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City to consider contracts with county, again

SARAH LOWERY

Staff Writer

 

Discussion of various contracts with Lincoln County will once again be on the agenda for the Lincolnton City Council Thursday night.

During the group’s previous meeting, it was decided to send revised versions of the agreements, regarding the sale of city water and the county’s fire, emergency-dispatch and animal-control services, back to the county, despite the Board of Commissioners having already approved the original proposals.

The initial bundle of contracts was shot down by the City Council at an earlier meeting, with a majority of the members feeling that the agreements should be taken up individually and also placed an unfair burden on Lincolnton taxpayers.

As such, Councilmen Larry Mac Hovis and Carroll Heavner volunteered to work on the contracts to make them more suitable for the city.

Council members will also revisit the recently proposed idea of pitching a new contract with Cherryville for the sale of Lincolnton water. Attempts in previous years had fallen through, as Cherryville officials decided it was more cost-effective for them to continue producing their own. However, a water line is already in place between the two municipalities for emergency purposes.

Also during Thursday’s meeting, City Manager Jeff Emory will update council members on the situation that resulted from this summer’s flooding. At September’s meeting, he informed the Council that the overall cost of the damage to the city was estimated at roughly $700,000, of which $500,000 he hopes to be covered by insurance.

However, there was some question as to whether all the city’s claims would be eligible. In the best-case scenario, he said, the city would still have to shell out $200,000 for repairs.

Other items on the agenda for Thursday’s City Council meeting, taking place at 7 p.m. at City Hall, include:

  • A public hearing will be conducted regarding a conditional-use permit for a proposed coatings business, looking to occupy the existing building located at 569 S. Grove St.
  • A public hearing will be conducted for a proposed amendment to the city’s Unified Development Ordinance that would revise provisions related to the Board of Adjustment, making them consistent with a recently enacted state law.
  • Council members will consider an appointment for the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Airport Authority.
  • Council members will receive an update on the East Main Street intersection project.
  • Council members will receive an update on the Special Events Ordinance, as well as the cost to the city for the recent Apple Festival.

 

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