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Granite Quarry board to consider Gildan access road, new town manager

GRANITE QUARRY — The Granite Quarry Board of Aldermen faces a full agenda Monday evening, including the possible naming of a new town manager to replace the retiring Dan Peters and action on a proposed access road for Gildan Yarns off Heilig Road.
Before aldermen meet, the Granite Quarry Planning Board will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Monday to review and hear comments on the access road for Gildan.
At 6:45 p.m., the Planning Board’s recommendation related to the Gildan Yarns access road will be presented to aldermen at their public hearing on the same matter.
Aldermen are expected to make a decision on the road later in their regular monthly meeting.
The proposed access road from Heilig Road would be 2,729 feet long and end in a cul de sac. It would require a 60-foot right of way on the 4.278 acres in question. The proposed road itself would be 36 feet wide with 3-foot-wide grass shoulder berms on each side.
The town’s subdivision regulations require the road to be constructed to N.C. Department of Transportation minimum design standards, which say it should have curbing and gutter and a 5-foot-wide sidewalk on at least one side of the road.
Town Engineer Jeff Moody estimates the additional construction cost for the curb, gutter and sidewalk to be about $510,000. Consultants from Blue Ridge Environmental plan to be on hand to ask for an exemption from the requirement for those items.
In September, Robert Van Geons, executive director of RowanWorks, also asked aldermen to grant an exemption. He said the road being proposed would be above standard in width and depth to accommodate heavy truck traffic. But adding the curb, gutters and sidewalk would lead to a 4- to 5-month delay and add $500,000 to $700,000 to the project cost, Van Geons said.
Also in September, Mayor Bill Feather appointed himself, Alderwoman Mary Ponds, Interim Salisbury City Manager John Sofley, Granite Quarry F&M Bank Manager Sandy Moore and Town Clerk/Human Resources Officer Barbie Blackwell to a town manager selection committee.
Interviews were conducted in September, and aldermen expect to name Peters’ successor Monday night. Peters has been spending a few days with his proposed replacement as part of the transition.
The town held a drop-in reception at Town Hall for Peters last Wednesday.
In other business, aldermen:
• Will hear an update from the mayoral election committee, which has proposed that Granite Quarry’s mayor be elected (not appointed by the board) every two years beginning in 2015. The committee also has proposed aldermen terms of four years, not two.
• Will consider an ordinance directing the housing inspector to demolish a vacant trailer at 423 Railroad St. The owner of the property is Glenn Alan McKenzie.
• Will hear updates from the Revitalization Team and Parks, Events and Recreation Commission.

Contact Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263.

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