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Public hearing planned on incentives

SARAH LOWERY
Staff Writer

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing regarding an incentive grant for the expansion of an existing local industry during Monday night’s meeting.
If approved, the grant agreement would result in an investment of $3.5 million by the currently undisclosed company and the creation of at least seven new jobs paying average weekly wages of $400 within two years. The county would then provide cash grants of roughly $9,500 per year for a five-year period.
Following the public hearing, commissioners will be asked to approve a resolution to adopt the agreement.
Also on the agenda Monday night, commissioners will discuss and take action on a $46,000 grant from the Carolina Thread Trail, which would go toward the purchase of easements for the 1.7-mile segment, should it also be approved, running from the East Lincoln Community Center to Sally’s YMCA.
In a memo to the board, County Manager George Wood said he would like to get clear direction from commissioners on whether they want to accept the grant and also whether they are “supportive of any financing of construction and/or maintenance that you can anticipate will be forthcoming either from the Carolina Thread Trail, or advocates of the CTT, once the easements are secured.”
He additionally states that the grant application does not require any money from Lincoln County and that no expenditure of county funds will occur without prior approval by commissioners.
Other items on Monday night’s agenda include:
Commissioners will consider an Emergency Operations Plan and resolutions.
Public Works Director Burns Whittaker will present a bid approval for the replacement of the HVAC system at the Jonas Library in the amount of roughly $79,000.
Whittaker will also seek approval for the disposition of the Forney Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, which, following a study, has been recommended for permanent closure.
Commissioners will hear recommendations from the Planning Board on the zoning public hearings from the previous meeting.
Commissioners will hear reports from various county officials.
The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center and is open to the public.

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