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Airport tops agenda items for Tuesday’s commissioners meeting

Construction at the Rowan County Airport will take center stage Tuesday when the Rowan County Commissioners meet.

Commissioners are scheduled to consider a contract for construction of a 15,000-square foot hangar and the addition of office space for a similar hangar leased by aircraft charter company Strategic Moves LLC at the Rowan County Airport. Because of the Labor Day holiday on Monday, commissioners will meet Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the county’s administration building.

The 15,000-square foot hangar is the second of its type at the airport. Site plans show it being built next to an existing 15,000-square foot hangar that’s leased to Strategic Moves. Plans for a second, large hangar have changed multiple times over recent months. Initially, county officials favored T-hangars — primarily used for small, private aircraft. Later, the choice was box hangars, which are larger but can’t fit corporate jets.

Commissioner Craig Pierce and Greg Edds during an Aug. 5 meeting spoke in favor of the 15,000-square foot hangar, saying it offered the greatest tax revenue potential and would cost the same amount as building multiple, smaller hangars.

Engineering firm Talbert, Bright and Ellington have been selected to oversee construction of the new hangar. The firm estimates the new hangar to cost nearly $2 million. The building cost alone is estimated to be $1.5 million.

Site plans show the proposed hangar being 50 feet away from the existing 15,000-square foot hangar, which will also be the site of construction in coming months. Salisbury-based Ramsay Burgin Smith Architects has been chosen to oversee construction of a 4,200-square foot office space for Strategic Moves, which has committed to moving from Statesville to Salisbury.

Commissioners are scheduled to review and approve various construction documents, including site plans, related to the office space. The office space would gently slope from the side of the existing hangar.

The site plans show a 20-space parking lot. It would be the only parking lot in the area near the hangar.

In other business on Tuesday’s agenda:

• Commissioners will have a public hearing to remove feral cats from the county’s leash law and animal cruelty definitions.

The change is proposed as a way to allow feral cat colonies and trap, neuter and release programs in Rowan.

The trap, neuter and release programs are aimed at reducing the number of cats who are able to reproduce. By lowering the reproduction rate of feral cats, animal advocates hope fewer animals will be picked up by staff of Rowan County Animal Control.

• Commissioners will consider setting a quasi-judicial hearing for Sept. 21 concerning a proposed Duke Energy solar farm on the corner of Old U.S. Highway 70.

The solar farm would generate six megawatts of energy. It would be located near the Barber community.

Duke Energy is requesting a conditional use permit to place the solar farm on a property that’s currently zoned industrial.

• The Board of Commissioners will consider several board appointments for vacant positions.

Kannapolis resident Olin Miles has applied for the Rowan County Housing Authority Board.

Miles served a term that ended in September 2014. He applied for reappointment at the time but wasn’t selected.

At the time Miles left the board, Rowan County Commissioners adopted a resolution to designate one seat on the board for a Kannapolis resident. Prior to the resolution, Kannapolis didn’t have a designated seat. Two of the properties owned by the housing authority are in Kannapolis.

If appointed, Miles would serve in the designated seat. He was recommended by the Kannapolis City Council.

Lois D. McCorkle, Lisa Griggs Jones and John Baxter Sims have applied for reappointment to the Enochville Volunteer Fire Department Board of Commissioners. There are three vacancies.

Paul Steven Hall, owner of Tourist Accommodations, has applied for the Tourist Development Authority. There is one vacancy on the board.

Stephen Kidd and Karen Ingram have applied for the Personnel Commission. Both have applied for reappointment. There are two vacancies.

• Commissioners will consider a petition to add recognition of the Rowan County softball team’s little league championship to welcome signs

• Commissioners will consider allowing County Manager Aaron Church to spend up to $125 for future retirement celebrations for county employees.

The $125 could only be spent on employees who have worked for Rowan County government for at least 10 years.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.




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