Mecklenburg County commissioners are closing in on a choice for county manager. The board interviewed finalists for the job in closed door meetings on Friday and Saturday at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. The Charlotte Observer reports that officials are talking to five final candidates. Interim county manager Bobbie Shields is not among them. In an email to commissioners last week he questioned why. It’s not clear when the commission might make a decision. Another closed session to discuss a personnel matter is listed on the agenda for the commission’s next meeting on Tuesday.
I-77 EXIT 28 RECONSTRUCTION BEGINS
Drivers in the Exit 28 area of Cornelius should see demolition work beginning this week as the NC Department of Transportation begins the long awaited reconfiguration of the I-77 interchange. Our news partner Corneliusnews.net reported this week that the exit is being rebuilt into what’s known as a diverging diamond, a crossover pattern that is designed to smooth traffic on, off and over the highway. The DOT says its contractor will do as much of the work at night as possible, to avoid major disruptions to traffic and business around the busy exit. The work is scheduled to begin Monday night, weather permitting, and is expected to take 14 to 18 months.
RAIN AND WRECKS ON THE ROADS
Heavy rain led to auto accidents and slowed traffic around the Charlotte area on Saturday. At one point, a lane on I-77 through Charlotte was closed because of standing water. Slick roads continued to be a factor into the night. Last night around 9 o’clock, the intersection of Eastway Drive and Central Avenue was closed after a driver knocked down a power pole. Another wreck around the same time on Mount Holly Huntersville Road sent another driver to the hospital. And this morning, Concord Road in Davidson is closed near St. Alban’s Church, possibly until noon, after an overnight wreck in which a driver knocked down a utility pole. She was slightly injured in the crash. She told police she was chasing someone she knew who had robbed her earlier in Mooresville, according to our news partner DavidsonNews.net.
COUPLE WINS $1M AWARD FROM DAYCARE
A Catawba County couple has received a $1 million settlement from a Mooresville daycare after their infant son stopped breathing and suffered brain damage. The Charlotte Observer reports that a lawsuit says the 4-month-old son of Richard Washam and JoBina Sawyer was placed on his stomach by a daycare worker in June 2012. According to the lawsuit, another worker noticed that the infant wasn't breathing. The suit contends the daycare failed to properly monitor the baby and that workers should have known his airway was blocked with vomit. Court records also say the settlement money was placed in a trust to cover the boy's care and education until he is 18. A judge approved the settlement on Oct. 1.