FROM STAFF REPORTS
The Town of Mooresville is preparing for the possibility of entering phase I of Gov. Roy Cooper’s COVID-19 recovery plan.
Town Manager Randy Hemann briefed the town board Monday on the town’s preparations, which include regular plans for disinfecting town facilities, installing plexiglass in areas where town clerks interact with the public, and acquiring personal protective equipment for employees.
When Gov. Cooper extended his stay-at-home order until May 8, he expressed optimism that some restrictions could be relaxed on that date if the medical data is trending in the right direction. There have been 11,848 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina, and 430 deaths attributed to the coronavirus in the state.
In Iredell County, 66 of the county’s 131 confirmed cases are in the Mooresville area.
Meeting virtually on the one-year anniversary of the murder of K-9 Officer Jordan Sheldon, commissioners observed a moment of silence in honor of Sheldon’s sacrifice at the beginning of the meeting.
After the board approved a short consent agenda, Hemann gave a report highlighting the work done by various town departments in April.
As a result of city facilities being closed to the public, town crews have been engaged in deep cleaning, painting, installing new carpet at various facilities and replaced an HVAC unit at the library.
Other highlights include:
♦ Mooresville Fire-Rescue: A new recruiting class is in progress, the concrete project at Station 1 has been completed, and annual hydrant testing is underway.
♦ Mooresville Police Department: The MPD is reporting 18.6 percent decline in violent crime YTD vs. 2019 and an 11.8 percent drop in nonviolent crime for the same period. Since January 1, 2019, MPD has investigated 230 auto break-ins involving 533 victims/vehicles. In nearly two-thirds of the cases, the vehicles had been left unlocked/unsecured. Thirty-one firearms were reported stolen in the auto break-ins.
♦ Public Works: Crews replaced broken sidewalk at Bellingham Park and in Glenwood Cemetery, and fixed 33 trip hazards in Cypress Landing and 70 in Water Oak. They also repaired a collapsing sidewalk in Harbor Cove, fixed six utility cuts for Water & Sewer, repaired light outages at 150 & 115, and installed six signs in the new Gambill Forest subdivision.
♦ Sanitation Division: Workers delivered 181 rollout containers in April, signed up 76 new residents, replaced 17 existing trash cans, and signed up eight residents for the recycling plan.
♦ Facility Maintenance: Handled 104 work orders, including 14 each for Town Hall and the MPD and 12 for the library.
♦ Mooresville Golf Club: Some 2,583 rounds of golf were played in April.
Also, during Monday’s meeting, commissioners:
♦ Increased the town’s contract with Maymead Inc. for the 2020 Street Resurfacing Contract by $295,000 to $1,286,015 due “to bid prices coming in much lower than anticipated.” Staff initiated this change order to maximize the amount of paving that can take place within this contract.
♦ Decided to meet in person May 13-14 to review the town manager’s budget proposal.
♦ Voted unanimously to hire a law firm to pursue litigation related to the sale of the town’s internet and cable service to Continuum.
♦ Passed a resolution proclaiming May 17-23 National Public Works Week.