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Council approves permit for dog day-care business

 

SARAH LOWERY

Staff Writer

 

The Lincolnton City Council unanimously signed off a permit requested for a proposed dog day care and boarding business Thursday night.

The conditional-use permit request to operate the customary home occupation at property located on the east side of Laboratory Road, roughly 700 feet south of the intersection with Massapoag Road, came from Mike and Martha Goins.

Mike Goins told council members that the business was something he and his wife had been planning for some time.

“I love dogs,” he added, noting that he hadn’t received any negative comments from surrounding residents, many of whom own dogs themselves.

Dogs will be taken care of, exercised and boarded on the property, he said, with an 800-square-foot accessory building to be constructed. Both inside and outside kennel runs will be provided. Additionally, the facility will be heated and air-conditioned and monitored at all times.

The proposed hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, and an anticipated average of 10 to 12 dogs, which must have current vaccinations and be nonaggressive, will likely be boarded per day and for up to one month.

Also during Thursday’s meeting, council members unanimously accepted the city’s audit report for the last fiscal year, as presented by Phil Church of Lowdermilk Church & Co., L.L.P. Mayor John Gilleland, who expressed some concern regarding a 26 percent decline in fund balance over the last four years, requested that the audit be gone over in more detail during an upcoming planning workshop.

However, Lincolnton’s fund balance is 10 percent above the state average, and Gilleland did say that initiatives the city has been putting into place recently — specifically cutting back on employee overtime, in addition to health care and recycling costs — are a step in the right direction.

In other City Council action:

  • Council members approved appointments to several city boards and commissions.
  • Council members approved a schedule of 2013 City Council regular meeting dates, with the meetings taking place in January, September and July to be on the second, as opposed to the first, Thursday of those months.
  • A closed session to discuss a personnel-related issue was conducted, though no action was taken. Council members typically discuss City Manager Jeff Emory’s contract in December. His contract was extended for two years last year, with no increase in pay.

 

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