• 66°

Spencer Alderman Mike Boone campaigning for fourth term

SPENCER — In his campaign for a third term on the Spencer Board of Aldermen, Mike Boone said his hope is to “push new projects for future improvements.”

Mike Boone

The 67-year-old retired Rowan-Salisbury Schools employee said these projects include a housing study, parks study and improvements to Spencer’s side of the Yadkin River Park.

Boone said a housing study is needed to accommodate future needs as industry moves close by, as well as to make use of vacant lots in town.

“This could lead to combining properties to create small developments or possible tiny housing communities,” Boone said. “Doing so would also bring a younger generation to town and foster growth.”

A park study is necessary as the town completes its new greenspace at Park Plaza as well as with the 60 acres added to Spencer Woods.

“We need a plan on how to manage, obtain grants, maintain and use (these parks) to draw people,” Boone said.

And with parks in mind, he said he is looking to persuade the board to expand its efforts in the Yadkin River Park project, despite its location on the periphery of town.

“We need plans on how to proceed and obtain grants,” he said. “Even though this is in our extraterritorial jurisdiction, it is an entrance to Spencer.”

Other upcoming priorities for Boone include increased communication with the public. He said he has requested that the board look into purchasing a digital sign for Main Street “so that our citizens will know what is happening as far as news and events.”

Boone said he will continue to focus on the town’s competitiveness in regard to salaries of all departments to increase staff retention, as well as monitor the enforcement of town codes and laws to improve quality of life.

Addressing concerns about ongoing projects like Fourth Street and Park Plaza, he said he does not see the endeavors to be platforms in the 2019 election as “plans are already in place and moving forward as fast as possible.”

“As in any major project, setbacks occur,” he said.

Comments

Business

County begins accepting restaurant grant applications

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury man charged with nine more felony sex offenses

Nation/World

Biden team readies wider economic package after virus relief

Nation/World

Spacewalking astronauts prep station for new solar wings

Nation/World

Cuomo sorry for remarks aide ‘misinterpreted’ as harassment

Nation/World

Trump calls for GOP unity, repeats lies about election loss

Education

Rowan County administers 700 vaccines, with majority going to local educators

Crime

Shoplifting at Walmart presents challenge for Salisbury police

Local

Commissioners will hear details about changes to solar energy policies

Business

After overcoming obstacles, local barber Daniel King earns registered status

Lifestyle

39th annual K12 student exhibitions go virtual

Business

Biz Roundup: Chamber of Commerce to host ‘Salute to Agri-Business’ at March Power in Partnership

Local

Local legislators back bills ranging from new restrictions on sex offenders to Holocaust education

News

After surviving COVID-19 scare, Lois Willard set to celebrate 100th birthday

High School

Carson rolls over South 41-0 as about 600 allowed in to see season opener for both

Education

East Spencer after-school program looks toward opening, nonprofit status

Lifestyle

Frank Ramsey inducted into the NC Military Veterans Hall of Fame

College

Livingstone’s Stoutamire inducted into 2021 CIAA Hall of Fame

Nation/World

J&J’s 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine

Coronavirus

13 deaths reported in Rowan, county stresses need to receive second dose

Coronavirus

10% of Rowan residents receive first dose; eight COVID-19 deaths reported this week

News

North Carolina State Highway Patrol commander to retire

Education

UNC School of the Arts may go for online learning due to COVID-19 spread

Coronavirus

Greensboro site to administer 3,000 daily vaccine doses starting March 10