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Granite Quarry board keeps watch on Sycamore Street parking problem

GRANITE QUARRY — Alderman Mike Brinkley said he will continue to monitor Sycamore Street, talk to Police Chief Mark Cook and see if overnight parking problems on the street might correct themselves.
Brinkley reported at Monday night’s meeting of the Board of Aldermen he had received some complaints from residents about nightly parking along Sycamore Street that makes two-way traffic in and out of the subdivision off South Main Street (Old N.C. 80) difficult.
Brinkley said there also has been some damage to the edge of the street from the parking. Previous efforts to dissuade people from parking near South Main Street have not been successful, and the chief has told board members that unless they approve and install no-parking signs he really can’t do anything, Brinkley said.
Brinkley said traffic can get in and out of the subdivision when vehicles are parked where they have been sitting, “but you might lose a mirror, let’s put it that way.”
“I’d like the board to be aware of it,” he said, adding that it hasn’t been as much of a problem recently.
Elsewhere, Cook’s monthly report for July shows the Granite Quarry-Faith Joint Police Authority had 578 calls for service, which included 11 alarm activations, 265 security checks, 79 checks at parks, seven assists to other agencies, 54 traffic stops, 18 responses to domestic disturbances and 41 follow-up investigations.
The department issued 21 traffic citations in July, filled out three crash reports, took 20 incident reports and made 12 arrests.
Cook reported the average response time on calls was 2.61 minutes.
Granite Quarry’s maintenance department, under the direction of Kim Cress, also was busy in July. At Granite Lake Park, the town repaired a fill area, restacked rocks and installed new “fill nozzle.”
Work crews also installed new basketball goals at Granite Civic Park; mowed, trimmed and sprayed along the streets of Chasetone, Windsor and Devynne Court; treated the town’s two parks for fire ants; repaired low areas and tripping hazards on the Nature Trail; sprayed for poison oak on the trail; removed illegal signs on town rights of way; did a lot of mowing on rights of way because of recent rains; picked up nine dump truck loads of limbs; and planted light pole bases at Granite Lake Park.
Chief Dale Brown reported the Granite Quarry Fire Department had 52 calls for service in July, including 19 emergency medical service calls, nine structure fires, four motor vehicle accidents, three public assistance calls, two service assignments, nine false alarms, two vehicle fires, one report of smoke, one hazardous materials call, one instance of power lines being down and one situation in which Granite Quarry was asked to stand by to assist other agencies.
The department performed maintenance on 170 fire hydrants in July.
Brown reported monthly training consisted of driver operator and firefighter foam application instruction.
In July, the Granite Quarry Fire Department was host for the quarterly Rowan County Fire Association meeting.
In other news from Granite Quarry:
• Susan Closner, planning and zoning administrator, reported a business license was issued in July for “Wahoo’s Diner” in the Brinkley Center at 110 S. Salisbury Ave.
• The town-owned Legion building was rented out six times in June; Civic Park, nine; and Granite Lake Park, four.

Contact Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263.

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