Troutman Council approves parks and greenway policy, wastewater loan request
BY DEBBIE PAGE
The Troutman Town Council had a short agenda on Thursday night, and members quickly passed several important items on the consent agenda, heard departmental reports, and approved an uncontroversial contiguous annexation.
PARKS, GREENWAY ORDINANCE CHANGES
The ESC Park and greenway system ordinance was unanimously amended to prohibit the use of alcohol except for beer and unfortified wine at permitted “special events” connected to the town, Troutman Business Council, or agencies affiliated with these entities.
The alcohol must be purchased at the event by only those verified to be 21 or over. No outside alcohol may be brought into park, depot, or greenway facilities.
Use of all types of tobacco products on any town recreational property is not allowed. Also, possession of any type of weapon is also prohibited except by police officers and those who have a concealed weapons permit.
The policy also requires that any special event on recreational property have two supervising police officers per 250 people in attendance.
Violation of any of these rules will result in fines of $50 to $500.
WASTEWATER LOAN REQUEST APPROVAL
The council also unanimously approved a plan to ask for a $1,575,176 loan from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality for wastewater system improvement projects. Council members voted to ask for enough money to fund all seven projects on the Wastewater Collection System Capital Improvement Plan covering fiscal years 2018-2028, which the council also approved 5-0.
Council members will decide which projects they will actually undertake after an upcoming November discussion on the town’s debt load and long-range planning. The Mill Village Gravity Sewer system project, which would replace brittle terra cotta pipes in the area, was the top priority project for all council members.
PARKS AND RECREATION REPORT
Parks and Recreation Coordinator Emily Watkins lauded the success of the Town of Troutman hurricane relief drive conducted with Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. She thanked community members for their generosity and support.
She also reminded attendees about the Troutman Walking Company, which meets at the ESC Park pavilion on Mondays at 6 p.m. and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. Walkers of all ages and abilities are invited to join in to get fit and make new friends.
Upcoming events include the Scarecrow Building Workshop on Sunday, September 24, at 3 p.m., the Wicked Fast or Not 5K on Saturday, October 28, at 6 p.m., and the Trails and Treats event on Tuesday, October 31, from 4 to 6 p.m.
The Couch to 5K program will begin on October 14, with Stacy McGlamery helping Watson with the fitness course. The group will meet for seven weeks each Saturday at 8 a.m. at the Depot to train for the Jingle Bell Run 5K on Sunday, December 3.
Watkins also announced that McGlamery is the new Farmer’s Market manager. She invited everyone to attend the market each Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. as well as the second annual Holiday Craft Show on Saturday, November 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at ESC Park.
J. HOYT HAYES MEMORIAL TROUTMAN LIBRARY REPORT
J. Hoyt Hayes Memorial Troutman Library branch manager Rebecca Lopez requested the community bring in tin coffee cans for an upcoming arts project.
She also encouraged parents to sign their kids up for the 1,000 Books before Kindergarten program. Those who complete the program will receive a “I read 1,000 books at J. Hoyt Hayes Memorial Troutman Library” T-shirt.
Lopez thanked library neighbor Valerie Mills for taking over leadership of the library’s Community Garden, which had fallen into neglect. Mills and a group of volunteers cleared the weeds and prepared beds for some fall plantings last Saturday.
Mills plans to sell crops at the Troutman Farmer’s Market to benefit library programs.
Officer Jamie Benge and K9 Lord will be the guest at the Will Peanut Butter event on Tuesday, September 19, at 4 p.m. Benge will join young patrons in eating peanut butter in some yummy and some not so tasty food combinations.
The new Community Novel Group will meet on Wednesday, September 20, at 5 p.m. Anyone interested in working on Iredell County’s 4th joint novel project is invited to attend.
On September 26 at 4 p.m., Lopez will host the Market Munchkins Program for kids, who will read a book about baking, make a no-bake treat to eat, and visit with farmers market vendors who sell baked goods.
Public Works Director Adam Lippard also announced that the Eastway Drive potholes near Food Lion were repaired and that Winter Flake Drive, Valleybrook Lane, and Paddington Court road repairs should be completed by next week.
Town Manager Justin Longino announced that vacancies are coming up on several Town Boards and encouraged citizens to contact Town Hall (704-528-7600) to learn more about the vacancies and how to apply.
Mayor Teross Young also reminded the community about the Rotary Great Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, September 30, from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Iredell County Fairgrounds. This event has moved from Mooresville to Troutman this year, and Young urged the community to come support and enjoy this family friendly event.
Council members unanimously approved an ordinance restricting through traffic and regulating weight limit in the Streamwood at Falls Cove subdivision.
Council also approved the contiguous annexation of 0.497 acres at 128 Gilcrest Lane and appointed Louis Weeks as an inside alternate member to the Planning and Zoning Board.
Board member Judy Jablonski made a motion to refund a fee for a variance request for a 167 Alexis Lane property that was a result of an error by the county’s building and inspection department in 2008.
A land survey taken during the process of selling of the property indicated the garage was 1 foot within the front setback, which was missed in original construction plan approval and subsequent inspections.
Jablonski felt the current property owners, who did not own the property in 2008, should not be penalized for a mistake that was not theirs.
The board voted unanimously to refund the fee to the property owners’ real estate agent and asked staff to research creating an ordinance to avoid the charging of fees in similar situations in the future.