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Landis expects a strong 2015

The town of Landis accomplished a lot in 2014, and from the looks of it, 2015 should follow suit, according to Town Manager Reed Linn.

The town has completed a number of projects, including its water improvement project, a new office for Lake Corriher Wilderness Park and a power conversion for its power company.

According to Linn, Mayor James Furr and Town Finance Officer Ginger Gibson, completing the water improvement project was Landis’ biggest victory of 2014.

Through Landis’ water improvement project, 80 percent of the town’s fire hydrants have been replaced, as well as its pumping station and some of the town’s older water mains.

“Now we’re able to turn off the water to isolate a water main break,” Linn said.

The project cost $3.3 million and most of the funding came from a general obligation bond passed in 2007.

The project was delayed several years, waiting to see if it qualified for additional federal stimulus money, but once it was started, it took two years to complete.

“We had some delays, but we were able to finish it,” Linn said.

They also completed a new park office for Lake Corriher Wilderness Park, which opened in April.

“We wanted to offer recreation for all ages,” Linn said, adding that the park offers trails for hiking, walking and bicycling; rustic camping; canoeing and fishing.

“This wasn’t just shooting from the hip,” Furr said, explaining that the office is part of the town’s recreation master plan.

The town also started its power conversion for Landis Power Company, which serves parts of Landis, Kannapolis and China Grove. The company is switching from four kilovolts to 12 kilovolts to make it more efficient.

The project, according to Linn, Furr and Gibson, is more than 50 percent complete, and will include up-fitting substations, new lines and new transformers.

During 2015, the town will begin working on implementing several projects with the $800,000 Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant it received late last summer.

The town will build additional camp sites, bathhouses, piers, boating docks, storage facilities and rustic cabins.

Linn said he also hopes to finish the town’s sewer rehabilitation project this year as well.

Gibson added that the town will be working on installing automated meters to measure its citizens’ water and electric use, which will cut down on the town’s vehicle use and personnel hours.

“We received a grant for $921,000 for the water side,” she said. “It’ll pay for most of the stuff.”

The grant is from the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources, while the electric portion of the project will cost Landis roughly $450,000.

“We just purchased several new pieces of equipment at public works,” Linn said.

The town will receive a tree trimming truck with a boom and chipper, a utility truck, a line truck and a bucket truck. The equipment should arrive in April or May.

Landis also plans to continue to work on Passive Park, which will be located in the downtown area and will contain gardens, fountains and walkways.

“The majority of this is being done, privately funded through donations,” Linn said, adding that they can only complete the project as quickly as the money comes in.

 

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