China Grove to deter loitering in parks by adding signs

  • Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 6:19 a.m.

CHINA GROVE — After four months of discussions regarding what the town could do about young people “hanging out” after hours at the town’s parks and outdoor facilities, the board authorized signs be placed at all of the parks that list the hours of operation.

Alan Corriher, chairman of the Park Advisory Board, first asked the board at its February meeting if something could be done about loitering at the park beyond reasonable hours. He mentioned the issue again at the board’s March meeting.

The town board approved signage at the parks, ball fields and community building instructing patrons of hours of operation. The town board decided the only way police could enforce park hours was if there were signs notifying patrons of the hours. The town will place signs at Hannah Park, the Community Building, the tennis courts, Mitchell Avenue/Westhaven Park, the Little League fields and Walnut/First Street Park.

Most of the park hours are from sunrise to sunset, but the tennis courts are from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. because they are lit at night.

Without any discussion the board also approved to adopt a resolution supporting Old Beatty Ford Road projects in the southern part of the county. The project has the potential for a new Interstate 85 interchange exit at Old Beatty Ford Road. China Grove supports realigning the road with a new bridge crossing I-85. The resolution said there has not been consideration in the project design that takes into account the potential impact for the South Rowan area. The town of Landis recently approved a similar resolution. The resolution and much of the other items on the agenda were part of the consent agenda, which the board approved without discussion.

The board also:

• Presented Public Works Director Dave Ketner with the Dr. Ira Lee Baker Award for his dedicated work with the China Grove Historical Society. Ketner was unable to attend a recent event where he was formally honored. The award was established in 1999 and is named for Baker, a charter member of the Historical Society.

• Declared a police vehicle as surplus. The car is a spare and has no equipment except a light bar across the top.

• Hold its first movie night of the season Friday at China Grove Elementary School at 8 p.m. on the lawn. The featured movie is the Disney feature, “Wreck-It Ralph.” The town held its regular “Movies in the Park” last year, but this year have partnered with the school to host regular movie nights at the school. The doors will open at 7 p.m. There will be refreshments including snacks and hot dogs for purchase. The event is free to anyone, but donations will be accepted.

• Will have an open house for the community to see inside town hall on Sunday July 14 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Town hall is located at 333 N. Main St.

• Approved the annual audit contract. Sherill & Smith in Salisbury handles the town’s audits.

• Approved a memorandum of understanding for continued transportation planning with the Cabarrus-Rowan Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

• Adopted a solid waste management plan from the county department of environmental management. Every three years the county has to submit an update to the plan to the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR).

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