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Huntersville Police Chief Wants an Armored Vehicle

This is an open letter to Huntersville Chief of Police Cleveland Spruill in response to his attempt in last week’s Huntersville Herald to justify using taxpayer money to purchase an armored vehicle which read more like an advertisement for Lenco, Inc. than an objective news story. The story can be read here. I found it […]

June 15, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Davidson Takes a Stand…Sort of. Huntersville Next, While Politicians Spar

As the HOT lane drama continues to unfold, it was Davidson’s turn last night to weigh in on the controversial project.  Depending on who you talk to, the results were either positive or negative. Unlike the resolution passed last Monday night by Cornelius commissioners, the Davidson resolution stopped short of calling for the cancellation of the contract […]

June 10, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

Mecklenburg BOCC Set To Pass Anti-Toll Resolution

The Mecklenburg County Commissioners will pass a resolution asking for the termination of the contract between I-77 Mobility Partners (parent company CINTRA) and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). E-mail from Commissioner Jim Puckett: “From: Puckett, Jim Sent: Thursday, June 04, 2015 Subject: Resolution to terminate I-77 Contract I am glad to announce that […]

June 5, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

HOT Lane Opponents Continue Fight Post Financial Close

The financial close achieved between Cintra and the NCDOT on May 20 should have been the end of the debate on the project if you listen to Cintra and the NCDOT. For what it’s worth, that’s the same tune they have been singing for months…”It’s a done deal”.  Sound familiar? In reality, opponents are galvanized […]

June 2, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

I77 HOT Lanes Debt Should Be ‘Junk’

(Originally published on May 15…in case you missed this.) Once again, the I77 HOT lanes project has been in the news and not for good reasons. This past week, local elected boards one after the other passed resolutions demanding answers to new questions or asking for outright delay prior to financial close of the contract. […]

May 26, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Observations on the Proposed FY15-16 Huntersville Budget

Another Huntersville focused article ahead in case you want to stop reading now. I delivered the remarks below during the public comment session for the proposed FY15-16 budget at the Huntersville Town Board meeting on Monday, May 18. You can view the entire budget here along with the Town Manager’s summary here. I was the […]

May 20, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

CRTPO Representatives – Please Resolve to Delay the Toll Roads in Lake Norman

Dear CRTPO Representative, Who Owns This Divisive I77 Non-Solution? The Governor is pointing his finger at you – the CRTPO – and saying you as the representatives of the Charlotte region asked for the P3 HOT lane solution being imposed on Lake Norman and other managed lane concepts in the Charlotte region (He didn’t mention […]

May 18, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Carpoolers Without Transponder Will Be Charged Toll

For years now we’ve been told that one of the benefits of the I-77 toll lanes is they will encourage carpooling because vehicles with three or more occupants can use the lanes for free. NCDOT’s website proclaims: Speaking of free, there are several ways you can use the express lanes without spending a dime. The […]

May 12, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

HOT Lane Concerns Finally Being Brought to Governor

While Governor Pat McCrory has all but refused to meet with citizens concerned with plans to give a 50 year contract to a foreign company to construct toll roads on I-77, the recent uptick in local opposition has now led to some discussions between McCrory, the NCDOT, and some members of the local General Assembly […]

May 7, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

Local Governments Asking for Toll Plan Delays

On Sunday, Cornelius Commissioner Dave Gilroy sent out an email outlining many of his concerns with the proposed HOT lane corridor on I-77 between Charlotte and Mooresville. As a result of his efforts, Cornelius Commissioners on Monday unanimously passed his resolution to ask the State of North Carolina to delay for 90 days the financial close […]

May 6, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

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