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Granite Quarry looks to extend sewer to industrial park

GRANITE QUARRY — The Granite Quarry Board of Aldermen passed several resolutions Monday night, including some related to sewer lines, a busy intersection and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The aldermen approved a resolution to submit a grant application to the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Industrial Development Fund.

The grant would be used to extend sewer service to Granite Industrial Park along Chamandy Drive off Heilig Road. The extension would come from Faith.

No dollar amount was affixed to the resolution Monday night. Mayor Bill Feather said the numbers are still being negotiated with other parties. According to the resolution, the town would administer the grant.

Granite Industrial Park was developed jointly by Rowan County and Granite Quarry, and it lies within the town. A certificate of occupancy has recently been issued for Easter Creeks Partners’ first speculative building in the park.

Feather asked if that certificate of occupancy starts the clock on the company’s three-year grace period for not paying town taxes, and Town Attorney Chip Short said it does.

If a tenant is found for the spec building, the grace period for Easter Creek ends.

In another resolution, Granite Quarry asked that intersection improvements at U.S. 52 and Dunn’s Mountain Road be considered as part of the Cabarrus-Rowan Metropolitan Planning Organization’s regional priority list.

Every two years, the N.C. Board of Transportation prepares its Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, identifying projects to be implemented over the next seven years with state and federal funding.

In connection with that, the state Transportation Board asks the regional MPOs for input or its own Metropolitan Transportation Plan.

Granite Quarry wants to make the intersection upgrade part of that. The aldermen have talked about a need for a turn lane and possibly a traffic light at the U.S. 52-Dunn’s Mountain Church Road intersection, especially when a new State Employees’ Credit Union branch is built nearby.

The aldermen passed an additional resolution Monday night proclaiming Jan. 21 as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It also is an official holiday for town employees.

In part, the resolution says, “Dr. King’s legacy remains a message of enduring truth, reminding us that life’s most urgent and persistent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’

“We must continue to pursue freedom, opportunity and peace and embrace history, culture religion, and ability of all people as an essential part of our American identity.”

Also Monday night, maintenance supervisor Jason Hord shared information on a drainage problem a resident is having at 333 Brookwood Drive.

Carolina Siteworks has given the town a $7,900 estimate for removing and repairing a portion of a driveway, installing new pipe and repairing a catch basin. But Hord brought the matter to the town board because he wasn’t sure whose obligation it is to pay for the repairs.

“Is this ours or is this not ours?” Hord asked. “I just need direction from the board.”

Feather said it’s important to determine where the liability lies. At Alderman Kim Cress’ suggestion, the board tabled any decision until more research could be done.

In other town business:

• Aldermen delayed action on establishing the holiday schedule for 2019. The proposed schedule calls for nine holidays to be observed, but Feather suggested taking another look at giving employees Dec. 24, 25 and 26 off for Christmas because it would create a two-day workweek of Monday and Friday.

• The Planning Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 14.

• The Revitalization Team will meet at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 15.

• Town Manager Phil Conrad said LGI, which will be builders of the Village at Granite subdivision off Faith Road, has pulled permits to allow for construction of an entrance sign. Grading on the site has been hampered by wet weather.

• Conrad said there were 10 zoning permits issued for new construction in the last quarter of 2018.

Contact Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263.

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