Kannapolis Council Approves Resident-Led Environment, History and Neighborhood Focus Groups | Local News


Victoria Young

Kannapolis City Council took another major step in its Imagine Kannapolis strategic plan during its council meeting on Monday evening.

The board has approved members for three additional focus groups that will delve into specific topics over the coming months.

Council approved members for focus groups on historic preservation, environmental stewardship and neighborhood improvement.

Each group has 12 members selected from a pool of 88 applicants. Each group also has a Kannapolis Youth Council member assigned to them.

Kannapolis City Manager Mike Legg said the neighborhood improvement focus group had the most interest, with 52 of the applicants choosing the group as their first choice.

This panel will focus on stabilizing existing neighborhoods, signage, landmarks, improving solid waste management services, developing neighborhood groups, proactive code enforcement, and building registration programs. rents, to name a few.

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The historic preservation discussion group was the second most popular, with 28 of the candidates choosing it as their first choice.

The panel discussion will explore the idea of ​​a history museum, which Kannapolis History Associates has advocated. The Kannapolis African American Museum and Cultural Center has also expressed interest in a similar installation.

Fewer than 10 candidates selected him as their first choice for the environmental stewardship focus group. But Legg said the group will tackle some major topics, the first of which is how to make the city an environmentally sustainable place.

The group will look at the physical attractiveness of the city, the cleaning of waste, the improvement of walkways, the planting of trees, the preservation of natural areas and the possibility of a commission of beatification or a commission of long-standing environmental management.

While these are the three most recently appointed groups, the city will also have city, staff and council led groups that will look at areas such as transportation and public safety.

The Parks and Recreation Commission will operate as a discussion group on parks and recreation. And the homelessness and housing discussion group was formed earlier in the year.

This group is expected to complete its meetings in the coming weeks.

Annette Privette Keller, the city’s communications director, said the focus groups were launched at the right time for residents who are interested in what the city is doing and will do.

“I think it comes at a really good time because people have seen and continue to see what we’ve done with downtown,” she said. “We said we were going to do it, and we did it. And we did it on time and on budget. People may think, OK, what are we going to do next? »

City Manager Legg said the groups will provide the city with a resident-led way forward.

“We want to see a way forward on all of these issues. The ones we named citizens for are really meaty questions that have a lot of breadth and depth. They will look into the details. It could be financial, how effective it is, how complicated the projects will be.

Legg said he expects all groups to be completed by the end of 2022, and the board will most likely adopt a final plan around early 2023.

The groups’ findings will focus on short-term goals that can be achieved over the next six years, but also have plans for what the city could accomplish over the next two decades.

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