Is Greg Edds Call to Remake High Rock Lake into an Economic Driver More Hokum to Cover His Lack of any Tangible Economic Development?

Posted on November 15, 2017

RFP Staff

♦ County Commission Chairman Greg Edds, who once boasted about doing 1,000 hours of intensive economic development study prior to his election, has nothing to date to show for his alleged intensive study.  Granted Rowan County carries the heavy economic ballast of Salisbury.  Perhaps one day the our visionary chairman will urge county residents to vote to severe their ties with Salisbury and set it free to go its own way.  Consider the immense financial weight that would be lifted from our Rowan County taxpayers backs.

Visionaries? We’ve heard this term applied by ex-Mayor Karen Alexander to herself and to those persons on city council almost a decade ago who foisted the Fibrant Debacle on Salisbury in their quest to make a faltering municipality into the silicon valley of the East and bring business here.  We all know how that worked out. Currently Salisbury is 542nd rated city/town on their livability scale in North Carolina.  Economic development there has gone backwards. People fear going there and for very good reasons.

Our focus today is on a Facebook quote by Greg Edds made back on September the 8th.  Here are a pair of fair use quotes from the Rowan’s Chairman about his most recent hokum to recreate the “Redneck Riviera” or as locals sometime call it “Dry Rock Lake”.  Why is High Rock Lake called Dry Rock Lake?  Because on the Rowan side of the lake it has extremely low water levels after Labor Day to create the capacity to contain the Winter runoffs from the mountains in the Spring.

Don’t eat the fish!  Read the mercury warnings:

Greg Edds wrote on September 8th:

“A significant event today…We have pulled together a group of visionaries to begin intentional discussions about how to develop High Rock Lake into the dynamic economic driver that it should be for Rowan County.

We met with landowners, economic development leaders, marketing professionals, tourism officials, High Rock Lake Association officials, developers, realtors, business owners and entrepreneurs.
The discussion included travel access, way-finding signage, marketing, public beach access, utilities infrastructure, and residential, commercial and retail development such as restaurants, shopping, boating sales, lake supplies, entertainment and special events.”

Party Time on the Redneck Riviera:

After we get past all that blur of name dropping, let’s take a realistic look at the Rowan side of High Rock Lake:

• The lake access road is several miles from the interstate.  It is not an easy drive for those who desire to live in Rowan and have to work in other larger municipalities in Rowan and in prosperous counties outside our borders.

• Know that the folks, who support the businesses at the lake, are the ones who spend their weekends and holidays in campers and trailers lining the lake’s shoreline in permanent housing.  Is the Chairman and his alleged cadre of visionaries going to give them the boot?

• Several developments, such as Summer Place and Fisherman’s Cove are single and doublewide mobile homes.  These are not the homes that the affluent will desire to relocate to for permanent housing.

• Most of the area’s waterfront property is owned by the former Alcoa and is not available for development.  Private dollars need to be used to try to expand those properties value, not Rowan County tax dollars.

• It’s easy to see the county that could benefit most from development opportunities would be Davidson County.  They have the deep water side of the river and more buildable waterfront property available.  Rowan does not need to use our tax dollars to assist another county.

• Check out Sunset Pointe that took advantage of property owners by selling them waterfront property in the back waters where the water is only one to two feet deep during the full pond season.  During the winter months you can walk across the cove.

Truck breaks down in local mud on the way to the interstate:

Greg Edds wrote on November 8th: “High Rock Lake is the second largest lake in North Carolina, second only to Lake Norman. It is one of Rowan County’s best kept secrets and one of the countless assets we have that can provide the quality of life that investors, business owners, and families will want to be part of.

As we carry on separate discussions about actively marketing Rowan County, you can bet that High Rock Lake will be at the top of our list. Casting a strong vision for the future of High Rock Lake is one more way that we can make sure that Rowan County is the envy of the region.”

• Reality check: High Rock Lake is not Lake Norman and it never will be. Most of the Rowan side of High Rock Lake is back waters and shallow coves.  It is the Yadkin River and it’s backwaters.  It is not a true lake.

• The water in High Rock Lake is always muddy as it is the first dam in a 5 dam system.  It catches all the debris from the winter runoff including trees, trash, dead animals, upstream litter, and all kinds of dumping that goes on down the entire Yadkin River.  There are WARNINGS posted along High Rock Lake not to eat the fish from its waters due to the toxic chemicals like mercury dumped into the lake and the water coming from upstream.  How many times have we heard warnings about swimming in the lake?

Burning a leech off with a cigarette: A practical method for tackling High Rock Lake’s leech infestation:

Will this Latest High Rock Lake adventure go any further than those multitude of Salisbury style unkept promises like “Downtown’s Smart Streets Program”, “bike lanes”, and “The Fibrant Debacle’s 10 Gig Ruse” that get called off after another election day is past?

Dam on High Rock Lake:

How Healthy is High Rock Lake?

N.C. Fish Advisories (scroll down to H):

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