A Mayor for ALL of Mooresville: Enhancing our Quality of Life
Since taking office as a commissioner in 2007, and then as Mayor in 2011, Miles has been committed to providing community assets that are viable and accessible for the diverse needs of all residents. He has also shown steadfast dedication in ensuring public safety and devoted support to the first responders that keep Mooresville protected.
The Town has not raised property taxes since 2007*. This is a result of prudent, conservative planning and fiscal management. The Town has absorbed debts without raising taxes: even with the Bond money, that was voted for approval by taxpayers, that allows for raised taxes, the improved, enhanced quality of life has NEVER been passed on to the residents. *Since Mayor Atkins took elected office in 2007, he has consistently voted opposition for tax increases.
Current Highlights – Bringing Vision into Action:
Liberty Park: Liberty Park renovations began in 2019 and opened in 2020 with an amphitheater and performance area, new green space and walking paths, new pedestrian connectivity to Church Street, and a Veterans promenade. Phase II is currently being developed and will include new play structures, connective greenways, a regulation basketball court, and shaded area for the town Farmer’s Market.
Selma Burke Community Center: The Town purchased the Agape Center, and opened the Selma Burke Community Center in 2013, dedicated to Selma Burke, who was born and raised in Mooresville NC. Burke was a distinguished artist and sculptor that is best known for designing the profile of Franklin Theodore Roosevelt used on the dime, as well as sculpting figures of famous African Americans.
In 2020, the Selma Burke Recreation Center completed $4.76 million in renovations. The site now features a multi-purpose building with numerous classrooms, conference gathering rooms, game rooms, a new hardwood gym floor capable of conducting a variety of athletic events, a community kitchen, major upgrading of facilities, an enlarged playground area, covered picnic shelter area, an outdoor activity center and walking path.
Officer Jordan H. Sheldon Memorial Dog Park: The Officer Jordan H. Sheldon Memorial Dog Park opened in 2021 is dedicated to the fallen member of the Mooresville Police Department, Officer Jordan H. Sheldon. Officer Sheldon was killed in the line of duty on May 4th and now the community has a permanent way to honor him. Because Sheldon loved animals and the citizens he served, the Town of Mooresville and his family believed that a memorial dog park would be a fitting way to honor the fallen officer and his legacy in the community.
The 2.2 acre park not only serves as a memorial for Officer Sheldon, but offers amenities such as water stations and public seating, as well as signs and artwork to honor Sheldon. The park includes a K-9 agility course for officers to train with their dogs and interact with the community.
“Our community was ripped apart. Jordan loved his family, loved his job, loved his community, and loved his K-9 partner. I cannot think of a better way to honor the legacy of Jordan Harrison Sheldon than by dedicating a community dog park in his honor. There’s nothing we can do to bring Jordan back, but we as a community will continue his legacy.”
New Fire & Police Stations: Under Miles’ tenure, expansions of both the police department and the fire department have been priority. In 2013, new Fire Station Training Center and Fire Station #5 were opened. In December 2020, the Local Government Commission granted Mooresville $46.5 million in limited obligation bonds to build a brand-new, 50,000 square-foot police headquarters, a 17,000 square-foot fire station, a 3,300 square-foot expansion to the fleet maintenance building, and a 13,800 square-foot fire training center.
The primary use for that $46.5 million will be the construction of the new police headquarters, which will be relocated from the corner of West Plaza Drive and West Iredell Avenue to a more centralized location on the corner of Charlotte Highway and West Wilson Avenue near the Mooresville Public Golf Course.