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Commissioners to vote on regulations for film, television projects in county

 

SARAH LOWERY

Staff Writer

 

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will revisit during its meeting Monday night an issue that previously elicited a split vote.

During their Aug. 19 meeting, commissioners voted on revisions to the county’s ordinance regulating “special events and mass gatherings.” The changes are geared specifically to addressing film and TV projects in the area, calling for stricter regulations.

The revisions, which were modeled after Mooresville’s system, would require filming projects in the county to obtain permits, provide proof of insurance, have preproduction meetings with county staff, put down a deposit and hire law-enforcement personnel, should roadways be blocked off during a shoot.

However, both Commissioners Jim Klein and Carrol Mitchem opposed the proposal, with Klein noting that such projects should be dealt with separately.

While a majority of the board thought otherwise, voting in favor of the revisions, state law requires a second vote be conducted for this type of issue since the first was not unanimous. If approved this time, the changes will then go into effect.

Other items on Monday night’s Board of Commission meeting agenda include:

The Planning Board will present its recommendations regarding zoning cases heard at the previous meeting.

  • Commissioners will consider the purchase of equipment for various pump stations.
  • Commissioners will consider the purchase of an excavator.
  • Commissioners will consider executing a contract for engineering services, upon final approval of CDBG and Rural Center grants.
  • Commissioners will hear requests for funding from Tax Administrator Kep Kepley.
  • A closed session will be conducted.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center and is open to the public.

 

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