. In the midst of his climb to success, the biggest obstacle has been staffing. It’s a constant challenge for the restaurant industry. “We advertise for help from places like Johnson and Wales, and provide 2-4 weeks of training. Some make it, some don’t. Keep in mind that Port City is three or four times larger than the normal 150-seat
restaurant, and it takes a lot of people to run it: servers, bar and kitchen staff, among others.” Lyssikatos, 52, points to the concept of pacing seating as one of those ‘behind the scenes’ formulas which can make or break a restaurant. “We don’t always fill all the tables at once in order to give the wait staff a chance to serve the customers they have and the kitchen a chance to cook items without being overwhelmed.” Another area where Lyssikatos has gone the extra mile is working with local non-profit charities and organizations. “We have found that when you support the community, the community supports you and spreads the word about your business. It’s also rewarding to see the impact of money benefitting local organizations like when the Ada Jenkins Center is able to provide much needed food and services for the people in need and Big Day at the Lake lets young people have fun at the lake who may not otherwise get the chance. This is personally rewarding to me.” Nick lives in Waxhaw with his wife Nannette and their two grown twins: Elizabeth and Kostas. His favorite hobby is photography. In fact he does most of the food photography for his restaurants. His work week is always seven days, splitting time between the two restaurants in Davidson and Cornelius. If there were weeks with eight days, those who know him jokingly say he would work the eighth day too. But that’s always been Nick Lyssikatos’ key to success: Hard work.
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S S E N I S U B These corporations have registered with the N.C. Secretary of State
Cornelius 5/22/17 Forestyle LLC, Jacob Palillo, 17532 Sail View Dr., Cornelius 5/23/17 Davis Enterprise Holdings LLC, Nicholas A. Davis, 19520 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 313, Cornelius 5/23/17 Life Innovations LLC, Brian K. Williams, 21409 Baltic Dr., Cornelius 5/23/17 TL Edwards Enterprises LLC, Tara Leigh Edwards, 10125 Westmoreland Rd., Unit 2B, Cornelius 5/24/17 Shady Pines Estate LLC, Kevin Lauder, 18610 Starcreek Dr., Ste. B, Cornelius 5/25/17 Crescere College Consulting LLC, Laura Henry, 21548 Old Canal St., Cornelius 5/25/17 Harborside Creations LLC, Beatrice Prior, 17505 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 100, Cornelius 5/25/17 KUDLA Enterprises LLC, Alicja Kudla, 19020 Statesville Rd., Cornelius 5/26/17 FixitFast Solutions LLC, Abraham Cannon, 18067 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 206, Cornelius 5/26/17 Kuhlthau Call Center LLC, Pamela M. Wallace, 10217 Treetop Ln., Cornelius 5/30/17 Belmont Rowing Supporters LLC, Cynthia L. White, 16615 Flying Jib Rd., Cornelius 5/30/17 RJF Holdings LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 21315 Sandy Shore Ln., Cornelius 5/30/17 The Roofing Gal LLC, Lisa A. Thompson, 20019 Oakbranch Ln., Cornelius 5/31/17 Myruka Food Group LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 19601 Whilehaven Ct., Cornelius 5/31/17 Organic Mama Deals LLC, Giovana Frei, 18709 The Commons Blvd., Cornelius 6/1/17 North State Auten Woods LLC, Christopher Shane Buckner, 16930 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 205, Cornelius
6/1/17 Reel Hook Up Sportsfishing LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 20427 Havenview Dr., Cornelius 6/1/17 Tim Small Holdings LLC, Thomas C. Jeter, 18525 Statesville Rd., Ste. D-02, Cornelius 6/1/17 TRB Distribution LLC, Todd R. Burleson, 19612 Heartland St., Cornelius 6/2/17 The Factory Church of North Carolina Inc., Dave Wedding, 17807 Largo Pl., Cornelius 6/5/17 DJ Solutions LLC, Tim A. Castlebury, 18440 The Commons Blvd., #204, Cornelius 6/5/17 Warnemunde Services LLC, Case Warnemunde, 21325 Catawba Ave., Cornelius 6/7/17 LKN DroneWorks Inc., Keith Roach, 20101 Norman Colony Rd., Cornelius 6/7/17 Watkins Builders LLC, Ann B. Watkins, 7507 Montrachet Ln., Cornelius 6/8/17 Bill Price Properties LLC, William A. Price Jr., 18714 Peninsula Cove