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Kannapolis to swear in incumbent mayor, elect mayor pro tem

KANNAPOLIS – Three familiar faces and one newcomer will be sworn in to the Kannapolis City Council on Monday.

Darrell Hinnant, incumbent candidate for mayor, ran against Dennis Johnson.

His victory was sweeping.

In the end, Hinnant amassed 1,720 votes to Johnson’s for 67.2 percent of the votes.

Hinnant will be joined by fellow incumbent council members Doug Wilson and Dianne Berry, each receiving 1,506 and 1,432 votes respectively.

New to the city council is Van Rowell, taking the place of incumbent Darrel Jackson, who decided not to run.

With votes finalized, just 13 votes separated Rowell’s 934 votes from Chris Gordon’s 921.

Council members will also elect a new mayor pro tem during Monday’s meeting, held at the City Hall Council Chambers at 6 p.m. Current mayor pro tem is top council vote-getter, Wilson.

Other business from Monday’s agenda includes:

• Council members will honor council member Darrell Jackson as he leaves the board.

• The council will hold a public hearing concerning the financing of several capital projects in and around the city.

Kannapolis city staff have been working on capital projects throughout the city. These projects include improvements to the greenway and the property located at 489 N. Cannon Boulevard; downtown infrastructure improvements; fire stations No. 2 and No. 3; a downtown parking deck; and the impending sports and entertainment venue.

These projects will require financing, and a public hearing is required before issuing this amount of debt to the city. The hearing will address loan collateral provisions.

• The director of public works will present the final phase II for downtown infrastructure improvements.

According to the agenda, the goal of the project is “to promote a vibrant downtown through reinvestment of public dollars that maximizes private investment.”

Phase II will replace existing sanitary sewer mains, water mains, storm drainage systems and telecom services. It will also relocate overhead power lines to an underground duct bank.

The project will also lead to street improvements including traffic circles, medians, modified traffic signals and bicycle lanes.

Total project costs are $28,863,462.

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