The Lake Norman Chamber’s Focus Friday issues session this month will examine the $29.5 million bond referendum on the ballot in November for Huntersville voters. Town officials and Commissioner Charles Jeter will discuss the referendum Friday, July 27, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the chamber’s Randy Marion Conference Room, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius
The bonds are to appear as three separate items on the November ballot. The first and largest is $17.35 million in bonds for transportation projects. Huntersville Assistant Town Manager Gerry Vincent and Finance Director Janet Stoner will discuss the specifics, while Huntersville Commissioner Charlie Jeter will speak in support of the bonds.
While the ballot language doesn’t include any specific projects, the request is tied to projects outlined in the town’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP). Residents may vote on $7.15 million of bonds for public facility construction and improvement. That money would be used for two additional fire stations, one for the southwest quadrant of town in the Long Creek Volunteer Fire Department service area, the other to serve the area north and west of I-77.
The final item would be $5 million of bonds for parks and recreation facilities. The bulk of this – more than $4 million – would likely go toward construction of a recreation center, with another $500,000 currently earmarked for improvements to the farmer’s market downtown.
Focus Friday programs are aimed at educating chamber members on community or legislative issues impacting their businesses. The chamber also invites any interested non-member business or citizen interested in this issue to attend as guests.
Focus Friday is sponsored by DavidsonNews.net and CorneliusNews.net.