Ln., Cornelius 6/8/17 Bill Price Realty Group LLC, William A. Price Jr., 18714 Peninsula Cove Ln., Cornelius 6/8/17 Erica Jordan Designs LLC, Thomas C. Jeter III, 18525 Statesville Rd., Ste. D-02, Cornelius 6/8/17 North State Walton LLC, Christopher Shane Buckner, 16930 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 205, Cornelius 6/9/17 Grace Notes Music Therapy LLC, Kelly S. Work, 19532 Coachmans Trace, Cornelius 6/9/17 Kapstone Projects LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 20932 Bethelwood Ln., Cornelius 6/9/17 Reclaimed Wood Outlet Store LLC, Michael R. Harmon, 18951 Peninsula Point Dr., Cornelius 6/12/17 AHuggins Incorporated LLC, Alan Huggins, 21323 Baltics Dr., Cornelius 6/12/17 Cargo1 LLC, Gary Wayne Cooper, 19613 Shevington Dr., Cornelius 6/12/17 Jacob’s Ladder Veterans Outreach, Jeffrey Thomas Rieman, 19315 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 102, Cornelius
6/12/17 Lake Norman Salt Spa LLC, Aaron Ernst, 20723 Torrence Chapel Rd., Ste. 204, Cornelius 6/15/17 O’Terry Holdings LLC, John F. Hanzel, 18339 K Old Statesville Rd., Cornelius 6/16/17 360 Support Plus Inc., Abraham Cannon, 18067 West Catawba Ave., Ste. 206, Cornelius 6/16/17 Branden Lines LLC, Branden Lines, 17130 Kenton Dr., Apt. 318, Cornelius 6/16/17 Elk River Refuge Property Owners Association Inc., Hugh Franklin, 19421 Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 6/16/17 High Position USA Inc., Abraham Cannon, 18067 West Catawba Ave., Ste. 206, Cornelius 6/16/17 Lepeley Maintenance and Renovations LLC, Juan Pablo Lepeley, 8705 Creek Trail Ln., #509, Cornelius
Davidson 5/22/17 Jewel Box LLC, Sarah J. Goff, 600 Bridlepath Trl., Davidson 5/22/17 JWL Ventures LLC, Cheryl Prince, 333 Delburg St., Davidson 5/23/17 Envious Eyebrows LLC, Mindi Stoner Ellison, 4735 Granite Hill Dr., Davidson 5/24/17 2020 Supply LLC, Jesse C. Jones,
209 Delburg St., Ste. 203, Davidson 5/25/17 Oak Street LLC, Todd Riddle, 0700 Alabaster Dr., Davidson 5/26/17 Knock Out Jab LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 14020 Helen Benson Blvd., Davidson 6/6/17 AVA Gallery LLC, Eric Vogen, 108 South Main St., Ste. B, Davidson 6/6/17 Avie Banks LLC, Avie Banks, 2054 Topaz Plaza, Davidson 6/6/17 Shami Sweets LLC, Clay Resweber, 209 Armour St., Davidson 6/6/17 XLR8 Reps LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 18619 Silent Falls Cove, Davidson 6/7/17 K. Cunningham Consulting LLC, Pam Cunningham, 17304 Royal Court Dr., Davidson 6/8/17 Dream Chasers 3.0 Inc., Shawn W. Cooper, 367 Armour St., Davidson 6/9/17 D&Hunk LLC, Marion Sekerak, 320 Cathey St., Davidson 6/12/17 CF 7811 LLC, Jorge Rizo, 18328 Centre Court Dr., Davidson 6/13/17 Raeford and Sons LLC, Jeronza Raeford, 211 Mock Rd., Davidson 6/14/17 Jake’s Mobile Mechanic LLC, Jacob Michael Paratore, 10501 Shearer Rd., Davidson
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Memorial Day service on Town Hall Lawn
Lois Watson and Susan Tillis
Bundling for a good cause
A touching Memorial Day service on the lawn at Town Hall focused on America’s fallen soldiers dating back to the Revolutionary War. The event was hosted by American Legion Post 86, which also provided the 21-gun salute and decorated the graves of hundreds of soldiers at the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church cemetery
Susan Tillis’ third annual Red, White and Bundled Baby Shower at Cornelius Town Hall brought people from not just Cornelius and Lake Norman, but all over the state. Angie Thomas Daoud drove from Pilot Mountain, more than 90 minutes away. They came with hundreds of baby items and welcome home packages for newborns of junior enlisted at Fort Bragg, where the annual income for the recipient families is approximately $21,000, according to Tillis, whose husband, US Sen. Thom Tillis,
is a former Cornelius Town Commissioner. Since its inception Red, White and Bundled has served almost 5,000 families. The effort grew out of a visit to Fort Bragg in early 2015 where she saw firsthand the needs of soldiers’ families. A variety of elected officials and candidates also came to volunteer, including husband Thom, as well as Shea and Rep. John Bradford; community leaders like Lois and Bob Watson; and former Lake Norman Chamber Chair Callan Bryan.
