Lincolnton City Council members met Thursday night to discuss multiple zoning requests and honor two retiring public servants. Lt. Kenny Shrum of the Lincolnton Police Department was honored after serving the Lincolnton Police Department for 22 years.
“I’ve enjoyed working with the guys and doing my best,” Shrum said. “I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to work here.”
Shrum is expected to retire Dec. 1.
The council also honored David Hester, the Equipment Officer for Street Property and Maintenance for Lincolnton. Hester began his career with the city in April 1992 as a street maintenance worker and from there rose through the ranks. He is also scheduled to retire Dec. 1.
Other items on the agenda included a consideration of awarding a proposed contract for sidewalk repair on Newbold St. and Timken Drive with Custom Paving Company. The project will cost approximately $109,333. City council members passed the proposal unanimously.
The council also unanimously voted to accept a $225,000 insurance settlement agreement from Allied World National Assurance Company and begin repairs. The settlement stems from the July 27 flood earlier this year. According to City Manager Jeff Emory, Betty Ross Park and three of the lift stations for the sewer system sustained significant damage. Emory stated that there originally was some debate as to whether the insurance carrier would cover the damages.
“Because the damages were done in the 105-year flood plain areas, there was some issue as to whether or not we had coverage,” said Emory.
The council is also looking into receiving funds from FEMA to go toward the flood damages. The City Council will hold its next public meeting on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.