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Commissioners approve resolution supporting cancer cluster study bill

Commissioners approve resolution supporting cancer cluster study bill

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By Megan Suggs

Iredell County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution supporting a bill proposing a statewide panel for cancer cluster research.

The approval came at the board’s meeting Tuesday.

“We have come to realize that this committee is a necessary thing,” Commissioner Jeff McNeely said. “It probably went too long before we realized there was a cancer cluster in our county, and I’m hoping for us and the other 11 counties with increased cancer risk, this will be a start where we can predict these patterns sooner and find the causes and the cures instead of stumbling on it by happenstance.”

Iredell Sen. Vickie Sawyer sponsored the bill, and it is making its way through the state senate.

Concern of a thyroid cancer cluster in Iredell has led to legislation and studies as officials, academics and citizens try to find the cause.

Commissioner Thomas Bowles thanked Sawyer and Rep. John Fraley as well as Assistant Iredell County Manager Susan Robertson and Environmental Health Division Manager Brady Freeman.

“This is something that impacts our families in Iredell County, and it’s not something to be taken lightly,” Bowles said.

$72,000 economic incentive approved

Commissioners unanimously approved a $72,000 economic incentive for a business moving to Mooresville code-named Project Spool.

The business will be identified once all incentives on a town, county and state level have been approved. Mooresville Board of Commissioners held their public hearing on an economic incentive on Monday and it was approved unanimously.

County commissioners held their hearing at the first monthly meeting on April 4.

The incentive will be spread over five years and was based on a $4.1 million investment.

Iredell County Economic Development Corporation Vice President Chris Younger said the organization was involved in automotive manufacturing.

The commissioners also:

» Approved the construction of a meeting space at Career Academy and Technical Center using lottery funds.

» Listened to Iredell-Statesville Schools teachers invite commissioners to join them in their May 1 teachers’ rally during public comment.

» Listened to citizens, including the newly-appointed president of the local NAACP chapter, discuss concerns about an armored vehicle to be purchased by the sheriff’s office. The purchase was approved by commissioners in January.



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