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County to weigh Ramsour’s Mill purchase

SARAH LOWERY
Staff Writer

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will be presented with more information regarding the Ramsour’s Mill battleground during its meeting tonight, having previously decided to delay taking action on the proposed purchase of land at the site.
At their April 16 meeting, commissioners asked for additional information on the $44,000 purchase of two parcels of land adjacent to the historical site on Jeb Seagle Road in Lincolnton. The purchase is part of a long-term goal of the Lincoln County Historical Association to preserve and promote the site.
According to a letter to the board from Larry Craig, chairman of the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill Committee, the owner of the land, Mary Branch, had contacted Jason Harpe, executive director of the Lincoln County Historical Association, regarding her interest in selling the parcels.
“The acquisition of these two parcels is extremely important to our current and future efforts at promoting the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill historic site as a tourist attraction, and these are two of the very few parcels located on the original battleground site that are not currently owned by either Lincoln County or the Lincoln County School System,” Craig wrote.
In an email to Harpe regarding his report on the battlefield site, County Manager George Wood clearly stipulated what additional information is being sought.
He asked Harpe to provide some past figures on attendance at the annual Battle of Ramsour’s Mill event, more specifics on possible grants to secure for land acquisition, insight into whether the city of Lincolnton has any interest in contributing to the cost of the land and more information on what existing school structures would have to be removed or relocated from the site in order to fully restore the battlefield.
Also at tonight’s meeting, commissioners will weigh a five-year contract with Wireless Communications for the purchase and maintenance of a new emergency telephone system. The initial cost of purchasing the new system would be $245,281, with an added expenditure of $130,912 in the second through fifth years of the contract to cover maintenance and repairs.
The county would also provide $13,260 for the remote monitoring of the system, six touch-screen monitors and six programmable keypads. Funding will come from 911 Emergency Telephone System funds distributed to the county annually, according to a memo from 911 Center Administrator Rick Ellis.
Other items on tonight’s agenda include:
Commissioners will consider a request for modification of parking requirements in the Unified Development Ordinance from QuikTrip.
Commissioners will be presented with the Lincoln County Board of Education’s fiscal year 2013 budget.
Commissioners will weigh a proposed lease agreement with Mediation Center of the Southern Piedmont.
A three-year contract with Otis Elevator for elevator maintenance at county office buildings for nearly $11,000 annually will be considered by the board.
Commissioners will weigh a request from the Board of Elections for the release of HAVA Title funds.
Commissioner George Arena will present information on the Centralina Council of Government’s HUD Sustainability Grant.
Commissioners will weigh various memorandums of agreement and resolutions.
Public hearings on zoning cases will be conducted.
Commissioners will set the dates for their upcoming budget work sessions.
The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center and is open to the public.

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