Laurels: Plumbing replacement would solve problem – Salisbury Post

laurel to the Rowan County Board of Commissioners for considering complete replacement of plumbing in the Dukeville area.

It may be the only solution to permanently remove lead from the homes of some people in the county’s Northeast Rowan Water System. County officials say pipes installed just a few years ago are not the culprit for elevated lead levels. Most likely, the plumbing is in individual houses.

While completely replacing plumbing in a home is expensive, it is a surefire way to remove the threat of lead, which is dangerous at any level in water. By voting to replace plumbing completely, commissioners would show they are committed to solving a serious problem, even if they didn’t cause it, and help keep the residents of Rowan healthy. It is understandable if testing requirements are required to ensure that plumbing replacement is the best option.

The county has already partnered with Salisbury-Rowan Utilities to switch to a new compound to create a barrier that could prevent lead from entering the water. They are also moving forward with a chemical booster station to ensure the connection reaches the pipes in the Dukeville area, which is located along Long Ferry Road.

laurel on the news of a proposed development near the Landis-Kannapolis border. The development, which will add a total of nearly 1,000 homes on both sides of Kannapolis Lake, is a sign of the growth that could come to Rowan County.

In a deal with the city of Kannapolis, it is proposed to locate about 300 of those homes within Landis’ modified city limits. The rest appear to be within Kannapolis or its extraterritorial jurisdiction.

Some longtime residents of Rowan County may react with disgust at news of the new homes, saying 1,000 homes is way too many. If there are two people per house, it could be 2,000 people in one development. And they are not off-base. When major developments take place in the countryside, it can change the character of a community and turn streets into parking lots.

If there’s any consolation to those concerns, it’s that the development would fill the space between Enochville and Landis and Kannapolis. It’s not exactly urban, but it’s not rural western Rowan County, either. With luck, local leaders and municipal planners can ensure that major new developments don’t stray too far into the countryside. Infill development – building on currently empty space in a further development area – is best to keep a community’s character as close to its current state as possible.

It is also important to think about residential development as an incentive for tax revenues and the quality of Landis and Kannapolis’ services.

laurel to other positive economic gains in the Salisbury-Rowan community, including an announced expansion of Hexagon Agility to add 75 new jobs and invest $28 million over the next two years.

Hexagon Agility, formerly known as Agility Fuels, builds compressed natural gas fuel systems, among other things. The high paying jobs are exactly the kind that Rowan County leaders should aim for when they want to bring new businesses here and help expand existing operations.

When existing companies like Hexagon Agility expand, it means they have found the location good for business. As Rowan County Commissioner Chairman Greg Edds said after the announcement, it has also been good for Rowan County. Hexagon Agility has created high paying jobs and improved the quality of local government services through tax revenues.

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