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Landis resident’s talking disrupts town meeting

A police officer had to intervene at the Landis Board of Alderman meeting Monday, when a resident disrupted the meeting.
His behavior was “beyond the standards” of what his behavior should be in a meeting,” said Mayor James Furr.
The officer asked the man to be quiet when he wouldn’t stop talking when his time during open comment was up, according to Landis Police Chief Bob Wood.
“There was no confrontation of any kind,” he said.
The discussion centered around neighborhood concern over the increased traffic in the Tranquil Lake Drive neighborhood.
The neighborhood adjoins Lake Corriher Wilderness Park, and park goers have been using the neighborhood as an access point.
The town proposed a number of solutions, including installing a gate and no parking signs in the neighborhood, increased police patrol and encouraging park goers to park at the South Rowan YMCA’s soccer fields and to use the existing trail system.
All but one of the residents representing the neighborhood “recognized that we were trying,” Furr said.
• The board approved the annexation of several properties off Highway 29 given to the town by D.C. Linn. The annexation makes the town contiguous to its natural boundary.
There was no public comment about the annexation.
• The board passed the town’s nuisance abatement after some technical “language clean up,” Furr said.
• The board reviewed its loan and grant applications for a system that automatically records water meter readings. The grant covers the majority of the cost, and the loan will cover the rest.
• The board executed the paperwork for the town’s sewer replacement project. They also approved a contract amendment with municipal engineers for $20,143.19.
• Phil Conrad explained that the Rowan Express will have to cut service back to morning and evening rush hour. Because the area is now considered an urban area, the grant money used to support the service has been lost.
• The town signed a statement promising to pay the local share for bike and pedestrian greenway projects if awarded the grant for those projects.
• The board refused to sign several contracts with the North Carolina Railroad, because the residents of Landis were “enraged” by the way the company cut down many trees in Landis when it cleared its right of way 100 feet from the centerline of the track.
The contracts asked the town to maintain land along the tracks.
“We can’t maintain that,” Furr said, pointing out that the area is too torn up to mow.
Town leaders did sign one piece of the agreement, which pertains to moving the town gazebo on good faith.

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