NCDOT regional projects to be funded for $2.7B
CHARLOTTE – The N.C. Department of Transportation identified 138 regional highway, aviation, ferry, rail and transit projects it anticipates funding and scheduling for construction over the next decade.
Fourteen regional projects will be programmed for construction in Division 10 (Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Stanly and Union counties) in the forthcoming 2020-2029 State Transportation Improvement Plan. They include:
• Construction of a 14,000-foot (or longer) rail siding and grade separation in the vicinity of Helms Road and closure of existing at-grade. The $23.3 million project will be completed by 2027.
• Construction of Richardson Creek Siding extension to provide run around capability clear of the main track for access to Charlotte in Monroe. The $15.7 million project will be completed by 2028.
• Widen U.S. 601 to multi-lanes from existing U.S. 74 to proposed Monroe Bypass. The $28.4 million project will be completed by 2027.
Contact Stuart Basham (704-845-1151 or firstname.lastname@example.org) from Sept. 24 to Oct. 5 to comment on these projects.
County awards contracts for water projects
MONROE – County commissioners awarded contracts Aug. 20 to implement the design and construction of the Yadkin Regional Water Supply Project, which provides Union County a new water supply source for 2020 and beyond.
Garney Companies was awarded $6,455,804 to design and plan the new water intake and pump station on Lake Tillery, as well as a 28-mile raw water pipeline connecting to the new drinking water plant in Union County.
CDM Constructors was awarded $6,989,324 to design and plan the drinking water treatment plant and an 11-mile drinking water transmission main.
After achieving 60 percent completion (expected by fall 2019), the teams will negotiate a guaranteed maximum price to complete design and construction.
“Awarding the contracts to design and plan these elements marks a huge milestone in the project’s progress,” County Manager Cindy Coto said.
HDR Engineering will review the design-build teams’ work, coordinate work between the county and design-build teams, manage property acquisition and manage the project budget. HDR’s contract is for $3,260,938.
Segment of Rocky River Road to close in Union County
MONROE – Contract crews working on the Monroe Expressway project have temporarily closed Rocky River Road between Secrest Shortcut Road and Unionville-Indian Trail Road.
The closure will allow workers to pour curb and gutter, pave the area and install guardrail. The road is scheduled to open no later than 7 p.m. Sept. 19.
A detour will be posted for motorists along Secrest Shortcut Road and Unionville-Indian Trail Road.
State Farm agent donates fire prevention kit
MONROE – State Farm agent Brent Collins is donating a fire prevention kit to the Monroe Fire Department ahead of the National Fire Protection Association Fire Prevention Week.
The kit contains educational fire prevention materials for homeowners and children. Monroe Fire Department will share the information at fire stations and community events in October.
“The Monroe Fire Department appreciates State Farm donating this fire prevention kit and looks forward to sharing these resources in our community during Fire Prevention Week, which is Oct. 7-13,” Chief Ron Fowler said.
Hospitals develop joint initiative to support growth
CHARLOTTE – Atrium Health and Novant Health are piloting a scholarship program to help certified nursing assistants become registered nurses.
The first scholarships have been offered to 10 CNAs – five at each health system – through the ONE Charlotte Health Alliance effort.
The two health systems collaborated to identify CNAs to pilot career growth programs. This pilot program serves as an upward mobility initiative to support internal advancement and improve financial well-being among team members, particularly those living in priority zip codes as identified in the Charlotte Opportunity Task Force.
Aqua finishes $865,000 infrastructure project
INDIAN TRAIL – Aqua North Carolina recently completed an $865,000 infrastructure improvement project to enhance the treatment process at its wastewater facility serving the Country Woods East community.
The upgrades improve the efficacy and efficiency of the wastewater treatment process while ensuring compliance with water quality standards that safeguard public and environmental health.
“At Aqua North Carolina, we take our role in protecting the environment very seriously,” Aqua North Carolina President Shannon Becker said. “The upgrades to the Country Woods East treatment facility allow Aqua to better treat all incoming wastewater, while also meeting our goal to enhance compliance.”
Road to close for city project
MONROE – The City of Monroe Water Resources Construction Division will replace 420 linear feet of existing cast iron water main on South Hayne Street (from East Morrow Avenue to East Houston Street).
The improvement will enhance water service to the customers in the area and the proposed Center Theater Project. Construction will span from Sept. 11 to Oct. 8.
A temporary disruption in traffic may be expected. Damaged items will be restored or replaced at the end of the project.