LKN Chamber Expo
Jim Duke and Denis Bilodeau
Donna Moffett and Tricia Sisson
Joshua Dobi with Gail Williams in the Cornelius Today conversation pit
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Rev. Bowman returns to Torrence Chapel
The Reverend Wayne Ellison Bowman and his wife, Linda
Torrence Chapel AME Zion Church members gave their pastor, Rev. Ellison Bowman, a warm sendoff as he and his wife Linda left for the annual conference in Greensboro after a dinner in their honor. “We love you all and cant wait to get back,” Rev. Bowman said. He did get back, and with good news at that: He has been reap-
pointed the senior pastor at Torrence Chapel, much to the delight of the congregation. Meanwhile, Union Bethel AME Zion Church is celebrating 100 years at the corner of Catawba Avenue and Ferry Street. The celebration will include Revival July 17-19 at 7 p.m. with local AME Zion pastors delivering the
message. A Homecoming Service will be held at 10 a.m. July 23 with Rev. Harris delivering the morning message. There will also be a service at 3 p.m. with Bowman preaching. Torrence Chapel AME Zion is the mother church of Union Bethel, which is inviting the community as well as other churches to help them celebrate their centennial.
Symphony under the Stars
Commissioner Jim Duke salutes during the Charlotte Symphony’s salute to the US Armed Forces. Kids came to shake his hand, too. “That’s never happened to me before,” the Army veteran said.
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Big Day At The Lake Celebrity Bartending
Celebrity bartenders Pat Cotham and Jim Puckett
Duking it out for tips: Ami Jackson and Nick Elhini.
What is Big Day at the Lake?
No paparazzi! Callan Bryan and Sharon Washam
On Sunday, Come Worship With Us Bethel Presbyterian Church 19920 Bethel Church Rd., Worship 9am & 11am Cornelius Presbyterian Church 21209 Catawba Ave., Worship 10:30am Church of the Good Shepherd Lake Norman YMCA, 21300 Davidson St. Worship 10am First Baptist Church 21007 Catawba Ave., Worship 11am Grace Covenant Church 17301 Statesville Rd, Worship 8am, 9:30am, 11:15am Mt. Zion United Methodist Church 19600 Zion St., Worship 8:30am, 9:45am, 11am
NorthCross Church 11020 Bailey Rd., Ste H, Worship 10:15am Point of Grace Lutheran Church 20700 N. Main St., Worship 8:30am, 11am Union Bethel AME Zion Church 20738 Catawba Ave., Worship 11am Community in Christ Lutheran Church 7621 Norman Island Dr., Worship 9:30am, 11am Calvary Chapel 18731 W. Catawba Ave., Worship 10am Inclusion Community Kadi Fit, Sundays 11am
Big Day at the Lake, now 13 years old, is a volunteer group of folks whose project is Big Brothers Big Sisters. There is virtually no overhead thanks to local businesses that donate goods and services, ranging from pizza (thank you Mama’s) and cole slaw (thank you Big Bitez) to printing (thank you AlphaGraphics) and a picnic ground complete with staff and security (thank you Duke Energy). We’re not a 501c3—Big Brothers Big Sisters is—so all checks are made out to an efficient non-profit that focuses on mentoring at-risk kids. Think of Big Day at the Lake as a funnel to direct support to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas as well as an organization that hosts a day on the lake for at-risk children. Our community’s generous support over the course of 13 years means Big Brothers Big Sisters has received more than $1 million. We focus our energy on a 45year old non-profit that has a proven track record around careful stewardship of money and effective-
ness—BBBS mentored kids stay out of the juvenile justice system and in school. The BBBS one-to-one mentoring model costs $1,500 a year to support, compared to the $95,000 it costs to support one incarcerated person. More than 20,000 children live in poverty in and around Mecklenburg County. Big Day at the Lake not only gives children in Big Brothers Big Sisters the opportunity to enjoy Lake Norman, but enables more atrisk children to be mentored by wellscreened adults. On July 22 the Big Day at the Lake team will be running from restaurant to restaurant to pick up donated picnic food, Coke delivers free Coke. Hundreds of volunteer Boat Hosts will be donating the use of their boats to host as many as 200 at-risk kids from all over the region. Five dozen volunteers will staff a picnic for Littles, Bigs and Boat Hosts. To volunteer or sign up to be a Boat Host, pls visit www.bigdayatthelake.com.
