// archives


This tag is associated with 46 posts
Gilroy honored for service by Mayor Washam

Gilroy was the top vote-getter, which means mayor pro tem and a new approach to development

Nov. 3. By Dave Yochum. Commissioner-elect Dave Gilroy called last night’s election results “extraordinary.” The four challengers—Colin Furcht, Michael Osborne and Todd Sansbury, as well as Gilroy—tapped into concerns about growth and development that four of the five incumbents missed. Only Denis Bilodeau, the incumbent who expressed concerns about the approval process around the Junker […]

Screen Shot 2021-11-02 at 9.53.51 PM

Gilroy is top vote-getter, followed by Sansbury, Osborne and Furcht; Bilodeau is only incumbent to win

Nov. 2. By Dave Vieser and Dave Yochum. In what is the biggest upset in recent Cornelius political history, all four challengers defeated all but one incumbent on the five-person Town Board. Only Commissioner Denis Bilodeau survived. Mayor Woody Washam ran unopposed, and endorsed the incumbents. Dave Gilroy led the way, with Todd Sansbury, Michael […]

town hall

Town posts Gilroy’s missing comments

May 5. By Dave Vieser. Former Town Board Commissioner Dave Gilroy spoke out against the Mayes Meadow rezoning at Monday’s board meeting, except the town’s video streaming system failed and Gilroy’s comments were neither seen nor heard that evening. This comes after his comments were cut off at the town meeting April 6. Some conspiracy […]

3 more incumbents file to run for Town Board

July 10. UPDATE 9 AM. Three more Cornelius commissioners have filed at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections to run for re-election. Denis Bilodeau, Dave Gilroy and Michael Miltich will run in the November elections for seats on the five-member non-partisan board. The highest vote-getter—Miltich was in 2017—traditionally becomes mayor pro tem. Bilodeau is a […]

Crescent Apts Stop Image750

Crescent’s controversial Potts Street project stopped

Oct. 18. By Dave Vieser. A plan for 246 apartments on the Davidson/Cornelius town line near Potts Street has hit a dead end. Davidson’s Town Board has voted unanimously to reject Crescent Communities’ request for an extension of water and sewer service to the development. Roads to and from the proposed Davidson site traverse an […]

Town Hall

Miltich backs off firefighter jabs; town meeting may be hot

May 19. By Dave Yochum. A surgical view of firefighters got the mayor pro tem of Cornelius in dutch with people who have a pulse. Dr. Michael Miltich, a two-term Cornelius commissioner and a surgeon, was surreptitiously recorded making disparaging comments about firefighters and their pay. This, as a firestorm over first responder pay appears […]


Town budget showdown Monday: How will commissioners spend tax dollars?

May 16. By Dave Vieser. At first blush, it seems like a slam dunk. The proposed $23.4 million Cornelius town budget would freeze town taxes at one of the lowest rates—25.5 cents per $100 of assessed value—in the region. Freezing taxes is always popular. But there are serious concerns about spending priorities that are ready […]

Washam era begins, anti-toll leader takes seat on town board

Dec. 5. By Dave Yochum. What America is known for, democracy and the orderly transfer of power, occurred as planned Monday night at Town Hall. Newly installed Mayor Woody Washam started by presiding over a public hearing on a proposed daycare center on Westmoreland. Traffic concerns were immediately raised by residents and the new Board of Commissioners. […]


Voter turn-out looks strong in local election

ELECTION DAY 4 PM. BY Dave Yochum. Voter turn-out looks higher than in previous off-years as Election Day winds down in Cornelius where 11 people are running for five seats on the Town  Board. Almost all of the candidates are out at the Jetton Park or Town Hall polling places greeting voters and hoping to […]


Choose 5 for Town Board, 1 for school board, yes/no on school bonds

ELECTION DAY 8 AM. ​It’s a murky day, but many Cornelius v​oters can expect ​a bright and shiny greeting when they go to the polls between now and 7:30 pm. Candidates and their supporters were out in force at the Jetton Park and Town Hall precincts, not so much at Bethel Presbyterian Church and Community in […]