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Commissioners to vote on lease with Borghetti

 

MICHAEL GEBELEIN

News Editor

 

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing before they vote today on approval of a lease agreement with Deleware-based Borghetti Turbos North America for a 5.5-acre parcel of land in the Lincoln County Industrial Park.

The lease agreement speculates that Borghetti constructs a facility of at least 20,000 square feet at a cost of no less than $700,000 and employs a least five workers at a salary of no less than $500 per week. The lease requires that Borghetti’s facility be constructed within 18 months of the signing of the lease agreement.

The Times-News previously reported that, in addition to the land lease, the state is considering other incentives for the company.

Borghetti manufactures turbochargers for large, commercial vehicles.

The Board will also hear a proposal to transfer ownership of the historic Robert Mundy house, located on N.C. 16 in Denver, to the Lincoln County Historical Association.

The home was purchased by an anonymous donor in 2007 who donated the property to Lincoln County. The Lincoln County Historical Association was made the beneficiary of the Robert Mundy House Endowment, also provided by the anonymous donor, and has been responsible for the “restoration, preservation and maintenance of the house and property,” according to a letter from LCHA executive director Jason Harpe to county manager George Wood.

Harpe’s letter says that the LCHA is making the proposal because they “are not required to follow the same procedures as Lincoln County to secure restoration bids on the project.”

The letter further states that, once the transfer of ownership of the property is made, the LCHA will begin the interview and bidding process with two restoration firms.

Robert Mundy built the home, at the intersection of N.C. 16 and Mundy Road, between 1870 and 1875.

The meeting begins today at 6:30 p.m. at the James W. Warren Citizens Center in Lincolnton and is open to the public.

Other items on the Board’s agenda for today’s meeting include:

The consideration of a resolution proposed by Partners Behavioral Health Management, a publically funded health service organization for citizens of Lincoln, Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Surry and Yadkin counties, that will restructure the group’s Board of Directors to bring it into compliance with new state laws. The new laws require that Partners BHM pare the board down from 26 members to 21 members at most, among other changes.

An update on the closure of the Forney Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant. The county previously entered into a contract with Hickory Construction for $510,900 for the deconstruction of the plant.

A request from the Sheriff’s Office that two vehicles, a 2007 Dodge Charger and a 2008 Dodge Charger, be listed as surplus to allow the Sheriff’s Office to trade in the vehicles for a newer model.

An update on Lincoln County’s Community Development Program, including details on the renovation of the Oaklawn School.

The continued designation of Lincoln County Senior Services as the lead agency for the Home and Community Care Block Grant for Older Adults.

A resolution that the Board of Commissioners call on the North Carolina General Assembly to maintain financial support of the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.

 

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