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Big Day at the Lake Celebrity Bartenders
Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla, and Chairman of Diversity Council Chris Hailey
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You CAN Take it with You! Thurman Ross, long time Cornelius commissioner, long time friend
Alton Updyke, owner of Alton’s
Laura Engel and Shelley Johnson were Celebrity Bartenders
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Lake Norman Coin Shop We buy U.S. Coins and Currency Buy - Sell - Appraisals Mike Young 19905 W. Catawba Ave. Suite 106 Cornelius, NC 28031 (704) 895-6884
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Every year Randy and Nancy Cameron host a cruise for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Nancy is a member of the Big Day at the Lake Committee. This year’s cruise raised more than $2,500 for Big Brothers Big Sisters
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COMMANDER: Kiwanis Club Of Lake Norman • AlphaGraphics of Lake Norman • Shelley Johnson and Craig LePage • Dobi Financial Group • Charlotte Ear Eye Nose and Throat Associates - Dr. Michael Miltich • Park Avenue Propeties/John & Shea Bradford • Jim and Carolyn Duke • Brian Harris and Scarlett Hays • KS Audio Video - Ken Ziegler • Lake Norman Realty - Abigail Jennings • The McIntosh Law Firm • Payroll Plus • Rose & Associates - Kathleen Rose • Troy and Della Stafford • Jeff and Nancy Tarte • Dirk & Heidi Tischer • Brian and Tricia Sisson & Erica Erlenbach (The Range) • Stonewall Capital SKIPPERS: Chris and Sally Ashworth • Rod Beard • Law firm of Bentz and Associates - Catherine Bentz • Blair and Margaret Boggs • Crafty Burg’r • Dixie Dean • Dresslers Restaurant • Tom and Ann Dutton • Angela Higbea • Rusty Knox • Rhonda Lennon • Thurman Ross • Jennifer Stoops • Washam Properties - Woody & Sharon Washam • Brent & Amy Sparks MATES: Intergrity Heating & Cooling • Freedom Boat Club • John and Nancy Aneralla • Chaz Beasley • Kathleen Byrnes • Martin & Bernadette Fox • Richard & Benjamin Knight • James Hicks FOOD & BEVERAGE VENDORS: Alton’s Kitchen and Cocktails, Big Bite’z, Brickhouse Tavern / Port City Club, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, Bruster’s Ice Cream, Herrin Brothers Ice, Mama’s Pizza Express, Tenders Fresh Food
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firstname.lastname@example.org No boats in yards “What is the penalty for non-compliance?” —from Callan via www.corneliustoday.com
Your comments and opinions since 2006
Online headline June 5:
“Whose yard is it anyway?”
Wayne Herron, the planning director for Cornelius, responds: The ordinance is adopted as part of the Land Development Code so the enforcement is the same civil process as for all other zoning enforcement, as allowed by North Carolina General Statutes. The Town will first try to have friendly communication and send courtesy letters regarding the matter. If compliance is not achieved, the Town will then send civil citations and penalties, as necessary. Any further action would be through normal civil legal processes, as may be necessary. If we have to move beyond courtesy, the Code calls the following: 1st citation - $100 2nd citation - $200 All subsequent citations – $500
“If they breach this line of governance it will be the catalyst to full government control on the private lives. Kiss the Bill of rights goodbye. That they voted for this is shameful. I would have thought better of one or two of them.” —Marcos via Facebook
“HOAs are by and large pretty terrible, yet are becoming increasingly hard to avoid. Hopefully Jayne is able to convince the town board that acting like an HOA is not the job of town government.” —Nic via Facebook
“Park perk: Will Jetton be free?”
“It should have never existed to start with. Could this be related to the renovation of the long building by the office, to get more people to check that out once it’s done?” —Faron via Facebook
When can builders do what they do?