Call the City of Monroe Water Resources Department at 704-282-4601 for details.
Middle school art students compete for prizes
MONROE – The 2018 Heritage Festival Art Contest is open to Union County middle school art students.
Each middle school and homeschool cooperative may submit two entries for judging. Entries will be displayed at the Union County Heritage Festival on Sept. 22 at the Union County Agricultural Center.
Winners will receive gift cards, $100 for the first place, $50 for second, $25 for third and $25 for crowd favorite.
The art is to be created with at least 30 percent recycled content, be no greater than 2-by-2-by-2 feet, 2D or 3D and original work. Entries must include an index card with a description, how it represents the theme (Celebrate Union County Heritage, Go Native!), what makes it earth friendly and a list of the recycled materials used. Entries are due Sept. 14.
Contact Jennifer Crumpler with questions at 704-296-4213 or jennifercrumpler@union countync.gov.
Property bills are due
MONROE – County property tax payments must be paid on or before Jan. 7, 2019, to avoid interest charges.
The tax rate for 2018-19 is $0.7309 per $100 assessed valuation: $0.2184 for county operations, $0.0103 for Countywide Fire, $0.0263 for Countywide EMS, $0.4450 for Union County Public Schools and $0.0309 for voter-approved bond debt.
Property owners whose payments are postmarked after Jan. 8, 2019, will be charged a 2 percent interest penalty for January and an additional 3/4 percent every month until the bill is paid in full.
The tax office has short-term payment plan options available. Call 704-283-3848 or visit www.unioncountync.gov for details.
Republicans hold women’s forum
MONROE – Sweet Union Republican Women presents “Cake, Coffee and Candidates,” a forum featuring Republican candidates.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Monroe Fire Station #4, 3907 Old Charlotte Hwy.
Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m.
Wild Turkey 5K returns
MONROE – The annual Wild Turkey 5K Trail Run and Walk will be held Sept. 22 in conjunction with the Union County Heritage Festival at the Union County Agricultural Center.
Proceeds from the race benefit the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue.
The 3.1-mile race begins at 8 a.m. and winds through native woodlands. Participants are encouraged to come dressed in their best rendition of a Wild Turkey.
Entrance fees cost $25 per person and $15 for participants age 15 and younger.
Registration is available at https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Monroe/WildTurkey5KTrailRun, or race day between 6:45 and 7:45 a.m. Registration forms are also available at www.mastergardenersunioncountync.org/heritage-festival.
Green Jeans announces pre-sales
MATTHEWS – Cindy Williams and Dana Degan are spreading the message to “pay it forward” through their popular women’s and teen’s pop-up consignment sale, Green Jeans.
The sisters anticipate about 225 consignors, 25,000 pieces of inventory and about 2,000 shoppers from Sept. 11 to 16 at the Levine Senior Center, 1050 Devore Lane.
Instead of charging to enter pre-sales, the sisters are asking women to pay it forward through random acts of kindness. This serves as admission into pre-sales held 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 10 and the half price pre-sale from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14.
They invite teachers, first responders and medical personnel to shop their pre-sales before the public 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14.
The sisters have also created a Teen Pre-sale at 6 p.m. Sept. 10.
In addition, due to consignor and shopper demand, the sale will be dedicating a full day Sept. 12, to “Restock Wednesday,” restocking items from a fresh set of consignors. Green Jeans donates unsold clothing to the Zab’s Place and Common Heart.
Register at www.greenjeanssale.com/pre-sales.
Students get wireless access
MARSHVILLE – More than 300 students at Forest Hills High School will have access to free wireless service as part of the 1Million Porject Foundation.
The foundation launched to connect one million high school students online. School administrators worked with students last spring to identify candidates for the program.
Students received free devices Aug. 30.
M/I Homes opens model in MillBridge
WAXHAW – M/I Homes has opened its Blythe home plan model in the MillBridge community.
Options range from 3,618 to 4,099 square feet. Pricing starts at $343,990.
The main level features a two-story family room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast area and flex space.
Upstairs, the loft overlooks the living room and foyer. The owner suite includes a walk-in-closet. Three large secondary bedrooms and two full bathrooms complete the second level. Buyers can add a bonus room.
MillBridge’s amenity center includes a lap pool, water slide and lazy river.
Schedule a visit by calling 704-286-6498 or emailing email@example.com. Visit www.mihomes.com/millbridge for details.