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Antiquity HOA seeks help with Old Canal sink hole

The sink hole old Old Canal is behind the orange mesh in the background

Dec. 3. By Dave Vieser. At the Cornelius Town Board meeting Monday night, commissioners received an appeal for help from Phil Bechtold, president of the Antiquity HOA. His comments concerned another sink hole which has opened up on Old Canal Street in the Antiquity community.

“Although it’s on private property, this sink hole has created a very unsafe situation for us. We have people moving the barriers, going two ways on one-way alleys, ignoring stop signs and speeding,” Bechtold said.

Barricades are now blocking Old Canal, an important connection between South Street in Davidson ans Main Street in Cornelius. Some other barricades have been erected by residents themselves. The sinkhole in the Antiquity subdivision has been temporarily filled with gravel. The 8- to 10-foot hole is adjacent to the pavement, not in the road itself. There was another sinkhole on Old Canal five years ago.

Town Assistant Manager Wayne Herron said he did not have an update from Finley Properties on when the sink hole would be repaired, but that he would follow up with the property owner. In addition, Major Kevin Black from the Cornelius Police took notes and will follow up on the traffic concerns spelled out by Bechtold.

In other action

The commissioners appointed Megan Hoover to fill a vacancy on the town’s Architectural Review Board. Ms. Hoover studied abroad in Italy and worked for an extended period of time for J&A Consultants in Milan Italy. She moved to Cornelius and joined the Gensler Architectural firm in 2017.  Her term will run to October 2020. The commissioners also reappointed Recah Harward, David Eve and Joe Harris. All of the reappointments also have terms running to October 2020.

The commissioners also set the schedule for Town Board Meetings in 2019. With two exceptions, all meetings will be held on the first and third Mondays of each month beginning at 7 pm. The exceptions are the Jan. 22 meeting, moved from Monday Jan. 21 due to the Martin Luther King holiday, and the Sept. 3 meeting, moved from Sept. 2 to accommodate Labor Day.

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