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Sewer service for industrial park eyed

City and county officials are in negotiations about running sewer services to the Lincoln County Industrial Park.
The service is currently provided by the city of Maiden, City Manager Jeff Emory said during the City Council’s meeting Thursday night. But there are issues surrounding Maiden’s long-term capability of adding more flow from the park.
The county approached Lincolnton officials about accepting the additional flow, Emory said.
If a large user came to the park, he said, the city might have to upgrade its line and pump station. The flow now would not have a great enough impact to affect the city.
County commissioners also voted to continue the negotiations during a meeting Wednesday. They’ll still keep their current contract with the city of Maiden.
When the additional capital improvements are needed, it will cost about $500,000 to run a gravity line from the park, located on Maiden Highway, to the city’s plant, commission Chairman Jerry Cochrane said. That’s half of what it’d take to add capacity at Maiden’s plant.
In other business, council members:
· Voted to deny a rezoning application from Robert Avery. Avery wanted to rezone about one acre on the west side of Newton Lane from Residential-25 to Neighborhood Business.
He said his wife wants to open a small antique shop geared to the neighborhood.
The Lincolnton Planning Board recommended council deny the application, citing spot zoning as an issue.
Council members Carroll Heavner and Fred Houser said that while they’d like to accommodate Avery, they have to follow their own rules.
· Heard a report on the status of the Marcia Cloninger Rail-Trail expansion. Planning intern Kevin Sigmon told council that rights of way on 18 of the 22 parcels have been secured, and the city brought suit on the remaining four property owners.
Staff members are also working on plans to extend the trail north to property south of City Park, Sigmon said.
· Approved requests from two companies to operate carnivals in two shopping centers.
Smoky Mountain Amusements will operate a carnival at Lincolnton Plaza Shopping Center between Aug. 10 and 15; Melco of Rutherford County will operate “Kiddie Rides” at Carolina Shopping Center between July 15 and 25. Heard a report from City Attorney Dan Barefoot on continued discussion between the city, county and school district regarding the Old Recreation Center property at 119 E. Pine St. by Alice Smith

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