MOORESVILLE – An emotional Mayor Miles Atkins spoke about his recent absence from town duties at the regularly scheduled Mooresville Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday, April 16. Atkins was on leave for the last month.

Experiencing a pulmonary embolism, Atkins was on life support due to extensive blood clotting.

“As many of you know I had a health issue that kept me away from town business for the past month,” Atkins said. “What very few people knew was I ( had) a massive blood clot in my pulmonary artery. I was told the odds of survival were not in my favor. But by the grace of God I did survive and am back here with you tonight.”

In his time away, Mayor Pro Tem Thurman Houston was responsibility for Atkins’ duties.

“I want to thank Mayor Pro Tem Houston for his leadership and the town board of commissioners for their support, dedication and commitment to the municipal process during my time away,” he said tearfully. “Words cannot begin to express my appreciation and gratitude for the incredible outpouring of support I have received from this community. I am forever thankful for the flowers, cards, notes, phone calls, texts, emails and, most of all, for being kept in your thoughts and prayers. My doctors say I will fully recover from this incident, and I am so delighted to be back in my work for this community. Let me conclude with something I always like to say, and sincerely mean it, it’s a great day to be mayor of Mooresville.”

Library gets upgrade

The Mooresville Public Library will be receiving some renovations to the existing patio sitting area thanks to a $70,000 grant contract between the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the town.

The patio project will include repairing the existing brick pavers and drainage system, installing an exterior door and library security gate onto the patio area, purchasing and installing iron fencing, installing security cameras and wireless hubs as well as purchasing furniture to offer more seating.

According to the grant contract, the project will increase seating and independent work spaces at the library by 25 percent. The renovation is slated to be completed by Oct. 31.

In other news

The Mooresville Board of Commissioners approved an economic incentive agreement from the Mooresville-South Iredell Economic Development Corporation for Project Cutting Edge. MSIEDC Director of Business Development Chris Younger said the project would bring 30-50 jobs in the area.

Few details were disclosed; however, the potential business deals with aerospace and racing technology. The incentive is based on an investment of $7.8 million with an economic incentive of $31,340 per year for the next five years, totally $156,700.

Property and location has not yet been determined, but according to Younger, the property space being acquired is 85,000 square feet. The amount of the appropriation is based on the property tax revenue that the town anticipates receiving from the company, Younger said.

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