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 In the News, October 16, 2017 

Asheville hosts group from sister city in Mexico

Asheville is hosting a delegation from one of its sister cities in Mexico. Mayor Esther Manheimer and other city officials met with the delegation to reaffirm the sister city partnership. While they're in town, the group is getting a first-hand look at city government, the local economy, and schools. "We're really looking to develop partnerships, programs and projects that are mutually beneficial for both communities," Karon Korp, of Asheville Sister Cities, said.

Greenville moves forward with project to help prevent flooding

A local city council approved a contract Thursday night, taking a big step forward in a project that has been referred to as one of the most ambitious infrastructure updates in the history of the state. Greenville City Council has been working on a project that would rebuild the city's Town Creek Culvert for years and now the council took a big step forward, voting to approve a contract for Trader Construction Company of New Bern to build the updates. "When we talk about this project, it is not just a storm water pipe," explains Kevin Mulligan, the director of Public Works. "It is a storm pipe that goes through the middle of town. All of the roads will be replaced. The sewer water gas electric and cable will also be relocated and replaced."

Historic landmark changes hands

Another piece of the Deep River State Trail puzzle has been put into place, thanks in part to a partnership between the Town of Franklinville and the Piedmont Land Conservancy (PLC). On Tuesday, the 13-acre Faith Rock Preserve passed into the hands of Franklinville to become a Town of Franklinville Nature Preserve. “It’s so exciting to see this — a big piece of the rail trail puzzle put into place,” she said. “It’s 13 acres, which is small, but big in the overall scheme of things, a nice anchor in the trail to add to your walking. The trailhead will be made handicapped accessible and the trail will have a few signs but left natural, just as it is, since it is a nature preserve.”

Belmont swings improvements to parks

Several Belmont parks are undergoing renovations to make them safer and more accessible for visitors with disabilities. Belmont City Council recently approved funding for renovations at Davis Park, located on Park Drive, and Reid Park, located on Sacco Street. The project has also made Davis Park friendlier to people with special mobility needs, said City Manager Adrian Miller. New Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA-compliant bleachers were added at the baseball field along with new ADA-compliant parking spaces and sidewalks on the playground side of Park Drive, with a new crosswalk to the baseball field side of Park Drive.