Council to consider funding for South Statesville greenway preparations

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FROM PRESS RELEASE

Statesville City Council will meet Monday night, November 20, at 7 p.m. This meeting provides an opportunity for public comment. Persons desiring to speak at this time must sign up on the list located at the City Clerk’s counter in Council Chambers. Speakers are allowed three minutes to talk on any topic that is not a part of the meeting’s agenda.

The Stormwater Advisory Commission has been meeting for nearly a year, working with staff and contract engineer Doug Jewell on identifying problems and solutions to improve the quality of stormwater runoff in Statesville. As part of developing the Stormwater Management Plan, the City has funded a Stormwater Utility Feasibility Study with Jewell. At Monday night’s meeting, Jewell and Derek Slocum, Assistant Public Works Director, will review the commission’s work and ask Council to approve the third phase of the study at a cost not to exceed $39,450. This next phase will prepare the City and community for the establishment of a utility and fee. It is expected to take 5-6 months to complete.

There are several items on the agenda related to the road improvements (roundabout) on Sullivan Rd. at the new Ingles Grocery Store. The City of Statesville, Ingles and the State of North Carolina are all participating in the costs of the roundabout. Council will be asked to pay its share from a tax incentive (40% tax rebate for reimbursement of the cost to construct the roundabout) not to exceed $250,000. Council will also be asked to accept the State’s share ($250,000) to pass along to the contractors.

Another transportation matter on the agenda is the approval of a local agreement with the NC Department of Transportation concerning the construction of a mile-long multi-use path (greenway) extending from Garner Bagnal Boulevard south to Amity Hill Rd. This paved pathway is also referred to as the linear park and will provide a greenway-like trail for walking and biking. The agreement is for preliminary engineering work and right-of-way costs for a total of $753,750. Statesville received a matching grant for this phase of the project and will be asked to contribute 20% of the costs ($150,750)

Council will also consider renewal of the City Attorney Contract with Leah Messick, who took over the position last spring following the death of her father, long-time City Attorney Eddie Gaines. The proposed contract contains the same terms and conditions of the expiring contract.

There are a number of other matters on the lengthy agenda, including a $10,000 contribution to Iredell Museums and extending the pre-development agreement with the developer of the Vance Hotel.

City Council will meet in the Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 227 S. Center St. The meeting is open to the public. The Pre-Agenda meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the third floor conference room.

The entire agenda can be viewed on the City’s homepage at www.statesvillenc.net or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofStatesville/.

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