Plans continue for Whispering Hills subdivision in Locust

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During Thursday’s council meeting in Locust, representatives from True Homes spoke regarding future plans for the Whispering Hills Subdivision.

Plans for the 187 acre subdivision include a total of 466 homes. The neighborhood will be completed in several phases. Timing for future phases of the subdivision depends on resolving sewer capacity issues. Amenities and a multi-purpose field are planned for Phase 3, which remains several years in the future.

Council member Larry Baucom expressed concerns about the lack of play areas for the children currently living in the subdivision. In response to this concern, True Homes agreed to add playground equipment to a current open space in the neighborhood.

The council approved moving forward with Phase 1 and 2 of the Whispering Hills subdivision.

In other matters:
Construction continues on the veteran’s memorial next to city hall.

March 1 is the projected start date for the sidewalk construction project on Hwy. 200.

City Administrator Cesar Correa said construction plans for the new park bathrooms have been submitted to and reviewed by the county. Per state code, the county is requiring a family bathroom to be added to the plans. Correa said the requirement can be met by converting the existing bathrooms in the concession building into family bathrooms.

The council approved guidelines and appointed five members to the new Locust Economic Development Commission.
The Annual Bulk Good Collection will be held on Saturday, March 18. Items such as household furniture, large toys and mattresses/box springs (must be wrapped in plastic) will be picked up. Items must be at the roadside by 8 a.m. to guarantee pickup.

Jonathan Thomas (Coach Beast) and Gary Henry spoke during public comment about a new football opportunity for children in Stanly County. The team is called the King Cobras Strike Force and is a faith based football team. Coaches are looking for new players ages 5-14. Boot camp takes place on Saturdays from 2-4 p.m. at the Oakboro District Park. Thomas and Henry said the team needs additional field space for practice and requested field space in Locust. Parks and Recreation Director Tate Osborne will follow up with the team regarding possible field space.

For more information about the team, contact Coach Beast at 704-299-3517.

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