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Kannapolis wraps up business ahead of swearing in new members

KANNAPOLIS — Kannapolis City Council met for just 30 minutes on Monday evening, tying up some loose ends before new council members are sworn in Nov. 25.
Mayor Bob Misenheimer called the meeting to order and took a few minutes to recognize veterans in the audience. Six men stood and shared their branch of service, years served and where they served, along with four councilmen, including Misenheimer, Mayor Pro Tem Gene McCombs, and Councilmen Randy Cauthen and Tom Kincaid and Assistant City Manager Eddie Smith.
Misenheimer later read a Veterans Day proclamation.
Council recognized 11 employees and 19 citizens who graduated from Kannapolis Academy, a seven-week program that explores the ins and outs of how city government operates, from finance and budgeting to public works and police and fire. The Police Department received the Proud Peacock Award for best evaluation scores from the academy.
Council approved its consent agenda 7-0, which included two items:

• Approval of a rental rehab plan in the Carver area through a 2013-14 HOME Program Project Budget Ordinance. The grant and program income totals $202,692. A rehab plan is being developed by staff and will be presented to Council at a later date.

• Approval of payment for easement acquisition for construction of sanitary sewer in the Carver Street area in the amount of $647.
There were no speakers from the floor.

In other business:

• Council heard a report from City Manager Mike Legg, who briefed them on upcoming meetings.

The next scheduled meeting on Nov. 18 has been canceled. Legg said that he was preparing to discuss the N.C. Research Campus’ central energy plant, and that discussion may take place before a new Council is sworn in Nov. 25.
Legg said that a groundbreaking for a new data center on the research campus is set for Nov. 19.
At the Council’s next meeting Nov. 25, the outgoing mayor and council members will be recognized and the new council will be sworn in during an organizational meeting. A new mayor pro tem will also be chosen at this time.
A meeting between Downtown Kannapolis Inc. and the new Council is set for Dec. 11, during which the two groups will hear the first report from a recent market analysis.
Freelance writer Susan Shinn lives in Salisbury.

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