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Rowan County Board of Commissioners approves Earth Day Jam

SALISBURY — The Rowan County Board of Commissioners on Monday approved an application from Happy Roots to host Earth Day Jam on April 28.

The fundraiser will be held from noon to midnight at Dark Before Dawn Farm, 2100 Seventh St. It will feature live music, local foods, kids’ entertainment and educational displays.

A permit was needed because it is being held in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Spencer. Sound from live performances will exceed noise ordinances in the area.

Aaron Poplin, planning technician with Rowan County, said the application met all 10 specified criteria for public events exceeding noise ordinances:

• The application was received March 8, timely for the April 28 event.

• The nature of the activity was found acceptable as it included a variety of activities for families, educational opportunities and live music. All benefited Happy Roots goals of providing nature-based education services to enhance the wellness of the community.

• The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office reported no previous problems with the event.

• Amplified sound will end at midnight.

• There are no other known, planned activities near the sight and during same period.

• The event is annual in frequency.

• Some 1,500 expected attendees will be exposed to educational and social benefits.

• The applicant gave notice to adjacent residential property owners one month before the event.

• There have been no previous ordinance violations by Happy Roots.

• The Planning Department has posted a sign at the site and all adjoining property owners have been notified by mail.

This will be the fifth Earth Day Jam. It has been on hiatus for the past two years because its founders focused on creating Happy Roots, a nonprofit group with a mission to provide nature-based therapeutic and educational services.

County Commissioner Judy Klusman said she is happy to see the event back.

“It’s a very family-friendly event and something I’d want to see more of in the county,” she said.

In other business on Monday’s agenda:

• The commissioners announced the grand opening of Lake Corriher Wilderness Park, located at 265 Tranquil Lake Drive in China Grove. A ribbing cutting will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

• The board approved a fire protection district transfer of nine parcels from the Scotch-Irish District to the Rowan-Iredell District.

The parcels, located around South River Church and Montgomery Church roads, are only 2.08 miles from the Rowan-Iredell District and were 4.31 miles from Scotch-Irish.

• The commissioners appointed four people to three local boards.

Margaret Price was appointed to the at-large position on the Home and Community Care Block Grant Committee.

Detavius Mason and Carol Houpe were appointed to the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council. Mason will serve as public representative, and Houpe as the Rowan-Salisbury Schools representataive.

Amy Archer Brown was appointed to the Salisbury-Rowan Community Action Agency.

There are currently 27 vacancies on 15 local boards.

• The board approved a new lease and relocation for the North Carolina Veterans Honor Guard at West End Plaza.

The request includes some necessary repairs and relocating a steel sign that advertises the honor guard’s location in the building.

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