Statesville municipal services center moves forward following split vote


Pictured above: Statesville City Councilman John Stafford who has been vocal with his concerns about the municipal services center planned for the intersection of Shelton Avenue and Amity Hill Road in south Statesville – WSIC photo

STATESVILLE, N.C. (WSIC NEWS) Statesville’s municipal services center is moving forward.

In a 5-3 vote Monday night, Council members accepted bids and gave the Manager the go-ahead to get proposals for up to $11 million in funding.

“You’re spending a million dollars because the location of this lot is so poor, you’ve got to spend a million dollars to realign the road,” said Councilman John Stafford of the included cost to realign Amity Hill Road and Shelton Avenue.

The price includes realigning Amity Hill Road with Shelton Avenue and building a new home for the Statesville Police Department on the site. There was an option to build a fire station there as well, but that didn’t make it into the final motion following a lengthy discussion of how it would impact fire protection elsewhere in the city.

“John, you’ve been arguing for thirty minutes about ‘we don’t need this fire station down there,'” said Councilman Roy West to Stafford. “Now, guess what? We’re going to vote not to put it down there right now. You just won dumb (expletive).”

A public hearing on the funding for this project will take place at the November 18th City Council meeting.