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County to recognize retiring Harmon

SARAH LOWERY
Staff Writer

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will begin its meeting tonight by recognizing Finance Director Leon Harmon, who is stepping down after 38 years with the county’s finance office.
As the Times-News previously reported, County Manager George Wood announced Harmon’s retirement in November, saying he would remain in his role through the end of January. As of Wednesday, Scott Cook, the department’s chief accountant, will fill in as the interim finance director.
Also on the agenda tonight, the board will conduct a required public hearing for a Community Transportation Program (CTP) grant application in the amount of roughly $395,000.
In a memo sent to commissioners by Emergency Medical Services Director Ron Rombs, he explains that the North Carolina Department of Transportation administers all state and federal funds applicable to providing public transportation, and the county is required to provide matching funds to support the program.
According to the public-hearing notice, the Community Transportation Program “provides assistance to coordinate existing transportation programs operating in Lincoln County as well as provides transportation options and services for the communities within this service area.” Currently, these services are provided using vans.
Following the public hearing, commissioners will also be asked to sign off on the application.
Other items on tonight’s agenda include:
Commissioners will hear recommendations from the Lincoln County Planning Board regarding zoning public hearings conducted at the Jan. 9 meeting.
Rombs will also present a request for approval of an Assistance to Firefighters Grant.
Parks and Recreation Department Director Erma Deen Hoyle will present a resolution for the Recreation Trails Program.
Public Works Director Burns Whittaker will present a bid approval for reroofing the “Bank of America” building with Carolina Roofing Solutions of Charlotte in the amount of $143,000.
Various county officials will present reports.
A closed session “to discuss matters relating to the location or expansion of industries or other businesses in the area served by the public body” will be conducted, as stated in the agenda.
The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center and is open to the public.

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