Commissioners to have public hearing for Gildan project

Published 12:10 am Sunday, May 17, 2015

By Josh Bergeron

When Rowan County Commissioners meet Monday, they’re scheduled to consider a relatively light agenda which includes a public hearing for a grant that paid for renovations associated with Gildan’s facility on Heilig Road.

A majority of items for Monday’s meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. in the county’s administration building on West Innes Street, are on commissioners consent agenda — usually for items without opposition. Among the items scheduled for the regular agenda is a public hearing to close a Gildan Yarns project funded by a community development block grant.

The project paid for by the grant included renovations of a 397,000-square-foot facility. The project included $750,000 in 2012 grant funds for building renovations and $52 million used for property acquisition, improvements and equipment from Gildan Yarns.

A notice for the public hearing states 170 new jobs were created as a result of the project. Of the jobs, 60 percent — or 102 total — benefitted people of low or moderate income.

Gildan’s facility is located near the intersection of Heilig and Faith roads.

Other items to be considered during Monday’s regular agenda include:

• Receiving a copy of the county’s fiscal year 2015-2016 budget

After receiving a copy of the budget, commissioners are scheduled to set a public hearing for a future date to discuss the budget.

Commissioners could also schedule a future budget work session during Monday’s meeting.

• Discussion to create a capital projects ordinance that would allow construction of an EMS station in Rockwell

In March commissioners purchased a piece of property specifically for the EMS station on the east side of Rockwell. The purchase price was $30,000.

• Presentation of the county’s latest financial report

Agenda attachments for Monday’s meeting include charts that show revenue for the current fiscal year exceeding the previous three years. Presently, cumulative revenue is about $110 million, according to county documents.

Expenditures for the current fiscal year are between $100 million and $110 million, which is nearly equal to the previous three fiscal years, according to charts included in Monday’s agenda items.

Items scheduled to be considered as a part of Monday’s consent agenda include:

• Setting a public hearing for June 1 to rezone multiple parcels of land on Heilig Road to the county’s commercial, business and industrial zoning

The rezoning passed the Rowan County Planning Board in April without opposition.

The total area of the requested rezoning measures 2.26 acres and is located at 2604 Heilig Road, according to Planning Department documents. Currently, the parcels are zoned rural residential.

Nash Isenhour Realty is requesting the rezoning.  The parcels of land are owned by Tina Davis, of Clevand, Tenn., and Judy Edmiston, of Gold Hill.

• Setting a public hearing for a piece of the intersection of N.C. 152 and Castor Road to be rezoned from rural agricultural to neighborhood business.

The rezoning passed the Rowan County Planning Board in April without opposition.

Father and son Wade and Brent Evans, who are requesting the rezoning and attended the meeting, said the property would be used for warehouse and office space.

Brent Evans described the business that would use the land as an “audio-visual installer.”

Sunburst Foods previously used the property but ceased operation late last year, according to Planning Department documents.

As part of a countywide zoning effort, it was rezoned to rural agricultural in January 1998, but Sunburst was allowed to continue operations on the land.

Sunburst ceased operations late last year.

• Setting a quasi-judicial hearing for a piece of property in the 600 block of Mayberry Lane, located between Landis and Mooresville.

The land is currently zoned rural agricultural. The quasi-judicial hearing would be for a conditional use permit. Jeff and Debra Shook are under contract to purchase the 10-acre parcel of land in west Rowan county, according to Planning Department documents.

The Shooks are requesting a conditional use permit to have horse shows and special events on the property. Planning Department documents state the Shooks would also board horses and construct a residence on the property, which are allowed under the rural agricultural zoning.

• Accepting a $6,000 grant for Social Services One Church One Child Program

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246