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Meet Your Neighbor: Carla Eustache.
Parks & Recreation Commissioner and Special Event Extraordinaire

There's never a shortage of things to do around Cornelius. Between taking a stroll along one of our greenways, spending an evening at a special event, or letting the kids run wild at their favorite playground, the options are endless.

These pastimes are all thanks to the Town's Parks & Recreation Department, formerly known as PARC, and the talented people who keep the ship afloat.

Parks & Recreation is manned by several hardworking employees, but they also receive guidance from a group of community volunteers on the Parks & Recreation Commission. One of these qualified community leaders is Carla Eustache, Commissioner and local Special Event Planner.
Carla's background in event planning is part of what makes her such a great Parks & Recreation Commissioner. Her passion is community-building and she believes that events are one the best ways to do that. Through attending the great events that our Town offers, neighbors and residents get to know each other better and become closer as a community.

Carla has been a Parks & Recreation Commissioner since February and is currently serving out a three-year term. She is also on the Public Awareness and Strategic Planning Committees for the Board. Through these positions, Carla is able to lend her expertise on a wide range of topics. She also enjoys being the person her neighbors go to when they want to know what's happening.
If you want to stay in the know, you can subscribe to the Parks & Recreation monthly newsletter, like them on Facebook, or check the events calendar to see what's happening next. In the coming months, we're bringing back favorites like National Night Out, All American Dog Show, and Laketoberfest.

Special thanks to Carla and the rest of the Parks and Recreation Commissioners for their role in helping the Town of Cornelius provide exceptional parks, greenways, and community experiences!
We're Hiring!
Looking for a new gig? Check out our current openings:

Cornelius Parks & Recreation is seeking a Special Events Program Manager to be responsible for planning, developing, executing, and supervising a variety of Town-wide special events.

Cornelius Police Department is hiring Part-Time Telecommunicators, Full-Time Telecommunicators, and Police Officers.
We are also recruiting for the position of Planning Director. Review the full list of open positions here.
Connecting Cornelius: Evening Edition
Save the date for our next Evening Edition of Connecting Cornelius on Thursday, July 22, at 6 p.m.

If you're curious about upcoming development projects or want to better understand how we're addressing your traffic concerns, you don't want to miss this event. Deputy Manager Wayne Herron will lead the discussion, along with support from Town officials and staff.
We'll also hear from special guest Cynthia Team with Exit 28 Is Great - a growing Facebook community dedicated to supporting local businesses.

We hope you'll join us! Be sure to RSVP in advance.
Pedestrian Safety
Your safety is our #1 priority, no matter how you choose to get around town. In the past, we've shared tips for cyclists and motorists to promote safer travels in Cornelius, and we want to continuously encourage all to be aware of pedestrian safety.

Whether walking is an integral part of your commute, a leisurely activity, or just a way to get from Point A to Point B, remember to always follow these basic rules of thumb. Use sidewalks and crosswalks when available, be visible, and stay vigilant. Drivers should be on the lookout for pedestrians everywhere, at all times.
In Cornelius, we're doing more than sharing tips; we're taking action. We've been installing new bike signs, sidewalks, and crosswalks to ensure everyone has room to travel. By the end of October, there will be a new pedestrian-friendly crosswalk on Westmoreland Rd (more to come on this new addition soon!)

Where there aren't crosswalks, remember to always be a good neighbor and yield to your fellow Cornelians. It's up to each of us to keep our Town safe.
Catawba Avenue Traffic Signals
Over the past several months, the Town has received feedback regarding the traffic and traffic signals along the Catawba Ave. corridor. We are aware of the issues and are working with the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to address the situation.

For context, the Town and NCDOT partnered with a third-party engineering company on a pilot program for the signals along the West Catawba corridor between Highway 21 and Jetton Rd. This pilot technology uses cameras to adapt the signal timing based on volume at each approach of an intersection. That system was installed in February of 2019.

Recently, there have been some communication and mechanical issues between the signals that have affected the timing of the lights. We are actively working with the NCDOT to resolve the issue, and the NCDOT is regularly monitoring the timing of the lights to address synchronization mishaps.

Additionally, the Town and NCDOT are currently evaluating the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the adaptive system versus the standard NCDOT timing to determine the best long-term solution for this corridor.

We appreciate your patience as we work through these challenges.
How're We Doing?

Last month, you met Dani and MaeLynn. They're the Town's two-person Communications team tasked with creating this newsletter, managing the Town's social media outlets, and coordinating Connecting Cornelius events, among other things.

Like what they do? Have suggestions for improvement? Let them know by filling out this brief survey.