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County commissioners to consider park issues

SARAH LOWERY
Staff Writer

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will consider a design contract for Rock Springs Park and a Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) application for the proposed East Lincoln Rescue Park during tonight’s meeting.
Erma Deen Hoyle, director of the county’s Parks and Recreation Department, will present both items.
According to submitted documents, the design contract, with Wirth & Associates, for proposed improvements at Rock Springs Park is in the amount of $94,200, which includes both the design fee plus allowances.
This project will “provide landscape and architectural and professional design services for the proposed construction documentation, bidding and construction services for Rock Springs Nature Preserve Park,” as stated in the documents.
The project site is located off of Pine Ridge Drive and consists of two tracts of land totaling 116 acres.
Commissioners will also hear a request from Hoyle for approval to submit an application for the 2012 cycle of the North Carolina PARTF grants, which are awarded annually to local governments for acquisition and development projects. The grants are 50/50 matching grants, and the total project cost for the planned park is $704,865, with a local match of $352,432.50.
Other items on tonight’s agenda include:

• There will be a presentation of the schematic design for the old hospital on Gamble Drive.
• Public Works Director Burns Whittaker will present a request for a waterline extension for residents of the Planter’s Ridge Subdivision.
• County Manager George Wood will present a request to erect a sign for the Lovable Lincolnton Possibility Tour.
• Finance Director Leon Harmon will present a proposal from Martin Starnes & Associates to continue providing the county’s audit services for an additional three years.
• Three zoning public hearings will be conducted.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center and is open to the public.

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