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October 15, 2013

Red Cross to apply for award on its road planning efforts

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 — Town officials voted unanimously Monday for Red Cross to to apply for special recognition for its road planning efforts.

Having completed its first transportation master plan in 2012 in partnership with Orion Planning Group, North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Rocky River Rural Planning Organization (RRRPO), the community of 749 residents will be considered for the STaR Award.

Offered through the Small Town and Rural (STaR) Planning Division of the American Planning Association, the designation recognizes municipalities for planning excellence.

According to the resolution passed by the Town Council, Red Cross “wants to shape the future of its road network after developing a land use plan.” Although it is a rural community, the resolution also noted its close proximity to the Charlotte Metro region.   

Mayor Larry Wayne Smith said Dana Stoogenke, RRRPO director, had suggested Red Cross submit its plan for consideration for the award.

Councilman Dicky Hatley, who served on the planning board when the masterplan was being developed, described it as a “very good plan” and made the motion that it be submitted.

In other business, Red Cross finalized the last of three fire protection contracts Monday night, agreeing to pay West Stanly Fire Department $731 per month. In August, the town had signed an agreement with Oakboro Fire Department for $946.45 per month; and one with Ridgecrest Fire Department for $609.58 per month. The contract amounts are determined based on what percentage of the town lies within the fire departments’ coverage area.

The council also voted to spend $410.24 for a Dell laser printer for the town hall. The cost will include set-up by Steve Vanhoy, owner/technician with Computer Visions.

Also, Smith provided council members with a copy of a liability waiver signed by the town and Stanly County Schools officials that paves the way for the West Stanly Cross Country Team to use some 28 acres of the town’s property at 176 Red Cross Road for training, practices or meets. According to the waiver, the team, school and school district agree to maintain insurance to cover activities on the land and assume all risks for injury or property damage that might occur during use of the land.

In closing, the mayor said the November meeting of the council would fall on Veterans Day and that, unless further business arises, it may be cancelled. He said members would be notified closer to Nov. 11 as to the next meeting date. The council regularly meets the second Monday at 7 p.m.

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