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County OKs request from proposed subdivision

Staff Writer


The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners unanimously signed off on a request for preliminary plat approval for a proposed commercial subdivision during Monday’s meeting.
Andrew Bryant of the county’s Planning and Inspections Department presented the recommendation from the Planning Board’s Dec. 5 meeting regarding Austin Real Estate Venture’s request to subdivide nearly 4 acres of land into two lots for commercial development.
The property is located on North N.C. 16 in Denver.
As the Times-News previously reported, the Planning Board voted 8-0 to approve the request, with conditions attached.
Bryant outlined those conditions in a memorandum, one of which would provide for “logical connections to any future driveways or right of ways and (construction of) said connections when future roadway improvements are made.”
The second condition states that “the future lot having road frontage on N.C. 16 will not have direct access to the facility.”
Instead, the proposed right of way on the plat or any future right of ways will provide access.
Commissioners also conducted a public hearing on an installment financing contract with RBC Bank for various county projects, including construction of the Killian Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility and Airlie Business Park infrastructure. The contract is in the amount of $3,806,000.
No one was present to speak during the hearing, and commissioners then adopted a resolution approving of the contract with a unanimous vote.
In other board of commissioners action at Monday’s meeting: (*BULLETS START*)
Commissioners unanimously signed off on a contract award to Venture Utility Contractors of Lincolnton for the replacement of the county’s older, manual-read water meters with radio-read meters. Burns Whittaker, director of the Lincoln County Public Works Department, said no meters had been replaced in the last two or three years but noted that there was money in the budget for continuing with the project this year. An estimated 730 meters will be replaced at the cost of roughly $200 each.
An employee wellness program, presented by County Manager George Wood, was passed unanimously. Wood said the program would not result in any additional costs and would, instead, help to contain them.
Commissioners heard an audit presentation from Chris Costner of Martin Starnes & Associates, who said it was a “clean audit” in summary.
Commissioner Carrol Mitchem requested the sign outside the Citizens Center to read “merry Christmas” instead of “happy holidays,” which Wood said could be arranged. (*BULLETS END*)

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