“I live in Antiquity and have suffered from the noise, dust, huge equipment noise (beeping) for almost two years and 6 and 6-1/2 days per week. I understand building is necessary and we residents should expect some inconvenience, but are there guidelines that developers must adhere to that would lessen the impact on homeowners or does Cornelius give them carte blanche to operate as they wish? Also, last week two huge hardwood trees were uprooted on the lot behind Harris Teeter/Antiquity. One beautiful huge tree has survived. What requirements does Cornelius have as regard to clear-cutting and not preserving our ages-old trees? Does anyone else care? None of us will live long enough to see trees grow to replace this carnage.” —via SoundOffCornelius@gmail.com Wayne Herron, the planning director for Cornelius, responds:
Online headline June 2:
“Poor planning! The whole thing is [let’s just say awkward] ... Traffic in the area is a nightmare, and for those of us who have used the boat launch facilities at Ramsey Creek for years?!?!” —Lou via Facebook
“OMG , everyone of those board members should be booted out for this. How dare they? Especially knowing no other towns do this. We should all be furious! I’m so sick of the snots trying to ruin LKN.” —Heather via Facebook
“This is a sick way for a town board to interfere with the freedom and rights of individuals who deliberately choose NOT to live in a neighborhood with a overzealous HOA. LIVE AND LET LIVE!!! And leave us alone. OR is there some agenda of developers to drive out some residents who are not going to be part or their profit plan?” —Tom via Facebook
Towns are only allowed to regulate what the State of North Carolina authorizes us to regulate. State law says that as long as one has and maintains a valid building(development) permit, there is no regulation on how long the developer/builder may take to build the project. The Town may place reasonable times for daily work to occur. Currently the Town Code says work must take place between 7am and 7pm Monday through Saturday and 12pm to 7pm on Sunday.
Missing the point?
“Those opposed to Sen. Jeff Tarte’s proposal to ticket vehicles impeding traffic in the passing lane are missing the point. The left lane on the interstate is for PASSING ONLY. If you aren’t passing a vehicle, you need to be in the right lane. It isn’t a matter of right or wrong; those in the left lane—who are impeding traffic— cause accidents.” —via SoundOffCornelius@gmail.com
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Facebook.com/SoundOffCornelius Online headline June 19:
: I have bought property in other states, and my closing was not conducted by a real estate attorney. Why does North Carolina require that an attorney conduct a real estate closing?
“CATS opens new Park & Ride Friday” “Any chance this will run to the airport?“ —Elizabeth on Cornelius Today Facebook
“For $25 Uber will.” —Pete on Cornelius Today Facebook “No thank you :) I prefer the $3 bus or a free friend. I was just curious about it because it’s so close.” —Elizabeth on Cornelius Today Facebook Editor’s note: Yes, you can get to the airport, but not directly. You transfer buses in Uptown Charlotte.
Online headline June 21:
“Yes! Cornelius is a ‘best lake town’ in US” Of course we are!!! —Shelley on Cornelius Facebook
No new taxes; new storage rules upheld (June 6 on www.corneliustoday.com)
“Good work.” —Bruce via Facebook
“Lincolnton, a poorer town, with less than half the population , has a $27 million budget. Y’all are doing pretty good in Cornelius.” —Nic via Facebook The Cornelius Town Board adopted a $22.5 million 2017-2018 budget. It keeps property taxes at the current tax rate of 25.5 cents/$100 assessed tax value, the lowest town tax rate in the region.
Last for infrastructure. Traffic. —Allen on Cornelius Today Facebook Yes traffic is horrible. —Judy on Facebook
Tree ordinance? “Two huge hardwood trees were uprooted on the lot behind Harris Teeter in Antiquity. One beautiful huge tree has survived. What requirements does Cornelius have as regard to clear-cutting and not preserving our ages-old trees? Does anyone else care? None of us will live long enough to see trees grow to replace this carnage.” —via SoundOffCornelius@gmail.com
Tyler Beardsley, Assistant to the Manager for Cornelius, responds: The trees were removed due to the construction of the Hickory Street Road Extension project. The Town is building this road to further assist with east-west connectivity and giving drivers options besides Ca-
tawba Avenue and the Catawba-115 Intersection. Unfortunately, these trees were located in line with the new road alignment. The Town looked at alternatives that would not require the trees to be removed, but the trees were too close to the intersection to avoid them. The Town is planting new street trees as part of this project.
: Many aspects of real estate law are State specific. North Carolina has a somewhat unique system that involves a real estate attorney searching and opining on the state of the property’s title to an independent title insurance company or agency. The title insurance company then issues the title insurance commitment or policy, while the real estate attorney conducts the closing, handling of funds, and recording of the documents. A few advantages of the North Carolina JACKSON approved attorney system are: 1. Cost – Involvement of an attorney in the process keeps the overall cost of the transaction down 2. Legal Representation – Attorneys are able to provide legal advice during the closing process 3. Oversight of Attorneys - Attorneys are closely regulated by the State Bar and General Statutes, and most carry malpractice insurance. 4. Oversight of Attorney Trust Accounts - Attorneys’ trust accounts are regulated by both the State Bar and the North Carolina Good Funds Settlement Act These are just a sample of the many benefits to closing your real estate transaction with an approved real estate attorney.
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The July 2017 issue of Cornelius Today