The Stanly County Chamber of Commerce is now taking nominations for the Leadership Stanly Class of 2013. Consider nominating an employee, colleague, member of your church congregation, family member, or anyone you feel has the energy and potential to tackle present and future community issues.
The program fee of $650 for Chamber Member or $750 for Non-Chamber Member covers all costs for the nine-month period, including speakers, scheduled meals, lodging, materials, mailings, and the graduation banquet for each participant and guest. Continue reading
The “City with a Soul” will soon unveil a gem rich with the history of Locust. For the past six months, the Locust Historical Society has been hard at work beautifying their new home for housing and displaying historical artifacts from the Locust area.
“We hope this will be an enduring contribution to the community that will continue when we are long gone and our children’s grandchildren are here,” said Bill Tucker, chairperson. Continue reading
Cabarrus Acres subdivision will soon benefit from sewer service from McGill Associates, an engineering firm contracted by the Town of Midland. The project will be funded through a low (0%) interest rate State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan amounting to $1,200,000 if the town completes the first steps of processing by July 2.
In order for the town to benefit from this fund, the council and staff must submit an Engineering Report to Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) by July 2. The fund is offered from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. If the report is not submitted before that date, the funding will not be available. Once the report is approved the town can proceed with construction plans and specifications.
Richard Flowe, the Midland Planning, Zoning, and Subdivision Administrator, described this as an “exciting opportunity for the town and we want to maintain the pace.”
The low interest loan would be combined with a $1,200,000 grant from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund giving the town $2.4 million in total.
The project will affect approximately 50 residents within the Cabarrus Acres Subdivision located off of Midland Road. The preliminary engineering fee for McGill Associates will be $23,000, which does not include design, permitting, surveying, geotechnical, bidding and award, construction observation, or construction administration services.
The town hopes to have construction begin between March and August of 2013.
“This is a monumental time and place in Midland’s brief history as an incorporated town,” said Flowe.
Read more about Mildand’s meeting in this weeks The Weekly Post!
The mayor of Locust and business leaders joined Dynamic Comfort Solutions in celebrating its grand opening in a ribbon cutting ceremony in Locust last Friday. Dynamic Comfort Solutions is an HVAC provider and has a wide variety of services to offer from mold assessment to duct cleaning and air cleaning and treatment solutions. It also offers 10 percent off the final bill for military, fire, police, and rescue personal. Offices are located on Ray Kennedy Drive in the Locust Town Center.
The Town of Red Cross is in the process of constucting a new two lane road from Hwy. 24/27 to the Town Hall. The first 50 feet of the road way will be paved and then the remaining portion will be composed of a hard compacted gravel. The new road will be called Town Hall Drive and should be completed soon.
At the April Town of Midland meeting, the council approved the voluntary annexation of two properties into the town limits. The first property, G and G Albemarle Road Business Park, consists of nearly six acres, and the second property, bordering Rocky River by the Catawba Lands Conservancy consists of 66 acres.
Land zoning will be the next step in the process for annexing the properties. The business park will be used for industrial use, and the Catawba Lands Conservancy will be zoned for agricultural use.
Last Thursday at the Locust City Council meeting Mayor Efird and the council recognized NC House Representative Justin Burr’s efforts to secure funding for the Greenway project in Locust. The city is requesting $175,000 to design and build a system of trails that will connect the community with the regional points of interest.
The Midland Town Council met for a second retreat Monday, April 9. The council members continued their discussions from a previous meeting in January.
The purpose of the retreat was to outline goals and objectives for the town of Midland in the coming year. Each objective was broken down into sections based on importance and then given a specific action, time frame, and resources that would be needed to complete the goal.
By Joyce Lavene
Midland Town Council members got good news from Aberdeen, Carolina and Western Railroad (ACWR) at their July meeting. ACWR’s marketing director Russ Smitley came to talk about the Gladstone Industrial Park plans that could bring unexpected prosperity to the town.
The park would be 70 plus acres near the intersection of Old Camden Road and Flowe’s Store Road. The park would have the advantage of being only about four miles from Interstate 485 and would have its own spur on the railroad line. The property is owned by Rob Wallace who also owns the property where the Midland Industrial Park is located off of Hwy. 601.
Smitley also said something Midland residents have wanted to hear for a long time—that the transloading facility in Old Midland would be moved to this site—when possible.
Smitley presented an overview of the project which is already being marketed across the country. “We looked at the potential for this project between the railroad and the community and thought they dovetailed well with what the town wants to do.”
The railroad hired Land Design, a firm from Charlotte, to help plan the facility. President Dale Stewart was at the meeting to share his insights into the project as well. The idea began with the railroad quickly outgrowing its space at the transloading site in Old Midland.
“There has been a tremendous amount of work already put into this,” Smitley said. “We had to look at wetlands, archaeological spots and environmental needs.”
ACWR will be the exclusive advisor on the project. It will be a multi-modal park which will be developed into a major logistics hub serving the Charlotte and mid-Atlantic markets over the next 15 – 20 years, possibly hiring thousands of workers. Predevelopment efforts are already underway.
Smitley showed the marketing video, which has been sent out to more than 600 target prospects, saying that the site is tremendously marketable with the cost of fuel and the ability to develop other parcels of land around the site.
“We recognize that our coming here originally was a great source of concern for the people of Midland,” Smitley said. “That was one reason we wanted to work with the town on this project, why we’re here asking for annexation into the Town of Midland. We want to collaborate with the community so that we can both be prosperous.”
Smitley said the problems caused by the transloading facility being opened in Old Midland were unintentional. “We apologize for that.”
The project is several months away from specific development but companies are beginning to show interest in the site. “We are proud of the business that we have brought to Southern Cabarrus County,” Smitley said. “We are even more excited about the potential we see for better jobs, taxes and investment to the region.”
Council member Don Fleener said the town was “excited” about the development.
Mayor Kathy Kitts read from a statement prepared for the meeting. “This is the culmination of hard work, positive and progressive thinking and cooperation that goes beyond this council to the determination and diligence of staff, previous councils and most importantly, our wonderful community.”
Kitts went on to say, “As Midland strives to strengthen its economic presence, this unique opportunity is, hopefully, only the beginning and will continue Midland on the path to a town with desirable employment opportunities in a number of diverse number of professions. On behalf of the Midland Town Council and the citizens of Midland, I would like to thank Aberdeen, Carolina and Western for this opportunity and a strong relationship moving forward.”
There will be a Public Hearing held on the annexation of the Gladstone Development into the Town of Midland on August 9.
Aberdeen, Carolina and Western Director of Marketing Russ Smitley (front foreground) said all the right things to the Midland Town Council as well as the people of Midland at the July meeting last week. He is pictured here at the meeting with Land Design’s Dale Stewart (middle) and industrial park property owner Rob Wallace (far left).