Cleveland votes to make Town Park part of town

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Town Park is now officially part of the town of Cleveland.

The town Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to annex two parcels of 34.62 acres and 1.63 acres located on Clement Street, effective immediately. No one spoke at a public hearing held before the vote.

The town has owned the property for decades, but only a sliver of it has ever been located within the town limits, said Commisisoner Travis Summitt after the meeting.

“That hampered our police officers from doing their job,” Summitt said.. “They can police it a lot better if it’s within the town and under the same ordinances.”

He said he doesn’t know of any specific issues that inspired commissioners to take action.

“We’re just trying to be proactive,” he said.

Also Tuesday, the Cleveland Town Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a proclamation in honor of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 634. The chapter represents veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart medal in Rowan, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Union, Gaston, Cleveland and Lincoln counties.

The proclamation, based on one approved in the town of Ranlo in Gaston County, says the board supports the recognition of the town of Cleveland as a “Purple Heart City in the State of North Carolina.”

In addition, commissioners approved the payment of a bill from Spinnaker General Contractors for water repairs.

Town Clerk Cathy Payne said the board had budgeted about $19,000, but it received a bill for $39,000, which included emergency water line repairs dating back to January 2011.

The board agreed to pay what it owes, but commissioners said they want to request that the contractor send a bill within 30 days after the work is completed.

Commissioners then met briefly in closed session to discuss a personnel issue. Afterward, they voted in open session to grant an employee’s request to decline a raise and reimburse the town for additional pay given since July 1.

Just after the board adjourned its meeting, Leonard Hall stood and addressed the commissioners. He said he wanted to speak but had not signed up in time for the meeting.

“On behalf of the West Rowan Advisory Council, I’d like to thank you all for having supported us in our effort to restore the Rosenwald school building,” he said.

Hall, who is president of the advisory council, said the building should be finished in about two or three months.

The R.A. Clement School was constructed in 1929 as a four-teacher building. It was one of 5,378 schools and auxiliary buildings constructed in 15 Southern states from 1913 to 1932 with financial assistance from the Rosenwald Fund.

A total of $30,125 in funding had been received to restore the school as of Aug. 1, with more grants pending. Grantors include the town of Cleveland, the Blanche and Julian Robertson Family Foundation, The Rosenwald Centennial Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Wells Fargo Bank.

Funds will be used for the restoration of the assembly room, masonry and floor repairs, window restorations, preservation plan and National Register nomination.

Contact reporter Karissa Minn at 704-797-4222.



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