Commissioners may sign water-sewer deal with Kannapolis

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 13, 2018

SALISBURY — The Rowan County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting at 3 p.m. today with little on the agenda made available for public preview.

The meeting was scheduled during the commissioners’ Nov. 5 meeting at the request of Commissioner Craig Pierce. Commissioners will evaluate a proposal from the city of Kannapolis about the extension of water and sewer service to the new Old Beatty Ford Road intersection.

The meeting will be in the J. Newton Cohen Sr. Room on the second floor of the Rowan County Administration Building, 130 W. Innes St.

According to Pierce and commissioners Chairman Greg Edds, the meeting could involve signing a memorandum of understanding between Kannapolis and the county.

Edds said the meeting could solve the county’s dilemma about how to extend water and sewer service along the new Old Beatty Ford interchange, with the memorandum containing details on “what we’re going to do and how we’re going to do it.”

The agenda for today’s meeting was published on the county’s website without any attachment.

Both Edds and Pierce reported looking over early versions of the contract.

“Kannapolis has sent it to us,” said Pierce. “Right now, we’re going over it and making sure everything in it is proper, that it meets the needs of both the city and the county.”

Both Edds and Pierce declined to share a copy of the memorandum with the Post because it has “yet to be finalized,” Edds said.

On Monday, Pierce said the Kannapolis City Council had not signed on to the final version of the memorandum — the document Rowan County officials will be evaluating today.

Annette Privette Keller, communications director for the city of Kannapolis, directed a request from the Post for a copy of the memorandum to Rowan County officials.

County Manager Aaron Church did not respond to the Post’s request before the Post’s deadline.