Troutman Council approves $312K incentive for warehouse expansion
BY DEBBIE PAGE
The Troutman Town Council on Thursday unanimously approved an economic incentive package worth up to $312,000 over three years for a $25 million expansion of a warehouse facility, known as “Project G,” which is already underway on Murdock Road
Iredell County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Russ Rogerson made the request on behalf of the property owner.
“As you know, Ms. Kathy Godley is under construction with a 500,000-square-foot facility out on Murdock Road. At the time, there was some possibility that that building could be expanded by an additional 500,000 square feet.”
“Through the raindrops, she was able to get the pad ready for the entire 1 million square feet. At this time, because of some of the delays in construction and other factors in her business plan, she would like to move forward and do the additional 500,000 square feet at that site.”
“If this incentive is approved, it is intended to attract tenants to the facility, not for Ms. Godley. Any benefit that is presented here this evening, or in the past, will be granted to the people who are leasing, the people who are creating jobs, in that facility,” concluded Rogerson.
The incentive goes into effect once the building is complete, which is expected by the end of 2019. The project should be on the tax rolls in January of 2020, according to Mayor Teross Young, and Godley expects the facility to be leased even before completion.
Godley also owns another 301,000-square-foot warehouse at the corner of Murdock and Old Murdock Roads. Saddle Creek Logistics Services, an asset-based third-party logistics provider based in Lakeland, Fla., occupies that facility.
Troutman Middle School School Resource Officer Wayne Elmore was recognized for completing a vigorous two-week training program to achieve D.A.R.E. instructor certification at the elementary-, middle- and high school-levels. Elmore recently graduated his first D.A.R.E. group of 135 sixth-graders from the program.
Troutman Middle School
Troutman Middle School principal Bryan Pasley presented several high achievers to the council. Caden Bost, Chase Kephart and Dru Kerley were recognized for their All-County Wrestling honors. Pasley also congratulated three-year Battle of the Books team member veteran Sylvia Melvin for being the only participant who read all 27 books, representing over 7,000 pages, and Spelling Bee winner Kylie Moore.
All-County Eighth-Grade Chorus honorees from Troutman Middle were Sofia Colon, Julius Greene, Raelynn Heaggans, Joseph Jackson, Kayden Raymer and Emily Rogers. Receiving All-County Band recognition were Andrew Adkins, Troy Dickinson, Sophia Digorga, Sofia Colon and Evan Shenefield.
Iredell County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Russ Rogerson, who is leaving to pursue another job opportunity, was also honored by the council fo his years of assistance to the economic health of the Troutman community.
Rogerson commented that Troutman was “a great town with a bright future.” He said that he was leaving the town in the “good hands moving forward ” with new director Chris Younger, currently ICEDC Director of Business Development, who was also present at the meeting.
Mayor Young noted “the big footprints” that Rogerson has left on the town and the county in his 15 years of service and wished him luck in his new endeavors.
Troutman Fire Department
Troutman Deputy Fire Chief Jimmy Kestler reported 335 service calls from January 1 through March 14. The new building project is at a standstill until a new transformer arrives and is installed, which will take five to six weeks. The department is currently hiring three full-time firefighters and may get approval in the next budget year to hire three more. He hopes to have a full engine company on staff at Station 1 by July.
J. Hoyt Hayes Memorial Troutman Library
Branch Manager Kelli Goodwin announced several upcoming programs, including a talk on vegetable gardening from the Iredell County Cooperative Extension Service on Tuesday, March 26, at 5:30 p.m., the Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center Turtle Dog program on Monday, April 1, at 4 p.m. and an Iredell County County Museum activity on dinosaurs on April 5 in which participants will make fossils.
The library will celebrate National Library Week April 8 - 13 with various activities, including book bingo, craft projects, and a life-size CLUE game.
Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation Coordinator Emily Watson reported that the Sprint into Spring race, with 151 participants, raised approximately $3,500 for ESC Park projects.
The town’s 2nd Annula Easter Egg Hunt will be Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m. The Farmers Market will open May 7 (4 to 7 p.m.), and interested vendors should attend an organizational meeting on Tuesday, April 16, at 4 p.m. at Town Hall.
Watson also said Front Porch Fest, which will be at its new location at the Iredell County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 18, is seeking both vendors and sponsors. Applications are also being accepted for the Independence Day Parade. Information and applications for both events is on the town website (https://www.troutmannc.gov - Annual Events section).
BUDGET RETREAT DATE
The council will start the process of building its budget for 2019-20 on Wednesday, April 17, at 2 p.m. This meeting is likely the first of at least two focused on the discussion of budget allocations for next fiscal year.
CITIZEN/ORGANIZATION OF YEAR NOMINATIONS DUE
Town Manager Justin Longino reminded attendees and council members that nominations are due by close of business on March 22 for the Troutman Citizen of the Year and the Troutman Organization of the Year. Nomination forms are available on the town’s website at https://www.troutmannc.gov. Click on the “Forms and Documents” section at left; the forms are located in the “Administrative” section.
The council voted to approve:
► An agreement with N-Focus to provide code enforcement services from April 1 through June 30 and a budget amendment of $5,226 to cover the cost. The funds budgeted for this year were spent by December because of heavier than expected demand. Longino is handling complaints in the interim.
► An interlocal agreement with Mooresville, Davidson, Statesville, and Iredell County that forms the Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission. The coalition studies and advocates for transportation improvements in Iredell and northern Mecklenburg counties. Troutman contributes $5,000 to fund this entity.
► An April 11 hearing to consider a request by the Barium Springs Home for Children to annex a nearly 19-acre parcel in the 300 block of Old Mountain Road. This property is adjacent to South Iredell High School and not part of the main campus of Children’s Hope Alliance. This request is to clear up boundary issues since one third of the property is within the town’s ETJ and the rest is in the county.
► A resolution to support the current ABC Commission control of alcohol sales in North Carolina. The N.C. Legislature is discussing privatization of alcohol sales, a move which would lead to a loss in revenue for Troutman schools, the public library, and parks and recreation programs as well as lost alcohol education and law enforcement funds to local agencies.