SARAH LOWERY, STAFF WRITER
The Lincolnton City Council decided at Thursdayâ€™s meeting to delay taking action on plans for the expansion and renovation of the Lincolnton Police Department until next year.
City Manager Jeff Emory reintroduced the item to see if council members were ready to take action. It was decided at last monthâ€™s meeting, following a lengthy and heated discussion, to table the issue and move forward with a work session.
However, according to a memorandum Emory sent to Mayor John Gilleland and council members, no such session took place, as they â€œwere unable to arrange a meeting that would work with everyoneâ€™s schedule.â€ Thus, the item was back on the agenda at Thursdayâ€™s meeting.
Emory told the council that the â€œnext logical stepâ€ would be to prequalify the bidders.
Following little to no discussion, council member Carroll Heavner made a motion to delay deliberations on the project until the councilâ€™s retreat next year, which was subsequently passed unanimously.
In other City Council action:
The first of two public hearings proved unnecessary as the application requesting to rezone roughly 1.5 acres of land on Battleground Road from Residential-8 (R-8) to Residential-Office (R-O) was withdrawn.
A public hearing was conducted for a proposed incentive grant for Technical Parts Manufacturing, a startup company that would act as supplier to Main Filter. The Times-News previously reported that the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approved an industrial incentive grant agreement with the company, which would share the former Doug Herbert Performance Parts facility on East Gaston Street in Lincolnton with Main Filter and prevent the Canada-based company from outsourcing to another state. Council members unanimously signed off on the grant.
A presentation of the cityâ€™s audit report for the fiscal year ending in June 2011 was given, and a motion to accept the report was then passed unanimously.
A proposed contract between Lincolnton and Williams Electric for additional work for the installation and removal of pole top units for the Grove Street Bridge Project was passed unanimously, with the state providing reimbursement.
Planning Director Laura Simmons gave an update about a request from the Oct. 6 meeting to allow backyard chickens inside city limits, saying she has had preliminary discussions with animal control. Mayor Gilleland recommended surveying other cities that allow backyard chickens and to then report back next month. Council member Devin Rhyne said enforcement of regulations regarding the chickens would be the key to success.
Simmons also presented a resolution of intent on behalf of the city for an application for a CMAQ grant match of an additional $51,250 for the Generals Boulevard and East Main Street intersection improvements, which was passed unanimously.
A closed session was conducted to discuss property acquisition, but no action was taken.