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City manager’s contract on council’s agenda

Staff Writer
The Lincolnton City Council will consider appointments and hold a closed session regarding the city manager’s contract at Thursday’s meeting.
Prior to the regular meeting, a swearing-in ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m., where the recently re-elected incumbents Mayor John Gilleland, Ward II council member Dr. John “Les” Cloninger and Ward IV council member Larry Mac Hovis will take the oath of office.
Additionally, each will make comments, which will be followed by the mayor’s and city council’s appointments and parliamentary procedures.
On the agenda for the regular meeting is the consideration of a contract between the city and Lowdermilk, Church & Co., L.L.P. to perform the 2011-2012 audit. City council members will also consider reappointments and additional new appointments of various positions from applications they have received for the term beginning in January.
Under other business will be an update from Lincolnton Planning Director Laura Simmons regarding the keeping of backyard chickens within city limits. At last month’s meeting, it was requested that the planning staff research and survey surrounding jurisdictions that allow backyard chickens, with particular attention to enforcement issues.
Simmons will also present an update on the status of Phase III of the Marcia H. Cloninger Rail-Trail Project and on Ingles.
A closed session on “a legal matter and personnel” will take place before the meeting concludes, during which, City Clerk Donna Flowers confirmed, City Manager Jeff Emory’s contract will be discussed for the coming year. This discussion takes place annually.
The meeting is at City Hall and is open to the public.

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